Having meaningful art and family memories displayed in your home is a genuine celebration of your bond as a family. A visual reminder of the bond at the heart of your family transcends the chaos that reigns much of our everyday life.

This is a mini blog series about decorating your home, check back soon for part 2 🙂

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Beautiful reminders

These moments of gratitude are precious as well, allowing us to get in touch with our love, our motivation and the important things that override our daily frustrations.

It’s true that some days are more challenging than others, and just taking a breath – ok, let’s be honest, counting to 10 😉 – and resting your eyes on a gorgeous family portrait, or a collection of items and art that reflects who you are, can truly soften the heart and help us through our day.

Melange Photography uses black and white portraits to cover her office wall in family memories

Melange Photography uses black and white portraits to cover her office wall in family memories

Kids love pictures of themselves. They come up with hilarious insights, and as they grow look at those earlier family photos with curiosity, and often some pretty interesting stories to tell! As well as making us happy, kids who see pictures of themselves happily displayed in their home certainly know they are loved – without words, they can see that your family is treasured, and you are proud to show off that this is who you are. It’s just one extra way of telling them how important they are to you.

From snapshots taken on our mobile phones to professional family portraiture, and all the photos in between, there is always room in our home for adding a touch of photography to our decor.

What is your style?

What is your decorating style? Here 79ideas.org feature a warm and softly colourful living room with a Summer vibe

What is your decorating style? Here 79ideas.org feature a warm and softly colourful living room with a Summer vibe

As with all style-related areas of our life, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Defining a general decorating style for your home – and yourself – can help you when you are making decisions about what to use, buy or display.

Eclectic, vintage, minimalist, country, scandinavian? Of course you don’t need a buzzword to identify what you like, but it can sometimes help! Our style preferences can make a big difference between a room feeling cluttered, or cosy. Interesting, or overwhelming, can totally be in the eye of the beholder. Figure out just a little of what makes you feel good, and gives you the mental space to enjoy your home environment.

One way of doing this is to browse pinterest – while it can be overwhelming, narrowing it down to home style is a good starting point. Create a few boards, and then ‘pin’ images that resonate with you, or reflect your style, to curate your very own moodboards. While we may feel like we choose random images that appeal to us, we can often see a common thread when looking at those images all together.

Decor8 featured this gorgeous gelati hued living room on their blog, a great source of decorating inspiration

Decor8 featured this gorgeous gelati hued living room on their blog, a great source of decorating inspiration

Perhaps you choose a lot of living rooms with clustered wall art, vintage details, or striking simplicity? Whatever the theme, try and identify what makes your heart leap and the styles you see that you would love to reflect in your own home.

Check back soon for Part 2 – Styles, choices and decorating with photos.