Antique Frames as Wall Art

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Antique Frames as Wall Art

Last month, amidst other exciting events,  I got to share in the joy of helping my friend, Laurie, get her home ready to move into. Laurie, is an incredible decorator, and her husband is amazingly talented at planning homes. Together, they helped do a lot of renovation on a historic college in Mexia, Tx. many years ago. 

mantle display

chair in cornerbasket on hearth  candle
I showed you photos of their home after we had finished cleaning it for the loan inspector  here and here. However, I knew that as delightful as the house was as a result of their meticulous attention to detail, that once Laurie started decorating, it would be even more stunning.  And I was not disappointed! 

Keeping room

One afternoon, I helped her organize her office as I mentioned here, and just before we left, she asked me and her 18 yr. old son, Cody, an amazing artist with wood working, and I where we thought she ought to place her favorite painting and an antique mirror.  Both of us agreed that the mirror wouldn’t work on this mantle place in the the keeping room. It reflected the ceiling fan, of all things! 
kinkaid painting


We were also convinced  that her favorite Kincaid painting should not go in the dining room or living room.  It just begged to be the centerpiece of her cozy keeping room. All that was needed was a fire crackling in the fireplace to be perfect.

  frames on mantle

But if the mirror couldn’t go on the mantle..what should? And what about all of that wall space above the mantle?  Cody and I had been admiring the exquisite collection of old frames that Laurie had acquired over the years…and I can’t even remember whose idea it was..but I do know that we all thought..why not display them? They were way too pretty to hide. Probably, it was Laurie’s idea first, but Cody and I agreed whole-heartedly!  Don’t you? This was just too good of a decorating idea to keep to myself!

table scape 
My good friend, Maria Killam of Colour Me Happy, hosts a linky party for simple and inexpensive wall art and I thought this was the perfect candidate for a submission.  You can pick up nice old frames from local thrift stores, auctions, or estate sales. You can be sure that I will begin looking out for some right away!  I have the perfect place for a display like this…I just need to get out and start shopping.

lamp and chair

If you have any great ideas for filling a wall..with sure to drop by Maria’s wall art linky party and do tell her that I sent you. :o)  I’d love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment if something sparks your imagination.

What do you think makes great wall art for large spaces?

Happy Homemaking!


Breathing In Grace said...

What a neat idea, Ms. Donna. It looks great!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love that idea. I used to have some pretty old frames....not anymore! But fab idea! That chair looks so cozy too! nannykim

Jill said...

This looks wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!
Many Blessings,

Have a great weekend!

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