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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Do or Don't: Family photos in the living room


Last night, I read something surprising...

While flipping through The Perfectly Imperfect Home, an illustrated decorating book by Deborah Needleman (the former editor of Domino), I learned that you're not "supposed" to have family photos in your living room or, really, anywhere in the main part of your house. Family photos should be reserved for bedrooms and other private spaces.

Have you ever heard that? Our living room doesn't have many personal photos, but I actually wish we had more! My sister's house is covered in family frame walls, wedding albums, holiday cards from friends...and it's so much fun to look through them all. You can see her personality right away, and her home feels so cozy!

What do you think? Is this rule a do or don't?

P.S. Do or Don't: Magazines in the bathroom (heehee).

(Top photo by Bruce Buck for the New York Times)

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sbt said...

Why should photos of your family be private in your own house? I don't get it.

Belle on Heels said...

Honestly? I think that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I'm with you: I wish I had MORE family photos throughout the main living spaces of our house!

paige said...

I disregard anything that makes a blanket statement about what you are "supposed to" or "not supposed to do." Family photos in the home are a personal choice. I happen to believe they make the home feel warm, alive and inviting. I hope people don't take these articles to heart and instead decorate their homes as they see fit!

Emma (Glitter and Gold) said...

I love family photos all over my house ..... makes me smile & feel cozy

Rachael said...

I've heard that, or similarly, that they should only be propped on dressers, not hung. Personally, I think that sounds like a nice "design" tip but not very realistic or cozy.

Kate said...

I think the rule is a don't. Just like white after labor day, I think you should do whatever you want. And I agree, going to people's houses that show their personality and character (with family pics up or otherwise) is so great!

AmandaOleson said...

The first thing people look at when they come into my home is all of the personal photos! I'd never even dream of taking them down!

Jessica said...

I think it depends on your home. If it's a showpiece, then I understand. You fill it with art and beautiful furniture. But, for most of us our living room is where we live. It's comfortable and utilitarian. Why not have family photos around to enjoy?

Andrea F said...

This is a silly rule. Your living room is your space so if it makes you feel happy to see framed photos of your loved ones hanging around, go ahead and do it.

annie said...

My mom has about 6-7 black and white portraits of each of kids (I'm one of three) all at different ages and they are together in the living room on 4 tiered shelves and it looks beautiful, clean, and classic. Everyone adores them and they're fun to admire. I love seeing other peoples pictures too!

Krysta said...

I've heard that before too and I think it's a little silly! But I also think that we should do away with "rules" when creating our own personal spaces. We have a gallery wall in our living room and while most of the frames are filled with art prints and photographs we have a few personal photos thrown in. I personally prefer spaces to feel very lived in and personal so I like family photos and children's artwork displayed in the more "public" places of a home, but I also save the extra personal photos like those from our wedding day for places like our bedroom. It's all a matter of personal preference. You should love the space you live in!

Caitlin A. Hamstra said...

My grandmother, who lives by this rule, taught my mother and I not to put pictures in "public" spaces. However, we both have a few of our favorites in living spaces! It's so much more fun to be able to enjoy photos of those we love!

Lisamarie said...

This is a pretty lame rule. Although, I do feel that everything should be done in moderation.

Carolyn said...

Seems a little rigid to me. I love looking at the photos my friends have in their homes. My sister-in-law has an entire wall that is a mod podged photo collage. Every time I go over I gravitate to it because it makes me smile.

Nora said...

My in-laws still have a HUGE family photo hanging over the fireplace that excludes the newer members of their family...new daughters-in-law. I think that is a "no." ; )

MappingKat said...

I say they are fine with one caveat. Don't ever put a frame on a coffee table. Half of the room does not want to look at the back of frames. Because let's be real. 9 times out of 10, the stickers stay on. Terrible. :)

Melanie said...

that is just silly.

I understand it if you are maybe trying to sell your house (depersonalize is key) but if you are living there and want to see pictures of your family...they should be wherever you want!

kpotter19 said...

I don't agree with that "rule". A home should feel lived in - I don't want to live in a showhouse or a museum. People should do what they like and I love to look at people's photos when I'm at their house. Personally, I tend to like framed snapshots that actually capture a moment rather than posed, formal family portraits. But to each his own!

GrapeJelly said...

That's ridiculous. My personal opinion is that I would think it's much more important to have your walls covered with images of those you love like your family rather than art created by strangers. Why would you want your favorite photo of your mom hidden away? But more importantly, people should do whatever they want to do in their own homes without articles about dos and dont's on decorating. My living room is filled with photos of family and I wouldn't want it any other way.

my little apartment said...

while it shouldn't be a "rule", I don't really like framed photos in general. the photo you posted displays them tastefully, with a mix of old photos and art, but I think what she's referring to are like, table-top frames. at least, that's what I steer clear of...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Do.
It's your house.

slip4 said...

Unless you are living in the White House, I don't see the point. The whole house is ours so why not have whatever you want wherever? Weird.

Emily said...

I personally don't like personal photos out. The colors are too jarring, and I never like the way I look. I don't have kids, and I don't have any professional photos of myself or my loved ones. But I think if you like them, then put them where you want. I do however tend to think if they are all over your house, and not well framed etc., that they look sloppy.

My mother has photos of herself and my relatives from when they were young, so they are wonderful muted colors (think the 60's 70's and 80's) or black and white. That I can get on board with.

melissa said...

Totally silly--our home is about celebrating the things we love--food, family, comfort. I want to look around and see plenty of all of these things!

TILTE said...

I like photos everywhere. They bring a personal touch to the room and it's like looking through a little "window" into that person's life.

Mary said...

What a weird rule. Photos of the most important people in your life should be on display anywhere you want! I agree it makes the house cozy and gives it personality. I don't want my house to look like it belongs in a magazine - I want it to look like a family lives there!

JoAnna Rogers said...

my absolute favorite part of going to anyone's home is looking at their family photos hanging on the walls. even homes i've been to thousand times, i will still wander around the whole house looking at all the photos!! i feel like a home would be dreary and not very much like a home at all without family pictures!

Sarah Tucker said...

Why would you have pictures made for only you to see? They are supposed to be seen by others! Unless people are walking through your bedroom, I say plaster them on the walls of the living room :)

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Aaron said...

I like some family photos in the living spaces, but I'm not a fan of the sofa-sized photos as a focal point. I love my sons, but I don't want their (or my) giant blown up heads hanging over the mantel or over the couch looking at me all the time.

