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Growing up, my mom kept a hope chest at the foot of her and my father’s bed. While these trunk-like boxes are typically reserved for “unmarried young women in anticipation of married life,” she kept it well beyond her married years.
Inside was a world of memories – varsity sweatshirts, matchbooks from dates gone both wrong and right, cards given to her in what I always considered another life. Baby books, snippets from my first haircut. Photos of old dogs.
To me, it was always an adventure opening up the heavy wood top and unpacking everything that was inside. But part of me wondered why it always had to hide.
These weren’t secrets, they were moments. Defining moments, that truly were meant to be shared.
Surely, you might not have the wall space to display every faded concert ticket. But some time capsule pieces are worthy of sharing year round – after all you’re hoarding them for a reason, right?
With our Mail and Frame business, you can turn anything with meaning into a magical piece of art. All you do is select a frame, select a mat, mail us your item and we’ll mail it back!
Framing memorabilia is a beautiful way to give a room some character and tie it together at the same time. Framed items outside of your traditional photograph or painting give depth. Personally, I’m a big proponent for variety in a room, and adding texture behind glass is a great way to achieve this classy, interesting mood. After all, you’re too old to be tacking things on the wall.
Families, you can now gracefully take your kids’ work off the fridge, sans any shed tears. Encourage their best artwork or validate their accomplishments.
But the possibilities extend beyond families and finger paintings.
Travelers, this opens up a whole new world when it comes to souvenir shopping (or not shopping at all). Frame foreign money, maps, small flags, plane tickets. Anything that doesn’t take space in your suitcase. You could even layer the memorbillia with a photo from the trip.
Foodies, frame a menu from a special night or your favorite spot. If you’re feeling even more sentimental, consider framing a handwritten recipe.
Newspaper clippings for the office, store or restaurant are also a solid go-to.
Maybe even indulge in your own creativity and make something with the intention of framing it.
You could spend a Friday night drinking wine and painting with a friend, or make a collage with some guerrilla glue for an update to the cork board look.
Get an entryway piece with your last name on it from Etsy. Even better order one it as a housewarming gift. You could do the same for above your children’s bedroom doors.
Another DIY could be to write a guide for your Airbnb. This is a simple and considerate way to turn your home into a fully functional space for guests.
None of this get you going? Here’s some more ideas!
- Pages from books
- Decoupage a puzzle
- Preserve a butterfly
- Pressed leaves from Autumn
- Sports Illustrated
- A bib from a marathon
- Flags from the field or court
- Baseball cards
- Jerseys or cheerleading uniforms
- Sheet music
- Guitar picks
- Old records
- Comic strips
- Wedding or baby announcements
- Flag from college
- Shopping bags for a sartorial room
- Polaroids with a handwritten note underneath
- Editorial spreads
- Downloadable prints from your favorite artist
- Old license plates
- Name plates
Regardless of what you choose, I’m confident that decorating with pieces you already have is a surefire way to establish a welcoming home. Rather than a piece from Ikea, hang art that makes your guests ask questions for which you can respond with a more interesting personal anecdote.
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