so after thinking it through, and taking down the instagram wall to force my butt to find a better replacement, we agreed on another idea...
a plate wall. due to the slanting wall from the stairs, it's hard to find one or two large photos that would work and flow with the wall shape. plates are easy to hang in any shape or form you wish. so then we were off to find some plates that we liked and worked with the decor of our home.
success! the local antique shop had lots of options, and we quickly found enough to start our wall. once they were up, we realized there were some we liked more than others (surprisingly, we BOTH prefer the floral patterns to the blue ships/homesteads). so as we find new ones, we'll add to and replace some of the current plates.
we both much prefer the plate wall to the instagram wall. it's another step to making a house that was briefly just mine, to a home that's ours.