Design For Dummies

by jenna on September 15, 2010

This is my living room.


The plain wall behind the couch is driving me CRAZY! Any thoughts on how I can spruce it up in an affordable manner?

I have a lot of oranges, yellows and reds going throughout my apartment, with sort of a vintage flair. The space is tiny and I’m only going to be living here until March but I really want to liven things up a bit.

If I use your idea, I’ll bake you a batch of cookies! Help meeeee!

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Amanda @ My Switch to Scrubs September 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

I love the idea of an old door hanging sideways on a wall. You can find them at antique stores…or you know, steal one off of someone’s barn?

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Colleen September 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

Have you thought about taking a few of your favorite photos and creating a collagen with various size frames?

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Marina September 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

I really like those wall stickers. They are pretty cheap I think, and they can really spice up a place.
Maybe something like this?
http://www.allposters.co.uk/gallery.asp?apnum=3624342&aid=479487044&awc=2884_1284574356_aa9b950fbcec6a4a9bae65edda7a4e00

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Megan September 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

What about a big red poppy print – something by Georgia OKeefe? Michael’s or Hobby Lobby usually have great sales on frames, 50% off!

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Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

I think I remember you saying that you love maps. I would check out a couple of vintage stores and find a few to hang!

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Rachel September 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

Gold vintage-y looking mismatched frames from Goodwill. If they don’t have any, just get what they have and spray paint them. Then, don’t put them up in any organized fashion….just make sure they are straight!

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Sonja September 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

Vinyl wall decals – I love them!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/singlestonestudios

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Sarah September 15, 2010 at 11:16 am
emlod10 September 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

What about a wall collage? With photographs from your trips/adventures/home. Something like this…
http://fixingitfancy.com/?p=387

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

Can you frame some of your pictures that you’ve taken on your own?!

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Laura September 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

Hi Jenna,

I love to go to apartmenttherapy.com for crafty-ish ideas and inspiration.

Best of luck!

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Kelly September 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

A mirror, preferably one with a frame you can paint to match your decor. It’ll make the room look tons bigger, plus it’ll be incredibly versatile in a new place as well! Oh, and it just tends to look classy. There’s that too :)

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kim September 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

Since you take some gorgeous photos – be strategic in those and try to get shots with those colors in it. And the good thing is that they are switchable for the seasons or a new fave shot. That is what I’ve done in my dining room, pictures of some of the food I’ve made. Cheap and personal.

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Nora@LiveLifeEatRight September 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

I love the cool metal work pieces of oranges blues charcoal etc. One big piece would be so cool. Or if you buy plain mirrors you can glue tiles around the edges, making it a cheap mosaic thing :)

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Kristen September 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

visit a local craft store, grab three blank canvases and pull out your brushes! paint anything – flowers, designs, etc – as if the canvases were connected and then hang them spaced out from one another. i love the idea of creating your own art!

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Heather September 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

If you’re into antiques/country charm, visit local yard sales or flea markets to get cute finds like an old-school large bike wheel, a weathered-looking window frame (without the glass), and the like, to hang. QUickly adds affordable, lovely charm. If you’re into something more modern (and live on the dangerous side), what I have done is get a large canvas (from a local art store), a paint brush, one color I like a lot, and then collect from yard sales old mirrors. Break the mirrors into pieces and glue the pieces (carefully) onto the painted canvas in a sort of mosaic, leaving just a bit of space between each piece so you can see the accent color beneath. It is way more interesting than just hanging a mirror above your couch, and utilizes some old and tough-to-recycle mirror junk from tag sales.

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Lauren @ Healthy Delicious September 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

Go to a paper store and buy a huge piece of printed wrapping paper to frame. If you go to a nice shop, you can get huge piece of thick, non-glossy paper for under $10. Since you have a lot of vintage going on, something with a wallpaper-ish pattern might be fun! They usually have loads of awesome patterns to pick from.

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Julie September 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

Print off some of the pictures you have taken. Wal-mart does really good, cheap prints in almost any size! You could pick up fancy frames, but if you get simple frams (black, or metal, or white or wood) then you can use them in your new place as well!
Personally, I would consider printing the pictures off in black and white. You have so much colour in your place already that you don’t want to overdo it. Of course, that is just a matter of personal taste.

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Theresa September 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

You could find a fabric with a pattern you like and mount in on a piece of wood or that thick poster board and hang one large one or 3 smaller panels. Or you could frame different fabrics that coordinate (maybe vintage patterns) and hang those up. Joanns and Beverley’s have a lot of fabric deals/coupons so it would be really cheap and easy to move with you in March!

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Megan September 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

We all know your love of IKEA :), so…do you have enough lighting in the apartment? If not, I think IKEA has some pretty cool wall lighting that could be colorful and serve a purpose. I wanted one for my hallway in my old apartment, but there was not a convenient spot for the cord, so think about that too!

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Erin September 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

I love buying maps (really cheap, even a world atlas will do!) and then framing different sections of the world in artful manners. So Europe in one frame, Asia in another, maybe a close-up of places especially close to your heart. It’s a cheap alternative to ‘art’ that still looks cool and is good for conversation.

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Ashleigh September 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

I think you should hang a door on your wall like this: http://www.thenester.com/2008/01/bored.html

I think it would look perfect in there and add lots of character :)

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Kristina @ spabettie September 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

something funky I did with a blank wall – I had a bunch of frames in various sizes and designs (left over from art school…) and I hung them all… just frames, nothing inside.

it was really cool looking :D

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Karen @ Not Just Celery September 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

How about a couple of big posters that you frame yourself (get frames from a place like Michaels or Target)? Another idea would be a couple of shelves that you can add books or decorative items (candles?) to…

Good luck!

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Cara Thielvoldt September 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

I suggest checking out etsy. They have some amazing things for decor.

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joy September 15, 2010 at 11:25 am
Elisa September 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

I have something cheap and awesome! I know because I’m planning to do it in my living room too! In a corner as blank as your couch wall.

Ok! I think you should make a super long strand of pennant flags on string, like a garland that you can string back and forth across the wall, or from the ceiling to hang down (see this for an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsaystephenson/4629730496/)

Since you love, love, love maps, cut up some California maps! And also, scrapbook/craft stores have vintage-y looking map paper, so you could have a cool mix of colors and patterns. Or maybe France map paper? Peut-être!

I think the colors and patterns would compliment the warm tones in your room. I’d even make some plain color pennants to place in among the patterned pieces to keep it fresh.

Love your blog :) Maybe if I get around to doing this in my house this weekend I’ll send you a pic of how it turns out.

Happy decorating!

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Tasha - the clean eating mama September 15, 2010 at 11:26 am
Lindsay September 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

Marimekko wall hangings! I have 2 in my house and I adore them. You can find the wall hanging kits here or you can do it for cheap by making a frame and buying fabric elsewhere.

http://txtlart.com/walhankit1.html

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LB September 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

I think you should do a huge dramatic black and white image. The muted color would make the other colors in your space pop, and you could pick an image that evokes a certain feeling or memory in you that makes you want to spend time in your living room!

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Rebekah @Rebeltarian September 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

I love a wall full of empty, funky frames.

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Casey September 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

Enlarge three of your favorite food pics with reds, etc in them and have them printed/stretched onto a canvas! It makes pics look gorgeous and is pretty cheap. Here’s the site I used and mine turned out great:

http://www.canvas4life.com/

Where did you get your red couch?? I am on a couch hunt and haven’t found any I like half as much as that. It’s so pretty and looks really comfy!

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Amy September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

Simple, but these are fantastic. You can space them out as much or as little as you want to cover the whole wall or less.

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18543884&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump

Also, just a fun decorating idea in general (though maybe not for the whole wall), but I LOVE these posters. Being in NorCal, maybe you’d want the San Fran one.

http://www.orkposters.com/sanfran.html

Hope this helps!

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Sarah September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

I think this print would look amazing in your space:
http://www.buy.com/prod/georgia-o-keeffe-poppy-28-x-25-poster-print/q/sellerid/24076936/loc/66357/212764180.html
And it’s only $30.
You could also buy a few of the adorable plates (4 or so) from Anthropologie and do an arrangement. They’d look beautiful.

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Maissa (Run, Rant, Realize) September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

My boyfriend and I pulled out a bunch of travel posters from an old calendar we had, and framed three of them side by side in cheapo ikea frames with mats that we got specially cut in a color we liked. It cost us around 50$ total for the frames and the mats, we already had the calendar. Old calendars are often a great source of art!

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Elisa September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am
Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

Here’s something I did a few weeks ago: I took some old photo frames (with mats) and framed pieces of my pretty gift wrapping paper and hung those. You could find cheeeap frames at a thrift store and paint them easily enough with $1 craft paint. Much cheaper than buying brand new frames at the store.

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Debbie September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

I love this challenge. I think you should gather branches/sticks from nature on one of your hikes and use a hot glue gun to put them in a random pattern together. So they look similar to this picture:

http://interiorneeds.chainreactionweb.com/Global_Views-Wall_Decor/c14_36/p13514/Branch_Wall_Panel/product_info.html

You could also use some jute or other ribbon to tie some of the branches together if you want more texture/color. If you want to add more color you could even spray paint the branches a nice orange or yellow. But with the bright red couch I feel like it needs more natural texture to balance it out.

