New Year, New Hallway!

by Stephanie Berenbaum - January 2, 2011


*Inspired by "Wall Drawing 614″ (1989) by Sol LeWitt

Money Saving Design Inspiration

It's official - it's 2012! One of our biggest resolutions this year is to try and find inspiration in the ordinary. Too often we get stuck in our daily routines - and no longer see the potential beauty that's right under our nose! And it is this ability to see the ordinary in a new light that is not only the key to creativity - it's the key to saving money!

Design on a Dime!

Our friends Caroline & Ian recently had two 'a-ha' design and money saving moments. The first was in a book, and the second was at their local hardware store…

As New York City apartment dwellers, Caroline and Ian's love of pop art and modern design has been the main inspiration in decorating their Lower East Side Apartment. However, 3 years after moving in, they still hadn't gotten around to do anything about their bare, stark white entrance way. So, inspired by a book of Sol LeWitt wall drawings ("100 views"), they finally found their inspiration and invited two of their very good - and artistically inclined - friends over for an evening of Dinner and Design. By the end of the evening, a mural was born - no paint, no fuss!

Total Cost for the Mural: $75newhallwaypic

  1. One laser level - $15 (essential and worth every penny)
  2. Three rolls of black painters tape - $15
  3. Thai take out for four - approximately $40
  4. Awesome neighbors - priceless.

Ian & Caroline didn't stop there. With two little kids, constant company, and the threat of winter boots muddying up the hall, the thought of buying an expensive custom made runner to fit their taste and their space would not only be hundreds of dollars, it would likely get destroyed in one season. But when Caroline popped into her neighborhood hardware store to buy some light bulbs, she literally saw green when she turned the corner into the next aisle. There, right before her eyes was some bright green - yes -Astro Turf! What a Fab & Fru way to add some color, style and function to their new maud hallway!

Total Cost for the Astro Turf Runner: $125

  1. 20ft of AstroTurf - $5.49/ft. I erred on the side of caution
  2. 1 yardstick for the toolbox
  3. 1 Exacto Knife (to trim to fit)

- Added bonus: They also used the 2ft of remnants as their new doormat!

hallwayCheck It Off The List!

So many New Year's resolutions seem to daunting because they feel like they will take FOREVER to fulfill. That's the part of the beauty of this Fab & Fru hallway redo - you can literally check one resolution off your list after one evening of fun with friends! We love the idea of starting off 2012 with these attainable goals - the joy and satisfaction brought from actually completing one goal so early on in the new year is bound to drive you to complete others too! Happy 2012 and many thanks to Caroline and Ian for their Fab & Fru inspiration!