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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 Scrapbookpictures.com. 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. jennifer says…
    03/30/2011

    I love all of your collections. I have just a couple in my house, but am now inspired to do more! Scrapbooks are strewn throughout the house though, with the hopes that people will enjoy them.

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  2. Tracy Jackson says…
    03/30/2011

    I only have one photo wall. I do have a few canvas prints,and I created a typeset drawer based on yours!I love it!

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  3. april n. says…
    03/30/2011

    We have photos in the bedrooms..8X10's of our family when we were expecting each of our little ones. We have recently purchased some 12x12's to hang in a collection in our living room. I'm trying to live with them more visibly.

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  4. carol F says…
    03/30/2011

    Ali,Thanks for your inspiration. Love all the photo. We own an art store but my favorite wall hangings are our family photos! Need to grow my collection!

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  5. sandra says…
    03/30/2011

    I'm about to move so I want to rethink our photo display. I have all black frames with white matte board thanks to Ikea. I'd like to change it up a bit and add some other dimensions.

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  6. Eva G says…
    03/30/2011

    I've made a memory board that holds a contanstly changing set of small pictures - that way there's variation for me to look at, and there's always something new for guests to examine. I've also ordered a few larger prints and framed them for what little wall space I've got left...

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  7. Laura Alvarez says…
    03/30/2011

    I love decorating my house with photos. I just moved and I'd like to make compositions with family photos, as those samples in this post.
    Thank you very much for the ideas!
    Laura.

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  8. Beth F says…
    03/30/2011

    I love to hang our photos on the wall. Remembering the moments when they were taken make me smile everyday!

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  9. tape says…
    03/30/2011

    We have a digital frame whose contents we update every so often, and a few framed photos around the apartment.

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  10. Katie Rose says…
    03/30/2011

    I too am a believer in printeing my photos and not just leaving them on the computer...however mine tend to be on large piles in my scrap room waiting to be scrapped or put in an album. I do have one wall with 6 12x12 standouts that I love though!

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  11. Michelle C says…
    03/30/2011

    I have a couple of collections of photos on our walls. But they definitely need an update. And I'd especially like to add a collection of photos to our bedroom wall.
    These look great. Even if I don't win, I'll be checking them out.

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  12. PamD says…
    03/30/2011

    Now that I think about it, I don't have any photos on our walls. Actually, just one, our engagement photo that people signed at our wedding. I will have to remedy that! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  13. Kim says…
    03/30/2011

    Most of my photos are displayed on bookshelves or tables, but I do have a couple of collage frames hanging in our bonus room. I would like to do more groupings like this; I need to review my photos and pull out those that really speak to me.

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  14. s.patel says…
    03/30/2011

    i love having groupings on walls as well, and i love that it makes things easy to swap out for different photos to keep things fresh and evolving. right now, our photos are all getting ready to be boxed for our upcoming move--would really enjoy a chance at this giveaway to get our new space started off on the right foot!

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  15. audra says…
    03/30/2011

    We have a photo wall in our hallway, I enjoy it everytime I walk by. We recently re-designed our living room & I have a huge blank wall that I'm planning on using for framed pictures. Ali, I LOVE the pics of you & Chris as kids,I'm going to have to do that! Thanks for a chance at another great giveaway, I'd LOVE to win this!

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  16. Shelbie says…
    03/30/2011

    We have a photo wall in our entry as well as other groupings throughout our house. I couldn't live without my photos!

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  17. Jill Wendorf says…
    03/30/2011

    I live with my photos too. on walls, in bookshelves, on roladex holders, scrapbooks. I would be lost without my photos. I keep photos of my mom who passed away everywhere and the one I love the most is her work badge in my wallet

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  18. Tracy Rizzo says…
    03/30/2011

    I am building a photo wall in our dining room right now. I would love to add some mounted pictures to it!

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  19. Kara Monroe says…
    03/30/2011

    Ali,
    Thanks so much for sharing this tour of your home. I have been in my house for three years and after having a photo wall in my old house, I've not yet recreated it here because I want it to be "perfect". I know that shouldn't hold me back - you've inspired me to take a look at some of the products you've mentioned and see if I can't get started.

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  20. MichelleK says…
    03/30/2011

    we are currently under renovations and most of our walls are bare....my goal is to add more family pics when the reno is complete! this post is full of so much inspiration, thank you! Winning would be a big help to getting photo walls started with our newly blended family.

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  21. Dori says…
    03/30/2011

    Most of my displayed photos are on shelves or flat surfaces. Thanks to your inspiration, I will soon have photos on my walls!

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  22. camala says…
    03/30/2011

    I love photo walls too. Pretty much every room in my house has a grouping of photos on a wall. I especially love the way photos look on canvas.

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  23. Sylvia says…
    03/30/2011

    I am sending my husband a link to this post as he so loves putting photographs around the wall! One of our little grandaughters said to him one day (when he was mentioning hanging another photo) "Grandad, haven't you got enough pictures on your wall"!

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  24. Jamie Dones says…
    03/30/2011

    Unfortunately most of my photos live on my computer :( But I've been thinking about doing a gallery wall in our hallway. I'd love to start with one of these canvases!

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  25. Lisa says…
    03/30/2011

    Most of my family photos are hung alone or in groups of two. I love the large groups you created and look forward to trying this technique. This mounted photo would be a great start. Thanks Ali!

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