My Houzz: Midcentury Heirlooms and Artwork Charm a 1908 Mississippi HomeEclectic Dining Room, New York
Photo: Corynne Pless © 2013 Houzz
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Replicate the past. The woman who owns the home seen here fondly remembers her grandfather by displaying his old Illinois license plate collection in the dining room. She hung them exactly as she saw them as a child hanging in his garage.Read more about this Mississippi home
10. License and registration. I live up the road from a street-facing sunroom whose walls are completely covered in license plates. Though I don’t know these neighbors well, I’ve gotten to know their history while admiring the plates on their wall as I’ve walked by. Families who move a lot are likely to have accumulated a stack of old license plates that feel somehow too precious and personal to part with, and tacking them onto the walls becomes a charming table of contents for one’s life story. Whether you covet the wall-to-wall look of my neighbor’s sunroom or funky rows of plates like in this dining room, it’s often possible to score a basketful at the local vintage shop.
Putting things on the walls. It’s funny; people have all kinds of reasons for not putting things on the walls. I have some friends who waited over five years to hang anything on the walls because they wanted to paint first, but never got around to it! Renters may be reluctant to make holes in the walls, but small holes are easily patched and covered, so please don’t let that stop you. Putting your art, photos and objects on the walls is one of the quickest ways to make a house feel like a home. It’s a step that, while in reality is easily changed, feels quite permanent.
Megan’s grandfather collected these Illinois license plates and displayed them in his garage. When Megan’s grandmother moved, Megan and her sister inherited several pieces of furniture and keepsakes from the home, including the license plates. Megan displays the collection in her dining room exactly like she remembered seeing them in her grandparents’ garage. Wall paint: Vermont Cream, Behr