Thursday

Deck the Walls


I really love framing things - one of my favorite looks is a jumble of prints, notes, pictures, paintings, and Misc., all framed together.
And while thinking about framing some pictures this week, it occurred to me, why not do Christmas frames? If you have a wall of pictures like this (or even a small collection), how simple it would be to take down a few pictures and replace them with Christmas-themed pieces. The effect would be congruent, subtly festive, and as easy as store-bought pie (not that we ever get that at my house). At the end of the season, replace the old pictures, and store the Christmas ones away until next year. Here are some fun ways I thought of to pull this off:

I love the idea of framing Christmas cards because it's so multi-functional. Do something with all those cards in the mail (even better, the ones you've been squirreling away because they were pretty) and make them into decor. Or, if your mail isn't stylish enough, buy a beautiful card yourself. Absolutely first on the list would be this charming design by Anne Harwell
There are so many pretty wrapping paper patterns out these days, I always have an urge to frame them. But they tend to be shiny (all kinds) and rather thin (cheap kinds). Either way, they're difficult to use in frames. The solution is scrapbooking paper (just as long as your frame is under 12x12). You can do a collage of framed paper patterns - and the look is so festive!
Two GORGEOUS paper collections, above, by Anna Griffin, available here.
A "sampling" of the scrapbook/wallpaper look. You could also do abstract patterns with no relation to Christmas, but in red and green - just for a chic holiday touch.
A smaller vingette with framed paper. This would make a lovely addition to a side table or bureau with Christmas paper in it - and a sprig of holly beside. Courtesy, StyleCourt.
Festive frames - take your favorite pictures and jazz them up a bit for the holidays in colorful frames. They'll look fresh, new, and completely Christmas. Beautiful grosgrains ribbon trim frames with monogramming from Pottery Barn.
Finally, if you want to be more DIY than snipping your Christmas patterned paper into the right frame size, here is a really fun tutorial from PointClickHome on silver-leafing your own frame.
I hope these ideas help you bring some Christmas cheer into your home this season!
Images (with no attribution above): Room1, http://www.flickr.com/photos/tammymanet. Room 2, http://www.gaitainteriors.com/blog/?cat=3. Room 3, apartmenttherapy.com.

14 comments:

Ingrid Mida said...

Stunning!!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Every Christmas I take leftover frames and fill them with all with Christmas photos over the years.It is fun for him to remember and good for us adults to remember the magic and to make sure to keep it. I have one of my desk of him as a 3yr. old with an elf hat.....I keep it there all year long.

annechovie said...

Great ideas, Skyla!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

A great idea...I'm thinking where I can do this! Janell

Style Redux 2 said...

My favorite is Anne's beautiful card.

Things That Inspire said...

Great post - but it actually caused me to remember a project that I was planning on doing last year and never got around to it. My mother in law has a wall in her house, down in the basement, where she hangs every single family Christmas picture from the time her kids were babies. It is such a charming space - I always love seeing the progression in my husband and his siblings ages, fashion styles, and backdrops. I need to do that for my family!

Just added you back to my blog list, since the original got erased.

Averill said...

My mom used to do this every year and I loved it. It's such an easy way to decorate and shake things up a bit.

Love the idea of framing giftwrap/paper. Kate's Paperie has some GORGEOUS paper and giftwrap for the holidays that's just too good to waste on gifts!

Southern Aspirations said...

LOVE the idea of framed scrapbooking paper. Looks great! And of course, Anne's print is fun too... :-)

Laura Casey Interiors said...

What great ideas! I love all that beautiful Christmas paper.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

What great ideas! I love all that beautiful Christmas paper.

Francine Gardner said...

Love your paper frames. We have a great shop in New York called Kate's paper with all hand made papers and I love to display them as wall art, could also cut them as tree decorations...

Sarah Klassen said...

This is so fun! Sounds like the perfect project for when I'm snowed in, unable to leave the house! So many friends have given me gifts with such pretty paper -- why not frame it?

Thanks for the inspiration, Skyla :)

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