As I reviewed the photos I took in May on our tour of the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France, Paris and Giverny, I realized I had a number of flower photos that I really loved. I started toying with ideas of how best to display them.
I love looking at the pictures in the Houzz.com email newsletter and browsing Pinterest decorating ideas. At some point I saw a photo of white frames with white mats in a single horizontal line and thought these might be just what I wanted. I browsed several dozen sites searching just the right frame, then found them on sale at Pottery Barn. I ordered a set of five 9″x11″ frames with 4″x6″ openings and printed off my favorites of the photos. When I lined them up on the wall, they didn’t have the impact I expected. I had also ordered an 11″x13″ frame with 5″x7″ opening in which I placed the photo of the pond and the green footbridge at Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. I had it alone on one wall, opposite where I envisioned the five-in-a-row frames, until a Boothbay Harbor photo I took on a Maine vacation called out to live on that wall.
Now that I was thinking of grouping the various-sized frames, I wanted an odd number. The five 9″x11″ frames plus the 11″x13″ frame needed a friend. I ordered a 9″x9″ frame with 4″x4″ opening and kept trying different photos in that frame until I found a shot I took of a charming window in the medieval walled city of Pérouges, France. Voila! My flowers were going to brighten my breakfast room.I laid them out on the floor and moved them around until I had something I liked, then—without measuring, aiming for an ordered randomness—I hammered the hangers into the wall. I liked the way everything looked except the top center frame. It wasn’t quite right, but I didn’t know how I wanted to change it. But every morning for about three weeks, I ate breakfast at the table in the room, facing those frames. And finally it hit me: center the top center frame between the top left and top right frame.
The Jazzman helped me measure and hang, and now I love it!
I just had to sit and observe long enough for it to tell me where it wanted to live.