I am notorious for framing too many photographs and art. I switch out what is on my walls and shelves so frequently, that a stack of unused frames accumulates in a closet. Problem number one: Clutter. Problem number two: Pretty prints and photographs hidden away. While tackling problem number one this weekend, and decluttering the stacks of items on shelves and in the closet of my second bedroom, I played around with the unused framed pieces. While organizing away I came up with a fun way to incorporate a few framed art and photographs back out of the closet, and into our home, tackling problem number two.
Typically for coffee tables, desk tops, and other home surfaces I've seen a lot of mirrors transformed, vintage crates repurposed, and other ideas out there for trays in the realm of home decor (even those trays that have slots for you to add photographs, you know the type). I am happy to say that now we can add framed art to the list of makeshift decor trays (and I'm sure I'm not the first to come up with the idea, but its still a refreshing way to use framed art!). Whether you go the mix and match route (like I did above in my desk area) or stick to a color palette where the items complement or go with the feel of what is framed (like below with the shabby beach vibe), it is a way to organize a space where knick knacks and little bits of lovely might otherwise look disheveled and not cohesive. A perfume and jewelry tray? A place to collect letters and stationary? A tray for lightweight jars and tea candles? A place for your fill-in-th-blank collection? Love it.