Art + Design + HOUSE: Newburgh

Lance Wyman poster & New Year’s bunting.

I bought this silkscreened Obama poster several months ago, and had been meaning to have it framed since then. I even made an appointment to meet with a framer, which I had to then cancel because I was just too busy with work. I decided I HAD to put it in a frame before Obama actually takes office (16 days to go!), so I went ahead and stuck it in a $30 RIBBA frame from IKEA. Perfect! Sometimes you just have to settle for the easy/cheap route, and I’m totally happy with how this turned out. (FYI, I used acid-free photo tabs to fix the poster in place on top of the mat, since it wasn’t a good fit to put the mat on top.)

Lance Wyman is one of my favorite graphic designers of all time (you’ll probably recognize his incredibly, amazingly, ridiculously fabulous branding for the 1968 Mexico Olympics), and I’m really excited to have this poster. Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by Shepard Fairey’s wildly popular Obama poster, which, while unquestionably iconic and beautifully designed, just isn’t my personal cup of tea. (By the way, you can see all of the DNC-commissioned Obama posters here. They’re all sold out now, but it’s still an exciting reminder that the US is about to get a president who understands the value of good design!)

Here’s a detail of the triangle bunting seen in the top photo—the extent of my decorations for my New Year’s Eve party. I downloaded the calligraphed lettering from Hello Handmade Paperie, printed it on silver-foil coated card stock, and joined the cut-out triangles with black twine. I have a thing for triangle bunting (I still have to find a use for the FIALENA bunting-print fabric I bought almost a year ago!), and I’m thinking I might make various seasonal buntings to hang across this doorway all year long.

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  • Reply lindsay January 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Is that a new coffee table I see? I’ve been looking for a slim, metal table for my hallway. I need it to be super slim and not very long…I’m thinking of just having someone weld the base together and perhaps purchase a slab of marble or polished concrete for the top…

    also, I’m wondering…how did your Ikea rug hold up? the beige/black one with the geometric design? I just bought a rug on ebay, and while I’m thrilled with it, the colors aren’t always spot on due to monitors and all that. Anyhow, Ikea has several I like, and I’m wondering how they hold up underfoot?

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Lindsay, have you looked at this console table from CB2? It’s from the same line as my coffee table (which is discontinued, I think I bought the last one!), and it looks great in person. I can vouch for the quality of the joining and the finish of the top!

    Our rug has held up beautifully, but we decided to remove it until Fritz is done “teething” (which may be never…) to save ourselves from going insane. In general, IKEA rugs tend to be very good quality. The flat-woven, 100% wool ones are the best, and the cotton ones are an incredible value. I would stay away from the really inexpensive polypropylene rugs, though. They look cheap, and they shed like crazy. Stick with the natural fibers! 🙂

  • Reply DiP January 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I did indeed notice your triangle bunting and its font and meant to complement it but you were busy putting the finishing touches on some huge cauldron of food or another and it managed to skip my mind. I still do need to look for that cutter/printer thingy…

  • Reply DiP January 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “IKEA rugs tend to be very good quality. The flat-woven, 100% wool ones are the best, and the cotton ones are an incredible value.”

    The corners of the cotton runners must be especially delicious.
    We are currently on rug number four!!!

  • Reply Chris January 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I have the same Wyman poster but it is still in the tube it was shipped to me in! I was also waiting to get it framed, but I might have to completely copy you and go get a temporary frame from Ikea. I also have to confess that your new haircut inspired me to finally go back to having short hair again. I traced your inspiration back to the source and brought my fabulous hair stylist a picture of Lily Allen’s hair and now I feel like I have a new sassy look for 2009. Okay, enough of me creepily talking about how I have copied your life. Next time I will try not to sound like your stalker 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Reply slag January 4, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Great poster. I was looking at it online quite a while ago and decided to pass for the time-being. Your inexpensively fabulous framing job makes me re-think my decision. Very nice!

    BTW nice blog. Came here via Apartment Therapy.

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    DiP: The type is hand-lettered by Betsy Dunlap. And yes, IKEA rugs are the preferred snack of dogs with the most refined of palates!

    Chris: You know there’s no such thing as a “temporary” frame, right? I can’t count the number of things in my house that are “temporary”!!! Sometimes good enough is good enough, you know? 😉 Oh, and I totally copied my friend Leah (and in turn, Lily Allen) with my haircut, so no worries, I don’t own it!!

  • Reply Tam January 5, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Hey I have nothing bad to say about that picture! GO OBAMA! I have his stuff all over my desk at work. , but I need something special for my home.

  • Reply karlene January 5, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I love the bunting! It is delightful.

  • Reply Lynne January 5, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I love the bunting too – very understated, but yet not! I am currently planning an inauguration party – can’t wait.

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) January 5, 2009 at 6:45 am

    And is that a new shelving unit I spy in the lounge room? You are teasing us Ms Anna!

  • Reply Debra January 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

    D16~ LOVE the Obama poster… GREAT find!
    My husband and I will be spending 4 days in DC celebrating with Obama and 3 million of his other closest friends.
    I love your blog~ you always have something fun and worthwhile to share! Thank you~

  • Reply meka January 5, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I’d love to know what the shelving in the background is! thanks!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

    meka: That’s the ÄNGA system from IKEA. Love it! 🙂

  • Reply meredith January 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    hey anna ~ this is totally unrelated, but i saw some shoes you blogged about on clearance from garnet hill:

    can’t beat $19!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Wow, I’d be all over the linen ones if they still had them in my size! Thanks for the link, that is a great deal.

  • Reply angelica January 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    thanks for your tip on the photo tabs. i have posters also in ikea frames that are too big for the mat, so this will be an easy solution!

  • Reply T O D A Y January 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I truly madly deeply love your blog..and I am in love with your Eames collection!

  • Reply booh January 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hi, what do you have there growing on the little red coffee table? Is it moss? I have a black thumb, so I always have to ask!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 5, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Booh, it’s moss…but it’s fake!

  • Reply Aaron January 6, 2009 at 8:48 am


    I purchased one as soon as I saw them on the Obama site, and just recently had it framed as well. I thought about going the cheap route on the framing, but I felt this one deserved the deluxe treatment.

  • Reply erin@designcrisis January 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

    YAY Obama! And I love the bunting… perhaps it could be a happy new year all year long?

  • Reply Ed Fladung January 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I had no idea Wyman did that poster! i would have snapped it up quick fast. and the ribba frame is prefect for it. I really dig Ikea’s frames. they’re nice. not $70 nice, but when the frame costs more than the piece of art, I begin to get suspicious.

    Excellant blog. I really like what you’re doing with it. keep up the good work. and your cover designs are amazing as well. well done.


    // Ed

  • Reply adanielo January 15, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hi there! I found this blog through the house tour on AT. I adore your home. We are sisters in Simply White trim! Also love the Orla Kiely wallpaper in the entry…anyway, can you tell me where the little red table pictured in the shot with the Obama poster is from? I know I have seen this before and I just can’t recall where. Forgive me if it is mentioned somewhere and I missed it!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    adanielo: Hi there! 🙂 The table comes from CB2, but I don’t think they carry it anymore.

  • Reply Jess January 25, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Your home is so lovely, and those wooden floors!

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