Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Old Photos in a Window

When Dave and I got married, one of the things I really wanted was to have photos of our grandparents displayed.  They're all part of "The Greatest Generation", and it just amazes me to think of what each one of them experienced as the world changed right before their eyes.

I got copies of the photos from both my parents and in-laws and have had them displayed in separate frames on the wall for the last 13 years.  

Recently, I decided to condense the size of their display for the new office space by placing each photo in an old window.  At first I tried to back them with burlap, but it just didn't look right.  

After stewing about it for a couple of days, I decided to make it easy on myself and just taped them to the backside.  
Effortless and fun, I love it! 

I love the simplicity.  It exudes a lovely combination of vintage and shabby.

You don't even notice the tape unless you're looking for it.

I love the chipping paint and little touches of extra color.  I'm just a little obsessed with this green tone peeking out the will be seeing much more of this color in my home in the coming months.

Let me introduce you quickly to these lovely people.

Top left: My Dad's parents, Alan and Esther
Bottom left: My Mom's parents, Ray and June
Bottom right: Mother-in-law's parents, Robert and Margaret
Top Right: Father-in-law's parents, George and Pauline  
(Pauline ~or G.G. as we call her~ is the only one still living and she's a spicy, fabulous Christian lady) 

This is one my favorite parts of the guest room/office redecorating project.

I'm still having some problems with my saved photos since when my hard drive went out, it apparently fried my battery, so I've ordered a new one.  Once that's done, maybe my computer can stay online long enough to download all the rest of my files from Carbonite.  

Since many of my reveals are hinging on "before" photos, I'm biding my time until it's all fixed.  I beg you to be patient with me :) 


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  1. That is so precious!! You have inspired me to seek out grandparent pics!! :) I love the photos displayed in that way! The window and the pictures seem to be from the same era so it all combines to evoke such a truly vintage feel!!! Wonderful job!! :)

  2. Hi Miranda,

    What an interesting way to display those old photos. Really compliments that vintage feel.

  3. I love the look the vintage photographs, and you display them beautifully
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  4. Beautiful and elegant. I love seeing your painted wall stripes through the window and the colors go nicely with the vintage feel of the photos. They remind me of old picts of my grandparents (one side navy, one side army..). Found you through Well-crafted Wednesday!! - Jen @

  5. Wonderful to honor them by keeping their photos in front of you / like the creative and different new display ! :)

  6. What a beautiful way to display your photos - I love old windows!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  7. Very cute!!!!

    Make sure you stop by and share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party.
    Can't wait to see more posts.


  8. This is beautiful! Love the vintage feel with the glass. Nice work! I'm a new follower and would love if you followed me

  9. Hi Miranda
    I think that´s Lovley :)
    and do not miss.




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  10. So pretty! Just shared on our FB page! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

    Take care,


  11. What a cute way to display photos, I absolutely love it! I wish I had a window now so I could do this too, I'll have to look for one :o) Very cute idea!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. This is so gorgeous and the sentiment behind is priceless. I would love to do something like this for my home :)

  13. It is so cute and precious all at the same time. I really love the feel of her. It is really a great way to display your cherished photos.

  14. Oops, forgot to say so glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

  15. yes!! lovely and the black & whites just pop so wonderfully! glad to have found your darling blog!

  16. Oh I *LOVE* that idea of using a window for the older photos! Now if only I had a blank spot on a wall... LOL

  17. That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. I am your newest GFC follower from Making the World Cuter. Love for you to return the follow. Hosting Mom's Monday Mingle now. Love for you to link up ;)

  18. Saw this on Uncommon, now on Southern Institute, great project! :)

  19. I love it! Especially on your stripped wall!. Very Sweet! Love your blog. I'm your newest follower.... I hope you'll come by and say hi!


  20. These are great old photos! I just finally put up my old window of photos ... I is one of my favorite things also. Thanks for sharing :)
    New follower, Francine

  21. I love this!! I have some old slash windows around, will hopefully transfer some of our old pictures to one or two. Will look perfect in the 'gallery'!! Thanks for sharing, found you at Tuesday's Treasurer @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

  22. This turned out fabulous! Featuring you on Saturday!

    XO, Aimee

  23. This turned out beautifully and I love that it holds special memories!

  24. This turned out so great! This will be featured tomorrow at

  25. I love how this turned out. The vintage feel of the window works so well with the photos. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  26. Your family sure have a lot of stories to tell, especially in romance, I guess. :) That's one good way to recycle an old window frame. The classic touch of the window frame is a wise choice for old photographs.

    Terry Arnold


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