3.25.2009

Great Idea: Restaurant Menus as Wall Art


I saw this idea in the March issue of Family Circle magazine, and was so stoked about it I actually took the time to scan the image for you guys (lazy much?). I don't know about you, but I am an avid restaurant menu critic. If the restaurant has an interestingly designed menu with great graphics, I am sold. If it has a menu that looks like it was created in Microsoft Word and then printed on the owner's old ass printer? Not sold.

What I think makes this idea special (besides it being virtually cost free) is the personal spin you can give to the collection. You can collect menus from restaurants you ate at while on vacation in Maui, the menu from the restaurant you had your first date together and the menu from the restaurant where you got engaged. Heck, you could even use the menu from the restaurant where your toddler decided to throw a fit by throwing spoons and mashed potatoes at you (ahem-Red Robin).

I think the obvious place for a grouping like this is the kitchen. In the photo above it looks like they simply laminated them and propped them atop the floating shelves. You could also frame them and hang in a gallery style grouping. If you eat out at a lot why not wallpaper your whole darn kitchen? No? Eh, just a thought...

8 comments:

  1. oh yes! I like that idea... my only fear would be walking into the kitchen to make dinner and then getting a taste for my favorite restaurant and then heading straight out the door! Ha! Collecting them in another language may help that...

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  2. Love the idea of having menus from places that mean something to you - where you got engaged, or from your last vacation or whatever. You could even rotate them out (I tend to like rotating things out so I don't get bored).

    Great idea. Oh, and had to laugh since I just suffered through a tantrum at Red Robin myself last week!

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  3. love this in a kitchen. cheap too. yet totally unique and creative!

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  4. This is awesome! Another idea would be to collect matchbooks from your favorite restaurants and frame them. =)

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  5. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love this idea!!! Such a clever thing...thanks!

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