The very first fight that Kelly and I had when we moved in together was about hanging pictures around the house. You see, Kelly’s grandmother was a bit, shall we say, enthusiastic, about family photos. As in, literally every square inch of wall space in her home was filled with almost life sized family portraits.
Understandably, the moment my hammer struck the photo hook, Kelly started to freak. I talked him down off the ledge and we compromised on minimal family photos placed tastefully around the house.
Then we had children. I won’t lie. I had to reign in the crazy. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want to see photos of our little angels on every wall and flat surface of our home. Right?!
Shockingly, we have very few photos displayed in our house. Instead, they are on kept within easy reach in my scrapbooks and at any given time I can almost guarantee there is a digital slideshow running somewhere within eye shot. What can I say? We are a technology loving family. More on that another day.
All of that being said, sometimes bigger is better.
Sometimes an 8×10 is just not going to cut it.
Sometimes to truly make a statement (or to keep in scale with your fireplace) you need to go bigger. Our master bathroom is one such example.
Last summer Kelly and I celebrated our 10th anniversary with a Hawaiian vacation. My sweet husband’s gift to me was to bring my favorite photographer along to document our vacation. Angela took a gorgeous series of photos on the beach before we renewed our wedding vows which I simply adore. I chose three to hang above our bathtub. Every time I look at them I am reminded of the warm white sand beach and the very special love that Kelly and I share. It is the perfect way to start the day, and the perfect way to wind down after a hectic day.
I won’t lie, I was a little bit nervous ordering that ginormous canvas. It is bigger than my two year old! But like I said, sometimes bigger is better. Even an 11×14 print would have looked freakishly small on that wall space.
Go forth and enlarge!