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heaven’s above

Q:  I have a very voluminous dining room with a super tall wall of 13′-0″h.  The ceiling angles down from that height across to the opposite wall which is 8′-0″ high.  My problem is that I never noticed how bare and obnoxious that huge wall was until I saw photos from a party we had recently.  Help! I have no idea what do with a 13′ high x 16′ wide  wall.   -N.K.


A:    It’s much easier to put ‘stuff’ up in a room that’s got 8′-0″ or 9′-0″ flat ceilings, but a room with a tall wall and an angled ceiling… this is going to be fun!  I’d think about putting several ‘layers’ of things up on the wall –  items that are higher up than others.  I’d suggest something larger like 24 x 36 or larger in a nice chunky frame.  … but not too high – you don’t want it to feel like the wall is looming over you or have to have your eyes travel up, up, up to see what the frick is up near the ceiling.

What I’ve doodled below are two thoughts.  The first shows two very large squares (which represent art) placed about 36″ above the floor.  This art is about 60″h x 48″w,  and in relation to my boyfriend I’ve drawn in, is placed higher than you’d normally hang art. (My boyfriend is 6′-0″, btw).  This doodle shows a very basic way to fill up the wall. If it works for you – do it, but it’s boring and your friends will talk about how boring you still are behind your back after your next party.

The second doodle is a more interesting display and gives the wall a different feel.  I’ve shown three average sized pieces of art (36″h x 24″w) resting on a long ledge(s) placed again at about 36″ above the floor.  Above that, is a long piece (or several pieces) of art. My six foot tall boyfriend has stepped out of the room so you won’t be distracted by his handsome…ness. Whatever. This example works better to me because the height of the wall is broken up by horizontal lines. (Hmmm, where have I heard that before…)  It doesn’t look like a vast wall with two massive pictures on it.

I’m showing larger, framed pieces and not a lot of little things because that would make the wall look like a busy collection of odds and ends.  You want the space to feel elegant and planned out – not like you threw things up there willy nilly. 

Check out art.com for prints of all kinds and there are several places to check out for picture ledges – Pottery Barn, West Elm  and  Crate and Barrel  to name a few. This isn’t the end all be all, but I hope it gives you a direction to go in.

Any other suggestions – let me know!!


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Hey, Buster! …you left something

This is my entry table… it isn’t really at the entry of the house, it’s up a few steps in a ‘traffic area’ between my dining room to the left and kitchen to the right. Weird, I know.  Its IMG_1386one of the first things you see when you enter the house and I’m sick of it looking so lame ass.  However, there is one big reason I haven’t addressed it yet:  

My Husband.  

Well, he’s definitely an accessory to the problem.  When we moved in, there was a big old AC unit in that wall.  Huge. My husband got it out, patched up the hole, painted and called it a day.

HELLO!? What the hell is that thing still doing there?!!  Oh yes, he left the power outlet up there in no man’s land.  Precisely 67″ above the floor and 29-1/2″ over from the wall at the right. Squint… you can see it.  I’ve been racking my brains to come up with a solution but since we are dealing with a man who will never get back to this part of the house I decided that I’m just going to have to cover it up. 

Ideally, I would have loved to hang a mirror there. I haven’t found anything big enough …or should I say affordable enough in the size I need.  Then, I thought about putting framed photos up in a collection, but everbody seems to do that and I didn’t want the same old thing.     

Then I came up with an idea I didn’t think would materialize into anything, because the last time I really saw one up close was in 8th grade wood shop: The Candle Sconce.  I did a quick search on the web and I was truly suprised to find a few that are right up my alley.  I thought this would be a clever idea because of how high the sconce could be placed on the wall.  I could use two of them symmetrically over the table and it could hang over the outlet on the right side.  A  real concern is mounting the sconce on the wall without disturbing the electrical box or conduit inside.  Hmmmm, I think I’ll let my husband hang them…  

(I tease because I love)

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Some of the sconces I came across on my investigation.  If you have a solution to my entry table problem – please let me know!!  I’d love to hear it!


Pottery Barn – Nina Mirror & Votive Holder
Ballard Designs – Antiqued Mirror Candle Sconce
Graham & Green – Mosaic Mirrored Candle Wall Sconce



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