The New Way To Decorate: Elevate Everyday Objects

September 23, 2015
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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
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3 Comments

  1. Cheyenne on September 27, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Makes so much sense! Lately, I have been looking at the things I have accumulated (which have now lovingly been placed in a nice pile on a dresser) and wondered if I really need them. I have to constantly remind myself that just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean I need it in my life….especially if it serves no real purpose except… well, to own it. Coming here makes me feel so much better when I destroy a pile…makes me feel accomplished and like I’ve really got my stuff together. Now please excuse me while I go stare at the pretty pile…I’ve got some decisions to make. But first, coffee.

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