Old photos are as irreplaceable as the memories they capture.
But that doesn't mean they're destined to live out their lives in the same outdated frames and boring displays.
Have a phase three home? Then you have more than your share of ancient photos. And creepy frames to match. Full disclosure?...I am certainly no exception.
But at some point, let's say every 20, 30 or so years, even the best of these oldies deserve a makeover.
Week Three of our 5 Weeks / 5 Projects to Declutter and Redefine Your Home feature, is all about breathing new life into that tired table top photo arrangement, so it can complement your decor and once again claim itself as the focal point it's meant to be.
Here's how to redefine your photos, so they can tell your family story, in style:
EDIT. THEN EDIT AGAIN
The good news? Every photo of a loved one, friend or event is a thing of beauty. The bad news? You just don't have enough table space to display all that beauty.
Time for the hard edit.
When planning a photo display, decide which photos stay and.... which photos have stayed too long. Consider grouping photos together that share a common interest; past generations, your family's early years; your childhood photos, etc.
Set a theme. Keep it simple.
FRAME IT UP IN STYLE
Just do it. Ditch the frames that are so past their time. Toss them. It's time for a fresh start.
Case in point: The picture arrangement above that has been a part of my home longer than I can remember. And looks it. The mish-mash of textures and colors? Let's just say, not a fan.
So I selected a hand full of favorite photos, then updated the look with a classic, contemporary vibe.
Larger photos that draw the focus of the display, were placed in a perennial favorite, Pottery Barn's Beveled Silver-Plated Frame (below).
Then smaller silver frames in various shapes and sizes, including an old Mariposa kept from my original grouping, accent the arrangement and add interest. And for a pop of texture and surprise, a frame with beautifully romantic lines-- in a patina finish from HomeGoods -- completes the look.
Oprah.com's, One Minute to a Better Room with Nate Berkus, recommends you vary the size and height of your frames and arrange some horizontally, others vertically. Nate also notes details matter. For example, facing the frames in the same direction can make all the difference. "Turn them all the same way. When I go to people's homes, I see frames turned at all different angles--that's not the way to tell the story through pictures!".
FIND A GOOD HOME
Who said photos have to live in the usual spaces? Think creatively when selecting the right location.
Moving my photo display from the typical living room sofa table to a mahogany server in another part of the house created the ideal back drop for my clean-lined, new style. And added character and a bit of sophistication.
Now's a great time to update your photo displays so they fit with your phase three home decor and lifestyle. Here's to years and years of beautiful memories!
Up next in our 5 for 5 series: Week 4--Restyling a sofa table to fit your phase three home aesthetic.