Kelly said...

That sounds insane. Your home is your home, you should have family photos wherever you want.

Jackie Wieczorek said...

I do the exact opposite. I love having photos in the living areas downstairs, but the bedroom is a sanctuary for my husband and me. I prefer not to have a picture of my mother or my daughter looking back at me when I'm getting changed or going to bed at night with my husband.

. said...

This might sound crazy, but I have the opposite rule: no family photos in our bedroom. I like the zen of reserving a space in our life for just my husband and I. In our bedroom, we have one photo of the two of us together in Paris over our bed, and that's it.

I've heard the no-photo rule for "staging" a home for sale, but the purpose of my home in daily life is not for other people to be able to see themselves living there! My purpose is for it to feel open and welcoming and like US, so I think a few (or a lot, depending) family photos in the main parts of the house are nice.

My mom always had our school photos framed in the living room. ::shudder:: I will not inflict that upon my children. :)

Sian said...

How weird.. I'm the opposite if anything, family photos in the bedroom are a bit of a passion killer.. but lovely and sweet in the living room.

. said...

Oh my gosh, we posted at the exact same time (see below!). That is exactly how I feel, lol!

Trish said...

That's almost sad.

VintageDanielle said...

I think that's wrong. I love living rooms filled with personal family and friend photos. You get a feeling of love and warmth. I won't go overboard and have a room be cluttered.

diana said...

It's a little more subtle, I think. Photos of the family living inthe house at that very moment - personally, I find it narcissistic. But, photos of far away family, orof thechildrenof thehose from another age, I find them alright. But, in the end, everyone can do as they please intheirownhome, that's why it's called the castle! : ) and I hate how this pad swallows the space between the words.

diana said...

It's a little more subtle, I think. Photos of the family living inthe house at that very moment - personally, I find it narcissistic. But, photos of far away family, orof thechildrenof thehose from another age, I find them alright. But, in the end, everyone can do as they please intheirownhome, that's why it's called the castle! : ) and I hate how this pad swallows the space between the words.

Jessica Jaeger said...

Now that I think about it, our formal living room has an entire photo wall of personal photos, whereas our very casual family room is where we hang our art and only has a couple personal photos. Opposite of what Deborah is saying...oops!

Melanie Liliana said...

I think that statement is backwards.. I rather have personal photos through my house and keep the bedrooms neutral?

barbaraallain.com said...

I don't see why there should be a rule to start with!! It's a matter of personal taste what each person hangs on their walls! I personally love family photos though! Especially in other people's homes... I think it's fascinating to look at them!!

Is this your home?? Really beautiful!!

Anna said...

that's sooo funny. My Mum is British and she has always followed that rule for as long as I've known. She has her photos of us kids and my Dad in their bedroom - on her dressing table, bedside table etc and the odd cute photo on the fridge but in the 'entertaining' rooms - the dining room, fancy living room - no family photos - not sure why... but come to think of it - I don't in my place either?!!?

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I break that rule big time! My home walls are covered with family photos, including some ancestors my daughter only knows through photos. It reminds me where we came from as a family. And I even have gone as far as to frame some of my daughter's artwork for "masterpiece" items versus buying things from the store and I wouldn't change it an inch...unless I owned my home and put it up on the market. Then I understand taking out the personal family stuff.

Natalie Palmer said...

I find it interesting that the pictures “should” be kept in places that are more private. What is more private than one’s very own home!? When I invite others into my home, I think it is a way of letting them in on my life. I enjoy it when guests flip through a family photo album and it turns into a meaningful conversation about loved ones. :)

Kerri Lynne said...

I think that it's a definite DO. Why not display family photos in your own home, where ever you'd like? I agree with you that it naturally adds personality and warmth to a home!

Courteney said...

Is this just like a "if you want your house to be extremely stylish and possibly be featured in a magazine" rule? Because personally I always enjoy seeing photos of whomever I'm visiting, but I guess their homes generally look less put together. I'd take warmth over style any day though.

Mollie D said...

A friend of mine go back and forth on this all the time- she says no, but my walls are covered with vintage photos, wedding photos. I took my heritage table from my wedding and put them all on my walls of my living room. They make me happy every time I see them

Anna said...

oh and ps, I live in Scandinavia where I have not been to a single 'unstylish' house - everyone's houses are GORGEOUS here - straight out of pinterest - and not one of them have had a family photo in their living rooms! interesting...

Love me if ya dare said...

I think it is great to have family photos in the living room. My house is not a museum, and if I have friends over, I like to share my family pics with them.

Laura Klenda said...

What a weird rule! I, for one, would not like photos of my parents in our bedroom EVER. Those belong in family/living rooms.

Jillian said...

Like most other readers, I think that's silly! This rule might make sense for a hotel, or maybe if you frequently host professional seminars in your living room, but I still don't know...I love family photos and my family lives all over the world, so I can't see them as much as I'd like in person. My boyfriend and I are moving in together in July, and I'm hoping to incorporate some of our family photos into a frame wall in the hall or living room.

mod erin said...

am currently just planning to do the exact opposite ! we are redecorating here and planning a huge gallery wall full of family memorabilia and photos. the first thing I do in other peoples homes is look at their family pictures on the walls....they always make for great conversations or even a good laugh... Who, what, why , where, when ! loved you over on sf today !

Allison Donohue said...

I think it's sweet to have family photos around. My sister is the same way as your sister; she has a glass-paned door in her kitchen and she sticks all the family cards, holiday cards, and photo cards in it so that when guests come over they can say "oh look how big Miles has grown!" I wonder if this "do or don't" is more of a moderation question--maybe you should do a mix of family and artsy...my sister also displayed all of her 5-year-old daugther's art work in frames around the family room. I think this is a sweet mix!
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D2 said...

I think it is a silly rule. However, my Mom who is a well regarded interior designer sticks to that rule. For sure. I wanted to put family pics up on the wall going up the staircase but she said to put them upstairs (in the private area of the house). Interesting for sure. I'm torn.

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

I understand the rule in a way, but I disagree. I feel kind of weird having family photos in the bedroom, it just seems kind of strange and narcissistic. I would prefer not to photos of my family member staring at me in the room where I sleep, get dressed and do other private things. I think family photos need to be somewhere that you can show them off, in the less private parts of your home.

groovyjen said...

I have a big wall we dub the "family photo wall" and it's pretty much the first thing you see when you enter my house. Personal pics are one of the things that make a house a home! No pics is a silly, stupid rule that begs to be broken.

tara said...

