A house is made of all the structural parts of a building – the floors, the roof, the doors, the windows and the walls. Walls are vital to holding a building up and separating the rooms according to their function. Walls can be of all sizes, tall or short. plain or fancy, connected or independent. They simply have to do their job to be called walls of a house.
Walls of a home are something else entirely. Granted, they have their function and hold up the ceilings, but they are so much more. Used properly, they can add life and beauty to each room and therefore to the family that lives in the rooms.
I believe in decorating walls with meaningful colors and art. Each wall should be its own little vignette of the love and history of the family. I’d love to show all you Sweeties how I have translated my feelings for family and heritage onto my walls.
Welcome to my entryway. It is full of my favorite colors, blue and white and some of my favorite things.
In my world there can’t be enough blue and white!!!!
Many of these plates remind me of trips taken and vacations enjoyed.
Next is the dining room with a wall of china which I have mostly inherited.
Isn’t it grand and imposing? All of these dishes are dear to me and precious for different reasons.
Some of these pieces are almost 100 years old and could never be replaced.
Another wall of the dining room is covered with a very old mirror from my aunt and pieces of needlework from several people in my family. It is unique, to say the least!
The large crocheted collar was a special Christmas gift from my daughter when she was in collage.
I also have a collection of thimbles in the dining room. (Can you tell I do not like bare walls?) Many of these have been given to me as gifts over the years by friends and family. And they are very easy to carry as souvenirs.
Some of my favorites are, of course, the blue and white ones.
The living room has only this sweet little corner of a wall. It holds a piece of needlework done by a friend who has since died and a piece done by me. There is a poem given to me by my oldest friend (known her since 6th grade) and a saying I dearly love about family.
This warms my heart!
By the back door I have Welsh love spoons and cross stitch that changes with each month.
I love old granite ware and have it in every corner of the kitchen and breakfast area. Some of these pieces are from my husband’s aunt.
Even the laundry room is filled with old granite ware. Most of these pieces and the enamel sign came from my husband’s aunt.
More of the laundry room.
The guest bathroom is very vintage style, so the walls are covered with everything old I could find. Including rug beaters and slates.
Some old graters and a wire basket for towel storage.
In the master bedroom, next to the blue and white quilt is the wall of more thimbles and two white dresses with white threadwork.
A closeup of the beautiful dress and the wonderful handwork.
Even the walls of my sewing room have been decorated. No wall should be bare in my world!
The wreath is made of sewing notions from my grandmother. And my collection of laces are wound on old commercial spools.
My thread is kept in an old type drawer. I love reusing old things in a new way.
So don’t let your walls be unused. Tell your story. Decorate the vertical spaces of your home. Use all the parts of your unique home to show your love of family, friends, hospitality.