|Despite the weirdo distortion of this panorama, it is starting to look like real grown ups live here. Look HERE for photos from "before."|
I also repainted all the curtain rods with Rustoleum Metallic Universal in their oil-rubbed bronze color. It coordinates nicely with the wood tones as well as the new door hardware and the ceiling fan we brought with us from the old house (and my house before that... I love that thing). I hung them at the ceiling and when I put the curtains up, the room instantly looked and felt taller. YEY!
|We still have the yucky ceiling texture, but have mostly stopped noticing it.|
We hung the TV (finally) and put some art on that wall. I made cozies for the cords, but we agree the extension cord cover looks like an megalodon umbilicus. I'm not sure that an megalodon umbilicus is any worse than an orange extension cord... at least it's funny. When we build shelves for that wall we'll include a place for the DVD, speaker, Roku, etc., but for now they sit on and around a little step stool. Still an improvement over the TV and everything else on the floor.
|Yeah, yeah a megalodon probably doesn't have an umbilicus.|
And most dramatically, we hung some art on the big, empty wall adjacent the stairs. We decided to do a "gallery" of all our black/white/grey/off-white pieces to accomplish two things:
1) Clumping several of our small framed things together will give the impression of a bigger piece which makes more sense on that big wall.
2) We can add to it over time if we wish. There's already an empty frame hanging, because I can't find the antique book page that is going to go in there.
In order to minimize wall damage I laid them out on a canvas drop cloth on the floor in front of the wall they'd hang on.
|Betty tries to tell me that she would also make a lovely pet profile while staring at her dearly departed brother, Dave.|
At first I laid them out above and below a horizontal base line. While I liked it, I thought the predominately horizontal look didn't do anything to give some height to the room which doesn't have particularly tall ceilings (about 7' 10.5"). I also thought the three-dimensional dog profile at the bottom was distracting.
|A nice feature of this collection is that most of the pieces were gifts to one of us and several were handmade in some form or another.|
Next, I tried to arrange them a bit more vertically. I took photos of each of the arrangements I found satisfying so I could compare them side by side and so I could remember how I'd had them. This one wasn't quite wide enough considering that wall is, uh, lots of feet wide.
|Another feature that makes it pleasing to me is that none of the pet silhouettes are "looking" out of the grouping except Dave who is looking at Pearl (lower left). I blame my years on the Glencoe High School yearbook staff for that predilection.|
I finally decided on this configuration. A little taller than the first and a little wider than the second. Even though I measured its overall height, the spaces between the frames, the wall above the chairs, etc., I think that it's hung just a little too high. I'd be thrilled if the whole thing were five or so inches lower. But... I'm not going to go through it. I mean, there are 19 nails holding up those frames. Ugh. We already have a frame to add (just nothing in it) that will lower the center and we can add more as they come along.