Since acquiring a halfway decent digital camera, I’ve added thousands and thousands of photos to my image library—some awful, some just okay, and a few that I think are really great. Most of the time I upload the photos I most want to share/look at again/archive in some meaningful way to Flickr, but I find that between a shortage of time and an overload of images, I rarely get around to displaying my favorites around my home.
This is something I wish I did more often, because I love personal photography used as home decoration. For some reason, I always think it’s going to be such a major undertaking to get things picked out and printed and displayed in the appropriate location, I start picturing Exacto blades and laser levelers and jammed printers and arrrrgh. I mean, I like the way scrapbooks look, but just thinking about the effort that goes into them makes me kind of sweaty.
We’re slowly finishing up a remodel that has added two extra rooms to our house, so I’ve been thinking of ways I could put up some photos that won’t 1) suck up an entire weekend, 2) be too rigid to allow me to switch in new photos (children are always growing, have you noticed this?), or 3) cost a hojilliion dollars. Here’s a few options I’ve been looking at:
DIY Photo Wire Display. Okay, admittedly this does look like it would take some time to put together, but the end result is so cool! The assembly process seems like something I could totally outsource to my husband, leaving me with the relatively fun option of choosing the photos I want to display.
Studio Wall Easel. I love this bracketed hanging frame whatsit from Pottery Barn, it’s a great no-brainer way to get your photos hung at appealing angles and distances without doing a bunch of measuring and arranging and arrgh. (For those who don’t mind such activities, check out Dooce’s photo-hanging primer, which involves—oh god—a preliminary diagram and wax paper template.)
Shelf Display Of Some Kind. I like the ease of propping framed photos on a basic shelf or two, and I also like the way this four-level shelf system is set up. I could see doing some kind of photo theme, or just putting up a combo of family photos and random landscapes.
For non-wall-oriented stuff, I love the quality of the books Shutterfly produces, and I’m a huge fan of the Moo MiniCards (I have a bunch of these on my fridge and my work desk at the moment).
What about you—how do you display family photos around your house or office?