Do you ever feel like your house could use a refresh? You know you like your style but as time goes by you feel the need to make some tweaks? That’s what I’m feeling at the moment. I need a fresher version of my house and thanks to free high resolution photos turned into affordable artwork, I’m one tweak closer to the refresh I’ve been craving.
When I first got married I didn’t know what my style was. Well, maybe I knew (Pottery Barn catalogs were my jam) but I didn’t have much money to work with. This left me with a house that was sort of cute, in a newlywed kind of way, but was also very much lacking from a style perspective.
After several years of marriage and learning more about myself I realized that I was very drawn to clean lines and a more transitional/modern style. I still didn’t have a ton of money to spend (who does??) but I decided to change almost everything in my house, from paint colors to furniture. Very slowly, but surely, things changed and I was loving my new look.
Now fast forward a few more years. I still love the changes I made and my style has remained pretty much the same, but I’m feeling the need for an update in a few areas. Well, maybe more than a few, but we’re taking baby steps here. 😉
My dining room has been bothering me for awhile now. In particular, the artwork. I have two large Ribba picture frames from IKEA that were begging for a refresh. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to replace the pictures with and decided that I’d like to add some beach-y vibes to our home. After all, my husband and I both have a love for the ocean. I knew I wanted something a bit understated with somewhat muted tones. To say I’m particular is an understatement, so finding just the right photos was going to be a challenge. And, I needed affordable artwork at that.
Free High Resolution Photos
That’s when I turned to a website called Unsplash. Have you heard of it? Basically it’s a site where photographers upload their high resolution photos for anyone to use, in any way they want. Hooray for generous people!
I typed several terms into the search bar like “beach” “ocean” “water” “surfing” etc. and began downloading all of the pictures that I liked the feel of. Then I started playing around with pairings. Since the pictures would be hanging side by side I wanted them to be somewhat cohesive. I showed my husband and we agreed on these two:
I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more photo’s from Unsplash made it into my home.