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the artful hallway

June 12, 2011

Sometimes I wonder why I haven’t gotten around to completing the most obvious of home projects.  Like hanging things on the wall in our front hallway.  We’ve lived here for about a year and a half now.  These empty walls just don’t make sense.

The ceilings are very tall and the expansiveness of the hallway makes the space too nice to be ignored.  This is what the hallway looked like when I left for work Friday morning.

Friday night after work I decided the walls had been empty long enough.  However, I only addressed one side – the one without that crazy art niche that just baffles me.

There were about a half dozen pieces that needed to be relocated after the recent dining room changeup.  Plus at least a half dozen more pieces just stashed away in closets.  So much nicer now.  Looks like people live here 🙂

I didn’t try to apply any logic to this task.  This is a collection of original works and reproductions.  Even a couple of antique prints.  A completely heterogeneous mixture.  To me, the visual interest of art is in the contrast more than the similarities.  Just my opinion.

I had a couple of tiny sparks of inspiration during the process.  While working on the three pieces closest to the front door, I was reluctant to suspend the oversized key in the middle from a nail.  But I don’t happen to have a decorative hook.

So, I popped a piece from the middle of a surplus drawer knob over the end of a regular nail.  A nice button glued to the end of the nail would have worked just as well.

I only worked on one side of the hallway.  The other side of the hallway is waiting for a collage that I’ve not yet begun.  It’s on the list.

Still waiting for an inspired idea for a rug or runner that can stand up to dogs.  Especially the small accidents that sometimes occur near the front door when visitors arrive (if you know what I mean).

Other related projects for artful home decor include the Egypt-batik panels and the bead abacus.

Thank you so very much for dropping by!



Linking to

Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Simply Creations at Simple Home Life

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Hodgepodge Friday

Chic on a Shoestring

The Shabby Chic Cottage

Handy Man, Crafty Woman

Boogieboard Cottage

Dittle Dattle

Between Naps on the Porch

16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 12:59 am

    I finally figured out the perfect word for how I would describe your lovely home…..BREATHE.

    Whenever you share photos of your casa I always feel like can breathe because it’s so airy and open. And I just LOVE that. Clutter makes me feel claustrophobic. It’s the same with blogs that I visit that are overkilled with design. I feel like I can’t breathe when I’m reading a post. Less to me is more.

    OMG…how gorgeous this wall looks! And I have to totally agree with you…

    ” A completely heterogeneous mixture. To me, the visual interest of art is in
    the contrast more than the similarities.”

    I think contrast is so much more interesting than having art all similar. Love what you did with the nail that hangs the key – ingenious!

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with for a rug or runner on that gorgeous floor!

    Hope you had a super weekend, Diane!

    X to you and Cristybella

  2. MaryCatherine McCoy permalink
    June 13, 2011 2:34 am

    I enjoyed your entire gallery. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I had the same challenge when I tried to find a decorative hook. I was trying to hang a mirror that was suspended by a ribbon. Eventually, I used a small crystal cabinet knob. If you find a source for decorative knobs, please, please share. Your taste and style are impeccable, so I know if you find some, they’ll be great.

    Thanks again,

    P.S. I did see some gorgeous decorative hools in the print catalog. They looked like little crowns. When I contacted them, they said they just sold the decor items; not the hooks. Darn!

  3. June 13, 2011 5:39 am

    Art so personalizes a home. You appear to have an interesting and diverse collection. It is so fun to see what this says about you.

  4. June 13, 2011 2:49 pm

    Your entryway is gorgeous, love your art collection too.

  5. June 13, 2011 3:00 pm

    Using that knob for a hanger was a really good idea! Smarty pants! I’ll have to remember that. Your entry way looks fabulous, and I like that nothing is matchy matchy. Good job!

  6. June 13, 2011 4:22 pm

    Very creative. I love the diversity of your collection.

  7. June 13, 2011 6:04 pm

    great idea with the knob, i’ve also seen people use door knobs, especially the crystal looking kind. loving your art.

  8. June 14, 2011 12:28 pm

    Happy Tuesday!

    Lovely project~ a true metamorphosis.

    If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

  9. June 15, 2011 1:31 am

    Thanks for coming by my b log. Now It gives me a chance to see yours. take care

  10. June 15, 2011 1:38 pm

    Lovely and welcoming. Very warm and inviting….random placement creates interest and draws the eye in. You might have issues with traffic jams in your front entry way now due to your wonderful gallery 🙂

    Loved the ingenuity behind the key hanger 🙂

  11. June 19, 2011 4:04 am

    Very nice idea! Love your blog. Thanks for linking this to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

  12. June 20, 2011 11:02 pm

    Love this idea. Would be fab if you’d consider linking up to my 20 minute tuesday party!
    It’s for ideas just like this. Quick and inexpensive yet-amazing!
    It starts tonight at 730CT.
    Thanks 😉

  13. June 29, 2011 3:24 pm

    Love this entryway. The entry is beautiful as it is but you’ve dressed it up to make it fabulous. Love the choice of artwork.


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