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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Halls - Decorated or Pass Thru



Since my home is very small, I use every square inch to decorate that I can, so halls are really utilized to the fullest extent.  Also, our hall is the central hub of how all the rooms fit together, so it is in constant use.

This is the view you have as you stand in the doorway of the master bedroom that is at the back of the house. You can see all the way through to the guest bedroom.


 I have this pair of pictures hanging on one side of the hall as you step out of the bdrm,


 and this is hanging across from it on the other side of the hall.  The sconces were a gift from my children when they were really small, so they are very special to me.


 As you walk down the hall, it widens out and you see an antique clock and a cupboard.


 The clock came out of a school in  LA.  It was the one they used to ring the bells.  (See all those buttons on the bottom, they ring different bells for recess, school's out and etc.)  If I plug it in, it still works.  I think it is a neat treasure.  You can see the hall bath on the left and there is the door to my husband's office on the right.


 Across from the clock is a small cupboard that holds more of my antique stuff.   You can see at this point that the hall allows you to enter the kitchen/familyroom area on the left or it turns and you can go to the living/dining area on the right.


 Lots of tin cans and other collections.


 As you head down the hall toward the living/dining area, I have a collage of antique clocks and a painting on the wall.


Most of these clocks came from my mom's collection when she passed away.


 The painting I have had for years, one of my favorites and the last clock is one my mother made for me.  She even had a lathe and did all the turnings.  She loved woodworking.  This is definitely a special treasure.


So, do you fill up every bit of your hall with wall vignettes, or do you leave them bare or somewhere in between?

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Michele at Primp for Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
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Katherine at Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
Niki at The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday

39 comments:

  1. Marty, my grandmother has the picture of the girl hugging the dog and it brings back such great memories!
    Your mom was a talented lady! That clock is amazing!!!
    Thanks for sharing your home with me, it made me a little sentimental!!! :)
    Hugs,
    Angela

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  2. Marty, un recorrido muy especial desde tu casa. Un gran tesoro la pintura que tu madre hizo. Saludos

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  3. I love the lay-out of your home, Marty. I have to laugh at your question, because I don't really have any hallways anymore! This place is all open. The one "hallway" is off the kitchen and leads to a pantry closet on one side and a storage closet on the other, then there is the laundry area and garage door, and past that is my craft/sewing room. But, yes, I have decorated the walls that are available in this area. I've kind of got a mix of things including my oversized chalkboard. We will be painting this area soon, so when I take everything down, I will have to plan out what goes back up.

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  4. Great use of space! The hallway is a focal point not just a pass through!

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  5. Nice tour of your lovely home....My sweetie thinks I have way too much everywhere!
    hugs

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  6. Marty you have a wonderful clock collection and you have them displayed beautifully!! I LOVE the large one that you got from a school in LA!

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  7. I know what you mean about not having many walls. The stuff has to go somewhere. Great collection of clocks and love the wall arrangement.

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  8. I have some bare but probably not for long. I love the clocks.

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  9. I also have a very open floor plan, which means not much wall space. Great clock collection. Now we know why you are a Tool Diva, mother like daughter.

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  10. I seem to be filling up my hallway walls too lately. I love your clock collection. Looks great.

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  11. You have a wonderful lot of goodies in your hallway! Love that clock.

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  12. I love this post because I am huge lover of clocks. I don't fill the walls much in my house but I want too. Slowly they are filling of pictures of the children. I feel like it makes our house more of a home. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Marty, I love your home; every single inch of it. Reminds me so much of my aunt and uncle's previous home in Arizona. Your hall decorations are so nice, and the clock collection is fabulous. You are very talented in your designs and such a talented seamstress - I'm green with envy. Thanks for sharing your lovely home. Peggy

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  14. In my current home I don't have anything in the halls, but they are dark and narrow. My new house I hope to move into at the end of the month has wider halls and a lot more light so definitely I will look to your blog for ideas on how to decorate it. Love the clock made by your mother, what a treasure!

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  15. Marty, Your hallway looks wonderful. I love the collection of clocks and that painting is beautiful!
    Sandy

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  16. I love that school clock, but the treasure is the one made by your mom. How very special.

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  17. Love the clocks. I, too, am a fan of antique clocks. The painting is perfect with the clocks... a stitch in time....

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  18. Wow! I enjoyed the tour of your hallway, especially the clocks! Love that portrait, too!

