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Go High {Or Go Home}

Author: Lauren Coleman

Despite having a largish kitchen I’m limited on wall space. I have three doorways off to other rooms as well as the patio doors out to the garden so it’s slim pickings if I want to hang anything on the walls. Recently my eyes started to wander to the spaces above the doorways and since then I’ve been filling the blank spaces with all sorts of whatnots.

Above the entry to the dining room I hung some old Marks and Spencer frames I had from my previous kitchen gallery wall. Remember I said I intended to print and frame some of my photo reel? Now some of them have found their way to the kitchen hall of fame. I love how guests’ eyes now seem to fix on this spot and it frames the doorway to the nearly finished dining room. (Full reveal of that coming later this month.) Above the wire shelving unit, (an old one from La Redoute but Cox and Cox do a similar one) I used a similar frame. Frame above wire shelf

The gap above the patio doors is only about 30 cm so I couldn’t do the frame trick. Instead I had a wire sign made by the lovely people at Cachette which came all the way from France. I had my eye on a ‘Stay Awhile’ print from Etsy for ages but didn’t have a wall to put it on so had the same term turned into a wire slogan. Considering anyone who visits our house seems to perch in the kitchen, it seems appropriate, although Lottie thought it said ‘Stay Awake’ which I suppose is also quite fitting too. It’s just fixed in place with two tacks. Wire word over doorway

James bought me the arrow above the doorway to our living room many moons ago (which you can see over in my full kitchen feature) and the clock out to the hallway was purchased from HomeSense several years ago too though there’s a similar one at Grace and Glory too.
Clock over doorway

I left the mini wooden crate on a shoot about a year ago and was finally reunited with it a few months ago. As it’s smaller than a usual apple crate it fits neatly on top of a cupboard. I picked this up in an antique shop yonks ago but vintage ones are usually fairly easy to track down on eBay or Etsy and newer ones are ten-a-penny from places like Not On The High Street.
Crate on top of kitchen cupboard

If anyone is interested in the light fittings hanging over the peninsular unit, they’re are from Amazon. The original seller doesn’t seem to stock them anymore but I think the ones I’ve linked to are the same.

I’m well aware that putting a crate on top of a cupboard is hardly thinking outside the box, but I’m a huge fan of layering unexpected decor in rooms. I’d encourage anyone to have a gander around their home and consider if there are any nooks and crannies which you can use to display your wares. Don’t let limited wall space put you off! My next space to personalise is at the top of our stairs; a blank awkwardly shaped wall over the staircase where I’m considering adding another custom picture ledge like the ones James and I made for our hallway. As any DIY seems to be taking ages at the moment I’m sure I’ll be back to share the result in a year or two 😉
Any tips for decorating awkward spaces? Any beautiful objet d’art you’ve come across that would look great on a slim wall?

  • Wooden Crate
    Etsy Wooden Crate
  • M&S Photo Frame
    M&S Photo Frame
  • Lakeland Arrow
    Lakeland Light-up Arrow
  • Cachette Wire Word
    Cachette Wire Word
Lauren likes Paris, Prosecco and Paint Charts
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16 thoughts on “Go High {Or Go Home}

  1. Oh I love your house Lauren. I really need to start filling out gaps with nice things. You just make it look so stylish. I need to get a big clock for kitchen so may check out home sense. Thanks so much for sharing.xx

  2. Love the frames above the doorway! That looks brilliant!
    Was also just wondering if you’re going to share the big reveal of Lolly’s house? I was following along but all went a bit quiet. Unless I’ve missed it (whoops!!) and then please may you post the link? Thanks!! Xx

    1. Lovely Lolly decided to leave us back in May and as far as I know the house isn’t finished just yet. It’s looking gorgeous though from the progress on Insta Stories x

  3. Your kitchen looks fabulous, I love the wirework sign and all the pictures and lovely bits make it really personal x

    1. Thanks so much Mandy. I’m really pleased with the wirework sign. I’d like to order more but can’t think what phrase to go for! x

  4. Love your house so much Lauren. Your faffing skills are second to none, you have such a talent of making everything look so beautifully placed but not at all cluttered. I have been trying to pick up a lot more knick knack bits to try and perfect this but it is harder than it looks! I love your wire sign, definitely going to order one, thinking of a phrase as I type! xx

  5. Hi Lauren, you’ve such great style, I really bed to pick up some tips!!! Would you mind sharing where you got the glass pendants above your dining table, please? I’m looking for something smaller but vey similar above a small peninsular between our kitchen and dining space. Thanks so much x

  6. High placements can really open up a room, and keep everything clean and uncluttered in the process! Also a lovely clock – bold dark colours go perfectly with your clean wooden doors.

  7. Some fab ideas here. I love the wire rack! I have a space about the same size and have been trying to think of a good way to utilise it for a while. Heading straight over to Cox & Cox for a look.

    I have an awkward space at the top of my stairs too. I somehow managed to squeeze in a corner cabinet, displayed some flowers on top and created a gallery wall above. Now, what was previously ‘dead’ space is a nice little spot that draws the eye as you come up the stairs.

    1. It’s all about making the most of dead space Clare. I keep meaning to put a shelf up over the door in our utility cupboard – love a bit of unexpected storage! x

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