When I was in college every time I moved apartments I would go down to the Hobby Lobby or a similar store and buy prints of generic art to decorate my new apartment with. They were just whatever prints I found that day that looked better than the others. When I was done I always felt like my apartment just didn’t look as stylish as I imagined it would be. I was never very happy with the results.
As I got older, and the apartments turned into a home, the stores I shopped at might have stepped up from Hobby Lobby and were a little more stylish and chic, but I was still never completely pleased with my walls. I was trying to achieve the look in stylish design magazines, but it never happened… there was always something lacking.
That is, until my daughter was born and I discovered the art of photography.
When my daughter was 6 months old I bought my first set of canvases, and it changed my home design forever! I have to tell you that when I started hanging my own family on my walls instead of art that had little meaning to me, it changed my home and how I feel about my home.I now have a collection of a metallic photo, various framed images of my bella and my family, and framed art created by bella in my living room. This art collection displays everything I love. It is special and meaningful to me. When I look at this wall, I cannot help but smile :)
I also have square canvases in my hall of bella. The thing I love about square canvases is that they make for an easy add on collection. I have two canvases now, but as she grows I will add on more squares to show off every cute stage that I love.
I also have a 4 canvas collection in my office. These are of bella when she was six months old. She has grown so much since these photos were taken, they really show off her baby-hood. I look at these and think, I can’t believe she didn’t have hair, look how long it is now! Every now and then I have parents say that aren’t sure if they should buy a big canvas or photo of their baby because they don’t know what they will do with it when she grows.
I say that beautiful artwork of my baby is all the more special to me as she grows. I’ll always have these cute, nearly bald, images hanging on my wall. When she is 18 years old, I’ll bring her dates into my office and show them her cute face, her tiny hairs, and those big blue eyes!
Hanging photos of what I love, my family, on my walls has made my home warmer and my heart happier. I’d love if you share your favorite artwork in your home below.