DAILY PROMPT: Wall to Wall — What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
Normally, I’d say this is a dumb prompt. But considering that the only other thing I could write about this icy, frozen morning, is weather — and I’ve written a LOT about weather in recent weeks — I’ll write about home decorations. Why not?
There’s stuff all over this house. Pottery, antiques, photographs, awards, old dolls, and other stuff. Paintings from known and unknown artists. Photographs by other photographers, one by Alfred Eisenstadt plus a couple by Alison Shaw. It isn’t all wall art. It stands on the mantel, on the tops of cabinets, inside display cases. It is everywhere.
I have a philosophy about decorating, that when you look around, your eyes should find interesting things to see. That merely looking around should be entertainment, maybe even educational. And your wall should be “you,” a display of the things that matter to you, that fascinate you, that amuse you.
For example, bookcases. You can look at the contents of someone’s bookcase and know a lot about them. About everyone who shares the house, their interests, their hobbies, their profession.
Have you ever gone to someone’s house and seen no bookcases? Blank walls? I’m sure it’s easier to keep clean (my house is a nightmare to maintain) … but the walls would stare with empty eyes.