Thursday, March 29, 2012

Outside The Frame

Happy Thursday!  Three more days 'til the Cats take down play Louisville not that I'm counting or anything.

Over the last few months I've received a number of questions via e-mail from readers.  I love getting e-mail from you all, and lately I've noticed a theme.  Most of the questions are about how to display art, photos, and other keepsakes besides using frames.  It seems you're out of wall space or just looking for another creative way to display things that you want to see on a daily basis.  I totally get that sometimes we have more pictures/photos/art than wall space, so I thought I'd throw some ideas out there to help inspire you to think outside the frame.

My mom had an antique coffee table that was similar in style, though not this color, when I was kid.  I have no idea where it is today, but I remember how I loved seeing the old black and white photos she had displayed.  This is a great way to make those special photos even more special.  The bonus for anyone who struggles with coffee table styling is that there's no need to put anything on top of a table like this one.

                                                                          Source: via Veronica on Pinterest

* You can purchase this table from Etsy seller Inspired By Nature by clicking here

Simple twine hanging from a curtain rod with clothespins used to display some of your favorite photos is a simple, no-fuss but oh so charming way to show off your favorites.  It makes them so easy to change too!

                                                           Source: via Marie Lily on Pinterest

I really love this memories-in-jar idea.  This would be such a great way to keep those little keepsakes on display - like the hair from baby's first cut  - or the first hand written note from your child  - concert tickets  - etc.

                                                                          Source: via Happy To Create on Pinterest

You can always get your mod podge on and make some coasters.

                                                       Source: via Vivienne on Pinterest

This idea is pure genius.  It's a picture frame turned coffee table tray.  You could easily put a photo/keepsake over the fabric or even create a little collage.  

                                                    Source: via Carmel (@ Our Fifth House) on Pinterest

The inspiration is endless.  I even created a little "Outside The Frame" pin board.

Thanks so much for sending me your questions and asking for my help!  You all make me feel a lot more important than I actually am.  I'm really honored that you would even think to ask me.  I'm planning to put together a big FAQ post for this coming Monday answering lots of other questions that I've received, so if there's something you've been wanting to ask now's your chance.  ;)

P.S.  If you've sent me an e-mail and haven't received a response it's probably because it went to my spam folder.  I answer every. single. e-mail. that I receive - though it sometimes takes me a little while to respond.    So if you haven't heard back - shoot me another e-mail.  I'm never too busy for a friend.  ;)  I'm the girl who drops everything when you call to say, "Hey, you want to grab some Mexican food?"  DUH?!  Of course I do!  Seriously though, a lot of times you start an e-mail with - I know you're really busy but - or  - If you don't have time I understand, but I want you to know:  1. Yes, I'm busy, but so are you and you still took the time to e-mail me.  and   2. No, I will NEVER not have time for people in my life.  For me life is about relationships - period.  It's not about projects or climbing the bloggy ladder.  The fact that you come here to read my random posts is such a blessing to me, and I hope you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to visit!



  1. Love these ideas and darn it, turns out you are even sweeter than I thought. I want to know if you feel like you've turned into a Southern gal living in KY and do you wear shoes since you now live in KY? Ha, that last question is a joke! I get that one often living in KY!

  2. i love these ideas, too! love the tray and table! like you, i reply to all my emails, too. i am actually considering writing a post about blog etiquette and replying and no-reply addresses and comments and all sorts of stuff.... but i don't know. i dont' want it to come across like people should do what i think because i have manners. ;)

  3. Perfect ways to display photos! I love the tray idea. You are too funny! I get the same emails with the same intros! I too respond to every email! I love your blog and look forward to reading it everyday! Looking forward to you FAQ post... it is always fun to see what other people want to ask! Have a good weekend!

  4. So cool! I love the different options!

    I'm a new follower. I'm part of the Color My World Challenge. Can't wait to see what you do!

  5. Since you already had a post about Pinterest and the trouble with linking images back to their original sources, I thought I'd point out that that coffee table is actually from Etsy. I know that because I've had it in my favorites list forever. Here's the link if you want to give credit to the actual creator of the table.

  6. Thanks Jenna - the Pinterest link takes you to a site that highlights unique wares. I'll definitely add the link to this etsy seller in the post. It's a great table. If I could figure out where to put it I'd scoop it up!

  7. Hi Carmel, I love your ideas for the photos. I have a wooden tray that was had carved by an "Uncle-in-law" for my wedding 24 years ago. He has since passed away so it's a sweet memory to have. (the husband is gone, but I kept the tray! LOL) I have put misc. pictures that I have found hidden in drawers and whatnot and put it on my coffee table. It is so much fun to see how friends and family love digging through the pictures. Though my teenage boys sometimes hate some of the pics that are in it from their "babyhood".
    Thanks for bring those memories back to us.

  8. oops - that was supposed to read "hand-Carved"

  9. Oh, I keep meaning to do the memories in the jar idea. This summer I really will!

  10. We have a coffee table that is like a giant shadow box. I love filling it with all our fun momentos and it's always an eye catcher when people come over.

  11. Another idea:


Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C


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