DIY Instax Polaroid Framed Collage

I’ve had an Instax mini Polaroid-style camera for years now and I’ve loved that instant gratification that comes from having a physical printed-out photo! There’s something magical about those 30 seconds when the film is developing before your eyes.

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For a long time, we kept an Instax camera in a big bowl on our entry console in NYC. We would take photos more often that way – when friends come over for a visit or when we were headed out for a fun adventure. (I’ve found this seller usually has the best price on film.) We had hundreds of photos from those years and sadly we lost almost all of them during the move a few years ago when a couple of boxes got thrown away accidentally. My heart breaks if I think too much about it. :(

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We’ve been building up our collection again, more slowly this time.  Turns out photos are way more fun to take with New York as the backdrop! Who knew? :) It really is such a fun little camera though. It comes in handy all the time. We actually used it a ton at Heather’s wedding reception! I bought a hand bound paper album on Etsy and let the guest take photos if they wanted while they were signing the guest book in the receiving line. By the end of the night Heather and Stephen had a huge scrapbook of photos and notes from friends and family that they keep on their coffee table at home now.

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For our own family photos, I have been reluctant to put the polaroids in another album. I have mild PTSD about losing all of them, but I also wanted to be able to see the photos more often so I framed a few for the walls of our new guest bathroom. I was inspired by Rita Konig’s apartment and this Instagrammer’s home.

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I picked up a couple of simple white frames from Target but I wanted the polaroids to be mounted on a linen board instead of just paper. I think the textural background adds so much! I used the provided mat as a template to cut out a piece of cardboard to fit perfectly inside the frame. I reused the cardboard packaging that came with the frame, but you can use any box you have handy.

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Then I cut some white linen fabric a few inches wider than the cardboard, notched out the corners and folded and taped the fabric down on the backside of the cardboard. You want the fabric to be as tight and wrinkle-free as possible. You might even want to iron the linen before starting to help out the process, though the wrinkles will release over time.

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You can lay out your polaroids in a grid pattern like I did, or you could do something a little more loose and artistic, like this piece in Michelle Adam’s old apartment.

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I used this removable double-sided tape to mount the polaroids on the linen board. That way I can still put the photos in an album down the road at some point if I feel like switching things up. We already have about 30 more photos now from our vacations this summer so that switch up might happen sooner than later!

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What’s your favorite creative way to display family photos?

Favorite Affordable Black Door Hardware

One of the questions I get asked most often is where to buy door hardware that looks expensive and modern but doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars per knob (!). I always direct my friends to Kwikset’s Halifax and Milan levers. They are heavy duty and super affordable and I LOVE the sleek design.

LGN BLACK HARDWAREI was also thrilled to hear that Kwikset recently released a deadbolt series that pairs perfectly with my beloved Milan and Halifax series. How gorgeous are these Uptown and Downtown deadbolts?

kwikset dead boltsThey just came out with an Iron Black finish that is the perfect matte black. They were used in a local client’s project and I love how they look on the slab doors that we had customized with routered lines. Pretty right? Those kerfed casements are my favorite. I think the look all together is so clean and modern!

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We’re going for sort of a modern farmhouse look in this home and here are a few of the pieces I’ve been eyeing for their living space. I LOVE the mix!!

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Downtown Dead Bolt  //  Halifax Lever  //  Olive Tree  //  Blue and Wood Stool  //  Floral Wallpaper  //  Abstract Pillow  //  Gray Striped Pillow  //  Leather Sofa  //  Blue Velvet Sofa  //  Red Eyeball Table Lamp  //  Black Round Mirror  //  Abstract Rug

Disclosure: Kwikset is a sponsor of LGN. As always, all opinions are my own!

Happening Lately – NYC Edition

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We just got back to Arizona after spending a few glorious weeks in New York. I love and miss that city so much. We saw great friends, ate delicious foods, and walked more than we’ve walked here in a year (sad to say it – that needs to change!).

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We watched fireworks on the 4th at Brooklyn Bridge Park right on the water with the skyline and Lady Liberty as the backdrop. It was magical!

