No. 143-Couch Art

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Back for another installment of No. 143! Today, we’re exploring the living room. When I first moved into my apartment, I knew I wanted a gray couch and we found this lovely number at West Elm, for way cheap! Or at least a whole heck of a lot cheaper than the majority of the places we visited.

I was very particular about the gray. I didn’t want it to be too light, I wanted a gray with a lot of blue in it. I was also very picky about the shape. I hate rounded armrests and dislike couch skirts. I just wanted plain lines. We must have visited 4 stores and seen 40+ couches before we found this one. So so happy we did!
For art, I knew I wanted a larger piece to hang over the couch. And travel is pretty much the theme of my apartment. So when we were walking around IKEA, a wall installation they had really spoke to me. It was a black canvas, with white outlines of the world’s map, and about 5 clocks. It looked easy enough to duplicate and this is what I came up with.

I hand painted the map using white acrylic paint. Masked off the boxes for the labels using tape and letter stickers and then stamped the “so many places, so little time...” directly onto the canvas. I really love how it turned out!

I featured my three “homes” with cheapo IKEA clocks. It’s crazy and still surreal to me that I actually lived as far away from home as I did. They’re literally worlds away. This kind of art is my favorite, it’s very personal to me. I suppose that’s also why I love scrapbooking as much as I do.
The project cost under $100 to make and considering the deeply personal meaning behind it, it’s definitely money well spent.



  1. This awesome! It's such a cool idea & I love that you did it yourself!

  2. I love the wall art! Fantastic job, Jamie!