An ode to picture frames.

Oh sweet picture frames, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... I'm so into picture walls I've decided to dedicate an entire post to them. Above is the one I have been working on for more than a year - pitiful, I know. I have a pile of framed pictures just waiting to find a spot on the wall above my display cabinet. But these images of other out-of-this-world picture walls are definitely inspirational.

The best thing about a picture wall is - there are no rules. You don't have to match shapes, colours, themes, sizes or mediums. Just find a space for each one and keep working on it until there is no more space left. Then, in my opinion - start another wall! I think I was originally inspired by the house in The Royal Tenenbaums.

If you live in a rental house, the best invention ever is the 3M hook - no holes in the wall and you can hang all your pretty pictures without losing any bond. If you're worried about it making your place look overcrowded (poppycock I say), keep to an out of the way nook or smaller room. If you own a staircase I envy you your perfect hanging space.

And just to finish things off, here are some fun things to frame - flowers, maps, stamps, postcards, doilies, blackboards, music sheets, certificates and achievements, letters, records, toys, puzzles, plates, classic magazine covers (comics, old Vogues), wallpaper samples, family heirlooms and... I'm out. If you're not inspired by now I'll leave you to your bare walls and blank canvases. But minimalism is not for me.

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