My room and apartment have always been filled with photos of friends and family. Color. Black-and-white. Tattered. With or without edges. The motley crew of memories was housed in equally random frames of all shapes and sizes. When we moved into our Somerville apartment three years ago, the frames on tabletops and dressers cluttered the overall minimalist feel of our home. (And by minimalist, I mean Ikea and not much of it. Minimalist is the new thrifty, people.)
Thus, our photo wall was born.
We spent hours picking out frames and hammering them into the wall just so. And though I like the depth and texture of actual frames, I just stumbled upon Swedish it designer Lisa Bengtsson's one-dimensional solution to the same more-photos-than-places-to-put-them problem:
I love the idea of wallpaper that's also a photo display. And the frames are perfectly arranged. No more afternoons spent swearing at the hammer as you try to hang photos straight. Instant art gallery.
Bengtsson also has some fabulous black-and-white shoe wallpaper that I'm lusting over. Maybe when I finally achieve that benchmark of housing success — a walk-in closet — I'll invest.
She blogs for Elle Interiör. But, alas, it's in Swedish. I'll be admiring the photos.