Friday, August 26, 2011

Marimekko Art On the Wall For Less!

Marimekko — means “Mary's dress”


maybe that is why I have always been drawn to these iconic patterns!

I think I may be a little "old" to wear a Marimekko dress.......

BUT:







If you look around my house or in my fabric stash you will see that I often pick patterns that are reminiscent of the designs from this Finnish company.
My research for this post took me to the MarimekkoWikipedia entry and I found the history of the company fascinating.
Read on to see the way my daughter found to have a piece of Marimekko art on her kitchen wall!


 Amanda purchased a set of 2 Unessa Tea Towels ($29.00) a while ago. She wanted to frame one for her kitchen.  
I thought- "What an original idea!" ( Bright woman my daughter!)
Research again and I discovered that she wasn't as original as I thought!  
Sorry Kiddo!
Here is an image from a post at Door 16...looks like we stole this idea without even knowing it....
Or as I would rather think-Great minds think alike!
Door 16 2007 Inspiration
 
Sweetwater Style Version
 Aren't the similarities almost spooky?

How I did it:
1 Frame From Goodwill
 Spray Mount/tape and a scrap of foam core to mount the towel
Black Mat Board cut with my trusty Mat Cutter

Put it all together and there you have it!
Cost: about $20 including frame and mat
Considering that Marimekko fabric runs about $44 a yard and you would have to cut and finish the edges...this makes way more sense.
Check out the tea towels at Amazon if you are interested in doing this!
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I took a little walk around my house this morning....Here is a tour of some of my uses of  Marmekko inspired fabrics:


The new cushions on the Malabar Chairs in the living room.
The chairs were a steal from Craig's list a couple of years ago...just waiting for this fab fabric!


A remnant of Marimekko inspired upholstery fabric wrapped around a canvas frame in the Dining Room. 


 





The Fabric on the $3 Goodwill stool at the kitchen desk....rare photo...my butt not on it!





A Table runner on the kitchen table....a remnant I just had to have!


 The shower curtain in the guest bathroom....lovin' the orange and brown!

Last....this little plate on the vanity....a $1 GW find!

 Now I am off to enjoy the last official vacation week day of my summer.....the sun shines, the garden awaits....I am not going to waste a minute and you shouldn't either!
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17 comments:

Janelle said...

New follower from Boost my blog Friday!

Feel free to follow back !

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Laura said...

What beautiful flowers and patterns!

mmbear said...

They are still pretty even after all this time! Some things never change. I am a new follower from a blog hop thru GFC and would love a follow back when you get a chance. Thanks so much and have a super weekend!

Mary@http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com

BluBabesCreate said...

Glad you loved the fridge! Come see Jackie O in a Marimekko dress!

Michelle L. said...

Your house is so full of fun pattern and color - love it!

Miya said...

I love those designs. Thank you for visiting my blog - I wish mine were as pretty as yours!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Beautiful. Great fabrics and great finds. It definitely makes me want to go check out Goodwill! I would love it if you would stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you soon,
Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-6-craft-link.html

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Thanks for linking up this great post at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

DearHelenHartman said...

Cute, cute cutie cute cute! Love your blog and happy to have popped over from Not Just a Housewife.

aabloomgren said...

Uhhh.... Mom, my idea was never original. I totally stole it from Door 16! I just bought the tea towel with the idea in mind and then it took me over a year to ask you to frame it. I work Sllllloooow.

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Don't you love it when you create stuff that looks great for very little MOOLA. Also, I heart the orange and brown.

poindextr said...

I adore marimekko fabric designs too - I like your examples of ways to add in these classic layers. kudos!!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

What a great idea! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Congrats! This was the most viewed link last week. I'd be honored if you like to come and grab a button.

Jimmy said...

Haha, my girlfriend would love the panda one ^^. Very good work, I loved all of them!

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Becolorful said...

I have also been a long time fan of these great graphic prints. Fun to see how they have been reflected in your home. Thanks for sharing your ideas on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

Chef in Training said...

These are great prints! And great ideas!

Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again with more great projects!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/