What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?


I’m not much of an interior decorator so there’s no mystery about how I pick wall art for the house. If the room has a theme, I try to stick with that for what I display and the mood it sets. Of the two rooms we’ve redecorated most recently, our bedroom is very Zen: greens and natural textures like baskets. My “morning room” is very beachy: shells, lighthouses, anchors…

But as I thought about this prompt, the thing that surprised me was how many different types of MEDIUM I used throughout the house in addition to just framed prints, which I actually have very few of, including a lithograph of a Thomas Kinkade rainy street scene, and an antique framed print of Jesus as the Good Shepherd that was my mom’s.

leaf metal picture2My favorite piece is in the Zen bedroom. It’s BIG and hangs over the bed (and would likely knock us out if it fell on us during the night). It’s metal (2.5′ x 4′), tin. It has the spine of two huge, cut out leaves on half of it, with a moon rising over a leafy vine on the other side. (Wish I had a better picture of it on here.) It has a bamboo fence across the bottom laced together with leather things. It’s a beautiful work of art in golds and bronzes. I waited six months for it to be made for me. In that room I also have two leaves framed together. A large maple and a small one. My daughter gave it to me to symbolize me and her.

Chateau-FrontenacAcross the hall in the morning room is an oil reproduction of Canadian painter Claude Theberge’s Chateau-Frontenac (it’s the building up on the hill). It’s a street scene in downtown Quebec City and is done in bright colors. (This picture I pulled from the internet doesn’t do it justice.) I picked it up in Quebec City in 2005. In that same room is an enlarged print HL took of the ocean in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Ocean pix



The hall is filled with family pictures as well as a large gold-framed mirror hung vertically at the end to give more light to the hallway and an illusion of more space.

In the living room is a framed charcoal drawing of two ballet dancers doing the pas de deux from Swan Lake. My daughter did it for me for my  birthday one year.

And on the wall above the couch is probably the most expensive piece I own — which is actually a jigsaw puzzle of Charles Wysoki’s picture, “Her Captain’s Wistful Letter” (which probably SHOULD be in the beachy room with the her-captain-wistful-letterlighthouses I have sitting around). I fell in love with the picture and searched high and low for a print of it. When I couldn’t find one, I glued the puzzle together and had it framed. It’s fairly large. The reason I say it’s the most expensive is because I chose a frame that looked like a piece of beaded ship’s wood. That sucker cost me $280 by the time it was finished. I’ve never regretted it. You can see the tall ship through the window if you look closely.

NoelWe have a tapestry of grapes hanging in the kitchen; antlers on the wall in the den with a beautiful dream catcher my son gave HL for his birthday one year. And sprinkled throughout the house are framed cross-stitch pieces of all kinds. My favorite is “Noel.” Done on dirty linen, her skirt is full of gold glass beads.

So when I stop to consider how many mediums I have, metal, nature (leaves), photographs, oil paintings, charcoal drawings, needlework, jigsaw puzzles, tapestries, I’m surprised and pleased because I think it shows I can see beauty in many, many different things.

(The Wysoki picture, Noel, and the Theberge painting are just pictures from the internet. Wasn’t in the mood to drag my camera out.)