With my boyfriend Scott as my @bloggerphotographer, and one very important half of our Haute House Flower two-person team, our love of photographs and capturing memories is mutual. While I may not have known exactly how I wanted to decorate our home when we relocated from California to NYC, but I knew a gallery wall of framed photos would definitely play a role in our decor.
So when online custom photo framing company, Framebridge wanted to partner up to help decorate the walls of our new NYC apartment, I could not have been more excited! The concept of professionally framed photography is something I have always loved, but I will admit, the measurements, the matting, etc can get a little bit intimidating.
One of my favorite features Framebridge is the fact that they make it incredibly easy to submit your art in just a few simple steps.
Honestly, the hardest part for me was narrowing down which of our quadrillion pictures to post! I personally really wanted to have a theme to our photos, not just have it be random photos that we loved. When imagining what I wanted to look at every day, I really wanted a constant framed inspiration, and a reason as to why we were here in NYC. It’s cheesy, and I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media, but it’s something that actually resonates with me, and can apply to any goal you’re going after…”remember why you started.” Revisiting your original goal or mission is a fantastic tactic to help determine if it fits what you stand for, and where you want to go. I can still remember so vividly being back in California, my heart aching for this city, so much so that we decided to move here…so posting photos of all of our trips out here as a couple that inspired us to move here was a no-brainer.
Here are photo-framing tips that I picked up throughout this process, that I hope can be helpful to you. Also, keep read on for a special framing offer just for YOU (yes, you!):
1) Pick photos or art that you love and want to look at every day. A good test? Look away quickly and and look back at the image. What’s the first emotion you feel? If you don’t feel anything, move on to the next picture. Anything you put in your home should immediately spark a feeling in you; whether it’s laughter, excitement, bliss, or even a bittersweet memory of something that no longer exists.
2) Try and stick to a cohesive color scheme. Just as bloggers do to their Instagram feeds, or as a curator would to the walls of a museum look at how the colors fit together and complement each other. Feeling stuck or commitment phobic of a color? Go the route I went – I chose to edit our photos in black and white to keep our color scheme even more uniform, and to ensure that I would never get sick of them.
Also, thinking about the color scheme of the existing furniture and decor that will surround the art, will help you narrow down the concept of the art you’re choosing to frame. Since our bedroom is so white (and so are our dogs!), the black and white photos also plays into the charcoal tones of our bed
3) Plan around your wall space. Especially if you have a tiny Manhattan apartment like me, your wall space is very limited, so measuring and rough sketching out where the art will go in advance is important. We must have toyed around with art placement on every different wall in our home before deciding on the bedroom! .
Love it, hate it? I’m totally dying to hear what you think, so be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below!
ALSO, Framebridge and I have partnered up to offer you 15% off of your first Framebridge purchase! All you have to do is click HERE and you can enter HAUTEHOUSE15 at checkout. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see more sneak peaks of our NYC apartment!
All photos by Scott White (@BloggerPhotographer)
Overalls: Kendall & Kylie , similar HERE
Shirt: Free People
Ring: David Yurman