Design challenge: above-the-sofa angst

by Jourdan Fairchild in


My girlfriend Laura is the kind of person who claims to be design challenged—although she has great taste for interiors. And ever since she moved into her own beautiful apartment in Brooklyn last year, she's been perplexed about what to do with the wall above her living room sofa. As you probably know, I struggle with that issue myself. So recently, she emailed me in search of suggestions, and it was her bright idea that I post them right here for you to read. So may I present to you the first of what I hope will be a regular column. You tell me your dilemma, and we'll figure out a quick and easy (I promise!) solution together!

The problem space:

Some solutions:

Collage #1 (clockwise, from left): Framing cool fabric is always a fun (can't find the source for this one, sorry!). Laura's having a Hannukah party this weekend, so she could use glue dots to layer simple blue paper fans atop one another, like it was done here. I love the idea of hanging vintage plates in an interesting way, but you could also create a faux plate wall using printable sticker paper or contact paper using this method. I'm also obsessed with this DIY accordion bunting. And if she doesn't go for the paper fans, she could get the same festive effect with a row of blue tassels (here's how to DIY them). 

Collage #2 (clockwise, from left): Laura loves books, so I love this idea for positioning rows of thin chair rails along the wall so she can display photos, prints, and thin books. I'm also partial to clipboards (even though I don't use them in the traditional sense), so this idea would work well with postcards, notes, etc, as would clothespins along a string. And finally, I know Laura's a fan of vintage photos, so it'd be fun to blow one up and mount one (here's one approach and here's another). Maybe she'll want to use the photo of her beloved grandparents in this blog post that she wrote for AARP. It's just a thought :) Stay tuned...and starting sending me your own design challenges!

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