Tuesday, October 4, 2011

[ my shopping bag wall ]

IF YOU are anything like me, receiving something from a designer shop is an exciting event {perhaps if I shopped there on a regular basis, the novelty would wear off}. And to me, the shopping bag is just as exciting as what's inside - the giddy knowledge of what treasure it contains.

I don't have many but any that I do have, I've collected over the last few years and haven't wanted to part with them {that's the hoarder in me}. I knew that I would eventually want to display them and have recently come across a few examples of how to do just that:

a framed grouping...



or simply hung from their handles...



or grouped into a collage... 


I decided to go the framed route since I had a great spot in my bedroom crying out for artwork...


I gathered up my collection and decided to add in my vintage advertisements I picked up at the Nice antique market {see post here} just to mix things up a little bit...


Off to IKEA for some frames...


I decided to play around with the arrangement on the bed, trying to get the sizes to fit well with one another...


Then the tedious task of framing them and transferring the arrangement onto the wall {using my favourite 3M Command Strips}...


Finally done!


I'm really happy with the random arrangement which also leaves room in case I happen to receive any others I want to add to the group {are you reading this, hon? hint hint...}

lisa

[house&home; tumblr; swansisland; via alexandrastylist; via inmyownstyle] 




49 comments:

Aleutie said...

This is such a great project! I sometimes keep pretty shopping bags and have no idea what to do with them. This is brilliant!

Designwali said...

looks fantastic....i collect them too....one day a whole walls worth.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I think that is a great idea too! Yours turned out so well. I framed a bag about a month ago - haven't hung it yet - it's a chocolate colored bag and is stamped in silver with the word home. It's from one of my favorite shops that is no longer in business. Did you just use the mat behind your bags - I used drop cloth, but it's a little drab. I really like how yours look!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I love it! Perfect display and the colors just pop! Have a wonderful day!

Razmataz said...

Love it lisa, you did a very nice job.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I've never seen this idea, but love it. It would be so easy to add to it as you get new bags too-a good reason to go shopping!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a gorgeous idea. I love the way you showed your inspiration and then your version. I have to say that your take is every bit as gorgeous, if not more so. I think I need to go designer-shopping!!

Sarahx

Leanne said...

My oldest daughter was just mentioning that she would like to do this! I know about the tedious framing part...I just did 23 framed pieces for Jennifer Johns' Dance Studio (and hung them). It seemed like it was never going to end! But how great does it feel after it's been hung!
The colour is here now btw, but not as spectacular as last year...xo

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a clever idea! I've never seen this before. Some of the bags are quite lovely I can see why you wouldn't want to throw them away. They look great up on your wall. So creative and cute!!
BTW: I am looking forward to trying your crock pot chicken recipe this winter!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Lisa, Your wall looks great!
I have always had and affinity for shopping bags. You have a pretty impressive collection. The smaller ones make very chic lunch sacks for the working girl as well. I carry one almost every day!
And...once again...What would we do without Ikea?
~Lynne
[w/l]

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh I LOVE it, they look fantastic!
My daughter saved all her Tiffany bags, they are just sitting in the closet, perhaps....

a happy little life said...

That turned out GREAT! Fun fun fun stores, can only imagine the fun that came in the bag!!!
Ikea! I love those frames, I have them in black.

I loved pic #2 featuring the frames all the way to the floor.
XOX Tracie

Beach Coast Style said...

what a big WOW!! I love this idea. I would have never thought of it. I love how your wall looks!

Kellie Collis said...

What a brilliant idea! It looks so fabulous! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Leanne said...

loved reading your comment Lisa...i love that you "get me"...i "get you" too :)
btw...we'll be boating on Mary Lake Saturday. the weather is supposed to be amazing...hopefully I can capture some of that wonderful colour for you! xo

Meeling said...

What a great idea!! Love the finished look. :-)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I LOVE this idea especially the framed version like yours. I just need to start shopping now!

Robynne's Nest said...

Bravo Lisa! The wall looks fab...a testimonial of your shopping habits, good taste and proves that you're not afraid of your husband (I hide my bags). Robx

a place and a space said...

