Art Attack…

I’m always talking about how we never get around to finishing our rooms with real art on the walls and our Lounge, completed before Christmas is no exception. We partially remedied this with Pete’s birthday present to me, an Yvonne Coomber print, but there is still a large blank wall opposite the bay window and to the left of the sofa that looks very unloved. As the room already had a blue theme with a lot of jewel brights in it, choosing something has been tricky so I decoded to mock up a couple of ideas and I’d love to hear your thoughts…

One option would be to put up a single large piece, mirroring the other wall, but I’m not sure if that won’t look a bit odd. The wall, although it’s actually the narrower length of the room, looks long because of the radiator I think and it certainly needs a landscape print.

The other option would be to combine a few images. We are terrible at getting family photos printed out and I thoughts about combining some black and white prints with another print I spotted on Etsy from Clare Elsaesser. (The black and white images are of our bump shoot and Bea at 6 weeks by The Lawsons.) It’s just always difficult to choose images that don’t feel too personal or too ‘in your face’ for what is essentially a public space. I don’t want to do a more ‘gallery wall’ style of display as I think lots of pictures may look busy in here, in what is essentially a formal room and I have plans for one elsewhere downstairs.

What do you think readers? Any other ideas or suggestions?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Etsy Watercolours


16 x 20″ Chevron watercolour £65 // Set of 8 8×10″ watercolour herbs £72 // 16 x 20″ ‘Daybreak’ watercolour £30

After yesterday’s post on my bedroom, a few of you commented on my new print above the bed. Helen asked how I find lovely things on Etsy and really, as I replied to her, I find a lot on other blogs or Pinterest. I have a Patterns and Prints board on Pinterest where I put all my favourite prints for the future 😉

I was also explaining to her that you can refine your searches on Etsy – It has seem overwhelming to trawl through the site otherwise. I find that as my taste evolves and I know what I’m looking for, I can choose to search in ‘Art‘ for example then ‘Watercolours‘ and the selection of prints returned is much more likely to be up my street.

These three prints are all from Etsy and were found easily within minutes of me checking the navigation before I told Helen. I love the chevrons for a nursery or office space, the herbs would look beautiful grouped in a kitchen and oh my, that abstract piece is stunning.

Art is so affordable and such an easy way to brighten your home and make you happy every time you look at it, that Etsy is a pretty fun place to internet browse/splurge.

Have you found anything gorgeous on Etsy recently? I’d love to see!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Bedroom updates

A few months back, before I even started thinking about the spare bedroom makeover, I revamped our bedroom. We re-decorated in there about 3 years ago now and chose some white striped wallpaper, keeping the existing high gloss Ikea wardrobes, Ikea bedsides and our iron Feather & Black bed. I wanted it all very soft a soothing so chose White Company bedding in white with a grey and white silk throw and mink and grey cushions using texture to provide contrast.

Typically, it wasn’t long before I tired of the monotone look and decided to add to the single shot of colour in the lamp shades with some small additions and it’s amazing what a difference they have made.

The inspiration for the change around was the new picture above the bed. I blogged it and bought it not long after – I love how bright and cheerful it is.

I also changed the drawer handles on the bedsides for coral ceramic ones from Anthropologie.

We already had these butterfly pictures up but had different colour combinations (We had had a large white one above the bed too,) as they come in a pack of 6 (see similar here). To pick out the lamp shades we had had two yellowy butterflies there previously, but as the large white one was now gone from above the bed we used the smaller one and a blue one, simply switching them from the hall where the rest are going up our stairs. In fact it worked well as the yellows work beautifully with the yellow Cow Parsley wallpaper we have in the hall.

In fact, since taking these, the bedroom has changed again, as we finally found a chest of drawers to add to our lack of storage in there. I also realised I didn’t take any of the other end of the room so maybe I’ll share another update soon.

Hope you like it readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Some Fabulous for your Friday

I’m doing a whole lot of reasearch right now on different projects I’m planning and I’ve seen some beautiful things I wanted to share with you all. So here’s some fabulous for your friday. Fabulous finds from around the web…

Flower on wall Giclee Art Print, Silso on Etsy

Bright Pastel Ceramics from Mia Blanche (via Decor8)

Bathroom by Greg Natale (via Oh Joy)

Donna Karen pre-fall ’13

Julia Childs quote chalkboard print, via Lily and Val on Etsy

Your Friday Food: Chocolate cake glazed donut holes, via How Sweet it is

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Clothe your walls: Etsy Art

After my post last week on how to hang wall art, it will come as no suprise that I’ve been thinking about choosing some new prints for my walls. I tend to go with themes when choosing art work and most of the pieces in our lounge/dining room are from a series of prints that used to hang in a favourite restaurant of ours which has long since closed down. We contacted the photographer, via the restaurant owner and chose a selection of 6 from his original contact sheets that were commissioned for the restaurant. Now I’m looking for something equally unique at a reasonable price point and of course, the first place to go is Etsy.

I thought I’d share a selection of pieces that I am loving today, all from Etsy and all very reasonably priced. Most are around $35. Although there’s no real theme to my selection, I hope that will mean there’s something to appear to many of you amongst my choices.

Where do you go to find unique wall art and have you got any tips for buying unique pieces?

Love,
Rebecca
xo