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Art is an infinite subject. No-one should be limited by their budget (or their imagination), when thinking of things to display in their home. I always encourage people to look at what they have before they make a purchase, because I really believe that if we feel connected to something, then we love it just a little bit more. Even a piece from a store should be bought because you “must” have it, not because you “need” it to fill a space.

A lot of my favorite things are personal. Their monetary value is little, but their meaning is something that I cherish. I have a postcard that my grandfather mailed to my grandmother during World War II. He was in a prison camp, and was allowed to write home once a week. His words still give me goose-bumps. It begins “Darling Dor…..” I have the card in a simple frame, where I can look at it, and remember how much they loved each other.

Maybe you have a poem, photograph, word or letter that you can frame and hang somewhere? If your favorite thing is not personal, then go to the Internet, it is often easy to download and print a copy of something that you love. If it is an old poem or quote, consider printing it then soaking it in tea or coffee to give the appearance of age. Any photograph, reprinted in black and white, will not only look more interesting,  but, more importantly, it will fit in with absolutely any style of decorating.

Consider items that you may have, which should be displayed. Vintage handbags (check the handles first) or old jewelry can be hung from hooks in an unexpected place. Shadow boxes are perfect for holding almost anything, instantly giving importance to everything that sits inside them.

You see, the beauty of art is that it is subjective; it can be anything that you want it to be, as long as it gives you what you want.

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/ Thanks to: Apartment Therapy for the photograph.

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I have papers pinned to a corner of my office wall. It started off in an organized way, but has slowly grown into a happy mix of  things that I just like to look at. My first thought was that I wanted a vision board, but that made me feel too controlled by what “should” be there. Then, I thought of a design inspiration board – again, too restricting. So, I started a “possibilities” board.  The word, to me, conjures up ideas of infinite dreams and thoughts. No limitations. 

Everyone should have a space to display wonderful, papery things. Don’t stop to analyze their significance; choose anything that you like and encourage the randomness of it all. Here are a few of the things that I have posted.

– A funny childrens book by John Lithgow called  “I am a Manatee” .

– Old picture, torn from a magazine, of men diving into a swimming pool, the Eiffel Tower casually iconic in the background.

– Email from a dear friend telling me how much I had brightened her day.

– Newspaper article about Roger Ebert; discussing his illness and how he tries to live each day with dignity and as much joy as he can.

– Photograph of the delightfully crooked Serendipity Cottage (the Inn that was featured in Nights in Rodanthe) as it begins to collapse into the sea. Just looking at it’s fragile beauty transports me to a fairytale state of mind.

– A handwritten note from my favorite designer in the entire world,  Alexandra Stoddard.

– A nighttime photograph of an old house in a field. A scene from the movie “Casablanca” is projected onto the side of it (now, that is a date I want to go on).

– A swatch of the most perfect mustard yellow that I have ever seen.

www.thebluegiraffe.com

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