Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Organizing Artwork


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
7 Comments » | Published in Art Arrangement, Fresh New Design, Get Organized  |  7 Comments I got off to such a slow start in January, I’ve decided we need to keep the organization theme going for awhile longer. I know I haven’t met my goals, as there is a very scary guestroom closet to organize and a lot of very un-feng shui haphazard storage underneath all of my beds. Instead of sleeping on a pea under 17 mattresses like the princess, I’m sleeping over a very old cassette collection from the years of my teenage angst. Anyone need a worn out tape of Scritti Politti?

But I digress. I’ve spent the past few days of “wintry mix” weather holed up next to the fire searching through flickr, design blogs, and watching HBO’s “Big Love” on On Demand. A few flickr photos of well composed art inspired me to find my hammer and nails and finally finish moving in. Here are just a few of the photos that inspired me the most:

The Always Rotating Display:

from Michelle Caplan, a very talented mixed media collage artist and clearly a very talented designer. What I love about this bench is not only the wonderful composition at the moment, but also that she switches it up all the time and nothing has a permanent spot. I love looking through Michelle’s flickr photos!

Amazing, All-Inclusive Composition of Smaller Works:

These are from one of my all-time flickr favorites, sfgirlbybay. Victoria always shares the most inspiring photos. On top is her living room, a close up of the art wall, and below is a photo she shared from emmarosepapery.

The Mix-and-Match it all Just Works When You Use Your Eye: This one comes from kimhas4cats. I like the way some of the work is lined up, while others are simply placed where they fit. Her furniture is so beautiful – I can’t stop dreaming about that console!


The Casual Working Inspiration Board: very casual arrangement of work counts as well. Anke-Anart shared this charming bulletin board from her studio and I’m quite taken with it. Remember, a small scale composition like this one can serve as a mini-plan for a larger composition – just imagine it at a larger scale. By the way, the photo at the top comes from Jen Selk, it is magnets on a fridge, but from the thumbnail, I thought it was a wall of larger pieces, which would really work well.


The Mantle, and Using Pieces You Might not Think of as Art:’t forget that LP covers are some of the most fantastic art around. During part of my organizing, I unearthed a box of my old albums that had moved with me three times and never been opened (I don’t have a record player, and I’m starting to sense a theme to my clutter – music stored that I don’t have any way of playing). However, I simply had to put my Smith’s “Meat is Murder” album up with some other art. I suppose it’s fitting, since Morrisey’s face has been turning up on throw pillows lately! Anyway, I like the way that Wiretap Studios included favorite albums in this mantle arrangement.

The Gonzo at Work (no, I’m not talking about Hunter S. Thompson):, HAVE FUN! You can mix everything up on the floor, on a table, it’s not an exact science, don’t let it stress you out. You don’t have to cut out newsprint pieces that are the exact same size as each piece of art and tape them up with a level and a tape measurer like Martha Stewart does (however, if that’s the way you want to do it, go for it). You don’t have to be afraid of a few “oops” nailholes. You don’t have to have everything, or anything, in a frame for it to be considered art. Thanks so much to Shimrit&Yaar for sharing this Gonzo art hanging photo on flickr!

Other sources of inspiration:

Through Michelle Caplan’s blog, I found a group called “Art in Your Home” on flickr.

Apartment Therapy has been showing off reader art for the past month on their NYC, SF, LA and CHI sites. If you are scrolling through old posts, simply search for “Reader’s Art.”

Finally, if you love Martha, check out the perfectionist way to figure it out here.





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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!



  1. kiminottawa says:

    February 7th, 2007 at 2:53 pm (#)

    Thanks – you posted my pic! There’s an “updated” version of that picture wall on Flickr(I’m forever changing it and adding to it). The other pics are awesome too – I always loved Victoria’s picture wall!!!

  2. MCaplan says:

    February 8th, 2007 at 4:32 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for all of your kind words about my bench display and my Flickr photos! I like to keep the art moving around, and love the different emotions different layerings can evoke. Stacking the pieces can sometimes add an additional chapter to the story I never would have experienced otherwise! It is fun to be my own curator!

  3. logo dude says:

    February 9th, 2007 at 7:54 am (#)

    how about art on bookshelves? could be cool

  4. becky says:

    February 9th, 2007 at 3:27 pm (#)

    Hey Logo Dude, yes, I searched flickr for good examples but didn’t find one that I just love love loved – go ahead and shoot us a link!

    Kim, I saw the ALMOST the same picture of yours turn up in another blog (I think it was Victoria’s) after I started drafting this entry – I call that “deja blog” 🙂 I love your arrangement and your furniture.

    Michelle, I love looking through your photos and the freedom that bench gives you to rotate pieces in and out. I’m such an art hound that I couldn’t possibly display everything well at once, and your set up lets everything be seen in different shows, just like a museum. Love it!


  5. Jen Selk says:

    February 11th, 2007 at 10:20 pm (#)

    HI Becky,

    Thanks for featuring my magnet collection. Interestingly, I got into decorating after I got into crafting and experimenting on a smaller scale with things like these magnets. They’re one of my favourite things and I regularly mix them with other magnets I’ve made in a sort of miniature art wall way.

    Thanks again!

  6. Becky says:

    February 13th, 2007 at 7:32 am (#)

    Hi Jen! do you have an etsy store or anything? I’m a big fan of your magnets!


  7. Jen Selk says:

    February 13th, 2007 at 7:37 pm (#)

    I don’t have a store or anything… but maybe I’ll look into etsy. I sure do make a lot of stuff. Mostly, though, I just give it away to friends.

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