Ferry RdTraditional Staircase, Portland Maine
What Houzz contributors are saying:
I work with a lot of families, and one of the constant issues I encounter is a deluge of family photos. Sometimes they occupy every surface of a room, sometimes it’s every wall, and sometimes it’s both.I consider those extreme cases, and in those instances, I suggest that the clients choose the photos they feel best represent their loved ones and that are the most special. A yearly school photo or annual Christmas pic rarely makes the client's cut. Group photos of family members no one really remembers or knows the names of also tend to go. The prom photos and team sports shots get cut fairly regularly as well. You’d be surprised how many people frame photos because they think they ought to instead of really liking them or feeling they add to the home. That picture of Grandma holding your son where she looks especially tired and he seems terrified? Yeah, that shouldn’t be on the mantel.Find the Hidden GemsThe same goes for wedding photos. Newlyweds tend to coat their homes with photos of their big day. Five years later those photos are still on display. Every single wedding photo isn't the most beautiful or meaningful of the bunch. Pick two and add those to the mix. I had a couple who had framed and displayed very formal, serious wedding photos of themselves in their family room. After meeting them once, it was clear those were the wrong photos for the room. I asked to see the album. The photos that best represented who they were, were hidden in the massive wedding book. We switched the overly stoic images for ones of them laughing and dancing with their friends, holding hands and posing jokingly and caught in a candid moment. Those were the images that filled the space with joy.The staircase gallery shown here is a great example of a curated collection of meaningful photographs that each make an impact due to their large-scale format and minimalist frames. Having fewer but larger photos invites you to stop and admire them, as opposed to being overwhelmed by their multitude.
2. Display cherished belongings (and get rid of the rest). Begin with a small step. Do you have a box of old photos that give you warm fuzzies every time you see them? Choose your favorites and have them framed. Start spending 10 minutes clearing clutter every Saturday morning, and make a trip to Goodwill when you have a full box. Little by little, you can create a home that better reflects what's important to you.
Karu's great-uncle, Leon Levonstein, was a well-known urban photographer. "Some of the framed photos are his, including the little one of my father as a young boy," says Karu.Other framed photos are from Karu and her husband's wedding. The print is by illustrator Hugo Guinness.