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Before I had a dime to my name, postcards always seemed like an inexpensive way to pay homage to places I had been, artists I have loved, and ideas I wanted to emulate. The small, cardstock templates were often priced 2 for $1.00, and were just as beautiful as prints. I have amassed hundreds of postcards, each serving as a reminder of my past, a small glimpse into an entire world. There were 3 ½” x 5” cards, sent to me, from a friend in Paris. There were 4 ¼” x 6” images I absolutely needed to own from the National Gallery of Art. Want to own a Warhol, Monet or Hirst? Buy a postcard! And yet, what to do with them all….

Postcard Wall Display

Photography by Felix Forest via homelife.

Framed Postcard Display

A DIY Framed Postcard Display via The Harpster Home

Postcard Gallery Wall

The slow diagonal stacking of postcards highlights the funky ceiling of this small bathroom space via Tui Benjamin

Postcard Wall Display

A display of a boxed set of 100 vintage Penguin book cover postcards found on the clearance table at Anthropologie via How About Orange. The obvious theme creates an automatically curated collection. 

Postcard Wall Display

Instead of wallpaper, why not decoupage the entire wall? Want a less labor intensive route? Thumbtacks are always easy via Mr. Kate.

James Merrell / The Walkup

A postcard gallery wall, above a mantel place, fits right into the eclectic decor of this bright living room. Image via Jeams Merrell. 

A Postcard Lampshade

Not a fan of an old lampshade? Rip the fabric away, expose the wiring, and create a postcard carousel! Idea via Almodeus

Postcard Wall Display

Photography Kristiina Kurronen via Susanna Vento.

Postcard Wall Display

An impermanent postcard wall using laundry lines via the Homestead Gallery in London.

Postcard Archway or Doorway Display

 Molding over an archway does double duty as a shelve in which to display favorite snippets from past travels and travails, from Boila.

Framed Postcards

These aren’t postcards from Coney Island in the 1950’s or from your local convenience store. When framed, the postcard not sent can be a reminder of the graphic designer’s talents. Don’t cover these beauties up with stamps and writing via Tangerine Tote.

New York Times Vistas

A vintage postcard display filled with historic vignettes ala Brabourne Farm, originally via New York Times. 

Postcard Wall Display

Line the shelves with postcards, even the natural bend of gravity is cool via Decorology!

Framed Postcard Wall Display

I already do much of my best thinking on the commode, so now with framed postcards I will do my best remembering, via The Polished Pebble.

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One does not need an entire collection to show off small prints, a single favorite can be ornately displayed as a table centerpiece. Image via Every Last Detail with photography by Focus. 

Desire to Inspire, Nusara Desire to Inspire, Nusara

Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is on full display in this airy, white space. Bright with contemporary design. Images from Nusara’s home via Desire to Inspire.

Postcard Wall Clock

A clever display for all notes, washi tape, snippets and postcards from the edge via the Dutch company Impressionen.

Postcard Corner Display in the Kitchen

No one puts baby in the corner, but they do put postcards there. I spy some delights from the Guggenheim Museum and Barbara Kruger. What do you see? Via Ideas to Steal

No longer just for sending, posting and stamping – use one’s memories from journeys to decorate a space in an inexpensive manner. 

P.S. This post is dedicated to the inimitable Jennell McHugh of mixmediology.

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

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  • I cannot even begin to tell you how much I’ve been racking my brains trying to figure out what to do with all of my postcards! I have amassed probably close to 60 over the years that I beg my friends to send me whenever they go away, so they’ve all been posted from places all over the world. I’m totally pinning this post because it’s got such great ideas, you’ve saved me!

    And I’m glad to have found someone else who appreciates the art of the postcard as well. They’re such a fun and inexpensive little keepsake from a place you or someone you know has visited 🙂 Great roundup!

    • Erica, thank you so much for the kind words! I have a few hundred postcards and was so sick of using them as decor in my office cubicle or on my refrigerator! Thanks and Pin away!

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