Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Big Picture


Hi, everyone!  Hope you're having a great weekend!
I love using old vintage picture frames as wall art.  They have a beauty and simplicity that I'm drawn to.  And of course, the shabbier the frame the better!
Sometimes I layer them as I've recently done on my dining room wall...


(Remember this little guy? He used to be all by his lonesome.)


Sometimes I hang an object inside them...usually something quirky, like this old whisk broom...


 I've grouped this together with some other 'abstract objects' on my hallway wall...


 Sometimes I might hang a picture inside...


 ...or add a wreath...


 ...like I've done here in my sunroom...


Maybe I'll attach a favorite word...


...or use the frame to literally 'frame' a vignette like I've done here ...


...in our bedroom...



 ...and here in our 2nd floor guest bathroom...


 ...I might just 'frame' a single object, like this clock...


I've even been known to hang them all by themselves, left empty, like we've done at our shop...



Well, I think you "get the picture"...I love frames!  :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day! 

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35 comments:

  1. Love the frame look:) It is perfect!

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  2. I always love the look of the negative space within a frame...but painting them pink and adding tiny cow is just too adorable! Now I'm on the hunt for a ceramic animal head! You're a genius.

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  3. when I had my first apt in 1987 I decorated my walls with empty frames. Family thought I was nuts, but look at the trend now. I was so far ahead of the game back then and didn't even know it. Love what you do with yours, thanks for re-inspiring me.

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  4. Oh I just loooove that first arrangement especially! So pretty!!

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  5. You have some fabulous old frames, Susan!! Great ideas on using them too!
    Mary Alice

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  6. love all of your awesome ideas...Pinning

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  7. Such a fantastic idea! I love the look of all the layers :) Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs!

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  8. Love the multi-frames!!
    And that little ceramic bull is the cutest ever!

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  9. Love how you used all the old frames...so pretty!! I've been thinking about putting some up in the hallway upstairs.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  10. I need to start collecting frames. I love your ideas!

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  11. I love all the different uses, but I particularly like the frames within frames, they look great.

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  12. You have some fabulous frames and have shared some great ideas!

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  13. Very pretty look, Susan! I love the first one pictured in your dining room. Such a great way to use all those frames we find at thrift stores and garage sales, too.

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  14. Oh Susan . . . you got me with this post! I have a bit of a love affair with frames and you have some really amazing ones. The vignettes you've put together with them are fantastic! I will be pinning for future inspiration. Now . . . do I keep the frames I'm preparing for market or do I sell them? Ack! So happy to be a follower of yours. Blessings, Patti

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  15. Susan, I just adore what you have done with these frames. Truth be told I never thought of doing this but now my mind is ticking for our new home. I should be posting some updated news finally this week! My favorites are the one with the hydrangeas. They are so beautiful and the one with topiary. I am also a fan of ornate frames.

    Cynthia

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  16. I always love to see how you layer your frames!!..I love the one with the simple old wisk broom...how great is that?!!!..

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  17. So many beautiful ideas -- I really like the fact that some of these seem to have been used 'as is' with their imperfections displayed as part of the charm. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. So many wonderful ideas. I have plenty of frames, but they are all stored under my bed! Guess I better get busy and hang a few.
    Thank you for a fantastic post. I think I want to Pin them all.
    *Smiles*

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  19. Gorgeous old frames! I love the varied and unique ways that you've displayed them throughout your home. I'm inspired!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. I love old frames too.. I am on the look out for two 11x14 white shabby frames.. I have two laundry prints I want to hang! I find them all over when I dont need them but when I do I cant find them anywhere. Have a great night.

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  21. Ditto. Frames are one of my favorite accessories, too. And you know I love your cute little cow in the center of all the graduated sizes! I have his brother down here in Texas...now my lonely little brother is gonna want a cute set of graduated white shabby frames too! Sibling rivalry...
    -Revi

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  22. I love frames too - and I love them every single way you use them!

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  23. Morning Susan, I LOVE this look too! I'm working on a wall right now in my half bath! My problem is I keep letting go of some old frames that I need to keep!! We seem to have some things in common....wire,metal and old frames (and I'm not talking about our bodies, lol!) Blessings and a wonderful week~~~Roxie

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  24. I love old frames as art! You have done some really neat things with yours. Wonderful post!

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  25. I love the look of frames as stand alone artwork. Yours are gorgeous and look so pretty as a group or just to highlight your treasures.

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  26. I love the look of empty frames on a wall. So unique and country.

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  27. Love the frames my friend. Every vignette with these frames is awesome. They really give character to the space. Love it.
    Kris

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  28. I love beautiful ornate frames. You've found some wonderful ways to enjoy them!

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  29. Beautiful frames, and I love the way you've used them! I'm visiting from Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson and am a new follower. I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It goes live on Tuesday nights. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  30. Your frames are absolutely gorgeous and so versatile! You have amazing ideas to stage them!

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  31. The frames themselves are so beautiful Susan that they really need very little to draw attention to them. I love how you have layered them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  32. Wow Mary Alice! I love your home and your booth. So many gorgeous antiques.

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