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Scott and I have always been in the habit of taking our Instax Mini camera with us when we travel, always making sure to leave enough room in our backpack for extra film. (One of our favorite ways to get photos with both of us in it is to ask a group of passersby to snag a shot; as a ‘thank you,’ we’ll take a photo of their group for keeps, too!) For as long as we started collecting these teeny photos, we’ve stacked them in a dish that we set out on a table or console, and every now and then, our friends will sift through them, and we’ll add more to the mix on those extra-goofy late nights over cocktails.

The only problem with this method of storing is that we don’t get to see our favorites as often as we’d like! As a quick and fun craft project, we chose a handful of the ones that makes us smile the most, and I gave them a permanent home. I also love the idea of framing just one or two together as well, so I can definitely see this collection growing down the road!

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SUPPLIES + TOOLS

Your favorite instant photos
Any shadowbox frame (I used this RIBBA)
White foam/card board
Artist (archival) tape
Foam squares
Ruler/straight edge
Pencil
Calculator

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What I did

I used this IKEA RIBBA that we already had on hand, and I cut down a scrap of white foam board to give our photos something sturdy to stick to. A few inches of artist tape on all four sides kept it in place. Tip:Cardboard would also work, but I’d stay away from thin paper, which could easily ripple under the weight of too many photos. 

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I flipped my mat over, and then I began the hard part – math. Argh! Each tiny photo is 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″, and my mat has an opening of 13 1/2″.  At first, I tried spacing my photos so that they were evenly spaced top to bottom within the mat, but the rows felt disjointed. Instead, I decided on 1″ between all the photos, side to side and between the two rows. This left me with a 2 7/8″ border above and below the photos, and after eyeballing them into place initially, I liked this look the best:

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To add a little more interest, I wanted them to ‘pop’ off the mat, so I used these 1/4″ thick foam squares that come in two different sizes. I made teeny, tiny pencil marks at 2 7/8″ from the top and bottom, and I used my ruler as a guide while I worked on each row. All four corners got a small piece of foam, and I used a larger piece in the middle to keep the photos from bowing outward. For the spacing in-between, I used 2 side-by-side rows of the 1/2″ foam squares to keep everything properly aligned.

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Sticking them to my foam board was a little bit stressful, because once they’re down, they’re down. All it took was some light pressure to set them into place!

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I stepped back every now and then to make sure the photos were staying on track, and once I was done and happy, I put the frame back together! The 1/4″ foam thickness was just what I had in mind, but if you’re looking for more dimension, you could always stack them.

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The frame found a home at the top of our second floor landing, occupying our awkward wall with its awkward light switch. Moving that switch has been on our to-do list for far, far too long, but in the meantime, at least it has a friend – ha! The above photo was taken standing from my shipping room, and I liked that it could give you a better view of how the landing is divided from our home studio. We’ve been working on a lot of studio updates with Crate & Barrel (one of our longtime partners we heart so much – their blog has been killing it!), and for the first time in over 3 years, this room is going places. In fact, this whole second floor is finally starting to feel more like home than ever!

Isn’t it funny how hanging one new frame – of artwork or a favorite photo or, like this, a bunch of mini photos! – can change the mood of an entire space? More often than not, it’s the little things. Note to self: start digging through your still-packed artwork from the last house, and start hanging!

  • Kathy - September 23, 2016 - 8:10 AM

    Now that you’ve hung that little photo display, I kind of like the light switch there?? Like if you had people over and were like oh hey, can you hit that light switch, they would HAVE to go over there and look at the photos! But then again, they’d see it on the way up the stairs anyway haha. Also, I think the best part of that last photo is Chunk inching her way into the frame.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 8:26 AM

      Let’s be honest, we’ll probably never get around to moving that switch anyway, ha! Especially now that it found a BFF.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin M. - September 23, 2016 - 9:24 AM

    Elephant watering jug?!?!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - September 23, 2016 - 9:51 AM

    I love this project! What a cute way to display sweet memories. I have the camera on my wish list, fingers crossed Santa brings it for me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison H - September 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

    love this! we have a bowl full of instax! this is a great way to display! i also love that you wrote on them! we haven’t done that in the 8 years we have had ours and i kind of regret it! I have to do this asap!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 3:06 PM

      We tried to get into the habit of writing on them the minute we unpack them after a trip, and it stuck! I make Scott do it since he has better handwriting than me.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - September 23, 2016 - 4:24 PM

    That white + wood plant stand *insert heart-eyed emoji* !!!Gorgeous!! How does water drain out??ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 4:43 PM

