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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Art for the Storybook Cottage Living Room

When I last left you we were having a struggle as to what to put on the living room walls at Storybook Cottage.

Over the weekend I went to an estate sale and found two lovely paintings.

First up was a really large oil painting. You couldn’t even buy an empty frame for what I paid for this. #stole it

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The half timbered farmhouse on the right of the painting brought back memories of when we lived in Germany.

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The two central figures reminded me of Sweet Guy and myself.

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The frame itself needs a good cleaning, but that should only take an hour or so.

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I also couldn’t resist bringing home this colorful bit of bliss for just $10. It shows a field of bluebonnets in bloom. If you live in Texas I think you are legally required to have the state flower somewhere in your home.

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Now these two pieces of art are very traditional. I think the key to an interesting room is to mix in art from various styles.

I need a large piece of art for over the fireplace.

Our plans are to remove the badly executed shelves on the left and replace them with three equally spaced horizontal shelves behind glass cabinet doors.

We will first try and paint the existing mantle white but are not opposed to creating a new mantle. 

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I felt that the art needed to be bright with a large expanse of white to link it to the built ins.

My search led me to Minted.

They have a large selection of gorgeous prints, limited edition and custom art choices.

I find myself drawn to pretty colors, landscapes and florals.

Here are a few of my favorites.

(You can click on each image for various sizes and pricing info.)

“Carnation Spray” (in Lemon Pop colorway)


“Indian Summer” (in the Summer Green colorway)

I really loved the work of Emily Jeffords.

“Wandering the Summerlands”

“Autumn Breeze Landscape”

As well as the talented Lindsay Megahed.


“Summer Clouds”

Minted, a you may know, also carries pretty fabric and wonderful stationary.

They have a new line of darling “Save the Date” cards if you happen to know of someone getting married.

What type of art do you love?




Auntie Em said...

Love your new paintings. And always good to get a great deal on something so nice. I was wondering if you were going to leave the 'Shelves for the incredibly tall and over reaching person' (Did they have really tall kids they had to keep stuff out of reach from?) and the 'Half A** mantle' which is in the middle of no where and matches up with nothing. Two cabinet doors over the wood storage would look better than those strange shelves. And no mantle at all if you aren't going to build something that isn't just a piece of left over scrap wood that you have no place else to use.
I use to work in the construction business and it was so frustrating to design a beautiful home and then have someone stick a silly little window or some other odd construction detail in some place where it didn't belong.
Sorry about my rant. I will stop now and get off my soap box. lol Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Thanks for sharing! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the two paintings you found at the estate sale. Gorgeous. I can't wait to see how this room comes together. So glad you are going to redo the shelving.

Vel Criste said...

Lucky gal! I love your first find the most and also adore "wandering summerland" too! I love both abstract and traditional!

Linda said...

Beautiful paintings and lovely colors on the examples you shared. I generally like traditional landscapes or still life, and not too fond of modern art, though sometimes I do like it. It just depends.
Honestly, I don't really have any true artwork hanging in our home. First, our home is so little and my preference is for "less is more" - meaning, I don't like walls filled with too much of anything. Instead, I have featured my own artwork pieces and that of my daughter throughout the years. Any other items currently hanging on our walls are more shabby-chic decorative type pieces (not artwork).

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Thank you, first, for getting rid of the weird shelves: I think your idea will be ten tons better! The art you selected is very interesting and should "wake up" the brick wall. Can't wait to see how it looks. said...

Love the prints you found. I'm thinking for your more modern piece that you could probably come up with something yourself. You are talented with a good eye. Pull some of the colors you want to use out of the other art and your fabric, buy a really large canvass, some paints and have fun. It would be much more cost effective for a large piece of artwork and it would truly be an original. Of the one's you shared I'm more drawn to Summer Clouds. I like the colors in Carnation Spray, but I think over time it would seem too busy for me. Whatever combination you come up with will look great! Can't wait to see the finished room!

Katie Mansfield said...

I had to giggle at your comment about Blue Bonnet paintings. I think you are right and have found they are highly prized possessions among Texans. I'm surprised that painting was only $10.00. So cute. I can't wait to see the transformation of the fireplace wall.

Terri Steffes said...

I am enjoying this part of the process very much! I love art, and I am drawn to so many different things. Thanks for sharing these with us, what a beautiful way to spend part of the afternoon!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura your new works of art are wonderful. You know me I like to mix it up, so the very traditional and then choosing a more contemporary for the family room will be perfect!

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the language of design said...

I love your taste in art!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Laura I absolutely LOVE that farm scene painting in the ornate frame...gorgeous!! I can't wait to see how you transform your mantel and hearth!