How I made my house bigger

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So we have a pretty decent sized living room and this great open floor plan that flows from the living room to the dining room through the kitchen.

And we’ve experimented with several different living room arrangements, the most recent (until today) being the one you see here, with the couch with its back to the dining room.

The reason for this placement was the wall of books on the right, taking up the only real wall that’s not broken up by windows in the whole room.

But no more…

Better right? I broke up the wall of books, placing one shelf on either side of the transition to the dining room.

And moved the couch to the wall so it’s no longer forming a barrier between the rooms.

And moved one of the shelves into the dining room to hold baskets for Eli’s books and things (still in transition, like the pictures on the ottoman in the pics above that need a new home now).

Art Prints and last chance on that giveaway

One winner of tomorrow’s giveaway will receive a mounted 8×10 of one of my photographs, winner’s choice. So I’m posting a few more of my garden art prints as well as a reminder to check out this post, this post and this post, or  this postthis post or this post for more options that aren’t specifically garden related 😉

Last chance to enter! The giveaway closes at midnight tonight… remember, the other winner will receive a free custom logo design… don’t miss out!

Simple Art: a Photo Wall Idea

One winner of this week’s giveaway will receive an 8×10 mounted art print… More on that in a sec, but…

Don’t forget to enter, and remember there are two giveaways going on, one for a mounted art print, and one for a free logo design! Don’t miss out!

Okay, what is a mounted art print and what do you do with it? I’m so glad you asked. You see, as it happens, I just ordered 3 mounted 8×10’s for us to start a photo wall going up my stairs.  The photos are professionally printed and mounted on masonite, a thin and light-weight but very stiff and durable.

Of course it doesn’t come with anything to hang the photos on, so this is where we get a little creative… And this probably falls into the category of a photo wall mis-treatment of some sort, but it’s a artsy look for not a huge cost…

I took picture hanging wire and attached it to the back with masking tape. Yup. Masking tape. Now, I like picture hanging wire because it’s multiple small wire strands twisted together making it more flexible and I feel like it straightens out more easily than a thicker wire that’s all one strand.

I taped over each end of the wire, leaving about an inch and a half poking out below the tape. I then bent that back up and twisted it around the wire above the tape to form a loop. Then I took one long piece of tape (the second piece from the top in the above picture) and taped over the loops for more security.  The top piece of tape keeps the picture from hanging forward too much, and the little piece at the bottom is doubled back on itself to keep the bottom from swinging out from the wall (it sticks to both the picture and the wall that way).

I hung them from these little oil-rubbed bronze hooks that I’ve got to find more of because I’m almost all out and they’re so dang handy!

You can sort of see in the pic above how it tilts out from the wall some at the top…

And that’s all there is to it! A simple, artsy way to hang your prints for not a lot of cash, but hey, it’s not all about the money, I like this better than a lot of frames going on… I may frame a few as I go up the wall to mix things up, probably smaller prints, and ideally in old frames from flea markets or antique shops.

But that’s me… What do you like in a photo wall? Are you all black and white prints with tonal black frames marching along? or riotous color and assorted frames? Tell me your ideas for a photo wall :-)

(and did I mention, don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway? oh, I did say that already? Did you know I have an 8-week old? yes… sleep did you say? I vaguely remember having a relationship with something by that name… I think…)