Inspiration: Alternative Art

Framing wallpaper was a popular was to display goods at ICFF; if you’re lacking art, as many homes do, this is one idea that’s easy enough, and inexpensive enough, to bring into your own home. Here are some other ideas, culled from our recent house tours, to bring art into your home inexpensively.

In my home, a movie poster forms pride of place.

In the bedroom, a tear sheet from a magazine of a favorite nude by Julian Schnabel has been inexpensively matted and framed.

An image from a magazine was professionally blown up. A watercolor to begin with, the pixelations of the oversized picture give this copy a similar quality.

In Susie and Mikey’s house tour, Susie’s art, of course, informs is most of what’s on the walls. We were especially drawn to the button paintings she constructs herself from old buttons sew onto plasticsized linen and then framed. Nick your mother’s or grandmother’s button box the next time you’re home.

In Maria’s "Oh So You" Bungalow, her own photographs cover a wall, matted in frames found in the “as is” section at Ikea. Experiment with matting colours.

In grade school, this was Maria’s punishment for talking too much; framed, it’s now art. Rediscover your own childhood work, the work of your own children or that of the children of friends.

A poster of Gloria Steinem (on the left) was copied “Warhol Style.” Have it done with one of your own favorite photos.

In Laure's home, magazine tear sheets of her mother lined the hallway of her old home. Photographs of friends and family -- or work made by them -- is, we think, the best kind of art there is. Tell us about the art in your home.