I really knew I needed to take the screws out of the wall and repaint the spot so thanks for confirming that. This time next year, I’ll probably still be saying I need to do that but at least I won’t be trying to find something to go there just because I need to cover those screws.
As far as the height of the framed tin above the mantel. . the mantel is about 5.5′ feet tall and the ceilings are 14′ tall so putting it closer to the mantle made the space above it look huge. I think the mirror looked ok because it was shorter, where the framed tin is much and it looked like the “decorations” were all concentrated in one space with too much blank space above it.
I found the info below online and used that as a “guide”. I doubt they were talking about 14′ ceilings and because of what I want to put on the mantle, which is either something I have already or a long piece I want to cross stitch, which will be probably be 6″ tall when framed, I went with 8″ above the mantel.
Consider placing the bottom of the painting between three and seven inches above the mantel. If you have items you want to place in front of the painting, adjust the height of the artwork so other objects are not obstructed.
Then, I found this quote at Kylie M. Interiors, where I fond other good info I liked too.
Honestly, I pretty much decorate the way I like and though my decorations will never appear in a decorating ad or magazine, it’s what makes me happy. Mostly, it isn’t where the piece are place, or how they’re placed but simply the fact that they all mean something to me. I’m not the one to go out and buy decorations because they “go” with the room. Almost everything we put up will be something that brings back memories.
The very first (and I think only) thing I’ve hung so far is a framed green cat small bag.
I have a halfway decent collection of green cats because there’s a funny family story about green cats and seeing the green cats.
I have Elton Louviere prints that I love. He was an artist from the Lake Charles area who did mostly wildlife art but he also has some of scenes and nature from around Lake Charles . . all of the ones I have are places or things that are special to me.
For years and years, I worked for a firm in Lake Charles and one of the founding attorneys was very special to me. He and his wife treated Chad like their grandchild and I loved them even more for the way they treated him. When they went on vacation, they always brought back special souvenirs for me and one year they brought back our prints from Paris, had them framed and gave them to me for Christmas. I had no special interest in Paris and they weren’t nearly as special to me then as they are now. Those framed prints have been moved probably a dozen times and were one of the first things I grabbed during a house fire. I want those in my dining room.
So, my home decorating ideas may never look special to anyone else, but the things on my walls will always be special to me.
Surrounding yourself with things that have meaning for you is what makes a house a home.
I’m the same way Judy. House Beautiful photo op? Nope. Do I love our art? Yes! It has all been made by me, made by family or friend, or I purchased it directly from the artist (except my Monet Water Lilies print that I love).
It matters only that we love our homes so yea us!
Cindy F says
I think having things that are special to you are the best things with which to decorate. I love pieces that have meaning. Since my husband was in the Air Force we moved all over and I remember who gave me something, where I found pieces and who was shopping with me.
Judy Laquidara says
Nice! Even when I’ve had something memorable on the wall for years, every time I walk by it, just seeing it makes me smile.
Paula Nordt says
Most of the things on my walls and things I decorate with, are things I inherited from my Mom, Dad, or Mother-in-Law. All are very special because they loved them, and I loved my Mom, Dad, and MIL. Very special people.
Judy Laquidara says
That’s the kind of decorating I love best. I see homes beautifully decorated with fresh, new stuff which is often changed as the homeowner repaints or moves to a different location. Everyone is entitled to their own ideas and those are the people who keep the economy going but I much prefer the items that mean something to me.
And that’s really all that matters:)