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My home has a nautical theme throughout. Primarily, I have a lot of wooden sailboats and seashells.

I have received and collected 50 postcards that show some form of water from all 50 states. My question is:
HOW DO I DISPLAY THEM?

A. Do I put them all in black frames?
100% of my art so far is framed and matted in black.

B. Do I put them in the same frame or a variety?
100% of my art has a very similar, style of frame. The only exception is an over sized mirror.

C. Do I put all 50 on the same wall?

D. If the answer to C is yes, do I do them in vertical lines, or in mixed and matched on the wall.


The basics:
Furniture: Espresso

Flooring: Cheery

Walls: Paint; Blueish greys, think BenMor: Ice Fog + French toile

Trim: White Wainscoating/border

All art: Black frame + black matting on every single picture

Nicknacks/decorations: Blues, tans, whites.


Let it be.
 
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Why not be a little different this time and make a collage out of it, overlapping cards, etc.)?
 
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You might get a large map of the US and attach each postcard to it's appropriate state.

Or something like this -


Lucky

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Or find an old lampshade and clip them to it -


Lucky

"I have always had an aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style." ~Rose Tarlow

Inspirational pics: http://inspiration4u.shutterfly.com/


 
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Whatever you do, group them all together, it's a very nice collection with memories attached.


Lucky

"I have always had an aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style." ~Rose Tarlow

Inspirational pics: http://inspiration4u.shutterfly.com/
 
Posts: 12750 | Location: north of 50 in Canada zone3b | Registered: Feb 08, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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What a wonderful collection (I would like to know the subject of the postcard of Maine!)

I would also group them together Could you post pictures of where you are likely to place them?

I think individual frames would be 1) too costly 2) maybe too ditzy Maybe you could choose several large frames and group them by say New "
England, mid atlantic, west, south, etc.
 
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One of my clients has a collection of clipper ship pictures that are all the same size. We chose one large frame and had a single mat cut with individual openings for all of them. The display has so much more impact than if they were framed separately. The collection became a work of art when done together.
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions!

I think I like the idea of one large frame, with the matt cut for each one individually.


I do not have the postcards out yet, I am still unpacking. When I find them, I will get back to you and let you know what Maine looks like.

Now all that is left for me to decide.
A. Do I arrange by region, west to the left, central in the middle, east to the left.

B. Alphabetical order.

Some of them do not say the state on the front but I know where they came from Smile


Let it be.
 
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B. just because it would be easier to remember where each postcard came from!!


What a cool collection!! Smile
 
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You could also put them in a big rustic jar and keep them on a shelf or on your coffee table.
 
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You may find that having a 50 opening matte cut will be cost prohibitive. Having a custom matte cut and framed with one opening is outrageous. And of course just my opinion, but I think that option may look a little....museum exhibit-ish? But whatever you decide, show us how it turns out!! Smile
 
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Hobby Lobby will cut individual mat openings for $2 each. There are lots of sources online for inexpensive frames and even if you paid $100 for one, with a mat it will still only cost you around $4 per postcard. Individual frames, which in my opinion would look busy, will run you at least that much. Oh, and having helped someone hang sixteen family photos in a hallway (and trying to keep them all level and even) I can tell you it is not an easy task. I can't imagine trying to display fifty individual framed postcards.
 
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Thank you all for your thoughts!
I think I have decided to go with a combination of ideas.

I am thinking five frames, ten postcards in each.

This will have them grouped easily and allow me to group like postcards together.

I forgot to mention one key element: Some are horizontal, some are vertical. That put a small wrench in the works but I think I can manage if I do it in alphabetical order.


Let it be.
 
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Sounds like the perfect solution! Do post pictures when your project is completed, please.
 
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Some are horizontal, some are vertical


I had wondered about this. Look forward to seeing them done!
 
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This will be interesting to see finished and hung up on the wall!
Sounds like a GREAT way to decorate your wall!
 
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Yes, please post pics of what you do!!

Have you considered framing them so that both sides can be seen? I mean so that the back is also clear glass. That way you can always take them down and read the backs of the postcards.
 
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This is why I love this forum. Talented amateurs and professionals throw out good ideas and the original poster uses them to create an even more perfect solution.

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