I’m still navigating the balance of this. Over the summer I created these ink blots and ordered frames for them. The wood walls left me a bit perplexed regarding what kind of frame to use. Something that stands out? Something timeless? Something that blends in?
My heart told me to do a wood on wood look it’s a bit interesting and something you see in traditional rooms but isn’t done much today yet my head told me it may not work. I wrestled with the idea for quite some time, going back and forth between light wood and black, and with time ticking I pulled the trigger on the black. It felt safe and like I couldn’t go wrong. It was pretty, but not interesting and even as I was hanging them up I wondered what the light maple would have looked like.
Months have passed now and I still continued to think “what if I had gone with the maple?” Last week I decided to just reach out to Josh at Level Frames and tell him what had been rolling around in my head. Without hesitation he said that they were committed to satisfaction, and he’d be happy to let me try the frames in the maple. Talk about customer service! A few days later the new frames showed up and are exactly what I envisioned. The lighter color allows the art to be the focal point, and I love the mix of the woods. It feels fresh and a bit unexpected but really pretty.
I wanted to share this with you for a few different reasons. First off, I think when you put your life on the internet it’s easy for it to look different than it actually is. I mainly share some of the more beautiful things in my life, and sometimes it might come across in an effortless way. Believe me, every decision, every paint color, every tchotchke is something I’ve likely obsessed over in my brain and/or in real life for an unreasonable amount of time. Second, decorating is a process. You’re not always going to get it right the first time, but you learn. And those setbacks are what make the victories all the more perfect.
I’m still learning how to create a space that brings me and my family the most joy. These frames are such a small detail in this room, but design is in the details. Obsessing over the little things can make a big difference in the outcome of a space, right?
Please tell me I’m not alone. And while I favor the maple frame, do you have a favorite?