      It doesn’t drain, but we only water this guy about once a month! He’s been going strong for almost 2 years now.ReplyCancel

    • Kim B. - September 24, 2016 - 5:57 AM

      Agreed, it is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - September 23, 2016 - 9:41 PM

    This is such a great idea! How fun to grab a handful of instax from a party or event and make one of these as a thank you gift for your hosts or the guest of honor – love it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 24, 2016 - 3:46 PM

      I LOVE that idea! How sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Tereza - September 24, 2016 - 2:07 AM

    How simple & neat! Love it❤️​

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We’ve come so far on our back patio this summer, but it was still missing one of the most important things – a table! From the very beginning, when we thought about how we want our backyard to function, we get all smiley imagining our friends gathered around a large table late into the evening. No one cares about…
  • Ellen from Ask Away - September 20, 2016 - 7:22 AM

    That’s really nice! I also love the lounging pooch in all these photos lol!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 20, 2016 - 8:10 AM

    This is SO GOOD! I love it! Definitely giving me inspiration to build something similar for our patio area that we’re hoping to re-vamp this fall, while the weather is cooler. I vote that you slap a clear coat on the base and let it be natural, while painting the top something moody.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - September 20, 2016 - 8:29 AM

    That last picture warmed my heart and made me laugh and I can’t wait to come see you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

      Counting down already!ReplyCancel

  • abby - September 20, 2016 - 9:10 AM

    wow, the table looks great! just out of curiosity, why don’t you want to stain the wood instead of paint it? i think a stain would look great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:29 AM

      We considered stain, but with our dark wood planters, cedar fence and gray stain we use on our stairs (which we hope to do before it gets too chilly), we thought a subtle hint of color would be nice to break that all up. And outdoors, I think you can get away with being a little more risky! I do think that this would be a beautiful stained table in a dining room though!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - September 20, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    I LOVE THIS!
    I can’t wait to try this in the future. We heard about the kreg jig on the YHL podcast yesterday. what is the tool that holds it down that you use?ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - September 20, 2016 - 9:46 AM

    I’m thinking a light sage green would be so pretty with your red brick and dark wood. You could add in some bright cobalt blue accent pillows and that would still look great with the Sage. Either way…I love this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:50 AM

      We fell down a green-paint-chip-rabbit-hole last night, so you’re not far off! I put the paint decks away so we wouldn’t overthink things, but they’re taunting me from behind the cabinet doors… decisions, decisions.ReplyCancel

      • Janet - September 20, 2016 - 11:14 AM

        I agree with the sage!ReplyCancel

  • Erika @ EP - art.food.home - September 20, 2016 - 11:05 AM

    Was looking for a discounted table for outdoor since it’s the end of the season and usually it’s on sale this time of the year… Everything was either STILL so expensive or nor what I wanted/ugly AF.
    And then you post this. I guess my problem is solved and I’m building this next spring ! Ah!
    Thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 11:10 AM

      Right!? It’s hard to find a handsome table for under a thousand (or so it seems!). You can do this, Erika!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - September 20, 2016 - 5:01 PM

    The table looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see what color you decide on :)ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - September 20, 2016 - 5:09 PM

    Colored opaque stain for the table might be a happier choice in the long run. Eventually the paint will start cracking and chipping and you’ll have to scrape and paint again and you’ll see all the chipped spots and be sad…

    From what I hear, the colored stains will give you the pop of color but won’t be so high maintenance.

    And the table looks way fancy and hard to build but when watching your progress photos I could see that it’s totally doable. I might need one, or maybe my sister needs one (after we build her a patio).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 5:14 PM

      We considered opaque stain (like what we use on our deck!), but in the end, we sort of can’t wait until the paint gets a little chipped and worn-in. I love the idea of it looking well-used over time.ReplyCancel

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A few months ago, I realized that while we absolutely love our in-wall surround sound system in our main living room space, it was less than ideal music placement if we were, say, cooking in the kitchen or entertaining in our quickly progressing backyard. Schlepping a bluetooth speaker of some sort to wherever we were…
  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - September 15, 2016 - 11:16 AM

    Wow! This is impressive and I’m sure sounds great. Here I was patting myself for finally getting the TV on the wall ;)
    Sound equipment and all that is so baffling to me. We’re still trying to pick a new receiver for our Sony turntable. Which reminds me… any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Scott - September 15, 2016 - 1:03 PM

      Hi Staci! We’ve been really happy with our Yamaha rx-v377. The sound is great and it has a ton of features for the money. Newer models have 3D and 4K capabilities if that’s something that is necessary for your setup. For turntable connectivity, you’ll need a small pre-amp for power, though. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

