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Art with Meaning and Decorating Purposefully

Just a week ago, I mentioned that I try to use meaningful items in our home. One cherished item that we’ve been looking forward to hanging in our new home is this painting of our first home.

Last week, while working on the dining room, I came across this painting and several other special pieces. Since the mirror was added in our entry, the other wall — to the right of the door — has been looking a little empty.

The entry is the perfect spot for wall art that “tells our story” because it’s the first spot we welcome a guest.

Rather than purchasing new frames, I just used what we had on hand. For the watercolor of our first home, I gave the white frame a couple quick coats of the same mint green that was used on the mirror. The stark white frame was making the creamy walls look dingy. It’s a subtle detail; but it made a huge difference.

The two navy frames used to be in our kitchen with some prints of hand-drawn herbs. I still love the herbs and will hang them in our kitchen when that project comes along… but that will be awhile for sure.

In the meantime, these navy frames are the home to a couple special postcards.

Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky
Churchill Downs Race Track in Louisville, Ky    

Horse racing is one of the most iconic Kentucky traditions and both of the cities that we’ve lived in {prior to this town} have beautiful, historic tracks. I picked up these vintage postcards at a vendor’s mall and knew they’d be perfect mementos of the places we’ve called “home.”

The last piece in our mini gallery wall is from Erica and I’s Etsy Shop.

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This rustic frame came from a yard sale. It’s not my favorite for this spot, even though I love the frame itself {it used to hold a simple, quirky sketch in our sunroom}. So, like the postcards, this print may eventually get a new frame.

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Both Mike and I love maps and enjoy traveling and we’ve got some more map-related plans for the entryway. However, this print is also meaningful to our family as to “why” we’ve moved. We each grew up in Louisville with family and friends there; but Mike accepted a Youth Pastor position in Lexington after he finished Seminary. Lexington brought us more dear friends, a church that we loved and our first home. So when God called us away from there, to this new small town in Kentucky — it was hard to say goodbye again. However, we believe these words from John 3:16 and for us that meant it was time to move.

What art do you hang in your entryway? Is it a place to introduce people to you, your family, your style or your story? Or do you have some special art but not the perfect frame? Go on and begin to put something together on your wall… frames can always be swapped out later!

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