Memory Keeping:: Easy Map & Travel Art

From time to time on The Inspired Room, I like to share ideas I find for art or decor that have real meaning for your family. I ran across this neat idea at Martha Stewart and thought it would be a great one for all of those brochures, maps, admission tickets and menus we tend to bring home after traveling! Instead of stuffing them in a drawer, make them into art!

Mounting the memorabilia on a poster board would make it easy to put together. Frames can be expensive but a poster frame would be an affordable way to finish off the art and have it ready to hang! It would be really easy to update with new memorabilia in time by switching out the poster board.

I could see making one of these for a specific trip or combining many years of travels into one memorable piece of art!

This could also make a meaningful gift for someone you traveled with or a special way to showcase a child’s vacation memories.

How else could you adapt this idea?
What vacation memories are you wanting to capture from this summer?

More ideas for meaningful art & decor:

How I decorate with memories from special vacations

Personalized art from photographs

Keepsake Memory Jars

Living With What You Love

Style Tips:: Subtle Contrasts

I am drawn to this photo from Country Living, I guess because of the contrasts I see. It is simple in its decor but a little complicated at the same time. I love subtle contrasts….black & white, cluttered and quiet, reflective and worn, summer and cozy. Subtle contrasts makes a room interesting and flow so easily from season to season.

What do you notice in this photo?

Happy Labor Day weekend, hope you spend a little time laboring over some fall ideas for our 3rdannualfallnestingparty next Wednesday!!

Inspiration:
Staircases & AWESOME Photo Wall

traditional staircase design

I’m wee bit obsessed with stairs. When I was a first grader moving into a new home with my family, I remember my utter fascination with the stairs. I remember there were a few steps and then a landing and then a turn before you got to go up the rest of the staircase. I thought that was very cool. My obsession with design observation started early.

In another of our houses, we had TWO staircases going up to the next floor. One for fancy guests and one for the lowly family members. Oh, yeah, and we had an elevator that I rode in maybe once. I preferred the stairs. They were prettier.

And in my last house, we had three staircases, I was in stairway heaven. I could get a workout just running around my house. Remember my red stairs?

my stairway project, in process

In my current house we have one staircase (shown above in that horrid dark and blurry photo, I just snapped it real quick late at night so you could see it) and I am pretty much determined I’m going to make it entirely black and white, including the steps, once I get rid of the carpet.

So far, I painted (ok, my husband painted) the railing black. It was light orange oak. The carpet to black step transformation is going to be awhile.

Pay no attention the upper parts of the wall that are still painted that awful swine color. And notice there are no frames on the walls yet, this whole stairway needs some work, thus my inspiration photos today. I want a complete makeover complete with molding, black steps, photo frames and new lanterns. I don’t expect much, right?

When I ran across the stairway photo (the very top photo), which I found from Houzz, I squealed out loud because it was so much like the basic shape of my staircase and railing design. Minus the wood steps, the molding, the dark wood floors and the archway. But it could look KIND OF like that, someday.

Then when I saw THIS stair case and wainscoting from Sawdust & Paper Scraps (which I found from Today’s Creative Blog where all awesome blogs are discovered, lol), I was in complete stairway molding love. Molding everywhere, be still my heart. She did it herself too. Sigh. Why isn’t she my neighbor?

And after seeing the beautiful colors of frames on her gallery wall above the stairs, I completely and totally heart her. I don’t think she even says on her blog what her name is, so I guess I’ll just call her Awesome, for short. Thanks Awesome for letting me drool over your staircase and frames.

That is all.

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