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Hey y’all! I’m Beth, and my blog is called Free Stylin’. I love talking about “living a stylish life without the expensive pricetag.” Whether it’s home decor, DIY, crafts, or recipes, I love finding ways to make things beautiful without spending a lot. The Hubs and I are parents to three SUPER CUTE boys, and we live in my hometown of Austin, Texas.

I am thrilled to be a part of sweet Kristen’s Decorating with Pictures Series! Don’t you just get tons of great ideas from these awesome posts? They keep my Pinning button busy for sure. So today I’d like to take you on a little tour around the Free Stylin’ house and show you how I’ve incorporated pictures of my family in our decor.

Now, I’m gonna be straight up with you…we don’t have a ton of pics on the walls. In the last 6+ years we have moved a ton for The Hubs’s job. It wasn’t always fun (or allowed) to put up lots of pictures and then have to take them back down. But now things have settled down for us – the moving has changed into business trips instead (whoohoo!). So I am slowly finding ways to incorporate pictures around the house – that don’t have to get taken down unless I want them to! ;)

There is a little area in our home that’s located right when you walk in through the garage. It’s also a part of the kitchen and family room, so people see it ALL.THE.TIME. My cute (and lazy) family liked tossing their stuff right there to get stepped on, tripped over, and eventually lost. So I made a “mudroom” out of a Target bookshelf for them to use to put their crap away. (Read more about it HERE.) Above the bookshelf are pictures of my cute boys and some of The Hubs and me when were their age.

Target Threshold Bookcase

Using inexpensive frames from Ikea, I was able to frame pictures of my boys that were printed from The boys also love looking at pictures of their parents when we were their age, so I grabbed a few to display. They are hung from clear string with two decorative tacks. Each picture is taped to the string. I think it took me maybe 15 minutes at the most to create, and the cost was FREE using things I already had around the house.

Target Threshold Bookcase

One of my favorite pictures is in the family room. My mother-in-law snapped shots of these cute feet on the last day of school. It’s amazing how worn out little shoes get after a year of running around and learning! Below it is a picture of my middle guy’s feet. He was so young at the time – it’s fun to compare how big he is now and how much his baby brother’s feet look like his.

Cute Boy Feet

In our kitchen is my solution to wanting a new kitchen table but not being able to run right out and buy a new one. One day I came up with the idea to cover the table with a picture we would all love to see – our little family holding hands. :) We had a friend take our picture, and I had it blown up at Kinko’s to fit the table. Multiple coats of Mod Podge keep it sealed. (Go HERE for the full tutorial if you’d like more information.)

Family Circle Kitchen Table

My two older boys share a bedroom – “The Map Room.” Above each bed we’ve hung a small shelf that holds a few of their favorite things and a photo of themselves. The bright frames are from Ikea. It’s fun to walk by and catch them standing on their bed looking at their picture. The younger one especially loves asking about his because we took it on his first day at the beach.

Boy's Map Bedroom

Boy's Map Bedroom

I’m currently working on a Master Bedroom Makeover, and I am sooo close to being finished!! :) I recently shared the pictures we hung above each of our nightstands. On my side, there is a framed photo of The Hubs and me when we were barely married. We snapped it in one of those photo booths and it captures our craziness for sure!

Inexpensive Artwork

For his side, The Hubs chose his favorite picture of me from our wedding, so it hangs where he can see it when he first wakes up. In case I don’t exactly look like that when he first wakes up. ;) Like all the other pictures in our house (it seems!!), all the frames in our room are from Ikea.

Inexpensive Artwork

One last note…I love love love that Kristen shares this series to encourage all of us to showcase more pictures of those we love in our homes. It is good for our kids, and it is good for our souls. A few years ago I lost my brother unexpectedly in a car accident. He would have been 28 today. I wrote a post about taking the pictures you are afraid to take – the ones you are too shy to ask another person for, or one that you shoulda coulda woulda taken if you were in different circumstances. PLEASE, tell yourself to screw it, and take the picture anyway. This is the last picture of me and my brother, and I was afraid to ask him for it. Sooo glad I did it anyway.

Beth and JJ

Now go and frame those pictures and display them in your home!!


Love ya, Kristen!! Thank you SO much for having me here today!


Beth, thank  you so much for the home tour (what a fun table!) and for reminding us to take those pictures we might be afraid to ask for, because it’s true it can be awkward at times. So glad you have that moment with your brother captured.

To see past ideas for Decorating with Pictures, click HERE.

Decorating with Pictures Ideas

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  2. Such fabulous ideas, Beth! Loving the tabletop photo…how clever!

  3. I don’t know how I missed your kitchen table covered in a giant pic! How cute is that!?