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Monday, October 11, 2010

Home Inspiration: Hanging family photos

One of the coolest things is when people blow up everyday family photos into enormous pieces of art. The new issue of Lonny Magazine has a house tour of Lulu de Kwiatkowski's fabulous Los Angeles home. I LOVE the photo of the man and child swimming. Doesn't it make you want to hang some huge family snapshots?

(Update: Lulu says the photo--of her husband and his nephew--was taken underwater with a disposable Kodak camera and blown up onto Plexi glass by Duggal Photo in New York City. Good to know!)

81 comments:

monkeyandsquirrel said...

totally agreed!!! there is no piece of art that can top a pic of a loved one :)

Diana Mieczan said...

I so agree!!! When Balazs and I have a baby (one day) we are planning to make and hang a few baby and family huge photos around our home:) I love that photo:)
kisses

gemma said...

I LOVE THIS! the rest of her art in the story is fab as well.

Giulia said...

Yes, definitely. My mother did this when we were leetle & I'm trying to pry some out of her hands. They're packed away & I'm sending this to her to get a little guilt going her way (for once!). The other thing is that I must actually be nearing 100 years old...I remember reading about Lulu when she was teeny. Oh gawd. Off to exfoliate (or something). xo

Katie Bright said...

Yes!!

Sitting In A Tree Kissing said...

It's such a cute idea . . . The big photos are amazing!!

Brittany Havican said...

I used to never print anything because I thought it would be too expensive, but I found this company mpix.com that can blow up a picture 20x30 for about $25. I've used them a lot and they are very good. Check it out!

Hugs,
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wonderchris said...

You kinda can't stop staring at it. It is mesmerizing!!! Time to scour the hard drives....

sylvie said...

oh my goodness, what a clever {and charming} idea! i have a few friends who did the same thing via shutterfly - they enlarged some of their favorite photos and had it printed on canvas - it looked amazing!

thanks for inspiring, joanna!
xo,
sylvie of silver lining

Josie ♥ Savoir Weddings ♥ said...

Brilliant idea! So personal and way better than purchasing a piece of Ikea art that everyone can have in their homes. Now I just need a baby to take photos of!

wonderchris said...

Oh, and thanks for the enlargement tip, Brittany - that is a great deal!!!

coolkids said...

love love this idea! I have always wanted to do this.

Emom said...

Absolutely!

Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

Family, photography, art...it's all the same and all wondeful on the wall!

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carolyn said...

totally agree. when you get an awesome candid like that, why not show it off?

{ Nina Designs } said...

I love spontaneous photos! And that one looks great!

PoetessWug said...

Nice!! I love blowing up regular shots...not of me though! Nobody wants to see my head that big! ^_^ But I love the one in your post and can think of some of my family that I'd like to enlarge. :-)

Victoria said...

This is a great print.
We have large canvas prints of the kiddos on our walls and I love to see their smiling faces so big.

Grace said...

Oh Joanna, I thought the same thing!!

Giovanna ♥ said...

Such a beautiful inspiration!! Thanks for sharing :)
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Joanna Goddard said...

whoa, brittany, that's amazing! thanks!

katycavell said...

I agree! That photo is wonderful.

Melissa Blake said...

I love it! The love of the family really shines through! :)

a!k0 said...

Agreed!! Love that pic, it makes a picture unique that no one else have...I am so doing this!

Anna said...

i totally prefer big candid shots to family portraits. (unless, of course, they are an oil painted family portrait...) one of my dreams. haha : )
xo-

Ryan Kay said...

I agree. I'm ordering my husband a painting for our 3 year anv...they make such great conversation pieces and just think, it's one of a kind art that you created!

Prippy Handbook said...

Great to know the details!

I always loved it on 9 By Design when they would do similar pieces. It really makes for a special space.

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Miss Pickering said...

A refreshing change from the canvas emlargements.

Love it.

Kristen said...

So great! What is it about kids underwater that is extra extra cute?

copywaitress said...

so sweet :)

Judy Schwartz Haley | CoffeeJitters.Net said...

This is so awesome

and I love that she didn't need an expensive camera to make it happen

Corner Turn said...

I really like that idea. I might do that in our living room.

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

It totally does!!! Love love love! :)
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Ana Degenaar said...

What a genius idea! Love it!

Notes from Holly St. said...

i love this idea...it's so playful and so much more meaningful!

A Busy Catholic Girl,Sparkly Sarah and The Sports Guy said...

I love that picture soo much!! It's great! That is a wonderful idea really, I'm so touched by that photo!

Eme said...

It's a great idea! I love underwater photos :)

oneshotbeyond said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Vfriedrich said...

I think it's a great idea as well. Makes the home even more personal. I'm not that great at art buying any way. XO Valerie

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jules said...

Such a fabulous idea + Duggal happens to be just down the street from my apt!

