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Creating photo displays with old relics from the past

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This week I was thinking of my sweet, funny Dad. It was his birthday and he’d have been 87. Dad was always the jolly good fellow that wore an ear to ear grin, making it an impossible feat not to smile and love him right back. I was rather fond of that silent giggle that shook his shoulders, causing you to follow suit.

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Ah, and then there was my Mom! Whenever you went to visit her, it was never ‘the right time to leave’. She’d greet you with a serious bear hug, only to delay the good-byes for at least an hour, including waving like mad until you rounded the corner out of sight. So cute!

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

The sweet, gentle memories conjured from these pictures could surely fill an entire book. But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Besides, pictures are prettier to look at anyway.

So displaying photos from days gone by is one of my favorite decorating strageties in keeping those cherished and quirky memories alive in a pretty way.

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

But… I like to deliver photo props with a slight twist. Or twisted vine maybe…

I challenge myself to further a photo’s story, by utilizing treasures that have a history all their own. Whether that be an old vintage typewriter, an old barn window, or even perhaps an old rusty bed frame, marrying old relics with timeless photos creates both beauty and function in your home.

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Take this typewriter for instance.

Do you remember your own typing class in school? My teacher was Mr. Wall and I always thought he was awfully cool, especially for a typing teacher. I remember wanting a little extra attention one day (just because), and pretended to fall asleep. I waited and waited and WAITED for him to approach and nudge me awake. Well, he took so long, I ended up with homework that day! The nerve.

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

This typewriter didn’t come from my own typing days, but I do remember all those crazy tab buttons, dings and zings causing quite a clicking ruckus in class. All in all, typing class was one of my favourite subjects, so the memories make me happy.

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Sprinkle in a few photos of your huggin’ mom and gigglin’ dad, and you have a pretty vignette full of happy memory overload to indulge in.

How to marry photos with treasures from the past:

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Choose pieces with meaning

The rusty head board layered with mirrors were thrift store finds. However, the rest of the accessories on the dresser were my Mom’s wedding gifts. The entire grouping as a unit creates a pretty backdrop to allow my parent’s wedding photos to shine.

Pieces with personal attachments will speak to your heart the most. Perhaps it’s time to allow that piece from the attic to see daylight again. Why not enjoy it?

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Marry the theme

My Dad was a dairy farmer, so the old barn window, adorned with rusty gears further tells my own story of growing up as being his farmer’s daughter.

(full string picture tutorial is HERE)

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Think plants

There’s something about a plant that makes anything look amazing. If something isn’t working, adding a plant to it never seems to fail. Real plants look best of course, however don’t think I don’t have faux plants in stock! (for WHEN these die)

Creating photo displays with old relics from the past, via Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Just play

This is where I’m going to suggest to break all the rules indicated above. Just bring out a piece that inspires you in some way, then play. Think in terms of black and white photos vs. full colour against the piece. Try anything and everything, then play until it works.

So next time you have no idea what to do with your Grandma’s hand me downs, think in terms of vignette or centre piece. Plunk it down, haul out your pictures and plants, and get creative! You never know, you just may make someone’s shoulders shake… and that’s a good thing!

Do you have something cool that’s been hiding far too long?

I challenge you to give it a go!

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11 Responses to Creating photo displays with old relics from the past

  1. Wonderful article, Donna! I love your idea of marrying our photos with our memories!

  2. love your gorgeous typewriter vignette! that plant is something else! do you know what kind it is? it looks so much like an umbrella plant but i’ve never seen a hanging/climbing variety.

  3. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    My dad has given tons of old pictures of him. I have been planning a gallery wall – but haven’t gotten to it yet. So one fabulous black and white picture of him with his class (from the 1930′s) sits framed … on my bathroom floor!

    Every time he visits, he says, “why is my picture sitting in the bathroom” (he actually uses another word but I’ll leave that to your imagination)!

    So I need to get that picture hung before he visits again – my dad is 83 and very ill so I treasure the time we spend together.
    Kelly

  4. Jackie says:

    LOVE the typewriter!

  5. Vanessa says:

    Oh I just loved this post Donna! Displaying photos in such a unique way really does pay homage to the uniqueness of these special people in our lives. Your photos and story were just beautiful!
    Vanessa

  6. Lucy says:

    Great post! I have boxes of old photos…none of them from my family (haha), but I love to imagine what those people were like.

  7. This post makes me lust after vintage typewriters, Donna! Where can I put one… hummmm….

    I have a bunch of old pics of my grandparents, and you’re inspiring me to rearrange their display a little bit. I have a picture of my grandfather standing at the wire mill where he worked for 40something years making wire all day long. The newspaper took his photo for an article, and that picture wound up at a local ironworks museum. It’s such a beautiful picture and needs to be displayed!

  8. You brought tears and smiles…holy moly can you write. Not only can you write, but you have these ways of connecting us to the past through decorating that we would never imagine. I enjoy all of my old photos, but you have inspired me to dig further, and bring out more. Always a good thing. ~ Julie

  9. Kay says:

    You sure do look like your dad! Glad you have happy memories on the his birthday.

  10. audra says:

    absolutely love! :-) love.love.love.

  11. JaneEllen says:

    Great article, looks like it spoke to many. I have boxes of photos taken by my parents, so glad they did. I have a couple old windows and shutters too so maybe I should get busy during this wintery weather using some of those terrific photos.
    Every time I look at photos of when I was very little I have so many memories. I can still remember how the neighbors clock chimed from when I was little, I loved to go in their house to hear it and smell how their home smelled. Isn’t it funny what you remember? We moved away from there when I was 10, I’m 72 now but I can still remember the sound of that clock.
    So glad I found this post as I’ve been looking for a picture of my paternal grandmother for my 2nd. cousin who does geneology. I have the only picture of my grandmother it seems.
    I’ve carried all these pictures and albums all over the country with us and we’ve moved a few times from one house to another in same town, different states, different cities but I held onto those pictures. Some are from the late 1800′s of bygone relatives.
    I have photos of my kids from birth and the oldest is 52 now. Am I a pack rat? Who knows, but to me photos aren’t something you discard.

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