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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. 

 

The New Way To Decorate: Elevate Everyday Objects

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you love it enough to keep it–for the idea of it, for the sheer beauty of it– you should love it enough to put it up on your wall and stare at it every day.

It’s actually a wonder more people don’t take advantage of this concept, now that I think about it, since it’s the magic way to add function to items that lack everyday utility, beyond being beautiful and making you happy.

Art is one of those things that people are too busy with other things to rethink–understandably. The world may not be flat, but the world’s common definition of art is that it is. As a result, not many people look at 3-D objects and think “that oughta go up on my wall I love the look of it so dang much!”

And worse, people spend years living with entirely unadorned walls, because they’re forever searching for art they like and can’t seem to find, while around them sit the things they already own and love, unglorified.

So here, for the better convincing my dears, are a conglomeration of everyday, non-arty art pieces.

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

The concept works, I think we can agree, whether you have a small collection or a single item–so long as they’re special. Those baskets above look splendid, but maybe they won’t totally surprise you.

This dress on the other hand?

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

What’s that term again? Focal point?

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

Of course, just because you hang things on the wall doesn’t mean they’re off limits as everyday items, too. (This is really the best part.)

Hang your grannies’ silver trays on the wall and you get a. decoration, 2. storage, and c. easy access for all that hosting you do!

Hang ledges in your kids room and use them as play-truck parking lots and you get 1. The same three things as stated above so let’s save breath.

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

Don’t you see? It’s a way to honor the items you hold most dear!

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

If you think that bike’s parked in the living room next to the perfectly arranged bookshelves for lack of any other wall-space, well, you’d be a bit thick.

ideas on how to use everyday objects as art for a home that feels undeniably like you!

Do I have the idea juices flowing? Are you frantically looking around your space for 3-D objects you can hammer to your walls?

Yeah, good.

Forgo convention. Elevate the items that are joy-inducing. Decorate your home to feel like you! Because in your very own sacred space, you can. Because there are no rules. Except of course, the first rule of Live Simply, which is always talk about Live Simply and always be doing it.

Image credits: September 2010 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming, Love of Family And HomeAshlyn Gibson’s Stoke Newington home photographed by Rachael Smith for The GuardianKhai Liew showroom – photo by Marcel Aucar via The Design Filesphotos by blayne beecham via A Perfect Gray Jodie Rosen Design via Apartment Therapy Tim Melideo Photographysongwriter Matthew Gerrard’s home; design by Jeff Andrews via Traditional HomeAngela Stasio Designed by Sandra Thomson via Remodelista

Glass Display Boxes

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Back when I was in France, I happened upon this impossibly chic little jewelry store. What made it so wasn’t the jewelry, particularly, between you and me, but the method of display. The most streamlined glass boxes populated every surface, and inside lay the goods. It was a classic case of the French exhibiting, once again, just how little they need to purposefully aim for la mode, since the mode for them is something rather more akin to breath or eyeballs or other things one is born with. A bust? What’s a bust? Or a tree? Or a pair of antlers? You silly Americans with your jewelry storage. Here’s a glass box. Boom. Take it or leave it, and we know you’ll take it because hello.

Image credits: (clockwise from top right) Happy Interior BlogOne Kings LaneRefinery 29Two DelightedLonny

From that point forward I was hooked. I googled the glass box during every free moment, and then became irrationally worked up when several searches came to naught. All I wanted was a damn glass box for thoughtfully displaying baubles and keepsakes and such. No thank you, Decoupage, I don’t want the fancy ones. Just give me the glass.

Evidently the only retailer to carry the exact glass display boxes I had in mind was West Elm–that’s was, because they absolutely stopped carrying them some time ago. But that wouldn’t stop me; and so, with the crazed fervor of one in-lust and yes maybe a tad obsessive compulsive, I frickin’ found some glass boxes. And now, dear readers, I invite you to partake in the bounty of my tireless quest.

1. Arteriors Fuller Small Glass Document Box // Arteriors Fuller Large Glass Document Box

2. Pierre Leaded Glass Case Square

3. Pierre Glass Showcase Display Box, Leaded Glass 

4. ‘Alchemy – No. 1′ Decorative Glass Container // ‘Alchemy – No. 2’ Decorative Glass Container // Alchemy – No. 3′ Decorative Glass Container 

5. Showcase Glass Boxes, Set of 3 

6. Paris Inspired Jewelry Boxes, Set of 2

7. Two’s Company Six Compartment Glass Box 

8. Golden Glass Shadow Box, Large Angled, Gold 

9.  HomArt Pierre Metal and Glass Terrarium Tray

10. Golden glass shadow box, large square

11. Decorative Numbered Alchemy Box  

12. Golden glass shadow box, tree

13. HomArt Pierre Metal and Glass Terrarium, Tall

 14. Octagonal Glass Boxes by Twos Company

Just, at least, please don’t break up with me?