Framing Memories | Art

Mentor LeAnne Bunnell, principal of elle design in Calgary , shares tips to framing memories gallery wall style.

Interiors should reflect the personality and experiences of the people who live in them. Whether modern and spare, or traditional and layered, incorporating mementos from travel or special occasions brings warmth and character to a home. I love documenting my travels through a collection of unusual objects and art.

In this previous article detailing my latest trip to France, I highlighted some ideal items to bring home from a holiday in Paris.  I recently pulled my favorite purchases together to get them ready to frame for my own home.

The magnets of iconic French food items my family loved are from a street market in Montparnasse, and the skeleton key and vintage printmaker blocks were bargained for at the well-known flea market (Marche Aux Puces) at the Porte de Vanves.

I had some IKEA frames and shadow boxes kicking around my studio and thought I should put them to use.  Some of the actual framing and mounting work was beyond me, so I took the whole lot to my favorite framer, who with her talent and skill, turned them into meaningful treasures.

Adding these to some of my other pieces from trips to France and elsewhere tells a story of my family’s favorite holidays.

Travel memento tips:

  • Local photographers are a great place to find reasonably priced art pieces with images of your destination
  • Gather like items together to give them importance and cohesion.  Try a group of smaller items on a tray, within a frame, or in a glass box
  • Add meaning to your travel art by purchasing directly from the artist. You may make a long-term connection
  • Finally, don’t limit yourself to framed paintings.  Apply some creative thinking for items to put in a tray or a shadow box.  Wine bottle corks, ticket stubs, event brochures, beach glass, or small containers of beach sand add dimension and colour to the tale of your travels

elle design, author of this feature, is a Interior Design firm in Calgary, Alberta. LeAnne would love to talk to you about designing a space expressly for you. You can also find a full list of all our global mentors [ who are top professional interior designers ] on our Mentors Page.



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8 Responses to “Framing Memories | Art”

  1. Nyla Says:

    Beautiful LeAnne! I absolutely agree that people should include memories & experiences into their decor. That’s what takes a room from stale, to stylish and personal. Well done!


  2. Shauna Says:

    Love the eclectic mix of materials and the organic way you’ve placed everything. I think every room should reflect the people who live there and you’ve done a great job at embracing that philosophy here.


  3. Anita Martens Says:

    I feel inspired to finish off some of my projects! Beautiful ideas LeAnne, thanks!


  4. LeAnne Bunnell Says:

    It feels so good to see our memories out every day, and given importance. …and it wasn’t expensive! #bonus Now. Off you go…


  5. sharon from Layers & Layers Says:

    Beautiful LeAnne. We totally surround ourselves with momento’s … little snippets of bliss. Your snippets are lovely :)


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