I have a very difficult time hanging things on the walls in my house. I’ll admit it’s one of my stranger querks — and yes there are several — but I have a commitment phobia for hanging anything in our home, which is why we still have so many bare walls after living here for over a year. Before I take the plunge of hanging anything on a wall, I have to be able to picture the way it will look in my mind — until the mental image is crisp and clear, the wall stays bare.
I think my fear has something to do with the finality of the wall decorating process. I want the ability to change my mind if I want to, but because hanging something means making a hole in the wall, there is no room for a change of heart. It drives Wilson bezerk — since the moment we moved into this house Wilson has chomped at the bit to hang anything and everything. He’s probably wanted to hang himself a time or two also but we won’t go there today… Anywho, I’ve made great strides in overcoming this extreme phobia to save my dear husband from going crazy with the vast array of blank walls in our house.
A cheap way to achieve great-looking art to hang in your home is to find inexpensive vintage prints and frame them yourself. I love prints — old maps, botanicals (like below) and animals all make for superb artwork that looks expensive but really is quite affordable.
I found these botanical prints at Sleepy Poet — it is such a treasure trove — for $12 each. I bought simple black frames that most closely matched the dimensions of the prints at Michael’s for $13 a piece. $100 total for art ain’t bad. The prints didn’t exactly fit into the frames, but for $12, I couldn’t really be picky. Target is another great place to score cheap hanging frames, providing you with many options to get into your cheap wall decorating grove.
These prints hang in the master bathroom and add some really nice color to the small space.
Pretty, easy and cheap. What more could a girl ask for? Oh I know… a real snow day!
By Southern standards, it’s a straight up blizzard outside. Wilson keeps chattering about building a snowman and having a snow ball fight — excuse me? no — but I was thinking more along the lines of making myself a White Russian to give me the warm and fuzzies. The possibilities are truly endless on a snowy day in the South.