Although you wouldn’t know it from my blog posts (or lack thereof!!), I’ve been cranking out projects at home lately — including expanding the gallery wall of photos in my office.
I really wanted to get some of the gorgeous pictures that were stuck on my hard drive out in the open where they could be enjoyed. By me. After all, what’s the point of taking all of those pictures if I don’t get to look at them!?
There are lots of reasonable framing options out there — IKEA, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Target all have some amazing choices. But for this project, I wanted a clean look that highlighted the pictures themselves rather than the frames. Also, I had a ton of photos from our trip to Europe last summer — I wanted to display as many as I could, which also meant $$$.
So for this project, I went with simple, inexpensive, glass clip frames from Hobby Lobby. And here’s my trick to making them really stand out — I print the pictures outlined with a thin black line, and leave a white border, like this:
It’s like a self-matted piece of art.
These frames come in several sizes (5×7, 8×10, 8 1/2 x 11, 11×14). I went with 8×10″. Setting up the photos to print at home was simple: I set my printer to print the photos as 5×7″, bordered with a .5 point black line, centered on 8 1/2 x 11″ glossy photo paper. After the prints had dried completely, I trimmed each photo to 8×10″ to fit the frames, which left a 1 1/2″ white border on each one.
Here’s what the wall looks like now:
I love that when I’m working at my desk, I can look up and daydream for a minute about the memories these photos evoke. I also love that it’ll be so easy to change the photos out some time for new ones.
By the way, did you happen to notice my new wall color in here? As promised, I painted over the old yellow walls and I’m loving the clean and bright look. I’ve made a few other changes to my office lately too — I’m going to try to get some decent shots this weekend so I can share them with you next week.
In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying the first days of spring!
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