Now that the downstairs walls are all painted, I've been wracking my brain about how to decorate the otherwise bare walls. I put up a metal giraffe family on a nail the old owner left for me... The best part of this picture is that Usain Bolt brought a little yellow-and-green cheer to the yellow-and-green great room. As usual, this was not planned.
When my dad was here a few weeks ago, I asked his advice about how to decorate around the television. His reply was, "Well I'd at least hang some pictures." And that's just what I did. Over the years, I've collected a few Parisian calendars full of black and white photography (landmarks as well as other off-the-beaten-path scenes).
I bought 18 frames at Dollar General for about $35. I cleaned them out of their 11"x14", 8"x10" and even the weird 8.5"x 11" ones. I wanted the clean lines of the skiiiiiiiiiinny black frames, although I may mix others in later. The people at DG think I'm crazy because I always bring my own bags.
Once I had everybody framed, I set the 11"x14"s in the dining room for hanging in there (more on that in a sec) and then trimmed computer paper to match each of the twelve other pictures. With painter's tape to stick 'em to the wall, I plotted out where I wanted each picture...while I watched the Olympics... Here was one idea:
Once I was satisfied with the placements, I laid out the pictures on the floor to decide exactly which would go where... and then went back to the wall! I folded each piece of paper in half to find the exact center, then pounded a small nail in about 3/4" from the top of the paper (matching the nail hole location on the back of the frame).
Then it was just a matter of tearing down the papers and hanging up the pictures!
I like that this is a random smattering to which I may add in the future, because I also have a boatload of pictures I took myself on two trips to Paris. Soon I will be enlarging/b&w-ing/framing those, too!
Next, I turned to the dining room, where I had the six 11"x14" framed photographs... I wanted something a bit more organized (I like to keep it neat in the dining room, manners and all). I laid out the pictures on the table...
What is/are your decorating themes?