Posts Tagged ‘artwall’


Over the weekend, I finally finished an art wall in the living room that I’ve been meaning to get to for ages (I’ll post more photos soon if anyone’s interested). Nothing like family coming in to town to get your butt in gear.

And one of the artist’s on this newly arranged art wall of mine is Shannon Rankin of Selflesh (far right on the art wall), who happens to be today’s shop of the day on the exhibition site.

Shannon is (obviously) such a talented artist. And any chance I get to promote her work, I jump at it because she is a wonderful person to work with as well. Here are a few of my favorite prints from her shop at the moment…

Bound (sea) print and I Heart (Portland Maine)

Illuminate Series (dream)

Star Map and Bound (stars)

Visit Shannon Rankin’s shop Selflesh to view more of her work.


I need a little home inspiration today because I am determined to tackle our living room situation this weekend and ‘make it work’. Trying to finally hang another art wall clustering and a few other things. We’ll see what happens. Anyway, here are just a handful of links for your weekend. Sorry, I am so busy today, I could only roundup up a few…

-Get your shop ready for the busy shopping season with these holiday business tips from Megan of Crafting an MBA.

-Trying to get into photography? Check out this beginner’s guide to polaroid photography from One Pearl Button.

-Less than a week left to enter the Simag golden bar necklace giveaway. Get the details right here on how to enter.

If you have any other links to share, feel free to start a list in the comments. I’d love to see what you all come up with. Have a great weekend!

image credit: Stairway via Design Amour and Victoria’s House (as seen in Rue magazine)


We have piles and piles of books at our house. Bookshelves are great, don’t get me wrong, but I have been itching for a new way to display our ever increasing book collection. And since I love the art wall idea so much, I decided a book wall would be an equally great solution. And the best part is, the books are still fully functional for reading. They can be taken down and put back up in just a few seconds.

If you already have the books and a few other very basic supplies, it won’t cost you a penny. *Book lovers: don’t worry. No books were harmed during the making of this project. So anyone can try it!

Materials: 1. Hardcover books 2. Velcro 3. Scissors 4. Level (optional)

How To: 1. Grab a handful of your favorite hardback books (yes- you’re going to want to use hardbacks. paperbacks don’t work as well). 2. Arrange them on the floor in various ways until you come up with a pattern that you like. 3. While keeping your books in their arrangement, individually cut and apply two strips of velcro to each book (use more if the book is especially heavy). One towards the top of the book and one towards the bottom, both horizontally. Each strip should be about one to two inches shorter than the width of your book. 4. Start at one end and move to the other, securing each book to the wall with the velcro strips, following the arrangement you created earlier on the floor. You can work from the middle out instead if you’d prefer. It doesn’t matter. A level might be a good tool to use as well if you have one. 5. Once everything is secure, you are done.

Now you can pull down a book and put it back up whenever you would like. And when you’re not reading, you have a colorful (and original) piece of wall art. Its a real conversation starter when you have company over.

For more ideas for quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 40 diy’s.


Today, instead of just a standard Workspace Wednesday post, we have something much better: a mini house tour (which includes workspace photos as well of course) of artists Carrie Strine and Tim Lahan‘s NYC apartment.

Carrie recently received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art, and is busy working on projects in photography and handmade items. And she is also currently exhibiting her work on papernstitch. Tim works as a designer and illustrator for companies like Urban Outfitters, Nike, and The New York Times.

Their home is filled with beautiful light, and the simple white backdrop leads the way for pops of color to shine through. Such a cozy and inviting space. Check it out (oh, and click images for larger view)…

Thank you so much you two for sharing your home with us. Please visit Carrie Strine and Tim Lahan for more from these talented artists.

And to view even more photos of their home, click here.


Photographer, Tali Schiffer (who you may remember from this post) and her sweetie have been working on quite a few home projects since they moved in to their apartment a few short months ago.

I really love what they’ve been up to, so with Tali’s permission, I’ll be sharing a handful of their home projects in the coming weeks, starting with the first today:  creating a cozy reading area.

This space is comprised of two main decor components: an art wall and storage for all those books. So, let’s start with the art wall, since it is my absolute favorite way to display art.

Cluster art walls like the one Tali created can be a bit tricky, but if you do the prep work you’ll breeze right through it. Here’s what you need to do…

Gather all of the frames you plan on using and fill them with the appropriate artwork first. I love Tali’s eclectic mix of artwork. Don’t  be afraid to mix and match frames, and media. There is no right or wrong here. Just use what you’ve got.

And then comes the most important step before hanging: the layout. Use the floor to map out the placement of each piece. It will make things a lot easier when you’re nailing holes in the wall.

Once you have a layout you are happy with, you are ready to begin hanging. I always recommend starting from the center and working your way out. And also leaving a couple of inches of wall space around each frame. But again there’s no right or wrong here- just do what you feel works best and you’ll have a decorative focal point that everyone will admire.

But we’re not done yet. Remember I said, this space had two components. And you can’t have a cozy reading room without books, right? So, Tali and her man used a combination of IKEA floating shelves and a storage system to house their book collection along with a few decorative items. So here’s a little more background on that, straight from Tali…

“We had two Ikea floating shelves and an Ikea Expedit shelving unit that used to stand upright in my someone’s old apartment. We decided to try placing it here laying horizontally instead of standing, right beneath the two shelves. The idea was to create a whole area for reading, which meant placing books on the shelves, as well as on the top of the unit, but leaving space at the end for seating. My someone was in-charge of the drilling and hanging..”

I love the space they were able to create here. Warm and inviting, while still serving up a whole lot of function.

Thanks for sharing your home with us Tali! Join us next week for the next installment of DIY home projects. And until then, please visit Tali at the following links:

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