Schumacher’s Chiang Mai

{image from Hudson in Boston}

The blog world has been a buzz for about, oh TWO years apparently about this amazing fabric.. what do you think?? love it hate it?? I think the aquamarine (robins egg) is wonderful, though some of the colorways i dont care for…i have noticed several bloggers (Sloanie Home and LGN) even using it (the aquamarine) in their blog header/designs…i am telling you, everyone loves this fabric..it almost like the trellis craze!


what i also love/find interesting is that i have noticed this fabric on various blogs..both modern AND traditional and very preppy and all seem to love it and use it in wonderful ways…everything from high end articles in Domino, to Kristen Bell’s apartment in InStyle recently, to Little Green Notebook’s darling rental dining room too! (love her settee with the dining table)

{image from Little Green Notebook}

even Vera Bradley used it for chairs in one of her new stores.. and YES it is expensive BUT you can have pillows made out of it from this great shop on etsy and they even have Christmas stockings!


{image from Plum Cushion}

i think it would make great roman shades in my little kitchen! who am i kidding, i could get a new dishwasher (which i badly need) AND a fridge for what that would cost!;; but it is fun to admire a gorgeous fabric, keep my eye peeled for a scrap to call my own, and notice the knocks offs (pottery barn what a shock) and influences popping up everywhere…thoughts??? is there another fabric you are obsessing over lately??

WHAT to frame?

What to frame what to frame??? We all know a really well done photo wall (or even a simply framed picture on a table or piano) can be really pretty and well done or REALLY tacky and not so well done..so we move forward with caution. Because we want to use what we love but we also want it to look nice. And we cant frame everything, and we shouldnt.. special things, no brainers will definitely come to mind and jump out..things we just have to frame but when doing a wall it can get complicated…we’ll talk more about displays and groupings tomorrow.


[from Meg Duerkson’s Whatever blog]

For today, let’s focus on the ever so subjective topic of what’s frame worthy and current trends/inspiration in photography..there are so many..and they are fun! we’ll just scratch the surface..feel free to contribute your two cents in the comments.

Many moms are really interested in photography these days and we can learn so much from them..totally inspiring… like Darby at Fly Through our Window and Meg Duerkson…many of these awesome family blogs have great photography tips and discuss their cameras, a great resource for learning to capture your own images…so forget olan mills and sears! i think that is what many designers in the past were so leary of..too many BAD PICTURES.but if you are taking great pictures and careful not to display too many it can look so great….moms today are taking some pretty awesome photos of their kids in everyday life..dirty feet, baking in the kitchen, kids being kids..no wonder they want to display some of these treasures in their homes. it would be a shame not to!

So whether you are capturing your own images or using a professional like many of the images featured below, they are all treasures. it is just a matter of training your eye on what to use in your home and editing and updating periodically (this is my opinion).. Emily at Chatting at the Sky suggests in this awesome photo post on the Inspired Room to go through all of your photos and pick out 5 to work with..she promises it is worth the effort.. more on Emily’s great ideas tomorrow..she is one of those inspirational bloggers!

One of the main trends, if that is even what you call it, is on the “unposed or non portrait photo”..capturing (I know i have used that word too many times;;) little pieces of the everyday..sort of a social history view of photography..i think it is wonderful. Like a farmer’s hands and his baby girl’s sweet feet.


[image from Lynsey at Yonder Way Farm]

So whether you are using antique or vintage family photos like i mentioned yesterday, your own recent work, or a professional photographer, they can all work in your home, alone or together.

One reader mentioned yesterday about only having photos in private areas of your home not public spaces..good point and i have heard that “rule” before too BUT i know many young families like ours live in older, small homes with kids everywhere and frankly the entire home is a personal/private space..no “fancy” rooms here..But this image above captured by my dear friend Lynsey is so special and intimate it might be something for just her in a private space. Just like my photo below (with my son Drew).

I have this photo pictured above on my nightstand…it really reminds me of how it felt to hold my firstborn those first few months, that sweet baby fuzz head nuzzled under my neck..seeing this image on my nightstand every time i got out of bed to deal with a colicky baby really blessed and encouraged me…and still does!

I think the point we all realize and want to incorporate into our homes is that photos dont have to be posed to be frame worthy. they can bring joy and life in to our homes..and that is what we are about, creating happy homes where we can nurture our families and grow together. I think that is the trend, and i usually dont like trends but i like definetly like this..

Even professionals are jumping on this bandwagon or maybe leading it..For instance, I love this from Kate Benson..her entire site is inspiring….this is casual but wonderful. and with wedding portraits like this why keep them in an album…

or this of children..

so what about the feel and style of your images that you choose to display?? how contrived should they be..what about the white shirts..the black shirts..should we do brown shirts this year??? I’m not going to tell you what to do…i think they are actually very nice but you can mix it up too, you dont have to match, you dont have to even see the shirts or even FACES, your children dont even have to be CLEAN..imagine! and of course on one wall or table you can have some white shirt photos mixed in with close ups of your kids playing with the water hose! i know photography people think about this and though i love posed shots like this below(I mean isnt this so creative and precious?!)i like the non posed as well.

from Sadie Olive (who designed this blog)

..i also think the classic things are, well classic..so do the fun neat shot for a while and then put it away maybe, rotate your photos (how many busy moms actually do that though?) but there will be classic photos that always sta
y out..like this one of my son in the church nursery..I cant believe my friend Tami caputured this inside with those awful lights..but she did! I love that is just focuses on his face and not his outfit or the setting. (although i love the trees in the above images too!)


[image from the K Gallery]
just his face..nothing trendy about the background(except “the tilt”, i love the tilt..my mother does not get the tilt!) just HIM and i love it…and i bet I will in 20 years..and not just love the picture and feeling but love the way it looks in my house too…(except for maybe the tilt?! ha!)

here are a few more in my own home that i just cant live without right now..maybe i will rotate out soon..but for now these make our house feel like a home…

yes, the white shirts AND in bluebonnets (a Texas thang) but i love it..



[also from the K gallery]

So, i say frame things you love (like the train bridge below i captured near my hometown..full of memories for me–photos obviosuly dont have to just be of people), find things that you dont just love because of the subject matter or feeling they evoke but also because of the artistic composition and how they will look in your home, in a certain frame, grouped etc…you cant go only on emotion but you cant just go on look either..that’s the rub. We’ll talk more about groupings tomorrow.

WOW. i have really rambled on about this..should have broken this post up..thanks for indulging me..I think i am really passionate about this decorating with photos thing..more soon!

One more thing…i really enjoyed the comments and emails related to yesterday’s post. Let’s keep the conversation going. Funny, Amanda mentioned yesterday she did not realize this is such a “controversial” topic ..and its not really;;..it is totally personal taste BUT there was a time (and still exists among many) when many design types said NO family photos if you cared anything about interior design. i am serious. I think most of us and many designers today think this is a little silly, unpractical and even a little cold and unpersonal but there is definitely that group out there that believes it unsophisticated to have photos in your home. Just throwing that out there..what do you think?? i would love to hear from everyone!

and no, not everything has to be black and white but as the Nester says…when they arebw then “you are drawn into the faces more than the tony hawk shirt my boys are wearing..” i have more to share from the nester and others tomorrow.

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