I decided to use to turn my bland wall (the wall opposite the entrance to my apartment) into a wall of artwork. I knew that I wanted to keep it as inexpensive as possible because decor shouldn’t cost you and arm and a leg. Here’s what I did.
I created a “Keep Calm…” sign ( Keep Calm You Live in Brooklyn) when the “Keep Calm” phenomenon was big (in early spring of last year – also around the time that I signed the lease to my very first solo apartment in Bed Stuy) and printed it out on high gloss paper at work. I then placed it in a framed it in a frame I purchased from Target.
Create your very own “Keep Calm” sign here for free! –> http://www.keepcalmstudio.com/
I don’t recall the exact frame used, but you can find a similar look here –> http://www.target.com/p/room-essentials-matted-wood-frame/-/A-14552366#prodSlot=medium_1_18
Next up, my newest and favorite piece – an “I Love You” 3-D picture. What I love the most about this 3-D pop art is that it reminds me of my love for writing (peep the old school typewriter). This piece was purchased from IKEA for $12.99 –> http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30252609/
My next piece is a custom made animation created by cousin (a graphic designer). I’ve had this picture for over 7 years, but never framed it, until Friday. I framed this 8 1/2 ” x 11″ picture in a $1.99 IKEA NYTTJA frame –> http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50186500/
Here’s the original photo that she used to create this animated picture:
The last two pictures were gifted from my sister, she purchased them from Target about a year ago. Unfortunately these signs no longer seem to be available, but you can check out an array of fun statement artwork here –> http://www.target.com/c/wall-art-decor-home/-/N-5xtta#?lnk=L1L2_WallD_042_0_HERO_22_4_2014|HERO|T:Template B-DVM|C:CMS&intc=1552081|null
Last but not least, I added my bamboo plant (I have three stalks going strong, I’ve had them for more than 3 years) in a glass vase – both purchased from IKEA. Instead of using rocks I chose to jelly balls (turquoise and electric blue) as a vase filler to add a pop of color. On the plant you will notice beads – they were gifted from my best friend (she gave them to me a souvenir when she visited New Orleans. I added them to the plant because they matched the jelly balls perfectly.
Lucky Bamboo Plant –> (spiral, $2.99 – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90105781/ & straight, $1.99 – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30063595/)
Glass Vase –> IKEA REKTANGEL, $4.99 – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/37067100/
Vase filler (jelly balls) –> http://www.amazon.com/Packages-Water-Gel-Crystal-Soil/dp/B003VW4636
Now that you’ve seen the individual pieces now you can see how I put them all together. I’m pleased with the simple yet colorful display of art that showcases my personality. What do you think?
Until next time friends!
~ Pennie Penz