Nothing says more about who you are than the space you live in. I'll only be living in my cozy little apartment for about seven more months until graduation, so I want to enjoy my place while I have it without spending an exorbitant amount of money making it look nice.
I stumbled upon Foxgram, a service that allows you to print your Instagram pictures for as low as $.25 each, earlier this year when I created my first episode of #trendingnow for Gonzaga University Television. I love the idea of printing out those memories and being reminded of them when I'm relaxing at home. After an amazing summer, I wanted to be reminded of all the beautiful things I saw and experience. So naturally I bought 38 of my favorite Instagram pictures in 4x4 prints off Foxgram.
I had already decorated my wall with my pictures last year, so I wanted to add some more variety to my wall with other mediums. I love quotes and inspiring terms, so I cut out letters from Harper's Bazaar, one of my favorite fashion magazines, and spelled out "Big City Dreamer". The issue I used happened to be featuring Miley Cyrus, so I thought it would be clever to use one of her more glamorous moments as the "M" in "Dreamer".
The inspiration behind the words "Big City Dreamer" is pretty simple to me. I want to move to a big city like Los Angeles, New York, Milan, or Paris. Mainly Los Angeles, but I will go wherever fashion public relations takes me. Seeing those words on my wall makes me excited for my future and keeps my goals always on my mind. Using a fashion magazine to create the letters also added a layer of inspiration.
My pictures from my Vegas vacation fit perfectly with my city theme. Vegas' hotels are all inspired by the beautiful architecture of metropolises around the world. On my other wall, I wanted to expand off that idea of the effortless elegance a city creates. I bought some cheap posters off of Art.com, which has a great selection of landscapes, city skylines, celebrities, quotes and every other poster you could imagine.
I juxtaposed the big black and white posters with more of my Instagram photos for an eclectic effect. On the left, I have a poster of New York before 9/11 paired with more architectural pictures from Las Vegas. On the right, I have a unique angle of the Eiffel Tower (which I personally think is a lot more interesting than a typical vertical poster of the entire structure) paired with natural pictures I took at Manito Park here in Spokane.
One of my favorite pictures on my wall is this picture of CHANEL N°5, made completely of flowers in The Bellagio Gardens. I think it melds two of my favorite things together: nature and high fashion. As much as I want to be a move to a big city for fashion, I do love the simpleness of nature. Coming from somewhere as green as Western Washington, I think nature will always be something I appreciate.
The last, and probably most random, piece of art decorating my living room is a picture of Taylor Swift. She motivates me as a singer-songwriter because of her honesty through her music. I strive to be as emotionally raw as her through my own music. She also inspires me through the fact that despite how she is constantly questioned on her musical ability, just like I am, she continues to create beautiful music without doubting herself. Of course it also helps that she is pretty and marketable to teenage girls everywhere, but that is besides the point. She inspires me to be a fearless musician.
I spent less than $40 decorating my walls with posters, pictures and words, which is probably the most exciting thing about this DIY project. So what are you waiting for? Your interior design scheme is just an Instagram photo away.