Saturday, March 30, 2019

HOW I USE EMPTY FRAMES

For me, empty frames are a design element that I use frequently.  I especially like to use large chunky vintage frames with carving or ornamentation.  Chippy gold leaf frames are also sought after.  I use them in my home as well as in my store displays.  Here are some from my home.

This frenchy chest is in a corner of my kitchen.
I layered a matching pair of gold leaf frames over a print.

LAYERED FRAMES IN MY KITCHEN

This sunburst frame probably held a mirror before I found it.
 I rested it onto a print on the settee in my living room.

SUNBURST FRAME ON THE SETTEE IN MY LIVING ROOM

Nothing stays in the same spot at my house.  The frame moved to the foyer.  The horizontal wall stripes peek through the empty center. Which location do you like?




A vintage door can also be used as a frame.  This pair of prints fits into the open space created by the door frame.  It adds some interest in my narrow upstairs hallway.

VINTAGE DOOR USED AS AN EMPTY FRAME

I'm always playing with frames in store displays.  I actually removed the mirror from this frame and layered it over some decorator paper.

LAYERED EMPTY FRAME

An ornate gold frame outlines an otherwise unframed oil on board.

FRAME LAYERED OVER UNFRAMED OIL ON BOARD

I turned a chippy green frame on an angle and put a laurel leaf wreath inside.

WREATH INSIDE MIRROR

This lion head shelf holds some books and jewelry.
It's perfectly framed  inside the ornate vintage gold frame and gives a 3D effect.


LION HEAD SHELF

Small brass frames complete a store display.

OVAL BRASS FRAMES AS PART OF A VIGNETTE

I'm so ready for summer.  This was one of my summer spaces.
I draped a garland of driftwood between two frames.

SUMMER DISPLAY

I loved this store display.  I filled an entire wall with frames and filled them with fun accessories.



Several years ago I was a guest designer @Lucketts Store.  My room was styled as an artist's loft.  Frames played a big part in the design.

MY ROOM @ THE DESIGN HOUSE 

This is another side of the same room.

MY ARTIST'S LOFT @ THE DESIGN HOUSE

So, what is your favorite design element?
Books and empty frames are mine.

SHARING ON A STROLL THRU LIFE

6 comments:

  1. Kathy, your creative mind is awesome. I love the way you use these detais around your home. My favorite is the lion shelf. Would love to find one of those! Another favorite is the arched frame over the painting. Fabulous details on that piece. I'm going to Round Top on Tuesday. You've givien me something to look for in an entirely new way.

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah. You'll have to let me know what you find at Round Top. I would love to shop there one day. Happy Hunting.

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  2. Kathy, ever so fabulous with design - you have such a way with layering - no one else can do what you do!!! I would so love to visit and see all in person, but since I can't, you have given me a lot of eye candy from a distance.

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    1. Hi Mabel. It's so nice to hear from you. I wish you lived closer too. Thanks for your kind words. Make sure you stop by if you're visiting. I'd love to see you again. Hope all is well with you and your family.

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  3. Cool ideas. I can never throw a frame away. I have a paint the frame fettish.

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    1. LOL. Glad to find another who appreciates frames.

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