Can’t wait to see what inspires you and the final product!

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Megan September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

Splatter paint plain fabric and mount on canvas!

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Sarah September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

I’m also a fan of wall decals from etsy – I think that any of the ones that look like branches with birds on them look artsy/natural and you can choose any color you want to match your vintage-y style

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Laura September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Postcard shelf – cheap, awesome and a full tutorial here –> http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/07/office-progress-getting-our-art-groove-on/

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Kara September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

I have four different ideas:

1. Empty, painted frames. You can usually find cool vintage-y frames at thrift stores and flea markets. You can spray paint them different shades of buttery yellows and marigolds (or whatever colors you choose) and hang them on the wall.

2. Framed copies of recipes you love and pictures out of old cookbooks. You can scan the images and recipes from your favorite cookbooks or just rip a page out. Arrange them in a set inexpensive frames like these: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/183-7852318-0343002?asin=B00007IP5R&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=%7CB00007IP5R&CPNG=home%20decor&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B00007IP5R&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

3. Stretched pieces of fabric on frames. You can buy cute pieces of fabric from Ikea, Crate and Barrel, or a craft store and stretch them over square or rectangular frames.

4. Old maps of Florida, South Carolina, France, and other places you’ve lived. When I went to college in Massachusetts, I missed home unimaginably. So I printed off maps of Texas and hung them all over my walls. It looked pretty cool and made me remember home, too.

Good luck decorating! I hope I win your delicious cookies!

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Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

I’m in love with Rachel’s idea. Too bad I’m moving out in a few weeks!

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RhodeyGirl September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

That also might be pricey though.

For another idea, just visit Home Goods and see what cheap prints or mirrors they have. If you’ll only be there until March you might not want to spend money framing and printing things.

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Maria September 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

How about a photo clock collage? http://flic.kr/p/8BhYnw

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Mary @ Running Wifle September 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

A series of shelves with vintage items on them- I’m thinking vases, picture frames, candles, rocks, etc. that you could pick up at a thrift store. The best part about that would be you could change with the seasons and holidays for a more festive feel!

I have shelf sets like these from Target and I love them! http://tiny.cc/757fx

An alternate idea would be to use mirrors, either one large one or a bunch of little ones.

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Kati September 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

How about taking some pictures to spell out a word? Home, California, wine…whatever you like!

I’ve seen frames like this at our local farmer’s market and it looks so cool. This is the general idea:
http://www.alphabetphotography.com/

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Courtney September 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

I was at a friend’s house for a baby shower a few weeks ago, and she had this great “piece,” shall we call it, on her wall. Basically all she did was go to the craft store and bought a bunch of different size canvases, spray-painted them different colors, overlapped them, and nailed them together in an eclectic design. It’s kind of hard to describe, but it was really cool and would let you be creative with colors and sizes of the canvases. I can try to explain it better if you are interested in giving it a go! Good luck, I am sure you’ll think of something great!

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Molly September 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

a large mirror with a cute antique frame! It will make it look so much bigger :)

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Carrie September 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

When I had this dilemma, I bought three rectangular shaped canvases and wrapped them in coordinating fabrics (In my case, the fabrics were remnants of pillows made for the sofa below.) I got the idea from an issue in Southern Living and always get so many complements. Very low cost (and minimal time) investment and when you move you can reuse the canvasses. Here are their directions: http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/fabric-as-art-00400000006315/

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Clare September 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

You need this chandelier, only $30: http://www.whatisblik.com/shop/blik-chandelier

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Kristen September 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

Floating shelves with retro styled things of your choice would look great! I love having the shelves because they are easy to place and you can always take them with you!

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Niki September 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

I just saw the very sexxxy Nate Berkus show this off on Oprah, random framed vintage pictures…i love this and i think it would go with the theme you mentioned.

Here is a photo from another blogger, hers isnt so vintage, but you are creative im sure you can imagine it. http://deannasstuff.blogspot.com/2008/01/wall-framed-photo-collage.html

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jess September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

ok- i’m planning on decorating MY wall with this idea, but i like you so i don’t mind sharing…

grab some ole plywood from home depot, some paint, and some stencils. i love those quote boards, but haven’t found a quote that resonates enough just yet. soo what i’m going to do is paint the board a darker color (for you- it’d be one of the colors already in use) then use the stencils to document one of my favorite recipes. i have a decent amount of time on my hands, so i’ll be doing seasonal recipes…

my fall board will have words like “butter flour cranberry chocolate pumpkin” etc. when im tired of it, no big deal— just flip it over and make a new one.

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Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle September 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

I have a red couch also…I think you could do just about anything there, but what I think would be really cool without a lot of effort is to paint an accent wall behind the couch in a bright color (like orange, not that I’m partial since that is what I just painted my livingroom). A mirror is also a good idea because mirrors make a room look bigger. You could also pick up one of those big metal stars that people have. I also think those are very Texas ;)

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Kelly September 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

Maybe three orange, yellow and red colored photos that you’ve taken blown up in some nice black frames? That’s what I would do :)

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Emily September 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

These paintings are created by horses. I think they’re pretty awesome and the fact that a horse painted them makes them even more so.

http://www.paintinghorse.com/index.html They’re only $30 and ship free!

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Melinda September 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

Wall Stickers! A large one of a really cool looking tree or a chandelier. The 3D ones that pop out such as flowers or birds in a cool pattern would be awesome too! That way you can just peel it off when you move. Easy and chic!

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Brianne DeCesare http://beautythroughbalance.wordpress.com/ September 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

A super simple way to decorate a blank wall is to find a really pretty tapestry that you like and hang it up above the couch. It sounds tacky but once it is up and you accent it with new candles/lamps/pictures etc it looks really nice and there is very little effort and money involved :)

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Amber K September 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love going to a flea market or Goodwill-type place and look through the art. You can usually find something that will look great on the wall and isn’t a ton of money!

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Kelly September 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

Or, I just noticed your pillows.. black and white photos would look awesome!

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amanda September 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

You take the most beautiful photos – so I think you should print and frame your photos in different sizes. Maybe you could order some prints in black and white or even sepia tone. And then prop up the framed photographs on a picture ledge like this:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30152596
I just adore picture ledges! To add some variety you could also frame some of your favorite postcards, travel memorabilia, or cards, or prop up a pretty plate, small vase, or tray.

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Becky Runner September 15, 2010 at 11:39 am
Reeves Thompson September 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

You can frame fabric pieces-frame in cheap black frames! Or…staple fun fabric to an art canvas…both look great…and it is fun looking and buying fabrics…you don’t need much-so it is pretty cheap!

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Jill September 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

Go to a wall paper store & get a fun (FREE) printed sample with reds/yellows/orange & then put it in a frame! Easy & cheap.

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Heather September 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

i’m thinking you can find really awesome old signs at habitat for humanity stores or thrift store…vintage would be really cool! OR you could take some of the photos you’ve done of your favorite places, frame them, and make a collage? i’m not super creative, but that’s something i’ve always wanted to do!

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Meghan P September 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

Buy big sheets of foam core board from a craft store. Then buy some neat Amy Butler fabric (www.amybutlerdesign) to cover it using an open stapler. 1/2 yard will cover 1 foam core panel. You’ll end up with gorgeous panels. I have had some traveling with me from rental to rental for the past few years. They’re cheap, hold up beautifully, and can be put up using 3M poster squares rather than nails.

Note: You can see the fabric designs on Amy’s website, but you have to order fabric from any of a number of online fabric shops.

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JessicaE September 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

I have two ideas:

I think it would be exquisite to take some pictures of the beautiful food you cook, frame them, and hang them there; either separately or a photo collage type thing.

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JessicaE September 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

Haha, well, that was one :)

My second would be to do something similar, but using photos of the fun/gorgeous places you have traveled.

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Wendy September 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

I think a photo gallery wall would look great!, especially using black and white photos with the same color of frames.
Something like these maybe? http://brabournefarm.blogspot.com/2010/08/photo-finish.html

You could also put the photos on a couple wall shelves.

Another idea is a subway style print – using the cities you love, or have been to. Have you seen those? Something like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/43039899/toronto-subway-print

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Megan (Braise The Roof) September 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

Hit up a flea market or a garage sale (or a craft store if you strike out at the other places!) and pick up some mirrors in different shapes or sizes and paint them according to your decor. Then space them staggered all over the wall- it’ll look pretty and interesting, plus mirrors make a small space look larger.

If that doesn’t float your boat, floating shelves with different sized vases placed on top would be beautiful!

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Emily September 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

Wall decals! There are amazing ones on etsy!

Cherry blossom: http://www.etsy.com/listing/55393341/vinyl-wall-art-decals-pink-cherry

Trees: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56286867/vinyl-wall-art-decals-4-set-of-winter

World Map: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56109260/dot-matrix-world-map-large-vinyl-wall

Perfect if you’re not going to live there forever since they peel right off without messing with the paint.

