While most of my murals depict a scene or pattern, my most recent mural changed things up a bit with an Abigail Adams quote!
My client Suzy is in the process of refurbishing a beautiful home that was originally built in 1802. While Suzy and her husband are doing a pretty comprehensive remodel, they are paying special attention to keeping the colonial style in tact.
Keeping this in mind, Suzy looked to history when considering how address a feature wall she wanted in a sitting room. As a proud Massachusetts native, Suzy wanted something that was connected to the area while being consistent with the age of the house – and of course she wanted something that was meaningful to her!
To address all of the above, Suzy hit the nail on the head with a fantastic quote pulled from a letter Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John Adams in 1776:
“I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws …I desire you would remember the ladies. …If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” (When Suzy first called me to talk through her idea, I was surprised to hear she wanted this particular quote as I was actually familiar with it! My wife Gwynne uses this very letter when teaching her students about literature from this era.)
To keep with the theme, Suzy and I then looked for a font that would look appropriate for something written in 1776 without being too fussy. To accomplish this, we landed on the font “Allegheny”, which worked perfectly!
The only decision left was the color. To make it stand out without being too harsh, we decided on a taupe color that was slightly darker (but in the same family) as the window trim. With all of this decided, it was on to laying out and leveling the quote on the wall and painting it to keep the look of the Allegheny font!
Suzy and her family are thrilled with the results – and I am excited to see pictures with the special light she will have mounted above it!