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A painted square as a backdrop for cards, photos, (kids) art…

a painted square

A while ago we painted a very dark green square on our living room wall, with the idea to use it to display all sorts of pretty little things: drawings from the children, autumn leaves, our activity advent calendar, a collection of plates or framed art… Things we feel are meaningful and which we like to temporarily display in our living room. I have always put this kind of memorabilia on our living room wall, but I always felt it made the wall feel a bit cluttered. (To me, at least.) The shape of a painted square brings cohesion to the things on display, and the big, dark shape breaks up the wall in a nice way.

a painted square

For the past half year that square has been the backdrop of all of the pretty cards we have received after Bram’s birth. Alternated with some blurry polaroids that we took in the first weeks — just little snapshots of sweet moments. Yesterday I thought to myself, as the seasons are changing and Bram is now half a year old, that it is time that I change the scenery. But before I took the cards down, I wanted to take some photos to remember what our house looked like! How sweet are all these cards, some even handmade, with all of the heartfelt, handwritten messages inside…

a painted square
a painted square

But life goes on, and autumn is upon us, so we now need our square to display pressed leaves and other autumnal finds. First though, I think I’m going to print some photos of our campervan trip, and display them for a few weeks!

xxx Esther


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Comments (8)

Melisa
September 19, 2018

Lovely!
But how do you attach the strings to the wall? Is it with tape? In the past I’ve tried doing the same, but the weight of the cards pulls the string off the wall.


Esther in Amsterdam
September 21, 2018

I use masking tape a lot but in this case I used tiny black nails that I hammered in the wall. I just leave them there for a next display.


Rachel
September 20, 2018

Hi Esther.
I love this idea! The painted square really brings it all together and adds cohesion. Could I ask please what you have fixed the strings up with to display the cards on. Will it not mark the walls when you take them down to do a different display? Your house is beautiful and has such a relaxed, homely vibe. I would love to see a house tour on the blog one day.
Regards.
Rachel.


Esther in Amsterdam
September 21, 2018

Tiny black nails! I just leave them there for another display. (And thank you! It’s a cosy house. I will share some photos of our house soon!) x


Ann
September 20, 2018

I also love this idea, it brings order to the clutter of cards and drawings l have dotted around the house! I’m also curious about the details though – how did you paint the square so neatly? Thanks for sharing x


Esther in Amsterdam
September 21, 2018

We used painters paper tape and stuck that on the wall to define the square. (And we used a level and tiny dots to make sure the tape was applied straight.)


Rachel
September 27, 2018

Thank you for your reply Esther.
The small nails work really well, it’s hard to even see them at all. I guess nails could be painted whatever colour the square is.
I will look forward to your house photos. We are slowly renovating our 1930s house in England and yours is so inspiring!
Kind regards.
Rachel. X


Wolfie
October 17, 2018

Hi, what is the yellow round looking light at the top of the box, please? Thanks so much!


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