It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the site Design Sponge–especially for their sneak peeks section where readers can get a peek inside other people’s living spaces. The one above is from Alison Feldman and Jeff Berstrom’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. I especially love the old photos. Recently, I removed some my entryway decor that was hanging from the first year I moved in…11 years ago. When I was 20 I barely understood myself let alone how to create a tasteful environment. Needless to say, there was a plethora of wall-mounted crucifixes, mismatched shaped mirrors and lots of lanterns cluttering the space. I acquired an old panoramic shot of my grandfather from the 1920’s standing with his twin brother and the entire Endicott, NY Fire Department. It is a priceless piece of family memorabilia and not only am I thrilled to have it–I’m thrilled to see my aesthetic is similar to other fancy shmancy New Yorker’s featured on my favorite site! (Well, sort of. I need to add a few more frames to make the wall look complete–but it’s a start.)
The key for me is not about spending big bucks on famous art to cover the walls, it’s about making a creative space with meaningful pieces. I framed a sketch that my late uncle Tiziano scribbled in my notebook when I was a kid. I cherish it.
We have one of my boyfriend’s pieces hanging in the living room and a cover of Seattle Weekly that he illustrated.
My only suggestion if you want to make the pieces look great is to get them professionally framed. That’s the next step for a few of mine (I mean all of them) when I can afford it. When they’re mounted and framed correctly it makes all the difference. And try to stick to simple frames (preferable wood) and tasteful matting (white or cream)–it’s worth the extra cash and will blend in anywhere.
I will research DIY framing on my fav Design Sponge site and let you know how it turns out…maybe I can fake a fancy framing job at home.