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