But, we have one item!
This grandfather clock was given to the Lumberjack's Great Great Grandfather when he retired on Christmas Eve 1937!
|(We need to give the plaque a polish)|
Cool eh? I'm not sure anyone gets the chance to work for a company for 37 years any more.
I was a bit concerned about where we were going to put this in our home, and whether it would go with the style of our décor. I just figured that we were going to have to make it work somehow!
As it happens, I think it looks great in that spot in the hallway! It gives a bit of depth, interest and character to the space. Despite being 77 years old, it doesn't seem to look out of place in it's modern surroundings. What do you think?
Now, what I have really wanted since we moved into the house 16 months ago, is a little console table against the opposite wall. Something quite slim so it doesn't get in the way when you get to the bottom of the stairs.
I'd been thinking oak, but now we've got the dark wood grandfather clock, do you think we should go with dark wood? I've grabbed an oak side table from the living room, just to see how the colour of the wood looks. What are your thoughts? Looking at this, I think dark would be best, and the oak doesn't look right. But then I look again, and think maybe it is ok... nah, definitely leaning towards going dark. Very interested to hear your thoughts, as I find I can over-think these things to the point where I really don't know what my opinion is any more!
On the subject of the old... the Lumberjack has also inherited this picture:
Now this I really am struggling to assimilate into our home. I do think it's a nice picture, but it's not really my style - it's not something I would ever have bought. It brings the Lumberjack lots of happy memories of visiting his grandparents, though, and I want to find a way to make it work. I actually like the moody sky and trees - it's the horses ploughing I'm not keen on.
I know you could say, just hang the damn picture and stop being so selfish! But I just feel strongly that your home should be full of things that make you happy - not that annoy you every time you look at them. If you can't have things you like in your own home, where can you?! (But of course, it's the Lumberjack's home too, I know...)
Well, I'd been reading the Swoon Worthy blog (which really does make you swoon - Kimberly's home is incredible) and she did a post on custom framing with eframe.co.uk. The thing that really caught me is that you could upload an image of your picture in order to see how it looks in the frame. I'd been thinking that re-framing the picture might make it look less old-fashioned, and this meant I could actually see how it looked before committing to anything! Here's how it would look with a black frame, and black second mount:
(Picture above has been removed and replaced, as I'd accidentally done something to the cropped image I uploaded to the framing website that make it look greeny - no idea how! - thanks for the comment Kiwijo!)
Does it look better? Worse? Just as old-fashioned as ever? I'm not sure it helps really.
Well, I'll end here - as I've bombarded you with questions... heaven forbid I solve my own problems!!
All opinions welcomed, I need help!
EDITED TO ADD: I should say, it's a big picture. In the current frame, it's 60cm tall and 85cm wide.