Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Faudree Inspired Wall Collage

I have been wanting to change the wall behind the sofa in the family room for a long time.  This is the only wall  area in that room, the rest of the space is windows.  Lots of windows.  I was looking through my Charles Faudree books for a little decorating inspiration and I was drooling over some of his wall collages, so I found a few things in my stash to create my own.

I love it when you can add a bunch of different things and pull off the look you were going for.

This gives the room a totally different look.

It's funny how some rooms just seem hard.  Finding the right furniture pieces is one thing and then finding how to work with just one wall as the focal point is another problem in itself. 
This is what the wall has looked like for the last couple of years

 Here it is now, so what do you think?

 I moved the larger dog paintings to the other side of the mirror,  it seemed like that side needed the extra volume and weight.

I started with a corbel I've had for years.

 Then I added a needlework picture,  a small ivy, a couple of tiny books and a brass looking bulldog.  You can see how I transformed the bulldog here.

I found a cute dog picture on line and printed it out to use in both of my small frames.

My paintings stayed the same, I just moved them to the other side of the mirror.

It always takes me a while to get used to something new, but I do like it, I think it is a big improvement,  plus it didn't cost me a dime.  I already had everything, so it was fun to find a way to use it.

                      So what do you think?  Should I leave it or figure out something else?  Be sure to check out my feature on Blogger Homes today, and also see me on Houzz.  Just click on either button on my sidebar..

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  1. I think it looks more balanced! You did a great job using what you had around already! Love it!

  2. oh, I love this idea, Marty! that oval needlepoint is such a wonderful piece!

  3. Oh yes indeed! love the idea of the ledge and all the dogs!!!! just perfect Marty!

  4. Very pretty, Marty! I love that needlepoint!

  5. Marty! I think it looks great, definitely more balanced now. Plus I think the touch of life with the ivy is exactly what it needed =)

  6. Beautiful..the lighting in that room is so fresh and pretty, too.

  7. I really like it, Marty. Beautiful wall and accessories and I love how bright the room is.....Christine

  8. Marty, I had to giggle. I'm having a "decorating dilemma". I like the change you made, especially the needlepoint picture, and the cute dog pictures you printed, and bulldog you painted. Way to shop the house for a new look!

  9. I love it, Marty! I think it looks great and I love the sconce shelf you put up with the ivy. The dog prints are perfect and I love all the frames.

  10. Beautiful, Marty! I love anything with dogs-they add such a sense of home!

    Mimi @ A House Romance

  11. Marty, I love the new look, especially the needlepoint. Love it's frame, and how it complements the mirror.

  12. Looks great! Love the dog paintings.

  13. Love it Marty! It really draws your eye over. Love that corbel, this is why we never throw things away! lol

  14. It looks fabulous Marty! I have been looking for a corbel like that for a while. Hope I find one soon.

  15. Marty this is great. So pretty. Love the pictures of the dogs. Just beautiful.

  16. So pretty, Marty. You had me at the dogs, I LOVE them! Your home is always so warm and inviting. Going to check out your other links.

  17. You have such a pretty room. I do love all the dogs. Hugs,

  18. I think it may have something to do with the height of the lamps. Definitely looks more balanced. Great changes, Marty. xo Laura

  19. I love the room.... it's so "soft" and inviting! Makes me want to sit down and chat over a cup of tea! I'm a special fan of Faudree as I lived in Tulsa, where he is, for some 15 years! He's one of the top designers in our nation, I think! Anyway, thanks for sharing! You've done wonderfully with your changes!

  20. Love it Marty! Love the corbel with the ivy on it. It really softens it up.

  21. HI Marty,
    I think it looks great........don't change a thing, it looks very balanced and interesting, and really fills in that wall.


  22. I think it really added more depth and texture to your wall. I like the update and of course, I love dogs! Very nice.

  23. It looks really good, Marty. Love the doggies!

  24. I find such inspiration here! I love the wall collage, and your dog pictures in particular. I love dog paintings, and search for them to no avail. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a favorite of mine, and I almost owned one, had I not gotten cancer for the third time and had to cancel our purchase. A sad day for sure. I have a question for you. I am still looking for a tablecloth for a round side table. You gave me your source one time, but I'm afraid that I have lost it. Can you tell me again? Thanks.