But I digress.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my family room still had some tweaking to be done in terms of artwork and photo displays, and my holding pattern situation of having EVERYTHING on display was starting to annoy me.
Here it was "before" with too many things and too many colors and no sense of direction.
Here it was in the middle of redecorating:
Every year when I change out my fake flowers I throw them all on the ground and then pick and choose what I want to display. And then I usually decide that I don't have enough and go buy some more. I was also attempting to hang some photos on the wall- hence the large orange level- but more on that later.
So, since my fireplace area needed some re-working anyway, I figured that September was as good of a time as any to do my version of seasonal decorating. I don't have a fall wreath on my door, my front flower beds don't have any mums (yet), and 99% of my house looks exactly the same as it will look for the rest of the year. But finally, FINALLY, I have a mantle to decorate. Once I got started I realized that part of my annoyance at the abundance of Fall Mantle pictures in Pinterest Land was actually "Mantle Envy." I've never had my own mantle to decorate!
I actually don't know what I am going to do when fall is over because I feel like this room and the colors in it lend themselves SO well to my fall décor. If you see pumpkins and fall leaves on display in my house in March, that's why!
The wooden leaves were hand carved by my grandpa, and after he passed away they were passed down to me. I'm not much for knick knacks, so I love to have some things on display that are both pretty to look at AND meaningful to me. And those candle sticks on the end (which still need candles), were gifts from a good friend. She picked them out without having seen how the family room was decorated, and I still can't get over how perfectly they fit in with what we have.
I painted this painting myself- sort of an abstract representation of a city at night. I'm my own worst critic when it comes to art work, so this is one of the few things I have painted that I like enough to display. The rest of my stuff I usually gift because then I don't have to see the imperfections every day. The funny thing is that I painted this before we moved in, and well before we had decided on a navy blue wall- I guess I just really like these colors!
I also finally hung some stuff on my walls! It's probably not the way that it will always be- but I decided that waiting for perfection was just keeping me idle, so I took what I had on hand and put it up. When I get some new frames and prints I'll take this down and start over.
So there it is, my completed display! It's a little less "busy" than the jumbled situation before, and I absolutely love it!