Our house is only about twenty years old, part of one of those large housing developments you find on the edge of most cities in the UK. The house is easy to maintain and keep warm but it lacks character. One thing I don't like about it is that there are very few areas of wall space where you can put furniture. This fireplace takes up a big chunk of wall. It serves little purpose other than to provide somewhere to plug in an electric fire and one thing we don't need in this house is more heating. Of course we could rip it off the wall but that would mean a new floor as well as redecorating. Instead I've chosen to make a feature out of it.
It has become a miniature art gallery for postcards and greetings cards. It's a rather slap-dash blu-tacked affair but I like it. Most of them are cards I have bought especially, but some are cards I have been sent.
The beauty of it is that I can change my art easily and cheaply, replace ones that are getting tatty and when Charlie claims not to have any idea of what kind of birthday cards I like I can point at the fireplace.
There are quite a lot of Ravilious cards there, some Mark Hearld, Emily Sutton, Tom Frost, Angie Lewin and Celia Hart plus a couple of travel posters.
When the fireplace is full I shall start on the doors.
A good online source of lovely cards is Down To Earth.