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  19. I guess I do having something on every wall! My hallway is only 3 ft. wide so I can't put any furniture on the walls. You have some real treasures! The clock from the school is definitely unique! I'm in awe of the fact that your mother did woodworking! The clock she made is fabulous! I touched on woodworking when I was 18 to 20 and then it fell by the wayside. I adore fresh cut wood and always said I should have been in the house building business! Heck maybe if I win the lottery I'll find some money to invest and go for it!! LOL...
    Thanks for sharing!
    Liz

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  20. marty, You have some really special things. I love the fact that you use what came from family, It's like they are always with you. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Now Marty, I believe you must have the prettiest hallway in Blogland! I love your collection of clocks. You mother made clocks? Oh, my goodness! That is a beauty she made for you! Love your artwork too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Merci pour cette jolie visite... Une maison où il doit faire bon vivre...
    Gros bisous

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  23. Marty, you have such beautiful collections...You have managed to make such a wonderful showcase of your home making the most out of each space...I love your clocks...they are magnificent!

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  24. Marty, you have some beautiful pieces on your hall walls. That school clock is very unique and the one your mother made is a treasure. I have family photos on our hall walls. My little family gallery. There is no room for furniture as there are 6 doors on that short hall! :) Hugs Pamela

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  25. I have some walls that are full and some that are not!
    I love collections Marty and I am especially loving that school house clock.
    I have never seen anything like it!
    What a find!
    xoxox
    A

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  26. I have some walls that are full and some that are not!
    I love collections Marty and I am especially loving that school house clock.
    I have never seen anything like it!
    What a find!
    xoxox
    A

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  27. Oh Marty, it is so nice to see more of your charming home! I love that schoolhouse clock and the one your Mother MADE for you is a priceless treasure!!! It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us. I usually have my halls FILLED, but now that we are paring down, painting etc. to move, I am enjoying LESS. Not sure how I will decorate in the new place:) XO, pinky

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  28. Love the old school clock....and adore the one made by your mom...what a treasure!!! Yes, I have every available wall space put to use!!! I like that you decorate with the things that mean something to you...hugs...cleo

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  29. Love your clocks! We don't really have any halls in our house but my stairwell is bare but there is a plan in place for decorating it!

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  30. Your hall is wonderful. Your mother was certainly a very talented lady. What a treasure!
    Yes, my halls are decorated with family photos all in different frames...just like people,,,
    pictures of me and my husband as infants, wedding pictures of our parents, our own
    family etc.... I call it my gallery!

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  31. Marty, your home is just so beautiful. I love the way you have it decorated and your collections are just gorgeous! Love your clocks!

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  32. Oh Marty, your hallway is just wonderful! I particularly love your old clock collection...it would be a joy to pass through there several times a day!
    Unfortunately, our hall and stairwell are just pass-throughs, except as the kids "decorate" those areas by dropping STUFF and clutter.
    If I had a chance to re-build, I would try to do away with as much walk-through space as possible, because it seems wasted.
    Hugs to you!
    ~april

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  33. I loved seeing your hall way. I loved that school clock what a treasure to own

    You hall way looks as great as the kitchen

    please come over to my blog and enter my 1st giveway

    Janice

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  34. I love how you use up every inch of space. When we lived in our old home, it was small and I basically did the same thing. It made it so cozy and comfortable. Everyone always felt at home when they came to visit. We now live in a larger home, and surprisingly it is harder for me to decorate. But we love it none the less.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  35. Marty, I love your collage of clocks and that painting! It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Hi, Marty,
    I've been lurking for a while. My home is small (1,000 square feet) and it has not much personality but I find decorating ideas on your blog. I especially like your coffee table w/seating underneath. And, when I found out you, too, are a clock collector, I just had to write! Thanks for sharing your home.
    Joanie

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    1. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it. I would love to see your clock collection, I think they are all so wonderful. Thanks for visiting.

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  37. Marty,
    Your hallways are every bit as lovely as the rooms of your home!!! I decorate nearly every inch of wallspace here on the Prairie! Still working on one long hallway wall since the disaster with the galley shelves. Thanks for allowing us to see your lovely home from this special angle!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  38. Your wall collections are lovely, Marty, and especially the beautiful piece made by your mom. She was very talented indeed. Our hall walls are somewhere in between.

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