Updated! Winner announced below!
Full disclosure: All thoughts and opinions are wholeheartedly my own. I worked with James of Wemontage through Michelle of A Dish of Daily Life. I was given an opportunity to design my own repositionable photo wallpaper and I received no other compensation.
Well, today is my birthday! And my present came a little early.
I have moved several times as an adult, from dorm room to apartment, from apartment to condo, from condo back down to apartment all the way across the country, back up to condo back across the country (still following?) and eventually to a semi-permanent house. I call it my maybe-forever home. In all of these places and spaces, I always had one thing in common.
I would plaster whole walls with decorations, posters, and photos. I like white walls – I just like with eye-catching decorations better.
My vision through all of this, when time and money no longer got the best of me, was to decorate an entire wall with my own photography. I take photos to tell stories – I wanted to tell the stories of my own family. This is a very expensive and time-consuming thing to do since nice canvases and nice frames range in the hundreds of dollars, and when you want to fill up a whole wall, you’re looking at thousands of dollars. It was my far-off dream. I added it to my “When I win the lottery, I will..” list. That list is a mile long.
I’m excited that I got to take something off of that list.
Enter WeMontage. Talking with the owner, James Oliver Jr., has been so enjoyable. We are both in the having-two-kids camp but we’ve always managed to connect and talk business. In fact, this is his beautiful family here:
He had a vision and he made it happen. He created a very affordable and easy-to-order/easy-to-use product that makes a lasting impression. Do you have wonderful but mostly unused or not shown photos of your family or events in your life? Wedding? Baby? Parties? Tributes? etc. The sky is the limit in ideas, and you can create any size you need. The minimum size custom collage is 6 ft. x 4 ft. Imagine walking into a room in your house and seeing all of your memories coming to life. Bedroom, living room, nursery, office:
WeMontage speaks to my heart in many ways. I cannot stress enough how committed to the business that James and his family are, and how much they helped us make our vision come true. I put all the files I considered using for my collage into Dropbox, because I have a free account there. It is the fastest way to get your photos into the WeMontage software. I put way more photos than I intended to use and I slowly cut some out that were less important to me, because I was aiming for using 15-18 photos. You can use more, but you risk them being smaller. You can use less too. I created a 6 ft x 4 ft collage, but you can make larger custom sizes at $10 per square foot. Once you are happy with your amount of photos, you can shuffle them around with the click of a mouse until you find an arrangement you love best. For mine, I wanted to showcase at least two or three large portraits of my family:
The shipment arrived fast and it couldn’t have come at a better time! We were just about to begin the process of moving bedrooms around in our house. The kids are now sharing a larger room, at our daughter’s request, and the baby is out of our bedroom.
I would recommend you take at least two people to unroll and un-peel your photo wallpaper. And keep the backing in case you ever want to move it. It is meant to be able to be moved if you ever need it in another room or house. I’m not the most diligent person, so I mostly held it in place while my husband hung it up. We are so happy with the result. The kids are too:
They were very slaphappy that first night. I think they knew they were in the vicinity of greatness so I got a kick out of letting them photo-bomb my photography of the new room:
Later that night, the baby went to bed first. I was singing him a warbled rendition of, “Goodnight Sweetheart” and I made up a song for him to say “goodnight” to all of his loved ones in the photos. His two aunts, his three grandmas, his parents, and his sister. It was a wonderful exercise and he even somewhat sang along! (or as much as a 13-month-old can sing) It was two lessons for a baby his age. 1. He’s learning how to follow my finger to what it’s pointing at. 2. He’s learning names and faces. Of really prevalent people!
And one photo, the next morning, in natural light:
Since we made up the new bedroom, anyone who has visited our house has gasped at the photo wallpaper. They say it makes them feel happy. And it makes us feel happy. And don’t we all want that? People feeling happy in our homes? The reaction I’ve received a lot is, “How can I get one for my own home?” And I can answer that. You can visit WeMontage to learn more.
If you’re at BlogHer this week, visit James and WeMontage at Booth 2224! Tell them I sent you!
WeMontage is very generously giving away one custom 6 ft. x 4 ft. removable photo wallpaper panel. You will get the chance to design it yourself so make sure you have a beautiful space in mind. The value of this giveaway is $240! Please enter on the Rafflecopter:
The giveaway is valid for one week and will expire on August 1st. James and WeMontage are also offering a 20% discount to all of you for your own photo wallpaper. Use the code “TAMARA” at checkout. The code is valid will expire on August 15th. Please note you must be 18 to enter. US 48 contiguous states only.
Good luck and fire away those questions and comments to WeMontage!