Monday, October 15, 2012

Eclectic Mirror Gallery Wall

Split entries are not known for spacious entryways, so rather than focus on my lack of floor space I've turned my attention to the entryway wall (which has been a work-in-progress for many, many years).

That's actually pretty sad, because I know many of you could have put this wall together in less than an hour rather than over the course of years. Although I've never searched for anything specific to hang on this wall, once I've spotted that 'something,' I know it's coming home with me. And I have to say, I'm beginning to really like how that method is shaping up.

For years our entryway looked like the photo on the left, with just the large white mirror and the rustic wood mirror above the coat hooks. The original painting, done by my mother-in-law, is the star of the entryway, hanging over the double doors. Last year I spotted a couple of rustic wood-framed mirrors at the swap shed of our local dump one Saturday morning, and I knew just where to put them. The photo on the right was taken after they were hung.

And little by little, as you can see, some other things have caught my eye!

This gorgeous "God Bless Our Home" vintage cross stitch is my most recent find.

The frame is pretty beat up, so it blends in nicely with the VERY rustic mirrors from the dump!

I needed something narrow for between these two mirrors. This crucifix, borrowed from our bedroom, was the perfect size. I think it ties in nicely with the cross stitch.
I've had this heart wall pocket and quilt-look print hanging in the entryway for a l-o-n-g time. I thought the saying was perfect for an entryway. However, the white frame and dove plaque above the quilt print are too stark white, so I plan to age them a bit. I'll share the "after" pix in a future post.

I couldn't resist this very inexpensive piece (99 cents) that I found at Salvation Army last week. It truly looks like someone just put a magazine page in a very inexpensive woodtone frame, but it spoke to me :)

Also, it ties in nicely with plastic dove plaque above the quilt print and the bird hooks for our coats.

At one time this was the only mirror in the entryway. I've had it since the girls (now in their 20's) were little. We call it the "monkey mirror" because of the carved top section. It looks like two little monkey ears, and the distressed wood almost looks like a face (if you have an over-active imagination and really squint!).

I honestly didn't think I'd ever add so much to this wall as I truly was trying to embrace minimalism.
I guess minimalism just didn't embrace me :)

The bookcases are still along the hallway wall, just waiting for me to get in gear and start moving my office studio into the larger of the two spare bedrooms. Now that the weather is getting cooler, we'll be doing more 'inside' projects, so hopefully that's in the not-too-distant future.

But today was GORGEOUS with no chilly weather in sight; just a balmy breeze and temps in the 70's. All the windows and doors were open. Here in New England, we know we won't have many more days like this!

So that's what I've been 'tweaking' lately!
Be sure to stop over and share a favorite thing or something you've tweaked!!!



LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

Mirrors in the hall are so good, casting light all about as you enter and leave. Love that little 'monkey' one and all of your vintage finds. x

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I love this wall of mirrors. It looks nice; and collected over time. Which is timeless and inviting.
Going to look around your blog some more...
via CLH, Pat

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Enjoyed seeing your entry/stairs with the vintage additions. Works well together, a pleasure to read/see.

It's Just Dottie said...

I have always wanted an entry/stairs. You have just made me want one even more.
Smiles, Dottie

Elaine said...

Love your selection of mirrors. Makes an interesting display. How does Baby like them?

Susy said...

You scored some great mirrors as the swap shed ( never heard that one before). All the pieces work very well together.

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

it's a beautiful many lovely things including the mirrors. My sister has a split level and she too has filled up her entry over the years...

Susan Freeman said...

Love those shabby mirrors!

Susan and Bentley

Diane said...

Wow! Great job! Great pieces-- I like the .99 dove picture too!

Claudia said...

Donna, each and every item you have added to that wall is charming, warm and welcoming. I love your entryway. As someone who has a front door that enters right into the living room, I have to say I'm jealous!

Thanks so much for joining in this week, my friend.


Balisha said...

You have a very interesting wall. Everything goes together so well. I could look at it for hours.

Renaissance Women said...

Making something beautiful takes time and your mirror display is beautiful. I love it and it inspires me to finally at least start doing something with my little hallway.

Joining you from Claudia's today. Have a great weekend.

Cassandra from Renaissance Women

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

First I LOVE those gorgeous double front doors! I think everything is just perfect on that tall wall. Mirrors are great because they open the space up and the other items add interest.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Everything came together so beautifully and looks so unique. I am now following your blog from Favorite Things and look forward to reading more :-)

Melanie said...

Hi Donna, nice to "meet" you! I found your blog through Mockingbird Hill Cottage. I love what you have done with your wall. I'm like you; I usually don't put decor together quickly. I wait until I find just the right things!

I hope you will, in turn, visit my blog and become a follower. :-)

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Love this.

Unknown said...

Hi Donna love the idea of lots of mirrors in the wall I really enjoyed seeing your entry/stairs with the vintage additions.

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