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elaine September 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

hey Jenna! Love the color of your couch! I think a great way to liven up the white wall without forking over an arm and a leg is wall stickers! they’re SUPER affordable and you can just peel them off and reuse them later if you want. There’s a bunch at Target for great prices, but a couplethat I found on Amazon that I think would look amazing are:

http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Home-Reusable-Decal-Stickers/dp/B002XQE1SG/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1284576017&sr=8-9

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Instant-Decoration-Sticker-Decal/dp/B002PYNG50/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1284576233&sr=8-26

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Instant-Decoration-Sticker-Decal/dp/B002XAT8W6/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1284576017&sr=8-10

good luck!

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Donnie September 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

Some beautiful wine posters, framed or not, would look nice. You can find the wall hangers that don’t leave holes since you’ll be leaving in March. They could also become great keepsakes.

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Kelley September 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

You can add some wall decals…they peel off easy when you move too. Something like this: http://www.precisionpaintingplus.net/blog/tag/wall-sticker

or this:
http://www.thisnext.com/item/4B58AF7A/Beautiful-Tree-Decal

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lainie September 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hang a large, vintage-looking mirror behind your couch; it will look awesome AND make your room look bigger!

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Keri September 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

You could do a collage of embroidery hoops that are filled with different colored/ patterned fabrics. This looks so great, is easy to diy, fills a whole wall, and is super inexpensive.

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Jade September 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

Find three colorful, but different, leaves. Place one behind each black frame (between the two glass panels) and hang them on the wall. Perfect for easing into the fall spirit!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

Buy 4-6 black or white frames and add 8 x 10 photos? Or maybe buy vintage posters, such as these:

http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Western-Air-Express-San-Francisco-California-Posters_i382272_.htm

Hope it helps!

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MMiller September 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

Use wineboxes (the wooden ones you can take from Sams & Costco) although you may be able to get them elsewhere! You can make some shelving units from them!

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Danielle September 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

Old record albums framed are always funky and fun- you can purchase the frames on urbanoutfitters- I think they have a 2 for 20 deal—- hit up some antique stores for some cheap albums- i have them hanging by 2 rows of 4 in my place and everyone always comments on the idea when they come over!

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Erin September 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

frame bright, vintage looking fabrics in antiquey/ornate/fancy picture frames

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Kaelie September 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

Get out to a thriftstore! Occasionally you’ll be blessed to find a beautiful landscape in a huge vintage frame. I did this in college and my eating room was transformed into a dining room. Ha. Best wishes with your fun project, Jenna!

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Amber September 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

You should check out Kath’s blog post from a day or so ago… and get the vintage style local farming posters and put them up. The colors would be perfect and they are just up your ally as far as local foods are concerned!
They’re super cute!
http://promo.shopopensky.com/victorygarden/

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Katie McGarvey September 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

How about vinyl wall art … it’s like a big sticker for your wall. Looks better than it sounds. Check out blik… it’s awesome!

http://www.whatisblik.com/shop/explore?gclid=CPPMqNmMiqQCFcVa7AodcSNCHQ

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Ellen September 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

My roommate and I went to goodwill and found old frames, different sizes and looks. We painted them all a pretty purple, and then found different fabric that we liked. Then we simply put the fabric in the frames and hung them on the wall, so cute and simple! I wish I had a picture to show you, I’ll work on that! :)

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Sara Palacios September 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

How about hanging a plaid wallpaper incorporating all of those colors? Wallpaper is really hot right now!

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m.e. September 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

go to a thrift shop and buy various mirrors (different shapes and sizes) and have them in a scattered arrangement. So whimsical!

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AlbanyJen September 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

Hit up Etsy for some wall decals!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/singlestonestudios

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Melissa September 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

I think vinyl stickers would look great in your place! They are very inexpensive and can be removed easily. You could choose from a number of different designs such as the Eiffel tower, chandelier or your initials. I think the Eiffel tower would look so cute in your place!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/50741541/new-design-small-eiffel-tower-swirly

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

I really love photo collages, of people and things you love, like this one here: http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/02/nailed-it/

:)

xo
Kris

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ARPL September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

This may sound weird, but I have a pal who hangs groupings of empty photo frames on her walls. She buys ugly art oil paintings for $1 at the secondhand store and takes the painting out, leaving the ornate-looking frame. Sometimes spray paint is required too.

This is the closest to it I could find online as an example.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/revolutionarygirl/2518237977/

I had to comment as your cookies always look so good.

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Sarah R September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

What about taking 6 different canvases, painting different abstract looking things on them in red and black and then assembling them as a sort of mosaic mural?!

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Lauren at KeepItSweet September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

have you tried IKEA? they actually have some really interesting “artwork” that doesn’t look like you bought it there and isn’t too expensive

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Katherine September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

I’m thinking like one large vintage-inspired painting. I would look in flea markets. Maybe in a gold frame? I have a bit of a gold frame obsession at the moment. I am collecting them from estate sales (most are vintage) and putting black and white pictures of my friends and loved ones and then placing them in clusters on my wall. It takes some time to find the perfect combo of frames etc, but its a good way to display photos (and I have to TON). Otherwise I would say maybe a big mirror.

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Tracey September 15, 2010 at 11:56 am

First off, I love your couch!

My sister has a huge wall in the place she just moved. She is having me take a picture of where we grew up (farm) and a picture of where she is now (city). Shes going to blow-up, mount and frame them to put on her wall. It’s cheap and will remind her of where she is from and how far she has come since then. I loved the idea as soon as she told me about it! I love art that actually means something to the person who owns it:)

Added bonus: if you ever get sick of the pictures you can switch them out in the future!

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Jenny September 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

There was a really neat idea in Real Simple a couple months ago to use twine or some type of string and hang them with pictures from the walls and create almost like a puzzle with them. It’s hard to explain…here’s a picture!

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/hang-it-with-ribbon
http://www.ehow.com/how_2068687_put-pictures-wall-using-frames.html

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postcollegecook September 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

Do you have a stash of postcards you’ve collected from your travels? You could put them up in a clean pattern with an inch between each.

Or you could get 8×10 prints of 3 of your favorite photos and frame them. Simple and a fun conversational piece!

I’m loving all these ideas!

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Ana September 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

Hey Jenna! I recently created these easy scribble paintings that I found on a blog (re-posted from another blog). If you’d like a DIY project, this one is great! They are shown in blue here but I did it in red for my living room. I’ve gotten tons of compliments :)

http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/04/reader-redesign-stunning-scribble/

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odelsa September 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I love Amanda’s Idea of framing your photographs!
This also would be fantastic!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/singlestonestudios

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Tracey September 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Hi Jenna,
I’d love to help you! Check out these two beautiful canvas prints I just saw at ikea.com. Very afforadable, too! I think either would look beautiful with your couch and color scheme:

1. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10149717
This one is a has a nice long shape to fill the wall and I love how the brightness of the flowers is softened by the natural setting

2. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50195142
This is a square one, but the flowers just look so happy and exuberant!

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laura September 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

nothingbutbonfires.com/2010/08/how-make-large-graphic-sign !!!

Or, if you want to put up a series of prints – check around for leftover 2010 calendars (or even 2011 ones, but they’ll be full price) and tear out 3 or 4 of the pages. I think one with those vintage wine ads; they’d look lovely in a group, because they’re usually warm colors and pretty designs and they’ll go together without being identical. Just pick up some cheap ikea frames and no one will ever know they’re calendar pages!

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Paige September 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

http://www.decorpad.com/photos/2010/02/16/21a5339ddf83.jpg

This is pretty much what I have going on at my place in my big wall over my couch. It’s perfect because you just pick up some cheapo black (or white) frames from Hobby Lobby/Ikea/etc and stick in some cheap scrapbook papers that work with your color palette. Foolproof! And this version is MUCH cheaper than its Crate and Barrel counterpart.

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Mallory September 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I followed instructions from Design*Sponge to make wall art out of toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls…all for free! It actually looks really cool and I get compliments on it all the time: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/11/diy-project-toilet-paper-roll-wall-art.html

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Erica September 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I tend to like modern decor, so my suggestion is kind of minimalist. But still fun. And it will look like you spent more money on it than you did.

Step 1: Go to a local dollar store and buy some simple glass frames; the kind with no actual frame, just four silver “brackets” holding the glass to the backing. You can get an assortment of sizes, but try to get enough to fill up a large chunk of the wall.

Step 2: Print black and white pictures of friends, family, places you’ve been, food, and basically anything that you love. The best part? The pics can be printed on normal paper. So budget friendly! Make the pictures all different sizes and position them differently on the white paper, that way the arrangement will look cool and eclectic.

Step 3: Arrange on the wall. The pictures can be hung using normal straight pins. They aren’t heavy so you don’t need to damage the wall with nails :) Try to keep similar pictures apart from each other on the wall, and mix up sizes of frames. The fun is in the randomness. And it makes it more interesting to the eye.

Sorry for the super intense instructions… Lol. I always wanted to be an interior designer. Alas, I am not… I mega heart your red couch though, and think this would look awesome with it!

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Angela @ A Healthy Fit September 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I love the idea of wall decals. I think this one would be great in your place. It matches your couch and that other picture you have that you have been coloring in. http://www.etsy.com/listing/53990567/fancy-birdcages-grouping-vinyl-wall-art?ref=sr_gallery_13&ga_search_query=wall+vinyl+decals+art-&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title

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Shion September 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

try wall decals! http://bit.ly/9iAqfl

they’re cheap, come off easily, and take up a lot of room :)

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Laurie @ Cookies n' Cardio September 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Ugh… I hear ya. I have an awkward blank wall in my bedroom! And I don’t know what to do with it!!

