Why Don’t You…?

… frame wrapping paper as artwork?

Original art can be pricey indeed, and large-scale wallpaper is just as expensive. Why not frame a sheet of wrapping paper in lieu of the fancy alternative? With hundreds of patterned options available year-round, it’s the perfect affordable fix to brighten any artless room.

Not sure where to start in choosing wrapping paper to frame? This marbled paper from Paper Mojo (found at Little Green Notebook) is a sure win for classic, glamorous spaces. And this quirky polka dot design would liven up any kids’ room. Or wouldn’t this graphic pattern look perfect in a modern office space?

Happy wrapping (err, framing!)!

Image Credit: Kristen F. Davis Designs

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Why Don’t You…?

… finally get around to decorating that staircase?

Unadorned corners of the home are some of my favorite spots to attach meaning to – whether through photos, sentimental details or unusual objects. What better place to create a meaningful collage than an empty staircase wall?

I love that the art is unframed, making it feel temporary and unplanned. And you already know I’m a sucker for washi tape interiors.

Happy collaging!

Images: Lekker Fris

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Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity

I recently visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to experience the Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity exhibit. I admit, I love cities, and I find energy and connection in these towers that reach toward the sky. There were interesting and challenging works on display. I enjoyed the interpretive and expressive nature of the art which often brought a smile to my face, as it explored the many ways we connect to, and are influenced by these powerful structures. Thought provoking and sculptural, the exhibit includes many mediums. One of my favorites below, a series of refrigerators faced with mirrored facets, create a reflective and luminous play on scale.  Two very different interpretations of Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina Towers Buildings in Chicago above, convey the exhibits diverse presentation. This exploration into the power of our built environment is worth the trip. If you aren’t able to visit in person, the following excerpts describe further the themes of the exhibit, which are expressed in each unique work.

‘The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago brings together 50 international 20th and 21st century artists for a show that investigates our enduring fascination with building into the sky. Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity presents a history of these iconic structures and their impact on our understanding of technology, society, and myth. The exhibition is divided into five themed sections. “Verticality” reflects the optimism of building upward and the pursuit of iconic form. “Personification of Architecture” juxtaposes human and architectural form, placing the body in terms of building and vice-versa. “Urban Critique” examines the effects of modern housing on its inhabitants and the dislocation and alienation that can result from architecture’s utopian impulse. “Improvisation” records occupants’ responses to their built environment and the ways they transform and humanize buildings. “Vulnerability of Icons” considers our changing relationship to tall buildings post-9/11.’  The architects newspaper

Skyscraper brings together a wide-ranging group of artists from around the world and across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to explore this enduring fascination. The exhibition features the work of Fikret Atay, Jennifer Bolande, Roger Brown, Jeff Carter, Roe Ethridge, Jonathan Horowitz, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Jakob Kolding, Vera Lutter, Abelardo Morell, Eliza Myrie, Ahmet Ögüt , Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Enoc Perez, Monika Sosnowska, Thomas Struth, Jan Tichy, Andy Warhol, Peter Wegner, H. C. Westermann, Wesley Willis, Catherine Yass, and Shizuka Yokomizo, among others.

Images and excerpts sourced at MCA Chicago

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Why Don’t You…?

Image Credit: Clayton Hauck

…use a large-scale canvas art piece as an impromptu room divider?

In the photo above, an existing room divider / half wall dons an artful mural in lieu of a headboard, creating a high-impact visual for a serene bedroom. Yet if you aren’t blessed with a drywall divider in your loft, why not fake the look? Hanging a large-scale canvas, art installation or even textile could act as a room divider, and by placing a bed in front of your newfound divider, you’ve created a cozy headboard along the way.

Smart idea, yes? Happy decorating!


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The Importance of Art

Art can make or break a space, as evidenced in the below photo of Blunt’s creative office in London:

The piece was commissioned by artist Ian Stevenson and provides a clear example of how art (especially art with a sense of humor!) can add layers of design depth to any space.

Without this witty piece, the room would feel somewhat sad and empty, but now that it’s coupled with the simplest of art (no more than a canvas and a handpainted message), the space sings.

I’m feeling a DIY coming on… anyone else? ;)

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