Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What to do with fabric when you're too lazy to sew

Our guest bedroom has been seriously lacking that certain je ne said quoi. I'm sure this is a common first world problem - the rooms you use the most get decorated first...and the rest are an afterthought.

It still needs a bit of work, but as of tonight, the guest room walls are no longer bare - making it look a bit less sterile. I had picked up some cute typewriter-patterned fabric at a market in Wellington, NZ. At the time I didn't know what I'd do with it, but I loved it so much I figured I'd find a use for it.

Too lazy to sew something, I decided to frame it and I picked up some white frames today.

The room isn't perfect, but the framed fabric is a start. As the headboard is so low, I didn't know if there was a rule of thumb about how high to hang the frames. Most websites suggested 8-10" from the headboard, so I stuck with that guideline. You don't want someone to hit their head on it while they sit in bed, but you don't want them floating too high either. Frames hung too high make Julie go crazy.

Another inexpensive bit of art I schlepped home from New Zealand was this fantastic screen printed alphabet by Paula Mills. Paula is a talented illustrator and I'm tempted to pick up a few more of her prints after having a peek at her Etsy page. I picked up this print at Small Acorns in Wellington. Deciding that not all art needs to be hung, I propped it up on top of our sideboard in a frame I picked up at Indigo.

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