Make Wall Art with your own Photos + A Mini Workspace Update

Small sitting nook with colorful artwork

You may already know this about me, because I’ve mentioned it more than a few times, but I’m a huge fan of art. It’s what I went to school for, it’s what I taught for almost three years, and it’s still a big part of my life today. Even though I rarely pick up a paint brush these days, unless it’s for a DIY project.

But when it comes to my workspace, there is nothing hanging on the walls. I may have a piece or two that hangs for a few days, while I take photos or work on a wall art DIY, but once that’s done, the art comes down. Which has been fine. But I’m finally at a point where it’s getting to me a little bit. We have art in every other room of the house and I spend so much time in this one room in particular. Sooooo, I thought I better step it up, and add something that I can keep up all the time.

So, I got to thinking about the thousands of photos that I’ve taken, that are just sitting on my computer. Lightbulb. ‘Hey. I could totally blow up a few photos from our recent trip to USVI as artwork.’

So, I partnered with InstaThis, a site that allows you to print your photos, from Instagram or your own photo library, onto wood, metal, and custom coasters, to make it happen. Have you heard about them yet? It’s a pretty awesome site.

They do prints as small as 6×6 and as large as 24×36! And coasters too, which I also have a set of. See all available print sizes and pricing here.

Make wall art with your own photos

Summer Staples: Dotted Clutch + Rachel Comey Sandals

Seating area in a studio / workspace

These are the three photos I had printed for the far wall in my workspace: one was printed on wood (bottom left) and the other two on aluminum (top left and right)…

Now, if I’m being honest, I’m always a little nervous about what the quality will be for prints, especially in larger sizes. So, I was super excited when I received my package in the mail and was able to see how well they turned out. The quality is top notch! FYI: I used hi-res images (not Instagram photos) when ordering, since I wanted larger prints (16×24 / 12×18 / 8×12). So just keep that in mind.

Anyway… I took a bunch of photos of my updated little workspace nook, now that the new pieces have been hung. I swear our Nelson bench gets moved around so much, but it looks good with everything, so I can’t help it. 

After adding a couple of colorful pillows, I’m liking how this area is coming together. It’s a good spot to sit down for a little while with my laptop if I want to get away from my desk. Or as a little seating area when people come over to help with projects (or just say hi).

What do you think?

Travel Photos from USVI

Make your own photo coasters

Wood beach print

Summer photo coasters

A workspace mini makeover

Styling and Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

Bonus! Receive 35% off your entire purchase at InstaThis with promo code SUMMER35 from now until the end of July.

Visit InstaThis to start making prints from your own photos anytime. And let me know in the comments below what you think of my new (mini) seating area.

This post is in partnership with InstaThis. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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Such a good idea! I love the photos you’ve chosen, it makes such a difference to the room. I could do with your help decorating my office!

London

London Mckenzie

Thanks London.

Brittni

I love this idea. I’ve tried using other companies for wall prints in the past and they turned out less than clear, so it’s good to hear these are quality prints. thanks for sharing!

love, arielle
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arielle

These really are great, Arielle. Would highly recommend them. I did want to mention (and forgot to in the post) that the metal prints have a glossy finish (not matte). You can’t tell in the photos, but it’s definitely something to know about ahead of time. Just as an FYI. 🙂

Brittni

I love your work space…especially that cool little bench! Where might someone find a bench like that?

Pamela

Thanks Pamela. The bench is called the Nelson Platform Bench. It was designed by George Nelson and is available through Herman Miller. I will warn you in saying that it’s not an inexpensive purchase. But it’s absolute worth it (for us at least) because it’s something we’ll have forever.

Brittni

I love this! We have bare walls in our bedroom and I have never printed any of the photos from our wedding. This would be perfect. Also… I want to buy a copy of that palm print from you;)

Lauren

Aw, thanks Lauren! I’m sure that your wedding photos would look great printed with InstaThis. I think the wood printing would be really cool for that – just as a different take on wedding photos, with the woodgrain showing through.

Brittni

I just wanted to say that I love the styling in your photos. It looks so fresh and airy. Makes my workspace look like a bear cave.

Brandi

Thank you so much, Brandi. I appreciate that…But I’m sure your workspace doesn’t look like a bear cave. 🙂

Brittni

Absolutely love the photos you’ve taken, especially the leaves and pink background. I would love to do this project in my own home.
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Avery Asato

Thanks Avery.

Brittni

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Love the ice cream print. But where did you get those shoes????

Betts

Thanks Betts. My shoes are Rachel Comey. I bought them from Totokaelo http://totokaelo.com last year.

Brittni

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that site sounds AMAZING, and i absolutely love the shots you used. bunched together like that makes it so eclectic and so fun. i’m definitely inspired to try this out!

xo marlen
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