I received a free canvas print from Photowall to facilitate this post.
When it comes to home decor, I’ll admit I have my own unique style. I love original art, second hand knick-knacks and vibrant colors. My husband and I totally disagree much of the time about what makes a great statement piece. I mean, you should have seen his face when I changed up our muted dining room with a bold-print turquoise and gold accent wall! One thing we DO agree on, however, is that family photos are one of the best ways to make a house a home.
For years, we have been printing candid photos and framing them in little galleries through our house. I also have a good selection of canvas prints that feature memorable moments from our lives. And while we have had occasional professional family photoshoots, nearly all of our favorite pictures are ones that we took ourselves.
I even staged my own maternity photos last time around, and they turned out so beautifully and had so much more meaning since we made it a family project.
Of course, we have also moved around a LOT in the last several years, finally settling down in our dream house just over two years ago. Our house is everything we could want, but one of the downfalls is that it has a TON of wall space that needs filling. For instance, over our fireplace, even our 65 inch TV looks tiny! And in our master bedroom, we have high ceilings that scream out for decor!
I knew I needed to find a new photo piece that would fill up one of these spaces. I realized that we had the PERFECT family photo to make it work.
This photo was taken this past summer at my parents’ house in Pennsylvania. We have been working on a 365 day photo project where we take a family photo every single day of 2017. It’s an incredible and fun way of sharing the growth of our family – quite literally since we found out we were expecting our fourth child this year! But the photo in question is the most imperfect family photo you could ask for.
Let’s take a look.
Mark had just got back from the gym, so he was still in his gym clothes, sweaty and tired. My maternity cover-up was stained and had the string ties showing. Dan had his hands in an awkward position. Chester was upset and making a sad face. And Dexter was mostly hidden and not even looking at the camera.
But what I LOVE about this photo is that it depicts us all so clearly. Mark is an active guy who goes to the gym quite often. Mama is nearly always in hot-mess mode. Dan is a smiley happy kid who loves to have his photo taken. Chester is at a stage where he often wants to do exactly the opposite of what we’re all trying for. And Dexter is shy and loving and quite happy to hide in the background.
In short, this is our family, as it is right now, and it is perfect in the moment.
I knew I wanted to immortalize it, so I had it printed out as big as possible through Photowall. They do custom wall murals and photo prints in a variety of sizes, and the quality is INCREDIBLE. It’s also a lot more affordable than companies I’ve used in the past. One of the reasons for this is that it is sent UNASSEMBLED! That’s right, you get your canvas print rolled up (which helps to protect it!) and the wooden frame sent in pieces with full instructions on how to put it all together.
I’ll be honest – it looks a little intimidating at the start, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it actually was do!
When it was done, it stood almost as tall as me! I thought the perfect place would be to place it over the fireplace in our living room, and I’ll admit it DID look amazing!
There were two things bothering me about the placement, though. First was that we often move things around, and the TV almost always ends up on the mantle. There’s no way we can have both the photo AND the TV there, so it was not ideal.
The other problem was the fact that – while this is an incredible photo of our family – we are soon going to be having a new baby, who is not included in the picture. We have several other canvas prints without various kids in them, but since this was going to be a huge feature for us, I wasn’t sure I wanted it front and center in our living room.
So I moved it up to the master bedroom. It sits now above our couch, making our room so much more cozy and giving us something beautiful to look at.
The sun shines on it, and we are reminded of a single perfect moment in our family history. I truly do adore the print and can’t recommend Photowall enough!
Do you think you’d ever choose an “imperfect” photo to print? Am I crazy? Let me know!