Monday, May 18, 2009

Framed - Parts Deux et Trois

Part Two:



Hang ridiculously large homemade frame on painfully bare bedroom wall.

("Ridiculous" and "painful" are usually sound ways to describe my half-baked ideas.)

Part Three:

Fill with random assortment of picture frames procured at various locales. No rhyme, no reason, different colors, styles, materials, etc. (The hope was to have a few good Craigslist finds in the mix - you know, so the wall could relate to the rest of the apartment - but my one and only attempt thus far ended in me and no fewer than TEN other people waiting on some guy's doorman to drop his checkered flag and admit us in to claim stuff. I was really just there for the frames. And I was not competitive enough to care. But really - I am shocked, a little embarrassed, that there are so many others like me out there.)

I really wanted a big something on this huge, empty wall - but we all know the bigger something gets, the exponentially more expensive it also tends to get. So I was looking for the poor man's solution - and I'm pleased with the results.

The best part was sending Noah to the register at Marshall's with 10 of these frames. The woman in front of him in line kept shooting glances, confused by what I'm sure she thought was some clueless bachelor, clearly colorblind, and his pitiable attempt at home decor. I relieved Noah of his post (because you've been there - you know these lines, right? Oy.) and now she was staring at me, still a little confused by the admittedly confusing assortment of frames.

"What are you going to do with them?"

Outline vision, complete with hand gestures of approximate frame dimensions.

"All right, all right - oooh! I love it! Wait... can I see all the frames? Yes.. all right, yes. It's going to be so eclectic! Your girlfriends are gonna come over and wo-nder where you got this..."

I love having an idea and having a partner in crime who knows how to actually get 'er done. One of these days, we will put your skills to a manlier task than bringing straighteners back to life (an impressive display of electrical engineering) and home decor.

13 comments:

melissa said...

You have such great design sense Al!

Britt and Spencer Johnson said...

Hey Looks good!

allyn said...

i am so glad it wasn't a frame for your obnoxiously huge television. it is such a neat idea and so well executed.

allegra said...

SO cute. i like how it turned out! i love the eclectic look lately. i like things not matching-- looking like they came from a variety of sources collected through time. I like the eclectic furniture look too. You're so creative!

As far as lunch, I would love to! We're headed to Maine tomorrow, and the husband JUST nonchalantly mentioned that on our way up we might as well visit Canada, too. Canada?! Really? If he is serious about following through with said suggestion, this could make for a serious long road trip...!:) (we're spontaneous and never know when we're leaving or coming back.) But holy long message. Get to the point Legs. My point is, I may or may not be back by Memorial day, and I don't know for sure based on this new "Canada info" . But if I'm back, I'll let you know. For sure.

Have fun in Boston though!

su-tang 3000 said...

I'm happy about the little Noah in the corner of the picture.

Harper + Sunny + Marc said...

Wow, Allison. You're good at half-baked ideas. I think the frame looks great. Carry on.

adam and erica said...

You and Ashley kill me with your creativity. I need some of that over here in my apartment:)

Amy said...

I LOVE it! That's a great idea... I've seen the assorted frame thing before, but I think your idea of bringing it all together with the large frame is cool!

Luke and Mariah said...

Allison! It's so great to hear from you! I had no idea you two were just a few hours away! We really should get together! It's a whole new world out here in the big city, so we love any familiar faces we can find! What are you guys up to these days??

noelle regina said...

it looks so good- much thanks to the block party finds!

hope you both are doing well. missed you at the game tonight.

Claire said...

I love your creativity!

Unstoppable Lindsey said...

Very creative. I am going to steal your idea....but put "copyright Allison" on the bottom...

Grams and Pinch said...

How come the younger generation have all the cool ideas. Love your big frame with arranged pictures. Looks great. I made a photo wall for the Kids and Grands pictures. Used that sticky stuff to hang them on because the walls are cement. Tried to pound a nail into it and broke the hammer. Our decor is not quite American but close to our heart.
Allison, I apologize for the comment I left on one of your pictures. I called you Natalie. Oh my gosh, I am losing my marbles quickly. I probably called Natalie, Allison. Sorry but I know you both don't mind. Love you!