Saturday, November 13, 2010

Children's Art Wall

We have an entryway.

It's kind of a big deal to me because in our old house you entered right smack into the living room. When we were house hunting this time one of my high-up-there-wish-list-items was to have some type of foyer. I have 5 kids so yeah, prioritizing more bedrooms and bathrooms would make sense, but the heart wants what it wants (like I would maybe have given up an extra bedroom for that foyer) Anyway, I'm trying to decorate it now...without spending money. Ok, so a little bit of money-- $15.00 worth of thrift store frames filled with free art courtesy of my kids. Originally my thought was to paint all the frames a glossy white or black, but I'm enjoying them this way at least for now.

And how great is kids' art? Vibrant, whimsical, and utterly unselfconscious. I like giving those qualities pride of place in the entry. So here are the before and afters:


One of my mini Picassos
"Every child is born an artist, the problem is to remain one once they grow up." Picasso


  1. random handsome color enthusiastNovember 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Happily, I stumbled across your blog this afternoon, and I have to say, I have never been so challenged in all my life. The preconceived notions I have harbored for so long about color (especially gray), entry ways, decorating, art, blogs, the internet, sports and organized religion all lay in shambles at my feet after spending an hour on your blog. It's a genius post. You should rename your blog "The Postmaster General." You should think hard about opening a color consulting business, stat. You'll be rich!

  2. I like your top pic too, the red door frame with the lovely maple in front looks really welcoming. Childrens' art is fantastic isn't it?

  3. I have a large foyer and would give it up now for an extra bedroom, lol. Guess we always want more what we don't have.

    Anywho, I LOVE the kids wall art. I'm sure they love it as well. How special is art like that. I have some of my kids art saved up just for a project like this and now I really should step up and get it done. I like the frames being mismatched as well. Well done!


  4. Such a great idea and a very personal touch to a home. Love the bench under your art wall too.

  5. Congratulations on your new blog! I am a new blogger as well (one month!) and am excited to be your third follower. I like what you did with your entry and happy for you that you gained one (I feel the same way!) and love that you used your children's art! I look forward to what you do next. Great start. xo Sherri

  6. Thank you for the comments! I'm so new at this, but I love the design blogging community! I welcome any feedback, and am eager to check out your blogs too. Thanks for following! (and yes, random handsome color enthusiast is my husband lol)

  7. You've inspired me, too--but first we have to create a foyer! . . . The picture of your doorway shows it as so inviting. In fact, I wish I was walking through it right now!

  8. Something about kid's art always makes people happy and relaxed. It's a great introduction to your home and says so much about you. Thank's for sharing.

  9. Hi, I am signing up to follow your blog. Please check mine out and see what you think.

  10. I love the thrift store frames and the art is just wonderful. I can't wait to do something like this with my daughter's art. She's only 2 and has not yet mastered the concept of drawing versus eating the crayons. But I love your blog and hope you can visit mine.


  11. great post, Noelle! And a great thing about art walls is you can add and add to all your kid's art - such talent :)

  12. I did this years ago (my oldest is 35). My mother-in-law, an art aficionado, asked me who was the artist for one of the children's pictures. She was speechless when I told her it was her grandson. I love that these pictures were all presents to me! I recommend this idea to anyone with kids.

  13. Wonderful blog you share.
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