Saturday, November 14, 2020

Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop/ Collecting And Using Antique Frames

Hi, Friends, 
I'm so excited that you are here. 

A huge thank you to Cindy of County Road 407 for putting this fun hop together. 
Cindy is such a wonderful hostess. 

If you are coming from Dabbling and Decorating, welcome. I love Ann's fun flea market frames.
I love vintage and antique frames.  They have a rustic, faded beauty and they look so good with other antique pieces. 

If the frame is good and old, I'll buy it even if the art inside the frame isn't that great. 
I can always change out the print or painting.

Newer frames can be painted and chipped up to look vintage. 
Such is the case with the oval frame in the image below. 
I worked on the frame and then slipped a very vintage piece of fabric inside. 
The fabric is from a doll pillow that I had as a child. My mom may have even used it with her dolls too. 
I love pansies and the motif is just so sweet. 

Old gold frames are some of my favorites. 
A frame without anything in it is still absolutely beautiful. 

Frames used in a display don't need to match exactly.  
The two pieces below coordinate because the paintings are so similar. 

The detail on a painted white frame just pops. Beadboard makes a nice backdrop for a wreath.

There is something to be said for a really fun, old and chippy painting in a chippy old frame. 
This gold frame was a curbside find. The painting is one of my favorites. 
It hangs above the new fireplace mantel at our new country house. 

I've been collecting old paintings for a long time but they are getting harder and harder to find. Oil or acrylic, it doesn't matter as long as the subject matter is good. So much of the look in an old painting is the old frame. 

I love to hang old frames with just a snippet of ribbon. 

Adirondack Black Forest frames with a leaf design are some of my favorite frames. They add such a cozy cabin vibe. They are adorable during the fall and at Christmas. 

I also love the granny chic French provincial frames that were popular in the 50s and 60s.
Most of mine were found for a dollar or two. It's hard to find them that cheap now. 
I've switched out the prints in these too. 

I keep a stash of empty frames in the garage for use in different vignettes or displays. It's been fun going through them in order to figure out what is going out to our new country house. 
That is all for now. 
Be sure to visit my friend, Michelle over at The Painted Hinge to see how she is using frames in her home.
Finally, be sure visit all the links in the hop. 

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  1. Katie your collected frames are so beautiful my friend. Pinned!

  2. I've never thought to add bead board to a frame but that is genius! And you are so right, it's so hard to find paintings anymore. I've been wanting farm animals and nope, zilch, nothing to be found. Love your collection. Thanks for being in our group. Everything you post is precious.

  3. You have a wonderful collection Katie. Love the story behind the frame with the fabric it makes it more special.


  4. You have so many beautiful frames, Katie! I love that you used fabric from your childhood doll pillow in a frame. I need to remember you idea to use beadboard in a frame. A wreath looks great layered over the beadboard. I'm so happy that you have a country home. I've been following along as you've been working on it.

  5. Lots of wonderful ones here, Katie. They look terrific with such a variety of art. And now, a new home to display them in!

  6. Love the old frames so much. Looks so pretty. xoxo Happy Weekend. Kris

  7. I love all your stunning frames Katie! There are some unique ones that I don't think I've ever seen before. I love the groupings and the different styles of art. Well done my friend!

  8. My faves are your wonderful fall landscapes, and you're right, so very hard to find now. And that precious oval with the old fabric, what a wonderful way to preserve something so dear. Loving all your posts on the country house. Hope you're having a wonderful November, I can tell you're loving every minute of your renovation.

  9. You have such a great collection of frames, Katie and I love the way you have everything displayed too. I've never thought about hanging a frame from a ribbon before but I love it so much. Hope your weekend has been a happy one. Hugs, CoCo

  10. My word, you have a wonderful collection of old frames, haven't you, Katie?

    I think I love the painted white one with the wreath - that speaks to me.

    Please stay safe and well.

  11. Katie, You have quite the collection of gorgeous frames. I've always loved your vintage style. Several Of yours would work on my landscape wall!