Decorating with Picture Frames

I travel frequently to Atlanta for work and tend to stay in the same hotel each trip. I won’t mention the hotel by name since this may not be the most flattering mention; hopefully the very unique photos following will not give it away!

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During my last stay, I was happy to hear at check-in that I was being upgraded to one of the hotel’s newly remodeled rooms. Maybe I had high hopes after a somewhat bumpy flight from New York, but I was a little let down and a lot confused at what I saw when I entered the room. It was pretty much the same as before with fresh wallpaper, different bed linens, a new rug and a few additional pieces of furniture. Then I noticed what I thought was rather strange wall decor. On the largest wall in the room, there were three randomly-placed picture frames. They were each different, all without glass, two framing a bird that was painted directly on the wall and third encircling a life-size, life-like bird.

My first thought: these would for sure give be nightmares. In fact, the only reason I have these photos was to help co-workers visualize what I was talking about when I explained that I fell asleep certain the 3-D bird would come to life in the middle of the night and peck me in the head (luckily, that didn’t happen)!

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As bizarre as these “framed fliers” were, they did inspire me. I moved into a new apartment about 6 months ago and still have a number of bare walls because I can’t decide what to do with them. There must be something to do with frames besides just displaying photos. So here are a few of my favorite ideas I found, inspired by — but not featuring — birds!