I think it's in Gretchen Rubin's new book, Happier at Home, she mentions a finding that said families who hang pictures of themselves in their home are happier! It made me feel much better about our pics hanging out in our living room. :)

Jenny Rosenthal said...

Right, I am with others here. I love when I walk into a room filled with family photos (even when I don't know anyone in the pictures). One of my favorite things about visiting my MIL's house was looking through the pictures she displayed (going back to my husband's great-grandparents' time). She put her house on the market, and her real-estate agent advised her to take down all the pictures because it would make her house easier to sell. I really don't agree.

Hollie said...

I personally think that is just silly. I love to be surrounded by the faces I love the most in the world. Makes it feel cozy and oh so homey.

Nina Leung said...

I agree with Needleman, to an extent. I like a few family photos in the main part of the house, but they should look interesting as a photo as well, not just a snapshot. I feel a little awkward when I go to someone's house and there's a 16 x 20 photo of them from their wedding. I feel like I'm supposed to comment on how beautiful the bride looks or how happy they look. It feels forced. Family photos are a glimpse into someone's intimate life, they she be reserved for people close enough to spend the night. Keep them in the private living areas.

Lauren Ashley said...

I think this is a rules are meant to be broken situation - as long as your photos aren't *too personal* those should be kept in the bedroom for sure! ;-)

shilpishilpi said...

this makes a lot of sense to me, and has always felt right in an intuitive way. 1) the subjects of family photos are too vulnerable and precious to be considered as art, and should be protected in private areas. 2) it actually feels a little braggy to have personal photos in public areas. 3) art that is evocative/provocative does a better job of setting the mood in public rooms. i've always done this -- glad to know it's a rule!

Margaret said...

I've heard this rule, too, and I actually abide by it, because I personally feel more comfortable this way. I have a tendency to be a private person, and so my photos feel private to me. I love sharing them in albums, but I don't like them out on display when I have guests over. I also keep my Facebook photos to a minimum, especially when other people tag me. I know I'm in the minority, though, and, of course, I don't think anything of seeing other people's photos at their home!

My husband and I also felt very strongly about not having a photographer at our wedding ceremony, because we wanted it to feel completely sacred, and have the memories living in our hearts and the hearts of our guests--although we did have photos of the preparation, and us leaving the church, and of course the ceremony. However, I have never met anyone else who felt like this, so, again, I know we are in the minority!

Ann Cundy said...

Huh. I've always liked Deborah Needleman's style, but I agree with most of the other posts here that this just seems silly. My mother and I have always had framed family photos arranged on side tables in all the living/sitting areas of our houses. I feel a little differently about them being hung as "art" though. I prefer to hang painting or landscape photos, etc on the walls!

openid said...

That's such a strange rule! There is a picture of my boyfriend and me in our bedroom (mainly because there is no place for it in the living room) and I always look at it and think we're weirdos for having a picture of ourselves in our room. I feel like it should be in the living room so that our guests can see it instead of staring at a picture of myself!

Ellie said...

I grew up with this (unofficial) "rule." Well, there may be family photos in the living room but they were in small frames on a side table. Not large photos hanging on a wall. Those were only in the hallway or bedrooms/office space. Sometimes when I see huge family photos hanging in living rooms it does seem a bit tacky to me. Probably just because I'm not used to it.

Mary said...

I think it depends on the photos, colors, and presentation. Editing plays a big part-- or consolidating them with all silver frames, etc. There have been lots of great suggestions for displaying photos well in this comment thread. In the Needleman book, she suggests tucking photos into the edges of gilt mirrors or frames-- a casual approach that is a nice contrast if you have an ornate frame. But that book is all about doing what makes you feel comfortable; I didn't read it as an absolute rule.

domonique matthews said...

Not into that rule at all. or most blanket statement rules for that matter! If you have both a living room and a family room, which many people don't, it's tempting to make the living room a little more 'formal' and the family room a little more 'personal', but i wouldn't put a rule on it. I like more family photos on the walls in our family room, but smaller sweeter photos in our living room on the tables + shelves. i also love our wedding photo hung in our entryway as a symbol of our love in our home. break the rule!

Chloe Moon said...

No family photos in the main part of the house?!?! That seems a little extreme but I'm not a design expert by any means. I could understand it being overkill if you had a family photo on every hard surface but I love seeing some family photos. I agree with the other comments it creates that cozy home feeling!! =)

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Suzabell Muses said...

I think the key is to balance artwork and photos. Often artwork is neglected due to years of school pictures being hung instead. I would rather see more pieces of art even drawn by children on the walls and an album of photos I can browse through as a conversation piece.

Miss Mel said...

I'm definitely a HUGE fan of framing photos and having photo albums readily available to browse through at any time. My house in covered in photos! I know some people hate framing photos of themselves or family but I think it's a personal choice! Personally, I believe there isn't a right or wrong way, it's your home! Do what you like!

katiedid said...

RUles are meant to be broken! BUT I personally prefer that if family photos are in a public space that they artfully photographed....not done in a studio....and preferably candid shots showing the family in some activity they love. THAT will start the conversation! AND I would prefer that the photos be hung along with other art in an interesting way. Vintage photos of ancestors are always artful. Staircase and hallways can be public spaces, but also a great place to hang family photos.

PS....YES on magazines in the bathroom. :)

Katie said...

I've heard that you are supposed to take down all family photos when showing your house to sell because it allows a new family to see themselves in your home (as if it were their own), rather than feeling like imposters.

It's my personal preference to keep family photos to a minimum in our living spaces and rather show photos of places we've been. They're pretty photos that anyone can appreciate, and for us - they bring happy memories of travels together and are just as meaningful!

kaitlin said...

I personally like this idea. My home is supposed to be a space where people celebrate and gather, and where memories are made, not a gallery in which our past selves are to be commemorated. Granted, there are gorgeous ways of displaying family photos, but I would rather see my living room as a space for inspiration and discussion and not as a family photo album.

lauren. said...

All of our personal photos are in the bedroom. Now that i think of it, my parents and grandparents do the same thing (with the exception of the mantle). i prefer to hang art in the living rooms, personally. :)

jo said...

i think this is one of the most ridiculous decorating "rules" of all time. i can understand keeping family photos to a minimum or putting them away all together if you are selling your house. otherwise, why WOULDN'T you want to have awesome, creative, family portraits and snapshots on display so that you can be happy when you look at them and your guests get a sense of your family from the minute they set foot inside your door. it's YOUR home. do what you want with it. :)

Nat said...

