Thursday, September 17th, 2009

D.I.Y. Art, What to do with Ticket Stubs, and Some Other Good Ideas


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I stopped by my friend Lucas’s loft in the Old Fourth Ward today and took about a million pictures. Between the funky flash and the fact that I was dizzy, I’m not thrilled with the results, but the ideas are so good I had to share a few with you immediately anyway. I’ll share more of a house tour in a later post after some photo editing attempts, but for now, here are a few of his great ideas.

Aren’t these ticket stub shadowboxes a great idea? I have ticket stubs floating all over my house, some in scrapbooks, some on bulletin boards, I even saw one in my laundry room the other day. I’d love to get them all in one place, as each one carries different memories (side note: perhaps I’ll blow up the one from the Depeche Mode concert this past month – that show was AWESOME! OK, back to Lucas…) Lucas is a singer-songwriter and goes to see live music ALL the time. I even spy Suzanne Vega’s signature on a stub in his collection.

Lucas has a knack with IKEA frames. The piece above was bought from an artist in Provincetown, and he gave it more of a presence with an inexpensive black frame. The piece below is a tangle of old guitar wires that he was gathering up to toss out. When he saw they had formed a heart shape, he popped them in another frame:

Every surface around the loft is well-curated. Living in a small studio instilled the feeling of only keeping things you need and love around the house. Lucas entertains a lot, and I noticed he utilized trays and modern tray tables all over his home for various things. He keeps his bar beautiful with fresh flowers and candles.

A TV-related tree, currently some sort of shrine to Carrie Bradshaw!

Again, sorry for the photo quality. I’m not sure what happened there, and I feel like they don’t do the art or the space justice! Luckily, I have a bunch of photos from Lucas himself which are much better than mine. You can sort through them all in this flickr set if you’d like a peek before the house tour post!

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the note in the shadowbox, “U Cute” was a note left in grease pen on a Burger King bag by a toothless cashier who was staring at Lucas so much that he said “I was afraid he was gonna cut me.” It was only later as he picked up his burger detritus that he saw the note and it all made sense! Did I mention that Lucas is hilarious?

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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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  1. Stephen says:

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:17 pm (#)

    Is this Lucas Mire’s place? I am a random friend from Atlanta that has looked at the blog a lot, and thought it was him in the pics, and looks like his style. Say hello to him, and that his Fliker set looks great!

  2. Becky says:

    September 18th, 2009 at 3:47 pm (#)

    Hi Stephen, yes it is! Small World! I will be sure to tell him you commented!

  3. interiordesignr says:

    September 21st, 2009 at 12:59 am (#)

    It’s funny to see picture frame make simple things magnify their real worth. Plus, this Lucas guy seems real interesting lol. Keep it up, man!

  4. Carpet Cleaning Edinburgh says:

    September 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm (#)

    love the event tickets in a frame idea! i have lots of tickets of gigs over the years that i have saved. just need to find a solid frame 🙂

  5. What to do with those old concert tickets? | The Morning Slide on WQFS says:

    March 7th, 2011 at 3:12 pm (#)

    […] a few quick searches I was nearly there. This blog was the best for the beginnings of the idea, especially the cork. A visit to A.C. Moore brought more complication than help, but mostly because I was looking for a […]

  6. Magian75 says:

    March 25th, 2013 at 6:13 pm (#)

    Hey great blog. I too have been collecting movie and concert ticket stubs since I started dating my girlfriend (now wife) some two years before we got married.

    What I did was compile them together with a set of photos to create a hybrid photo montage that we could then frame and hang up for eternity on our house wall (for our future kids to ooh and aah over).

    Check out the video here:


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