Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Wall Collage









































Hudson in Boston has a very intriguing collage wall in the back of their store. Full of vintage photos, letters, addressed envelopes and other bits and pieces it is a real attention getter. I found myself lingering there for quite a while taking it all in. Years ago I visited a house where the entire wall of their basement stairwell was a collage of their family - past and present. A typically boring transition space was transformed into a meaningful and interesting design space.

Do you notice a famous brother and sister in this section below?

Love the handwriting in the letter above - what a John Hancock.

If you don't have your own vintage family photos or memorabilia, you can always "adopt" somebody else's from the local flea market or antique store. Or, just start with the present as eventually it will be vintage...

19 comments:

alice said...

So pretty! It seems so much more special to keep things like this out on display rather than storing them away in organized boxes, like I usually do... Hmmm change may be in the air! Thanks for sharing this idea wal1!

AnnaVallance said...

What a great idea. I have a blank wall so thanks for the inspiring photos.

vicki archer said...

I love wall collages and this is a fabulous one - I find they happen unintentionally near near my desk, xv.

Pigtown-Design said...

I have a huge (4x5) bulletin board framed with an old gesso frame, above my desk. It's gradually becoming like this wall.

J ..de Santa Fe said...

Black and white and sepia with a few touches of red stamps: Just Perfect!
.... Judith

Kwana said...

I love this idea. So interesting. I spotted Donny and Marie right away.

Kathleen said...

I love that.

Linda Merrill said...

Hudson is a great store, isn't it?! And, I do love the collage wall - although I'd never have the patience!

karlene said...

I love Hudson, this is beautiful. thank you.

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a FUN wall... I can see why you would linger over it! People are forever selling vintage photos at the flea markets... sad that they are lost to the public... yet GREAT that others appreciate them!
Hope all is well with YOU!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Marnie said...

nice idea - i go to wellesley a lot to see family so i can't wait to see hudson

LindsB said...

this is such a great idea, I love all the old black and white photos

TheDecoDetective said...

I've seen something similar in a local coffee shop, but I've never thought of doing it at home. I think I'm a bit too fond of framing. But it's a really nice idea to use old letters. Hmmm now you got me thinking! Thank you for an inspiring post!

Terri said...

Oh, that is exquisite! I love vintage photos and ephemera and never quite know how to display it without it looking like a cluttered mess. Now that I have a home office, I am hungry for some photo displays that don't seem to work in other parts of the house.

Yes, that is beautiful handwriting - that in itself is a gift, isn't it?!

I love old postcards and old writing, but I draw the line at using photos from strangers - just seems a little too meaningless unless it is a particularly interesting photo

Karla said...

Beautiful! I think every time you walked by you would see something new in the collage! There's just so much to look at! Thanks for sharing the idea!

~ Karla

Jennifer Ramos said...

Having vintage shots are great...i have a couple of my family but id feel a bit odd placing some of people i didnt know...hmmm I think i'd always wonder who that person was ha!
Looks GREAT though!


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cartolina said...

wow just tuning in and I love this wall of images - just the best use of old images I've seen in ages - my heart jumped when I saw it!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

An excellent idea. What a wonderful use of space and inspirational pieces.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love this idea. I also love that it is from Hudson. I posted about the store a couple of days ago when I feel in love with their site. This is just another reason to make a trip to Boston and check it out in person.

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