You know what we do? Frame pictures from special events (our wedding) that are pretty innocuous and inconspicuous. Only if you were at the wedding would you know that's what they are. Otherwise, it looks like flowers, a view, or a chocolate cake :)

Cathi said...

There are no rules when it comes to decorating your own home!

Lady Boom said...

I agree with this rule. Your living room is where all sorts of people might step into your home...delivery men, acquaintances, etc. To have personal photos displayed is kind of tacky....particularly large photos. Maybe a couple would be alright but to have photos all over a formal room in your house seems...hmmm, invasive perhaps? Also, I believe too much focus is given to "image" in our modern age and I feel homes filled with pictures of OURSELVES is not a healthy perspective to perpetuate. You don't need pictures to prove your love or happiness. Live the moment....don't worry about capturing it or displaying it....it should live in your heart anyway!

Emily Thompson said...

I get where she's coming from, actually, as rigid as it sounds. A lot of little framed 4x6s create clutter, which can be depressing and very "grandma's attic." And, coming from a magazine background, I prefer photojournalistic shots... the sweet, beautiful candids that capture a feeling. I think she's warning against having the giant framed photo of everyone wearing matching 1980s outfits over the fireplace. Yes, it is your house, and you can do what you want. But it doesn't require the obligatory posed photos everywhere to make it homey. Joanna, your family photos I think are a great example of the exception. We love the timeless candids that capture emotion without being cheesy and forced. (Anything posed from 1930s and before are excused and welcome.) Mix those in with art, and you're good to go. I actually took photos of my loved ones in the places where I knew them best (mom in her bedroom, dad at his desk, best friend at our favorite restaurant, etc) and painted them in the style of Vuillard (my fave). So I have a whole salon-style wall of legit art over my couch that happens to make me giddy because it is extremely personal and tells a story. Now, I realize that everybody isn't a painter, but you can get cheap custom paintings in whatever style you want on Etsy! A great way to avoid "grandma" style and still keep the faces you love plastered all over the place.

shopgirl said...

I never thought of this as a rule but I don't have any family photos in my living room. All photos of friends and family are in my upstairs hallway and my bedroom. I have chose to put them there because I feel that they are photos for me and not for everyone that enters my home. That being said, all the photos in my living room are from my travels so they are pretty personal as well.

Shelley Orr said...

I only have my grandparents engagement photos and one of my grandfather playing slide guitar in my living room. They're more decorative because of their frames and that's why their out. The only other place I have photos is on my fridge and in my office. I've never been big on displaying photos, but that's mostly due to the fact that I hate to dust. I now have a child and have been thinking of possibly putting some more out....

margaux said...

oh, please. RE-LAX, deborah.

i'm pretty sure my grandmother goes by this - and she has a beautiful, pristine home - but she also used to make me stand smack in the middle of the kitchen to drink my kool-aid when i was 6 (humiliating!). meh. i don't want the kind of home my kids don't feel like they can live in.

Txgrrl said...

My house is too small to only use the bedrooms/private spaces for family photos! If I had a giant mansion (like the one pictured), I could see that, but not in my wee house. We need to use all the space!

Amy said...

We have a couple framed photos of our son and from our wedding day in our living room, but they're "nice" photos, tastefully done, b&w - they aren't cheesy poses from the portrait studio at a department store, they aren't school photos with the lazer beam background in a cardboard frame. I think family photos can absolutely be artistic and add warmth and character to a home, but in some houses people definitely go overboard! Just like everything else, moderation is key!

Meadow said...

I can't say I really get the logic. In my mind, your home is your home.. so pretty much anything is fair game. Maybe if you entertain a LOT (like business dinners and that sorta thing) then it makes sense to have a few rooms less personalized, but for me... I have guests over only a few times a year... it would be a waste.

megan said...

We don't have any pictures displayed in out living room. We do have some in our hallway going to our bedroom and in our bedroom. I think that displaying pictures feels dated. Especially family portraits.

Chung Nguyen said...

That's insane. Family photos should be the core of your living room decor! :-D

Dash said...

What a load of tosh, I have never heard that rule before, certainly not in Britain or France. Family photos can look wonderful in a sitting room, there are so many different ways of displaying them and lets face it, most people like to have a gander at other peoples photos it can often be a real icebreaker. If you are selling or rent a house out as a holiday home, then yes it makes sense not to have personal photographs in the sitting room.

As for the loo, all the best one's I have visited have had marvelous libraries of magazines and books.

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Eden said...

Who makes these "rules"? I've heard you shouldn't do that when you are selling your house....but when you are living there??? I say do whatever the heck you want!

Manda said...

I think it relays the message that you're proud of your Family. I like to keep it to a limit- so it's not overwhelming a room- but that's for decor- not because I think it's more appropriate.

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tragicsandwich said...

This is the rule, true, but it's a rule that's never made a lot of sense to me. I don't worry about it in my home or anyone else's!

LindseyD said...

In the end everyone should do as they choose but for us we can't imagine not being surrounded by images of the people we love! We agree with your comment about your sister's home we love showing who we are and being reminded of how full our lives are with all the wonderful people we're lucky enough to know.

M Hood said...

I disagree with the rule.

I don't have any family pics in the living room currently (lots of nature painting and such) and I'm remedying it right now especially since we'll be hosting family dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
I've been buying frames upon frames and printing out pics after pics. I want our house to feel cozy and familiar, surrounded by happy memory.

bridget anne said...

well said, paige! that's my sentiment exactly.

newyorknonsense said...

Whattt, that's a silly rule! I am in the process of putting together a gallery wall along our hallway entrance-way in our apt of family and wedding photos. I think it gives homes personality, and it's always fun to look at pictures.

la. said...

While I really do like having more art on the walls in homes (mine included) than Family photos, I think its silly to make rules like that, especially when it comes to special pieces like family pictures! I love looking at peoples families pictures, and I dont think you should put restrictions on how to enjoy them!

libby said...

I just moved into a new place and while I love photos in the main living spaces, I've noticed lately that I like hanging photos of places or things, not people. The photos still make me feel warm and cozy because they're places I once visited or things I once did. Maybe I'm unknowingly following this rule ;) I did however plop a few pictures of friends and family on the refrigerator. I don't have kids (yet) and it's very possible their faces will be plastered all over my public spaces one day!

