File These Inspiration Photos Under “If You Love It, Hang It On Your Wall”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I was recently reminded, once again, of the necessity for freedom when it comes to the decoration of one’s space. 

I was working with a dear client to edit and organize his office when I unearthed a business marquee. Not insignificant in size, the sign had hung outside my client’s and his father’s company for over thirty years. 

Inexplicably, he wanted it. Without any rational justification for holding on to it, he nonetheless couldn’t bear the thought of parting with it.

So I went for my go-to move in situations such as this one–I found a way to display that giant ass sign in his office.

If an item serves no practical purpose (i.e. you don’t need it), it had better fulfill an active emotional purpose (i.e. you want it). And a sure-fire way to uncover how earnestly you want something is, as I’ve said before, to put it into a display role. If you say you want something, but you don’t want to look at it, well, then I start asking more questions. 

My client just needed to grant himself the freedom to embrace that now defunct sign as a display piece in his office, and once he saw it could be so, he was delighted.

Now I shall attempt to further inspire you to elevate non-traditional art into display-worthy items using the assemblage of images below. 

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: Design by L3G Designs, Photography by Paul Raeside via Vogue Living

In a breakfast room, early 20th-century plaster hat moulds and enameled dessert moulds serve as decor. 

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: Collected: Living with the Things You Love Hardcover Fritz Karsh

Meanwhile, Fritz Karsh proves that pepper mills make as fine an art installation as any. 

A vast collection isn’t required either, as these three vintage kitchen tools illustrate. 

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: Atlanta Bartlett

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: Micky Hoyle Photography

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: House Beautiful

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: House Beautiful

Ideas for elevating everyday objects that you inexplicably love into decor for your space.

Image credit: via Absolutely Beautiful Things

Like anything else, art and decor comes down to confidence, if you ask me. If you say it is so, it is so. If you say an item you may not need but want is worthy of seeing the light of day, as opposed to being shut up in a bin for the next twenty years, it is worthy of seeing that light. If you say an item is sentimental enough to warrant keeping because actively being surrounded by it brings you delight, hang that blank on the mother blanking wall. 

 

4 thoughts on “File These Inspiration Photos Under “If You Love It, Hang It On Your Wall”

  1. Bev

    Love this. It is what I have done with several things. Especially my Holly Hobbie plate collection. They are hung together on one big wall in my dining room. They have hung there for probably 20 years now so I think about taking them down to change things up but that thought makes me sad. So I continue to enjoy them right where they are! Then I compensate by having lots of open wall space elsewhere in the room 🙂

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