July 28, 2008 4

birthday presents

By in Art, Life, Me

I got some great gifts from friends for my birthday this year. One is this beautiful reproduction of an Italian poster for Breakfast at Tiffany’s that my friends Sara and Kate got me. I love it! Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses and Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite movies! I need to get it framed and I think I am going to put it in my bedroom when it is done.

My friend Kelly gave me these awesome Leading Ladies plates as well! There is a Bette Davis one, a Greta Garbo one, a Jean Harlow one and a Lana Turner one. I love them! I’m torn between the dining room and my bedroom. I need to get some plate hangers or a secure shelf!

4 Responses to “birthday presents”

  1. April in CT says:

    What great gifts!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure about how Anna will feel about you hanging those plates on the walls…the poster should be okay though.

  3. Anna at D16 says:

    I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean, “Anonymous”, but for the record, my ruling belief when it comes to this kind of thing is as follows (as gleaned from William Morris, in part):

    If you truly love something and consider it beautiful, there is a place for it in your home. You need to make the things you love important, though, and that means removing elements that are neither useful nor beautiful. It also means that you need to put very careful consideration into how you display your collections, and not letting them turn into clutter. Make them important, make them special!

    To that end, I would suggest hanging the plates in a contained area, like above a window or doorway — maybe above the window in the kitchen that overlooks the side porch, for example. As long as the plates are treated as an important element in the room (and aren’t competing with other decorative items), they will look good.

    For the poster, it depends on the scale. Unless it’s very large, it shouldn’t be hung on a large, open expanse of wall. Since it isn’t part of a series, it should be hung alone — again in a contained area, either on a short wall, or with some kind of grounding (like a short table or dresser) on a longer wall. A simple frame and a plain mat will help to make it look finished and well thought-out, too.

    I’m not here to tell Adam what he should and shouldn’t put in his home, or what should or shouldn’t be visually appealing to him. My intention all along has been to help Adam to make his home the kind of place he wants to live in, and to help him to minimize the things that don’t matter, so the things he loves the most can really shine. We’re not the same person, and that’s okay. It’s fabulous, actually!

  4. Metsis says:

    I have that exact poster! If yours is the same size as mine, there is an IKEA Clips size that fits it’s height perfectly (it’s a bit too wide, but I think the poster looks good placed on a white background that shows a few centimeters on each side.) I also have a similar italian Roman Holiday poster that is yet to be put under glass so I can hang them as a set.

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