I’ve shared this on my blog, but I know a lot of you don’t check that, so I had the idea to share this blog post with all of you here, since THIS is a passion of mine.
I have this dream that I want to share with the world. Now stick with me and hear me out. My dream is but a simple one—to beautifully display family portraits around your home. I’m not just talking about professional images (though I do know someone who can help you with that) but the images of your family that tell a story, share an adventure, or just show off how cute you are as a family.
Though your children may not notice those images enough to mention every day, it is tucked in the back of their minds, and they feel the security that they are in a loving family. Parents, do you want to know the secret to raising loving, creative, honest, self-confident kids? By nurturing their self- esteem. How better to nurture that self-esteem than to decorate your home with THEM! In her book “The Magic of Encouragement,” therapist Stephanie Marston suggests placing portraits of your child being loved next to their bed, or on their walls. These images will be “the last thing before they sleep and the first thing they see when they awaken.” Images speak louder than words.
And moms—make sure YOU are in some of those images! Your children NEED to see you loving and squeezing and adoring them. They need to see that family portrait engrained in their memories as they pass through the revolving front door every day because they DO notice. We love to look at our children (and so do they) but they also need to look at you. Don’t worry about the fact that you still need to lose that last 15 pounds, your children love you for you, and you need to be remembered at this time in their lives.
In my opinion, each room should have at least one picture displayed. In rooms with larger walls, large prints can either be clustered together in varying sizes or standing alone. Have you ever seen what an 8×10 looks like hung on a big wall all by itself? It doesn’t look right—it looks too small! I do think that if a cluster of 8×10’s are huddled together on a wall, it works better. But ideally, an 11×14 is the smallest that should go up on a wall—16×20 is even better–20×30 every better! I try to educate my clients on the importance of large portraits. They are scared, worried how it will look, then when they see it, they LOVE it! Something about BIG just doubles the happiness, not to mention the visibility.
I used to worry that people would come to my home and see family pictures everywhere and think I’m vain for displaying so many prints of my family. Well guess what? I love my family more than anything and it’s true—I think we are AWESOME and I love to look at us! I much prefer my family to black ironwork wall hangings. When I go to friends or strangers home, my favorite thing is to walk all around their home and silently peer into their frames, have a glimpse into their lives. I still love to go to my moms home and look at all my childhood pictures. She has them going down her stairwell with portraits through the years. I LOVE it!
I want my children to feel that family togetherness, the unity. I want the pictures displayed around our home to remind them that they are a part of a family who loves them. This is my wish, for me and for you. I want to get those great family moments off of the computer and onto the walls. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. I am a big fan of professionally printed images and will only sell that to my clients, but if the quality is lower, it is better to have that than nothing. A 16×20 at Sams club is around $10 (don’t quote me on that). I say to print that, make sure you love it, then if you want better quality, seek a higher end lab.
Here are some snaps from around my home.
To the left of the window is a 16×20 canvas. I wish it were bigger.
This is in the kitchen right by the back door to the garage. I thought it needed a little something and I put an 8×10 print of my 4 kids in the bluebonnets next to a lightswitch and security system. Painted the frame green.
My boys old room, these are 20×30′s of them playing sports.
They helped me pick out which sports shot to include.
Our kitchen. This goes along with my rule to not put 8×10′s on the wall unless clustered together. This is plate rack and the 8×10′s are mounted on a hard board so they stand alone without a frame. I change these throughout the year.
There you have it…now share with me! Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. I try to do a regular feature on my blog of images readers have sent to me of how they decorate with portraits.
P.S. Did you hear that I am competing on crafting with the stars? Eeeks, so crazy! Amy (the creator of this blog) is a “star” working with another competator. Check Sew Dang cute on Sunday or Monday to vote.
P.S.S. Come to my blog to see my most recent exciting portrait decoration and to submit your images.