So here we are, we’ve chosen some photos, now what about frames and getting something up on the walls or out on the tables…
Martha did a thing in her little magazine;; (speaking of, there is a mountain of info on her site on this topic..how to frame, how to group…just put in photo wall to her search engine..it is like a Martha world wide web..plethora of info)so years ago she showed this idea of using kraft paper to hang plates or multiple frames..it works, it saves walls..strongly consider doing this..and PLEASE dont put too much space between the frames, that is my personal pet peeve;;; here is the OTHER extreme..NO SPACE.
[image from Pottery Barn]
this is perfection in my opinion. i love it..i LOVE how the frames are butted against on another with no space between..i love that not ALL of the frames are black or have mats (I’m not knocking that, it works but see how great this looks mixing it up JUST a bit).this is a great look!
and of course we have to show a Heather Chadduck perspective…the pew, the hooks, the little boy, the photos are pretty standard but look nice, great unified black frames,,this is an attainable look (if we could find a pew like that..how many of us are looking for a piece like that?!);
it will be a lot of this wood PB frame (which is not much more $$ than the Target knock off, on sale 20% off and free shipping often..great value..good quality, spacer and archival mat!) with some chunky silver and black frames mixed in..mostly white mats..a few no mats, and a couple of brown mats (yep i love choc brown with black and white photos)..i am using these keys and a framed book page and brown damask fabric (yes fabric) here and there to really create a unique look..the photos are all vintage family photos..i will share when it is finished.. and no it wont all match.
but matching frames and mats IS a great way to get a unified and sharp look, using all black or something different…like WHITE! I mentioned yesterday that Emily at chatting at the sky discussed with Melissa at the Inspired Room about decorating with photos and she uses WHITE frames..love it.again, very fresh..and unified and simple to achieve.
And just so you dont think decorating with photos is not chic, check out this image from House Beautiful..they did black and white on one wall and color on the other…interesting, this person must really like things organized! what do you think of this?
But back to mixing it up because i must confess that is what i like (i know you are shocked) The Nester did this great post for Blissfully Domestic on photo groupings, be sure and check it out..really practical and inspiring to JUST DO IT..because as she says it doesnt have to be PERFECT to be BEAUTIFUL. and this grouping on her table is beautiful..dont you just love how she has used the tiny frames with monograms and little words and children’s artwork..so nice. fresh and young..love it. i must confess i also love this look on a piano..not the most original idea but traditional and nice..why reinvent the wheel..just keep the tacky frames at bay;;
mine below are mostly silver..i think i want to add some teeny frames like Nester..i keep this on my bathroom counter..we mentioned yesterday about having too many photos in public spaces..thus this silver tray in my bathroom..,i love these pictures of Drew and my husband but i like having them where just i see them otherwise my little home would really be overwhelmed with small frames everywhere..<
like right when you walk in the door!
seriously, someone mentioned on the last post that photos are great just dont put them right where they are the first thing you see when you walk in the door…whoops! i did that;;; oh well. i know what she means and it is a good point. maybe i should NOT be giving advice on this topic!;; here is an old picture (like nearly 2 years old!) of my entry…it is a very odd little space and tiny and this is what i did with my little slivers of wall..love it but maybe not for everyone…
Sooo, stayed tuned for more discussion.. looks like the photo talk is going to spill into next week..next time we will discuss the Ikea resource and have comments from great blogs like here and here…and we may even get a perspective from new mom Erika at Urban Grace..she and her fab twin Darby and friend Marla have a ton of experience and interest in this topic.
See you soon..and keep leaving comments. I know yall are lurking!