Off the Grid

26 Oct

I’m in the what-can-I-put-on-these-walls phase of decorating. The current debate is: grid or no grid? Something in me likes the order of a grid and something in me likes the loosey-goosey happenstance of collage. Here are a few pictures that have inspired me in each direction. 

For those of us who need a little order:

Blackbird Style

Today You Inspired Me

southern living

And for those of us who like to keep our options open:

a veiled aside


west elm

I suppose I’ll have to strike a balance, won’t I? What’s your preference?


10 Responses to “Off the Grid”

  1. Anna October 27, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    I’d have to vote for the 4th no grid image if you have a variety of shapes and sizes to deal with. It’s orderly but interesting. I do like the grid if your artwork is all the same size.

  2. Jess October 27, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I say collage…..only because when I think of you, I don’t think “grid.” I love the last two images. However, I like maps on a grid because they are a grid 🙂

  3. donna October 27, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I like the first grid with larger photos. And the lighting….yes, the lighting : >)

    • aj October 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      It’s your job to love the lighting… 🙂
      Hope you’re doing great, Donna!

  4. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    this post made my heart flutter! the second picture is so dramatic (though I’m not sure realistic) — I think I’m naturally drawn to the wonky, unlevel, quirkiness of the 5th one and last two.

    • aj October 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      I wish comments had a “like” button like Facebook.
      Thanks for reading, Laurel!

  5. Jennifer Jones October 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    it’s funny. i’m an “order” person, but I like the flow of the unsymmetrical ones?? i really need to come see your house!

  6. Kindel October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I vote for collage. Mainly because you can add and take away and use found objects and not ruin it. We have a collage in our house and some frames have pictures and some are empty. I love the way it looks because I can continually add to it and change out the pictures without having to change every single picture. I love your house! 🙂

  7. Shela-Lyn Boxberger October 28, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Ditto to Jess & Anna…I like the industrial lighting mixed with the no grid look. I have a no grid collage in my home mixed with shelves…I LOVE IT!

  8. Kim October 31, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    I’m normally a fan of symmetry but a collage wall — well done — has much more impact, in my opinion.
    It’s just not easy doing it well. I tried (oh, how I tried!) but in the end gave up in frustration… and invited an artistic friend over who, in a matter of minutes, had my wall looking fantabulous 🙂
    I admire those who have an eye for that kind of thing.
    I just know my limitations, and if there’s no artistic friend around, things end up in a grid.

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