Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Personalizing Your Space with Something Besides Framed Family Photos

When people hear the term "personalizing" in reference to home decor they generally think of family photos in frames on a table or on the walls.

I'll confess to not being a big fan of things like framed graduation or baby pictures. That's for your grandmother's house.  But I can't have my family feeling completely unloved. I've solved the problem in the picture above: a large bulletin board with a modern black frame. And the board has a theme: travel.

I also keep it updated. I like very old photos in black and white, or very recent ones.

I try to be a bit more creative in the personalizing department. Here's vintage map I found in a closet. It was produced the year our house was built. It hangs by the front door and provides an interesting conversation piece.

How about a craft project featuring names of places you've traveled with your family backed with those maps you always come home with? 

The picture in the black frame is actually a birthday card I gave to my husband a few years back. It has two dogs with suitcases, at a train station. Perfect piece of art for a pair of traveling animal lovers. 

A wooden bowl found on a trip holds shells and rocks from memorable places. If you have kids, you know that rock collecting comes naturally to them. Give them a place to keep them!

Use things that you and your family love and are special to you. That's what says "beautiful home" to me.

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