After committing to a handful of tweaks for the living room, we were the most excited (and at the same time, perhaps the most undecided) about changing up our wall of shelves. After tossing around a few ideas – because at first, Scott was pretty set on keeping our former set-up – we finally agreed that a clean, crisp ledge of art would be a fun way to inject a bit of color into the room. Together, we discussed what art would set the stage, and you now know we landed on this:
From collecting frames, to ordering mats and finding things that made us laugh, smile and conjure up happy memories, we spent well over 3 months to narrow it down to these six pieces. Here’s what we’ve got:
1. Chair print, by Bo Kim: This was purchased from a student art sale at the Art Institute almost two years ago, but sadly, I can’t find a website to credit the artist (does anyone know?). You might remember it was framed in this dumpster find, but a shiny, polished frame gives it a new look. We love that the bold blue plays off our totally teal console. Update! Bo Kim’s work can be found right here.
2. Map of Italy: During our summer yard sale, our friends Miss M & Mr B were getting rid of these fun maps, and we couldn’t resist snapping one up! I’m half Italian, and Scott and I talk about visiting Italy someday to visit some family tree members – and fill up on the food that my grandma has perfected, of course.
3. View from the Eiffel Tower: I took this photo looking down from the Eiffel Tower during our whirlwind weekend in Paris over the summer. On the last day of our trip, our crew picnicked under the Tower, and Scott insisted that we take the stairs to the top (or, well, as far up as the stairs allowed). We printed this as a 12″x18″, and it’s so fun guessing what the groups of people are doing – we spy photos being taken, an exhausted group of bikers, and, get this, do you see all those teeny white flecks in the grass? Those are cigarettes. Seriously.
4. Strawberry Frosted, by Jennifer Keats: We first spotted these donut prints at a local summer art festival, and at the time, we were torn between maple and strawberry sprinkles. It felt like the impossible task picking out just one donut, but after flip flopping for days, we decided on the strawberry frosted. It’s just the right dose of color, and better yet, it’s pink!
5. Thick Skin, by Aled Lewis: We’ve wanted one of Aled’s illustrations for years, but it was always a matter of deciding on which one. Thick Skin makes us smile, and we’re sure Jack enjoys our daily sing-a-long as a result. They’re all tear-inducing hilarious. See for yourself!
6. DIY Screen print: At the same art fest where we spotted the donuts, Spudnik Press was set up for fair-goers to make their own screen prints! They had a handful of readymade supplies, and we simply picked our design to make a custom print.
The first two frames were picked up at yard sales for $1 each (then spray painted white and gold), the third frame is an Ikea Ribba, frame four was purchased at the City Flea (and the former Jesus print is still in there, being used as backing!), frame five was another $1 yard sale find and frame six is a Ribba.
We love that the ledge gives us the freedom to swap up the prints and/or frames if the urge strikes, and we think we’ve struck a nice balance between the clean lines of the ledge, the glossy white frames and the mix of prints, photographs and touch of gold. (Whew, hello, run-on!)
Have you added any new art to your home lately? Can we see?