Posts tagged design
How to style your home with your school photos

One of the most favorite things that parents love about my school photo products is the option to purchase professional frames along with the prints of their kids. It’s a win-win situation. Here are some tips of exactly how to style your home to get the most out of your new frames!

Gone are the days where you get this great professional print and then have to remember for about a year with that mommy brain of yours (I have one too) to buy a frame for the print. My frames are great because they are flip back closure. What that means for you is that you can update the photo every year.

DESIGN TIP: How to styling tabletops?

Create balance and dimension by mixing in taller items with objects that are more flat. In this example the lamp serves as the taller item and the framed photo is given a tad bit more height with the stacked photo albums. To finish this look off even more, you can fill in the wall behind it with frames art or a mirror.

The Hawthorn Frame (picture above) Great for eclectic homes. Matches well with home colors of grey, white, soft neutral colors. Matches with many preexisting frames styles. The most popular frame!

The Hawthorn Frame (picture above) Great for eclectic homes. Matches well with home colors of grey, white, soft neutral colors. Matches with many preexisting frames styles. The most popular frame!

Use Frames and Plants Together

Include plants in styling your photos to add a different visual dimension to the space.

DESIGN TIP: I use to be super against fake plants. But recently they look pretty decent! Pay just a tad more for a nice looking one, but go real if you have the right lighting conditions. Add at least one plant to the shelf.

DESIGN TIP: I use to be super against fake plants. But recently they look pretty decent! Pay just a tad more for a nice looking one, but go real if you have the right lighting conditions. Add at least one plant to the shelf.

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Design Tip: Bookcase

When putting photos on a bookcase (or set of shelves). Make the bottom shelf more visually weighty. Use baskets or boxes or declutter the room and balance our your design. This is also a great place to add at least one plant to add dimension to your space.

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Design Tip: Don’t forget about your kid’s rooms

When you’re thinking about where you want your photos to live. Don’t rule out your kids rooms. My kids’s love having photos of themselves for them to see! It helps keep perspective about what is important in our home and I think it builds self-confidence. Go for more neutral frames that can continue to match your kid’s room style as it changes over time. Pictured on the wall is the black and white frame flat “Sellwood” frame. These are great for a kid’s room because they are made with acrylic and are shatterproof.

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Finding the right size for your wall

I’ve mentioned before about some of the mistakes in hanging art on the wall. One of the biggest and most frequent I see is choosing the 8x10 size and hanging it on a gigantic wall. Here are some visuals to see the common sizes and how they look on a pretty standard size wall. So if you’re dealing with an even bigger wall, then you might need to go bigger or go with several wall art pieces to make the gallery complete. If you’d like a custom design for your specific wall I can do that! So instead of seeing this person’s random living room you’d see your own with your own photos you’re considering putting on the wall sized to show you the best size for that space. Scroll to the bottom to see how to get that started!

Did you miss my 4 biggest mistakes in hanging wall art? See them here!

How to photograph your walls for a custom design

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Once you have that photo you can email the photo to me at photo@kaitlinroten.com

How to style a gallery up a staircase and Cortney and Milo's photos!

There are some gallery designs that are fitting for up the stairs and some that are not.

This particular design kind of drives me crazy. Your eye starts with the photo of him laying on the ground then carries up to the right - only to be left for visually wanting to see more or a natural end to the room. It just feels awkward to me.

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The staircase is also a great place to start with a wall gallery and then add to it as you get more photos.

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This is just looks much better visually. I do think the only thing I’d say is needed is MORE photos! But again this could be a great started gallery!

I think this design below fits better above a couch

It also makes my favorite wall design “shape” a rainbow.

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So these have to be some of my FAVORITE people to photograph! The are one of my 2019 family reps! I’ve photographed Cortney and Milo many times before and every time I rush home and look at the photos right away. I also tell her that after every time I need to get new business cards because I have a new favorite image! These images are from the 2019 family rep mini sessions! Which are great kick off to the year because I don’t offer mini sessions.

Not quite sure what my family rep program is? Read all about it here. Applications are closed for 2019 but you can still read about it. Application for 2020 (that seems so weird!) will begin last summer, early fall 2019.

Maternity Session (Family rep!)

Introducing one of my family reps for 2019! Now technically you have to be a family of three to be a member of the family rep, but that’s only a “rule” so that I can really focus on families with kids and not just couples BUT this is almost a family of three!

Doesn’t it seem like everyone’s pregnancy and labor goes by way faster than your own? It really does feel like yesterday Rebecca told me she was pregnant and that I needed to clear my calendar for December!

A while ago I wrote a post about the unspoken rules of where to hang different types of portraits. Like, is it appropriate to hang family photos in your bathroom? It got me thinking after we painted our bedroom and I (finally!) could hang something on the wall.

So what about maternity photos? The post addresses maternity photos so you should read about it here

Is there a spot in your home that maternity photos shouldn’t go?

For instance, this huge print of Rebecca (she looks GORGEOUS!) over the couch contrasted with an album….

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Large maternity print contrasted with large album

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To me, and this is totally my design opinion, but the album feels more natural for a maternity session. Once the baby comes, the baby will be the center of your walls. You could totally design a wall gallery with baby and maternity photos, I just would advise a smaller version of your maternity photos - and using an image of you and your partner would also be nice!

What do you think? Have you ever gotten wall art that you thought after the fact wasn’t fitting for the specific room? I’d love to hear about it!

Welcome to the World Sadie!

The Print Wrap

I have this thing. I can't stand the way regular canvas looks.  

It's mostly because what the texture does to the skin of a person.  It looks ok at a distance, but if you're standing relatively close to the canvas it just looks bizarre. 

That's why my "canvas" are not like that at all.  I call them "print wraps" to distinguish them from the regularly canvas.  

They are printed on metallic photographic paper then wrapped around a wood frame.  They are premium wall decor! The manufacturing process creates the wrapped look that will look great with others like it - or paired with other canvases you might already have.  

 

Do you have photos that don't have a home? Give them a home TODAY! I provide Custom Wall Design Services.  Here's how it works...

1) You send me up to 25 photos you want to live in your home with photos of your walls
2) I send you mock-up galleries of how those photos could live on your walls
3) You choose which design you like the best and purchase professional wall art for your home. Your design cost ($65) gets credited back into the purchase of your products. 

Easy peasy. 

Start now!