Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Decorating and Decor - A Spin

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I had originally planned to do my decorating spin as a how-to for printing your photos out on canvas photo paper and then stapling them to a canvas frame but that required me to actually go to the art supply store, 
buy the frame then 
print a picture then 
do the project then
take photos of the process
then write a blog post
then collapse in a heap. 

Instead I'll tell you about the decorating that we will be doing in our new offices. Did I tell you we got new offices? No? Well, we did. They are in the basement. Not ideal for my mental frame of mind but great for our digitization lab. Anyway...

This has been a long drawn out complicated sometimes frustrating process but it looks like we are over the hump and heading towards the fun part. Decorating. 

Here is our plan. 

We are each going to pick our favorite WPA posters.

Print them on our plotter printer.

Frame them in poster frames.

Then hang them on our now blank beige walls. Won't that be fun?

I love WPA posters. The colors are terrific. The styles are that cool art deco thing. And some of them are just downright hilarious. 

Want to learn more and see more WPA posters? Look up the American Memory website put out by the talented people at the Library of Congress. 

Have you seen these before? Do you work in a building that has WPA art in it? I did in Arizona. Beautiful Stuff!


  1. I am LOVING your new masthead! And the motto is brilliant.
    I've seen these posters before, most of them remind me of the art in Disney's nature movies from the 50's and 60's, those same nature movies the teachers would show on Fridays in school. Memories...
    You're linked!

  2. I'm with Jen - LOVE LOVE LOVE the new banner!

    And you have a basement? In Houston? How the dickens did you manage that??

  3. SK: That was one of my dad's favorite and less salty sayings.

    Jan: Thanks, I made it up this morning. I came to work today and it doesn't show up on the browser. Grrr... The basement of the library is really only a half basement. Part of it is above grade and part below.

  4. I like the motto too!
    Sounds like you will have some great posters to break up those beige walls. What is it with Beige? So dull but so everywhere.

  5. Rented accommodation and houses for sale over on this side tend to off-whites. As in ivory, a wash of pink that they call apple blossom ditto with green and blue. No one could ever say for certain ten min after leaving a room what the hell colour was on the walls.
    You have to be down right careful for even when you've good colour theory you can still be conned into thinking you have more space than is really there.

  6. Oh, I, too love this stuff! My house was built in 1904, and much of my house speaks of this style...


  7. Those are super cool looking, and I like them too. I'm not sure I'd like being stuck in the basement either but new offices are always fun!

  8. I want the post about "photos out on canvas photo paper" - I can see lots of G-Man art on my wall! I have seen it done and would love to learn how to do it. Then again, I can send you some picks and hard cold cash and pay you to just do it!

    But I LOVE your wall art! Fandamntastic!

  9. Somewhere out there, there's a book of WPA murals that were painted in Post Offices...must find that book. This is my favorite part of FDRs legacy.

  10. How retro! These are some great posters. Like the banner too.

  11. LOVE the new banner - it's da bomb! :)

    When I worked for Weyerhaeuser, they were big on those posters all over everywhere - they're cool, aren't they? ;)

    Spinning Up Recycled Renovations...Literally

  12. Love what you've done with the place! And I love the WPA posters - and now I want some. If only I had more blank walls....

  13. Thanks for providing the link...I love those posters. And it sounds like my kind of decorating!

  14. What a great way of decorating the drab basement of an office.

    Thanks for sharing,

  15. Love the posters and the new masthead. I'll have to check ou the link!

    Great Spin!

  16. I'm not sure if I've seen the WPA posters before but I likey. And how exciting that you have a new office to decorate, I've been meaning to unpack the boxes in our home office since oh, January.

  17. That's a fantastic way of decorating :) I'll look into it for my new/current office space, which is REALLY boring.