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A Really Big Image

In Design Options, Materials on April 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Projects galore lay ahead of me and I am trying my best to plan them out in my head before launching out into DIY land, especially since my space to complete these lovelies will be greatly comprised during the renovation.

SO I am actively planning them out and hunting down everything I can outsource.  One such project involves one of my favorite pieces.

I have had this framed print for many years and truth be told it’s really the scale and the frame that I adore.  The frame measures about 4′ x just shy of 4′ so it’s really big.

I hate the current print and the colors are all wrong.  So I am now determined to either create or locate a really wonderful print to have remounted in this wonderful frame.

I would love for this to be relatively simple and perhaps I can locate a really cool vector file and have it blown up and take it all to be reframed.

I envision this being the stand alone piece in our Master so it needs to be something that the hubs can wake up to every morning and not glare at me for its choosing. But i really want to love it.

I briefly pondered going out back and slapping paint around off the end of several brushes, but that is really not my style. I thought about a trendy reproduction of something neat like Audrey Hepburn in a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s but that won’t work either. And I really think it’s too big to be a picture of ourselves.  Perhaps I could take a picture of the two of us and have it painted…( isn’t there an app that converts images like that ? LOL!) A “portrait” could be an option.

This was an option that I kind of liked it’s a 1930’s piece by Andre Edouard Marty.

I don’t want to have a mirror mounted in it, though I like the idea of having something three-dimensional mounted within the confines of the frame.  Maybe that’s the way to go.

So I am on the hunt for something wonderful and perfect for this piece. Any suggestions?


The Frame Game

In Design Options, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

My hubs is as handy as the next guy, in some ways even more so for he has great electrical expertise. He often surprises me with the stuff he knows but has neglected to share with me over the years; for fear of having to perform said task more than once.  But I do believe I am the better painter of the two of us and when it comes to hanging pictures….Well let’s just say that I believe there is more skill required than a hammer and nail.

I found this post really helpful as it addressed many of my personal pet peeves. I don’t like little puny pictures sitting idly on the wall. I need pictures to be level and I need for them to positioned at the correct height on the wall in relation to the other furniture in the room.

And that doesn’t even take into consideration the attributes of getting the daggone thing into the frame properly.  I spent a portion of last year combing through some really special items of memorabilia and made a concerted effort to have the pieces mounted and framed for use in the future. ( Yay Me!) So I am really looking forward to getting those things up on the wall ( as we are now knocking down every conceivable wall in the house….. SMH)

Let’s hope I get it right with these tips!

Artwork languishing unhung because frame styles seem too confusing? These guidelines can help.

Through the Looking Glass

In Design Options, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Yes we are back at mirrors… But this time not in the manner of mirrored furniture.  These are actually MIRROR mirrors 🙂

If you can believe it, I really am in a less is more frame of mind.  Yes, my less is very ornate  but I really just want a splash of it here and there.  I don’t want a lot of chotskies all over the place that have to be dusted and risk being broken when we ballroom dance around the living room….

I love the scale of a large piece and they say a mirror has a wonderful way of making a space feel larger.  All of these options are very cool and who would love to catch a glimpse of themselves….or someone else in one of these? Leaning a mirror against a wall makes it more than just a mirror. It’s a work of art and a piece of furniture (at this scale.) Genius!

The bedroom is a logical option for this or perhaps our closet ( I have to get used to the closet being a totally separate entity.) but it might also work on the first floor as well, but could take up a lot of wall space that has all of a sudden become a premium item. hmmmm?

Dream Home.

Do You See What I See?

In Bathroom, Design Options, real estate, Spaces on April 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

By now I am quite certain everyone reading this firmly believes that I am all over the map without a clue as to what direction I am headed with this renovation.

THAT my friends could not be further from the truth.  I do know where I am going, but I choose to make as leisurely a stroll as possible.  Once I arrive I really want to be able to luxuriate there for a long while in blissful happiness.

I have spent this whole day in my daydreaming ( sort of ) mode and not doing anything that relates to architecture, structural design, building codes or money. This is just whimsical fun, but there really is a method to my madness.

I have a love for shiny things.  A little blinging just makes it better.  But bling is a fine line for the hubs, who I am sure could live the remainder of his life without a single sequin, rhinestone or bauble and be just fine.

Mirrors fall under the category of shiny for me and though yes the above image is a bit more than even I could fathom, the idea of a mirrored furniture piece intrigues me greatly.

The above bathroom inspires a lot of thoughts in me.  This pale shade of blue keeps cropping up in my hoard of images.   I guess I just need to decide what space I really want to use it.  In my mind shades of grey are prominent ( for varying reasons, yes I read the ENTIRE trilogy…)  I do love how grey works with this shade of blue….hmmmm

We may have arrived a meeting of the minds in that rather than using actual mirrored pieces, we are opting for a glass tile that has a glimmer and shimmer to them so maybe that will be enough to suffice.

The tray ceiling is neat as well. I can only guess what that would do to my budget… it actually makes me laugh!

Vicky Johnson / Pinterest.

Making a Statement

In Design Options, Living Room, real estate on April 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This picture makes me tilt my head like a little puppy.  On the one hand I really cannot see myself living here. But on the other hand, if I look at the individual elements, I find that I really like most if not all of the pieces in the space.

I stopped at the picture initially because I am searching for a signature piece for the space.  We are blowing out all the walls on the first floor  so I am losing a great deal of wall space for hanging things.  I love art and really want a piece somewhere on that floor.  I think the wall hanging here is very cool!

Perhaps it’s just the coloring of the space that I’m not a fan of. The side chairs are great. And I do like the mix of textures, though the hubs can only venture so far mixing and matching in a room (though he can work wonders with ties and shirts…)

Ultimately, I think we are going for something a little less fussy and a little more streamline. Decor is tough with so many options to sway your attention.  Lots of stuff looks great…for a minute.  I guess I have to give lots of stuff their 15 minutes before we actually finalize and install.

Vicky Johnson / Pinterest.