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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sweet Tweets For A Hallway

I’ve been searching for new artwork/décor for my longggggg hallway.

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For the past seven years our hallway has featured several family members ~ antique, vintage and new. I have been saying for seven years that I was going to take the pictures into a photo shop and have all the images printed in sepia tones.  Guess what? I got tired of the arrangement before I ever did that.

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As I took the frames off of the wall I paused to look at the two year old me and Mr. Décor. Then I carefully wrapped them up for now.

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I am thinking that the frames will re~emerge in the office with a new coat of paint and pictures. Sort of like this:

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After packing up the frames I filled the numerous holes with wall putty and gathered my supplies to do a bit of touch up painting.

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Then I whistled the “Jeopardy” theme song while I waited for the paint to dry. It took FOREVER!

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Longing for spring I had found these pretty giclee prints at Kirklands.

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I absolutely adored the burlap and nail head trim around the canvas edge.

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In the store the large artwork appeared as if it would work well on the wall space. But see the corner of the 7 foot tall cabinet on the left hand side of the photo below? Well, the wall continues up another 11’. So the art seemed a bit….lost and out of scale. 

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I began to think about how I could fill in the space. Hmmmm. Word art?

What about tracking down some of those 1970’s home decorator birds?

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I nice coat of spray paint and they could possibly work.


Then I stopped for a moment. I was forcing myself to try and make something work that I didn’t have to.

Thinking.   Pause.   Thinking.

I now have measured the space and will be returning the art and looking for something new.

Although I might attempt to paint a piece of art myself. You can check out Pinterest to see what is inspiring me.

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Happy Wednesday!



Debbie said...

Laura, that's exactly what I've been trying to do for several months now. I spent years (OK, decades but don't tell anyone) trying to make things "do". I pulled it all down from the walls and started from scratch.

I can't wait to see what you decide, and I had a big old "duh" moment when I realized that I haven't measured spaces so I can carry that info with me.

openid said...


My other home, in Ocean County, features 'reverse living' and has a long hallway. I could never seem to fill it to my satisfaction so I painted directly on the walls. I am off to your pinterest page to see what is inspiring you this 'almost' spring morning.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I know you will get this to what you envision in your head!! I do the same thing! LOL!! I can't wait to see what you create!!!!

Custom Comforts said...

Anxious to see what you come up with. Big and long spaces can be a problem.
Love your banner! You always have the prettiest banners.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

First, let me say I love your banner too! All that green. Beautiful. I feel your pain on the hallway walls. So tricky but I know you'll come up with something great. When ceilings are high like that, I think it looks nice to go vertical rather than horizontal.
Have a great day!

Linda said...

I love the bird canvasses! Loving your blog!
Can't wait to come back again and again!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Jill Elaine said...

I think painting your own piece would be cool:) It will be fun to see what you come up with! I know it will be great.

The 2 Seasons said...

This will be fun to watch. I have a long hall that needs more at the moment. So far it looks like you are going in the right direction!

Kelley said...

Sure am loving where this is all taking us!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't!! You will figure it out...and painting your own picture...well, you wouldn't want me to do that!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I need to redo my wall of pictures going up the staircase. I think I still like the family pictures, as I pass them in the morning..i usually say "good morning!"

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Delightful blog! I'm a new follower! ♥

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I feel your pain on the long hallway thing. I'm always at a loss and am never happy with mine....if I could paint like you then problem solved! I'm sure you'll some up with a great solution.


Karena said...

Laura I can see a large scale abstract or two on your wall! With your talent, well in practically everything you would be an amazing project!

Art by Karena

Maria (Magia Mia) said...

Since I'm a decorative painter by trade, painting your own artwork on the wall was the first thing I thought of.....and I'm quite sure someone as gifted as you can do just about anything you set your mind to, not to mention your impeccable taste. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

chickie said...

Love the pics.Its nice to refresh up a wall and fun too !! Pinterst has amazing pics and so many inspiring ideas. I am a big fan of it myself. Have a beautiful and creative day...Chickie

Miss Sandy said...

Love those prints!!!

How about getting a sheet or canvas tarp, stretch and staple it over an old hollow core wooden door and paint away making your own really long large canvas? You could still do the same edge trim treatment with burlap and nail heads. Give it a go girl!

Blondie's Journal said...

The paintings are beautiful, Laura. Have you thought of maybe hanging plates around them?


Bring Pretty Back said...

I do not have a long halway but I have an awkward corner space behind my tv that I have hated for 20 yearsI thik that is perfect you stopped forcing yourself to make it work.
ALthough I do love the paintings and the 70's birds! ha!
Can't wait to see what you do with it. With your style , it will be amazing!
Have a pretty day!

Jen said...

The canvases are just lovely! I love the colors. They have me singing for spring as well! I look forward to seeing how you fill the rest of the space.

Auntie Em said...

Checked your pin board. Pretty! Love your birdy artwork plaques but agree scale off. Sad, since they are pretty.

What about a pretty quilt? Then if you get tired of it you can use it on a bed! :)

Or a kimono, in pretty silky colours? And when you get tired of it hanging on the wall you could wear it! ;)

How about 12x12 sheets of scrapbook paper all framed. There are some amazing papers out there!

New portraits of your family but not your normal poses? Close ups of hands, toes, cheeks, eyes all done in black and white then photo shopped to add a colour.

Enlarged photos of those cactus or even your own paintings of some of the plant life in your area. Bring the outdoors in.

I wish I had a nice big hall to decorate now! :D

French said...

Laura, I love the idea of you painting something yourself; surely you and your talented daughter can do something amazing; I have the paints here waiting, for your next visit!!! xxoo~

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left me. I am your newest follower and I did enter the Kirklands contest. Thank you for inviting me.
I Have both of the 1970's birds painted white now at my little farm cottage. When I saw yours I thought they looked familar.
Whatever you do to your wall I'm sure it will be beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

Mimi said...

Did my comment get lost.....I will pop over to kirklands and be right back!!!

martinealison said...

Il est bon de retrouver vos oeuvres après plus de 6 semaines d'absence... Je rentre tout juste des Philippines...
Gros bisous

Gypsy Heart said...

I constantly have images that I'd like to implement. Does it work? Sometimes...but like you, I find that the space just doesn't work or I change my mind about colors, etc. I know whatever you decide will be beautiful!


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