Heather said...

The person who came up with this rule would hate our house... we have family photos all over our house - some posed, some more candid. As family is one of the most important things to my husband and I, it brings us great joy to get to see pictures of our loved ones and scattered throughout the home and pictures of ourselves that remind us of happy moments.

rachel said...

I guess I'm in the minority here, but I would say - it depends. I find it a bit narcissistic/distasteful when people have photos of only themselves or themselves and their spouse/partner (for example, engagement photos or wedding photos. To me, those belong in the bedroom. I think kids are another story - a few photos of the kids is okay - but not the gigantic over the mantle photo. Nope, not a fan.

Elspeth H. said...

I come from a family of geneologists, so I grew up with a huge family "tree" (really, it's a wheel) on our dining room wall, accompanied by old family photos starting with my grandparents and reaching back a few generations.

I decorated our guest book table at our wedding with photos from my parents', my husband's parents', and I believe three sets of grandparents' weddings. This gave my mom the idea to put those wedding photos (mine now included) flanking the family tree.

I kind of understand what the book you were reading was getting at, since having framed family photos decorating your walls can seem a little narcissistic, BUT family photos also have the opportunity of reminding you of people you love and where your family has come from.

Rachel said...

I could go either way on this one. My mom never had personal photos in our living room growing up and my grandmothers didn't in their formal living rooms.

We sort of have two living rooms in our house. Our more formal one actually has a couple of 4x6s framed on a sofa table. They are random shots that mean something to us. A picture I took at camp, our first picture together as a couple, a picture of us in front of our house the day we closed, and a family photo from a trip several years ago.

I don't like large, conspicuous formal photos. It feels to posed and fake. Honestly, it makes me uncomfortable when I go to other people's homes that have them.

However, I do love a well edited and styled collection of photos or gallery wall. It really depends on how you do it. Like someone said previously, editing is key.

Alexa said...

i love to be surrounded by the faces i love, so it's definitely a Do around my house! :)

Angry Asian said...

growing up, my stepmom did not have our pix up in the house, anywhere... none of the school pix of every grade for every kid... there were, however, a number of gorgeous paintings and embroidery prints from some of the countries we traveled to/lived in AND her glamour shots, that were blown up.

i used to make fun of her, i thought she was shallow and incredibly vain. the last time i visited her, in China, there were none of her glamour shots but plenty of family photos. her home was much more inviting then.

Mel Cerri said...

I once heard from a decorator that you're supposed to display books on a shelf not with the book spine, but with the pages side facing forward. I always thought that was the stupidest decorating rule - makes finding a book on a shelf almost impossible. But they say "it looks better, more unified".

I disregard any kind of rule that makes a home into unlivable place. If family photos warm your heart and make you feel at home, why would determine say you shouldn't have as many as you wish?

I was thinking about incorporating a rule to my new house: everyone that helped us decorate a part of the house should have their picture in that area. For example, my mother-in-law is probably going to help us with the kitchen, so I'm thinking of adding a picture of her to our fridge door. Just a special something to keep in mind that we've build our lives (and homes) with the help of our loved ones...

Beijos!!!

bisbee said...

Ridiculous. Perhaps if you lived in a mansion with public and private rooms (back a few hundred years ago), and you were a titled land owner with people working for you...but that's just a silly "rule".

haleigh rose said...

You know, I really like this idea! It reminds me of something a wealthy woman from the early 1900's would teach you. And I think those types of things are interesting. It's fun to imagine the 'rules' for the home that these women would have adhered to. Fascinating really. It's stuff like this that makes me nostalgic for the cultures and history I'll never experience.

It's sort of cool to think about that 1900's mansion where the living room was a show piece, and the rest of the home was mysterious and private. It's something you just don't see today.

Ruth said...

That wall sounds amazing!

Virtually pinning it to my brain Pinterest now. :)

Kristen said...

I'm not so sure it I would call it a rule, but I do find it a bit odd when I visit a friend and it's like a shrine to their wedding or baby. I was thinking the other day though that I should have at least one family photo out!

Amanda said...

I think it's more than a little silly to try and say there are rules to follow when designing your home, or even someone else's. Everyone's home is personal to them so it should be the way they feel comfortable in it. I have to say, as an interior designer myself, I find most designers to be ridiculously snobby.

Gina said...

I've heard "the rule" but do not follow it. I love all my family photos and love to look at other's also!! :)

Gabriella said...

I like it when people concentrate their family photos in a specific part of their house -- like a wall or over a fireplace or on bookshelves. As a design choice, family photos everywhere can sometimes feel a little overwhelming or unvarying to me. That said, I like to look at these photos and hear their stories, so I think it's great when they make an appearance in the living room!

Mich said...

ew! Family photos in the bedroom creep me out. I don't want to look over and see my mother-in-law while getting weird with my husband. No thanks!

Jacki said...

Totally agree, Paige!

Eliza Jane said...

Yeah, I'm with lots of others here. I think that's silly! I love family photos in public areas of the house.

Kate Wyver said...

Definitely definitely definitely do! I love having family photos up all round our house, I think it's really sad when I go to other people's houses and there are no photos up. In my opinion, having personal photos is part of what makes a house such a wonderful lovely home!

Barbie said...

I say personalize your home and make it home to YOU, whatever that is. But I prefer to see posed school and sports pictures in private areas of the home, since they're a little boring. High quality candid or posed photos are part of what makes a house a home.

Ryan Van Der Hout said...

There are so many great ways to include family portraits into the design of your home. I run a boutique photography studio. We can go to the home before a shoot and look at any spaces that are available for family portraits and conceptualize the shoot around that. In a large loft perhaps there is room for a grid of pieces featuring different family members and combinations in a minimalist way. In a traditional home perhaps there is just room for a small black and white in an antique frame. Whatever your style I think we all want to have images of those we love around us where we will really see them.

Angelica B. said...

maybe if your house is for sale you should follow that rule, but otherwise, I say put your photos where you want to.

Mihaeko said...

I am by far the worst snob I know but I'm offended by the very idea of a wrong way to decorate your own living room. Not supposed to? How unfashionably victorian.

Danielle said...

I don't think there should be a steadfast rule for this but, like everything, moderation is the key. I think a few pictures in the living room can give it some personality.

On the other end of the spectrum, I have a friend who's living room and dining room was plastered with photos from every event going back to prom (they are almost 40 and have been together since 11th grade). It was overkill and instead of being cozy, it just looked cluttered.