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) September 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Three ideas:

1. Find some fabric you like that goes with your color scheme and stretch it over a frame like canvas (find at an art store and maybe even enlist their help). Instant artwork.

2. http://www.art.com They have a huge selection and multiple sizes of each print. You can either have them frame your selection or if the print you select is a standard size, frame it yourself for even less $.

3. See if there is a store in your area that resells furniture used in model homes – they usually have a selection of artwork as well.

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Steph September 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Hang up a couple simple shelves and decorate with some awesome books and trinkets!

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lora September 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

you should go on snapfish.com and make your own posters with you favorite photos of you and ur friends. Then find cheap vintage frames of different shapes and sizes and put that behind your couch!

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Jenn September 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

What happened to your pretty “single red” bird pictures? You have so many gorgeous pics from your travels. You could have one blown up or do a grouping of 4-6 individual ones each in a frame. I love the one where you and Almanzo are standing at the edge of that cliff! Your scenery pics are GREAT! And, I know you have some with reds and oranges with backgrounds being food signs, flowers, veggies/farmers’ markets.
There’s my 2 cents!
Jennifer

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Kristen September 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I had the same problem with an enormous wall in my dining room. I went to my local craft store (such as Michaels, with a 40% off coupon that you can find online), bought a big blank canvas ( 4ft. by 5 ft.), and covered it in some pretty fabric. This was super inexpensive, and it looks fantastic! Plus, you can keep the canvas and change out the fabric anytime you’d like to match your new place. :)

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Casey September 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Go to Etsy.com, which is so much better then buying something generic from Ikea. It’s all original, as you know- I think I’ve seen you mention purchasing a camera bag from someone on Etsy

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Suzanne de Cornelia September 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Go to my site: http://www.suzannedecornelia.com

Grab the pix of the girl in pink dress with balloons floating over France~find an el cheapo place that can print it at poster size, buy a plain, simple frame at Ikea (have the size first before print off). Easy-peasey stylish pix.

Bonne Chance with finding the PERFECT solution from all the ideas!

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Sana September 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Hang up some of your fav pics that you have taken :) And you can change it up so u won’t get bored!

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Evan Thomas September 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

What I do to spruce up my dorm is make puzzles and then glue them and hang it as a picture

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Holly S. September 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Yep, I’m with everyone else on wall decals. I founds some cool ones at Target – for abot $15 each. This one is kinda neat, but they have all different ones. http://www.target.com/Chandelier-Nouveau-Wall-Decal-Black/dp/B003BO0UVG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&keywords=wall%20decals&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-7&qid=1284578348&rh=&searchRank=target104545&id=Chandelier%20Nouveau%20Wall%20Decal%20Black&node=1038576|1287991011&searchSize=30&searchPage=1&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&frombrowse=0

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Paj September 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Find a piece of fabric with a great pattern or print and frame it. You can go to a fabric store or look at yard sales and second hand shops for something more vintage as you suggested.

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Holly S. September 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Or you could just make another red bird picture like your other one….

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rachel September 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I have two ideas:

1) Get a couple of big square canvases, and paint each of them a different solid color a la Mark Rothko. Cheap, easy, and will make a big impact.

2) Decals! I did these on my bathroom walls and they look awesome (people always ask me if I had them painted on): http://www.whatisblik.com/shop/explore/blik-iron-vines

They’re cheap and they’re removable so you don’t have to paint over them when you move.

Fun project! Good luck!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I would say a giant mirror! It’ll open up the tiny space and make it seem larger than it really is!

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Ashlee September 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Try your local hardware store for tin backsplash sheets, typically 18 x 24″. These look like the same thing that Tin ceilings were made of. Buy 6 of them and display them in a pattern above the couch. I found these at Home Depot, but you can find plastic ones as well that are cheaper and you could spray paint with a metallic paint to look like real metal.

http://www.homedepot.com/Kitchen-Backsplashes/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xkkZbcsz/R-202025362/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I’d buy a nice big frame that will run the length of the couch. Then buy either a roll of funky wrapping paper or a large piece of fabric in a cool print. Frame the fabric/wrapping paper and–tada–super cheap art.

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Deirdre September 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Go to IKEA and get the little cheap unfinished wooden frames, I believe they come 3 to a pack or so, I think they are 6″ x 4″ or close to that. Get lots, like I said they are cheap.

Get some paint, craft paper, rubber stamps of the alphabet, any other kind of goodies you like at the craft store and go to town on the little frames. On the ones I did I just painted the wood lightly with a dark brown stain and then used the alphabet stamps to write cute sayings on them.

Next you will need some cute thick ribbon, about 3″ wide should do, a hot glue gun and some thumb tacks. Lay the ribbon out on the counter, place the frames out even spaced down the ribbon and then hot glue gun them to the ribbon. Repeat on as many strands of ribbon as you want. Then to affix them to the wall all you need is a little push pin to stick at the top and they will hang perfectly.

Tada! You have a full wall of eclectic frames with all your wonderful photos! It is easy, fun, cheap and wont ruin the wall in place you have to move out of quickly.

Good luck!

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Lesley September 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

This is what I did, and it is the easiest idea ever. Steps:

1) Pick out 3-5 of photos that you have taken that you love.
2) Go to Michaels and buy 5 matching (or not) frames that match the colors in your living room (or buy white ones and paint). Don’t forget a coupon!
3. Get photos blow-up to size of frame. I used 18×20.
4. Assemble photos in frame and hang on wall.

I love this because it is super easy (took one day), looks fun AND sophisticated, and constantly reminds me of some of my best travel memories!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Paint a mural–like the birdies. Or just slap a big tapestry on there–no mess required.

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SMW September 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Im not sure if someone has already posted this but wall stincils are an awesome and cheap way to liven up a wall. This website has a ton to choose from…..
http://sunnyspaint.com/stencils.html

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Tasha September 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

You could put up some mini shelves and put mini vases and candles? Although that may not be super earthquake proof right above a couch.

Otherwise I would say check out some local thrift stores/marshalls; you might find a fun and inexpensive painting. Or you can even find a rug and hang it up.

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Jess September 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I just had to do that. I bought some funky wall paper and put them on 2 large plain canvases and then hung them on the wall. very pretty with minimal time and money spent!

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kristin September 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

can use make some of your pictures black and white and print on canvas and hang? then you can add some reds/yellow/etc like you did with that ikea pic you had?

OR

Just use some of your pics with reds/yellows and hang them up on all shapes and sizes. your photography is gorgeous – you should show it off!

also (sorry) using old wallpaper swatches or fabric samples in frames is something my friends and i did all the time in college – so cheap and SO EASY!

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Alyse September 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

A giant mirror?

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Where are you headed come March!?

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jenna September 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Oh I don’t know! I just won’t be in this apartment anymore because my lease will be up and I’m not 100% wild about it…

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Monica September 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

How about those new Kerf pictures? With some thick black frames from Ikea, or Michaels? Or… get some white paper, bigger than legal size and just make your own paintings with your desired colors :)

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Sarah September 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I adore framed scrapbook paper, there are tons of styles, colors, and designs to choose from and you can mix and match frames to make a collage that suites any style or size room.

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Maria @ a healthier Maria September 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I have 2 ideas. For both of them you can make them as eclectic/uniform, vintage/modern as you like:
1: PLATES! I love mixing vintage plates to fill space on the wall. Just google for ideas:
http://www.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=plate+wall+decoration&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1238&bih=591

2. Also, you can take fabric & stretch it over a canvas frame so you have your own canvas for the wall.
http://www.savingmoneylivinglife.com/2010/02/how-to-spruce-up-your-rented-space.html

p.s. I love your red couch!

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Melissa September 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I commented earlier on using wall decals. This one kind of reminded me of Dexter!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/56039948/curly-q-cat-vinyl-wall-decals-stickers

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Kailey (SnackFace) September 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I would try one large mirror or a series/gathering of smaller, vintage-chic mirrors. The reflections will help create the illusion and feeling of more space in your hizzouse!

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Neena September 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’ve started a collage of sorts with photos I’ve taken. Lots of cheap frames and close-up/macro photos with different textures-mostly food. It’s in the works, but I can’t wait to see it when it’s complete. I know you’ve got great talent in the photo department. I’m all about making my own “art”. :) Can’t wait to see what you do! Where are you going in March????

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Catherine September 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

OLD WINDOW PANES!! You can get them at antique shops or, if you get lucky, from an old house that is being torn down or getting the windows replaced. I cleaned them up, white washed the wood and on some even mixed in a little fleck of gold paint with the white paint and water. Then do whatever with them…you can put pictures behind it, get mirrors put into the frames, paint things on the glass, or leave them alone. My favorite one has 6 black and white pictures blown up to fit the sizes of the glass divisions and I leaned sand dollars, seashells, and star fish on the ledge.

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Rachel Wilkerson September 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I don’t have the answer but I am loving all these ideas because I have a wall that needs some SERIOUS decor.

