Around The Room | Living With Your Photos + Color Inc Giveaway

I'm a huge fan of living with your photos. Out of albums, off your computer and onto your walls.

Over the years I've amassed quite a collection of family images - many of the recent ones being mounted rather than framed as you'll see below (and above). When I first starting hanging up photos I wanted them to be all black frames with white mats. Now I'm really enjoying the variety of both the framed and simply mounted images.

Around our house I've got quite a few gatherings happening on the walls. Some are consistent collections (meaning all mounted or all framed) and others are a mixture of the two.

The first ones I want to talk about line the hall from our entry into the kitchen.

The images are 12x12 photos are "standout mounted" from Color Inc. (Color Inc is a sponsor of my blog and has been generous with samples for me in the past and as you'll see below. This set I purchased on my own. They are excellent quality and have wonderful customer service.) When we moved into this house I ordered eight or nine of these with the intent that they would be grouped together and I love them.

They are mounted onto the wall using Miller Studio Magic Mounts removable mounting tabs. I tried a couple of other brands and these have worked the best.

You might have seen this image a couple weeks ago. This is in our dining area, between the kitchen and living room. This wall has a combination of framed and mounted images. The one of Simon and Anna in the blue shirts is from Persnickety Prints.

Upstairs I've got a few other collections starting. In the room you enter before coming into my office I've got a large standout mount from Color Inc (photo taken by Tracey Clark). That one is 3o inches x 20 inches.

In my office I've included two Ikea frames with 12x12 photos of me and Chris as kids. I enlarged these 1970's photos on my scanner and they were printed at These hung in Anna's room in our last house.

A little collage in Simon's room that includes photos, Star Wars stamps, and a signed photo of Yoda from Frank Oz.

And this one was in Anna's room in our last house. I didn't recreate it here yet, but it was a favorite in the old place.

In our bedroom I'm just beginning to build a photo wall.

The newest addition is a Framed Gallery Wrap Canvas from ColorInc. As one of my sponsors they kindly sent me this new product to review and want me to give one away as well (with your own photo of course).

Here's what they have to say about this new product:

Love the sleek modern style of a Gallery Wrapped Canvas? Now you can add a frame! Our Gallery Wrapped Canvas Frames will give you that same modern and edgy look you've wanted but with a touch of traditional style to give you a unique shadow box feel to add to any home, work, or studio wall space!

These ready to hang Gallery Wrapped Canvases come with a 2 1/8'' deep smooth black laminate frame. With a 1/2'' floating space between your canvas and frame, each of our hand wrapped canvas prints will be permanently attached with the finest attention to detail. Each piece will arrive properly finished with a wire hanger, bumpers and Tyvek® backing. A true first class upgrade to your studio or home!

These Framed Gallery Wrapped Canvases are really, really nice. I didn't realize when I was ordering it that there's a space between the frame and the wrapped canvas but when I opened the package here at home I was really pleasantly surprised. I'd definitely consider ordering another one.

GIVEAWAY | One Framed Gallery Wrapped Canvas (20 x 14 or smaller) from ColorInc.

TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below sharing how you live with your photos (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at noon Pacific on Friday and the winners posted shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items this week.

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  1. Tonya

    2011-04-01 11:50:52 -0400

    I have several groupings in my home and am currently working on adding to / modifying them. One of my favorites is a grouping of 3 nature photos from a place in the mountains we've gone my entire life with favorite quotes printed onto the picture. A friend told me he thought they were purchased art until he realized my husband and son were in one of the shots.

  2. Patti M

    2011-04-01 12:00:49 -0400

    I have a gallery going up my stairs with all kinds of photos. I find it hard to change them out like I had originally planned. I would almost rather just add on to the gallery.

  3. Cheryl Doss

    2011-04-01 12:23:25 -0400

    I started buying the frames that have multiple sizes and options for multiple photos and use them for my vacation pictures. I love seeing (and remembering) places we've been.

  4. Amy Nabors

    2011-04-01 12:27:04 -0400

    I have a wall in our hallway where I have framed with white mats and black frames my favorite images but have been wanting to order some newer images on canvas.

  5. kelly ramsey

    2011-04-01 12:27:06 -0400

    I have black 12 x 12 frames in the living room above the entertainment center Android a clusterof framed. Pics of my sons baby toes, feet,hands in individual frames.

  6. Anita

    2011-04-01 12:38:26 -0400

    I have 3 18X 20 frames in my dining room that showcase some of the trips we've taken to national parks. I swap out the pictures every few months. They make me so happy!

