4.20.2010

Vintage Prints

A large portion of wall decor in our house is family photos.  To me, photos make a house personal, homey and cozy.  I want my kids to look around their home and know how loved and cherished they are.  When I was in the framing business I naturally framed gazillions of my photos.  However, seeing as our house is on the market we have made an earnest effort to de-personalize, starting with removing photos.  The dilemma is that I am left with lots of blank wall space. 

Stage right, The Vintage Moth.  Stage left, The Graphics Fairy.  Have you heard of these truly awesome  sites?  You can download beautiful vintage images for free
I perused their lovely images and fell in love with alphabets and letters. 
(Yes - I am bizarrely obsessed with fonts!) 
Aren't these so cool?



I thought a few of these might be interesting to hang in my otherwise-colorful family room, in the place of three photos of my kids.  The wall above my computer desk looked like this (there was a photo in the middle of my boys but I forgot to take the "before" photo until I excitedly started framing my alphabets!)
I love this series of photos of my kiddos, and they will definitely be displayed in our next house.
As they get older, I love this one below even more....this was probably 3 years ago and they've already changed so much! 

But I digress.....
I saved the images and printed them out on heavy, flecked paper I had from back in the days of sending out resumes. 
I opened up the frames, and used blue painter's tape to attach my "prints" right over the photo. 
The blue tape has a low tack and is easy to remove without ripping the paper. 
I tried this grouping:
I adore this "S" for our last name.  It's a pen flourishing, not computer-generated like fonts today. 

This alphabet was divided into two prints.

Those are cool, but then....
the botanical graphics caught my eye and I couldn't resist printing these out too!

The final grouping.....

I still like the enlarged "S" and am thinking of doing an eclectic wall of them in different fonts, frames and colors. 

In the meantime, I'm loving my new botanicals - what do you think? 
Not bad for a free, quick and easy makeover!

I'm linking to these great blogs today!  Check them out for fabulous ideas and inspiration!
Tuesday Tutorial @ Hope Studios
Tackle It Tuesday @ 5 Minutes For Mom
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
DIY Day @ A Soft Place To Land

5 comments:

Nony (A Slob Comes Clean) said...

OK, I absolutely love the idea of printing your last name initial in different fonts. I have picture frame paneling, which I find difficult to know what to do with, but a grouping like that might just be the answer. Thanks so much for this idea!

Jenelle said...

Cool ideas! I love the sites. Thanks for sharing. :)

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I do love Botanical prints. At a New Year sale at Borders, I bought this outrageously beautiful Italian botanical calendar and framed the series of prints in my bedroom.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I luv these sites...so many wonderful prints! Luv your "S" print...looks great! Hope you have a great week:)

Blessings,
Linda

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Anonymous said...

i absolutely adore your work