Our house of color: hanging children’s art around the home


I thought I’d share a few photos today from around our house. I’ve been rearranging what we have on the walls and hanging some of the kids’ artwork. Some I popped into frames, some I hung (or taped up) without framing. Here’s the living room, above.


Remember Kai-Lan in the lower left? And there’s the tape resist canvas above.


This oil pastel drawing by Maia is one of my favorites. It’s hard to tell, but she wrote “house of color” across the middle. I just love it! And it feels like our colorful, somewhat jumbled house.


Here’s that sun I commissioned, lighting up the bedroom wall. This space needs some work — I realized halfway through that I have plenty of framed baby photos of Maia and none of Daphne. So it’s on hold until I can rectify the situation.

See the two pieces at the top? They are portraits Maia drew of Harry and me with colored pencil.


Here’s me, with my short hair, glasses, and dangly earrings.


And here’s Harry with his stubble. Love it!


And here’s a not-so-great photo of them framed. Anyway, there you go, a few glimpses around our house of color…

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  • Rachel
    December 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    jean (and everyone else), here’s a link to the blog of an AWESOME local photographer… and see the pics she took of our sweet desmond last week. i’d love to see what she could do with daphne!
    i love all these pictures… thx for reminding me to (someday!) finally switch out the kids’ art around here!

  • amy
    December 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I can’t think of any better wall adornments than kids’ artwork. Our house is much the same–framed photos and kids’ artwork, some framed, some not. I also have a huge bulletin board in the kitchen where I rotate work, and I hang recent work up in our studio when we’re done with it, sort of as ongoing inspiration. I think it’s a very powerful statement to our kids, to frame their work and hang it up where all can see. It says, What you do is important to me, and you are, too.

  • Holly
    December 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Looks awesome!

  • Jane
    December 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This is so inspiring. I love the way you’ve displayed everything. I really need to frame some of my children’s creations. I also love that giant chalkboard in the back of the room in the first picture– how cool!

  • Jennifer3
    December 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

    How fun! My boys (7, 5, and 2) did some Christmas art that we have framed and up right now. It makes me happy to see their work up around the house. I am glad I had a lot of extra frames around, I love the importance a frame gives to the look of their art.

  • Kelly
    December 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    We love to display our kids’ artwork, I think it’s the best way to show them that you value their creativity and their creations. My 3-year-old likes to hang it up herself with scotch tape so there are haphazard pieces all over the house (every once in awhile I go through and “declutter”) Before we moved we had a long hallway that I lined with three strings and clothespins for a rotating display (amazing how quickly it filled up!) and I need to do that again in our new house.

  • wesleyjeanne
    December 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

    One of the great things about my house is that I live in a log cabin with wood walls. So I just staple my kids art on the walls! Easy and fun!
    Love your art displays.

  • simplegirl
    December 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    beautiful and sweet. i think you’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but what sort of tape do you use on the walls for unframed pieces?

  • rae
    December 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

    i love the portraits of harry and you!!! priceless!

  • Maryam
    December 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    That’s really wonderful! I love the way it looks to have framed and unframed art together on wall. It really works :)

  • Steph
    December 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now. Maia is the same age as my daughter. Reading this post and seeing the pictures of her art makes me realize just how IMPRESSIVE Maia’s art has become! Good job, mom!

  • Amanda
    December 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I love it all! The portraits are my favorite!

  • Nikki
    December 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Just lovely. I especially like the Sun painting.

  • Bonnie
    December 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I love it when parents nicely display their children’s work, framed and all. Thanks for posting.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Thanks Rachel!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I know. I’m glad I have extra frames, too. I’ve just been using them and rotating artwork through them occasionally.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Maia likes to tape her artwork up around the house, too! Usually at her level (of course!) and with nice looong pieces of tape.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oh, I use masking tape and usually roll it so the sticky side is out then hide it in the back. Does that make sense?

  • simplegirl
    December 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    i will try that– thanks!

  • kate
    December 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I love your gallery, and I really love the sun.
    I just finished making a gallery of my 2 year old’s work with a type of frame you might like. It is hinged so that you can open it and place pictures easily, and it acts as a cabinet, holding up to 50 pictures (supposedly.) They are available in several standard paper sizes (8 1/2 x 11, 9x 12, 12 x 18 and 18x 24). Kind of expensive, but the effect of multiple framed peices together is really cool, its super easy to update the display, and I rationalize that we’ll be using them for years. They are sold by “dynamic frames” under the slightly stupid name “lil davinci.” The company should give you some to review!

  • andiejaye
    May 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

    hi jean! i’ve followed your blog for quite a while. it’s one of my favorites. i just wanted to let you know that i’ve referred to this post and included 3 links to your site in my blog. here is the link http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com/2011/05/long-wall.html
    if this is not okay, please let me know and i will remove them. thanks so much.

  • Young Artwork
    December 12, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I absolutely love all of it