PPS said...

I love this rule and think is super useful! For people like myself (a child of divorce where both parents have divorced and remarried several times), the picture issue becomes a little fraught. I completely understand the impulse to put up pictures of children but as children grow and partners are added (and maybe subtracted) from the family, think about how complicated it gets! I think there is so much potential for misunderstanding and hurt feelings - stick with art and save the photos for an album/holiday card.

If you must have pictures of your family, I think it best to choose "vintage" ones - ie grandparents on their wedding day in the 1930s, siblings as small children. I think those are of more interest to guests and visitors.

Joanna said...

I'm going to be the oddball here. My husband and I don't have any framed photos anywhere in our home, and I actually prefer it this way! We just would rather have other types of artwork up, like vintage world maps or an old movie poster of Casablanca or quirky letterpress prints.

We recently received a framed photo of his nephew's kindergarten picture, and while we think he looks adorable and love that he's growing up, we were like "Um, what do we do with this?! He's not *our* kid!" Haha. We do have a photo collage of our family + friends, so I think we'll take the photo out of the frame and incorporate his darling face somewhere in the collage of photos.

schrockthehouse said...

I do find it a bit silly when an entryway or living room looks like a shrine to the occupants and/or their children. Family rooms I think are fair game, but photos of the household are best when done with a sense of irony.

Stephanie Marie said...

I have this book and have read it. I'm almost positive she doesn't say that! See pages 62-63. Are you sure you're quoting the right book? Deborah N. is all about cozifications and quirk factor. She's fabulous and definitely not all into rules, rules rules.

Emily said...

I grew up in a two-story house, so the way my parents did it was they had all of our family photos in the stairwell, and then in the upstairs bedrooms. I think they only hung art downstairs! I don't know though, I feel like family photos make a house feel like a home!

urbnfemme said...

I have never heard this "rule", but my wife and I have always felt uneasy about family photos in our living room, and have relegated most of them to our bedroom. However, we do keep "friends" photos in the living room.

It just makes me a little uncomfortable for some reason! They feel like private moments. But to each her own -- I agree that one should decorate in a way that makes her happy.

Ellen said...

I think that family photos make a place personal. That rule makes sense for a living room that is being photographed for a magazine or when the home is for sale, but otherwise... why must we all have living rooms that are cookie-cutter recreations of some designer's ideals? It is the people in each home who make it unique. Best to celebrate that, I say!

Daniella C said...

Hmmm, I think some people "enforce" that rule only to avoid the tacky look of way too many mismatched frames and photos styles. But an elegant array of favourite photos in clean, classic looking frames to stay current throughout the years makes sense. Especially if you've put a lot of though into the design and feeling of your home, you wouldn't want to clutter that all up, right? But a well hung group of sleek gallery style frames, or a large b&w photo looks great! Like the above comment, I think the idea of this "rule" is to avoid the shrine factor, lol.

Charlotte said...

i tend to keep photos in the bedroom, but wouldn't be against displaying them in living areas! x

jasmine said...

Maybe someone has already mentioned this... but I thought that was a home staging rule. Sure, if you're putting your house up for sale, you want it to be a showpiece and allow the buyer to envision themselves there. But I'm all about big personal photos in living spaces.

Marian said...

I guess if you're goal is to have your home look like the pages of a magazine then it's a don't. But I like for a room to look "lived in". I agree with you, the more photos the better!

Sarah Conner said...

I feel the same way! Nothing kills the mood like the your brother or dad staring out at you... Only photos of the two of us allowed in the bedroom.

Brittany Weidlich said...

I say YES to photos in the living area and in other main rooms, especially if you have children. I love when I see large adorable photos of friends' children on the walls. And I think magazines in the bathroom is a "Do" as well, as long as they are kept neat & neatly displayed. But I would only have 1 or 2, not 5 or more like I've seen in some bathrooms.

Sarah Conner said...

I think it's such a fun reminder of all the happy things you've done, people you love, and times you want to celebrate. It's a DO around here, for sure.

friedapaula said...

Keeping family pictures to "private rooms" would mean that the "official rooms" are merely for entertaining- which is strange, since I spend most of my time not in my bedroom and I want my pictures around me.
And also, pictures make great talking points, I consider the friends who visit me at my place part of my family, so why not share pictures with them?

Zala Letnar said...

My in-laws have 3 of their kitchen walls plastered with framed photos of my husband, our daughter and I. It seems overboard and well – stocker-ish. Otherwise I don’t have a problem with personal photos in any room of the house.

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Rules are meant to be broken.... and most of them are stupid anyway. It's YOUR house. Why wouldn't you have pictures of yourself and your family anywhere you want?

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I say it's a personal choice the way we choose to decorate our homes and display our family photos. Why let strangers tell you the rules? That being said, if you have your home on the market for sale, then it may be a good idea to put personal photos away, but on a daily basis, make your home look what feels best to you. :-)

Tamara Watson said...

I'm a professional photographer, so I'm biased, but I love seeing family photos in the living room. When I go to someone else's home, seeing the photos helps me to feel more at ease, like I'm being given an opportunity to know them better. However, I don't enjoy seeing family photos in the living room if they are of the naked maternity variety. It's uncomfortable sitting across from someone and having a naked photograph of them right there.

Sarah Carlson said...

I've never heard of such a thing! I would have though it's the opposite! I'm in an apartment with three other girls, so my personal photos are mostly in my room, as opposed to shared spaces. But at my house in my hometown, our family is practically wallpapering the house! And I love it.

Sharla said...

haha - we just had our "family" photos made which my husband is in, but then my mom wanted a separate photo of "just her kids." I don't have kids so I can't understand, but since I'm the only married one and he's been in the family so long I really felt sad for my husband :(

Morgan Botwinick said...

I guess I'm in the minority, but I'm a fan of this "rule" (although it's definitely more of a personal preference). Growing up, all personal family photos were kept to our bedrooms, and the main living spaces were reserved for art. To this day, I still love walking into my mother's room to look at the dozens of frames she has crowded together on her mantle and dresser. It just feels so personal and special. And I absolutely hate those huge staged family or school portraits. In my opinion, there is no "right" place for them.

Dana said...

I'm in the minority, but I totally love this rule. I think a lot of little frames look too much like clutter, and I think big color portrait pics on the wall are a bit showy. I have lots of pics of my family and kids on the walls going up the stairs, in the hallways, and other places. But not in the living room.
Maybe I'm just old-fashioned!

