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How to display your children's art elegantly in your home (Get it off the refrigerator doors!)

The best way to display your children's artwork Image via Our Fifth House

The best way to display your children's artwork
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Right before I graduated from college I told someone that I was going to curate an art exhibit at a children's museum. I was going to fill the entire space with refrigerator doors from which all the artwork would hang. I couldn't have been more than 21 when I came up with that idea, and truth be told I still do love the idea. So if you happen to have a children's museum connection... or know someone who does...

Children are so proud of all their accomplishments - and it seems the younger they are, the prouder they are. They're also so eager to please and they're eager for our approval. Now realistically it's impossible to hang on to every little sketch, scratch and scribble, especially if there are several children in the house. I have 2 large leather art portfolios in which are neatly tucked away all sorts of projects that my older two presented to us in their youth. And there are the dozens (hundreds?) of pieces of paper that had to very discreetly land in the garbage bin in the garage. We've got albums filled with artwork, and some artwork that has been framed and elegantly hung on the walls. 

I love to enter a home that has been so beautifully designed and see a Picasso on one wall, and children's art, beautifully framed, on another. This says a lot to me. This says, first of all, that the people in this home appreciate the finer things but they don't take themselves so seriously. It also tells me that they have a whimsical side, for there's nothing so light and jovial as children's art - it reminds us that the imperfections and imprecisions are truly beautiful. Our children are so proud of their creations and we should be as well. And because of this, there are better ways to showcase their creations than on your refrigerator doors. See below how young art is hung gracefully in kitchens, home offices, in living, dining, bedrooms and nurseries. Some stand proudly on their own, in large ornate frames, while others are grouped together in frames of like color or style and others are combined with other family treasures and photographs to create lovely galleries. 

The best way to display your children's artwork  Image via ElleDecor 

The best way to display your children's artwork 
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The best way to display your children's artwork
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The best way to display your children's art
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The best way to display your children's art
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The best way to display your children's art
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The best way to display your children's artwork
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The Best way to display children's artwork
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The best way to display children's art
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The best way to display children's art
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The best ways to display children's art
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The best ways to display children's artwork
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