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Jamie September 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I love maps, and I have a huge (but fairly inexpensive) old school looking world map. You could also find a cool looking map that you could pin all the places you’ve traveled or visited!

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Brooke - One Healthy Cookie September 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Two words: circle mirrors. Seriously. I am obsessed with them! They really open a room up.

http://www.target.com/Frameless-Circle-Mirrors-7-pc-Set/dp/B0010BCE8E

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Jess September 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I recently took a week off of work and realized how lacking my apartment was in the decor department. But, hey, I’m a grad student, I don’t have all the $ in the world to spend on wall art. So what did I do? Visit the craft store! It’s way cheaper and tons more fun.

I searched through the fabric samples for ones I liked, then bought various sized, unfinished wooded plaques (I’m sure this would work with cardboard, or thick poster board, too); I attached the fabric with my stapler and put up my new wall art. I also bought a canvas and paint to make my own sign with a favorite saying on it.

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Stefanie September 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Fabric wall art!Find cool fabric that matches your decor and pull over canvas frame and hang!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7EZCktQZpg

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Kathryn @ Foodies Not Fatties September 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I made a really easy and inexpensive piece for my wall in college. You take a piece of plywood or particle board(the home store can cut it to whatever size you want) and paint it with a glossy black paint. Once it is dry you can glue ~12 (or however many you want) square mirrors in rows, 3×4 (also super cheap at Home Depot). It makes a very simple and large piece of wall decor and also brings a lot of light into the room. It would look great with your red couch and black table!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I know everyone will say Ikea and yes, they are great for exactly what you need but I adore West Elm. http://www.westelm.com I have re-done my entire house in West Elm the past 3 years and it’s been sooo worth it. Right now is change of season time so lots of their “summer” stuff is marked down so you may get lucky.

Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ikea, Target, Pier 1, Urban Outfitters, random Asian or ethnic markets, shabby chic antique stores in your area, it can all work!. Good luck!!!

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Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I’d love to help but I’m probably even more clueless than you!

By the way, I love that you didn’t tidy the sofa before you took the picture. It’s nice for people to be real sometimes! ;)

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Jess @ NZ Girl Runs September 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

What about a photo board? You could get a cork board (they can be quite cheap), print some photos (mixture of black and white and colour) and put that up. For the low, low price of a plane ticket from NZ I would even put it together for you! In all seriousness though, I love decorating with photos. They are so personal and you are assured that you have something one of a kind

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Jessica September 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Jenna, you should buy a pretty Indian scarf or shawl and hang it on the wall…like this one: http://www.mogulinterior.com/product1923.html#1923.

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WendyF September 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I suggest hanging vine balls of varying sizes with clear line/string at different heights from the ceiling, so they fall in front of the wall, above your sofa.

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helen September 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

first idea that came to mind was wall decals, but clearly i’m not the first to recommend!

other ideas for the room: contain the magazines in a flat basket or tray; get a plant to put on the other side of the couch; use pillow covers: http://bit.ly/clMV42 or http://bit.ly/bcyuUQ; perhaps a new floor lamp too?

good luck + have fun!

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Christina September 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I love metal wall art. Most of my apartment is red, orange, and yellow too :) The bronzy-ness of the metal wall art compliments those colors nicely. You can find it cheap at places like TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.

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Kristi September 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Since it is a small space, I think a large mirror would be nice! Perhaps one with a vintage frame? I’ve found lots of framed mirrors over the years that were being sold for a steal because the frame was scratched or showing age but, after a little sanding and color, looked beautiful. Or, in that same vein, a combo of a couple old wooden frames hanging this way and that, in different colors. You could find these at any thrift store, outdoor/garden art or inexpensive antique store. Honestly, I really think a mirror would help open the feel of your space! I’d love to know the result! Keep us posted!

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Erinn September 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I suggest a collage of your favorite photos! Start collecting all kinds of frames, big, small, red, black, etc. and hang them up on the wall in a diamond shape. You’ve got beautiful photos, we’ve all seen them. Now, look at them everyday!

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Christina September 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Here are some google image examples of metal wall art: http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=metal%20wall%20art&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

It can give an antique-y feel also, which fits right in with your style :)

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Emily September 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Buying multiple frames is going to = $$$. Here is a CHEAP idea…. go to JoAnnes and go to the aisle that has the cardboard letters. Pick the largest ones they have (they are about 2 feet in length) and spell something out that suits your fancy. I have EAT in my kitchen. Then go to the paint aisle and pick out a small accent paint color (I think a yellowy brown color would go well with the colors in your place, but obvi its your call:) You can also make the whole thing cheaper by cutting the JoAnns coupons out of fliers you get in the mail or the Sunday paper. Maybe you could spell out RELAX if it doesn’t take up to much room? I think putting them staggered on the wall (and since the letters are light in weight you only have to use tacks). Good luck!

Good luck!

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Erin @ Cooking and the City September 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I love oversized mirrors behind a couch – I also love a photo montage, where you mix and match different types/sizes of frames and populate them with your favorite pictures! It’s a great way to display memories and fill up a large wall – here’s a small-ish example: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/wood-gallery-single-opening-frames/popup/more-views.html?active=2

Good luck! Decorating is hard! I feel like I have done lots of decorating in my apt and always feel like I need more. :)

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rebecca September 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

grape leaves…either the actual leaves or paint them and use them as stamps or stencils…and then frame.

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Julie September 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

print out some of your photographs in various sizes and put them in crazy, random, homemade frames. you can probably buy boring frames and spruce them up with some creativity with cheapish stuff from a craft store.

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Coley September 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Take some of those maps that you love so much and frame them! I want to frame the maps I have from every country I’ve traveled to and have them througout my apartment.

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Tina September 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I think you should create a collage of your favorite photos of places you have been and get them remade in a sepia finish and make a neat pattern on the wall behind the sofa. Get all different types of frames and when you look at the wall it will be inspiring.

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary September 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I think you should frame some of your beautiful photography ! On my mantel I have 4 plain black frames (Ikea – 8 bucks maybe?) with white matting with pictures from our trip/ honeymoon in Yosemite (just printed them on paper in color and no one has ever been able to tell – FREE!). Two are nature shots and two have us in them. I put a tea light in a small glass holder in between them… looks great at night. I’ve gotten a lot of complements. Since your space isn’t a mantle you could use mounted holder in between them (Target/ Pier 1?) and then rig something up so the pics are away from the wall so when you light the candles it makes some sweet mood lighting.

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Kerrie September 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

they have these black wall decals that they sell at target. i remember seeing things like the skyline of NYC and things like that. I can’t seem to find them online but I’ve seen them in store.

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Megan @ AVeryMegGirl September 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

How about it you do bunch of black and whiet photo’s. Honestly, your photo’s are beautiful and you can add different shapes and sizes that reflect your life. Ikea has frame really cheap. Also AC Moore has 40% coupons on the weekends. You can order the prints online so they are cheaper..

Ikea also has a collection of black and white photo’s with red figures in them.. I am ont sure what your location will have but here is an example. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdevers/3319453196/

My last idea would be scones.. They often have wrough iron ones that have a vintagey feel!

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Lindz September 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Hey Jenna!

I was in the same boat two months ago! What my husband and I did was purchased some black and white frames at michaels or target (get different sizes) and we blew up some of our favorite photos of us and other pictures we have taken. We made them black and white and printed 10 of them for a total of $12 at Kinkos!

Then, you place them all at different heights (kind of like a collage) over the wall! Ikea website has good examples!

With all your beautiful photos and that great red couch, it would look amazing!

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Brittney September 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

You could get one your favorite, colorful, scenic pictures blown up and framed or put on canvas and hang it above the couch. I did that with my favorite picture taken in Hawaii and hung it in my office :)

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Corey September 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

My sister and I love to travel, so we have photos blown up that we take while on vactation. Right now we have a few from Tiajuana, Ireland, and northern California on our walls . . .there are places you can send your pictures to, and they blow them up and stretch them over canvas. It looks awesome, is pretty cheap for what you get, and it’s your own photo! Since you are a photographer and have been to so many beautiful places, this idea popped into my head:).

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Caitlin September 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I’d put 2-3 black and white framed photos! I loved blowing up pictures I took myself (from traveling especially) and I find they come out best in black and white. Plus it would look pretty sleek with your red couch. If you have a Blick near you, getting standard frames are pretty cheap and well made. Good luck!

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Sri September 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

1. Find a Fabric Store – Buy 2 yards of your favorite vintage fabric
2. Go to Home Depot – Get 2 long sticks of wood ($4/piece), and have them cut it into 4 equal pieces, so it forms a large square. The square should be large enough to make a statement in the room!
3. Get Almanzo or similar handy friends and wrap the fabric around the square (gallery style) to form a BEAUTIFUL piece of art!

Since your sofa is a solid color a pattern would be beauutiful :)

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Julia L. September 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Ha! I have that SAME couch with those SAME pillows! The red + black & white look great together, don’t they? I just moved into my new place and I’m about to hang up a set of six b&w photos (my own + purchased) in matching frames in a grid over the couch. (Ex. here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/ny/02davidreveal_500.jpg).

I would also suggest apartmenttherapy.com as a great resource for inspiration!

