Sea Fans

With my kiddos away for the week, I've had some time to focus on interior design, both for clients and my own house.  If you recall, I purchased some sea fans a couple of months ago during a girls beach weekend.  I finally took the time to frame them.  Wooo Hooo! 
(I think I should have been taking a photography class instead of framing these.  The wall color looks totally green in this image - they are not green! Rather Grant Beige - not sure why I can't seem to capture it).  
Here's the color:

Sorry to completely digress.  At any rate, I decided to use two of the fans (rather than three) stacked vertically on the smaller wall in my kitchen to the left of the doorway into our den.  I used a dark chocolate linen as the background just to give the fans some definition and create some contrast with the light wall color.  You can see all the detail of the fans with this linen as a backdrop.

It's hard to see from these photos (b/c I stink at taking pictures), but the fans appear to be floating in the thick shadowbox frames.

You can see this detail a bit better in the picture below.

This was a super easy and quick project, and I took pictures every step of the way.  So, I will be sharing a little tutorial with you next this week on how to make some of your very own.  Cheers. M.

PS: any tips on photographing a dark room with zero natural light is much appreciated! 


  1. You did that yourself?! Color me very impressed.

  2. Love these and what a great idea. They can be so expensive all ready framed.

  3. I love your sea fans, Mandi and the texture and contrast is striking. I've used Grant Beige myself and I know it looks nothing like your photo. I have no photography tips for you - I'm completely mystified by it!

  4. I can't wait to see the tutorial, because they look great!

    Regarding the wall color, are the lights on? I find that makes a huge difference in color of the walls...even incandescent vs. fluorescent will change the wall colors depending on which you use. Same with northern vs. southern exposures, actually. I'd try lights off and use an editing program (free) like Pixlr to adjust the exposure if you want the room to look lighter. So easy to do!

  5. P.S. I am by no means an expert, but I've written a photography series about how to make-do with a point-and-shoot when shooting interiors. It focuses on things like turning the lights off, taking the photo low to the ground, how to style and compose, etc. Would love for you to check it out!


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.