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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. 

 

10 Superior (& Superior Looking) Versions Of Common Household Necessities

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A primary tenent of Live Simply is the concept of elevating the everyday, i.e. relishing every opportunity to make the seemingly or would-be mundane into something beautiful and delightful. 

It is due to this that when one of my clients stopped me in my tracks the other day to regale me about the superiority of her dustpan, I completely appreciated her remarks. I had previously been giving the dustpan very little regard; I wasn’t sweeping and it was merely out because, hello, all the things were. 

Evidently, this dustpan was superior to all others. For one thing, there was its weight to consider. And for second, the crucial detail of its lip-to-floor positioning. I’m not sure how long one can possibly talk about a dustpan, but I feel we had to have at least come close to the record. 

But the bottom line was that my client was living proof of the fact that one may truly love everything one owns, and feel as though they have chosen it purposefully over the rest. Even your dang dust pan can and should be something that in some way delights you.

But don’t stop there; this fact holds true for any number of household tools. Less with the mundane! More with the elevated everyday! 

Superior (and better looking!) versions of common household items.

 

1. Sweeper and dustpan

2. Gold shredder

3. Simplehuman step can

4. Laundry stain brush

5. Blade brush (For handy knife cleaning that–bonus!–helps to ensure you won’t slice your fingers off.)

6. Braided extension cord

7. Tabletop brush and dustpan

8. Goat hair duster wand

9. Copper cloths

10. Hardwood floor broom

 

 

 

So, You Want To Ditch Ugly & Distracting Product Packaging?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Yesterday we talked about the concept of decanting as a means of obliterating the visual noise of product packaging and elevating the everyday.

If you weren’t on board with the topic, or, you know, if it bored you, the bad news bears are here to say: there’s more decanter talk coming your way. (Blogger Pledge that was an accidental rhyme.)

I know better at this point than to tease you with merely the suggestion of a principle, but leave you bereft when it comes to sourcing the necessary tools to implement said concept. Thus, we shall nip those inquiring and somewhat pleading emails in the subject line with an array of decanters, served up hot just for you.

So ready to banish the sight of ugly and distracting product packaging of household supplies!

1. Hermetic Jars With Chalk Labels

2. Anchor Hocking 2.5-Gallon Jar //Anchor Hocking 1.5-Gallon Jar

3. Apothecary Candy Buffet Jar

4. Buon Gustaio Cruet – Balsalmic Vinegar & Buon Gustaio Cruet – Olive Oil

5. Estetico Quotidiano Cruet by Seletti

6. Little Bit Of This & That Canisters

7. Dishwashing Liquid Dispenser

8. Mouthwash dispenser

9. Glass Spray Bottle with Black Spray Nozzle

10. Infinity Jars 200 Ml (6.8 fl oz) Black Ultraviolet Glass Push Pump Bottle 3-Pack

11. Apothecary Glass Mist Bottle with Aluminum Sprayer