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Alleen said...

What a wonderful idea...the plexi glass! I love displaying family photos, although I always wonder if people think I am obsessed with my children due to all the pictures and photo albums!!

Cheers!!!

Heather said...

How cool - I've seen this done a lot lately....I must do this in my own home!!! i love Lonny!

Stacey said...

I've always been a huge fan of this, especially now that i'm a new mom. I was actually looking at these just last night at the Lonny site!

The Girlie Blog said...

What a wonderful way to surround yourself with love.

elissa, ebb & flow said...

i'm eating up lonny mag page by page, as usual it's fab. and i'm with you, those large family/people portraits are beautiful. such an added point of interest in the space.

Lady Grey said...

I completely agree... this looks so cool and modern.
oxo

Megan Fischer said...

I just think it's hilarious that they put that in their living room. Especially when said living room looks fairly modern and chic. It's just hilarious.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

I agree, love it!!!!

kelsey kleiman said...

First of all, thanks for turning me on to Lonny Mag. We're moving and I need some decorating inspiration. Second, love the large family photo idea and agree with the person who posted that it is a refreshing change over canvases.
We recently had two photos (one fine art and one family-ish) mounted by ArtiPlaq (google it) and they look amazing. It seems that with the plexi there is glare. This has no glare. We ordered it through our lab in Michigan called Lake Effect Digital.

Anonymous said...

Just a note!
I've used disposable under water cameras before, and unless you have a LOT of light they don't turn out! So use them on a sunny day in an outdoor pool only!

Larry Lourcey said...

I've always thought that our den walls - especially the area above the fireplace - was the grown-up equivalent of our dresser top from childhood. When you were a kid, you would proudly display the things you were most proud of on your dresser - a trophy, a signed baseball, a collectible..etc.
As adults, the things we are often the most proud of is our family - so displaying their images proudly above the fireplace makes perfect sense.
@larryphoto

taylor said...

haha I agree the photo of the man
and his child swimming - SO CUTE!!!
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Hill Country House Girl said...

LOVE this! I was just looking at the new issue of Lonny and loved Lulu's house. Isn't that photo so much fun!It takes family photos to a whole new level.

Happenstance said...

Saw this too, loved it.

walrus studio said...

You almost can't tell if it's a family photo or an expensive piece from an art gallery!!

Monica from Hola!design said...

great idea! Also, on page 220 of the same issue, there are 2 over sized pictures above the girls' beds. It looks awesome. I'll definitely look for a good picture and do the same thing!

chelsea said...

how fun! i love using disposable cameras and have been wanting to try out the underwater ones. now i will for sure!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Let me check my album and find one to blow it up.

Sarah @ Natural History said...

Maryam of My Marrakech has millions of framed family photographs on the stairs of her home in Marrakech and it's something I have meant to get onto for ages - my husband and I have about 5000 photographs taken since we met (!!!!) and many are worth framing and putting up - it's just a matter of gathering the will to do so...

Tiffany's Small World said...

love it!


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Sundari said...

That's great. I love family photos that are appreciated in that way.

Kristen said...

that photo was one of the number one things that stood out in the magazine to me, too! i love it!

stephanie said...

that is amazing, i love it!! what a beautiful, personal way to decorate a home :)

bussbuss said...

i love this too and am in the process of doing the same (one kings lane had a great deal for chiccanvas.com a few weeks ago so we're picking out photos from our travels now -- and i just made my mom a big black and white of my niece sitting by a pond as a birthday present)... love lonny too!

Blackbird Fly said...

adore that painting. so pretty!
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A Flourishing Perspective said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love this. What a fantastic idea. I love the whole room, to be honest. :)

XOXO-
Rachel

Christi @ Rumination Avenue said...

Love this. Much better than a Warhol-like print of the family. Now to narrow down the choices...

Jess said...

I think this is such a wonderful way to decorate AND show family pictures in a tasteful way.

Thanks for the post!
Jess

Lisa said...

Brilliant.

Amanda said...

Awesome idea! And on plexi glass. Never would have thought of that.

amber said...

I just love this idea!

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Krystal said...
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Krystal said...

oops, sorry about the last post! ehem, I was just going to say - I love this idea - but it's so impossible to choose the best picture out of the hundreds I take =) I've been waiting for an answer to come to me for awhile!

Jen said...

I love this idea. Now I just have to choose a photo!

Chessa! said...

This is so awesome! Duggal is amazing. I have printed up work for shows with them as well as work for clients. The plexiglass prints are spectacular! I love working with them bc the are so professional and so helpful! I love the look of this photo in a living room as a focal piece.

I hope that you and your little family are all feeling better! I actually have a cold myself and I hope I don't give it to Lucia...
I totally hear you btw that it takes 100x longer to do anything when you're a new mama...

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