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  1. I love this post. Seriously everyone, Give Art a Chance, and artists too for that matter. My husband travels, and he has collected small pieces of art as souvenirs. Sure it costs a pretty penny for framing, but really it is longer lasting than a breakeable souvenir, and often it takes up less space in a bag. I could go on. and on. and on.

  2. I live in a small room and I love art (experiencing and creating). And last year when i visited a few houses of my friends, did I see what art on the walls can do for a house. It’s nice to see what other people put up, what makes their house a home. And in future I’ll know better how to place my art.

  3. Our house is filled with windows, so wall space is scarce, and I completely agree with you. I don’t buy mass-produced art because I want everything I hang to mean something. One of my favorite pieces is our vintage world/USA map from an old classroom. It hangs in our dining/homeschool room. We also have a large painting that was made just for us by a talented friend. I love looking at it and thinking about her. I’m going to try making something with my grandma’s buttons like you have, what a great idea!

  4. I love your Over the Rhine collage!! Huge fan here. We were fortunate enough to have Linford as the commencement speaker at my college graduation–it was amazing. They are just such thoughtful, talented writers and artists.

  5. We have framed three photos from my husband’s college black & white photography class final. We have an original oil painting done by each of our mothers. And we just had mounted but have not yet hung railroad blueprints of Minneapolis/Saint Paul railroads. I still need something for the front hall in this new apartment but these things, so far, truly reflect us.

  6. I love this. We have limited wall space as well, and on top of that I cherish “quiet space” in my home… this can be a tricky balance when it comes to decorating. I mostly choose to put up all of our red-eye, non-posed, slightly grainy pictures of our family moments. We had boxes and boxes of photos when I was growing up that we only saw when we sought them out (which came to about once every 2 years), so I wanted to make an intentional effort to display them around the house. I say “my walls are my scrapbook!” and that’s exactly what I thought about your beautiful home in this post :)

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