We held our hands close to our heart as the haunting refrain of Taps rose high above us. The sound dissipated note by note up into the vast entwined canopies of large and ancient oaks. We were there beneath those trees at the Florida National Veterans Cemetery to celebrate the life of my Father-in-law. Shots rang out against a bright blue sky; the final salute was done. The flag received its final fold and was handed respectfully to my Mother-in-Law as the pastor said some comforting words of celebration. On the drive home we spoke of memories, time spent with children and all good things. Later on that day my mind wondered to thoughts of decorating and celebrating the good things in one’s life. Let’s take a peek into a man cave that offers an entire wall of memories of good things and conversation for the cave owner somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Memories become the art
I have many clients with collections of highpoints in their life and they want to be able to look at those memories and enjoy the highpoints again. The issue that I have found is that for many, they don’t know what to do with all the stuff that was their past life. Often, it ends up in stacks and piles on the office floor or in a box in a closet. A great place to create a memory wall for them to enjoy is in the office. Memories are not always beautifully framed pictures; instead they are often a mix of hats, college logos, ticket stubs, model airplanes, baseballs, snapshots from black and white cameras, things found in souvenir shops in Europe and a variety of mixed media. I have found that shelves solve the great mystery of, “what are we going to do with all of it?” If the wall is big and in offices there is always a big wall then that is the wall we use.
• Wall shelves are the key
There is an undeniable design principle that the eye moves toward the largest wall most naturally, so we want to work with it not against it. When we group all the memories of life together using wall shelves as the anchor it creates a huge art display instead of that pile of stuff haunting you in the corner.
• What types of shelves
The shelves that I like are sturdy from PB! It does not pay to cheap out on these things. Wall shelves are usually two hundred dollars for a good shelf that is four to five feet long. They are beautiful come in many finishes and can hold some weight. You can buy a variety of sizes but four foot is a great size and works on most walls that we are styling.
• Let it flow
I am creative so for me to map out how I am going to place the shelves on the wall by making an outline of it all on the floor, does not work but if that works for you, do it. I usually, start from the center as my main focal point, figure out what will be the focal point and work out from there. I can’t be bound by rules! In the picture you can see that the office wall is large and we started with a large military framed picture and then worked out form that point.
• Display is important
One note of caution! Spend money on this project! You may need to reframe some things so the frames are well coordinated. You cannot use everything that you have but you can use lots of it. Chose the highlights! Finally, leave a little room to grow. Your best days are not over yet! There are so many more highlights to come and you want having the room to show them.
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