It’s been a year now of being homeowners and although we’ve been putting our stamp on every square inch of our little Riverwood Cape Home, I’m beginning to see that it can (and should!) take a long time to fully personalize a space – especially when you have 2,000 sq. feet of it.
I’m a big believer in home decor being collected in stages instead of a one and done trip to Target where you stock up on Pampas grass, brass figurines, and round mirrors. Not that I don’t love a Target mirror, but I’ve learned you need to get to know a space before you start hanging prints and photos.
Well, I think we’ve gotten to know this place pretty well and through the summer we’re excited to start tackling some small indoor projects to avoid the heat of a South Carolina summer. We have things like our Master Bedroom that is in dire need of a refresh, some built-in bookcases to puzzle through, and of course finding frames and hanging some special prints and photos we’ve collected over the past few years.
I get questions from time to time where we find our prints and frames, so I wanted to share a little round up of resources we keep an eye on and purchase from.
Disclosure: I worked with Framebridge for two professionally framed photos last summer but this is not sponsored by them.
Two of our larger framed photos in the house have both been carefully printed and framed by Framebridge and the process could not have been easier.
Everything was done digitally – from uploading our photos to choosing the right size, mat, and frame – and the final result was shipped to our house.
And this is in stark contrast to another print we had professionally framed by Hobby Lobby where we had to go to the store three times and then go pick it up.
To be fair custom framing is not cheap but we’ve our Framebridge frames over a year and the glass, color, and quality has not diminished.
Over the years we’ve used a lot of different photo printing services to get physical copies of wedding photos, family photos, and even travel photos.
A few online printing services we love are:
+ Parabo Press – perfect for smaller prints and fun sizes (like their square prints)
+ Artifact Uprising – of the highest quality on all their products. Take a look at their Layflat books if you want to get a wedding album made too.
We made it a goal of ours a few years that whenever we travel somewhere for fun our once souvenir of the trip would be to pick up a small piece of local artwork.
Over the years we’ve collected oil paintings from Antigua, sketches from Seattle, and prints from Nashville. It’s a fun traditional and each piece holds a special place in our hearts.
But that is also an expensive way to collect wall hangings so we’ve also bought a few prints from some favorite small businesses over the years.
+ Native Maps – we have the Brooklyn neighborhoods print
+ Ugmonk – a designer who started an online shop, we have a number of his prints that are perfect for my husband’s office.