Banish the Bare Walls!

I seem to be in a bit of a sewing lull of late, which tends to happen after conventions where I spend many days and nights sewing costumes beforehand.

However, I have had the urge to do some minor house related projects.

We bought a small counter height dining set for our kitchen’s breakfast nook.  We weren’t looking to spend much, but it was time for a more permanent table, as opposed to the plastic folding one from Target that we had been using there for the last few months.  I selected colors in an attempt to match the kitchen cabinets and the black granite counter tops.  I think I did a pretty decent matching job.  Penny even sort of matches.

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I chose to order from Wayfair.com since the last table we ordered online is probably our favorite piece of furniture that we own (in our dining room; the website I used years ago doesn’t seem to exist anymore).  It arrived in time for our game marathon last weekend, although two corners of the table top and one of the chairs was damaged, despite the boxes being in good condition at the door.  I’ve already emailed customer support and they have agreed to replace the parts free of charge.

With the table squared away, I decided our walls are a little bit bare – particularly the one in the kitchen behind the table.  I stare at it frequently from this armchair I am sitting in right now.  We have not painted the kitchen (and are unlikely to do so anytime soon), so the wall is bare AND boringly white.  I decided to scour Etsy for some fun geeky art.

The first thing I purchased was actually from We Love Fine.  My sister gave me this super awesome Steampunk My Little Ponies t-shirt about two Christmases ago.  I love it soooo much, but it is slowly fading in the wash, so I wanted a way to keep the awesome in my life.  When I found this print (and with a lovely yellow background option no less), I decided to order it for my sewing room.  It’s about 18×24.  Picture is grabbed directly from the site where I bought it.

steam-punk-ponies

Next I stumbled upon some fantastic Harry Potter vintage style travel posters on Etsy from the 716designs store.  They came as a set of three digital downloads, and I had them printed through Kinkos and delivered to my door the next day.

HarryPotter

I think these are the three I will be putting on the empty kitchen wall.  I wonder if I got a large canvas and painted it a solid color, and then stuck the three photos in their frames to it, how this would look?  Might give the wall a bit more dimension, and be a bit of a different treatment for the display.  Hmmm.  Thoughts?

I liked these travel posters so much that I wondered if there might be more.  I found a lovely set of six (well, actually two sets of three) different Star Wars location ones from a different Etsy shop called Herofied.  This artist has TONS of cool geeky stuff, and lots of Star Wars things.  I like the Sy Snootles, Salacious Crumb, and Gamorrean guard set as well if you browse through the shop at all.  I’m not yet sure where these will go. Possibly the second floor hallway?

Set1

 And set 2…

Set2

I love these band posters from Star Wars as well, though I have not yet ordered them.  Different shop this time, BarryDBulsara.

BandArt

Maybe in the next round of wall art I will come to own these.  I feel like I should own a Max Rebo plushy someday too.  He just looks so squishy and huggable!

And to round out all of the geeky art work I purchased, I grabbed a final travel poster for Gallifrey, from Doctor Who.  This one seems a bit more retro to me, and of course the Clemson tiger in my loves its orange hues.  Maybe it will find it’s way onto our orange dining room wall?  Otherwise maybe in the game room, which has yellow walls.

Gallifrey

In case you haven’t figured it out, none of these photos are of the items actually hanging in my house yet.  We’ll get there.  None of them came framed, so I went to Amazon an fixed that problem.  The frames and some of the art have yet to arrive at my door, but I’ll keep you updated as I get things placed 🙂

I also need to give some credit here to Jen Yates over at Epbot who inspired me to even look for geeky artwork to fill my house with by her awesome geek art roundup posts.  And also a friend from work who shared the travel poster idea with me over a discussion of moving and house decorating sometime within the last few months (thanks, Adam!).

Let me know if you discover any recommendations for super cool Etsy shops or other places to get unique and fun artwork like this!  I have rooms to fill!  I feel like I need some Star Trek, video games, and possibly Disney art next time I go on a spree like this!

 

3 comments for “Banish the Bare Walls!

  1. Jill
    April 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Karen Hallion! You definitely need something of hers. Love your decorating style. 😉

     
    • Tyraenna
      April 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I will look her up! Thanks 🙂

       
    • Tyraenna
      April 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Ahh!! I was actually looking for these with the tardis and the princesses!! Thanks for reading my mind 😀

       

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