This is the time of year when we tend to snuggle down into our homes because the weather outside is frightful. I’m actually really okay with that. It feels good to slow down and enjoy life at home cooking, reading, watching movies, catching up on paperwork… well, maybe not that so much. Anyway, after I take down my Christmas decorations, I notice myself getting a little motivated to fix my house up a little; what about you?
Home decor, to me, should be personal. It should reflect the lives and priorities and sense of beauty of the people that live there, not just what’s currently trending. I love walking into someone’s home and instantly feeling as if I know them better. In my case, my family is what I adore most in this world, and my friends are a close second, so it only makes sense that my favorite way to decorate my home is with photographs of them.
Lots of people are a bit uncomfortable displaying large family photographs, declaring it “ostentatious”. I really think that this type of thinking is no longer relevant. Yes, generations ago photography was very expensive and out of reach of all but the very wealthy, but that was a long time ago. But now it is VERY common to display family photos, and in fact it shows a warmth to your home. And please – it is SO MUCH BETTER than a mass produced generic landscape picture. Decorating your home with photographs is a wonderful way to personalize it.
My friend Sarah Ulrich is a photographer from Lincoln, Nebraska who decorated her home using her family pictures and it is STUNNING! It is so beautifully done that I just sigh every time I see pictures of it. The pictures add such a beautiful, custom art feel to her home, but because they are pictures of family, it remains understated (as all fine design should!). Take note that she treated each area of her home separately and used the space to its best advantage, coordinating frames and displays to fit the look and the feel of the space. You don’t have to do it all at once! You can start with a bedroom, or a hallway, or a stairway. Click on the link and prepare to be inspired!