Saturday, 9 April 2016

Unexpected surprises

We've been prattling around in our living room of late, preening here, paining there and you've been kept very much up to date on our progress. But, I thought I'd spare a moment for a rather ingenious and totally accidental addition to our living room.

Way back when we were hosting a 1970s inspired Christmas soiree, we had a bare patch of wall destined to host some artwork. But, no frames. We'd not managed to find any that we liked and so it was looking like we were going to have to showcase the newly decorated living room sans artwork!

Frames, Poundland
Ink bolts, Magma, Manchester
Lamp, TK Maxx

But, I was in a Poundland picking up something stupid like table confetti or tea lights and I stumbled across some frames (for £1 each, funnily enough) which were rather brilliant. 

They're white with a grey mount inside, and a string with two wooden pegs on, for hanging photographs from. There's no glass, so it's easy to swap and change the contents of the frame - which inspired us to get creative.

Table, IKEA

We quickly popped them up and hung our previously purchased book of 12 ink bolts. Y'know, the kind psychoanalysts and psychiatrists use. They're gorgeously abstract designs that spark conversation, and you can remove the cards from the frame to read the subliminal meanings behind each one too! It was supposed to just be an interim solution, but we quite like them.

Postcards, Faber

Kathleen Lines' Stories For Girls, Muriel Goaman's Anyone Can Cook, Paul Birckhill's The Great Escape, Abetti's The Sun, Jean Conil's Haute Cuisine, Anthony Buckeridge's Stories For Boys, James Blish's Welcome To Mars, Seamus Heaney's Door Into The Dark, Alfred Duggan's Devil's Brood, T.S. Eliot's Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Rudolf Arnheim's Film As Art.

Then, this season we switched it up, with some postcard versions of famous covers from the faber publishing house archives. They're typography heavy and blooming gorgeous. Some are obscure books I've never heard of and others are household names, like Seamus Heaney's Door Into The Dark and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. There's also 100 in the box, so loads more to swap in and out too! Not bad for a last minute £1 find!