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So were you one of the people that took advantage of the $5 Magazine Deal that Amazon ran over the holidays?

Well I did – I got myself Southern Living and Real Simple and the lil bro got me a subscription of House Beautiful. I love magazines for the simple easy pleasure of flipping through and enjoying the ideas they can bring you. So – I got my first issue of Southern Living last week. One of their features for a “Done in a Day” home projects was to create this hanging photo display.

(photo via Southern Living)

So can I just say that I LOVE this idea. They used picture molding – which I did not know existed until this article. Picture molding – shown below – is used to hang pictures without using nails. How fantastic?? And why don’t more high end apartments use this within their rooms so we could all hang photos? (Note to self:  Must sending strongly worded email to apartment complex.)


So here his how it works, notice that small space between the top of the molding and the wall. You put in a special picture molding hook like the one below, tie a piece of cord, and you get once heck of a classy picture grouping.

(photo via Southern Living)

Or you could use a ribbon.
(photo via HGTV)

There are tons of different options for hooks. Check out the options here at House of Antique Hardware. (Don’t you just love the presentation of these? They come in several different finishes.)

(photo via House of Antique Hardware)

I researched this and evidently, it was a big deal in Victorian Houses back in the day. However, I couldn’t find a whole lot of pictures where people are using this today. Below is a picture from VintageSeattle.org which is a classic example of what picture molding looks like prior to being used for hanging pictures.
(photo via Vintage Seattle)

Next, here is one of the only pictures I found on Houzz.com that showcased picture molding. Note how the mirror is hung off the molding.


Don't you just love this idea?  I think it is perfect to do in a room so you can change out your art quickly or have a bare wall.

What do you think?  Check out the steps on how you do it at SouthernLiving.com.  You need no "heavy duty" tools to get this look.  Another reason why I am loving it!  

15 frugal friends said ...

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... @ January 28, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Love this idea! So, so cute.

Rachel Cotterill said... @ January 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

We had a picture rail in the house where I grew up - I don't think they're that rare in English houses, though in my current house, the ceilings are a bit too low. It's much harder to hang pictures without one!

MovieGuy said... @ January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

That is neat sis, I must say. Keep up the good work :)

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Sandy said... @ January 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Nice ideas. Similar to what we see in antique homes where the crown molding is away from the ceiling to enable hangers like those to be used.

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alice said... @ January 29, 2010 at 10:47 PM

I love that idea too! Now I just have to convince my hub that we REALLY need this addition.
glad i found your blog.
smiles, alice

Aly said... @ January 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

i love this idea! i am getting ready to buy my first house and i wanted to do a nautical type theme in the living room. some navy and white frames with frayed ropes would look perfect from these hooks!

Leanne said... @ January 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I love picture molding, but I haven't used it in any room yet. Those hooks are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and have a nice day.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said... @ January 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Aly if you do that you have to send me a pic!!

Melissa B. said... @ January 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

How fun! I have quite a few framed snaps to hang...might try this. Thanks so much for the idea!

Claudya Martinez said... @ January 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

We actually a picture rail in our home and I do not take advantage of it, but you are inspiring me. I just need to get some picture hooks.

Anonymous said... @ January 31, 2010 at 8:41 PM

I'm with you on the magazines! Just love the ones I subscribe too and eagerly anticipate their arrival. :-) This is a great idea. I really like the first photo from Southern Living.

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