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The artsy, backlit photo of your dog looking wistful. A macro of your banana bread that makes mouths water. That black and white snapshot of the kids doing cartwheels.

They’re all gorgeous … and they’re all trapped inside your phone.

Sure, they could be forwarded, posted or even cast to your TV screen, but these days it’s tough for them to escape the digital realm. Or it’s just not worth it. I’ve looked at every mug, rug and photo book you can make with a digital photo, and many of them leave a little to be desired when it comes to aesthetics. But if your photos are destined to live out their lives in a stream or feed, you’re missing some fantastic opportunities to unleash their true artistic potential. Here are some Carley-approved, beautifully designed ways to turn your smartphone pictures into art — a personalized complement for any room style.

Artifact Uprising Art from Smartphone photos

Knock on Wood

This pretty creation from Artifact Uprising can turn digital snaps into gallery-style prints via thick, eggshell paper and a wooden “cleat” made from reclaimed Colorado pine. The look is unassuming and clean—a nice alternative to a simple frame (though it won’t protect your print from dust).

Paper Culture

Stuck on You

I love keeping a wall of favorite family photos in view of my workspace. Paper Culture lets me take my best pics to a new level by turning them into removable wall stickers. The company uses PVC-free, phthalate-free, vinyl-free materials to make “sticky” but repositionable wall stickers with Polaroid-like borders that you can personalize with a caption (for instance, “Dog days of summer with Fido”).

Minted Art from Smartphone photos

Have a Heart

If you love scrapbooks but don’t have the time to create one, this heart-shaped, foil-enhanced collage from Minted could be a nice option. It gives you space to include 30 shots and automatically arranges them to look their best. You will have overlap, so this probably isn’t the right choice for a detailed portrait, but it might be lovely for a series of snaps featuring the same subject, such as a baby or puppy.

Social Print Studio

On the Grid

Sometimes, I feel like my phone is so full of great pictures that I can’t choose favorites. Social Print Studio can build a poster that includes up to 200 of my images, laid out in a contact sheet-style grid. It’s straightforward, but gets a lot of images on the wall with little fuss.

PicMe

Go Big

I’ve always liked the idea of setting off a single wall in a room by painting it a bright color or using bold wallpaper. PicMe takes that idea to the next level by transforming any photo (or a pile of them) into an enormous mural. Think: Car wrap for your room.

That sure puts things into focus.

Do you have a favorite way to turn your photos into art? Share them in the comments below!

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We pride ourselves in inspiring our viewers and readers with pretty, pretty pictures of gorgeous rooms and smart ideas here at HGTV. So it’s no surprise that our Pinterest fans eat up what we share.  Some of the pics rose to the top to be the clear leaders as this year’s fan favorites. Take a look, pin for yourself, and let us know if you think these are the best – or which HGTV shots you like even better.



So what do you think? Are these the best of the best?

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No one but Hannah replied to my first proposed Defend the Trend topic of chunky knits (which are a real trend), maybe because we had done macramé and it was just too similar? Maybe because this winter has slowly crushed our spirits and sapped us of our collective will to live? (It’s been tough here in NYC.) Anyway, here are some of our thoughts about marshmallows, marshmallows with Instagrams printed on them and other things with Instagrams/pictures printed on them instead. Enjoy! And eat some marshmallows. Or don’t. I don’t know anymore.

LIZ: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/87609155225659761/

(NY people, just roast them over a radiator in your cubes.)

BRIANA: I’ve seen this with Oreos, but Thin Mints is next-level. Good thing I’m allergic to Thin Mints, because I feel like I’d eat a ton of these.

LILI: This looks delicious, even to someone who hates marshmallows.

LIZ: YOU GUYS: https://boomf.com/

FARIMA: Whaaat? That’s awesome. I wonder what else you can put your Instagrams on.

KAYLA: Probably the biggest waste of money ever.

LIZ: OR is it the best waste of money ever?

ALYSSA: This is NOT okay. Even my food instagrams aren’t appetizing as a boomf marshmallow

KAYLA: Depends. Unless I got BOOMF marshmallows that say: “M-A-R-R-Y M-E?” in hot chocolate or on SOMETHING chocolate, I’m not interested.

LILI: I want to instagram a picture of marshmallows and have them boomfed.

BRIANA: Meta BOOMF! Inception BOOMF! (I really like saying BOOMF!)

KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Decorating with Instagram photos is a great topic. We should all be investing in companies that make 4 x 4 frames. (Note: Pottery Barn.) I recently ordered a stack of Instagram prints from Printstagram (who has some nice related products, too). I kinda dig the giant frame with many, many Instagrams, like this:

Do you like the trend of printing Instagram photos? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Although, is Instagram pics in general what you’re talking about? Maybe not. Oh well. Instagram stickers are cute.

BRIANA: We can talk about anything we want! I am enjoying this very mild anarchy!

MORE GABBING ABOUT INSTAGRAM

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Boredpanda.com has collected images of some of the most ghostly abandoned places from around the world — every single one of which has its own special charm. On one hand, it’s as if the people in these places just suddenly disappeared. On the other, it’s also intriguing to see how some things that used to belong to people are slowly being reclaimed by nature.

31 Photographs That Will Give You Goose Bumps >>

Haunting Images

Photo Courtesy: Chris Gray

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Break out the boxes of albums with your photos that never see the light of day.

family wallpaper

Designed so that you can affix your own family pictures to it, the Family Wallpaper lets you showcase your snapshots within the drawn-on frames. I think this paper would be charming in an hallway to show off your favorite photos.

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I know that by putting this out into the Universe that it may just come right back around and bite me, but I think it’s finally Spring in Utah (holding breath, waiting for a rock to fall out of the sky and hit me in the head). It’s still unseasonably cold, but I will take whatever I can get, especially since the blooms all over town are under the same impression that I am: time to move forward, put the snow boots in storage, and party like it’s thirty degrees warmer.

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