Let's start with my pride and joy. The hallway. It was dubbed as such the day after I moved in by Adrienne while touring the new place. It's a tiny space between my living room and bedroom that has a heinous exposed (painted the same color as the wall) pipe right in the middle of the "outside" wall. The "inside" wall has what used to be built in shelving and a slant.
To distract from the pipe I chose to make it into a gallery style picture hallway. I thought of many things first: A full length mirror? I have no insecurities, but does anyone want to walk by a full length mirror that often? No. Paint the pipe to look like a tree? Yes, I'll admit I entertained that for a second. Truth be told, there wasn't really enough space to make it fully functioning. It now houses an old, beaten down, apothecary chest that was my grandmothers. I vow to refinish it this summer.
Since I, unfortunately didn't snap the "before" or "during" pictures - you'll only get the finished result. Suffice to say it's miles better than the blank slate I started with.
|Couldn't fit in all in one picture (it's a small space!). So, you get two.|
|The "Inside" wall|
|Did I mention it's a small space?|
I used many white frames from all sorts of sources, Ikea (the bulk came from here), TJMaxx, Homegoods, gifts, Christmas Tree Shops, Target, etc. Nothing over a few dollars. Let's get into details. How & what I used, including my own definition of "art". Don't think you'll hurt my feelings if you stop reading halfway. It's a lot of photos and words and I'm totally fine if all this is interesting only to me. Many things are.
|A Postcard from Nubble Lighthouse in York, Beach Maine. August 2009.|
|Amy, Myself & Jen in a ivory sequined frame. September 2010|
|This is more crafty: box frame, corkboard, scrapbook paper. I put saved fortunes, a bead and pin. A hydrant frame w/Molly's face & a treasure box from WDW.|
|Ceramic from Taormina, Sicily. 2009|
|Graphic tissue paper makes a great background for a (carefully) cut out Dahlia magazine photo.|
|Scrapbook paper, an Ikea frame and a photo from my mom's 2nd birthday. It's a painfully cute photo that I don't know if she's aware I have. (Hi Mom!)|
|A Thift store, $2 sketch of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. This was was much larger, professionally framed when I bought it - but the frame was black so, it was destined to be changed. Don't ask me why there is a gondola...|
|Fenway Park. Love that dirty water.|
|The very much missed, Miss Molly.|
|My "K". Wooden craft store letter & spray paint. Don't be surprised if the color gets changed.|
|A framed postcard of one of my favorite pieces of Disney Art, "Puppy Love".|
|Some scrapbook paper, a photo of Adrienne and me on the plane to Switzerland 2008. And the silver dolphin place card holder from her wedding this past summer.|
|Graffiti of loved ones names outside Juliet's house. Verona, Italy 2008.|
|Dianna & her bridal party @ her shower. March 2011|
|Photo strip from Sailsbury Beach. August 2011. I really should frame that. It's currently hanging up with painters tape.|
|Target sparkle frame w/Angela & me at the Spanish Steps. Rome, Italy 2006|
|Ikea frame, yellow tissue paper, card stock and a photo of my Grammie, Dad & me at Easter. Saugus 1988?|
|Terra cotta shop. Taormina, Sicily 2009.|
|A piece of Terra Cotta bought from that shop in 2006. (the '09 shop photo came out WAY better!)|
|Santa Maria del Fiore (Il Duomo) Florence, Italy 2007.|
|My niece, Rosalie all pretty for her date. 2011|
The inside wall.
|Ikea frame, after Xmas (aka cheap!) wrapping paper & a Flamenco Dancer watercolor from Spain. February 2008|
|Painted terra cotta flower from Mexico, October 2008.|
|Silver snowflake. And the reflection of my iPhone.|
|My nephew, Stanley and his weird sleeping spots. 2011|
|Chalk drawing a friend did of my name in high school. Circa 2000. Wow.|
|The cow Ish bought with his arcade winnings in York. August 2011.|
|Ish & Me @ Fenway Park. July 2011|
|Two rosaries. Both from Vatican City. The silver I got in 2009. The blue my grandfather Mario purchased in the 60's when he returned to see his family.|
|Framed card Jen brought me back from India. 2009|
|Cork board and a cut out postcard. I wrote "love is all you need" around the heart with a sharpie. I bought that postcard in college and the cork was a quarter at Staples on clearance years ago. I consider that free.|
|Painted moon from Cozumel, Mexico. October 2006.|
|A poppy in the Roman Ruins. April 2009. Man, I miss that camera.|
|Cardstock and the fortune I received in Salem Willows on my birthday 2009.|
|My favorite Meryl Streep quote, written in sharpie on the glass and used cardstock for a background.|
|An incredible frame from Ikea w/cardstock and an Emerson quote magnet.|
|Etsy art of my girl, Mary Richards. Elloh is the artist (her store). Great pop culture stuff!|
And, in the interest of full disclosure. The rest of the hallway.
This apothecary chest I remember being in my grandmothers living room when I was growing up. Somewhere along the way my teenage, boy cousins inherited it - hence the damage. But, I will make it beautiful again. Yup, I said it TWICE.
On the chest you'll see a framed photo from this past Christmas of Ish & me. A snowflake illuminary, snowflake tin box, my Italy Fund piggy bank (bought long before I ever went!), Figment from WDW & Condorito, my yellow horseshoe bird - for now, he migrates. Oh, and can you spot the little yellow "etc"?? - it's drying, but will be on that wall, somewhere, soon.
I'm all for buying decor for your home if it speaks to you. But for $40 at TJMaxx it better sweep me off my feet & treat me like the lady I deserve. Personal art makes things more homey. Every time I walk through I smile because everything in that room is a personal, happy memory. Your home should reflect you & what/who you love - at least, my home should.