Creative Ways to Display Family Photos

crib mattress photo display-firefly hill

Annie at Firefly Hill took an old mattress spring from a crib, spray-painted it white, and turned it into a creative way to display family photos and mementos.

I spotted this clever use for old shutters at Renae Moore’s blog:


I have a couple of toile-covered message boards above my desk in the kitchen where I like to display old family photos. Here’s one of them:

toile message board 2

How do you display yours?

Happy Friday!

  • Hooked on Houses was named Blog of the Week on’s Design Happens blog. (Thanks, Chelsey!)
  • I’m still in Orlando with my family. If you have sent me an e-mail this week and I haven’t responded yet, that’s why! I just peeked at my inbox and it may take me awhile to catch up.
  • The Hooked on Holiday House Tours blog party kicks off next Friday, December 11. See highlights from last year’s party here. Hope you’ll join us!
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  1. says

    I display mine in the kitchen on a board like yours! I love the other ideas … but why is it that I think if I hung a mattress spring on my wall it would look like … well … a mattress spring on my wall? There are some things I’m just not sure I could carry off, and that’s one of them. The shutters, though, now THAT’S an idea I can get behind. Of course, the first thing I thought when I saw it was, “If that were in my house, the pictures would all curl up and look nasty after three days.” But you know, I’m nothing if not an optimist. :)
    .-= Katherine @ Grass Stains´s last blog ..Letter to Jonah III =-.

  2. says

    Congrats on being blog of the week! That is fantastic. Just enjoyed looking at last yr’s Christmas tours. Don’t know if I’ll get my tree up in time, but I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else does!

    Photo display… my grandparents kept a big bowl full of photos that were so fun to rifle through. I am thinking of doing that myself.
    .-= anna see´s last blog ..What’s-Up Pre-Nup? =-.

  3. says

    Congratulations Julia! Sooo deserved!

    Hope you’re having fun in Florida still. And I’m so happy we’re putting up our tree this weekend so we can participate in your party next week! YIPPEE!

    I rotate photos in frames around our house – not very inventive, I know.
    .-= christy´s last blog ..She’s half-british after all =-.

  4. says

    i am so terrible i have a pile of photos to display that just aren’t up yet!! i keep adding to the pile & i never actually have done anythign with them!! argggg will have to be a project.

    love these ideas!! have a great weekend!!!
    .-= Lauren Liess´s last blog ..Our Dining Room: All "Done!" =-.

  5. Julie M says

    At work I hang them in a plastic sheet protecter, attach a binder clip and hang that on a push pin. Not at all pretty, but I have lots of flexibility. I love those shutters, if they were wide enought they’d be a great way to display Christmas cards. With Vertical ones you could use clothespins to attach then, with horizontal ones you could just tuck the back page inside and let the front hang over… By the way I just recently found your blog and I’m hooked! Thanks for putting up such a great site…

  6. says

    I like the shutters, I just don’t have a lot of wall space….the windows take up the area. I do use a message board like yours above my desk which I do like. It’s easy to change them out and they are always in front of me when I sit at the computer!
    Congrats on the deserve it big time!
    .-= Pat´s last blog ..FRIDAY FAVorite =-.

  7. Cori Heffernan says

    Your blog is one of the first I’ve followed and a favorite as well. Congrats to you on bein

  8. Cori Heffernan says

    Sorry Dh called and I jumped. Congrats on your award from HGTV. I think Hooked on Houses could translate into a really cool show. (with you as host of course!)

  9. says

    Hello Julia … I was given a photo mobile – you know like a kids mobile with arms and pic spaces at the end – holds about 20 – yet to use but will photograph once doone …

    congrats on your award – so well desrved – you are so consistently good …

    I have a house on my blog we are looking to buy … see what you think … it is of course in NZ and I am in Whoop Whoop aka far north west Queensland Aust but hey that’s what planes are for :) best to you matey for a merry and relaxed xmas time le
    .-= le´s last blog ..Tis the Season … Christmas Past … =-.

  10. says

    Hi Julia! I haven’t been around in a while and I LOVE your new blog layout! It looks fabulous. I am loving the idea of the shutter to hold family pictures. See…I start looking at blogs and the wheels start turning. I am supposed to be studying right now and not goofing off, but who can resist such awesome ideas?

    Good to ‘see’ you again!
    .-= Misti England´s last blog ..Christmas Decor 2009! =-.

  11. says

    We display our family photos in our hallway. I featured them in my blog about groupings. I unified the look by using mostly black frames with a few antique gold ones for a bit of sparkle. The kids love to see their relatatives and guests get a sense of our family history.

    I am also about to add a few pist
    .-= Jill at The Welcome Home´s last blog ..A Little Snow for the Holidays =-.

  12. says

    Ooooh, love the shutter idea! and love going to visit and leave a comment saying I saw it here :)
    Always leave your site with a smile on my face! Thanks!!
    .-= Nancy Hood´s last blog ..The Tide Rolls =-.