For me and my fiance, our relationships with our friends and family are some of the most important aspects of our life. That's why we love when our favorite folks that visit have the opportunity to make an impact on our home and the decor in it. Here are some of our favorite ways to get your loved ones in on the fun with art in your home!
• This post-it wall, from Post Typography (via Curbly), is a stunning way to add a faux wallpaper to a room that needs a boost. What about letting each visitor to the house add a square? Starting from one square, this could be a really interesting way to watch an abstract installation that you don't have to paint over! Heck, just begin using the notes when you're ready for them to come down.
• The typewriter is an item that is used more for decoration, notes and artwork more than it's original function as the primary means of transcribing words quickly! Our typewriter is frequently used for letters, but we leave it set up in the front room, ready for anyone who visits to add a little message. We love the ever-evolving array of well-wishings, poems, and nonsense that folks contribute, and our friends love reading it when they come!
• Folks have been tracking their travels on maps with pins and flags for years and years. I love the idea of inviting friends and family that visit to add a pin with a colorful flag to the place from which they've come! Living in a city like San Francisco meant that I had many friends wanting to visit from all over! Now that I'm back in Austin with a home that boasts a guest room, we've got a whole new slew of travelers staying with us! A map that our loved ones get to add on to makes for another happy way to remember their visit after they've gone.
• This is an idea that I've seen all around the wedding blogs I've been trolling since I got engaged, and I love it! A thumbprint tree, however, is definitely not only appropriate for a wedding--I could see this as a cool piece of art or mural in anyone's home. As folks visit, have them add their thumbprint to a pre-illustrated tree trunk and watch the foliage fill out. This design is from bleudetoi on Etsy but you could also create your own.
• For years, I had a wall devoted solely to Polaroid photos taken by myself and my friends. My wall became full, not only with photos taken all over the place, but of nearly everyone who visited my home! The wall became a visual recording of all of my guests and the adventures that took place when they were around. While the price of film has gone up a bit, there are stil ways to make this kind of an idea happen. (Check out The Impossible Project or Fuji Instax cameras!)