Category Archives: Art

Every Room Needs Red

Once upon a time my mother told be that every room needs some red in it.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

And even though I’m a cool blue, green, grey girl I try to use this tip in every room.

Five doorways and six windows don't leave much actual wall space.

Five doorways and six windows don’t leave much actual wall space.

Most of the conservatory is doorways and windows with little wall space.

This 19" by 24" peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

This 19″ by 24″ peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

But the newly painted green conservatory is getting its red in this peony print I’ve hung on the largest wall.

The wall color is "Tea Light," a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

The wall color is “Tea Light,” a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

I was afraid the green matte would clash with the green wall but in fact it enhances it.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

It’s hung a little high so it can be seen over the television.

What must-have is in your décor repertoire?

Another Gallery Wall Only Different

Now that the old doorway of our bedroom is closed up, the hallway on the other side has a long, empty wall.

The wall on the right used to have a doorway right in the middle of it.

The wall on the right used to have a doorway right in the middle of it.

This wall used to have a door in the center but now it needs some decoration.

Now it needs some decoration.

I had always planned to hang family photos on this wall and now I’ve gathered them together.

I have family photos for as many as five generations.

I have family photos for as many as five generations.

My inspiration gallery is two rows of photos, one above and one below an imaginary horizontal line.

A Martha Stewart inspired gallery wall.

A Martha Stewart inspired gallery wall.

My inspiration gallery is two rows of photos, one above and one below an imaginary horizontal line.

Mother

Mother

Now I just need to make the commitment.

Portraits from the 1960s when photos were hand-colored.

Sister portraits from the 1960s when photos were hand-colored.

This gallery is just for the family, you know. (My first gallery is here.)

Do you have private belongings that are only meaningful to you?

The Front Entry

Basically this is just an update on the painting I was planning to hang just inside the front door.

The stairs to the second floor are just to the right of the front door.

The stairs to the second floor are just to the right of the front door.

The tile-topped nesting tables are here for the time being unless I find a better place.  Everything on them is changeable; this is a great place to “try things out”.

Viewed from the front porch the small entry area has a few interesting pieces.

Viewed from the front porch the small entry area has a few interesting pieces.

The print of Paris is temporary in this spot.  It will probably end up in the master suite some place.

We don't often use the front door so there's no need for a place to drop keys or coats.

We don’t often use the front door so there’s no need for a place to drop keys or coats.

The blue square vase and iris box seem to go well together.

The exterior of the front door still needs to be painted after reversing its swing.

The exterior of the front door still needs to be painted after reversing its swing.

And this spool lamp project which was a big fail is still out of place.

The stair runner is also not yet complete. Hmmm.

The stair runner is also not yet complete. Hmmm.

I am happy with the oil painting in the oak frame; it just fits.

What have you moved around lately?  Have you found the right spot yet?

What Shall I Hang Here?

I need to go through my artwork (such as it is) to find a piece to hang at the front door entrance.

The wall on the righ tneeds some art.

The wall on the righ tneeds some art.

This is the wall space just inside the door at the bottom of the stairs.

This is the entire wall -- not very big.

This is the entire wall — not very big.

It’s on the fireplace wall so I must leave the vent clear.

The wall above the fireplace vent could use some interest.

The wall above the fireplace vent could use some interest.

This is really the only horizontal art I can think of at the moment. It’s an oil painting of a small cabin in a clearing by a pond.

A small oil painting in an old oak frame.

A small oil painting in an old oak frame.

Perhaps something more abstract would be better here. I do have some old, unframed set design renderings.  I might look through those.

What’s on your wall?

A Little More Coffee Decor

I’ve been wanting to add a little more interest to the bare wall near our coffee station.

The empty wall

The empty wall

First I spray painted and old white frame metallic charcoal (my favorite spray paint color).

Charcoal metallic spray paint.

Charcoal metallic spray paint.

Then I just framed up a coffee graphic and hung it on the wall.

Coffee art.

Coffee art.

Charlie wanted to hang a plaster sign saying “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

He made me hang it too high.

He made me hang it too high.

Done.

What’s your latest quick change?

Hanging Another Picture

Hanging a picture on the wall takes a lot of guts.

I hung this antique mirror so the bottom edge was at the same level as the bottom of the pictures.

Some of the art in the mudroom.

Deciding where it goes, then driving a nail into a pristine wall  gives one pause to consider if it’s the right thing to do.

This large painting in the living room has always been on the second floor.

This large painting in the living room has always been on the second floor.

Now that I’ve hung a bunch of pictures I’m getting itchy to get everything off the floor and onto the wall.

Photo of  race horse being exercised in Lexington Kentucky.

Photo of race horse being exercised in Lexington Kentucky.

This one is now hanging in the laundry.

The photo is hanging next to the in-wall ironing board.

The photo is hanging next to the in-wall ironing board.

Are you a slow starter but mighty finisher?

 

Tired of Hearing About the Gallery Wall?

The gallery wall from the mudroom to the kitchen is finished. Finally.

The gallery wall is on the left when entering the kitchen from the mudroom.

The gallery wall is on the left when entering the kitchen from the mudroom.

I would call this a collected gallery wall with an eclectic theme.  I put together things I like and things that have personal meaning.

This wall is all about us.

This wall is all about us.

1. Small stone shelf from Wells Cathedral, 2. Pencil drawing of a mill by Yours Truly, 3. Piece of drift wood from Mother, 4. Biblical quote given by our son, 5. Chalkboard with vintage frame, 6. Plate, 7. Postcard of drawing I found attractive, 8. My baby picture, 9. Photo of me in college, 10. Vintage photo of Paris, 11. Favorite photo of Charlie, 12. Bocca della Verita replica from Rome, 13. and 14. Postcard of a painting of Venice, 15. Photograph of my great grandmother, 16. Vintage photo of Paris, 17. Celtic cross from Ireland.

1. Small stone shelf from Wells Cathedral, 2. Pencil drawing of a mill by Yours Truly, 3. Piece of drift wood from Mother, 4. Biblical quote given by our son, 5. Chalkboard with vintage frame, 6. Plate, 7. Postcard of drawing I found attractive, 8. My baby picture, 9. Photo of me in college, 10. Vintage photo of Paris, 11. Favorite photo of Charlie, 12. Bocca della Verita replica from Rome, 13. and 14. Postcard of a painting of Venice, 15. Photograph of my great grandmother, 16. Vintage photo of Paris, 17. Celtic cross from Ireland.

It’s not symmetrical but it is balanced along a diagonal axis running from bottom left to upper right.

The wall is balanced diagonally with the chalkboard being the approximate center.

The wall is balanced diagonally with the chalkboard being the approximate center.

Unfortunately I can’t take a photograph of the full wall because the hallway is too narrow.

The left side.

The left side.

The right side.

The right side.

Rather than being viewed as one scene, each item can be discovered individually.

Before

Before

Everyone who enters the house will have to pass by it.

After.

After.

Of course there’s always room for tweaking.

What are you working on?