Monday, March 4, 2013

With a Little Help from my Friends...

Any Asian knows at least one person who's got their glamour shot wedding photo blown up to a wall-sized canvas and displayed in their living room.

Sorry, I found your pic on Google.

Needless to say for me, hells to the no. I've always shied away from putting too many personal photos on display in my house, but I'm rethinking that now. My parents' living room is cluttered with personal photos of our family vacations, weddings, kids, etc--and I love looking at all of them. My husband and any other visitor also gets a kick out of seeing all these old photos of us.

Recently, I visited a friend who'd moved to a city far away from her friends. Her apartment was filled with great photographs of her family, friends, and pets, all framed and, quite honestly, evoking those very people, even thousands of miles away. It was a testament to why we keep old photos and display them. It's like having your friends and your memories all around you, at all times.

I've yet to put up photos because I just haven't gotten around to getting frames, but also I'm trying to figure out a good way of displaying images without cluttering up our space and while keeping the overall aesthetic of our home.

Here are a few ideas I'm toying with to display more personal photos:

Create a cluster of frames

A pic here or there may look messy, but strength in numbers is key!

From Apartment Therapy

or something more geometric, like what I did for these cool Cassia Beck photos:

Create a shape out of unframed photos


Clotheslining Polaroids

We have a bunch of great polaroids from our wedding that would work great for this. And we could really fill up the office window (which looks sort of gross anyway) with this trick.

From Apartment Therapy
Create a rotating clip board 

This super simple DIY featured on involves a strip of wood, screws, and four paper clips--plus your choice of photos to display and change as you please.


Keep a photo board / mood board

Nothing better than working at your desk and looking up to see all the people you're not hanging out with.

From Dustjacketattic

I love this idea...would work great with our dark office wall.

From Smitten Studio

Create washi tape frames

Cheap, colorful, and cute!