Category Archives: Art

A New Shelf in the Kitchen

I have a shelf I’ve been wanting to hang somewhere for a long time.  It protrudes from the wall so it needs to be in a spot where it won’t be bumped.

The kitchen is the most finished area of the house.

The end of the cabinet run on the far right needs some decoration.

I had the bright idea of hanging it on the end of a kitchen cabinet.

The sides of our cabinets are wood.

The sides of our cabinets are wood.

It’s fairly heavy so I chose 2 large-headed screws that wouldn’t let the brackets slip off.

The screws had large heads to hold the brackets on the side of the cabinet.

The screws had large heads to hold the brackets on the side of the cabinet.

Charlie did the honors since we thought it would be the perfect resting place for his grandmother’s yellow ware dough bowl.

Charlie tightened the screws after the shelf was hung.

Charlie tightened the screws after the shelf was hung.

Ultimately the dough bowl just wasn’t right so I put the 3 Graces vase up there until I find the perfect object.

A good display spot for special objects.

A good display spot for special objects.

This corbelled shelf balances out the stark end of the cabinet run with some natural wood that also ties into our island. And it’s high enough that we won’t smash our heads on it.

Do you shop your house for decorative elements?

Wall – Quilt, Why Not?

When I took the large seascape out it of the back bedroom I had a large expanse of wall to fill.

This large painting has been moved to the living room.

This large painting has been moved to the living room.

I tried to use some framed pieces I already had but they were way too small.

These 2 brass rubbings are too small for the wall behind the bed in the Treetops room.

These 2 brass rubbings are too small for the wall behind the bed in the Treetops room.

I moved the oval marble-topped table to the living room and put the green dressing table in its place.

The table moved to the living room.

The table moved to the living room.

While I was moving things around and cleaning up I discovered a quilt I had made for my mother folded on small stool.

My mother's favorite flower was the iris so I made a quilt with hand-painted flowers.

My mother’s favorite flower was the iris so I made a quilt with hand-painted flowers.

Then I had the bright idea to hang it on the wall over the bed.

The iris quilt is hanging with Velcro dots on a piece of trim.

The iris quilt is hanging with Velcro dots on a piece of trim.

It fills the wall and keeps the top of the metal bed from banging against the wall.

TreetopsQuiltBed

Love it.

Are you surprised when you find something while straightening up that you forgot you owned?

Old and New Inspiration for the Living Room

The living room ceiling is painted and I’ve begun painting the walls.  Maybe I’m halfway finished.

Edgecomb Gray on the ceiling, Revere Pewter on the walls.

Edgecomb Gray on the ceiling, Revere Pewter on the walls.

I started thinking about how I’m going to set up the furniture now that there’s no front door to consider.

The living room used to have 2 loveseats and 2 upholstered chairs set up so the front door which opened into the room on the right would not be blocked.

The living room used to have 2 loveseats and 2 upholstered chairs set up so the front door which opened into the room on the right would not be blocked.

I can put furniture anywhere I want. We used to have two matching loveseats in the living room but they’re destined to stay in the new conservatory so I’ll need a new sofa of some kind.

The front door has been moved to the center of the wall near the fireplace and the loveseats are in the conservatory.

The front door has been moved to the center of the wall near the fireplace and the loveseats are in the conservatory.

I don’t want to spend too much money on one at this time so I’m considering the Ektorp by Ikea.

Ikea's Ektorp in either grey or beige would work in the living room.

Ikea’s Ektorp in either grey or beige would work in the living room.

Maybe I should use a traditional size sofa and put it facing the fireplace.

I'm not sure I like the blue chairs with their backs to the front door and the kitchen.

I’m not sure I like the blue chairs with their backs to the front door and the kitchen.

Or maybe I should get a sectional corner unit and let it both face the fireplace and the large seascape I added here.

The seascape is on the wall behind the blue chairs.

The seascape is on the wall behind the blue chairs.

I am keeping the blue chairs

Blue living room chairs of which there are two.

Blue living room chairs of which there are two.

and the Pottery Barn glass coffee table. And the rug seen above and below.

Coffee table

Coffee table

I have started a living room Pinterest board so I can look at the things I already have along with the inspiration of other ideas.

I'd like to hang both portraits on one wall looking at each other.

I’d like to hang both portraits on one wall looking at each other.

In addition to various side tables, lamps and a secretary which may or may not stay in the space, I also have pastel portraits of my son and me when we were the same age.

Would love you to weigh in on the sofa size/shape. And the color: light or dark?

Have you rearranged your furniture recently? Is it a regular habit?

A Little Art in the Mudroom

Last week I was desperate for a little art on the wall so I pulled a few framed pieces for the mudroom.  The mudroom is painted Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine with an Edgecomb Gray ceiling.

The mudroom entry turns left onto a hall into the kitchen and right into the front of the house.

The mudroom entry turns left onto a hall into the kitchen and right into the front of the house.

Basically the area, small entry and hallway, is pale grey with 2 blue hanging pendants.

The mudroom pendants: one at the exterior door and one at the door to the basement.

The mudroom pendants: one at the exterior door and one at the door to the basement.

I was trying to hide this electric access panel on the right wall.

The access panel on the mudroom wall hides a hole about the size of a dime under which is an electric junction box.

The access panel on the mudroom wall hides a hole about the size of a dime under which is an electric junction box.

I started by hanging these two framed Irish postcards which hid the panel perfectly.

The access panel is under the top frame.

The access panel is under the top frame.

After searching for the storage box with mirror hangers in it I chose the 4 simplest ones to hang my vintage mirror tray.

I chose the mirror holder on the left for its simple style.

