So after four years of living here, I think I have finally found the look I want. I did a gallery wall going all the way down the stairs. I just finished it yesterday and I think it turned out great. I used all black frames but in different sizes, materials, and designs.
In the niche, I put a vintage dress form dressed in a fabulous red and white toile dress, (of course, she's also wearing a vintage apron) a tall candle holder, and a cute sign. (I am not 100% convinced of the candle holder but I'm going to live with it for awhile.)
I would love to hear your thoughts or ideas...