Framing Antique Stamps

When sharing an office with another person who works in a different industry and has a different style, it can make decorating the office a bit of a challenge. Kevin is in IT and I'm a writer. He works regular business hours, and I work different hours throughout the day. The office has to fit both of our needs and tastes.

Most of the elements in the office have a contemporary feel to make it more masculine. I wanted to add a touch of color to offset the gray, black, and white. When I found my old stamp collection, I knew I had to use them in the office decor.

The office has beautiful gray walls, so I selected white frames and a white mats. The frames keep the straight lines of the modern look, but the stamps adds a touch of color and vintage flare. 

Hobby Lobby cut acid free matting for the frames I picked out. 

Some of the stamps were used, but they didn't have markings on them. I cut away any of the envelope that was still attached. 

There was no rhyme or reason to the way I laid out the stamps on the mat. After placing all the stamps on the mat, I stuck double sided tape on each stamp to hold it in place. 

The double sided tape is also acid free. Most of the stamps are from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s are from several different countries. 

While I was looking through the stamps, I came across outdoor and writing related stamps. It was a pleasant surprise to find my collection included stamps that would interest both Kevin and me. 

As you can see, I've tried to incorporate my husband and myself in the office. It may look like the frames are hung a little too high, but I did that on purpose. The bookshelf doubles as a crafting and work table if my desk is overrun with work. 

I'll share the complete office makeover soon!


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