Monday, June 24, 2013

The Worst Wall Ever

Since I've moved in, the westward wall of my apartment has been the bane of my fucking existence. 

It went from being a weird gallery wall that was dwarfed with all the negative space...

To having two simple frames on a polka dot wall...

To adding little frames on the sides of those, to beef it out a bit more...


And yet still, I am restless. Luckily, the other day a good friend of mine gave me some coffee bags from her work (given to me with the caveat of "I better see these on the internet"). They have a great texture and I loved the large scale of them (large art will always be my favorite, down with small frames!)

 Per Jenny's constant advice, I tried to hang them a little bit lower than I normally hang things on my wall. I swear, I read ONCE in a magazine like ten years ago to hang things higher to ~draw the eye up~ and even though it doesn't work and is not aesthetically pleasing, I cannot let go of it. Maybe these even still need to go a bit lower towards the couch?


I like that they take up a bit more space of this giant stupid wall, and that they tie into the burlap table runner next door in the dining room:


So thank you, Cafe Mustache, for continuing to feed my restlessness / help me display my caffeine addiction loud and proud. For those not familiar, Cafe Mustache is a local coffee shop here in Logan Square, and its great. They do a music trivia night on the third Thursday of every month, if ever you feel like coming and having your ass handed to you by Andy and his freakishly enormous brain. They are also currently doing a Kickstarter to expand into the recently-vacated space next door. If you love small businesses and are in a position to kick a little bit in for one of my favorite spaces in the city, that would be super kind of you.

And because I love this stuff, what's the strangest non-art art you've ever hung on your walls?

xo,
z

18 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say thank you! I really struggle with furniture and decorating. My default is to just buy everything in brown because I feel like it is safe. Of course the result is that my condo looks like brown poop. Anyway, your blog inspired me to redo my living room and I ordered a sofa very similar to yours. Thank you for inspiring me to step out of my brown comfort zone!

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    1. aww, i'm so glad to hear this!! and don't worry, we all start in weird comfort zones with big visions and confusion on how to execute them haha, or at least i do! just keep playing :) it starts with one throw pillow and then all of the sudden you're addicted and telling the whole internet about it.

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  2. Those look great! It's not non-art per se, but I've got a hallway decorated with embroidery and a frame filled with tiny ceramic critters. I love me some kitsch!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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    1. haha im just so jealous, how is it possible that i love kitsch so much but am so bad at executing it??

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    2. You just gotta say "Hey kitsch, we're doin' this!" and then go with it. You can't be shy about it!

      -Becca

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  3. It's not too strange since it seems to be a trend but I have windows from my parents 1897 Victorian house hanging in my hall. along with a few windows found in our ally.

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    1. i do love me some hanging windows :)

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  4. At the risk of seeming entirely annoying, I also cringe when I see people mount their televisions so high that they must crane their necks to watch. Eye level, home fries. You can always move things up if I'm wrong (although if you have plaster instead of drywall, I realize each nail hole is a big commitment). Lillie, whose eye level is six inches higher than mine, did ask for the mirrors to be hung high enough to check her eyebrows and not just her lipstick.

    I love your coffee sacks and would definitely hang one if I had it. I'll put the Chicago son on that project.

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    1. i always just wonder, doesnt that start to strain/hurt after a while?? haha but maybe i just say that because im too lazy to mount my tv

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  5. I think the bags are at the perfect level. Any lower I think would make the wall look unbalanced.
    The strangest non-art I ever hung on my walls? A whip and a cat o' nine tails. On the wall in my bedroom.

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  6. The room looks so bright and cheery - who would have known what a touch of burlap could do to a room!?

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    1. thanks!! yeah, i think these suckers will stay up for a while!

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  7. ooh i like those. and i think they're in the perfect spot. they take up just the right amount of space on the wall, and they contrast nicely against the clean polka dots. nice work.

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    1. thanks!! you'll have to come see them in person!

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  8. These are really adorable and I can't help but think that adding a frame or doing something to keep the burlap taught (ew that word is weird) may help. The white one looks like a really cute textured poster but the brown one looks a little droopy. This is still an amazing idea though!

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  9. Yeah, the bags are nice, but they need to go lower. They look like they're just floating there. I'd take them down, well, to about half above the sofa. Like, where they are now? The bottom should be down half that space again. The space between them and the sofa. I'm not explaining it well at all! You'll figure it out, I'm sure. They just need to be a part of the whole arrangement of the living room instead of floating in their own separate space.

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  10. I love the new look of the coffee bags on the wall! Large always takes up more room and ends up looking alot better than so many small wall decor items. Good choice! What I ussually do to spice up a room is add a new touch of color, my most recent was buying this home accessory jar and it transforms the room! Love it!

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