Saturday, March 14, 2009

Portraits

Accessories are often called the finishing touches. The phrase "touches" somehow doesn't carry a lot of weight, and the accessories are vital elements in decoration.
The accessories carrying the most weight should be used with the most care. In my opinion nothing is heavier than the "Portraits." In most cases these should be well thought out and used most sparely.

They should be quality pieces often used together to create a collection with big impact. These become like hand-writing, they are telltale indicators of the personalities and history of the people who occupy the home. So how are the "Portraits" being used in your castle?


18 comments:

  1. I do so agree that portraits of our loved ones should be part of our homes. So often the "decorators" tell us to move them out, but I think they do tell a story of the home and the loved ones in it. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

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  2. I am very particular where I display any protraits. As they are personal to me I have a tendency to put them in designated more private areas/spaces of my home.

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  3. We have a floor-to-ceiling wall of portraits in the hallway. We used 9 silver Ribba frames from Ikea -- they're about 20" x 20" with 11" x 11" picture openings in the mattes. We hung them in a 3 x 3 layout. Each frame has a close-up photo of one of our pets :-)

    If you'd like to see how the wall looks, there are some pictures of it here:

    http://design-ties.blogspot.com/2009/02/hall-shook-up.html

    And I agree with you, accessories are really essential elements in a room.

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  4. Awwwww...your girls are beautiful V!! :-) L~

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  5. Brenda, I try to be careful myself and I do believe you can have too much of a good thing. But I do have a few in my family room and the rest are in the mbr. Did you know that the pastel is me! I was 13 and it was done by a neighbor boy. He gave it to me when I built our house.

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  6. Vickster! LOL on the Buddy comment!! Haha! Love ya twin! :-)

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  7. I have a wall upstairs where I have pictures of my daughter all framed in cheap gold frames I get from Michaels (hahaa) - from baby, so cute! so bitchy teenager - not so cute! Hormones and teenage girls and parents are not a great combination. Actually - I should say mothers and teenaged girls. She gets along fabulously with her "daddy." Me - I can't do or say anything right!

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  8. I,too agree that portraits can be tricky. I love having smaller pictures of family around (for awhile). Then I have to gather them all up and put them away for a time. Just me, I'm sure.

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  9. Pretty daughters! I love portraits too. They are displayed here too, a family portrait in the guest room, smaller pics on side tables and I have a wall full of portraits in the back hallway b/w 2 guestrooms.

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  10. Hi :-)
    Thanks for strolling through the Vancouver neighbourhood I showcased today!

    I wanted to say... you mentioned that you were looking for Kelly's hallway post - here's a link:
    http://design-ties.blogspot.com/search/label/Hallway

    That should take you directly there. Her gallery wall is definitely worth the visit!

    Hope you'll drop by DesignTies again soon!
    Victoria from EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

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  11. It used to be that "portraits" were only for private spaces, then back to public, then masses of photos on every table top. I think sensibility should reign.

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  12. Good morning! I just completed a most enjoyable tour of your blog ... to as far back as I could. And, I will return for more of your really unique and educational posts. I remember you from RMS and how much I enjoyed leaving comments for you there.

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  13. Hello Ms Vicky: I think you and I are kindrid spirits when it comes to Decorating Design Style :)

    That is an amazing piece of Pastel Artwork.
    Weren't you the cute little hotty, (even though you didn't have tattoos or pierced body parts).

    Both your daughters are very beautiful.
    HAVE A SUPER WEEKEND GIRL!

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  14. Hi there, great post..I think we all need a little spot for "US" as long as its done with taste...as yours is!! Thanks for coming by, talk soon...Chrissy

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  15. Linda/ "Mom..."March 15, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    *** Your precious ones are just THAT, Vicky, and I think that young man must have had a biiig crush on you to so lovingly do that beautiful pastel!!! Great posting! XOXO, Linda

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  16. Too funny Linda, I will have to tell you that the young man was 20 years old and I took a lot of kidding about him...He was forever wanting to paint me. That was the only time I let him and he was so nice. I am so glad I did. If anyone would like to google him. His name is Jeff Crane .

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  17. WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS HOME FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS AND I ONLY HAVE ONE SMALL FAMILY PIC SITTING ON THE TV UNIT. HUBBY IS ALWAYS COMPLAINING THAT WE HAVE NO FAMILY PICTURES HANGING, HOWEVER I WAS HOPING TO DO A GALLERY WALL, I JUST DREAD PUTTING IT TOGETHER, FINDING TIME TO SIT FOR HOURS GOING THROUGH PICTURES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO FRAME MAKES ME CRAZY THINKING ABOUT IT...LOL OH ONE DAY!

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  18. Oh I'm so terrible!! I have a pile of photos to be framed for my "family photo wall" but it has yet to happen. Definitely in my new place! :)

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