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Decorating with Portraits at Melissa Davis Photography

Hey there! I am Melissa from Melissa Davis Designs and Melissa Davis Photography.

I have been doing photography since my baby girl was born, over 7 years ago. I fell in love with taking pictures of other people’s kids and families. It was a great outlet for me and I wanted to emphasis the importance of filling your walls with PHOTOS, so I made some wall display options to show my clients. After many requests from photographers to make them into templates, I decided to give it a go and that’s when my focus turned from photography to designs. I still love and adore photography and take MANY pictures of my kids and family! But it was then that I created my very first set of design templates, my Wall Display Templates :

Now, as I said, I love pictures…a lot! And although my mind goes blank when it comes to decorating with them in my own home, I sure do try! I love BIG, make a statement, WOW wall galleries! The first thing you see when you walk into my house is three giant canvas of my kids (sure, they are 2 years old, but I don’t have the heart to take them down…I puffy heart them)! I’ve discovered that pictures don’t do them justice, but I do get that WOW from everyone who enters my home.

For me, having pictures of my family in my home melts my heart. The collage below was my first BIG canvas I ever purchased. At the time, we were tight on funds but there was a sale I couldn’t pass up. I am so glad I went ahead and purchased it anyways! I can’t tell you how many times I have just sat on my couch and adored having this in my home (keep in mind I have had this canvas over 3 years now…I don’t just spend hours sitting on my couch lol).

Last but not least, I did have BIG plans for our 2011 family pictures (taken by Mitzi Torgersen Photography), but was vetoed by the hubby LOL! We are going to be putting our home on the market and don’t need an extra project of filling up holes! I was able to get all my pictures and get them into frames though. I can’t WAIT for the day I get to put it all up! When it’s all done, it will span over 8 ft and for sure be another WOW display in our new home!

So there you have it! Kristen, thanks so much for thinking of me when you put this project together!

Thank you, Melissa!  I love the varying room displays, and I adore the current display–it’s fun to see it spread out and ready to go! I found Melissa a while ago because of her lovely digital design work.  I have used her templates for holiday cards that I offer my clients, as well as our family cards last Christmas. (Hint, get on her email list, and you will be privy to her excellent sales!)  And for photographers, she also creates backdrops for us natural light users–looks SO fun! You can also find her on facebook ;)

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  1. Love this one! SO much inspiration in this post! I love when people decorate with more than prints; standouts, canvases, etc. I also love the living room, just gave me major inspiration for our family photos! Bookmarking this one! :)

  2. I was just wondering if Melissa can tell us where she managed to find the frames for the long rectangle pictures shown in the last picture. I love this size but can never find frames.

    This has been a great series. Thanks

  3. Hey Brandi, I found those at IKEA!

  4. I have a question. I have 9 grandchildren which I photographed and hung in a 3 x 3 on the wall in black frames and the pics are black and white. Something just does not look right. The walls are robin egg blue and I have large wood furniture (brown) pieces in the room. Is the black frames and B&W pic to stark for the other colors? It is a small room and something just doesnt look right. Thanks for any help

  5. Hey Sona! My personal opinion would that if you have big brown furniture, that the black just might not pop enough. What color are your trims like baseboards? I find that white frames pop more than black, but then again, it’s all in what YOU like! Good luck!

  6. Melissa, my trim is white, my upholstered pieces are neutral. It is my cabinets, tables etc that are brown wood and wondered if the frames need to be wood look rather than the black. The black seems to pop off the robin blue walls….i dont know, something just doesnt look right……

    • oh my Sona, I don’t even know if you will come back to this! I had totally forgotten about it ;) I agree, if you have a picture of it, maybe I could offer some advice! If you happen to see, this you can email me personally at and I’d love to give my opinion/advice!

  7. Sona,

    Can you post a link to your photo wall? Maybe someone could give some better advice that way :)

  8. very great photos
    really loved it
    thanks for sharing Melissa