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New Art in My Living Room

July 20, 2012

I went to Goodwill on Wednesday hoping to find some clothes. I hadn’t shopped for clothes at a Goodwill since like 2007 and this visit reminded me why. I have just become too picky. But with home goods it’s another story. I have no problem thrifting that stuff. So after I failed in the clothing section I figured I’d give the home stuff a look through. I saw some sweet vintage drinking glasses, a pair of quirky lamps, but nothing had me pulling out my wallet until I saw a rather enormous painting for $14.99. I knew I could use a large painting and here’s why:

I hung these (also thrifted) little floral prints about a month ago after painting their frames. Before hanging them I distinctly remember thinking, “Hmm, these are pretty small for such a big wall. But that blank space is killing me!” So I went for it anyway. It doesn’t take a keen eye to recognize how awkward these little guys look on that wall. It’s just wrong. But I lived with it for a while and honestly expected to live with it for much longer but then my new friend came along:

From Before to Better. I’m not calling this an After because, well it’s not even remotely close to what I’d call a finished room. As you learned in my post last week, my home does not yet reflect my style. Slow and steady wins the race so this “Better” progress is enough to keep me and my pocketbook happy for a little bit.

There’s still too much negative space on that wall. But this artwork is so much more appropriately scaled for the space. The old pieces looked completely out of place. This one just looks like it needs to be filled out a little bit (with more art flanking it or perhaps some taller furniture in my wealthier dreams). I briefly considered rehanging the smaller floral prints next to it, but I decided against it.

I moved them to my entryway for now. I don’t like any of these wall colors but I do think this one suits these prints better. Their manila backgrounds looked kind of dirty and odd on the blue wall. I rather like the way this little table is looking at the moment. Far from perfect (the faux flowers are too tall and shouldn’t be all the same height, the books are angled oddly, the umbrella’s colors are out of place), but still better than it has been in the past.

This was an absolute steal at $14.99. A new frame alone at this size would cost well over that. Speaking of the frame, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It’s a little too ’90s but I’m letting it slide. The painting itself is a bit generic, but I really do like it. I like landscapes, and this one is so lovely and peaceful. A stream, a boat, a building off in the distance. Looks like the perfect place for a picnic. And the colors. The colors are really what sold me. Such lovely pastels.

When I got it out to my car I noticed a sticker on the back with the name “Almost Heaven” and a $95.00 price tag. 84% off for the win!

You can read about other art pieces in my home here.

Have a great weekend!

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  • Reply interiorapartment July 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

    wow beautiful… absolutely love this!!! Looks so much better with the bigger image XX Cat

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