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Hoosier Girl….Hangs It Up!

Hoosier Girl….Hangs It Up!

Well, I’ve healed up pretty well from my bee stings; and we’ve moved into our new house!  A good amount of the boxes are empty; and the main level is in pretty good shape!  But please don’t go into the basement yet!  Yikes!

One of my favorite things to do when decorating my home is wall groupings.  I’m all for one big picture, but if I can do a few well placed wall groupings then I’m a happy camper.  I love to mix pictures of a similar theme or color palette.  An interesting shelf or sconce and maybe a vintage plate or nicknack that I’ve dragged home from a trip can add interest.

Living Room Preparation

Living Room Preparation

Here are a few that I’ve done at home in the last few weeks since I haven’t written you.

This one is my foyer/living room. I papered the accent wall, positioned the piano, and then started on the wall. First I laid everything out on the floor, keeping in mind the space that I had to fill. I usually do this by laying out a couple tape measures or yard sticks. I laid out the paintings first and then filled in with vintage plates from my Majolica collection. Then I just started tapping nails into the wall.

Wallhanging complete!

Wallhanging complete!

It seems like if you start from the bottom and with the biggest pieces the rest just kinda falls into place. I finished it  off with my little metal swallows. They are made from old oil  tins from Haiti. I found them in a charity based shop in Old Town Chicago. They really tie in with the painting and add a  bit of humor to the room. They were worth the $12 that I  paid.

The next room I did was the guest room. Obviously, I love old plates and I had to figure out a place to  use  some so they weren’t just hidden away in a cabinet or hutch.

I loved using my Grandmother's Transferware plates in the Guest Room!

I loved using my Grandmother’s Transferware plates in the Guest Room!

These brown transferware ones are so  beautiful to me. The depth of the chocolate adds warmth and coziness to this little room. The vintage  gold sconces have been  in my collection for years and have been in lots of different room. The roses on  them are repeated in  the vintage print that  anchors the grouping. A friend and I had a great time  hanging this together. Sometimes a second eye or  helping hand is a big  help when hanging a grouping.  They can stand back while you hold things up to the wall and give you the  “yay” or “ nay “ that  is needed  to get balance.

Family Pictures make great wall-hangings!

Family Pictures make great wall-hangings!

I hung a large group of family black and white photos in the stair well  to the basement. This was like putting a puzzle together.  But since  they are all of the same palette it went up rather quickly. I added a  few more after this picture was taken and can add  a few more as I collect them. That’s the fun of it!

Burlap wrap w/ nest.

Burlap wrap w/ nest.

The large nest on burlap and sconces hang in the living room over the sofa. Because I  have so many  little accessories in the room, I wanted to keep  this area simple. You’ll  notice that the nest canvas is  only hung about 2”  above the sofa and comes to within  about 4” of the ceiling. This is OK.

Better a little large then way too small; or it ends up just floating  in “space” on the wall.  The best part of this is that every night at 6:30 the battery  operated timer  candles come on. No melting wax, no soot, just a beautiful ambiance.

Hanging a set of small pictures vertically can be a unique fun look!

Hanging a set of small pictures vertically can be a unique fun look!

This triple set hangs vertically in another area of the living room  and the double set of florals is in the  hallway.  Sometimes a group  of two or three is more interesting than one long

Vintage prints in my hallway.

Vintage prints in my hallway.


It’s a good space filler! Plus, it creates a unique look not always seen.

A fun eclectic mix gives your room personality!

A fun eclectic mix gives your room personality!

This last grouping is in Mr W’s office. It’s a fun jumbly mix of new etchings, vintage prints, faux antlers, a shelf, dishes, and metal plaques that my uncle brought back from London in the 70’s. I guess I would have to say this one was the most difficult because of all the small components. Don’t try this more involved one your first time out. Work up to this. It took me a few tries and additions to get it right. Because it’s made up of many smaller items it takes more trial and error. I started again with the two bigger pictures. I overlapped the bottom one across the corner of the one on the right. Then I used small nails behind it to keep it balanced off the wall. Next came the shelf and then the rest took some thought and patience.

Well, I hope you like seeing what I’ve been up to. It’ s been fun setting up a new home for us to get cozy in. I’ll try to share more details as we go along. I want to show you the patterned carpets I chose as well as the furniture pieces.

Til next time,

Hoosier Girl

Hoosier Girl….finds a treasure!

HOOSIER GIRL….finds a treasure!

Ya know….sometimes a deal isn’t a deal.

My Lucky Day!

I was just thinking that a big fern would look great on my new porch, but it’s kinda late in the season.

I’ve got plenty of other things to worry about and spend my money on with the new house.

As I walked our Golden Retriever, Winnie, this morning I came upon a great deal.  Somebody had thrown away a HUGE fern in their trash can.  I didn’t want to carry it on the whole walk around the park, so I thought about how I was going to quickly retrieve it from the can, smack down the lid, and head for home before anyone saw my tackiness!

