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5 Stylish Ways To Display Photos

Chestknots Studios and design/styling group Moss Manila show us how to create beautiful and elegant photo keepsakes

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Photography: Chestknots Studio

Most of us have experienced this: we have our big debut/engagement party/prenup/wedding and we spend a fortune on it; and we have the big event photographed for posterity. In the end—save for a few Facebook posts—all evidence of this life-changing occasion is placed in a boring album and stashed under the coffee table, never to be seen again.

The people at popular photography studio Chestknots recently partnered with interior and event stylist Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran of Moss Manila to give ideas on how to store and style photo keepsakes in a beautiful and elegant way. Cyndi got textural and color inspirations from Chestknots’ album style collections—“Organic,” “Dynamic,” and “Endearing”—to create unique and lovely ways to display your photo albums and merge it with the style of your home. Here are some of them:

Play with textures and materials.



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Aside from color, materials offer tactile and visual variety. Marbled paper, textured fabric, and leatherette give depth and beauty to these photo albums.

Box it.



Delicate boxes made out of glass, acrylic, and metal are used as packaging for these albums. The boxes add a vintage, cabinet-of-curiosities touch, aside from protecting the album itself.

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Use light and unique frames.



Instead of the usual plastic, white-matted picture frames, go for simple geometric and modern frames in gold and rose gold that will further highlight the photographs.

Add decorative objects.


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To entice people to pick up your album, insert decorative objects like swathes of tulle, dried flowers, or a piece of crystal in and around the album box. These objects also create a pretty vignette on your coffee or bedside table.

Save it in a pretty USB.



A flash drive doesn’t have to be an ugly thing—many flash drives and USBs today are custom-designed to suit your personal style. These USBs are made with an engraved crystal body that lights up when inserted into a USB port.

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Layer it.


The boxes, albums, and USB containers are meant to be stacked and layered artfully; and these can all blend in with the rest of the decorative accessories on your coffee table.

For inquiries and to see more of their work, check out the Chestknots Home website and Facebook page.

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