I’ve been making slow but steady progress in the apartment. Things have been coming together one corner at a time, but I think the end is in sight. One of the biggest things we have done to make our house feel more like a home is finally get our favorite family photos off of our hard drives and up on the wall.
I hate to admit it, but we have not had a single framed picture of Lilah in the house until just now (a few weeks shy of her second birthday). There are so many reasons for this, but the biggest excuse is time. I don’t have time to pick a picture, send it in to be professionally printed, then go down to the frame shop and wait to pick it up in a week. I also have a difficult time making decisions. Which frame goes best with this picture? How big should I make it? Will it look good with the other pictures I have?
Enter, Framebridge. I am kicking myself for not trying this service sooner. It is as easy as uploading or mailing in your photos or art, pick a frame (or let one of their designers chose for you!), and wait for your frames to arrive ready to hang!
I chose to upload a mix of Instagram and professional images that my friend Nicki took of us over the years to the website. They also have an app that is super simple to use and really convenient if all of your photos are on your phone! I wanted to keep the color scheme neutral with a pop of gold so I picked the Mercer, Irvine, and Concord frames. They also have this helpful cheat sheet if you are having a hard time deciding what kind of frame is best for you.
I was really impressed by the quality of the printing and the frames. The images all came out clear with true color and sharpness. I did upload image one directly from Instagram, as opposed to an Instagram photo I had saved on my camera roll that I then imported, and noticed that it was a little grainier. So, my tip is to make sure you are using the original photo on your camera roll rather than straight from Instagram for the highest quality resolution. I also loved that each image has a custom mat that really enhanced the original image. Best of all, it is really affordable! With prices ranging from $39 to $159, it is really possible to not have to chose favorites or limit yourself to just a few.
Lilah has been really enjoying seeing her face around the house a little more. Every time she comes out after the bath I pick her up and we go through each picture naming everyone in our family. It warms my mama heart. I feel a new resolve to have at least one new family photo framed every three months so I can fill our house with all of the incredible memories we are making here in the city. And now if only I could find a way to completely level my entire apartment because the crooked floors and walls may drive me completely batty or, perhaps it is part of the charm of an old house!
Framebridge has been kind enough to extend a 10% discount to my readers when you use the code luckypenny10! So, do yourself a favor, head to the site or download the app and see how easy it is to get some of those precious memories up on the wall. You’ll thank me later!
Photos by Julia Elizabeth for Lucky Penny
Frames c/o Framebridge / Console Table by West Elm / Golden Pig by Areaware / Planter from Ikea / Rug by West Elm (looks like they no longer make it) similar here and here / Jeans / Blouse (now on sale!)