I first became a fan of Ikea's Ung Drill Frame when I was searching for a photo prop for my wedding last August. Ornate, affordable, and very lightweight, I decided to paint the frame a pale peach and convert it into a chalkboard sign for guests to write messages on and hold in the photo booth. Since then, I swapped the peach for a charcoal gray and hung it in my kitchen. I noticed that other DIYers are coming up with a variety of ways to get the most out of this multipurpose frame. Keep reading to check out my favorite examples of how to incorporate this popular Ikea accessory into your home!
Black isn't my go-to paint color of choice, but the next time I decide to mount a glaring television on my wall, I'll reconsider the moody shade. In the March/April issue of Lonny, homeowner Jennifer Bandier's bedroom small screen was treated to a clever camouflage thanks to a coat of black paint. Surrounded by an array of photographs with white mats and black frames, the oft-inconspicuous flat screen blends right into the wall. Paired with classic moldings, bordered, hotel-style bedding, and a pop of rouge in the hallway, the room has a neoclassical style and not so much the rock 'n' roll vibe I associate it with.
Would you try this at home? Have you camouflaged your TV in any other way?
I finally finished the wall around Jan. 2 after living with paper placeholders of the pictures for a few weeks! I am very proud, as I did the entire thing by myself without my husband helping with the drill, etc. I have had it up for a couple of months now and I still smile when I walk by. I like the mix of family photos and objects, and I also like the symmetry of the two sides without being exact clones of each other.
Have you been doing any decorating lately? Be sure to share photos in the Su Casa group!
Keep earrings organized and create a work of art. A window screen earring holder is the perfect accent for a wall or dresser. Keeping the jewelry box clean is another added bonus. Makes a great gift!
- Picture frame
- Window screen
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Scissors or wire cutters
*Supplies can be found at your Home Depot, Michael's Craft Store, or Hobby Lobby
I spotted this dining room photo on Houzz and immediately loved the clustered grouping of the photos. On second look, I realized that several of the frames actually overlapped, creating a three-dimensional effect. Truthfully, I'm torn. I can't decide whether the overlapping in this instance takes away from or enhances the look. I haven't tried this at my home, but I may have to experiment a little to see if I like it on my own wall.
Sometimes, I'll come across a frame that's so ornate and delicately detailed that I can almost hear it begging to be hung on my walls. The only trouble is, with my luck, those frames are often oddly sized and unfit for standard print and canvas sizes. So CasaSugar Community member Miogie's trick is the answer: she spray-painted her fab frame to her liking with silver paint, and then simply cut a roll of wallpaper to fit her frame. Voilà! Instant artwork to display in that must-take-home frame. To see how this piece turned out after Miogie worked her magic on it, continue reading.
Yesterday, I shared my interview with Jonathan Adler about his new curated collection of New York Times archive photos. As an interior designer, Jonathan Adler obviously has a lot of experience with curating collections of artwork. That's what designers do, right? Curate things? So I asked him to share his tips for beginning art collectors. I'm sure many of you don't really know where to start when it comes to buying and displaying artwork, so why not learn from the best? Check out my conversation with Jonathan Adler below!
CasaSugar: What tips can you offer for beginner art collectors who just don't know where to start?
Jonathan Adler: God, it's so hard! Actually, I do have tips. The amazing thing is we live in an unbelievably fabulous time for beginning art collectors because you no longer have to do the enslaved-by-gallerists thing. With the web you can go to Etsy, your site, and so many other design blogs profile up-and-coming artists, so I think that my main tip is to get tangled in the web and just hunt and you will find.
CS: So you were able to choose special mats and frames for your collection of New York Times archive photos. Do you have any tips for readers for when it comes to matting and framing photographs or artwork?
JA: Yeah, I do actually! I like to frame photographs sort of importantly. I think that often when people are framing photographs, they default to just a minimal black frame, and I like to put a more bold mat and sort of a more ornate frame, and I think it just makes photographs, and especially black and white ones, feel a little more important.
CS: And in terms of the matting, would you say a larger mat is more important?
JA: Yeah! When in doubt, beef up the mat!
Be sure to also check out my series on How to Collect Art for more information on this topic!
There's a new men's clothing store in Manhattan with gorgeous wood paneling and a beautiful salon-style gallery wall that I want to simply copy and paste into my home! From the shape of the shop's dapper black leather armchairs to the vase filled with branches, lust-worthy design elements abound. In other words . . . the space would be my dream closet! Can you guess what store it is?
I started with this mismatched jumble of frames, which I painted all black. Then I had pieces of 1/8-inch-thick birch plywood cut to fit each frame. With help from a design-savvy artist friend, I was then able to create the outline for my project.
See what I created when you read more
Hang your children's art...all over the house! Many mothers can't bear the thought of recycling their lil one's artwork, but don't know what to do with the countless number of drawings that come home. A while back we shared 12 ways to show off your tot's masterpieces. Here are 10 more that will give your lil Picasso's work the attention it deserves.