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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Displaying Memories

I’m one of those people who loves to surround themselves with memories of family, friends, places, etc.

And, if you’re anything like me, you have a ridiculous amount of photos in boxes, on your computer, or even on your phone!  

What to do with them all?

Why, use them for a photo collage, of course!  What a great way to display memories while incorporating an interesting design element.


Okay, okay.  I know this isn’t a new and ground breaking idea, but I love the thought of personalizing a space.  In fact, I think it’s one of the most important elements in interior design.  Who wants to live in a generic space, that although beautiful, has no reflection on the individual living there? Photographs of people we know and places we’ve been are a way to represent US and tell OUR story.

Whether structured, casual, simple or ornate, collages tell a story and can add major impact as either a focal point or a finishing touch.  I love the use of photos to add color and texture, and maybe even disguise an unsightly element (in my case, my kitchen backsplash!).

Not to sound too cliché, but the possibilities are endless.

Below are some pictures to inspire, and then a peek inside my own home to show how I’ve incorporated using photo collages to display my memories (Just don’t judge the photo quality.  I snapped these on the fly, and an iPhone is no match for a quality camera!).

What do you think?


sfgirlbybay via

Jute Interior Design

David Jimenez

Mark English Architects

S.R. Gambrel

Axis Mundi

David Jimenez


Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Melanie Turner Interiors, Photo by Erica George Dines

via DecorPad

Phoebe Howard

Dawna Jones Design

Jiun Ho

Donna Griffith Photography


Sherry Koppel Design

Polly Wreford Photography

Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design

via Desire to Inspire

Lauren Leiss Interiors

via DecorPad

Domino Magazine

…and here’s what I’ve done in MY OWN HOME.

I’m not a fan of the backsplash in my KITCHEN.  So, until we have the time to change it out, I’ve tried to disguise it with photos of all the different places we’ve lived!

They include California (okay, only I’ve lived there), Utah, Colorado, and Texas.

In our LIVING ROOM, I incorporated a ton of family photos by creating a collage of 24 pictures behind our sofa.

They include some great photos of my parent’s and grandparent’s weddings, baby pictures of R, pictures of our parents in their youth…

It’s become a treasured focal point in our home.



3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great post, Tiina. I love the black and white photos of family members. After seeing how you did it I tried to in my house too. Thanks for all the great ideas.

    October 25, 2012
  2. Great selection of inspiration photos! I love the asymmetrical collections, but I wonder if my OCD will let me do it! I’ll have to have you design it for me!

    October 27, 2012

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