Decorating With a Personal Touch

Creative Ways to Display Family Photos


We use the third bedroom in our home as a teen lounge.  It’s a great place for my daughter and her friends to watch t.v., play  Wii and just hangout.

One of my favorite sounds is of my daughter and her friends giggling well into the wee hours of the night.  And then, without notice, the giggles come to a stop and the room grows silent as they drift off…

..dreaming of their future as models on the runways of New York.


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Or, making their way in Hollywood as rising starlets,

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and hanging out with Hollywood’s elite.

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Yes, these walls are the stuff of which dreams, and memories, are made.

Using your own memorabilia is such a simple way to add a personal touch.  So, before you buy the typical media room art, consider using what you have: photos from vacations or costume parties, postcards, playbills, movie tickets, even old family photos.

I always thought my grandparents looked like movie stars in these pictures, so I included them in this gallery wall.

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Did you know that you can turn any photo into a poster, like we did with the scene from New York City, by uploading your photo to ?    Super easy and free!  (Thank you to Karen, The Graphics Fairy, for sharing that resource on her blog.)

I had so much fun putting this gallery wall together and reliving memories.  It’s kind of like having a page out of a  scrapbook on display.

Not to say that there isn’t any store-bought art in the room.  There is, but I’ll show it, and the rest of the room, to you after I add all the finishing touches.


See you in class,

Mrs. Hines



  1. Great post Sharon, I am sure those are great memories to hold onto for when she gets older. I love the sound of kids giggling too. Great that she has her own space.


  2. I loved looking at your gallery of photo’s. I have some of when my grandfather was a very young boy, dating back to about 1910. I laughed so hard the first time I saw that photo, b/c back then even little boys wore something similar to bonnets. The memories you are creating w/ your daughter and her friends will last a life time.

  3. I never tire of seeing that picture of my grandfather. My parents have a box of old letters, postcards and photos from his family going back to 1800’s. It’s incredible!

  4. Thank you, Cynthia. Lucky for her she is an only child and we don’t need to use the 3rd bedroom as a bedroom. I like that she has a space to hangout with her friends.

  5. Love the “teen room”…thanks for the tip about the posters!….So making note of that!
    Have a great weekend Sharon!

  6. P.S….loved the posters of your grandparents..and yes, they do look like movie stars!…love them…the pose with the cigarette was such a classic pose back in the day…

  7. Love it all Sharon … great job. Thanks for the tip on the poster.
    Audrey Z.

  8. Sharon,

    Thank you so much for sharing the resource! What a great idea to make posters from a picture!



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