For as long as I can remember, I've loved art and was thrilled when I came across @erinaart on Instagram, and old friend turned artist. I instantly fell in love with the style of her work and had been eyeing this print for over six months before I finally purchased it. You can check out her website here.
The Malawi Bring Through piece is striking and I knew it would be perfect for above my bed. I purchased the print in a 40 x 30 inch size which is quite large but perfect for over a queen bed. For a general rule of thumb when looking for art work, you want the piece to be about 2/3 the size of the item you're hanging it above.
The print came unframed and after some research, I settled on using Framebridge, an online framing service. For my custom 40 x 30 frame, the total came to only $140 which is amazing considering comparables I'd seen online and in store started at $200! I placed my order online, received a free shipping label, and was at FedEx the next day sending off my print to be framed.
My piece returned via mail within 3 weeks. I was a little nervous about the frame being shipped all the way from Philadelphia to San Francisco but it arrived tightly packaged in a box and lots of bubble wrap. Framebridge adds some really beautiful personal touches to your order including a thank you note and hanging instructions; not to mention the back of the frame is amazing!
The space above my bed was begging to be decorated and for a pop of color! My stark white walls reach over 11 ft high and needed either a headboard or statement piece of art. My place in San Francisco is definitely temporary so I decided to add a piece of art that can be used in any place rather than a headboard which might not fit into the next place I'm in.
I used the hanging techniques I saw in a Studio McGee blog post on how to hang art. I chose their approach of hanging the center of the frame 60 inches off the ground; this worked perfectly with the height of my bed and pillows. I used a measuring tape, painter's tape, a level, 50 lb. hanging hooks, and a hammer to get the job done. I used the painters tape to tape off the top half of my piece above the 60 inch mark. I was then able to hammer my hooks into the wall accurately using a level. I was able to do this all by myself but a second set of hands would make things a bit easier.
I couldn't be happier with the end result of my DIY art project. I absolutely love this piece and the life that it brings to my small studio apartment. I truly believe that a home is not complete without some artistic touches and whether that's adding a concert poster, a framed tea towel, or a painting, your options are endless. I've done a previous post on a smaller accent wall in my place if you're looking for some more inspiration.