Display of Affection
Love this display by John and Sherry of Young House Love!
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. 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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