Abstract Colors

One of the best and easiest ways to make a space more unique is through Art.  In the past, I found it hard to choose the “right” piece, but I try to focus on making art decisions based on what I like.  It’s that simple.  For abstracts, I steer towards bright colors, or interesting stroke marks, or scenes that evoke movement or nature (like the sea, or wind).  I also like pop art, vintage posters, and black and white photography.

A few months ago, I had been on Pinterest and saw a fun colorful print that I loved.  Unfortunately for me, the pin didn’t have a source (don’t you just hate that??)  When I’d found the unnamed, un-tagged print on Pinterest, I loved it so much that I’d printed it out and framed it in our living room – where it’s been sitting on the wine hutch ever since. I’d all but given up on finding out who the artist was… until today…

I was randomly combing through a few articles on Houzz, and came across an article about using coffee table books as part of your decor.  This picture was featured in the article, and what did I notice… well that painting looks A LOT like the one I’d fallen in love with!!

Overly excited, I clicked on the photo to see the quoted sources, and quickly learned that Jennifer Latimer is the artist responsible for the fun colorful abstract.  Jackpot!!

A quick Google search later, I was on her site, browsing her collection, and learning that she was recently featured on One Kings Lane as an artist to watch, and that she has a fabulous blog on home decor!  Could I be more excited??

Since I am a person that gravitates towards neutrals in furniture, I love to incorporate bright colors through art and pillows, and her bright fun abstract pieces are sort of perfect for this exact purpose.

A few of my favorites from her collection…

Banff Garden Poppies & Roses which is unfortunately sold…

Falling Petals, a Chanel Inspired Abstract

After a little digging, I discovered that her work is also sold on Etsy (yes, the news just keeps getting better) through a shop called Gilded Mint.  
How much are you loving this quad of gold seaweed paintings for $28 (buy here).
Or this four leaf clover print (buy here) also reasonably priced at $27!
Or… speaking of Flamenco’s yesterday… this little guy is tres chic, and ready to hang!
Don’t be surprised if you see a few more of her pieces popping up around my house… I am loving pretty much every piece in her Etsy shop!

Have you stumbled on any great sources for art recently??  I’d love to hear about it!

Wishbone Art

We have a lot of framed pictures in our house – photographs we’ve taken for the most part, but I’ve been looking for some new art to add some variation.  I don’t think I am that picky, but everything (non-photographs) that I’ve seen at a reasonable price, seems so generic (I’m not feeling the Monet replicas or the bowl of fruit… thanks but no thanks).

I was on Houzz looking for inspiration, and randomly came across this awesome gold wishbone print.  It’s actually from Etsy, and even though it’s affordable, I actually think that it would be a fun project to do myself.  It looks simple enough, so I plan on channeling my inner artist (pronounced arteest) to whip something similar up…

Etsy Print
That’s what I’ll be doing tonight… what about you?

Urban Dream

I recently discovered Urban Dream’s Photography on Etsy, and since I’ve been toying with the idea of a gallery wall in our living room, I’m looking for some new art…

Here are a few “befores” that we can base all the “afters” on….

This one was taken a few days ago when the morning sun was really bright and happy – I love that our living room has a full wall of windows that make the room so bright before I even head out for work!

 This one was taken last winter – obviously the decor has changed a bit with the addition of my new throw pillows and a new rug

As you can see, this wall is blah – totally uninspired.  The “artwork” is from Ikea (shocking), and aside from being boring, there are some other real problems with this wall.  For one thing, the frames are crooked – just slightly, but it’s enough to drive me CRAZY.  The frames were also hung too high for the couch, but after 30 holes in the wall, I was not about to hammer in 30 more to move these bad boys down.  Finally… one of the frames doesn’t have any glass! It shattered during our move, and you can definitely tell in this picture.  The one on the left doesn’t have a reflection because of the missing glass.  Not that it stopped me from still hanging it on the wall.  Ha!

To say that this wall needs a face-lift is an understatement.

So this brings me back to my original topic of Urban Dream.  Their photography is dreamy, and they have a whole San Francisco collection.  A few of my favorites??

Is there anything more synonymous with San Francisco than the bell of the trolley?? I think not – my first apartment in the city was a block down from a main trolley line, and you could hear them in the night when you were cozy in bed – I loved that sound… the sound of living in a city.

 This photo, using a Bokeh technique is so pretty – the Ferry Building at dusk.  I want this one for sure – with the deep blues, I think it will look really nice in the living room with our blue/grey rug.

 Sailboats will forever remind me of my father, and this picture at sunset just makes me smile.  I believe it’s taken at the Marina Green – one of the best views in the city.

An unpainted version of the painted ladies – speaking of, Full House was on TV the other night.  THAT was a throwback to my childhood!!  I love the high contrast setting in this picture – really REALLY cool.

Kris will have some appreciation of this picture, although I’m sure he’ll insist that I frame on of him surfing instead… I’m sure that can be arranged, but I just love the dramatic craggy rocks, and the foamy waves.Would it be weird to have a gallery wall based entirely around San Francisco, or is that awesome?  Obviously I’ll need to incorporate a few other pieces in, but I am leaning heavily toward the trolley, and the Ferry Building here.  And the sailboat…. heck I love them all!Check out the rest of Urban Dream’s collections here!