A few of you noticed the new picture light hung above my Manet copy of Berte Morisot and I shared it on my Instagram stories last week. I actually bought the picture light for the cow painting above my fireplace (Eulalie), but running the cord wasn’t going to work. It’s a small shame that there isn’t an outlet on that wall for either a picture light, sconces, or a TV. So, I decided to use the light over Berthe and it really is perfect.
When shopping for picture lights, I learned that they can be very pricey! I didn’t want to spend a lot, so I just kept an eye for one on eBay and Etsy, and finally, one surfaced for $25. It was the right size, style, and finish, so it was a win!
Hanging the light started about an hour of decorative play… bringing in plants from the deck, arranging and rearranging.
I started with some lavender and thyme, just to try it for fun. These plants won’t receive enough light to live here, but it’s fun to style for pictures or to test out ideas.
I also tried some topiaries. I really liked the formality of the symmetry with the oil painting and picture light, but again, these plants won’t survive here. Bummer!
I also realized as I was taking these pictures that the light was hung a little too low. Taking pictures of the ideas you’re testing out in your home can be a valuable way to make decisions and see what’s working and what needs to be tweaked. Next time you’re moving things around, take some pictures to give yourself a fresh perspective.
After the floors were installed and finished and I was putting things back into the room, I took the time to fix the light and the wire on the back of the picture. The frame was meant to hang horizontally, so I rigged it up to hang vertically instead of taking the time to reposition the eyes and the wire. This meant that the painting was always crooked! I would straighten it out and I tried to secure it with velcro strips, glue spots, masking tape, but none of those options were permanent. They would eventually separate from the frame and the picture would be crooked again. It really was silly that I kept trying to “fix” it without actually just fixing it!
It finally did that this weekend and it took about five minutes. I hung the painting about 1/2″ lower, so the light wasn’t crowding the frame and it looks better. I also rearranged the buffet/dresser one last time with ironstone and some blue transferware plates.
This arrangement doesn’t use plants that will die in a couple of weeks, but it does provide the symmetry I liked when I tested out the topiaries.
The light does have a cord that runs down the wall, behind the painting and the dresser. I use the decor to hide it, but I could add a cord keeper and paint it the color of the wall as another option. The outlet is behind the curtain panel, so it really is perfect.
I also tried the topiaries on the mantle and they look amazing there! The terracotta pots tie into the pink in Eulalie’s nose and the scale of the plants is just right. Oh, how I wish they didn’t need full sun! I am looking for some faux topiaries that are the same size, but it’s so hard to find ones that don’t look like plastic. I know there are good ones out there, though, and it’s just a matter of finding them.
Which arrangement did you like best?
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