Lisa Leonard Designs

picture framing

January 25th | decorating, photography



i bought the most amazing vintage painting today at the thrift store.

i fell in love!




it came with the frame i’m holding in the first pic.

but i really prefer oil paintings unframed with an exposed, wrapped edge.

casual decorating would be a really good way to describe my home.




so we took the unneeded frame outside to give it new purpose!




chrissie and the girls helped fill the empty frame with a lot of beauty!




then matty hopped in.  such a goofball.

he’s so used to me with a camera–but he’s usually up for trying something new.




kinda fun, right?

i thought this would be so fun for a christmas picture or engagement photos…

50 Responses

  1. Stacy says:

    What a cute idea!

  2. Sara L. says:

    Such an awesome idea!

  3. malissa says:

    are yall twins? i can ask because i have been asked that a million times! (and the answer is YES!)

  4. LOVE that to pieces! What a creative way to do photos!

  5. I have a big vintage frame that I’ve been planning on using for this same idea- just waiting for wamrer weather! :) How fun!

  6. Dani says:

    Love that idea…I’m going to have to try that with my kiddos!

  7. Jennifer says:

    How fun. Those would be great cards.

  8. jeri says:

    love this idea!

  9. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a grouping of empty ornate frames on the wall, perhaps in the baby’s room. I love your casual display of the painting, it’s what I prefer too… plus the empty frame make a great photo prop. I’d say you got two items for the price of one. Not bad!

  10. rani says:

    very cool photo prop!

  11. Katrina says:

    I love that idea! I’m going to have hunt around for a frame now!

  12. Gussy says:

    YOU ARE A TWIN!?!?!?!?!?! :)

  13. Julie G says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your illuminate necklace =) And that last photo is a pretty one! =)

  14. lisa says:

    yes we are twins. i am soooo lucky!!!

  15. kerry says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Woo Hoo!

  16. Amanda says:

    Very cute picture idea!! Love them!

  17. Rebecca M. says:

    such a great idea for a Christmas card!!!! (or baby announcement :)

  18. Sheryl says:

    I have to know if you and your sister are twins. If so, I have a great twin story for you.

  19. mandy snow says:

    awesome…gee…you and your sister are so alike…take care…xxx

  20. Tina says:

    Gorgeous pics and a wonderful idea! Love your thrift store painting, it is just lovely:) – xx

  21. Kathy says:

    Great idea and awesome pictures…..Happy belated Birthday to your big 6 year old!!

  22. amanda says:

    Cute idea! That would be cute for the V-day picture cards I want to send out.

  23. kristen hebert says:

    great idea!!! esp for kiddos who are always putting their hands up in front of their faces :) thanks for the great tip.

  24. aimee says:

    I love thrift stores; really cute pics and a great idea.

  25. Michele says:

    GREAT idea! I am so going to try this soon with my littles! Thanks for all the inspiration and great ideas!

  26. Sheila says:

    When my sister-in-law got married, they had all the guests hold a frame and took their pictures. It was such a fun way to get pictures of your guests!

  27. Anne says:

    It IS a fun idea! I know a couple that had pictures like that done at their wedding. They are so much fun! I love the idea. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Traci P says:

    Would you please come back to Nebraska and help me decorate? :>) We still have some snow that I’m sure your boys would enjoy! And it is very cold! I get on every day to see what new and exciting stuff you have done during your busy day.

  29. Hillary says:

    Love that idea — too cute! You and Chrissie are adorable, and so are your children.

  30. robyn says:

    i LOVE this idea! i’ve been looking for a cute way to photograph some of the hats for my One Hundred Hats project, and i think this would work wonderfully!

  31. Katie says:

    Your blog is just adorable! I love love love your jewelery… so pretty.

  32. Bethany says:

    WOW! Lisa, I look forward to your blog each day. I love the way you capture life through words and photos. I have never commented before today but JUST HAD TO! What a wonderful idea for “framing” a photo :) As always, your beautiful family makes your idea that more special … Thank you for sharing!

  33. TidyMom says:

    I LOVE it! what a cute idea!!
    – hey I wanted to tell you……be sure to look for Flat TidyMom at Blissdom!! (you can check my blog for details if you haven’t seen it)

  34. Tania says:

    Thank you for sharing such a cute idea. This will be great (with my kids and my sisters kids) to give a picture of my moms grandchildren to her. Oh, the possibilities are endless.

  35. Andee in aZ says:

    I love the picture and the frame! Great idea, makes me want to go find a frame!

  36. Wendy says:

    Too Cute! I had an empty frame the other day and was trying to get my kiddo’s to fill it up with their darling little faces before I used it for it’s intended purpose. Lets just say it was not a day of cooperation :( However, Your pics are GREAT! Happy Tuesday to you!

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the GREAT idea. I will have to go this with my family. We will probably get really goofy but that makes it FUN!!


  38. Kim says:

    Is there anything that you don’t do perfectly? I love this idea and want to find the time to “steal” it for my kiddos Valentine’s Day pix. CUTE!! I was SO excited to see an ad for you in InStyle on an airplane yesterday. I have been loving your stuff for a long time, but the InStyle ad made you seem so superstar and fancy. Congrats!!

  39. Denise C. says:

    So cute!

  40. Lisa Leonard….you are my new favorite blog.

  41. So fun to come here. Beautiful. Visiting from 504 Main. One of my favorite blogs to start my day with. She recommended your blog…and it just makes me so happy. Love the photography, the amazing jewelry, and the kiddos….adorable. Come on by sometime for a visit. We love coffee too, we vlog, and we blog. Always love making new friends. Holly:)

  42. Melanie Dempsey says:

    FABULOUS! You are always so creative!

  43. Jessica says:

    love it. the added dimension and texture it adds to the photo is just awesome. you’re so creative; thanks for sharing!

  44. Deana says:

    How fun! I have seen an empty frame used in maternity photos, super cute! totally wish I had thought of that when I was preggo. :o)

  45. nicole says:

    this frame idea has been floating in my head for years as an idea for a christmas card…i just never got around to doing it or finding just the right frame…the photo with your sister is great.

  46. Christie says:

    Beautiful website! Such inspiring posts, pictures, and your jewelry is fabulous!!!

  47. jessica says:

    you are so pretty. . .

    my message? i called your number and left a message for you. . .just thanking you again. telling you how much i appreciate your kindness, and telling you i had been sick for a while. . .that’s why the pics weren’t up yet? i hate you didn’t get it. i left it a week ago???

    hope you are having a blast in nashville!!!!

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