Thursday, 24 February 2011

feature walls & some of my dream items

this weekend, for my sins - i will be finishing stripping the dining room and repainting the walls and the ceiling. then i need to paint the fireplace, paint all the mahogany-esque furniture and re-fabric the cushions. after that i will be hanging the lovely chandelier my mum bought us for our wedding (long overdue as it was in 2009 but I didn't want to hang it till i have decorated - you don't put your earrings on before your LBD do you?!) then and only then can i concentrate on my dream wall feature. sadly all or most of these gorgeous items above will be sold on Etsy, but at least it will give me some inspiration to focus on during the decorating process.

 PHOTO FROM house to home

some ideas for creating a feature wall -
  • you can use objects as well as framed pictures
  • why not create a feature with some of your favourite paper ephemera,photos,postcards etc.. by pegging them to some string with miniature pegs
  • mismatched antique mirrors
  • create a 3D wall display collage of anything that takes your fancy from car boots, charity shops etc.
  • hang an embroidered rug, blanket or tapestry
  • empty frames look amazing as a feature display. also try hanging them with jewellery and other beautiful items pinned inside
  • other items you can pick up for your feature wall is sheet music covers, record label covers, old posters and maps
  • why not cover a whole wall with vintage pages from old encyclopedias and books

some tips for creating your display -
  • you do not have to use frames for your pictures - sometimes finding frames causes a delay in creating your wall, but why not just go without - it will still look just as good
  • if you are using frames, please do not overlook old / vintage frames. you can repaint them to suit you and often the oldest most shabbiest look the best. also you will often find old frames with their original contents such as vintage photos and paintings
  • the collage does not have to conform to any type of shape - unless the items are part of a set or all have the same theme then, they do tend to look better in a more structured display
  • you can try a small area first such as a cloakroom wall or above your bathroom sink
  •  be brave - if you like it then that's fine - it is your home after all!
  • if you are still not sure you can create a collage within a large shadow box or old drawers and hang that up, if you don't like it then it's only one item to take down


TOP IMAGE COLLAGE CREDITS -top left drkennedyjones 
                                            top right maisonpaulette
                                            bottom left malcolmstudioshop
                                            bottom middle cabinetoftreasures
                                            bottom right theperfektionist