Sometimes I know what I want to do the moment I walk into a room. Sometimes the right design takes some living in the space to reveal itself. This big, blank wall in the entry was the later.
Whatever ended up there would have to compliment all three rooms surrounding it. It had to be bold and weighty enough to counterbalance the mural in the adjacent dining room…
But not be too busy or overwhelming when you first opened the door. When you go that big, I think you have two options. You can get something original that will likely cost you an arm and a leg or you can go with something that feels personal to you. Because of budget I opted for the second. A few months back I stumbled upon anewall and was really impressed with their beautiful selection of modern murals and vintage canvas options – all customizable to almost any size you’d like. I picked a few images I was drawn to and showed the kids who immediately jumped at Marie Antoinette.
I studied her life rather extensively in college, but the kids know all about the “cake lady” thanks to the movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I may love that movie as much as they do! And Xander likes to yell “let them eat cake!” as he puts his shoes on in front of it in the mornings.
I wasn’t sure what kind of quality the canvas would be, but let me tell you, it is beautiful in person. It looks very much painted, not printed.
Shipping on a piece this size would have been rather outrageous, so I had the unstretched canvas shipped to a local framer who stretched it and delivered it right to our doorstep for less than the cost of shipping. If you’re in KC I definitely recommend Art and Frame Warehouse – they did an excellent job and the delivery was white glove service.
Now to figure out something for above the secretary. The art I had up there is no longer a fit with the Queen and her brood. I’m thinking something modern yet simple will be best. And a rug in the entry before the weather turns wouldn’t be a bad idea either.