I firmly believe that nothing makes a space yours like art. While I generally take a little time to settle in and feel things out, I try to get art on the walls within the first few months of moving into a new place – and no, I don’t worry too much about putting holes in the walls. It’s always worth it in my book, even if you end up changing your mind or messing up and starting again (yeah, I almost never measure anything…)
As I’ve mentioned, my grad school apartment was compact, shall we say – there just wasn’t room for all of the art I brought with me from Montana and my last (large, two story) house. A few things spent two years in the gaps on the side of the washer and dryer. I had framed art slid under the couch and my bed, awaiting the next transition. So, when I moved into my new place almost a year ago (!), I was excited to get things back up on the walls.
Well…it turns out this place has a lot more wall space. And I’m not sharing it with anyone, so this is the first place I’ve really lived where every space is mine…and I have a decent amount of it. With friends coming to visit, I put together the guest room over the last few months – new bed from IKEA, platform base, Overstock sheets, a Target nightstand and clearance lamp – nothing too fancy but trying to make visitors feel comfortable. And it looks OK, serves its purpose as occasional guest room and as my daily closet / space for my obscene number of shoes.
But something is missing.
I already hung all of my art elsewhere in the house, and this room is looking a little…blah.
Right now, I don’t have a big art budget. Not knowing where the next move might take me, I don’t want to invest in anything too large, but I also want to spice up this neglected space. I’m also a little tired of dealing with framing lately – more on that soon – so I would prefer to find something already framed – but don’t want to mortgage the home I don’t own to pay for custom framing!
Based on those many criteria, I have decided to order something from Minted. I’m a paper snob, and I spend too much of my time at work looking at wedding invitations, so I generally have extreme champagne taste when it comes to wedding paper goods. But I was impressed with the sample wedding invitation from Minted inserted in one of the magazines. Thick, velvety paper, crisp printing, impeccable edges. (also, aren’t these agate invites fun?) Their wedding invitations, which I currently have no obvious use for, were sort of the gateway drug to their “art marketplace.”
Things I dig: the option of higher end archival papers. Reading about the artists behind the work. Tons of selection, including framing choices. Pretty decent taxonomies to help with browsing. And the availability of squares as well as rectangles.
After much deliberation, these are my current top contenders:
(actually, there are a bunch of options from Emily Jeffords that I really like)
I can’t quite decide on the framing option for this one – white? black? birch?
Or maybe bring a bit more of a winter feel to Texas?
Which would you choose? Do you hang art not long after moving in, or do you struggle to put nails in the walls? Important follow up question: when are you coming to visit me in Austin? The guest room awaits!
(This post is in collaboration with Minted. All choices and opinions are totally my own.)