What a great idea! I never would have thought of this, but I love the outcome. Nice job!

flowers on my table said...

Others dream of doing these things, you just do it! Well done Lisa, it looks really smart. I covet the Lauderee bag!
Many thanks for your comments, you are so right about the Irish being low key about things. I am so excited to have found it on my doorstep. You must keep some of the Bonne Mamman jars with Arabic on. Have a wonderful week and thanks for the inspiration. Love Linda x

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Love this idea, Lisa! You wall turned out beautifully. The command strips are the best little invention!

Pinecone Camp said...

Love your wall of bags! Great idea Lisa.

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

What a brilliant idea! I love how this turned out!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

What a great idea and I love the way it turned out. Thanks for sharing!

Britt said...

I never, ever would have thought of this! What a great idea!

The Buzz Blog said...

Love this idea and your wall turned out beautifully. Yet another good reason to shop at fabulous stores!
xxoo
Carolyn
The Buzz Blog

The Zhush said...

Get out! So beautiful...love it! And, how great is that Paul Smith bag?:)

Emily A. Clark said...

What a wonderful (colorful!) idea. I'm thinking my Old Navy bags wouldn't have the same effect :) but I love yours!

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

LOVE it Lisa! It turned out great. I have a few "special" shopping bags and would love to do this. Great project!

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

wow such a brilliant idea! I just love it--I've hoarded a few bags myself and think a little homage to Hermes would be fun--stop by soon, I'm hosting a give away today! xx

emily said...

Love it! Yours turned out so well -- and I love the arrangement!

Karena said...

Lisa I love this idea, and wish now that I had kept some of my nice shopping bags, Beautiful!

I hope you come visit & tell me what you think of my fall decor.....so far!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

classic • casual • home said...

Nice job. I love the placement...and I think the price since they are from IKEA. Really fun artwork.

anita said...

Your wall is prettier than the inspiration photos!
Great job.

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Such a great idea... now I just need to go out and buy something from the expensive stores to get the bags! Haha! I would say it is the most expensive, free artwork you could make!

Tiffany {Living Savvy}

A Lived in Home said...

I love it. I want to do the same thing, but I'm so mad at myself for throwing out my designer bags! Urgh. Must buy more things to get bags I guess!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I'm going to show this one to my co-worker. She loves fashion and shopping. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I'm following your blog now too.

Pop! of Style said...

Love this idea! Your blog is wonderful!

xo
Missy

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

What a clever idea!! Love how your wall turned out. Hmmmm... I don't think my Gap and Loft bags would have quite the same effect :)

annie said...

Such a great idea. It's hard to part with those beautiful bags and this is a great way to make an interesting collage wall. I love the Kate Spade and the DVF...actually I love them all!

Michelle said...

I'm quite impressed on how you found all Ikea frames within the sizes of your bags- that's AMAZING considering their frame sizes tend to be unusual. Nice job- looks fantastic!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Seriously bumming that I threw out the few great bags that have come my way!!! Not going forward! This is just too fantastic! Janell

SilverLining Designs said...

Very cool idea! I like it. I am going to have to go through my bag collection and see if I have any that are worth framing.
~Diana

Dagmar said...

Hi Lisa...Happy Thanksgiving from BC...Enjoy your turkey dinner...
I think it was so creative what you did with your designer bags..and gave lots of your readers some good ideas! I am sure there are some places in Dubai that you might get one or two more...:) love your hankies post..they were from a gentler time!
xo

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

That looks fabulous!!! I'm jealous! I don't have any designer shopping bags! They are so pretty!

A Delightful Design said...

Beautiful! I like your wall better than the inspiration images. Such classy bags. ;-)
Abby

abeachcottage said...

That turned out lovely, better than the inspirations :) Thanks for sharing at BC Good Life Wednesdays.

SHERRY HART said...

That looks awesome! Might have to go shopping :)

Monica said...

I love it! I can never bring myself to throw away the [few] bags I have. Totally copying it. :)

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