Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Joann and Kelly for having me!
I was at a friend’s house the other day and he had the most wonderful shadowbox full of ticket stubs, funny little notes and small items that held memories for him. It got me thinking about how we store our memories. While old-fashioned scrapbooks and photo albums are great for keeping everything in one place, you won’t enjoy them on a daily basis. Your favorite personal items should not be sitting in a drawer, gathering dust in a closet or waiting for you to get to the framing store. You should be enjoying them in your home, letting the memories they bring up make you smile. Here are three ways to artfully display your sentimental treasures.
A slew of snapshots. Framing can get expensive. And besides, there are more fun ways to display your favorite snapshots. This family shows off their favorite black and white photographs with clothespins and wire. It’s a great way to show off lots of shots, and it’s a quick, easy and, best of all, free way to switch them up.
A special piece of clothing. A favorite personal item can inspire the decor of an entire room. A client brought this very special dress her mother had given her to her interior decorator, Charmean Neithart. The client wanted a living room that “felt like this dress.” Not only did Neithart deliver, but she also had the dress elegantly framed in gold between two pieces of glass and added it to the room that it had inspired.
Family correspondence and documents. Yellowed postcards, letters, birth certificates, deeds and other ephemera tell a story and connect you to your history. Don’t let them sit in a musty box; tack them to the wall and enjoy them out in the open. If putting them in the powder room makes you nervous, opt instead for a display in a hallway, bedroom, or other spot removed from moisture.
How do you enjoy your favorite personal items around your home?
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