Goodbye Coral, Hello Fall

Spoiler Alert: I’m slowly ditching the nautical around our home…. partly because it’s FALL and the coral above the couch doesn’t feel very “fall” to me, and partly because I think it’s time to slowly step away from that style all together (eek). I don’t want to put the pressure on myself to decide if the coral will ever make a comeback around here, but I’m confident that it definitely needs a break for now.

I made the decision that I needed change it a few months ago, but had SUCH a hard time figuring out what could go up in it’s place. I looked everywhere and the replacements that I found were either…

A). way too expensive or
B). not the right size/colors/style/etc.

familyroom Bridget coral

So after I gave up on shopping, I went back to the drawing board to think about other alternatives that could do the trick. That’s when I saw this post and was totally inspired to replace these oversized coral frames with some of my own photography.

Easy & attainable — Check!
Sentimental — Check!
I had control over the style/color/size/etc — CHECK!

I took these photos on a Saturday, ordered them from SnapBox on a Saturday night, they showed up FRAMED on my doorstep on a Wednesday afternoon and I had new, meaningful art that I LOVED hanging above our couch by the next weekend. That’s my kind of turnaround, and check out how much of a difference these new frames make…

Fall Home Tour Family RoomI’m in LOVE and can’t wait to share the whole fall home tour on Thursday. For now though, let’s chat about how easy (& fun!) these pics were to translate into home decor.

After I decided to take the SnapBox route, Matt and I planned a day trip out to our wedding venue. We picked this spot because the grounds are GORGEOUS (especially this time of year) and this place is obviously sentimental to us. We packed some coffee, my camera, and headed out for a fun day together!

The adventure didn’t disappoint! We had so much fun walking around, snapping photos and taking a walk down “memory lane”.

Barn Danada HouseSince we were in no rush, it was extra fun to just relax and take in the scenery together.

Fall Horses Danada House

After we came home and looked at all of the photos from the day, I narrowed it down to a few that I thought could work. Then I consulted with Matt to see which ones he liked the most. He recommend that maybe we print them in black & white. <– GENIUS!! It’s like he’s married to a DIY blogger or something?!

Fall Barn Fance Danada HouseWe narrowed it down to two photos we thought would work best and uploaded them on SnapBox’s website. We then chose the frame color and frame size on their website and confirmed our order (both frames cost us less than $100!). <– Use PROMO code DIYPLAY30FUN for 30% off your next purchase.

Literally, four days later these gorgeous prints were framed and waiting on our doorstep when we came home from work! Such an easy process!! We took down the nautical-inspired coral frames & replaced them with these new prints. Not only do they feel more “fall”, but they were inexpensive too. AND possibly the biggest “win” of this entire project is that Matt LOVESSSS (and yes I mean LOVES!) the new look. #notalwaysthecase

Fall Home Tour Snapbox Family Room BridgetMaybe we’ll do this same thing for the winter, spring, and summer too… it definitely makes for a fun excuse to take a day trip together! For now though, I’m pretty excited with these prints & grateful that a part of our love story made its way to such a prominent part of our home.
Bridget Signature

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  • I love it, what a fabulous change. The photos are amazing too.

  • Heather

    Just perfect! What a nice change in your space!

  • Nikki Simmerson

    What a great idea! And I love that it’s something the two of you can do together. I think taking a day trip each season for pictures is a marvelous idea as well.

    • We had so much fun we want to do it again for winter!!

  • Patricia Carlson

    The basket with the blankets in it is such a great idea! Where’s it from? And I love the new mirror by the front door.

    • Thanks!! The basket was $4 at a thrift store and the mirror was $3 at a church garage sale! =) #thepricewasright

  • Delighted Dwelling

    Love it! Getting rid of the blues really warms the space up. Perfect for fall!!

    • Thanks!! It was a little sad taking down all the blues, but I love the new look!

  • Such a great idea! I love the thought of intentionally going out and getting photos to become part of your décor. The sentimental value shoots through the roof!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

    • Thanks Sarah!! I love looking at them and being reminded of our fun day together and where it all “began”.

  • Adorable idea! I think this is what I love most about the overall tone of your home – changing things out like this is super easy. This blog has inspired me so much and I am hooked on painting our interior gray so I can easily change out pillows and small decor for different looks throughout the year.

    I love your new pictures. I think I liked the look of the larger and smaller framed pictures with the shelf… but I still really like the change.

    • Wow, thank you VERY much! That is so sweet of you. We do love the neutrals for that exact reason!

  • Awww, I will miss the nautical but understand the need to phase things out! Looking at prices, I was surprised at how affordable those framed prints can be! And what a great idea to make a day of it at a special location! I’d be inclined to just print one of our many vacation pictures but this is a great idea too!

    • I honestly thought of doing that too (the wedding venue was actually Plan B, second to travel pics)!! Honestly though, I didn’t really have fall-inspired vacation pictures. Maybe for summer I’ll try vacation pics…. love that idea! Thanks Diana!

  • The sizes do reflect the overall size (frame + matting + picture). Ours were 20 x 30 (frame and all)

  • Dana

    These photos are fantastic! I’m looking to do a similar thing above our couch, what size did you choose for the prints?