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Vicky @ eat live spin September 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Since your couch is bright red (which I LOVE) it would be nice to put a mirror and some of YOUR OWN black and white photos up… I love adding personal touches to my living spaces… also check out http://dwellinggawker.com/ this website is inspirational (sometimes) for me…. and http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/

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Julia L. September 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Beth (Blessed and Inspired) September 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I would go with a collage of small mirrors to open up the space. My husband and I have three mirrors like these ( http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bevel-mirror/?pkey=cmirrors) from Pottery Barn lined horizontally above our couch, and I love it – really opens the room up! You could also go with the more rustic version to complement your vintage flair (http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pressed-tin-mirrors/?pkey=cmirrors).
You’ll love it, I promise!

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allison September 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

now i’m not a designer- ok actually i am :)

here are my top ideas-i’m such a fan of etsy- go handmade-yay!

my number one choice is this red ‘keep calm and carry on’
http://www.etsy.com/listing/56282241/keep-calm-and-carry-on-13×19-poster

since you like too bike- another keep calm option
http://www.etsy.com/listing/56436846/keep-calm-and-ride-on-vintage-bicycle?ref=sr_list_3&ga_search_query=keep+calm+carry+on&ga_search_type=all&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title

this apple poster on etsy is a cool option
http://www.etsy.com/listing/51131120/the-red-apple-poster

or a trio of framed hankies- they match your red and detailing of black on the pillows

hope you find something that inspires you jenna!

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Arden September 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

The walls in my dorm room are plain and blah, so on the blank one behind my bed I have a large piece of fabric purchased at IKEA in a huge black frame (also purchased at IKEA). The one I chose is orange with a pattern of black and white birds on tree branches, but they had at least 30 other colour/pattern options! It only cost about $25 total and makes my room a lot brighter and cosier!

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Jessica September 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

My roommate and I just had this problem! We have a lot of black, green and blue, so we bought a flat black sheet and small containers of blue and green craft paint and threw paint at the sheet! It looks awesome and it only cost about $12 for a full sheet and lots of paint left over!

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Sri September 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Lightning Bolt! Do you like 3D art? This is the coolest thing to support enviro, california, carrot-stick culture :)

http://www.mioculture.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=2&idproduct=8

http://www.mioculture.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=2&idproduct=26

Wrap things up under $40-$60 :)

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Camille September 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Jen F. September 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Big mirror, candle sconces and an indoor tree!!

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Faith September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I think a great idea (and one I’m working on, myself) would be to go to an art store or Michael’s and buy the 8×8 blank canvanses (these are generally not very expensive). Then, go to your local fabric store and browse the clearance section for different prints that go with the colors (I think doing intermixing some celadon in with a butter yellow and a deep orange would be gorgeous) and simply hot glue or staple the fabric over the canvas. Then hang them in a couple of rows, or a random pattern behind the couch. This is a good example:

http://furniture-for-small-spaces.com/how-to-make-cheap-large-canvas-wall-art.html

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Sarah @ Daily Nibbles September 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Hey! I had the same issue as you: couch with a big, blank wall in a space that I’m renting for a short stint. I found a large mirror at a yard sale. Score! Then I surrounded it by a picture frame montage with my own pictures and images from vintage calendars for an eclectic look.
This isn’t the best pic, but you’ll get the idea:
http://vermontography.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/lr-dsc_0099.jpg

I also do the plates!
http://vermontography.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/lr-dsc_0789.jpg

And I am drooling over those sugar cookies. Yummm.

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Lauren September 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Oh, anything for cookies!

If you like antique-looking decorations, consider buying pieces of fabric (you can usually find scraps or sample sizes at fabric stores for next to nothing) and framing them with either black or white matte frames. All you do is affix the fabric to the cardboard insert of a frame with that spray glue – easy and inexpensive.

Also, you could just print out antique prints on black-and-white copy paper and frame them (or not). I think black, white, and red look really pretty together, even though I bleed white and gold… Go Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets!

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Amelia September 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I haven’t read through all of these comments, so for all I know this idea could have been already stated, but nonetheless. I think you should go through all of your pictures, whether posted on the blog or not, pick your favorite and have them printed onto canvas. Then create some sort of collage on the wall. I know you have mentioned in the past that “Almanzo” has wicked photography skills, so I’m sure he will be able to contribute to this project. Maybe include some pictures from your childhood?

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Andrea September 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

What I do for really inexpensive art around our house is to frame things like really neat paper or create cheap subway art on the computer and frame it in inexpensive frames. Otherwise postcards, etc. work too.

http://thebrogles.blogspot.com/2010/08/decor-on-dollar.html

Happy decorating!

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Janet Perez September 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Get some of those artist canvas thingys that they sell at Michaels or Joanns, the ones where the canvas is stretched over a frame. Find some material you like, get some spray adhesive, spray and attach the fabric to the canvas and hang on the wall, instant artwork and totally cheap! Especially if you have any Michaels or Joanns Coupons :-)

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Kerry September 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm

A picture frame wall!! different colors, different sizes. fun, cute and inexpensive! :)

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Carolyn C. September 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

What about a vintage window (or two) with glass panes and photos in the panes? You could sprinkle color within the photos and the glass panes with the white wood window really make the photos pop. Or, you can take the vintage windows and replace the panes with mirrors…. this is a fun, relatively cheap way to add dimension to the room. Have fun! :)

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MoniMeals September 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I had the exact problem. I know it sounds simple, but the best things in life are simple, right… are you ready? You need to add a Mirror! It will change your life, I promise.:)

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Laura September 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

i used a GIANT assortment of thin cotton curtains and created a pseudo-window space if you know what I mean. Just hang the fabric from a rod at the top and frame various pictures or wall art behind them. works especially well if the curtains are sheer

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Laughter-Loving Stacy September 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Go to the thrift store and find a vintage mirror, use that as the center piece and put pictures (in frames, haha) around it! Or buy some wall decals (wall stickers, they wont chip the paint and they’re not too expensive). :)

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Laughter-Loving Stacy September 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

or get a tapestry.

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Laughter-Loving Stacy September 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

<– if that's not too "I'm in college" for yuhz :)

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Becky September 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’m working on a project right now that I could picture above your sofa. I bought large clock hands (amazon has them but I found some at the local scrapbook store for under $15). Now I’m gathering photos to place in frames around the hands to designate each hour. You can use any photo frames and mismatched/different sizes, etc. I’ve been collecting clearance ones whenever I see them.

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Becky September 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’m working on a project right now that I could picture above your sofa. I bought large clock hands (amazon has them but I found some at the local scrapbook store for under $15). Now I’m gathering photos to place in frames around the hands to designate each hour. You can use any photo frames and mismatched/different sizes, etc. I’ve been collecting clearance ones whenever I see them. And easily changed in the future!

Happy decorating!

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Julia September 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Do a collage of picture frames with your food photography. You can photograph food that is red, orange and yellow.

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I don’t know where I saw this idea, some mag or something, but it’s what I plan to do in my bathroom.

Print some images that you’ve taken that mean something to you. The more vivid the better. Buy cheap lace doilies (like at 99Cent Store). Layer the doilies over the images (doilies with small holes are better) and spray paint over the pictures in a light metalic paint. I recall they did it with copper and with a greenish color. You can either hang the images with clothespins on a line for a country look or frame them in those plain black IKEA frames. I know it’s a wacky idea, but I saw it in the mag and it was amazing.

Have fun!

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Charles September 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm

A quad (quattro?) of Andy Warhol-esque prints of Dexter.

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Min September 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Sarah L September 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

My favorite idea to add a bit of flair to a larger wall space is to hang a collection of plates. Anthropologie usually has some creative designs in both the dinner plate size and the dessert plate size on sale. I also think it’s fun to be able to add to the collection as you see plates when you travel or when one just strikes your fancy.

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Stacy September 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I think a mirror would be great. It will make the room seem bigger and it doesn’t require a lot of searching for lots of frames or art. I got one about a month ago to go above my couch and it has made a huge difference in my small living room. It makes the room seem bigger and brings in other colors from around the room and from outside. Also it was only $99, a total steal!

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Jennifer September 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Head to the local Goodwill or thrift store and pick up a bunch of frames – all different sizes. Remove the back and the glass. Get a few cans of cheap spray paint in your accent colors and paint each one a different color. Inside the “frames” hang things like a wooded “J” (picked up at a local craft store, also painted), flatware, a favorite piece of jewelry – the more 3D the better.

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic September 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Craigslist for mirrors (look for a long horizontal one). You can also try Ikea and flea markets. Not sure what your budget is but there are also some good prints on Etsy, then you can buy cheap frames from Amazon or Target (and as always, Craigslist!) Good luck!

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Jess @ The Stuffed Horse September 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

you could just use a piece of string to lay across the space and then hang something big and pretty like one of those paper star lights, or just some of your favorite photos!

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Lauren September 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

What about doing a mosaic of some of your incredible photos? I think Black and White would be perfect with the Red Couch and I would mis match them in various frames going in different directions on the wall. Your pictures are so inspiring, tell who you are, where you’ve been, and what you believe in. Why not use them as a defining aspect of your living room for all to see?

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Sarah September 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Wall stickers. They are cheap, pretty, and there is no work involved. You slap em on the wall, and when your ready to move, you peel em off.

