Category Archives: Art

Muses by Ethan Allen

I received a card in the mail a few days ago saying .  .  .

The cover reminded me how much my mother loved anything with a woman's face on it -- Classic.

The cover reminded me how much my mother loved anything with a woman’s face on it — Classic.

I should drop by my local Ethan Allen showroom and pick up a copy of their new inspiration book: Muses.

Photos of furniture combined with fun suggestions on how to pep up personal style.

Photos of furniture combined with fun suggestions on how to pep up personal style.

I phoned ahead to make sure there would be a copy waiting for me when I arrived.

I think a rustic finish goes well with sleek modern design.

I think a rustic finish goes well with sleek modern design.

I was surprised how “unstuffy” the EA furniture in the displays was.

Encouraging words.

Encouraging words.

The book is a combination of catalog and beautiful pictures with words and style sheets to help sort out what each of us might find pleasing.

I'm planning to add more yellow to my color scheme -- it's so cheery.

I’m planning to add more yellow to my color scheme — it’s so cheery.

I took my copy home and spent a sublime evening going through it.

Each style has a style sheet with suggestions on how to define what you like.

Each style has a style sheet with suggestions on how to define what you like.

Why not call your local store to see if there’s a copy for you.

We have a sleigh bed that I'm planning to update with a little carpentry and a new finish.

We have a sleigh bed that I’m planning to update with a little carpentry and a new finish.

I was not paid nor perked in any way to write this article.

On my next jog through the books I'll be highlighting and underlining.

On my next jog through the books I’ll be highlighting and underlining.

Does your personal style have a name?

Another Picture for the Conservatory

Now that the conservatory is painted I am excited to hang some art on the wall.

Notre Dame Cathedral viewed from the left bank.

Notre Dame Cathedral viewed from the left bank.

First piece was this peony print.  Next, my mother’s print of Notre Dame in Paris.

The openings from left to right: bathroom, closet closet.

The openings from left to right: bathroom, closet, closet.

The doorways will ultimately get trimmed.

The doorways will ultimately get trimmed.

We still have lots of renovation supplies to go through and/or put away but I’m not planning to do that until we’re finished.

This will do for now.

This will do for now.

I think Mother painted the frame green which, oddly, looks fine in the green-painted conservatory.

Are you reticent to pound nails into newly painted walls?

Every Room Needs Red

Once upon a time my mother told be that every room needs some red in it.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

And even though I’m a cool blue, green, grey girl I try to use this tip in every room.

Five doorways and six windows don't leave much actual wall space.

Five doorways and six windows don’t leave much actual wall space.

Most of the conservatory is doorways and windows with little wall space.

This 19" by 24" peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

This 19″ by 24″ peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

But the newly painted green conservatory is getting its red in this peony print I’ve hung on the largest wall.

The wall color is "Tea Light," a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

The wall color is “Tea Light,” a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

I was afraid the green matte would clash with the green wall but in fact it enhances it.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

It’s hung a little high so it can be seen over the television.

What must-have is in your décor repertoire?

Another Gallery Wall Only Different

Now that the old doorway of our bedroom is closed up, the hallway on the other side has a long, empty wall.

The wall on the right used to have a doorway right in the middle of it.

The wall on the right used to have a doorway right in the middle of it.

This wall used to have a door in the center but now it needs some decoration.

Now it needs some decoration.

I had always planned to hang family photos on this wall and now I’ve gathered them together.

I have family photos for as many as five generations.

I have family photos for as many as five generations.

My inspiration gallery is two rows of photos, one above and one below an imaginary horizontal line.

A Martha Stewart inspired gallery wall.

A Martha Stewart inspired gallery wall.

My inspiration gallery is two rows of photos, one above and one below an imaginary horizontal line.

Mother

Mother

Now I just need to make the commitment.

Portraits from the 1960s when photos were hand-colored.

Sister portraits from the 1960s when photos were hand-colored.

This gallery is just for the family, you know. (My first gallery is here.)

Do you have private belongings that are only meaningful to you?

The Front Entry

Basically this is just an update on the painting I was planning to hang just inside the front door.

The stairs to the second floor are just to the right of the front door.

The stairs to the second floor are just to the right of the front door.

The tile-topped nesting tables are here for the time being unless I find a better place.  Everything on them is changeable; this is a great place to “try things out”.

Viewed from the front porch the small entry area has a few interesting pieces.

Viewed from the front porch the small entry area has a few interesting pieces.

The print of Paris is temporary in this spot.  It will probably end up in the master suite some place.

We don't often use the front door so there's no need for a place to drop keys or coats.

We don’t often use the front door so there’s no need for a place to drop keys or coats.

The blue square vase and iris box seem to go well together.

The exterior of the front door still needs to be painted after reversing its swing.

The exterior of the front door still needs to be painted after reversing its swing.

And this spool lamp project which was a big fail is still out of place.

The stair runner is also not yet complete. Hmmm.

The stair runner is also not yet complete. Hmmm.

I am happy with the oil painting in the oak frame; it just fits.

What have you moved around lately?  Have you found the right spot yet?

What Shall I Hang Here?

I need to go through my artwork (such as it is) to find a piece to hang at the front door entrance.

The wall on the righ tneeds some art.

The wall on the righ tneeds some art.

This is the wall space just inside the door at the bottom of the stairs.

This is the entire wall -- not very big.

This is the entire wall — not very big.

It’s on the fireplace wall so I must leave the vent clear.

The wall above the fireplace vent could use some interest.

The wall above the fireplace vent could use some interest.

This is really the only horizontal art I can think of at the moment. It’s an oil painting of a small cabin in a clearing by a pond.

A small oil painting in an old oak frame.

A small oil painting in an old oak frame.

Perhaps something more abstract would be better here. I do have some old, unframed set design renderings.  I might look through those.

What’s on your wall?

A Little More Coffee Decor

I’ve been wanting to add a little more interest to the bare wall near our coffee station.

The empty wall

The empty wall

First I spray painted and old white frame metallic charcoal (my favorite spray paint color).

Charcoal metallic spray paint.

Charcoal metallic spray paint.

Then I just framed up a coffee graphic and hung it on the wall.

Coffee art.

Coffee art.

Charlie wanted to hang a plaster sign saying “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

He made me hang it too high.

He made me hang it too high.

Done.

What’s your latest quick change?