Carried Away said...

I have photos of us and also a few art paintings in the living room. I like it and I think it turns the house into a home.

Dana said...

Yeah, I don't get the giant portraits at all.

Jessica Camerata said...

I disagree with that, I love seeing personal photos in peoples homes. However, as long as they are attractive and have nice photos. I've seen some awful photos. And I HATE magazines in the bathroom. They gross me out.

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Vale Cervarich said...

Your two pretty, "pinterest-y" photos for this post are not what everyone here is discussing - I don't think?. I'm wondering why there's no photo example of personal photos framed.
I think the pic (above) is more art-y that what we're all thinking of.

Pamela said...

def a rule. it's weird and showy to have pix of yourself (and your family) plastered all over the main living areas. save that for private quarters. unless of course your place isn't big enough to distinguish between the two, then anything goes. i like artwork and kid's artwork (framed) in main living spaces.

Pamela said...

I'll be old fashioned with you then! My thoughts exactly.

Pamela said...

adding to what i said ... i think it's particularly obnoxious to see a million framed photos of your wedding. please! nobody cares!

Deann Anderson said...

I've hung 40+ family/friends pictures on the wall down to our basement. My son and his friends love it. They are constantly stopping on the stairs on the way down to look at the pictures and see if they've made it on the wall. I had to take them all down to prepare for a basement remodel a couple weeks ago. The fact that there was no furniture in the basement went unnoticed, however I heard many questions as to where were all the pictures.

Victoria said...

Definitely don't agree with this rule. I love to see beautiful photographs of my family around and friends like to see them too. Why hide them away?

katie said...

do NOT! it is self important and narcissistic.

Emily said...

I'm only 33 and I was always taught that you don't go upstairs or into 'private' rooms of someone else's house. Yes, as children you were allowed into the upstairs rooms of your friends - but you'd never go up there uninvited. There are many houses of my parents friends and even my relatives where I've never been upstairs. So I'd say that rule is still going strong for a lot of people.

Emily said...

You don't consider your second bath or your bedrooms private? I certainly do and I'm not a land owner with folks working for me.

Sophie Chalumeau said...

Is there any rational behind this rule?
I personnaly love looking at all the photos displayed in peoples homes but I have to say that we don't have one single picture displayed in our own house, only paintings & photographs that we bought. We keep our personal photos in photo albums (our 3 kids love to browse thru) and on the computer screensaver.

Holly Hardy said...

The rule seems a little bit formal and old-fashioned, photos are largely responsible for making a house a home and I love looking at other people's family pictures!

danni remender said...

I think it's a fine balance beteween nacissism and homely. I'm English and definitely have a hard time having any picture of myself up, let a lone a whole wall of family pictures. I'm ok with a couple, but a gallery of yourselves seems self indulgent

Janie said...

I've always thought it was a little weird to hang photos of yourself up. I mean, I have some stuck on my fridge (a few candids from our wedding day, a Polaroid and the ultrasound photo of our son, and some of our great-grandparents) but it would feel a little "hey look how nice we look" for me to hang family photos up. I like having family photo albums lying around instead; that way the interested parties can see your photos, but you don't force them upon everyone. That's just personal, though, I never think that way about anybody else's house when they have photos up.

the brunette said...

I was actually told the opposite once from a women who specialized in Feng Shui who visited my family home. She encouraged my parents to replace all photos of their children in their bedroom with photos of each other. She said it was important that everything in a room reflected the goals of that room... I was like ten at the time and thought this was kind of gross... BUT SO TRUE.

Gennea said...

My husband believes it to be bad luck to have a picture of anyone other than the couple in the bedroom because it signifies that others coming into the relationship. We have only pictures of ourselves together in our master.

The guest room has fun pictures of friends and our living space has a few carefully selected pictures otherwise it is art only. I think moderation is the key!

In our condo we have no hallway but one day when we do have a hallway, I plan on it being a black and white portrait gallery of our family!

Bluebells and Lavender said...

This is a rule in the interior decorating world, but things have changed and styles have become more relaxed, so photos of your loved ones displayed in great frames add a personal touch...but I wouldn't have a whole wall dedicated to family photos...but as most of you have said, our homes are personal and so we can put the photos where we wish...I have a stairwell leading up to my lounge with a wall full of family photos!

Kristina said...

I think this is one of those rules that is meant to be broken. What makes a place feel more like home than pictures of the people you love?!

Kristina

Kristina does the Internets

tammy said...

My mom never put family photos in our living room. However, there were some hanging in the hallway, and in our family room (which is different from a living room, somehow).

Annie said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for recommending!

Anais said...

This sounds like one of those uptight rules that only the WASPiest of WASPs adhere to.

simplykimross said...

Never heard of this rule.

Stephanie said...

I do think it is weird to have photos of your children in the bedroom. I don't want my children looking at me... doing bedroom activities!

Nichole said...

Such a silly rule. My family and friends are what make our house a home. Love is always in style.

~ Faith said...

Totally! I still do this at my in-laws because I love seeing photos of my husband and his siblings when they were young.

Chimmy said...

overall, i'm indifferent on the matter, sort of. however, i'm hardly ever without an opinion, so here's my two cents: people are over-curating their own homes. and that is silly.

to each their own, of course and always. i mean everyone should find their own balance between making a home yours vs making it a show piece for some design critic I guess...

even when i do flip through feature homes in design rags, they always do feel a little more empty and cold when they come off as really cool museums. i always wonder if a family actually lives there...

Alyssa said...

We have family photos all over my house! However, I do understand why The Perfectly Imperfect Home suggests that. Most family photos capture a memory that can be dear to your heart and some people may be resistant to sharing those memories and would prefer to keep them private. Thanks for sharing, Joanna!

lauralcharles said...

I flipped through The Perfectly Imperfect home but didn't see that! I have it next to me now, want to have a closer look...

Anyway, this is definitely a DO for me! Well, in that I guess I mean that you should do whatever you want! I've got photos all over the house. For the first 5 years of marriage I had 3 very large photos from our wedding in the living room! But it made us happy to see these photos every day, reminding us of our favourite day ever.

Just remember, your house is for YOU! Guests don't spend a fraction of the time there that you do!

gratis total said...

It depends on your home and also your social life. If it's a cool and open aparment, theres no space for your kids shooting, but I prefer to see the people I love everyday in my life.

kelly o said...

I think it depends on how attractive your family is, of course.

Judy said...