Examples:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30167574

http://www.target.com/b/ref=br_Decals—Decorative?ie=UTF8&node=13753351&searchSize=90&searchPage=1&searchRank=salesrank

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Jessie (Bites and Pieces) September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I would do a gallery wall of your favorite framed photos, posters, and prints. Basically a random assortment of different thing that you like, all displayed in one place. To make it look uniform, use different sized frames of the same color. Or give it an eclectic look, with all different styles of frames. Then when you are ready to move, simply pack up the frames and hang them in your next place! :)

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Katie September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I love the idea of framing fabric! You can staple it onto a stretched canvas (cheap at an art store) or actually putting fabric into a large photo frame. Gives you lots of flexibility to choose colors and patterns that fit with your place!

Example: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/frame-fabric-for-quick-inexpensive-art-10000001095478/index.html

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Jill September 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Get curtains in another rich color! maybe plum, chocolate, etc.. IKEA has a great selection: choose a solid color (no patterns), but the fabric could be sheer or opaque. Staple them to the top of the wall, “framing” the wall as if it were one giant window. This is super cheap and makes a huge difference.

For the wall space between, hang a few large photos of your photography or graphic prints (I love large RIBBA frames from Ikea). Choose photos/prints with more neutral/earthy colors, but with hints of the couch and curtain colors, and maybe bright pops of color like turquoise, orange, and/or yellow.

Then go to Anthro or a flea market to get fun accessories for the table and the rest of the room (magazine tray, ceramic bowl for snacks, candle holders, etc). This is where you should go crazy with bold colors, patterns, etc, as they’re easy to change out. Since your couch, curtains, and photos are so versatile, they’ll work in any space you move to.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do, Jenna!

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Kirsten September 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

buy 3-4 blank canvasses at an art store-maybe $10 a piece. paint them a vibrant color (maybe 2 bright yellow, 2 bright orange, to accent your reds-or shades of the same color) then do a random swirly design in cream/white using a squeeze bottle. I stole the idea from a Trading Places type home redecorating tv show. Hang in a grid above the couch-or do 3 in a row. It makes for nice pops of color and visual interest

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Hannah September 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Sarah beat me too it, but vinyl wall decals are your best friend. They come in every style and price point and you can find something to fit any spot. there are some downright classy ones on etsy, this one (http://www.etsy.com/listing/41702347/cherry-blossom-branch-with-birds-vinyl?image_id=126828861) pretty much looks like it was made to go with your couch, and almost every seller makes them customizable. I ordered cream-colored birds for my bathroom on a whim (for all of $7), a little afraid they’d look cheap or tacky, but they had totally the opposite effect – they made the room look elegant and pulled together! Highly recommended.

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Kristen D September 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I’m a BIG fan of make your own. If you are artsy – head to a cheap crafts store. buy 3 square canvases and do a 3 piece gerber daisy art decoration.
three BRIGHT colored daisies are easy to draw and paint and can really brighten up the place. think hot pink, fuschia , purple, or red, etc.

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Annie September 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Yarn art! Buy a few pieces (bundles, spindles, bits, hunks, spools?) of yarn in your desired color. Then stick a few push pins into the wall at various points (don’t push them all the way in). Next, drape yarn however you like. You could do a simple sphere or freestyle. You could even braid some of the yarn for thicker pieces.

Bonus: your cat will love it. :)

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sara September 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Pottery Barn Heritage Frames $129 + shipping, and they’re epic :) Just got them as a gift and you can change what’s inside of them on a whim! Great investment IMHO!!

http://www.potterybarn.com/products_g/heirloom-frames-white/?pkey=e|heritage%20frames|29|best|0|1|24||11&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules

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Whitney September 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I am a HUGE fan of asymmetrical groupings of picture frames. I am a poor graduate student and I’ve found this is the best wall decor around- it’s personal, fun to do, pretty to look at, and inexpensive if you buy your frames at a craft store. I was inspired by one of my other favorite blogs: Younghouselove. http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/04/nursery-progress-adding-some-art/

p.s. Love your red couch!

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Lisa September 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I love these. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/fuo/1943230663.html

There were also a couple of awesome mirrors listed. Good luck!

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Corey September 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Go to the paint store (or Home Depot/Lowes) and select about 150 different color samples that match your home decor. Collage them onto your wall in a colorful mass. Have fun!

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jen September 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

i didn’t have the time to read through the comments so this may have already been mentioned. i recently wanted something new for the walls in our bathroom so i found some fabrics i really liked and had them cut (about 1/2 or 1 yard for each) and put them in some frames we had laying around. i think it looks cute and you can find examples all over the internet. i also cut out a shape of a bird and glued into on the fabric in one of the frames just for something interesting. super cheap too.

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Erin September 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

You could try a rectangular old antique window with lots of panes. I have a huge wall behind my couch and the window fits perfectly above it and fills the space nicely!! I think my window cost me about $12! I keep meaning to put pictures inside the panes of the window but i;ve got 2 boys and a newborn and haven;t gotten around to it yet!

I love your blog and have tried a lot of your recipes!!! All of them are delicious!

Erin

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sue September 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm

How about hanging up an indian sari-lots of beautiful colors

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Amber September 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I have seen a few people pin aprons to the wall. They look cute.

Or you could try going to a music (or goodwill) store and getting a bunch of records. Use the album sleeves as decor- cheap and looks sweet.

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Kt. September 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Where’s that fabric with the birds that you made into a picture, didn’t that have red in it?

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Paige September 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Marissa September 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

i do “design on the cheap” at my house, but it still looks really nice. i suggest you buy a cheap book with lots of pretty pics in it, buy some cheap frames from walmart (spray paint them if ya need to), and hang a huge gallery wall. just did this in my living room with botanicals. i have 16 framed pictures up. total cost was $52. i’m thrilled with it!!!

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Nicole September 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Why not frame some of your beautiful pictures you take.

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Liz September 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Ahhh yes! The possibilities of a blank white wall. Let’s see… you could get frames (cheapo ones, variety of colors, textures, shapes, etc. or basic ones; same size/same shape from good ol’ target). In your frames you could put things that are fun and colorful. Try shopping for wrapping paper that matches your couch. Swatches of brightly colored wrapping paper in frames could be insta-art on your wall. You could also slice up old (but well-loved) tee-shirts (maybe racing shirts or location shirts) and frame them. Jenna. You are such a created photographer. Why not crop some photos in an interesting way and frame those? Or! A wall montage of all the wonderful places you’ve visited OR copies of the recipes that are near and dear to your heart. Good luck! What a fun project.

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Kellie September 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I don’t know if anyone has said this or not, but I get really cool wrapping paper and frame it. You can get cheap frames and matting at Ikea. I get compliments on it and all I did was frame wrapping paper.

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vanillavivante September 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Go to a few thrift stores and pick up a bunch of old postcards with images from around the world (I always buy a few when I visit art museums, too) — they make a wonderful collage!

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eatmovelove September 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

So, I’m lame – but I REALLY JUST WANT YOUR COOKIES ALREADY – PLEASE?! Chocolate-Chip?! ;)

I love your Red couch and wouldn’t overwhelm it…so personally, I would think a nice creamy-colored wall with a beautiful vintage art-work/picture would be nice…but like I said I’m lame…but humor me and pretend it’s worth cookies maybe?? :)

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Kristen September 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This is a great way to snaz up an apartment without having to re-paint the walls when you leave. There are many sites our their that do this. I have used them many times and love it. So many designs to choose from! I did the “Anise” design in my small bathroom since I didn’t want to make it look any more cramped then it already was. Good luck!

http://www.whatisblik.com/

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I love the vintage-y window frames w/ their chipped paint with pictures behind them! I’m one of those super anal types who could never handle having several individual frames on one wall because they wouldn’t all line up just right, but I think the window frame would keep everything nice and balanced…and give you a single focal point rather than several :)

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Caitlin September 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

We found an awesome mirror at Ikea last summer – it’s HUGE, literally takes up the entire wall over our couch. Makes the space look a lot bigger, classic, something we will have forever and it was cheap (under $100 if I remember correctly!)

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kristina September 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

you know what you could do is blow up one of two of Almanzo’s beautiful photos ~ he takes pictures right?? you could do it in black & white or not. I always love the look of one simple painting ~ either on a large scale or smaller scale as well.

Where are you moving after March??? You’re not leaving CA are you?? :)

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jenna September 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

No plans—just a different apartment!

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polly September 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Okay not sure if anyone said this or not, BUT…

Hang a huge wagon wheel. :) Yes, I’m serious. I bet antique stores would have one somewhere. Maybe a vintage poster of Little House on the Prairie, too? oooh yes! I like!! Love you, hon!

XOXO

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Gennin September 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

A great affordable way that makes big impact is to find some cheap old picture frames in various sizes try to find complementary colors or wood tones (think clearance, thrift stores, garbage picking…hey! one man’s trash is another’s treasure you know :) You could always paint the frames too… Get some cardboard/poster board or something sturdy. You can even use old boxes. Cut them so they fit inside the frame. Then the fun part: go to the fabric store and find some fun fabrics that appeal to you. All different kinds if you want…go crazy. Cover the boards with the fabrics using spray adhesive then stick them in the frames. Arrange the frames any way you choose. Voila! A masterpiece!!!

