Display of Affection

Love this display by John and Sherry of Young House Love!

ο»ΏIt looks so fresh and cheery.

In this post, John mentions looking forward to hanging some ‘kid art’, and a further comment by one of their readers mentions the artwork their daughter, Clara will create in the years to come. And that got me thinking about a piece that I have framed from my daughter, Kaleigh’s younger years. So I decided to share it with you…

Kaleigh created this when she was in pre-school at the age of about 3, maybe 4 years old. I have always loved this piece, especially the way she signed her ‘a’… notice the similarity! All these years (Kaleigh just turned 16!) we have called this piece the ‘Apple on the Table’, but not too long ago Kaleigh said she thinks it was meant to be a strawberry! I can see that, too… she loved strawberries back then, and still does.

That’s the wonderful thing about art. It can be anything you want it to be. And in this case, I guess we’ll never know for sure, because none of us can actually remember what Kaleigh called it at the time. What we do know is this piece remains a cherished keepsake, and has captured a moment in time for all of us.Β  Memories reflected back by the objects in your space tell your story, and that’s the difference between a house and a ‘home’.

Oh, I bet you’re wondering about the connection with John and Sherry’s photo to Kaleigh’s artwork. Well, I loved their reference to future ‘kid art’, and I just thought their display would vignette beautifully with this piece. That’s all. Well, maybe not all… now I’ll be lying awake at night creating our own vignette in my mind! Do I paint the inside of a tray green? How matchy-matchy do I make the green? Where can I find a fabulous glass bottle like theirs here in Canada? Where should this vignette go? What other pieces should I include? …Did I really say, “that’s all”?

Here’s one more look at John and Sherry’s display… or, ‘vestibule area’ as John calls it! I’ve cropped it down a bit, so if you want to see the full image, be sure to check out their blog here.

Do you think Kaleigh’s artwork propped in behind a display something like this would create a nice vignette?

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Photo 1 & 3 from Young House Love blog

Photo 2: Sheila Zeller

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6 Replies to “Display of Affection”

  1. Wow! How beautiful, Sheila!

    It’s true, kid’s arts are always, always very special. I need to frame some around here! πŸ™‚

    Have a blessed day, Sheila πŸ™‚

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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    1. Hi Luciane!
      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ It’s hard to make a selection from the enormous collection of artwork kids create; I’m so grateful for taking the time to frame this piece, because I don’t get much artwork anymore! And every time I look at it, it makes me smile πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a great day!!! xo Sheila

  2. Sheila, great piece. You continually amaze me with the design concepts you find and deliver to your audience. (gave me an idea) I think Kaleigh’s art piece would look fabulous behind the fresh green plant display; both for the colour and the implied message each viewer can take from it.

  3. Your article made me smile! My husband and I have recently moved from our home of 20 years. My son, now 25, was helping us pack. He made sure we had his picture that he had painted when he was about 4! I had framed it, and had it hanging upstairs… I never knew that it meant that much to him. He wanted to make sure that we kept it…even though he has been out of our home for about 4 years, now! LOL πŸ™‚ Peggy

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your comment! I love reading comments like yours, because they in turn make me smile! I am a huge believer in telling your stories through the pieces you have in your home, and our children’s framed artwork is such a great example that. I love your son’s piece in this story. It’s really awesome! Thank you again for sharing… I am still smiling πŸ™‚

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