Saturday, February 20, 2010

{creating your own custom art}

A couple of years ago, while shopping for my wedding dress, I came across a large print hanging on the wall in a shop in Vancouver that I absolutely loved. I came home and searched the internet to see if I could buy a copy. Turns out a copy of this print would run close to $400!! So, I decided to try to paint it for myself. You can see below it is a bit different than the original (on the left), but it's close enough, with my own spin on it:

I was able to by a large size canvas that now hangs in our kitchen eating area, and I am pleased with the results. Just for fun I included a pic of the eating area before we bought and renovated our home:

I think it is a great idea if you cannot afford some of your favorite art pieces, you can even put your own personal touch on it this way. Or if you wanted it to be a perfect copy you could trace the photo with an art projector. I have several other painting projects on my list for other places in the house, hopefully I will give this hobby more time and get to them soon :) Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

{making an entrance}

We have a little 1980’s rancher that needed a lot of love when we first moved in a couple of years ago. And it is still a work in progress! I figure what better spot to show you first than the first thing you see when you come in! Here is our front entrance, before and after the work that we had done. The before pics are from the first time we viewed the house before we bought it. (Note: you can click on the pics to enlarge them).

Check out the gold sconces on the wall, what a blast from the past!

We painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s 'Revere Pewter', one of my favorite paint colors.

You can see below that we had the cedar ceiling covered over with drywall, it made the entry way so much brighter!

Mirror: Thomasville, table: Costco, rug: Bowring, wall sconces: Home Depot, table-top accessories: all from HomeSense.

It feels much more like home now, and a lot less like a time warp back to 1986! I will continue to post some of the changes we have made thus far, and hopefully some new projects we will take on as spring approaches. Thanks for taking a peek!

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