I saw a friend along the way and told her of my good fortune.  “Go for it!” she said; encouraging me that a little late season recycling was a good thing.

Armed with a new courage and a “lucky day” attitude, I headed for the treasure chest disguised as a trash can.  Open lid, retrieve fern, shut lid quickly, and head for home as if I always walk the dog while carrying a gigantic fern.  Yes! I did it!

Smiling at my luck, swinging my new fern, I took about 12 steps.  WAM!  Something got me.  I looked down at my leg on the fern side and saw a swarm of bees attacking me.  Dropping my fern, the swat dance commenced in full force!  Get ’em!  Get ’em!  Get ’em!

They are not as friendly as they look!

 Too late – they got me.  Wow, bee stings hurt right away, don’t they?  Limping and swatting all the way home, I was  crestfallen  at the turn of events.  No free fern, and now, in addition to the poison ivy I had picked up while weeding last week,  I now had  a good 4-6 bee stings around my thigh.

 Just let me tell you that you should NOT google what to do for a bee sting.  (that was Mr. W’s advice)  It says to rub it with a  Plantain leaf.  Where am I gonna get one of those?  This isn’t Jamaica!

 Two more bees flew out of my drawers and around the bedroom when I got home, the warm shower water made it really  hurt,  and the Benadryl made me drowsy.  Other than that it’s been a pretty good day.  But TGIF!

Lesson learned…..

Hoosier Girl

Hoosier Girl…..formulates a plan!

So many times people have asked me how to start a decorating project.  It’s hard to give a direct answer but my usual mode of attack is to select something that you love and want to use in that room.  It can literally be anything from a painting, to a pillow; from a chair to china …which is where I began.

These decorative plates bring back wonderful childhood memories!

These decorative plates bring back wonderful childhood memories!

I was lucky enough to inherit my maternal grandmother’s Friendly Village china set.  I remember eating off of these beautiful plates in her home outside of Toledo, Ohio during family gatherings when I was a little girl. They were so dramatic compared to the everyday plates we used at home.  So now that they’re mine, I want them to be the centerpiece of our home.

Even before Mr. W. and I closed on our new home in Indiana, I started gathering fabrics for upholstery that will be in the living room.  And even though these dishes won’t be used in the living room, the dining room is open to it and I want it all to blend seamlessly.

The colors of this fabric match-up so perfectly with grandma"s plate!

The colors of this fabric match-up so perfectly with grandma”s plate!

  First, I found this beautiful muted floral linen fabric that echoed all the colors in the dishes….earthy charcoal and taupe, muted sage, quiet aqua, and even a touch of petal pink.  How lucky!  I had my starting point for the room.  The next fabric selections were not necessarily as easy.

  What did I want the sofa to be?  Since it is such a big anchoring piece in the room, I needed to take my time,   think it through, and really try to visualize what it would look like.  I had my heart set on a tufted back style   in a burlap type fabric; but in the end, I decided that I needed more depth of color and chose a charcoal leather with dark brass nail-head trim. The brass will contrast the leather just enough; and give the sofa a vintage feel.  Now I was free to use the burlap on the cocktail ottoman.  We purchased our first cocktail ottoman years ago; and  have never had a regular coffee table since.  When it comes time to relax, I love the luxury of putting my feet up at the end of the day.  Add a pretty tray to make it useful for magazines, remotes, and a cup of tea.

A soft sage plaid for a comfy arm chair keeps the room from being too “sweet.”  But to make it special, I added a new treatment of contrast taping and spaced nail-head to the bottom of the chair.  Wooly fringe around the back pillow set it off from the rest.  These accents, while sometimes adding to the price of the piece, can make it your own.  No one else will have it.  To me it says that I took the time to think about the details, the “jewelry” of the room.  When working with an interior designer or furniture salesperson, ask them about little details that can take a piece from great to knock your socks off!”

The Living Room flooring, fabrics, paint is coming together!

With the furniture pieces selected, I went on to paint, carpet, and wallpaper….   

For the carpet, I chose a pattern, of course!  Why go solid when there are so many beautiful patterns available?  Although not right for every room or style, for me it was a no-brainer.  Soft gold in an arabesque pattern was the perfect choice.

Because there are so many paint color options, I tend to save it for the end.  Paint colors are endless, fabric choices are not.  I went with a soft dusty spruce blue/green.  With white trim, it will be a fresh and quiet backdrop to my furniture selections.

I LOVE WALLPAPER!  I know it’s not as much in fashion as it was 20 years ago, but I can’t live without it.  It can add so much to a home if strategically used.  Proper placement is key! So I ordered a blue/grey/ oyster damask print.  The paper looks like old ripped fabric; and will go on the foyer wall and all the way into the open dining area.


It’s coming together and I’m so excited!  Once the furniture is here and in place I’ll send you some pics….  But for now I’m having the painting and wallpapering completed; and the carpet just went in this week.

I can’t wait for you to see it!

Talk to ya soon,

Hoosier Girl