      • Staci - September 17, 2016 - 2:04 PM

        Thank you so much! Yamaha is what we were looking at and I’m very happy the brand has your endorsement.ReplyCancel

  • julie - September 15, 2016 - 1:22 PM

    Great way to get the home sound feel without having to wire the whole house (or have someone out to do it). Brilliant idea and execution to boot!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - September 15, 2016 - 1:29 PM

    I saw a couple of years ago on Jenna Sue’s design blog that she had recessed speakers put in the ceilings. We rent right now but we are definitely going to do that when we buy a house. For a while, I was thinking about doing a whole house system with a dock for my phone or whatever but then I realized that you have to, you know, leave the phone there, which sounds obvious but yeah. The wireless system sounds like a much better idea!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 15, 2016 - 1:33 PM

      The living room is the one place in our home where we DO have ceiling speakers. When we first renovated that room, we had to tear down the WHOLE ceiling, so we made sure to incorporate it before everything was drywalled back up! More photos on that whole renovation craziness here: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/our-sweet-home-chicago/house/ReplyCancel

  • spiffi - September 15, 2016 - 10:28 PM

    I’ve spent the last few years saving up my credit card cash back dividends, amazon gift cards from birthday gifts and any extra cash I could find, to buy Sonos speakers for my house.

    They aren’t built in – but I don’t mind that – but I have speakers both bedrooms, the office, kitchen and living room. The Sonos system lets me control everything from any computer, my tablet or phone. I can play music files from a hard drive attached to a computer, any streaming source (Pandora, Spotify and a ton of others), or using line in from my cd stereo system if I wanted.

    I can group different rooms together and play the same song everywhere, or separate the rooms and play different things.

    The next big feature will be working with Amazon’s Echo – voice control to play my music anywhere throughout the house – coming early next year!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - September 16, 2016 - 1:59 AM

    I went with Sonos as well. My house had existing built-in speakers in the living room and family room and wiring in place for patio speakers so I started with just those 3 zones when I moved in 6 years ago. I’ve expanded the system when I could afford to pick up another speaker or 2 and now have the whole house covered. I love having music in the kitchen and my master bathroom! And the garage and….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 16, 2016 - 9:27 AM

      Nice! Having bluetooth music in the garage sounds like heaven. And the master bathroom! I’ll have to get Scott on those two areas next!ReplyCancel

      • Scott - September 16, 2016 - 10:22 AM

        Say no more. I’m on it!ReplyCancel

  • Meg D - September 17, 2016 - 10:08 PM

    I CANNOT get enough Jack photos; what a dignified gent he is.ReplyCancel

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We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of…
  • Amy - September 13, 2016 - 6:52 AM

    These look great, especially with the new cushions. Be thankful you have dogs. I have wicker chairs in my backyard, and the squirrels love sharpening their teeth on the chairs and chewing up all the wicker. Sigh…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 10:05 AM

      Oh, no! We have crazy city squirrels that’ll do anything for a bite to eat. We’ll keep an eye out!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - September 13, 2016 - 10:14 AM

      Oh no! Squirrels eat wicker?! It’s my dream to have these chairs!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 10:39 AM

        We haven’t had any issues at all, but it’s good to know, I guess?! These chairs have a protective coating, so maybe that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - September 13, 2016 - 11:51 AM

    I am totally jelly. :D I love the chairs but you are right what makes them a stand out are those cushions. Black and white was my original plan for our lanai but I bought something that I could have right away. That whole immediate gratification thing. I spent enough that I am going to have to live with my brown and cream pieces but I am having fun switching up the throw pillows with pops of color that can change with the seasons. Still, I like yours better. Congrats on a great look at a great price.
    PamelaReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 11:54 AM

      Thanks, Pam! Swapping out pillows is just as fun. :DReplyCancel

  • Kari - September 13, 2016 - 3:11 PM

    That lounge chair *swoon*
    Loving the progress on your backyard. Looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - September 13, 2016 - 4:27 PM

    In your research did you learn the difference between wicker and rattan? I don’t know the difference and wondered if you knew. Also, I love the black fireplace (I assume you will be posting on the change from orange to black soon)?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 14, 2016 - 5:29 PM

      Haha, I love that you asked this. I DID wonder what the difference was! I looked it up a few weeks ago when I fell down the rabbit hole. Basically, rattan is the material, and wicker is the actual weaving process.

