Growing up, my room was plastered with posters. Any picture or card that I liked was attached to the wall with some kind of tape, and it basically stayed there until I moved out after college. My dorm room walls in college were covered too. The Muppet posters and certificates from elementary school were replaced by postcards and author quotes. Since I've always decorated in some way, it's weird to think that the apartment that I just moved from, the one I lived in for four years, had nothing on the walls.
At first, I was too busy. I wasn't able to take time off from work when I moved initially so I wound up unpacking at night and on weekends. I put a few things aside that needed frames before they could be hung, but I never got around to buying any. Then, for some irrational reason, I was worried about putting holes in the walls and getting charged for it by the landlord. And now, I'm in a new place, an adult apartment, and I plan to actually follow through this time.
I've been collecting postcards for years, back to when I was eight or nine years old and bought a few in a hippie/bead store in Brattleboro, Vermont one weekend (yay, Beadniks!). I have this idea of creating awesome collages with the mostly black-and-white postcards, along with framing some pictures of my family and Anthony. And I have some photos from past vacations that might look nice if they were enlarged. The goal is to make sure that people know that Anthony and I live in this place, and to make sure it reflects our personalities and the things we love at least a little bit.
I've had my eye on these Paris pictures for a long time. I love Nichole Robertson's blog, Little Brown Pen, and her posts are always so wonderful, whether about France, traveling, her family or cheese (one of my favorite topics!). Her photos focus on the little things that I love, the details not everyone notices but that add character and make a place special, like chairs, bicycles, sidewalks, coffee cups. Now that her shop has these color collections in postcard-size, I think it's time to go ahead and buy them for our new home. They remind me of the three days I spent in Paris and how, even though it was snowing and freezing, everything I saw was beautiful. If you have time, check out Nichole's blog--it'll truly make you want to visit Paris.
Images of Color Postcard Collection from Little Brown Pen