Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hanging Pictures thanks to Skype

I've been eaten by the blogging abyss thanks to an onslaught of work and my (perceived?) inability to deal with computer hardware problems. As I type this post I'm running a program that theoretically should 'repair' damage to my drivers. If you see a picture in this post you'll know I've won my battle! (yesss...i did it!)

In keeping with the technology theme, I'm probably one of the last people in Blogland to obtain and learn how to use a web cam. However, thanks to my sister's generosity on my last birthday, I now have a functioning Skype account and a lovely webcam. Nevermind that all my calls to date have been to my mother. All two of them. Did I mention my birthday was in August? Right.

Yesterday I propped the web cam up on the back of the sofa and had her help me decide on how to arrange all the pictures we need to hang. I'm pretty satisfied with how things stand. Yes, I made paper templates for planning. We'll be hanging the real pictures as of this weekend. I've also toyed around with expanding it further on each side, a vertical row of three on the far left and a vertical large and middle frame on the far right. What do you think?
LR Collage
Know what else? I'd really like to get two sconces on the wall; one on either side of the map, to give some target lighting for those chairs and to replace that lamp (that's blocking the map and supposed to be in my office). S. is not fond of dangling cords, but I think it will look fine and also detract from the wrinkle in the wallpaper to the right of the map. Did you notice that wrinkle before I pointed it out?

There have been quite a few projects going on lately, stay tuned for the catch up...

11 comments :

Jutta said...

I think it's a great idea to test the arrangements like that! In fact, I might just copy you, because when we get the furniture in the livingroom, next thing I need to do is start hanging some art on the walls.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I think this is a great idea- I am embarassed to say I've had a lovely BLANK wall for three years now-

Cate said...

such a great idea. i wonder if i'd have the patience to make those cut outs. love this little corner. it's going to be beautiful!

Kimberly said...

Skype is fantastic, specially when you're far from family. My entire extended family in Costa Rica have all been able to watch my son these past 5 months because of Skype. Doesn't compare to the real thing, but it's better than nothing. :) Hope you post a photo of the finished room. I'd like to peek. And no, I didn't see the wrinkle!

Traveling Mama said...

Cool! Now I want to see it all finished! I didn't notice the wrinkle in the wallpaper, but I know it's something in my own home that I would detect. Sconces would be cool or a small task light would be fun as well... you know, playing on the old world charm of the map which I completely love BTW! OH, and we have a map of CPH that we found at the flea market last week that we are thinking about making the centerpiece of our art wall. Great minds think alike! Hope you have a great weekend (and fabulous class!)

Allison said...

I think it would look really nice to have the sconces in between your map and the other picture groupings... it might give it a nice seperation. As for your table, don't throw it away yet... I could see doing a decoupage with fabric (of course) or even paper in the opening rectangle. It could really tie it in with your future pillows that I know you have on your list ; )

juliette said...

Thanks everybody!

@Cate & @Jutta: the templates literally took me less than 10 minutes to make. I used paper from our scrap printer pile and just scotch taped them together. Cinch!

@Tina, the map, I know, right? I saw this one picture in the Domino decorating book w/a blue wall and map centered, and I knew we'd do that with our map! =P

@Allison - You're right about the table. I just want everything on it to go! Maybe I'll make some little runner for it...hm...btw-dug up some fabric for 'practice' pillows. I'll have to do a dry run before cutting into the 'good stuff'! =)

Kelly said...

Wow - you are so brilliant! I never thought about using a web cam in that way, but now I'm thinking I can conference in my parents! It will probably help with all of those phone conversations that begin with, "So Dad, I was using the drill and..." (P.S. I like your wall arrangement too.)

Laura said...

Nice, Skype is great for all sorts of things!
Arrangement looks good, nice idea for testing.

Laura in Ludwigsburg

Carolyn said...

Love your little setup. And the color and those cute chairs. Have you hung yet??

juliette said...

We didn't hang b/c we decided to pursue the sconce lighting thing. I tried some local sources but am finding all sorts of overpriced and uninspiring things. Boo. All the cool stuff is too pricey for a rental (and requires wiring), so looks like I'm going to have to make a journey to the Big Blue Box for something g√ľnstig. =/

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