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Hi.

I'm Bri Garbani, a designer + photographer living in San Diego, California. It's here that I express my passion for dogs, design + DIY through writing + photography. If you like what you see, you'll want to check back often as I have a constant need to create + Native Blonde is my prime creative outlet.

Polaroid Photo Board

Polaroid Photo Board

I recently came to the realization that I hardly have any photos of family or friends on display in my home.  There's a handful on the side of the refrigerator, but sadly, that's about it.  And considering how often I think of them, this felt pretty odd that more were not out for my viewing pleasure.

A few evenings ago I was looking through a box of old photographs and came across several vintage images of various family members, many of which were of my mother.  The nostalgia I felt was practically tangible.  I thought to myself how strange it is that the vast majority of my photos are digital; living on my computer and not in plain sight - not even the ones I consider to be really important.  That's when I decided to embark on a little photo project to correct the issue.

One quick web search later and I stumbled upon Polaroid Fotobar.  This easy to use tool allowed me to pull photos from my phone and Instagram account with just a few clicks.  I paid for my dozen Polaroid style images at $1 each and mere days later, they were in my mailbox.

After thinking about the design, a quick trip to the home improvement store (with both dogs in tow of course) was in order.  We gathered a pine board cut to size, some roofing nails, hanging and assembly hardware, screws, wood stain and wire.  After the dogs were through being pet by employees and patrons, we were out the door.  I also previously ordered a bag of miniature clothes pins on Etsy to complete the functionality of the piece I was making.

Once home, I got to work.  Since it became a family effort (the Mr. helped since I tend to break a nail when I swing a hammer), the project was complete in no time at all.  And the best part is that this photo installation is so easily interchangeable, there's no reason not to have pictures of family, friends and moments from our day to day lives out on display as thoughtful little reminders - and what a great conversation piece it is, too!

Fence or Fortress?

Fence or Fortress?

Stenciled Pillow Covers

Stenciled Pillow Covers