So, here's the thing: we've lived in our current house for a good while now - Doc for 4 years and me for a little over 2. For the most part, I can say that our house is fully decorated. But there's this one wall, this one stinkin' wall, that has been driving me crazy! It's got a big blank area that's been screaming for something, but I just haven't been able to decide what it needs. Here's the wall I'm talking about. It may not look like much to you, but to me, this is the wall I stare at every time I walk from the kitchen into the dining room or living room or towards the stairs and it just glares back at me with all its boringness.
Here, let me zoom out a little so you can get a better feel for the space. But trust me, the blank space is going to jump out at you too.
See what I mean? You can't miss it.
Obviously I've known for a while that I needed to hang something there, but what? The picture above was taken while I was standing right behind our love seat, in the middle of our dining and living rooms. From this spot, if you look to the left, there's this big picture...
...and to the right, there's this big one.
Back over my left shoulder is another large painting by the dining table.
Don't worry, those three big wall hangings are balanced out by this gallery wall of craziness, on the opposite side of the room.
So that's why I've been so confused. I've already got three big pieces, but I've also already got a wall full of small stuff.
One day it hit me; I knew exactly what should go there: a grouping of four square-ish paintings. I could hang them in a grid pattern and they would work together like one big piece of art, but still be four individual pieces. Genius!
But then, as I stood back and tried to envision four pieces hanging in a grid on that blank! space!, something else popped out at me...
Grrrr...it's already a wall-o-grids. Back to the drawing board.
On a semi-related but kinda different note, when I acquire something new that I like but don't know what to do with, I put it on my dining table. This is the bad side of having your house almost completely decorated - there's nowhere to put new things. But I can't bare to just put them away, so I stick them on the dining table so that I see them every time I walk by until I'm so annoyed with them being there that I'm forced to find a place to hang/display them.
This really doesn't sound like that big a deal, but it can get pretty bad. There have been times where I've had so much stuff piled on the table that I've had to leave the cleaning ladies a note to skip over it. Such was the case last week when they came and I still had the canvas I painted, the name sign I made, and a gift from my mom all sitting on the table.
I think we all know where this is going, right? Big, boring, blank wall + table full of cute stuff that needs a home = me trying to figure out a way to make it all work. I laid the three items I already had out on the floor, but knew I still needed something else to put with them to come up with any kind of arrangement.
Gotta love Hobby Lobby and their 50% off sales. I snagged three of these door knobs on the cheap.
And now, without further adieu, here's what I came up with. (Forgot to scramble the letters in my last name so I had to spray paint over them.)
Sigh...I just don't know about it. Two very different styles of painted canvases hanging in the same grouping - surely that's breaking some kind of design rules, right? And I have our full last name hanging right above our first initial - is that weird?
I need your opinions. I'm taking a page (post?) out of The Mustard Ceiling's book (blog?) and putting this up for BAM or SLAM votes. BAM means you like it, SLAM means you don't. Tell me the truth, I can take it.
(My mom suggested adding another long something across the bottom to finish it off. I'm open for other suggestions too.)