Bring on the requisite batch of New Years resolutions.
It’s time to donate the snuggy and break out the lululemon, start that job search or finish the book you’ve been writing for the past 10 years. Go ahead and teach yourself Mandarin, launch an Etsy shop, and make your baby freshly pureed carrots every evening.
Regardless of your personal promise, resolutions are always inspired by 2011′s crucial moments and future annual plans.
Thanks for the extra motivation, Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
This year I’ve made a few vows to finish decorating the apartment, eat cleaner and reconnect with my dusty Mizunos.
I’ve been here for almost six months now, but there are still so many loose ends to nail down, from a lack of living room window treatments to bare (and cold!!) hardwood floors in the bedroom. Framed artwork and diplomas still litter the vast (vast! ha!) corners of our little home, just like Times Square confetti at 12:02 a.m.
In my defense, like most tortured artists, I have to be in the mood to make decorating progress. Yes, I love to find creative living solutions. But not after a full day of work. Or before a full day of work. And definitely not when one’s social calendar is more complex than the spiderweb of 28 tangled extension cords, currently inhabiting the leather bench at the foot of my bed.
Luckily, I ran across some amazing ideas this weekend.
These picture arrangements are a refreshing break from classically hung art series. Break up your boring walls this year with a few inspired takes on the norm, courtesy of MoMA’s photography exhibit.
Group a large collection of polaroid photos or small images in one large, basic frame to produce your own exhibit-worthy display. Restrict the color palate to muted, or black and white shots to keep the overall look united.
Echoing the same themes as the previous collected multi-image collection, this is an awesome sequential arrangement idea. Keep the mat and frame in the same color family for the perfect dose of monochromatic polish.
On a budget? Like the look of the framed art series but wish it had more flexibility or modernity? Simply attach desired photos to the wall with industrial tape in a grid formation for an extra gritty option and change out your images on a whim. This is an awesome idea for dorm rooms, kids, teachers, men, and offices!
Want to display those classroom or meeting doodles? Look no further than this unique, lined paper mount idea. Use your original, college-ruled illustrations or easily transfer printed images from your computer to old-school hole punched paper. Utilize clear, frameless cheapie frames to create a grid for displaying the 8×11 art and keep distraction to a minimum.
Use this method of equal representation to present your favorite photos. A great way to show off progressive sequences, make sure the frames match to keep the look light and the focus on the art.
One of my favorite ideas, this oversized grid formation of images is hung directly beside one another, Use monochromatic images and thin, natural frames for a fresh wall decoration perfect for spaces where you want a large impact or statement and paint or wallpaper is not an option. (Cough, my apartment, cough)
Hang your art in a similar eclectic, varied pattern for a combination of visual interest and clean lines. Matching frames and mats and differing sizes of display options lend a light-hearted sensibility to a typical cut and dry approach.
This display capitalizes on small-mat cutouts and tiny-scale prints. Align images and frames to maintain balance and proportion in a quirky manner.
These arrangements are a fun way to hang varying sized artwork. Keep a theme, similar colorway or let your choices contrast by balancing proportions in a free flowing pattern.
I can’t wait to try out a few of these ideas in 2012.
Next up: A personal chef and running group.