wall of frames

Since I started blogging, like 7 years ago, I’ve have never been worried about posts’ subjects and the reason for that was very simple: I’ve always had what to blog about – my day-by-day life has always given me enough content for my personal blog. As someone who moved to another country, I blogged to my family, friends and for my own sanity, of course. What can be easier than that? And it became easier and easier each year, especially when I became a mum – lots of things (and feelings) to share.

However here is a different story and although i have much to say about the theme, oh my, i started thinking: where do I begin?

I was watching tv when, during the commercial break I looked at my off white-blank-naked walls  and thought, god!, I need to put this home together (btw, we just moved to a new home, the fourth in less than three years living in Australia). When this thought came to my mind, everything was clear and at that moment I knew: HomeSweetener will grow along with my own home and more than that, my first posts will be about my own needs – sorry, I can be a little bit selfish sometimes =p. Hopefully I’ll inspire and get inspired by other home sweeteners ;)

Back to my white-blank-naked walls…

On my last trip to Brazil, I bought some art works, one from a carioca artist and other two while I was visiting my beloved Buzios, the sweetest beach village in the whole world. Great, but how can I hang these art on my wall without overdoing them if 1.i don’t want to get rid of none of my over 40 existing framed photos; 2. I plan to add even more framed photos/illustrations to my walls; and 3.the canvases came rolled up and I have no clue about how to stretch them.

That was how I started

I’ve always been this extremely organized person and although sometimes I start doing things without planning, most of the times, to begin I need to put everything in order: first making a list (or should I say several lists?), then sketches and at last I start making it happen.

My lists are done – I have a plan for every corner of our sweet home; every single project has been listed.

Last week I started sketching – too bad that I don’t have a copy of AutoCAD anymore, so I have to do it by hand or, if I want to share my thoughts here, using the illustrator.

So let’s put the wheels in motion and get started showing the first things first: the layouts!

Bellow there is a few of the endless ways to put a wall of frames together.


If you ask me for general tips, the most important ones would be:

1. The group of frames should stick together and make sense. Making a beautiful wall is not about popping frames here and there, you’ve got to create a pattern, have to make sure that all the frames you are using belong together. They have to be, somehow connected;

2. If you are using one or just a few frames avoid placing them too high up on the wall – the horizontal mid line of your grouped frames should be between 1.60 and 1.70 m from the floor (which is the average height of a person’s eyes).


But the most important tip of all is this: be creative and open-minded, don’t let any rules stop you from getting the look you love, because in the end of the day, that is what gives character to your place ;)

Later on I will be posting more details showing how to fill your frames nicely, but for now i am very sleepy and tomorrow I have to wake up really early – yeah, my boys don’t care if I go to bed after mid-night. They always wake up when the sun shines (bleh!)


  • Seu blog está muito lindo! Estou adorando as dicas!

    • obrigada, Carol! Aos poucos o blog vai tomando forma :)

  • Flavia Monteiro Cabrini

    LOVED this post. I am making my wall of frames, but am playing safe. I have tons of colours in the house, I like bright ones, so, to neutralize a bit, I’ve decided to have a wall of plain white frames. They are of different sizes, that’s how I’m playing with them. And I’m trying to give it some movement, maybe close to the symetrical one you’ve posted.

    • Flavinha! I’m glad you like it! :) Funny thing: I was just writing about balancing colourful walls and frames :)
      BTW, I’ll love if you show your wall of frames here!

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