I have tons of art to hang up on the walls, but having no budget for framing prints has been holding me back. Last week I decided that’s silly, and I went with taping the prints directly onto the walls with Kelly Purkey white washi tape. I’ll put them in black frames eventually, but for now this is a good, cheap fix.
This is about what that corner has looked like since July. Only Eliza’s Jackson Pollock inspired painting on the wall, and a few other things leaned up, waiting to be hung somewhere. It takes me forever to do everything.
I was totally inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe’s tip to use washi tape and a level to get everything on a wall lined up. I used it to measure out the rectangle I’d have to put my little pieces in.
You also might notice that I started off by lining the painting on the right up with the top of E’s Jackson painting. I realized later that it would feel more balanced if I lined it up with the bottom of the gallery instead and added a few small things to the top of the right.
Other than E’s Jackson, I chose the cool reduction print she got to roll through a press at The Maker Faire, a pianist print by Ben Krafton, teeny art squares by our friends Amy Bug (the record player) and Jack (the tree), and a vintage gas station number (5 is our end goal of kids to have, if, you know, time and money allows). To add in some color, I mixed in French Typography Prints from forever500francs (Eliza loves them).
The big painting is by my paternal grandmother, whom I never had a chance to meet. She was an amazing artist, and I love this painting even though it wasn’t in her chosen style (this one was an assignment for a class).
A little side tip about the vase (which I purchased at Target forever ago): it didn’t have drainage holes, but I love the color. So I just put a boring clay pot inside of it. I like how it looks like it was meant to be that way! I can just take that part out when I’m watering it.
Also, I tend to use scarves when decorating, because I like them but almost never wear them. This cool purple one was a gift from Jake’s cousin Emily for helping her with an economics course.
It adds texture and movement to the space, and helps to hide the fact that I really should sand down and re-finish that dessert cart (which is a hand-me-down from a family member).
I’m totally in love with how this corner fits in with the rest of the house. I love that my grandma’s painting pulls colors from the pipe bookshelves really well. And obviously I didn’t pick up anything before showing you how the corner fits in with the rest of the house. Keeping it real, guys.
I’m planning on continuing making things awesome around here. I’m not going to let a lack of a decorating budget hold me back. I can totally use what I’ve already got spread around the house!
What’s holding you back lately?