  7. JudyJ

    2011-04-01 12:50:09 -0400

    I bought a framed jewelry box that has a collage mat which is hanging in my hall outside of my bathroom. Whenever I come out of my bathroom, I seem my favorite family photos. I tend to use photos and frames to cover things as well. I have an electrical panel in my scrapbooking room so I bought a large frame to cover it and made a photo collage of our favorite ski photos.

  8. Lisa

    2011-04-01 13:05:48 -0400

    I started a photo wall in our master bedroom when my son was just a few months old...its quite the collection now that we have 2 boys, and they are much older. I told my DH I'm going to have to expand out into the living room. Our couch table used to have a bunch of photo frames of the boys when they were small, but those photos had to be moved to make room for the morning 'school' zone, a place where the boys could place their coats, backpacks, shoes, books, and paperwork for the following day. The frames were constantly being knocked over, as the boys were getting out the door, so in a box they went. Haven't had a chance to re-locate them, but I will.

  9. Karen

    2011-04-01 13:05:55 -0400

    We just moved and so I am starting a new wall, with family photos is all white frames of different shapes and textures!!! Thanks for sharing all your collections - great ideas!

  10. Lynn

    2011-04-01 13:08:58 -0400

    I only have a few pictures on my wall. I have hundreds (probably thousands) on the computer, but I never get the gumption to just order some. I can never decide which ones I want to spend the money on printing.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Kate

    2011-04-01 13:08:59 -0400

    We have a gallery wall in the hallway between the guest part of the house and the family part of the house and have put professional shots and family snapshots all together in black frames. It's been a while since we added anything new to this wall, but now I'm going to make it a weekend project to do more to it. It's one of my favorite areas in the house. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Joanna

    2011-04-01 13:16:47 -0400

    Right now I live with a few photos up, but mostly with them in mini books or albums. I'm dreaming of a time when I have more of my own space and can really invest in good frames and nailing things into the wall :)

  13. Tere

    2011-04-01 13:20:32 -0400

    Ooooh, I'm cutting it close. I have many pics on shelves, tables, but none on walls. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Dana

    2011-04-01 13:29:21 -0400

    I am really bad about getting pictures off the computer and onto the walls. I loved the peek into your way of using pictures!

  15. lauren

    2011-04-01 13:31:59 -0400

    currently, all of my photos live on the computer or in photo boxes/albums. we recently moved into a new home [is <6 mos. still considered recent?!], but i hope to get some up on the walls ASAP! :)

  16. Sandy

    2011-04-01 13:34:21 -0400

    Have really focused the last two years on getting photos out of the computer and up on the wall! I have two sets of clusters with my eye on redoing the hallway with another cluster - or line. Looks great, Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. KRISTY

    2011-04-01 13:40:41 -0400

    Oh, I love to live with photos, but I don't have any canvas' yet!
    Thank you for introducing this great new framed canvas!

  18. Lisa L.

    2011-04-01 13:42:31 -0400

    I have a variety of photos scattered around my house as well. I just LOVE being surrounded by my prized possessions. . . .pics of my kids!!

  19. Susan M.

    2011-04-01 13:47:15 -0400

    I don't do enough with our photos but recently started adding some groupings of photos of our girls. We also have some "photo walls" in our stairwell with photos of our ancestors. That always gets lots of compliments...

  20. Carrie Snellings

    2011-04-01 14:04:27 -0400

    I have just recently bought a bunch of frames to create a photo wall in my upstairs hallway. Thanks for the insirations!

  21. Brenda

    2011-04-01 14:16:02 -0400

    I don't have a lot of my pictures displayed, but am trying to get a gallery wall together. This giveaway would be a great starting point for me!

  22. Elia

    2011-04-01 14:27:30 -0400

    I have started collecting frames and slowing been putting out photos around our house. Recently started to organize my photos and start to print them out. I have always wanted to put an arrangement of photos in our staircase hallway to showoff family photos.

    The chance to win would allow me to print our wedding photo and hang it in our home. Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. Sara S.

    2011-04-01 14:46:42 -0400

    I have framed photos of my kids up on the walls. Need to work at updating as they grow. LOVE the idea of hanging ones of you and Chris as kids. Just had baby #3 and need to not forget him too. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  24. Denise K.

    2011-04-01 14:49:32 -0400

    We have a huge photo wall going up the wall of our staircase. Since it's a well traveled space in our home, the photos reflect well traveled pictures. It lights up my soul.

  25. michele m brandt

    2011-04-01 14:52:25 -0400

    As of right now, I have photos of each of our family members in frames hung in our living room. I also have 8 digital scrapbook pages hanging as well. I change them out on a regular monthly basis.

    Love seeing all your wonderful photos and how you have them displayed. You inspire me to get more photos up and around my home.

    Thank You

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