Steal This Idea! Vintage Frames

Many of the perfectly-aged, softly worn-in and just all-around-cool items in John Derian's shops have an English-country patina. A grandmotherly charm. An inherited-from-the-family-estate kind of look.

Derian is a wildly popular decoupage artist, a darling of design and fashion magazines, with two side-by-side shops in New York, that are both full of inspiration.

Every packed nook has something interesting to look at, but what grabbed my attention were the sweet and simple linocut prints by English artist Hugo Guinness. The black-and-white prints themselves are wonderful, from botanicals to quirky household items (underwear and vacuum among them) but it was the presentation that really caught my eye.

Guinness uses vintage frames to give each print a unique feel. And when hung together in an arrangement, the cohesiveness of the prints with a slight variation of frames is just the right visual interest for a wall. The same treatment could be given to black-and-white family photos or scenic travel shots. The trick here is finding just the right frames, but flea markets and thrift stores are a good place to start the hunt.

and here are good lists of flea and antique markets searchable by state.

Click here for an easy way to hang pictures without putting holes in the walls.

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For more art and design ideas from Carrie Culpepper visit her blog
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