DH and I married in our early 40’s and each brought to the marriage loads of “stuff” – furniture, kitchen items, televisions, and art. When we were arranging our house in Nebraska, there were a couple of pieces of art I couldn’t bring myself to use. One was an etching of a ship at dock, framed in barnboard and matted with the most vibrant yellow I had seen outside of children’s art. It was awful. I shuddered and relegated it to the back of the closet.
Years later we moved to Minnesota and I was, once again, arranging the house. I had a number of framed etchings, from England and from New Orleans, that I was hanging in the dining room. I needed one more piece of art and started to go through the pieces that DH and I had. I came across the hideously matted piece, and for the first time, took a really good look at the art itself. The etching was really quite lovely. It was just completely overwhelmed by the awful mat and frame.
I took the piece to the local art shop and had it rematted and reframed, and it hangs in our dining room. And it’s lovely.
I’m looking at a number of areas at the moment and am wondering how I can reframe them. Where’s the lovely jewel at the center that just needs a new mat and frame? What are the areas in your life that need reframing?