Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous time ringing in 2012! So far, this year has treated me well – today was one of those rare days when my husband and I were both off of work but the kids were in school so we cleaned the house and got all of the Christmas decorations taken down went out to lunch and a movie with friends. We saw ‘The Decendents’ which was a great film (it’s hard to go wrong with George Clooney), but definitely not the most lighthearted of flicks. The friends we met up with are about to embark on a mini home reno – doing away with their dining room and turning it into a home office. They have a love of Restoration Hardware, including their subway signs, which they are thinking about using in their new office space.
|Restoration Hardware Subway Sign Art|
I love Restoration Hardware’s subway signs too but have you looked at the prices on these guys?? The 58″ H signs (such as the one above) are $650 each and the taller 83.5″ H signs are $850 each (yikes!). I did some looking and found my friends some more reasonably priced options – wanna see?
Z Gallerie sells canvas street signs in a 20″ x 40″ size that have a crackled finish, creating a vintage feel.
|Z Gallerie Chicago Street Sign|
There are several city options – Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, L.A., New York, Paris, and San Francisco. The signs normally sell for $249.95 each but all art at Z Gallerie is 20% off (only through January 3rd!), so the signs are currently $199.89 each. Z Gallerie also sells these signs in a larger 30″ x 60″ size for a current sale price of $303.89.
Another place to look for less expensive subway signs is Home Goods – I found some nice sized canvas subway signs there about a year ago for $149.99 each and have four of them lining my upstairs hallway:
I’ve seen these same signs at Home Goods several times since then but, as you know with Home Goods, you never know when and if they’ll be getting more.
If you don’t want to wait around hoping that Home Goods will get in more subway signs, check out the great signs that I found on Etsy. There are several stores that give you the option of ordering a totally customized subway sign where you make your own list of destinations such as streets in the city/town you live in or places you’ve lived or visited. How cool is that?! For example, through Transit Design you can get a custom 20.5″ x 60″ sign with 11-13 custom destinations for $299.
|Transit Design (etsy.com) Create Your Own Subway Sign|
It is printed on a canvas scroll with a subtle aging technique being used to make it look vintage. You can have it framed, purchase a poster hanger from the seller $18.95, or you can stretch it on your own canvas frame.
Another store on Etsy that sells customizable subway signs is Paper Bleu Studio:
|Paper Bleu Studio (etsy.com) Personalized Subway Sign|
Instead of being printed on canvas, this sign is printed on glossy paper and is on the smaller side (11.75″ x 36″) but it’s only $54! Wouldn’t this be the most fun shower or wedding gift?!
These are just two examples of the many customizable subway signs on Etsy – if you go to etsy.com and type in “custom subway sign” in the search box, you’ll find hundreds of options in all sizes, colors, and materials.
One final option to throw out there for all you DIY’ers – make your own subway sign! On her blog “A Simple Kind of Life” Jessica gives you a tutorial on how she made this subway sign:
Or check out Ashley’s tutorial on her blog, Lil Blue Boo, for making this wood subway sign:
So, any advice to my friends about which subways signs they should choose??