I chose the mirror holder on the left for its simple style.

My vintage etched mirror tray.

My vintage etched mirror tray.

Unfortunately after poking 6 holes in the wall (2 were in the wrong spot) I thought the proportion of this mirror too small and visually lightweight for the slate look frames beside it.

I like the frames but the mirror is just not right.

I like the frames but the mirror is just not right.

I still wanted a mirror so I picked one that I possibly slated for the master bathroom.

I hung this antique mirror so the bottom edge was at the same level as the bottom of the pictures.

I hung this antique mirror so the bottom edge was at the same level as the bottom of the pictures.

On the wall opposite the door I hung a happy red and yellow flower painting which accidentally ties into the colors in the postcards.

This painting is the first view upon entering from the side porch.

This painting is the first view upon entering from the side porch.

I think this room also needs a proper bench which I’m planning to build and some sort of shelf or narrow console under the flower painting.

A view from the kitchen hall.

A view from the kitchen hall.

I also need a long runner for the hall and the closet doors need to be stained or painted.

And all the trim needs to be painted.

And all the trim needs to be painted.

I’m enjoying the new mudroom but photographing it is challenging.

Do you mix up your color scheme with pops of bright colors? Or are you a pastel lover like Charlie?

Working on the Mudroom Entry

Back here I had it all decided that I would use this mid-century teak mirror in the mudroom entrance.

This mirror is very plain and weighs a ton.

This mirror is very plain and weighs a ton.

Once I got it in there however I decided it was just too heavy: too heavy to hang on the wall (maybe 20 pounds) and just too heavy looking for the small area.

The access panel on the mudroom wall hides a hole about the size of a dime under which is an electric junction box.

The access panel on the mudroom wall hides a hole about the size of a dime under which is an electric junction box.

Also hanging that mirror would have left the access panel which is near the door frame in full view.  It’s not horrible but it’s not attractive either.

One of these framed Irish postcards exactly covers the access panel.

One of these framed Irish postcards exactly covers the access panel.

As I was cleaning some of the wall art we had stored when the renovation began I came upon these two Irish postcards that I had framed. Instead of hanging them side by side this time we’ll place them one above the other.

My vintage etched mirror tray.

My vintage etched mirror tray.

I still wanted a mirror and look what just happened to be under a pile of frames.

How about these cheery flowers across from the door?

How about these cheery flowers across from the door?

Now I’m determined to get this wall going. I’d also like to incorporate this old cabinet which I tried to use in the kitchen but just couldn’t.

Cabinet with mesh screen door and a froggie pull from Restoration Hardware.

Cabinet with mesh screen door and a froggie pull from Restoration Hardware.

And these decisions are not etched in stone. Right?

Do you hesitate to put nails in a newly painted wall?

Mirrors We Have

I have inherited or purchased or been gifted a lot of mirrors.  Unlike art work they always seem to be in a style I can work with.

I bought the mirror over the mantle at a house auction for $90.  I love the unusual shape.

I bought the mirror over the mantle at a house auction for $90. I love the unusual shape.

Even the most ornate mirror has a place in our otherwise provincial home.

I have this French gilt mirror hanging on the wall for safekeeping until I decide where it should go.

I have this French gilt mirror hanging on the wall in the back bedroom for safekeeping until I decide where it should go.

Mirrors don’t need to be perfect either. I’ve saved 3 for the future master bathroom.

This approximately 9' by 18" mirror would be perfect over my sink.

This approximately 9′ by 18″ mirror would be perfect over my sink.

This slightly larger antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.

This slightly larger antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s sink.

To go with the two above, this mirror can go on my dressing table which is also slated to be in the master bathroom.

To go with the two above, this mirror can go on my dressing table which is also slated to be in the master bathroom.

Unfortunately you really can get a sense of scale until the mirrors are hanging in their proper places.

I'd also like to repurpose the mirrored top of the sideboard whose bottom we used to create our one-of-a-kind kitchen island.

I’d also like to repurpose the mirrored top of the sideboard whose bottom we used to create our one-of-a-kind kitchen island.

I can’t wait until the walls are painted so I can hang up my mirrors.

A small mirror hanging on the shed reflects the green plants and gives some relief to the grey siding.

A small mirror hanging on the shed reflects the green plants and gives some relief to the grey siding.

I even have a mirror hanging on the shed.

What are you reflecting on today?

A Few Additional Objets for the Conservatory Collection

I’m still shopping the house for decorative items to use in the conservatory, our green room.

The conservatory enhanced by PaintBox.

The conservatory enhanced by PaintBox.

I’m going for a casual theme in the conservatory so to complement the cut glass mosaic turtle lamp I’m adding a froggie door knocker on the bathroom door (which we haven’t even ordered yet but is destined to be 36 inches wide).

I've had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I'll finally have a door for him to knock on.

I’ve had this cute frog on a leaf for decades and I’ll finally have a door for him to knock on.

Charlie and I have been taking afternoon tea in the conservatory and, oddly enough, even though the morning sun comes directly in the east windows, a bit of afternoon rays also bathes the walls.

A vintage set of animal coasters.

A vintage set of animal coasters.

Keeping with the natural theme I have a wooden box of lightly fragranced potpourri.

A divided box of potpourri enhances the color scheme and nature theme.

A divided box of potpourri enhances the color scheme and nature theme.

I have a pair of these lamps for which I'll need to find a place in the conservatory.

I have a pair of these lamps for which I’ll need to find a place in the conservatory.

Can’t wait until we’re ready to hang things on the walls and have places for lamps, etc.

Do you have theme rooms or do you just put together items you like?