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Most Beautiful Ways To Display Your Family Photos

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

When one of my clients moved into her new home, it was important to her to have photos of her kids around. She’s pretty found of them to begin with, and happens to be newly splitting custody of said offspring. Having pictures of their faces around would, we hoped, make being apart from them about a centimeter more bearable. Plus, their presence would instantly make what was a brand new place feel like a familial haven.

Since we needed photos on the fly, I hit up the Dual-Strawed hotline. Luckily, his majesty the Emperor of Adventure was stateside, and happy to oblige the request. He showed up at the appointed time, headed down to the park with the whole related-crew, and returned not thirty minutes later, mission complete.

We printed those photos out, hung them on those ledges in the living room, and let me just tell you: it’s a completely fantastic situation.

So, naturally, my thoughts have since turned to family photos and how one might go about displaying them.

At present, given the success of the project, my fondness rests with ledges. There’s an effortlessness that leaning and layering photos, rather than hanging them, achieves, if you ask me.

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Annika Von Holdt

 

You can keep it an exclusively family photo arrangement, or implant some art pieces for variety. And, as photo ledges may be most easily assembled over time, you can entertain a little mis-matched frame action without the whole thing looking crazy.

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: A Beautiful Mess

 

If hanging and clean lines are where your heart lies, you cannot go wrong with a family gallery wall.

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Photography by Tracey Ayton, Home of Monika Hibbs via Style Me Pretty

 

There’s something so satisfying about the appearance of matching frames, whether hung in a gallery wall collage style, or symmetrically.

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Studio McGee, Photography by Travis J Photography

 

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Unknown

 

The middle ground might be this:

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Photography by Cynthia Chung Photography, Interior Design by Jennifer Markowitz via Style Me Pretty

 

Frames hung resolutely but casually, a display that is neither overly thought out or sloppy.

But let me ask you this: have you ever considered going bigger?

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credits: Jeltje Janmaat via We Love Beautiful Things

 

If your family is your work of art, why not? And, when framed at this size, the photos seem to become more valid art pieces, wouldn’t you agree?

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Interiors Magazine

 

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: Domino Magazine via Splendid Willow

 

And, lastly, one of the cooler ideas I’ve seen: family photo cum wall mural.

Beautiful, uncluttered ways to display your family photos.

Image credit: unknown

 

I imagine this technique would not be for the faint of heart, but for the person who values family above much else, and, who desires a non-replicable wallpapering.

Where do you stand on the family photo matter? More important: why? 

Beautifully Striking & Unique Ways To Display Old Family Photos

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

There’s a reason why people commonly collect, sell, and display old photos–whether or not they know the people captured in the photographs. It’s because old photographs are really cool. They’re a window into the past, their sepia genuinely earned.

And when you actually know the people in the pictures, when they’re your grandparents, your great-grandparents, and on and on, then the precious archival factor only increases.

Only, not many people feel inclined to actually display these vintage family photos the way they do photographs of their immediate family.

They images are usually tiny, for one. And for two, oh, well, I’ll just stick them in this box for now.

For no reason, I got the urge to investigate the way others have so cleverly found ways to display their old family photos. You’ve probably already thought of all of these. Probably already have those babies on display. You brilliance, you.

So, today I’m playing that massively overdone role of curator of concept. Here comes:

This first display tactic would likely never have occurred to me. And, it managed to stop me in my tracks (scroll). New (to me), surprising, and surprisingly delightful–that spells a winning idea I’m almost certain.

Iteration number 1 is from Shabby Love Blog:

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

And two, via White Life Photography:

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Three and four are mysteries, and five, from Etsy:

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Am I alone in thinking this is the most darling idea, like ever?

The round glass shape lends an air of whimsy to the already storied, and thus rather serious picture.

Another way to honor and display: present archival photos with an element that, itself, feels vintage.

Think Miniature Rhino’s vintage wooden thread spools:

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Or, c/o HGTV, a silver tray:

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Or even something as lovely and elegant Simple as this (from Miss Gracie’s House):

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

You can go broad strokes and clean look by way of unified collage, as did Leila Younis (via Apartment Therapy):

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

Or, go all out with a gallery wall (you knew that was coming at some point in this post, didn’t you?), like this one from Urban Grace:

Amazingly creative ideas for how to display old family photos. Finally, a reason to dig them out of that box!

In any case, if you have in your possession a bundle or three archival photos, you might as well let them see the light of day. Or even the blue light of many screens! I’m sure they’d happily take either before the claustrophobia and darkness of a box.

(Who ever said there wasn’t a place for sentimentality in Live Simply, huh?)

Question of the day: how would (or do) you display your old family photos??

 

15 Brilliant New Uses For Binder Clips

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After writing yesterday’s post about the superiority of binder clips to paper clips, I sort of fell down the well. That is, my own post worked so effectively on me that afterwards I was left marveling at the genius of the binder clip.

Really, when you think about it, it is truly fantastic in design: a remarkable amount of tension contained in a sleek, compact, smaller than my palm-sized frame. 

When you think about it some more–which it’s becoming increasingly obvious that I did– it occurs to you that the limit of scenarios in which the binder clip might be useful seems infinite. Some particular uses are admittedly more ghetto than others (I’m looking at you binder-clip-as-a-money-clip, also: binder-clip-as-a-cufflink) and as a proponent of beauty and aesthetics, I cannot wholly abide those. But the point is: in a jam, a binder clip is apt to solve nearly any quandary. 

Now that I have you at the edge of your seats, heads leant over so as to be practically knocking into the computer screen with curiosity, I shall provide you with a guided tour of the binder clip’s versatility.  Continue reading