I’ve always been too lazy to carry out a truly elaborate April Fool’s Day prank. I also tend to appreciate the simple ones, like the one my coworker completely got me with (pretend you have brownies for everyone and offer up a plate that has a brown “E” on it. I was left miserably brownie-less.) But when I was staring at our blank living room wall trying to figure out how to spruce it up, I thought of the perfect prank. Decor-wise, I was thinking of creating a gallery wall with some of our photography, and any artwork our roommate might pick. Prank-wise, well, I still wanted a gallery wall, but a slightly different one. Now that I’ve done it, I can share it with the internet!
I’ve known my roommate since freshman year of college, and we’re good friends, which is why our living situation works. It doesn’t hurt that he and Matt get along really well. But still, it can’t be fun living with a couple (married, no less) at times. So this morning, I got a whole bunch of photos printed – couple-y photos, and photos of our cats. Some of them had our friends and family, but I was careful to make sure our roommate wouldn’t be in a single one. When he got home, he was greeted with this:
Now, our roommate is incredibly understanding and supportive of my desire to change things around the apartment. As long as it doesn’t get in his way, it’s all good. So initially, he just figured, “Oh cool, she decorated, and hey, I recognize some of these!” That kind of turned into the dawning realization that this was the decorating choice of third wheel nightmares. I knew he wouldn’t say anything for a couple of days at least so I eventually let him in on it, mainly because I’m unaware of the concept of patience.
And that’s how I managed to score two pranks today. Oh wait, right, I freaked Matt out with this.
So, that wall. It looks so much better with artwork/photos on it, doesn’t it?
Of course, it’ll look better with larger framed art, the prank gallery wall looks kind of dinky. The piece of art sitting on top of the bookcase was actually a wedding present from my dad’s uncle, who’s an artist, so I’ll be adding it to the plan. The clock is something I got from the Iluxo shop on Scoutmob.com, and I absolutely love it.
It’s laser-cut wood, and can be wall-mounted. I love it when framed art arrangements are broken up by other interesting details, and I think this will be perfect for that. I’m also not fond of gallery walls that are far too cluttered (in my eyes). Here are some that I think are really tastefully done:
This one includes the thermostat, which I would love to do if ours weren’t so close to the door: