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Hi there! I sure hope you are having a more relaxing Friday than I am.


I’m juggling watching Henry while trying to make three huge deadlines; therefore, I am freaking out. So I’m just popping in to say “hi!” and tell you about a little DIY project I took on a few weeks ago.


Our photo gallery staircase…



I was inspired by Young House Love’s hallway, as I’m sure thousands and thousands of others were.  I took this project on slowly, doing a diagonal of about five or six frames before committing to doing an entire collage.


YHL has a great tutorial about using newspapers to figure out the layout of the frames. Truthfully, I just eyeballed it.  It kind of shows, but I still think it looks pretty good. I may move around some of the frames when I have free time Henry goes to college.


YHL not only frames family pictures; they do little mementos, too.  I liked this idea a lot and have been framing all sorts of things… from a piece of my grandmother’s wedding veil to a sheet on different types of tropical fish.


The pictures of our family and friends are great because when I walk downstairs with Henry, we look at all the pictures and identify grandmas and grandpas.  I kept some of the frames blank so I can add in new pictures over time.


All of the frames were from IKEA, so this project was relatively inexpensive.  It sure looks pretty, whether you’re looking at the staircase from the office, the front door, or from the top landing.


While I wrote this post, Henry amused himself in his new ball pit.  LOVE THIS THING.



I want to crawl in.


Have a good one! I hope everyone makes their Friday deadlines and has a fun, stress-free weekend!



  • Natalie @ will jog for food March 15, 2013, 1:34 pm

    I really need to start a photo wall!

  • Jill @ a Girl in Progress March 15, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Love the photo collage idea! I’m nervous to do one because I’m always afraid it will look tacky if I do too much. Yours looks great. I think keeping all the frames the same color helps make it look classy.

  • Adrienne March 15, 2013, 1:50 pm

    I love the idea of making your own ball pit for your kid. How many balls did you put in the pack n play? I would like to do the same thing for my son.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2013, 1:51 pm

      I think there’s 350 in there.

  • Elisabeth March 15, 2013, 1:54 pm

    The stairway looks awesome…and so does H’s ball pit!

  • Stephanie March 15, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I’m expecting my first baby in July — a baby boy! I have been buying cute (cheap) onesies and clothes from TJ Maxx, Target’s clearance, Old Navy’s clearance, etc. I plan to check out consignment shops as well. My husband and I are registering on Saturday. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of products out there everyone says I MUST have. Any tips/pointers? Thank you!

    PS – I love your wall collage. It makes your staircase look even more grand! 🙂

  • Angela March 15, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Love the photo wall!! YHL is the best! I also love that ball out! My aunt had an inflatable kiddie pool full for her kids which was great because we could all fit in! Maybe when he’s a bit older? 🙂

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 15, 2013, 2:32 pm

    The staircase looks great! I’d love a ball pit myself. 🙂

  • Alexis March 15, 2013, 2:39 pm

    I love it!

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker March 15, 2013, 2:40 pm

    I love photo collage walls, I have been working on one for a while now and its still not done!

  • Sana March 15, 2013, 2:40 pm

    I would like an adult ball pit!

  • rebecca @ blueberry smiles March 15, 2013, 4:03 pm

    The wall looks great! I’d love to do a photo collage, but our walls are cement (yes, really) and we can’t hang anything. We’re moving in November and a photo wall is a must in our next place

    • Kelsie March 16, 2013, 2:49 am

      My walls are cement too!! But I made an awesome (not quite as good as YHL’s) gallery wall using adhesive 3M hooks! They’re awesome

  • Sara March 15, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Do you have Corgi??????? and yes I want to dive in too! Hope your Friday gets less stressful, Friday is to good of a day to be stressed out!

    Sara 🙂

  • Sara March 15, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Do you have a Corgi!? I hope your Friday gets less stress free! Fridays are to good to be stressed out. 🙂 AND I want to dive in that playpen full of those balls as well! Thats an awesome idea!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2013, 5:07 pm

      naw, hes just a mutt 🙂

  • Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles March 15, 2013, 6:28 pm

    What a great idea to frame mementos in addition to photographs! I also love an ascending photo collage along a staircase 🙂 Granted, it doesn’t take much to impress me decor-wise. I’m horrific with decorating.

  • Art @ Fit at Fifty March 15, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Great Looking pictures,
    I am glad I found your blog.

  • Em @ Love A Latte March 15, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I love the frames! They look awesome going up the stairs!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 15, 2013, 7:19 pm

    I’ve always thought photo walls like that were so cool and look great, but I’m too chicken to make one at my own house. I really like the white frames and the use of items in some frames, very nice!

  • tanya March 15, 2013, 8:48 pm

    that ball idea is great!!
    as long as he isn’t left unsupervised…not sure if he could get under them and not get up. …super cute idea though! awesome way to keep him busy

  • Patty March 15, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Doesn’t Henry throw all the balls out?

    • Caitlin March 16, 2013, 7:42 am

      Not yer!

  • Claire March 16, 2013, 9:08 am

    I have the same picture with the Ibis at the U Alumni Center 🙂 U alumni for life!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 16, 2013, 9:27 am

    Oh my! That ball pit = AWESOME! Think it can hold me? I’ll gladly babysit Henry and play in the ball pit while you get your work done! 🙂

  • Kim @ HealthyNest March 16, 2013, 10:25 am

    Huh! The ball pit is such a cool idea! Does he really like it?? I wonder if my 1-year-old would go for something like that…I’d love a safe place to put him for awhile! I picture balls being thrown everywhere, but it would be worth it. 🙂

  • Timothy Swanson March 16, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Beautiful photo wall. I hear you. Gotta wait til college for any free time. 😛

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd March 19, 2013, 2:45 pm

    LOVE the baby ball pit idea! Adorable!

  • Tara February 28, 2014, 6:48 am

    Love the ball pit idea. Where did you buy the balls? I haven’t seen them around in stores. Would love to do this. Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin February 28, 2014, 9:34 am

      They are on amaaon!

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