A Beautiful Way to Hang Pictures for a Balanced, Attractive Grouping

Welcome to the 547th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Monday! Hope you are experiencing a wonderful start to the new week. Since I’m currently in England on holiday and not actively working on a “Before and After” project, I thought I’d share a striking feature in the room where I’m currently staying.

There’s a rather long entry hallway just inside the door of my room here at The Duchess of Cornwall Inn in Poundbury, Dorchester where we are currently staying. I was impressed when I saw this beautiful picture arrangement on the wall. It’s so well done and feels so balanced!

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to do an arrangement of pictures similar to this on a wall in your home, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not easy to achieve such a well-balanced, eye-pleasing arrangement such as this.

The Duchess of Cornwall Inn Picture Wall Arrangement


Here’s a view from the other end. I can’t help but think the rooms in this Inn were professionally decorated because there’s nothing cookie-cutter about them. They all feel so welcoming and you instantly feel at home the moment you walk through the door. I’m looking forward to sharing more of this room with you when I have more time to go through the photos I’ve taken.

Do you recognize the person on the far right in the photo below?

Great Way to Arrange Pictures on a Wall, The Duchess of Cornwall Inn


I was delighted to see this famous portrait of Jane Austen on display here in my room. We are definitely in Jane Austen country! Her presence continues to be felt throughout this southern region of England.

Portrait of Jane Austen


I’m off to bed now, we have another early start tomorrow morning as we head out for Bath.

I’ll leave you with a photo of a new drink I’ve discovered while traveling across England. At each of the places we’ve stayed, I kept seeing people ordering this pretty orange-colored drink. It looked so refreshing, I decided to try one. Yum! I love it!

I asked what it’s called and was told it’s an Aperol Spritz. It’s said to be a very popular drink here during the summer. I’m going to try and make it once I’m back home.

Have you ever had one? Did you like it?

Aperol Spritz, Popular Summer Drink in England


Looking forward to all the great Before and Afters for this week’s Metamorphosis Monday!

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  1. Prolly 4 times a week!!

  2. Gallery walls are fine in a museum, but don’t care for them in my home. I think some people put too many things on the wall. Makes the wall look cluttered.

  3. Ahh, perfect timing, as I’m deliberating on my wall designs now in our loft! I have been cutting out paper patterns and going to town with various designs for hanging photos, art and the like. I purged so much, but still have things that may end up going to the booths by the time I finish.
    I have tried Aperol spritz! At a girls’ weekend, last year, but it was not for me. Glad you’re enjoying it!
    Thanks for continuing to host us while you’re away, Susan.

  4. Met Monday from England! That’s a great idea and I insist that from now on, when you are on travel, all your Met Mondays and Tablescape Thursdays must be from your travel location!

  5. We discovered the Aperol spritz last summer while touring Italy. We love them too. So we brought home a bottle of Aperol liqueur that I purchased at the duty free shop in the Rome airport. It’s such a refreshing summer drink.

  6. Oh, I thought Aperol Spritzes were Italian! I don’t drink so no idea what they taste like. Every time I see the words “Jane Austen” it reminds me of a late friend from the old Fodors travel forum. He went to school in Jane Austen country and hated her. He always referred to her as Jane Bloody Austen whenever anyone posted about doing a tour such as you are on.

    I bet you’re having a grand time!

  7. Terri Santiago says

    Hi Susan
    I was in England 4 yrs ago, and my favorite drink was Elderflower.
    Like a sparkling water. Try it.
    Also went to Bath, truly loved the Roman Bath.
    Could picture back in the day.
    Also went to Stonehenge, loved the setting.
    Enjoy your adventure.

  8. Oh Susan,
    I love harmonious picture groupings and your room seems to be very inviting and comfortable to stay in, although I’m surprised that you don’t have floral wallpaper in your room, too, but maybe you have floral window treatments or at least a floral couch in there? You know I ADORE floral patterns, they’re so feminine and romantic and well… to me, they’re sooo English, too! 🙂
    Susan, that’s so funny: even though it is a very popular Italian apéritif (we call it just “Spritz” in Italy), I usually make “Aperol Spritz” for my guests, only (especially for my German and Dutch friends!), lol; it’s a little too “bitter” for my taste but my guests love it and I find it very interesting that it is so popular in England, too! 🙂
    Hugs to you and keep on having fun!

  9. In a former home onLong Island I was lucky to put a wall together in the same style. Never tired of it, and guests always found it fascinating.
    Aperol Spritz sound inspiring. It sure looks good.
    Always in to travel with you.
    Did I spy a Cornish utensil holder. Love to have a set of those casual beautiful dishes. Perhaps they have different name Stateside? You would know.

  10. Cyndi Raines says

    Glad you are having such a great time. When you said you were off to Bath, I immediately thought of how many period pieces mention that area and smiled, now you are in your own period piece so to speak. Excited to see more pictures.

  11. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

  12. WANDA BRADEY says

    So glad you are having a great journey. Travel safely. Thanks to sharing. Bath is absolutely gorgeous.

  13. Thanks for throwing the party even while you’re traveling! The gallery wall is very striking~

  14. Biodynamic Barb says

    Hi Susan, If you haven’t had one yet, please try both a Pimm’s Cup, and a Dingle Gin & Elderflower Tonic. Both are filled with fruit, delicious and refreshing.

    • thanks for the suggestions, Barb! I was sitting across from someone at dinner last night who was sipping a Pimms and it looked delicious! I’ll try to get one tonight when we go for out for dinner.

  15. Ranger Smith says

    I was introduced to Aperol Spritz by my cousins from Germany. Its a refreshing drink perfect for summer. Safe travels Susan!

  16. Like your reader above, my favorite drink in the UK is Elderflower cordial… so delicious and refreshing… and I also enjoyed the various drinks featuring cucumber. I look forward to hearing more about your adventure!

  17. Hi Susan, I just looked up Aperol, and found that it’s in the Campari group — that bitter/sweet thing that some don’t care for and others find completely refreshing, especially in summer! I drink very rarely these days — occasional glass of wine — but I used to enjoy Campari and soda with lemon when I was younger (much younger!).

  18. P.S. The gallery wall is perfect!!

  19. Kathleen says

    Love hearing from you!

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