September 15, 2009

A little bit of decorating

We recently repainted the living room/dining room area in our house. By recently, I mean, last summer. Since then we've been slowly picking away at this design element, and that accessory, and the other piece of furniture. The new couch arrived last week (and when I say arrived, I mean, we borrowed my father-in-law's van and went to Sears to pick it up ourselves). Prior to that, Pat had nabbed a large mirror for the wall above the couch from one of those discount home stores for some stupid stupid low price. I think it was regular fifty nine dollars, on sale for twenty nine dollars, on clearance for seventeen-fifty. Looks awesome, and no one notices the teeny little crack in the bottom corner. (Or, you know, if they do, I hit them over the head with a big stick, drag them down into the basement, and brick them up behind a wall.)

The one thing we had the hardest time with was deciding what to do with the long wall that runs the full length of both the living room and the dining room. Finally, we decided to create a photo mosaic of multiple smaller pictures, rather than try to find larger, affordable (key, that) prints to hang. I dusted off the CD full of pictures I took during our trip to Italy four years ago, and we made a run to IKEA to pick up a gaggle (herd? pride? clutch? flock? drove? brood?) of frames, in a variety of sizes.

Here is the result:

Photo Mosaic

You can click on the picture to go to my Flickr photostream, where you can look at a larger version of this picture, and all of the photographs we used to fill the frames. You know, if you want.


12 comments:

émilie b said...

I love me some wide white mattes! and that's a fine set of pics to fill them with -- we'll be making ourselves a new bedroom downstairs, and I'd love to incorporate some memories or reminders of the places we've visited, too... it's a nice touch of inspiration into the everyday.

PS. Now everyone knows you have a cross on your wall somewhere! (Can you get excommunicated from atheism?)

Astaryth said...

What an inspired idea! The pictures not only look awesome on the wall, but will continue to remind you of the wonderful trip. Kudos!

Dawn said...

Looks awesome Paul. I remember when you went on that trip! Matt was such a kid still then and now... all grown up and teenagey!

I love the wall color. Do you remember the name?

be well...

Call me Paul said...

Astaryth: Thanks

Emilie: There are, in fact, a few crosses in the house, and several Bibles on the bookshelf. And atheism is all about communication, not ex-communication, right?

Call me Paul said...

Dawn: The name of the paint colour? I believe it is "Cushing Green." It's green, generally, anyway...
;P

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Love the green wall :o)

emcogneato said...

Gorgeous!

Jacqui Graham said...

It looks really great! What a clever alternative to a painting - and a good way to showcase your photos of Italy. Nice composition! My daughter did something similar with black and white photos she took in Paris, blowing them up and marching them across her dining room wall.

Teeisme57 said...

I just painted my living room too. Mine is sort of a gray green. Now, too, I am looking for the perfect accessories. I'll be off today looking for an area rug. I also had my hardwood floors refinished just a few weeks ago.
I used Behr paint with primer and I and was able to cover my red walls with one coat!!!

Barbara said...

Artsy, but not cold. Still inviting. Love the color choice for the wall!!

Jay said...

Paul, that wall looks great and putting your own black and white photos is a nice touch.

BTW, I did click on your Flickr photostream and had a look at all of the photos. Very nice. Now I want to go to Italy. Inspiring stuff!

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