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Amanda September 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Jenna! You should totally make a wall collage! With all black and white pictures and maybe some crosses too?! You could mix some new pictures with old ones and use different antique frames! And you could even add some bright colored fabric squares in with the mix! I think it would look great!

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carla September 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Ikea has these fabulous large prints of diff cities (ny, paris, amsterdam etc) they are all black and white except one thing…the amsterdam just has one red vintage nike…so cool and would be perfect with your couch!

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annie September 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

you should get those circle and square mirrors from ikea and put the circle, and then the square and alternate

or, get string and get those tiny clothing pins to hang pictures on them and put it across the all

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Julia September 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I can picture a series of 2-4 prints of a flowery toile pattern or a flower pattern (they have some examples in google images) in some antique white or black frames, you could do one in each of the red, yellow, and orangey colors that you already have going on (you could use fabric or print the images out in the right size at a copy place). You could use any pattern really. I think that would give it sort of a modern but vintagey feel to tie all your decor together. I also think a quilt would be super cute over the back of your couch – one that is a little worn and has lots of colors in it – funny I actually have one that my great-grandma made that would look perfect on (in my opinion).
Hope you find a fabulous solution for the wall!

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Jenn September 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Do you have any artist friends? We (my roommate and I) had such a blank wall conundrum and “commissioned” one of our friends to paint something for us. It’d be something totally personal and one of a kind.

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Cyndi September 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

To balance out the red couch and black table, I would introduce some organic, textured pieces. Create balance without clutter and nonsense.

A rough, woven oversized tray or basket on the black table … an oversized plant behind the couch … an inexpensive textured area rug for under the black table … a vintage side table with a plant and tall, narrow table lamp … maps and photos are a nice idea, but I wouldn’t make them the main focal point behind the couch – too obvious. Drape a vintage fabric or an interesting, textured blanket or scarf across the back wall on a curtain rod that is mounted to the wall. With the rod in place, you could change the fabric seasonally.

Good luck – you have a lot of great suggestions so far!

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Danielle September 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

How about a photography collage of food pics, like Angela at OhSheGlows did a few weeks ago? She took a bunch of her favorite pictures of her food that she’s taken for the blog, got them printed, framed and hung them. Easy peasy! You could totally do that on the cheap, and plus…you already have a great selection of nice photos to choose from :)

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Claire September 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I don’t know if there are any left, but you could find an old (i.e., 2010) calendar that is those vintage paintings with the same colors you’re using and use poster frames to put them on the wall.

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andrenna September 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

i know you already have a map, but i lovvvve this one. it would look great back there! http://thesearethings.bigcartel.com/product/world-map-aqua

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Kristin September 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I recently had the same problem – a big, empty wall just begging to be filled! I found a handful of vintage mirrors at antique shops/flea markets in different sizes/finishes and hung them on the wall in sort of a mirror-collage. It looks great and makes the room look larger!

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Adam September 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

How do 10 inch block letters from etsy sound? Painted red. Spelling out RED COUCH! :)

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bobbi September 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Have you seen our wall? We got these cheap picture frames and shelves from ikea tha I adore here is a link http://www.bobbimccormick.com/?p=8967

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Marijke September 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

You could find a piece of fabric which compliments the colour scheme, and then frame it. I think the texture and design of fabric can be so much nicer to look at than a big bold painting. Framing fabric is simple and it’s elegant.

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heidi September 16, 2010 at 3:41 am
Jess @ MTL Veggie September 16, 2010 at 4:54 am

I used to have an old apartment with that vintage-y feel. So I decided to play up on that with a funky edge by finding some old vinyl covers and hanging them on the wall. They don’t even need to be bands you particularly like, but rather go for interesting cover art that brings out the colours in you apartment. You could frame them if you want of just hang them without. I like to sew as well so I went out and bought some bargain fabrics and made curtains and throw pillows.
If you bake me cookies I’ll sew you some curtains and throw pillows- deal? :)

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OK Chick September 16, 2010 at 5:44 am

Sorry, I don’t have any ideas for you, but I do love the couch.

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LeeAnn September 16, 2010 at 6:22 am

I think you should do something like this: http://www.fernseed.com/furniture/red-orange-mirror-art-wall.html
It would tie in your vintage look. You could get frames at Goodwill and paint them orange and red!
I love your couch! I hope you find something soon!

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Meredith @ An Epic Change September 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

You know those French message boards with the ribbons criss-crossing and you tuck important notes, pictures, etc. in the ribbons?

Well my aunt and uncle live on a big historic farm and were trying to spruce the decor up but keep an “old” feel to it, so they found amazing vintage fabric pretty cheap on some old furniture at a flea market and they made their own large French message board (cheap sheet of plywood, cotton batting from the craft store, staples, ribbon, buttons). You can pick out the fabric and ribbons to complement whatever decor you have and find funky buttons to place where the ribbon criss-crosses and you staple it down (glue the buttons, I guess?) Then you can tuck in your favorite photos, letters, and little trinkets!

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gina (fitnessista) September 16, 2010 at 7:40 am

these flowers are amazing and would look so cool behind the couch:
http://www.opulentitems.com/Unique-Wall-Decor.html
aaaaand… i really want some cookies ;)
xoxo

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Charise September 16, 2010 at 7:56 am

I like big mismatched frame collages – you could do a worn white (sanded so the wood shows through in spots) for a rustic/vintage look or antique gold or silver. With such a large space, you could definitely do some bigger frames, too, or I like to do one biiiiiig frame as a “frame” for all the frames inside.

And then fill some with your own pictures that pull in some of your accent colors, and some with things like patterns of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper. I love using my own artwork to make it personal and cheap!

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amyt September 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

Ok…I’m not sure what these are called but I think they are used for cross stitching – those little wood thingys ;-) that you put the fabric through to hold?? well – I have seen in a mag where people used those and you just use different patterns of material – the colors through your home – solids, prints…..the options are limitless – or for that matter…you could just use different material and use picture frames ;-)

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britt September 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Hey Lady!
i JUST MOVED AND LITERALLY HAD NOTHING! WORKING AND BEING A FOODIE ALONG WITH A LIMITED TO NO BUDGET MADE MY ARTISTIC PERSONA COME ALIVE. GO TO THE THRIFT STORE OR SOMEWHERE YOU CAN GET CHEAP AS DIRT FRAMES, SAND THEM OR PAINT THEM AND TAKE YOUR CAMERA TO WALGREEN PHOTO SHO AND PRINT OFF YOUR AMAZING PHOTOS AND FRAME THEM. TA DA ART AND GREAT COVERSATIONS STARTERS AS THE PICS HAVE STORIES BEHIND THEM, MUCH LOVE B

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Tay September 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

I would enlarge some of your favorite food photos and frame them for the wall. Costco does it pretty cheap.

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Kim@BudgetOrganicLiving September 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

I have a few suggestions for you.

1, Print out and hand some of your favorite food photos.

2,Go to the Farmer’s Market and photograph your favorite fruits or veggies. Print them out and hang them.

3, Find a large map of the USA or the world and hang. Personalize it with decorative thumbtacks. Use one color or style for the places you have visited and another color or style for the places you would like to visit.

4, Hang a piece of fabric. New or Vintage. You can finish the edge with some double sided tape or fusible binding.

5, Hang a vintage or new Kimono

6, Hang a quilt. If you do not have space to hang it after you move then you can use it as a blanket.

7, Buy a large inexpensive canvas from a craft or art supply store and a few tubes of acrylic craft paint and paint a picture or get two or four equal sized canvases and paint each one a different color and hang them next to each other.

8, Make an Inspiration Board about food, travel or anything else you are passionate about.
Two samples

Tracy Feith
http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f60/tracy-feith-target-75142.html

Workspace Wednesday from the Paper n Stitch Blog
http://papernstitchblog.com/2009/10/page/2/

Have fun!

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Samantha September 16, 2010 at 11:43 am

Hey! I saw these at IKEA a few days ago and they immediately came to mind. I didn’t read the comments, so maybe somebody already suggested them, but these poppy decals have red and orange hues and are cheap and not permanent!

http://wists.com/iota/8b3f2730600e50a6de7d657a892b5dfc?offset=0

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Molly b September 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm
Angela September 17, 2010 at 7:22 am

My mom sells custom wall lettering. You can design any words, sayings or quotes in any size, font and color. I have it in a few different places around my house and I think it’s the perfect addition to any wall space that you just aren’t sure what to do with. I have a Julia Child quote in my kitchen to strike culinary inspiration and a Chilean greeting by my front door that serves as a daily reminder of my amazing South American travels. You should check out her website! http://offthewalllettering.com/Welcome%21.html

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mira September 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I really love these:
http://www.andiloveyoushesaid.com/en/collection.html

They are from Sweden.

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April September 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I think you should make a painting. Just buy a plan old canvas and paint. If you just paint in lines and let the colors blend together you will get something beautiful and artistic. It make look like a horizon with the “right” color selection or something more dynamic!!!

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April September 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I meant plain

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Lacey @ Lake Life September 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I love using door beads/hangings as wall decor! It’s so easy to change switch up different colors for different seasons!

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