Wall Decor Switcheroo- Legacy Wall

We’ve lived in our house almost two years now so I got the itch for a décor change.  We did a little switcheroo with our wall décor.  You may remember these frames from our wedding reception…


When we painted the black and white striped wall, naturally we used the frames for a focal point.  However, because the frames were for our reception, the 20×30 picture in the middle was not a wedding picture.  Two years later, it didn’t look right with our parents wedding pictures on either side of an engagement picture.

Black and White

I moved the green frames to a little corner between our kitchen and living area.

legacy wall with wedding pictures

Our grandparents’ wedding photos were framed in individual table frames around the cake for our wedding, and around that cross in our home.  I reframed them on the wall to create a sort of legacy wall of family wedding pictures along with our parents’ photos.

legacy wall with family wedding photos

I framed both sets of Taylor’s grandparents in one frame and mine in the other.  Under each photo is their last name and the year they got married.  This little nook serves as a great reminder each day of the love that has shaped us and made us who we are today.

legacy wall with family wedding photos

Here’s a closer look.  Now the photos are more of a conversation piece with guests and one of the first areas they notice in our home.  I still need to paint a “legacy” sign to go above these two frames.

After I moved the green frames, the striped wall remained bare for a week as I pondered a direction.  Ever since I read Shauna Niequist’s blog post, I’ve been thinking about her words:

Present over perfect.

Quality over quantity.

Relationship over rushing.

People over pressure.

Meaning over mania.

She is the author of Bread & Wine and is a beautiful writer.  Often, I struggle with wanting my only job to be to take care of my husband and our home.  Working 40-50 hours a week makes it really hard, and often I fall short.  We are beginning to say “no” to social stuff more often.  Not because we don’t want to go, but because it may be our only time together that day.  We need these 5 short phrases to be our motto for the year, but I could only choose two for our wall: “present over perfect” and “relationship over rushing”.  Shauna Niequist teamed up with the fabulous Lindsay Letters to create breathtaking art you can order here in the “Shauna Shop”Go order the “Present over Perfect” 8×10 print here.

black and white striped wall

Please keep in mind, these are Shauna Niequist’s words, not mine!


I needed a 16×20 canvas of both quotes, which was not available on her site.  After two separate trips to Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, I had two already black 16×20 canvases.  I took my white paint pen and wrote it in cursive on each canvas.  It took me all of 5 minutes and now I have simple but poignant and purposeful art above our table.  It’s a daily reminder to sit down to eat our meals together and treasure that time above our busy schedules.  Truth be told, we both forgot to get dish detergent two days in a row this week but we still sat down together to eat and tried to laugh about the overflowing sink of dishes.

These canvases keep it simple and would be easy and affordable to switch out in different seasons!

Do you ever get tired of your wall décor and want to do a little switcheroo?




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