December 2014 I forgot to take a photo the other day before I removed these photos.
It was time for a change in our living room. I wanted to change this wall behind our sofa as I wasn't liking the black frames or the 'strict' order of the arrangement.
The first photos when I did this in June of 2012. I would change out the top frame with the seasons and this past winter I changed out the multi-frames with wintery photos.
I wanted a mixed collage of things on the wall that had dimension, texture and shape. I wanted photos that I have taken and other items too. So, I started with a photo I took of sheep in the barn at Kings Landing Historical Settlement last fall. I wanted to kind of pick up on the greys, browns, hints of green in the photo. I picked up a couple of frames at the craft store on sale but they didn't work so I shopped the house and found an old frame that wasn't in use and it turned out to be perfect. The walls are Hepplewhite Ivory by Benjamin Moore and the sofa, even though it looks grey in some light, is a soft green. (Green Tea is the fabric colour). Here is the photo below.
The frame is perfect for this photo.
This is what the photo looks like. I LOVE it!
That was my inspiration.
I called my friend Lois who is a great decorator in her own home. She happened to be free so came up to visit on Wednesday. We spent almost 5 hours 'shopping the house', laying things on the floor in a pattern, changing frames/photos, painting mats, etc. We took time for lunch too. We measured and re-measured putting pencil marks on the wall and trying to hide previous nail holes. Now there are about 15 holes in the wall!! LOL
Are you ready for the reveal??
The mirror was already hanging in this spot on the left. We tried a different dark brown framed one but it was too heavy looking. We changed out the frame on the right above the TV as well. The one there before was ivory and didn't stand out. I may paint or stain it and use it again. This room can be very bright in the morning so the light and colouring is hard to capture properly.
Here is a list of the items that make up our gallery wall:
The tulip print in the burnished gold frame was given to us for our 25th wedding anniversary.
The black iron trivet with the "G" was my mother's (it's a 'sad iron' rest from the old days).
The soft green square tin is something my daughter bought me many years ago.
Below it are two bunches of antique keys on a ring.
The plate was my mother's and is from the 1800's, a beautiful painted hydrangea bloom with a soft gold rim. It's marked Made in Germany.
The white framed photo to the right is of the Anglican church at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
Bottom left was something we added as an afterthought. There needed to be something there to balance that row and I had this old rusty black iron hinge hanging in the family room. Perfect fit!
The framed photo is of a vine covered porch on an old house in New York state.
My sheep photo. ;)
A painting that my mother had by Morris Scovil of Nova Scotia in a barn wood frame which was grey but my mother spray painted it gold at one time. I sanded off some of the gold which gave it a nice mix of colour.
The only 'new to me' item on the wall is the galvanized metal "G" which I bought at Michael's in March.
There you have it. What do you think? Is it too much?
Late afternoon light.
Morning light with the woven blind down as it's bright and sunny.
I am liking it a lot. It adds interest to the living room, some items are conversation pieces, and the wall provides a focal point when entering from across the room.
Lois and I had fun doing this. I was going to go to town and look around for more frames or items to add to this project but didn't really have to. I did go to town today to check around but didn't see anything that I liked any better than what I have. Thank goodness. I would have been in a pickle then, trying to decide what to do! ;-)
I am glad to have this project complete. I really like it and do a double take when I look up from my computer at the dining room table or when I walk into the room. It feels like a new space.
Thanks for visiting. Let me know what you think. please be kind :)