In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
A couple of months ago, I visited a friend of mine in my hometown, and we spent an afternoon at her sister’s house. Her sister owns a very large, beautiful home, but the most striking thing about her home was that it is covered, top to bottom, with photographs. She has more canvas prints than I’ve ever seen, in every size imaginable. She has framed prints on every wall, sitting on every table, bookshelf, and mantle. She and her husband have two girls, and the girls have been photographed from birth, and throughout their lives, with every stage of their childhood hanging on the walls of their home. Kim definitely knows how to surround herself with the people she loves. There’s no mistaking whose home you’re in.
So, how do we follow Kim’s example, and fill our homes with photos of our loved ones? Would a stranger entering your home know who owned your home? Do your friends and family gush over the photos of themselves that they see when they visit? How do we print more?
There are literally endless possibilities to printing your images, ranging from big to small, and everything in between. Canvas prints are fantastic. They are basically photos printed on canvas, so they bring an element of timelessness and texture to the room. If you have the space, I love big canvas prints.
8×10 and 8×12 prints are a classic, medium-sized format that gives you a lot of flexibility when decorating. Instead of 8×10, try an 8×12 next time. 8×12″ is really the way you want to go if you don’t want the image cropped, or if you don’t want white borders. The 8×10’s above have white borders.
If you have a small space, framed 4×6 prints may be the way for you to go. I am currently working on a 4×6 and 5×7 framed collage for a wall in my living room. Each of the photos is framed and positioned on the wall together to form a large design element that works well together. It’s a work in progress though, so I’ll wait to post a photo of that until I have more of it done.
If your space is VERY small (do you live in NYC?), accordion books are a cute way to put photos on display and then easily move them out of the way if you need the space for something else. They work well on your office desk, can be carried easily in your purse, or taken with you on a trip. Do you travel a lot? Spend a lot of time away from the family on business? A 3×3 accordion book can be set on a hotel nightstand to bring your family with you when you can’t be with them in person.
While these photos aren’t of my loved ones, finding the right rooms to display certain photos is just as important as deciding on what photos to print. The kitchen is a great place to hang photos of food (especially fresh fruits and vegetables – these can be purchased on my Etsy page :)), but would be kind of a creepy place to hang your boudoir photos. Placement can be everything.
Just remember, having a CD is great, but you can’t frame it. Happy decorating!