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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

How To Decorate With Framed Photographs

One thing I’ve noticed since I started my business is that many of my clients are influenced stylistically by places they’ve lived and traveled. In today’s day and age of easy-to-use digital cameras, people capture the world digitally all the time, and using one’s own photography as artwork is close to the heart and easy on the wallet.

Hang pictures you like that have a theme like architecture, landscapes, nightlife, nature, monuments, etc. If you pick a theme for your photo gallery, it will feel thought out and complete.

Create a unified look by framing and matting the pictures all the same way. If you don’t want to stick to a theme as in the first bullet, you can always bring your photos together by presenting them in the same manner.

Finally, if you want more of mixed feel to the entire project, choose unique frames, in different sizes and just frame the images you absolutely love. When you are ready to hang them, use an old newspaper to cut the sizes you are going to hang and play around with the layout on the walls. This will save your walls from many, many holes! In this option, the final arrangement is what makes the collection look cohesive, so make sure to spend time on the layout.

Good luck with the framing and happy travels!

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