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We recently painted our downstairs. After the job was completed, we began to hang all the art and decor back up i the living room. That was when I noticed something was off. While our collection of quote signs and wall art looked great together, none of them told the story of us. Our walls needed more personalization and I knew that a lovely set of wall portraits was the way to go.
Family photos have the power to transform a house into a home. They create a sense of belonging and add a nice welcoming touch that is unique and customized to your style. Anyone can buy the same piece from the home decor store, but only you can have your family photos on display, and that is truly special.
When using family photos to personalize your home, you want to start with a large statement piece and then build around it to create that gallery wall effect. Whether you choose a framed print, a canvas, or another medium, I recommend going with at least a 16x20 art piece, anything smaller than that will look underwhelming in comparison to your furniture.
For my wall, I decided on a classic 24x36 canvas of my absolute favorite portrait of me and the kids, taken by my sweet husband. When selecting the photos that will adorn your walls, be sure they contain colors that compliment your existing home decor well. You want the images to look intentional and not like they were a careless after thought.
I partnered with Canvas Press to help me create what I had in mind. Canvas Press is a proud USA made printing lab located right here in Houston, producing high quality products, with amazing customer service and the fastest turn around I've ever seen! They have so many beautiful options to choose from, including fine art prints, canvases, and modern metallic prints.
My canvas arrived in just two days and to be honest, it was so much better than I anticipated. The image was tack sharp and colors were spot on, without any strange color casts or tints. The canvas was tightly stretched over a real wooden frame, the corners seamlessly fitted without gaps or bulge, and the back came equipped with ready to hang sawtooth hardware. Needless to say, I was excited to get it up on the wall!
To complete my gallery, I then added four 5x7 prints matted and framed to 8x10. Matting your photos, gives them a timeless, archival look. It also allows you to place them in a larger frame, so you are able to fill more wall space without looking cluttered or overdone.
Before hanging my photos, I played with the layout a bit to find the one I liked most. Place your picture on the floor and try different configurations. You'll need to decide if you want an neat even look -- like me, or a more ecclecting arrangement that doesn't involve any measuring.
This corner in my living room truly came alive with this simple change. It's the first thing visitors mention when they come into my home now. They always ask where I got the canvas from and I simply could not recommend Canvas Press enough. You can currently take advantage of their fall sale to start personalizing your home with your own family photos. Use code AUTUMN60 for 60% off canvas prints up to 48x36. I'm ordering one huge canvas with my favorite photo from our fall family session, can't wait to show you all soon!
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A few weeks ago, the family and I had the opportunity to visit The Cage Houston, before its official opening to the public. The Cage, is a family owned and operated baseball training facility & batting cages indoor. It is the first of its kind in the heart of the Houston Heights, conveniently located near downtown Houston, and easily accessible from Loop 610.
This cool space with an urban-industrial vibe, was built by a Houston dad and his wife, who are passionate about America's favorite pastime and dedicated to providing a quality facility within the city. While this establishment is team focused, it can also be a great place for off season training, for baseball players of all skill levels wishing to perfect their techniques.
The best thing about The Cage is that, unlike fields, it can be used in any weather. Even on days when we experience all four seasons at once - which is typical of Houston. Rain, scorching heat, or heavy humidity, are no longer excuses for cancelling practice at the last minute. Which means baseball moms can rejoice knowing their calendars and schedules will not be shifted around. Though if your child's team practice will be held here, I recommend arriving early to avoid a long hike. Parking is limited. On the plus side, there are two tv's, so you could send the hubby instead and he'd never have to miss out on watching the home team play for the win!
I must confess that my favorite feature is actually the amazing mural of the Houston Astros, created by commissioned local artist, Frankie Cardona. You can enjoy the arts and support a small business, while also enjoying your family's favorite sport. It's a win-win for all!
The Cage Houton is all set for its Grand Opening on May 14th, with the ribbon cutting ceremomy being held at 4pm, and you are invited. See you there!
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog
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