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home decor: how to add your travel photos to your everyday decor

          Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! This weekend has been wonderful. I returned from a work trip to Boston on late Friday evening and was greeted by my husband and parents in town for dinner! We had a great family weekend of shopping at a local craft festival, dinning in & out, and of course cheering on the Preds to an amazing win on Saturday. My brother came over and we all got to relax and hang out together all weekend, it was great!

            As I am printing and gathering our photos from our last vacation several weeks ago in Alaska, I can't help but think that our travel photos are becoming one of my favorite pieces of our house. As you know, we love to get away and see new places and being able to capture those special travel moments are so wonderful. Not only is it great actually being there and living in the moment to take these photos but it is also nice to experience them and think about those memories all over again around your home.

I thought I would share a few tips on how I have made our travel photos a apart of our everyday decor in our home. These are rather simple tips but I wanted to share how to mix in everyday pieces and how you can make your photos do the talking.  Here are a few of the travel photos we have started with and how I made them cohesive with our house and style. I hope you enjoy! :)

TIP #1
-Convert  your photos to black & white or sepia tone

Changing your color photos to black & white or sepia tone really give the images a sleeker look and a vintage feel. Also, depending on the color of your walls using black frames with a white thick border inside will really make your photos pop. I almost went all white here with white frames, borders, and black & white pictures but chose the black thick frame to stand out on a bright white wall. If you have a colorful wall or more of a neutral wall, using a white frame with a white border will really stand out as well. It all depends on the color of your wall.

TIP #2
-Choose photos of your best scenery shots

Of course it would be fun to throw a couple selfies in the mix of us at the mountains or a neat background but keeping it simple with beautiful scenery will really make for a great conversation starter in your home. This also leads to the idea that "less is more." What I mean by that is, not captioning your photos on the white border or not using photos with words will be a great way to engage your guests in your home when they come to visit. A good conversation starter or will give you something to talk about when they ask questions about where you visited or where this picture is taken. 

TIP #3
Keep it simple 

-Even if you have multiple travel photos you want to add to your wall to start a gallery, keeping it simple will really bring the look together. Using the same color of frame in different sizes would be neat or keeping them all uniform in straight lines. Whatever you decide to do, keep it simple with your layout and your choice of frame. The idea here is not to lose the photos in the wall but to have the photos stand out on the wall.

TIP #4
-Keep it in the color scheme

What I mean by this is, keep your frame and border choice in the same color family as your everyday decor. What I did below was bring out the white details in my decor by adding a white frame to a neutral wall. By doing this, my frame is cohesive with my decor. If I had off white details only and didn't have any pieces of white in this display, I would have chose an off white frame or an antique finish to tie it altogether. 

In the above, I used black frames to stand out on my white wall because in the sunroom area of our house I have hints of black. Again, tying it all together is key.

-Keep exploring!

In order for you to add more travel photos to your walls, keep traveling and keeping exploring! There is an entire world out there. These are the best "things" we can have are pictures. Not materialistic things that we don't always "need" but photos and memories that are shared with loved ones. 

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