small house solutions: photos

We have a small (but cozy!!) house.  It's quite compact, so we are all nice and close most of the time.  In addition to being tiny, it also has some odd angles.  There are some weird wall placements and ceiling slopes.  From a design standpoint, it creates some difficulty with furniture and art placement.  We have lived in this house since 2014, and it seems like we are still figuring out solutions to make our tiny home feel more spacious and attractive.  

One issue I've always had is finding space to display photographs.  We have a good bit of art and not a lot of wall space.  There aren't many big walls that aren't already covered.  Similarly, there aren't a lot of furniture tops where photo frames can sit.  I've always wanted to spam our home with photos of our friends and family, and now of course, Ro, but there isn't really room.  We are also trying to move towards a less cluttered, more simplistic look.  Clean house, clean mind and all that.  So If I take one more thing to the framing shop, Bobby might kick me out. 

We've used furniture as a holder for photos by incorporating the frames within all our books as book ends and a way to break up all the stacks.  (I forgot to take a photo before we went out of town--can you tell we are new at this?).  We also took advantage of a weird wall in our dining room that awkwardly houses a crooked light switch and the thermostat. 

But ultimately, we still have a lot of photos that we want to display, but we don't have a lot of opportunities to do so in our limited space.  I recently saw this cool, sleek metal wire/photo clip display from somewhere online.  I really liked the idea of a simple string that allowed multiple photos to be shown, but didn't need all the furniture space that multiple frames require.  I also liked the idea of something vertical that could utilize one of the awkward walls in our home.  It would have probably been easy to just buy the version I saw online, but I wanted to find something less expensive.  

Answer: Amazon + Fox Prints!

 This is a little strip of awkward wall between the fridge and hallway.  We decided to utilize it for photos instead of cluttering the front of fridge.   (Please ignore the tan wine rack area--working to remove that asap).

This is a little strip of awkward wall between the fridge and hallway.  We decided to utilize it for photos instead of cluttering the front of fridge.   (Please ignore the tan wine rack area--working to remove that asap).

 Close up view.  Sorry for the slightly blurry, not-enough-light photos. Unfortunately, directly across from this little wall is another little wall and our pantry, so it's a tight hallway lacking space and light.  It's a great place to see photos everyday but doesn't make for a good photo opportunity, so use your imagination as to how great it looks in person :)

Close up view.  Sorry for the slightly blurry, not-enough-light photos. Unfortunately, directly across from this little wall is another little wall and our pantry, so it's a tight hallway lacking space and light.  It's a great place to see photos everyday but doesn't make for a good photo opportunity, so use your imagination as to how great it looks in person :)

So I did a trusty search on Amazon (free 2 day shipping, where else???) and found some great photo wire options. I bought this magnet version by Kikkerland.  It was only $7.00 (!) and had great reviews.  I choose the cooper color because it's fun, even though I was tempted by silver (which would have actually matched our kitchen more...oh well, right?).  It comes with eight magnets, which for normal sized photos seems to be a perfect number.  I used 3x3 size photos, which are smaller. There are additional magnets for purchase, but for now, I decided to spread my photos out a bit more to make up the difference in space.  We just hung the top loop on a simple nail.  The magnets keep the wire and photos steady and almost flush with the wall.  The bottom of the wire has a nice, heavy thing that also keeps it weighted down against the wall. 

I have followed Fox Print on Instagram for a while now.  They post photos of their customers' creations, and they always look so great.  I downloaded the app but hadn't used it until this project (probably because I knew I didn't have a spot for all photos I wanted to buy).  But once I got this idea, I used the app, and it was so easy.  You can upload photos directly from your phone's photo album, Instagram or Google photos. There are multiple format and size options that vary in cost, including magnets, albums, stickers, etc.   I ended up ordering 20 + prints (whoops) for .25 cents each.  Shipping was around $3.00 and the prints arrived in a few days.  

This was a little project we did a week ago that we wanted to share for fun.  If my house was bigger, I would have another one up somewhere, but right now I am exercising self control and repeating our current mantra of less stuff is more. We plan to share a lot of our other small house tricks and projects.  If you have some suggestions for good space saving ways to display your photos, please share because this baby's cute butt needs to be shown, right? :)