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I also bought a few new things while we were in town. These natural leather Birks are AMAZING in person. Two of my friends had them and the leather darkens and wears in so beautifully after a few months of wear. And without the big buckles, they are a little less chunky than normal Birkenstocks. Worth the splurge! The red slingbacks are my favorite cheap purchase lately and my friend gifted me a pair of these Loeffler Randall D’Orsay flats and they are so, so gorgeous and beautifully made.

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These two tunic-style tops were on heavy rotation while we were on our trip. They are comfortable and breathe really well which is nice for both living in the oven that is the Arizona desert and the humid NYC subways alike!

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I brought my new K. Slade carry-all with me to NYC because I love that it holds EVERYTHING and it can be worn as a cross body bag. I especially love the navy and camel leather combo, the tiny monogram and of course the great tassels!

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Michael and I had some work projects to do while we were in the city. I am designing two brownstone projects right now and we had the walls painted and refinished the floors in one of the homes while I was in town. I’m always blown away at how much bigger a space feels with lighter floors and walls!

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More to come from this beautiful project soon! We are back home now and I’m feeling rested and inspired and ready to get back to work and wrap up the last of these big summer installs. I’m actually loading up the car today and headed up to Portland to finish up a cabin project we’ve been working on for a long time. (Follow me on snapchat and Insta @jennykomenda for lots of behind the scenes!) I can’t wait to share these photos with you! Here’s a little sneak peek from our last site visit. OBSESSED with the olive green cabinets!

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We’re going to do a HUGE print out of one of Kate’s amazing new art prints in the cabin. She’s selling super affordable digital downloads here. Isn’t this a great shot? I want this one in my own house.

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Wish me luck!

Toy Room Organization

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Remember that little closet in our playroom? I’ve been meaning to tackle the space for a couple of years now.

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It had become this sort of catch-all space that made it easy for the girls to “clean up” the playroom, but it also felt sort of pointless from an organizational standpoint. They would throw all their toys in there and shut the door. Ta-da!! Clean playroom! But I’m not sure what I expected without giving them a good system for organizing. The biggest problem is we had too many toys, so we first went through and donated a lot of what we had and never used. Some of the toys went upstairs to the girls bedrooms, but much of what we kept was the toddler age stuff for Margot.

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I patched the walls with drywall mud where we had taken down the too-big and busted up shelving, and I primed and painted the walls Chantilly Lace (my all-time favorite white). And then it was time for the fun part – the organizing and decorating!

The girls and I went shopping together and we were thrilled to finally have a reason to pick up some of the Pillowfort products at Target. I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable displays in the stores! SO many cute, cute products. The coral pink, neon yellow, mint green and happy lilac colors paired so well with the vintage rug I put in the closet and the bright white walls.

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There are a ton of beautiful patterned fabric bins and cute wire metal bins from the Pillowfort line that made it easy to sort the small toys into categories like Legos and wooden blocks and animal figurines.

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I LOVE these metal wire ones with the drop fronts that make it easy to put away items without even moving the basket! They are stackable too! I thought about grabbing a few more of these to mount directly to the wall for dress ups storage.

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On the window wall, the girls chose a panda and a unicorn to hang up (they had to make them pipe cleaner tiaras and necklaces first though, naturally!)

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I also hung up a vintage pastel and a heart marquee sign (that has an auto shut-off after 3-4 hours! High fives.)

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We have some blue bookshelves in the playroom that work really well for the big girls books since they can easily reach them. But I picked up two of these tiny kid bookshelves to mount down low to put Margot’s favorite books out on rotation.

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white hanging bookshelves  //  GIRLS RULE wire sign

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The light filtering curtains were another fun addition! I love the sweet butterfly pattern and that they are basically black-out curtains (makes nap time about a million times easier!)

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I love that this little space works and feels SO much better now, but my very favorite part has been how much the girls love being in here! And cleaning up has been a breeze for them, now that everything has a place.

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flamingo  //  tassel pillow

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Here are a couple of other favorites from Target‘s Pillowfort line that my girls have been saving up allowance money for. They really want to put a little activity table in the playhouse and we’ve been eyeing these adorable little mint chairs!!

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Metal Kids Table  //  Green Glass Table Lamp  // Squiggle Canvas Bin  //  Lilac Teepee  //  Mint Kids Chairs

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Lilac Striped Rug  //  Tufted Ottoman  //  Scallop Side Table  //  Panda Lamp  //  Aqua Wire Basket

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