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House Portrait Art Foyer Update

Sometimes the best home decor is an item that has a history, a piece of your heart, a story to tell. Scratch that… it’s not really sometimes. The lovey dovey stuff is hands down da best!

We’re pretty good at collecting things from Craigslist and thrift stores that have a history. It’s just we don’t usually know what that history is. I’m sure this marble chest in our foyer has a story or two that we’ll never know.

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Ever since we painted the walls, added that chest, and swapped out the light fixture though, we’ve sort of gotten all “squirrel” in other parts of the house this summer to focus on finishing the laundry room, living room, and powder room.

But the other night, when I was chasing after Olivia fumbling up the stairs at bedtime, I looked around at these bare foyer walls, and they were just begging for something. Anything!

And then I remembered the watercolor portrait I had painted for my parents when we were living with them this past spring. The house that has seen 12 years of my childhood and every year thereafter.

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The artist, Jocelyn Edin, was so sweet to include a miniature version for me. So I had it sitting in cardboard for the past several months as I searched for the perfect spot.

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Last Christmas, Robert’s mom commissioned a local artist to paint a portrait of their house as a surprise for Robert’s dad. So it was fate that the two should end up hung together on the same wall.

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They were both 8x10s, and I wanted them a little bigger, so I just bought a couple of mats and stuck them in these two 11×14 frames I got on sale at Michaels. I love how mats make special art look even more important and command your attention.

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So now their permanent spot is right beside our front door for us and everyone to see immediately when we walk in. I love how it’s our own special tribute to our roots.

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As we were hanging them up, Robert mentioned that maybe one day we could even have a painting done of our old house and this new house and make a history of our homes all on one wall, where we can have all of our chapters of our lives collected together to remember. Oh, that man of mine… he’s a total romantic. 😉

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Even though half of our house currently has no light switch covers (as we wait for electrical work to be done), and that room just out of view is still lined with misfit boxes full of things yet to find a spot in this place, hanging this art had a feeling of finality about it. Like planting our roots to grow and thrive even further.

And that’s what home should always be anyway, right? No matter what furniture you fill it with or how you decorate your tabletops, the feeling of heart can never be replicated.

(P.S. If you want more ideas for how to decorate with memories and heirlooms, here’s a full [older] post about it, “Making Home From the Heart”.)

Happy decorating, friends. If you’re feeling stumped about what to hang on your walls or place on your shelves, maybe the answer is tucked away in a closet just waiting to tell its story.

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15 Comments

  1. You do an amazing job with your work!!! One of my favorite blogs to read. I am looking for the link to your rug in the foyer and nothing pulls up. Do you have any scoop for someone who wants to copy off you?
    Lisa

  2. I’m probably stating the obvious, but PLEASE write the address, etc, on the back of each painting — it will be so much more meaningful to future generations to have that information! Love your blog so much!

  3. So nice. My husband’s Aunt is a photographer, and when we bought this house last spring,she took photos of us standing outside of our old and new home. I love it she framed it with a wedding photo in the middle. It hangs right in our entryway as well. It’s fantastic sharingthat with guests. Tiu should definitely do the other photos as well. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love your home! You are so creative and have such flair! Could you tell me where you got the rug in your foyer?

  5. Lauren, I love love love this! I love the watercolor home paintings and can’t wait to have one done for our home someday. I love the little touch this adds to your foyer.

  6. This is great! I, too am a believer in adding mats to make pieces of art have a bit more oomph, and you did that to great effect here. I love that you have portraits of the houses that you and Robert grew up in. What an awesome tribute to your parents, who made those houses home to y’all.

    As to portraits of your homes, I think that’s a great idea! Several years ago I made my own portrait of our house here, and it hangs in our foyer. I wish now that I could do the same with every house that we’ve ever lived in, but I’ve only had digital photography for this house! I made my own with the Waterlogue app, and I’m really pleased with the results. (Don’t mean to spam you, but I explain my process in this post: http://www.impartinggrace.com/2014/02/how-to-create-portrait-of-your-home.html)

    Love the way you’re turning this house into a wonderful home for y’all!

    1. Ooh! That’s a great idea! If you have hard copy prints of your other house, maybe you could scan them to get a digital copy to edit in the app? I might have to try this to see how it turns out of this current house and our last one. 🙂 Thanks, Richella!

  7. Couldn’t ask for a more perfect touch! I agree with Robert about adding your first home, Olivia’s first home, to the collection someday. Hanging in our living room is the first house I came home to as an infant; my childhood home; my husband’s childhood home; the family homestead where my grandfather was born; the first home my husband and I built, and our present home we built and raised our children in, and still live in today. This “gallery” all started with a sign I saw, purchased and inspired me to hang these pictures: “Home is where your story begins.”

    1. Aw I love that, Karen! We will definitely have to do something like that one of these days. We have a little hallway that goes underneath the stairs from this foyer, so I’m thinking that would be the perfect spot for them.

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