Frame It Up

Nothing helps showcase a favorite photo better than a great frame! With so many types to choose from, it’s easy to find one that will fit your style and decor. We often frame photos from a special time in our lives. Weddings, vacations, graduations and other events with family and friends. I think printing and framing actual photos is even more important, especially with how digital things have become. Too often we have thousands of pictures saved on our phones or computers, but have a hard time getting around to actually printing any for photo books or frames. My best advice is to try and do it right after the event, otherwise (if you’re like me) it never seems to happen!

Other than photos, I love finding other types of pieces to repurpose and showcase using a simple frame! Here are some of my recent favorites…

Old Calendars

I had a calendar last year full of beautiful, colorful images of different cities in Italy. Once the year was over, I couldn’t get myself to get rid of it. One day I came across a couple empty white frames I’d picked up at a thrift store awhile back, knowing I’d eventually find something for them. They turned out to be just the right dimensions to fit the unique sized calendar pages! I measured and cut out two my favorites (two destinations from my honeymoon!) and framed them up. I walk by them everyday, and everyday they make me smile.

 Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Sheet Music

I saw this display while walking around Restoration Hardware one day and fell in love with the idea of framing sheet music. The mix of the metallic frames with the rustic headboard is beautiful, and I like how the light above them almost looks like a traditional piano lamp. So what are some other ideas? You could frame the song you danced to at your wedding for above your bed. You could do a sweet lullaby to hang above a crib in a nursery. Or you could frame your favorite song and find a great spot anywhere in the home to hang it.

 Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Magazine Pages

Sometimes I’ll be flipping through a catalogue or magazine and come across a page that is fun or beautifully arranged. Of course I carefully tear the page out and keep it in my “I’ll find something to use this for someday” folder. I came across this fun beer diagram used in a Crate and Barrel catalogue years ago. Placed in a simple white frame, it made for a great piece to hang by the mini bar. Plus it’s educational ;)

  Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Local Love

I love displaying some local details around the home (in my case, it's Minnesota!). I ordered this great print off Etsy.com a few years back. The artist applied the print to an old encyclopedia page which I thought was really unique. I used a white frame (noticing a trend in my frame color choice? :) and hung it by the front door. I love the way the message “Home Sweet Home” is just right for that spot!

  Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo Credit: Full Bloom Home Staging

Wedding Decor

DYI wedding decor is a great way to save some money when planning the big day! For our wedding I actually created all of the signs used throughout the venue for things like table numbers, welcome messages, Instagram hashtag info and some photo booth fun. What tied them all together? I purchased a variety of affordable silver frames and the color gave the signs I created in simple programs like powerpoint and word a more upscale feel. They turned out great and added just the right amount of information and personality for the venue.

  Photo Credit:  Sara Haley Photography

Frames can be pricey, but for simple projects such as these, I love shopping the sales at local craft stores. They often have a great selection at affordable prices.

Now you have some more ideas for displaying some of those miscellaneous things you love! What are some of the other creative ways you’ve used frames in your home?


Written by Amanda Elmgren, Lead Designer of Full Bloom Home Staging