      And yes, we’ll be sharing details on the fireplace soon! We are still working on a few things to get it functioning perfectly, and we want to be able to test it thoroughly beforehand.ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - September 17, 2016 - 10:59 AM

    I saw your chiminea last night in Can’t Buy Me Love! It was the original orangey red color, in the house where Cindy Mancini goes to a party at the beginning (in her mom’s white suede outfit) and again at the end of the movie. It was just a quick glimpse but I thought you’d be tickled.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - September 20, 2016 - 12:18 PM

    I love that foot stool/pouf… where is that little gem from? This space is truly so fun to see come together, step by step. Thank you again for showing us all the details and steps to make it happen!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Peg Coble - September 22, 2016 - 10:01 PM

    Learned about you in Better Homes and Gardens.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 9:42 AM

      So happy you found us, Peg! :)ReplyCancel

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When we chose plants for our raised planter boxes, we knew we wanted the overall feel to be very free, if not slightly chaotic. In a sense, we wanted a big, beautiful tangle of plants. Earlier this week, I asked Scott if he thought the plants were happy, because I was worried that our supposedly-bushy-ground cover (the ceratostigma)…
  • Erika @ EP - art.food.home - September 8, 2016 - 7:37 AM

    Oh it just looks so clean and good ! I can only image how pretty it’ll be next year with all the leaves tangled around !ReplyCancel

  • Staci - September 8, 2016 - 10:33 AM

    This looks great, and I love the blissed-out puppers in the sun :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 8, 2016 - 11:34 AM

      They could bake ALL. DAY. LONG. They don’t budge! We just keep bringing them water like their faithful servants.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - September 8, 2016 - 10:52 AM

    I’ve had no luck finding 2×2 pressure treated wood. I’m here in Chicago and have tried a few Home Depots and Menards! May need to rip 2x4s but was trying to save some hassle!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - September 8, 2016 - 12:46 PM

    Those trellises look amazing. Are you growing “Sweet Autumn” clematis? Your backyard looks like an incredible oasis. What a great place to enjoy the last vestiges of summer!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 8, 2016 - 12:48 PM

      Thank you, and yes we are!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - September 8, 2016 - 7:11 PM

    It’s coming together so nicely. Love the trellises andReplyCancel

  • Christin - September 9, 2016 - 9:44 AM

    We added a Sweet Autumn Clematis to our front yard this summer and it is growing like crazy! We’ve got a bunch of small white flowers now and I’m so excited to see it really bloom! The lattice we purchased is almost too small so I may need to create one like this for ours! Your space looks amazing! I wish we had something like this but our backyard is pretty much an ugly jungle right now.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 9, 2016 - 11:56 AM

      Thanks, Christin! We liked that this design had a little more space for a more substantial climber. I’m not sure how big the clematis will get this year, but hopefully next year, it’ll pop!ReplyCancel

  • Judith - September 10, 2016 - 1:54 AM

    After reading your post I got very curious about clematis, as it would fit right into our little backyard. So I googled it and found this information in gardeners.com:”clematis vine does not climb by twining around something, as a pole bean or a morning glory does. It climbs by wrapping its leaf stems around something. Because these leaf stems are not very long, anything that’s more than about 1/2 inch in diameter is too wide for the leaf stem to twist around. The easiest things for a clematis to grab onto, are twine, fishing line, wire, thin branches, wooden dowels or steel rods. The more grabbing opportunities you offer, the better, so even if you have a nice trellis, consider adding some twine “helper” lines, or covering your trellis with a grid of trellis netting.”
    So you have a different variety, that’s able to climb your trellis? Because I very much like the clean look you achieved.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 10, 2016 - 6:08 PM

      I have noticed that our clematis is wrapping its little stems around other parts of itself, and it continuing to grow! That said, We’ve been helping it by weaving it through the trellis. Smaller trellis or wire would probably be ideal, but we told the nursery how thick our lattice was, and they said that as long as we can help to weave the clematis through, it will get to the point that as it winds around other parts of the plant, it will continue to weave through the trellis. It MIGHT just need more help than a wire trellis. :DReplyCancel

      • Amy - September 12, 2016 - 9:55 AM

        It will climb just fine on your trellis. I have a clematis climbing up a trellis with spacing much larger than yours and it goes crazy every year. Once in awhile I’ll help it by weaving it up the trellis, but mostly just let it do it’s thing.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - September 10, 2016 - 7:53 AM

    The outdoor space is really coming together. Great work! Next year, we will tackle the landscaping at BHH. We are so ready. It’s a jungle out here. :)ReplyCancel

  • Louise Martinez - September 13, 2016 - 1:52 PM

    What an amazing DIY! I’m totally having this done at my house. It looks great! Thank you for the post =DReplyCancel

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