Completely agree with this.

Celeste said...

Dana, I agree. And maybe you don't have this problem, but I don't want people to see my personal family photos unless I show them off. Am I too private of a person, maybe? I don't know. I only have some black and white photos hanging in my bedroom, where I can see them when I wake up and before I go to bed at night.

alovelystateofmind said...

i don't understand that rule at all - it's called a "family" room after all. I love seeing people's family pictures in common spaces - it makes the whole place seem cozier and more inviting to the person visiting. but maybe that's just me.

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christa said...

I disagree with that rule! If you want photos of your loved ones in your most used spaces - go right ahead! Family & friends are what most important, and you should reflect that in your living spaces! I love looking at little peeks into people's lives.

Lexie said...

I disagree with this rule! I think it's nice to see family photos! I especially like photos of grandparents and great grandparents!

Claire Star said...

I think if it's your house, you can choose however you want to decorate it. Besides, who's paying the rent? You! I always love to see family photos in people's homes, it makes it personal and there are always great stories behind them to ask about. But like I said, it's totally up to the owner.

SLG said...

I completely agree. Totally. I must have heard it ages ago, I've been putting my foot down around my own house, my husband doesn't see the big deal, but I think it's kind of meant for private spaces, upstairs hallway, bedrooms, even a guest room, but not the main floor. I would rather use these walls to showcase cool pieces of art, or maybe blow up more abstract photos where it's not clearly family portraiture. Feet on the beach, pics of flying a kite from behind, that kind of thing... but not portraits. In fact, I know it's up to each person to make their homes their nests, but I always find it kind of gauche when I see lots of portraity kind of pictures packing the walls of someone's home. But to each her own!

Jill said...

My husband and I subscribe to this rule. Most people don't know how to do family photos right, so you end up going over to their house and the walls are covered with tacky engagement photos from their 1999 wedding, blown up to ridiculous proportions. Or it's filled with huge baby photos of their kids and I sound like a scrooge, but 99% of the time, it's super tacky. We chose to FILL our entire stairwell from the railing up to the 2 story ceiling with an elaborate grid of family photos, but guests don't see them unless they're going upstairs to the bedrooms.

Laura Novak said...

I own two family portrait studios outside of Philadelphia, where myself and our six photographers photograph abou 800 families a year, with wall art being our biggest seller. Every now and then we get someone who only wants an album because they are not "wall art" people, but most subscribe to the same philosophy I do - which is that visual storytelling on the wall makes a house a home. When it comes to designers, I really love that Rob and Courtney Novagratz always have some kind of tribute to family on the wall, usually in the form of family phtotographs.

Shari said...

Oh - I'm in trouble I have family photos everywhere! I love that my sister has family photos on the fridge and that my neice knows all of our names even though we live in another state. My mother-in-law told me I should throw away all my photos beacuse they collect too much dust ... but I would rather be surrounded by love and dust then live in an empty home. Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

Beth Eliot said...

I'm not big on personal photographs. In my bedroom on my mantle I have the last picture that was ever taken of my parents and me before my dad died when I was sixteen. I also have a picture of my dad in a very small silver frame in the living room as well as two small round framed photos of each of my children as newborns on a side table. We were recently given a really beautiful photo of my husband's mother when she was pregnant with him and that is hanging in the hall. But that is it. I don't like being assaulted by a million family photographs. I don't like clutter. Just a couple that really mean something is all that I want.

Amanda Carr said...

my husbands grandmother always takes pictures of "her family" and then with the daughter-in-laws. at first it really bothered me, but now I think I understand she doesn't even realize that she could be hurting anyone's feelings and it really doesn't matter. just laugh about it!

Amanda Carr said...

We don't have any hanging in our home besides on our fridge. It's not that I don't think it's okay, it's just out of personal preference. And I usually have some sort of album on the coffee/table. I know when I'm at another persons home, I like to flip through those coffee table albums or see whats on their fridge too.

ROK said...

Whoa. I don't adhere to this rule, but I'll give DN that it is a "rule". As long as you aren't trying to get into Architectural Digest, there is no real reason to follow. It seems more of a blue-blood thing. The pleebs usually have family photos out.

ROK said...

Whoa. I don't adhere to this rule, but I'll give DN that it is a "rule". As long as you aren't trying to get into Architectural Digest, there is no real reason to follow. It seems more of a blue-blood thing. The pleebs usually have family photos out.

Kate said...

It's a do. Well... not in my house, but I'm in college. My parent's house has family photos all over!

abby said...

we love using family photographs as art- old photographs and new. we have some on our mantle, shelving and on our walls mixed in with graphic prints and landscape photography. we love being surrounded by memories and the faces of the people we love.

Heather said...

My college roommate's comment when visiting my parents' house for the first time: "It's like a Heather museum in here!"

When you're an only child, all of the pictures are of YOU. Or you and one parent because the other is taking the photo. I never thought all the pictures of me on the walls were strange until I got older and now it kind of cracks me up. I love family photos, but I think, as some other commenters have stressed, that moderation is key.

martha_susan said...

Kelly O.'s comment = hilarious.

There are so many variation not just your usual 5 x 7, paintings, sketches, black and white...I say anywhere and everywhere.

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Julia said...

my husband and i have differing opinions. we're both minimal but i'd like family photos on our main level. we have a few in our kitchen and a large family picture in our bedroom. thats it!

Liz and Lo said...

Do! Do, do, do! Rules are meant to be broken, especially when done beautifully, and we think your home should be an expression of who you are and where you come from. (ie: PBarn always showcases how to layer photos so compellingly.) Yes, photos run the risk of looking cluttered, but when the frames too are from the same "family", a mural of family mementos is the most gorgeous artwork of all. We could not disagree with that article more!
xox Liz and Lo {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

Laura said...

Wow, I'm surprised at how few people disagree (even somewhat) with this rule! To me, walking in to someone's house and seeing pictures of themselves all over the place can seem slightly self aggrandizing and immature. I just picture them sitting in their house looking at pictures of themselves when no one else is there. Is that weird?? Obviously I'm in the minority, but I love my friends and family a lot too, I just don't need to show off pictures to guests. (And I do have a lot of great pictures!)

Sara said...

I can see why from a design perspective, but I vote family pics yes...as long as you update them, my parent's house had a bunch in the living room in these awefull bulky frames that might have been nice in the early 90s, recently we got new sleek black frames for them much better!

Paola Albergate said...

Agreed! Well said, Paige.

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