The Current House page is still under construction and one reason (among a few) is because we have this big wall in our living room that I wasn't ready to reveal. We had a similar big wall behind the sofa in our first house and I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to do a collection of eight frames showcasing photographs of landscapes that meant something to us. Example: my first snow skiing experience was with my hubby and one of the photos was a snow-capped mountain. I love meaningful wall decor that isn't necessarily in the form of family photos (but also totally OBSESSED with photos of my baby girl).
In our current house, we have bookshelves on either side of our fireplace, adjacent to the big blank wall and I thought a collection of frames or a gallery would be too much to look at right next to the shelves. I wanted something bold, like a large piece of art. I love bright, abstract art and follow some artists on Instagram that are totally inspirational. Problem: I didn't want a print to canvas and an original painting by a "real" artist is mucho dinero amigos. What's a girl to do? Well first, I thought I would just ignore my gut and force myself to like a collection like the one in our first house. Let me show you how that came out.
Blah blah, the dogs' faces say it all. Mattie: "For real? You're taking a photo of this?" Cotton: "They can just look at my super cute self, not the super boring wall behind us." Basically. On to the next bright idea to avoid paying a million dollars for large art. I was at an antique mall in Mount Pleasant, SC and came upon this ginormous botanical beauty. She was marked down a million times with her final price being $40. I loved the print, the black outline in the matting, and the price so I brought her home and tried her out. I didn't even get a blog-worthy pic of her because she lived on that wall for all of 5 minutes before finding her home in our dining room. The print felt a little too formal for the open concept space.
Back to the good old photo collection...until this weekend when I finally got up the guts to try painting something myself. I made a Michael's run to pick up a canvas (at 1/2 off) and some paint. I went with acrylic paint and purchased a 36" x 48" wrapped canvas. Grand total: around $60 bucks. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw how well that giant canvas fit in my not giant car. Picture this: me trying to ram a 3 foot by 4 foot canvas in my backseat for 15+ minutes in the rain. I seriously thought I was going to have to return it 20 minutes after purchasing. #firstworldproblems
I am tickled with the final product! The cool thing about creating your own art is that you can choose your colors and make it fit you. This piece definitely packs a color punch in our living room and looks so happy up there on that (formerly) blank, intimidating wall.
These photos are not staged so don't mind the furry munchkin or the random things that live in our living room. And now a quick panoramic that might have you wondering if I run a daycare with the number of baby toys. Hellooooo mommy hood.
Post on the painting process coming tomorrow just in case you want to be brave and find your inner artist.