Recently on my own site, I talked about how, even with as much as I enjoy the holidays, I always feel a sense of relief at the beginning of the year. What I didn’t mention, however, was how much I go into nesting mode. I think it has something to do with taking down the Christmas tree: after putting everything away, and seeing my house go back to the way it was before we decked the halls, I feel an urge to move things around a little, make a few adjustments. Redecorate a bit.
Since I truly don’t have lots of money to spend on redecorating (does anyone?), and, well, I’ve been known to take a photograph or two, I’ve decided to see how I can enhance our home using photographs. What’s sort of strange is that in general, I don’t display my photography at home, save for a couple of family snapshots here and there. But really, why not use my photographs to help make my house feel more like home? It feels like a no-brainer, right?
And so, a couple of days ago, I dusted off a book that I purchased a few months ago, on a whim. Photos (style recipes) is a publication from Pottery Barn, and is chock full of really lovely ideas to store your photographs, display them in your home, advice on how to mat, frame and hang photographs — even some ideas on how to assimilate and create collages of vacation snapshots. I’ve already pulled a couple of ideas out of the book, and I’m loving the changes I’ve made to our fireplace mantle and our breakfast area, all for a pretty nominal fee of printing a few photographs and purchasing some standard frames.
While the book is available on Amazon, I can’t find it on the Pottery Barn site, or anywhere else for that matter — so it could be the book is out of print. I really can’t recommend it enough, so be sure to snap it up if you can.
And on a related note, I’m curious: do you display your photographs in your home? Are your displays limited to portraits of your family, or do you frame your art photography pieces as well?