A More Playful Framework

There is a large framed advertisement for French tea that hangs above the couch in our family room. I bought it because it was 1) a great deal 2) the right colors 3) large enough to hang there on its own and 4) a great deal. It's the perfect thing for that spot...and I absolutely can't stand it.

I've been wondering about why it bothers me so much and I think I may have figured out the answer. I have absolutely no emotional connection to it whatsoever. I'm not a huge fan of tea, French or otherwise. I don't think I've ever tried French tea (the few times I've been in France I was way more interested in the wine). The print isn't even from France-I got it at a Hotel Furniture Liquidation store. I only bought it because it was cheap and convenient. And now this convenient art has been hanging there and bugging me for six years.
This whole notion of 'what not to hang' represents the third practice of a Centering Home. The walls of our home should reflect our passions and purposes. They are at their best when they remind us of the people, places and memories that make up our lives.

The favorite wall in our house is the travel wall in our basement. It started with an inexpensive map of the world I bought at Ikea and a few pictures around it from various places we have traveled. Over the years it has grown and grown to its current constellation of pictures...and I can't help but smile every time I walk by. 

Kids art is the best art...
Wall art should be more than what is on sale at TJ Maxx or a Hotel Liquidation store. It should embody the unique personality of our families; the places that are special, the random coloring sheet that made you laugh, a family photo gone wrong. These are the raw materials that make for great walls.

Meaningful works of art (however you choose to define meaningful...and art) remind us that life is not confined to the mundane moment you might be experiencing at the time. That by seeing that picture of the wall, you remember that there was that one time when you were sitting in a French cafe (and you weren't sipping tea), and that someday you will do that again.

These prints are from a old
magazine I bought at a
flea market in Stockholm.

And so even though we might find ourselves in the midst of mundane moments, fill your walls with things that will lift you, not cave in around you. Frame something fun. Hang something memorable. And allow what you see to give you a proper framework on life.

These are digital files from an
Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaBarbero);
one map for every place we've lived.



  1. Love it Lindsay. We have always tried to have personal and meaningful things on our walls. Visitors don't always "get" our choices, but they make us very happy! And now we'll have 5 months more of pictures to choose from. ♥️

  2. I love this, Lindsay, and agree wholeheartedly. I have been downsizing considerably, and wanting to have only meaningful things hanging where I see them every day. One of Johanna's pieces of art has a prominent spot above our piano, and I recently had plaque-mounted a poster I got for $10 at one of my favorite places in Vermont, where we visit my brother every other summer (and where I'd move in a heartbeat if I could take everyone I love with me). But the things we got because we felt they looked right or were the right price just didn't have staying power. (Sadly, it doesn't look like the maps you have are available in Lisa Barbero's shop anymore. It would have been fun to have one of our beloved Chi-town.) <3


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