I had a few readers write in today to show me their fabulous art walls (yay!) either DIY projects or affordable art finds on etsy. This one is from reader Elizabeth, “I love your blog and visit it several times a day, so I wanted to send you my own art wall. These are little canvas paintings I did myself. I’m in the process of making several small paintings, bags, aprons, and home goods to start an Etsy shop, but it’s not quite up yet. I thought I’d send you this anyway.” – Elizabeth B.
And this terrific wall arrived in my inbox from creative reader Kristi, “My absolute favorite art wall in our home is in our daughters’ room. We purchased these peasant paintings in China and had them framed when we came home. Each one is an original, hand-painted piece and depicts the same scene in a different season. I hung them starting with Winter since that’s when my girls were born. Peasant paintings, or folk paintings, are readily available on the web. China Sprout is one good source.” – Kristi T. (Details on room design and additional images here.)
Oh, the power of advice taken! A letter just arrived from reader Julie Shannon that made my day. I love to know that you are out there reading and taking some of the tips that you find on decor8 and applying it to your own space. It’s exciting because when you write in, it hits me just how you really are listening in out there and I’m not just having a love affair with my monitor all day. So thanks for reaching out to me. And it may sound really cheesy to say this, but it positively drives me to keep blogging and to continue searching for finds to bring before you here each day. Now enough about me, let’s hear from Miss Julie.
“Hi Holly, I just wanted to email you and thank you for giving THE best decorating ideas ever! I LOVE your blog! I saw several artists from etsy.com highlighted on your blog and rushed to get their pieces for my new and growing collection. Birds on Tree print by Johanna Anderes and Owl Gocco print by Matte Stephens were both suggested, and I also found some great original illustrations by John Clark which I bought for myself and a few gifts for my fabulous girlfriends. I framed them and now have the start of my first ever little art collection! Thank you for your inspiration! Attached are a few photos. Cheers!- Julie“
Thanks, Julie! And I have to add that in addition to her art, I really like her color palette, so soothing for a bedroom and the dark wood adds a richness and warmth, a nice balance with the cool blue walls and silver frames. Her lamps are great to, as is the pattern on those pillows. She’s done a great job layering her bed with multiple patterns, subtle and soft, yet noticeable.
Do you have an art wall that you’d like to share? Send me an email to decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com and please note where the art came from in case I blog your space so others can find it. Thank you again Julie, I’m thrilled you sent these images in.
(images from julie shannon)
The feeling over in the Living Etc. inspiration galleries is a bit relaxed lately, at least in their living rooms, and I’m liking it. Rooms that look like no real plan went into them (yet you know that’s far from true), spaces that are easy-breezy, calm, and oh so uncomplicated.
Like leaving the newspaper on the coffee table with a cup of tea is expected — immediately cleaning up after yourself isn’t mandatory in these rooms. Casual clutter warms it up a little. And I kind of like that because a room without the fingerprints of those living there is just a showroom and how boring is that. I also notice a lot of linen and purple tones for Fall – lilac, lavender, eggplant.
Blogging about Susanne Schjerning made me think of Rice in Denmark and how excited I am to soon be in on of my favorite shops in Hannover again. I can’t wait to go away next month, this time of year is filled with much excitement and anticipation for me because I love spending the autumn months with my husband’s family and our friends in Germany. It’s all such a special, almost magical time for us.
Germany is so beautiful in the cooler months (ah, Oktoberfest!) and I love watching everything change from green to gold. It’s like one big Robert Frost poem unfolding before our eyes. And when I arrive, since we sublet a 2-room suite, I always head to Esplanade for Rice stuff. I buy inexpensive candle holders, a few pillows, and a vase for fresh flowers. You can’t spend time in Europe without flowers in your room. And for our balcony, I always buy a few pretty plants. I find that I have to do these things to make it feel more personal and cozy. We have some things there in storage that I pull out to, which helps me make a very quick mental transition from our home here to our place there.
Here are some product shots from the Rice winter collection. This is one of those lines where I find myself liking everything and the best part, it’s all so affordable.
(images from rice)