Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just thinking about picture ledges

Yeah. Just thinking. We moved into our house in May, but have not yet put a single nail hole in the walls. Weird? Yes. But the stark bare walls kind of go with the cardboard boxes in the corners look, which apparently is our design aesthetic: "move-in chic". Har har. One of these days we will have time to nest!

In the meantime, daydreaming. I keep seeing pictures of picture rails, mostly these plain Ribba ones from IKEA, and I kind of love the idea. Nice and clean, and super easy to change stuff out and rearrange, books faced out alongside pictures, little oddities.

I love the look of a whole wall of picture books. Or a smaller section:

Or magazines:

Or pictures, of course:

(I like this idea maybe for my writing room, with the line beneath for loose bits of inspiration.)

Also, look how cute. This is in a spot behind a kitchen door where a deep shelf wouldn't fit:

Or for a simple spice rack:

Here's another simple idea from the IKEA Family Live site (love) and the blogger Yvestown, using a simple IKEA spice rack for cookbook display and a splash of easy-to-change kitchen color:

She, in turn, got the idea here:

So yeah, just thinking about walls. And, apparently, pimping IKEA :-)


tone almhjell said...

We have those in Magnus's room. Very cute! Prime spot: the Magnus Robot Fighter comic you got us!

Anonymous said...

I just bought the Ribba frame for my LOVE print. I like things clean and simple as well and also have the frame just leaning against the wall. The plan was to hang it, but I might just leave it because it looks good that way and don't have to make a hole in the wall :-)

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rebecca* said...

Hi Laini,
I am a J/YA librarian & just started reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Unputdownable! Thank you!

As for easy shelving/picture hanging - at my last apartment I used this idea: the yard stick shelf! A yard stick is cheap & so light that it can hang from the wall with just a couple pieces of ribbon & thumbtacks. A little precarious, it's true. But once you have it set up - it's not going anywhere.

All the best! Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Two words of advice from a California girl: Museum. Putty. Cute little shelves are good. Flying picture frames aren't. =)

Q said...

This comic reminded me of you:

Racking said...

Some fantastic ideas here, I have a pile of vinyl records in sleeves that would look great on some of those! Thanks!

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