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Art in Eleanor’s Room, and the New Light

Eleanor’s room was looking a bit bare with no art on the walls, so I figured it was time to remedy that. I chose lightweight banners and stretched canvases for above the bed so there would be no danger of broken glass or heavy objects falling on her, and I laid everything out before putting it up on the wall. I hung the Tammis Keefe cats from a picture rail hook, and everything else from OOK picture hangers and ‘one step hangers’ (both are good for plaster walls).

Laying Out Art Before Hanging it

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(She insists on hopping in front of my camera, every chance she gets. Never with a straight face.)

I also hung her new light (the Mobile Chandelier) over the weekend. I assume you guys aren’t looking to me for simple “how to install a light” tutorials, so I’ll spare you that. It’s up! It works! It was not easy to install in a house from the 1800s!

Eleanor's Room

More art over there too, as you can see. That white frame looked stark and plain against the dark wall color, so I added some interest to it with gold adhesive vinyl — the same stuff I’m going to use for adding stars to her ceiling. And on that note, I have no idea where my vinyl cutting machine is. I’m going to a brand event next month though, and without being too presumptuous, there’s a good chance I’ll come home with the latest model. The gold stars may get put off until after that.


Your room’s coming along, kid!

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  • Virginia (The Heartographer)
    December 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    She is SO cute! And I love how the art brightens up the requested dark blue walls. It looks awesome! I’m thinking of painting the room that will become our kid/nursery room dark blue too now. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      I wouldn’t have picked it had it not been for Eleanor’s insistence, but I’m enjoying making it work!

  • Laurie
    December 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I love the art you chose (it looks like one of the pieces is a Black Apple? I love her work!) and I appreciate that they are all nice and light. Coming from earthquake country, I cringe every time I see someone hanging heavy stuff over a bed. That’s such a no no in this part of the country!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Yep, the squirrel girl is Black Apple. I think we’ve had something like 4 earthquakes in Chicago in my lifetime (all fairly small, all slept through and otherwise unnoticed by me), so it’s not something we really design for here. I get that other people have to take it into consideration, but I’m more concerned that she (or her brother, or a friend) will jump on the bed and send something crashing!

  • Henna
    December 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Love how the colors pop against the dark walls. She’s a lucky one. Love it. :) PS that cutie pie is growing up!!!

  • Laura @ Rather Square
    December 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Nice work hanging art on plaster walls! We have those too, and I’m afraid to start nailing anything into them. We are looking into installing picture rails in all the rooms (we don’t have them now, but I think in a 1920s house they’d look pretty natural) as a way to hang things on the walls.

    The art you chose really pops on the dark walls. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Picture rail would be a great addition! We only have it upstairs here, but sometimes I think about adding it downstairs too. No plans to do so right now, but if you’ve been thinking about it, you should go for it. Hanging heavy art and mirrors is so much easier.

  • Chelsea T
    December 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    She is such a pumpkin head! My Delaney’s big girl room is still a few months away (after I finish the damn patio, and replace the carpet with pergo in the bedrooms), but I can’t wait! This age is so much fun with girls. So opinionated :)

  • Alana
    December 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Such a happy and polite little girl. And a fabulous room for a lovely young lady.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      She talks about you, sometimes! “Your friend that paints chairs…”

      • Alana
        December 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        Oh!! That’s so sweet! Tell her that I’m going to find a little wooden stool just for her to paint for her own room.

      • Making it Lovely
        December 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        She’d love that.

  • Tara
    December 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Looks so cute (as well as your daughter, who obviously has a cute personality)! Would love to see a broader view of the pictures with the bed, window, etc. in it.

  • Liz
    December 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Looks great! I am especially loving how that green E over her console pops against the blue wall color.

  • Nicole O
    December 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    LOVE what you did with this. Love. You are so inspirational to my fear of color, funky things and bold colors. I leave feeling braver every time I am back to visit :)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you; that makes me really happy!

  • Katharine
    December 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    She looks so much like you in the last photo!

  • Bethany
    December 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Very cute! I love that cat panel and the blue walls!

  • Amie
    December 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I love how involved she is with her room. She has such an imagination an determination to see it through. When is her brother’s turn?

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I need to upholster August’s bed (I’m reading through the Spruce upholstery book first), and there are a few other things to do in his room, but he isn’t as interested as Eleanor is. His room will be cute, but with not TOO many changes until he’s a couple years older and has some opinions on how it looks.

  • Jessica @ SundayLoves.com
    December 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    She obviously hates it! :)

    I love that the room will easily grow with her if you want it to! And it’s sassy which by all accounts and photos, she appears to be! Such spunk!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Obviously! Not at ALL the “dark blue!” everywhere that she specifically asked for.

  • Kristina
    December 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love the little flowers above her bookshelf, is that just a vase you mounted to the wall?

  • Michelle
    December 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Love it! Can you share details about the vase on the wall?

  • Catherine
    December 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    It looks so cool and feminine, too. She is adorable and I love her shirt.

  • Jess
    December 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Beautiful!!! You are so amazing at creating rooms that look like they’ve been collected over time; each piece looks thoughtful and special. It’s inspiring!

  • emily
    December 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    love those hanging banners! just a great kid-friendly option for above the bed!

  • Tiina
    December 13, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Seeing Eleanor’s pictures always make me smile. She’s adorable. The room looks like lots of fun for her!

  • Amber
    December 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Eleanor’s photos always crack me up, such a little ham. Her room looks great!

  • Elisha
    December 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Love the room but i must say the models shirt had my heart at first glance.

  • Christina
    December 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I always love seeing Eleanor and her fun faces… I was that kid, too!!

  • april
    December 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    You are the Mistress of Making Things Cute, madam!

  • judy
    December 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I didn’t think your children could get any cuter but if that little girl did that in person in front of us all I don’t think she could escape numerous hugs and kisses. I often wonder what sort of adult she will become. With all of yours and Brandon’s skills & smarts she (and her brother) will be very impressive.

    • Meg F
      December 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Absolutely adorable – your daughter and the room! Love the gallery wall and thank you for providing the link to the vase. I just ordered two! Too bad you don’t get a commission! Keep up the good work- such a fan!

  • erin
    December 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Love it! And that light is spectacular!

  • Teri
    December 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Unintentional Grease reference, “Just be cool” (Kenickie). I know, I am a nerd. Grease is the word!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 16, 2013 at 8:42 am

      That’s how I want to think of that quote every time I see it in her room now!

  • KBW
    December 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Love Tammis Keefe! I saw in a magazine a few years ago an idea about turning a Tammis Keefe vintage tea towel into an apron – I think it was Country Living! So cute! On a side note: I will miss your Babble blogs. I loved reading those! I hope you continue to still post similar stuff! KBW

  • Ashley O.
    December 23, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Where is that lower case ‘e’ from?

    I think her room is absolutely perfect! great work! She is so beautiful :)

  • liz h
    January 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hello! Any details on the maker of that super simple little house painting? The little canvas one with a pink sky? Thanks! Loved this post – such a fun glimpse of E and such an original color combo.