Late Night Rearrange

14 Feb

Like I said before, I wasn’t thrilled with the placement of the pictures in the dinning room post two-tone paint. If you know me personally, you’d also know that I have the patience of a young child. So off to work I went.

I’m still feeling like I have a work in progress. I’ve spent quite a bit of time standing in front of these walls trying to decide if the placement is correct, if I painted the bottom half of the walls too dark, if I should have followed closer to Emily’s example and nixed the molding and even if I really like the prints of not.

So here’s what I’ve got:


The prints on the left were there all along I just moved them down. Then I removed the paint by numbers and added two more photos on the left and then I finally think I found a home for this antique clock I’ve had for awhile. All the pictures came from a coffee table book I found at Big Lots. It was called something like “Life Magazine’s 50 best Photos”. Whatever the title was it only cost about 8 dollars and I think I sure did get a good bang for my buck.

On the other wall I am less happy. Here’s what we’ve got:


The sailboat travel poster I had in the hallway and I moved it here because I wanted something to puncture that molding in order to keep your eye from stopping before reaching the ceiling. I also thought the colors worked very well with the walls and helped to bridge the two shades. However, it left me with a funky space to the left. So I added those two pictures there, one on top of the other with a wide white matting in order to balance out the heft of the sailboat print. But, I’m just fellin’ a little blah about them together.They are both family pictures, here are close ups:


This one here is of my great grandparents on my mother’s side, Ruth and George Thomson. When I came across this picture I just thought it was a real gem. I doubt they were even married yet when this picture was taken in 1926. Great Grandma Thomson must have been a real rebel wearing pants in those days. The little house in the background also reminds me of Ittybittybungalow.



And here’s another young couple. Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Carnevale on their honeymoon in Niagara Falls. That’s quite a hat if you ask me.


Turns out this has been an oddly appropriate post for Valentine’s Day.


3 Responses to “Late Night Rearrange”

  1. Ashley @ First Home Dreams February 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM #

    I love that you have old photos of family members! That’s just lovely. I agree that the yellow of the sailboat picture works really well with the wall colour.

  2. Bryan February 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM #

    I love the color and the moulding. I think (on the wall with the clock) I’d align the tops of the upper row of prints; also, I’d rearrange the prints somewhat so they don’t appear to “ramp up” to the clock – maybe a little more randomness would create a more balanced set. Personally, I like the contrast of the two black and white prints with the poster on the other wall; I would try adding a third picture, in the same size frame and mat, under the other two. Again, having this line longer than the poster would help to balance the set. Anyway, things look great!

  3. Karen Anne February 16, 2012 at 4:49 AM #

    It bothers me that the clock is off center above the desk… I would also think about the photos on that wall having identical frames and mats.

    I like the big poster colors, but it bothers me (this is probably some OCD speaking 🙂 that it cuts the molding – it draws my eye right to that. I would center the chest and center the poster above it and below the molding, and find another place for the great family photos – do those have enough resolution to be made larger?

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