Double Parlor The Victorian House

The Grid of Framed Tarot Card Art

I wrote about wanting to add a mirror above the fireplace and a grid of frames above the red console back in (checks notes)… January!? Does it take that long to make a little change? Well, yep. I’m not rushing to fill a space, I’m refining. Taking my time to get things just right.

Framed Tarot Cards, Making it Lovely

I loved the peacock mirror that used to hang above the red table. (I’m holding on to it, even though I have no idea where else it might work.) Once I added a larger Louis-Philippe style mirror above the fireplace though, the art above the table had to change.

Red Console, Peacock Mirror, Black Walls » Making it Lovely

The square Wyeth print that I hung temporarily in its place is great, but not the right size and scale for that spot. I knew I wanted something else, but I didn’t want to hurry the process for the sake of filling the wall — I needed to find the right art.

Living Room, Before

Behold, the “Eros: The Garden of Love” Oversize Limited Edition Major Arcana Suite, by Uusi. I found the right art!

Oversized Eros Tarot Cards by Uusi

"Eros: The Garden of Love" Tarot by Uusi

I’m not a believer in the metaphysics of Tarot (or astrology, or anything supernatural), but like all good Goths, I learned how to read Tarot cards in high school. I still find them fascinating, but I think this particular deck is simply beautiful. Uusi has other styles too, but these are oversized and nicely suited to framing.

I typically hang art 56” high on center. I arranged the frames in a Photoshop mocku to be sure I liked the placement, and also to check that it worked well with the height of the fireplace and mirror.

Photoshop Mockup: Louis-Phillipe Mirror Above Fireplace, Framed Grid of Art Above Red Console | Making it Lovely

Yay, good! Measure, level, and go.

Getting Ready to Hang Art on Plaster Walls

Hanging a Grid of Frames / Gallery Wall

I ordered black lacquer picture frames from Williams-Sonoma Home. They had mats sized for 5×7 photos but the cards are each 4×7, so I had custom mats cut by a local frame shop. The frames were on sale, so even with new mats (about $10 each), it was less expensive than going fully custom.

Black Lacquer Frames from Williams Sonoma Home

I like that you need to get close to really see what’s framed in there. From farther back, it’s just a pleasing grid with colors that kind of go with the rest of the room. Secret saucy sorcery!

Nicole of Making it Lovely, Black Living Room with Framed Grid of Tarot Card Art

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  • Kaitlyn Werton
    October 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I live for this. Art should be beautiful and slightly hilarious and these are it. You’re my hero Nicole Balch.

  • Jessica
    October 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    What did you end up doing with the rug and the corner fireplace? Something custom?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 17, 2018 at 8:32 am

      I tucked the corner under! To compensate for the added thickness, I cut out the rug pad underneath (a triangle-shaped piece). It’s not completely undetectable if you know to look for it, but it’s pretty good and it gives me the flexibility to rotate or relocate the rug if I ever want to. I thought about cutting off the corner and binding it (you can buy rug binding tape on Amazon), but I didn’t want to permanently alter it.

  • Caroline L
    October 17, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Hi Nicole,
    I love what your are doing with this beatiful house.
    But i have one silly question. You have 3 kids, pets and lots of objects how do you manage cleaning your house? I have just my husband and one cat in a one bedroom apartment and i already feel like dust is coming back in 10 min after each cleaning.


    • Making it Lovely
      October 17, 2018 at 8:29 am

      I wish I had a good answer. Maintaining a home is tough! Clutter accumulates and the kids aren’t great about cleaning up without a grumble. We’re lucky in that I work from home and Brandon is a SAHD, and I still think it’s tough. We tend to do bigger deep cleans on the weekend vs. a little here and there.

  • Cynthia
    October 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

    This is just the kind of thing only you could come up with and that anyone can recreate at home. You have such a good eye for color and design and your creativity seems to be limitless. It’s such a pleasure to follow along on your blog!

  • Jen Muratet
    October 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    “Like all good goths” <—- lolololol

    My husband has a pretty cool collection of tarot cards, this could be a fun way to show some of them off… you know… instead of having them in piles everywhere :)

  • Lynne
    October 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome! Looks great and love that deck. :)

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  • Erin
    October 25, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Fun and classy! I love that they are so playful. Looks great.