Upstate New YorkContemporary , New York
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Partially hidden. Peeking out from behind a woodpile is an unexpected (even a bit cheeky) treatment for a formal portrait. Or try tucking a portrait behind stacked books or plates on a kitchen shelf.
Accessories can kick up a space several notches and tell a story at the same time. Imagine this wood nook without Honest Abe. That simple but so very meaningful portrait takes the space from worker bee to extraordinary. I imagine an oblique nod to this great president’s humble beginnings, where splitting wood into fence rails was a primary occupation. And I hear the unspoken reminder to neither spurn hard work nor give up on your dreams.
“I am a champion of using the imperfect as an opportunity.” — Leanne Ford, in a Houzz Tour by Mary Jo BowlingWhat a great attitude — instead of letting something that doesn’t look “just so” annoy you, enhance it and let it lend character to your home. I need to remember to do this more often. Full story: Houzz Tour: Black and White and Beautiful in Upstate New York
For example, a dead space beside the corner fireplace became a place to store firewood and display a print of Abraham Lincoln picked up at a flea market. “We have electric candles at the base of the photo, and when they are on at night, the print looks amazing,” says Ford. The designer likes to display art on different levels. “If you hang some of the artwork low, you can enjoy it while sitting down,” she says.