I know I mentioned a few posts ago that I was going to try and go in a different direction with my color palette with some of the rooms we recently repainted white, specifically the living room and kitchen. The kitchen still has a ways to go (hello knobs on cabinets please? can't the hutch paint itself?) but I'm making some progress on the living room. So I thought I'd share some peeks.
I'm not ready to hang anything or perfect the furniture arrangement yet because we're doing two (!) photo shoots in this room for Kitschy Digitals this week & weekend. I'm super excited about those, but wow, they take a lot of preparation! Lots of nerves over here. I'm going to try my hand at some affordable studio lighting (courtesy of this e-course at Arrow & Apple) - going to practice on the boys beforehand. Wish me (us) luck! I have some suuuper cute models coming over to help me out including this talented lady and her gorgeous daughter and a kind blog reader and her girls! We plan on releasing the products we're photographing NEXT WEEK. Please check back for those - I think you'll find them really fun for the fall holidays coming up, for kiddos & adults alike! :D
Ok, back to the living room. I've been working on the main picture vignette that will be hanging above our couch. You might remember these pics from the holidays last year, what the room looked like before. Very eclectic, very kitschy, lots of vintage.
While I'm keeping a lot of the vintage furniture, a lot of it is going lighter. Either by painting it, or introducing new stuff (thanks to Craigslist) - blonde colored end tables. Since the couch and walls are neutral, I feel like I can have bold pops of color with the accessories. But my goal is to: keep the feel of the room LIGHT and uncluttered.
A lot of my kitschy decor from this room is gone (Goodwill, I hope my donation brings me good thrifting Karma ; ) or it will be placed in the hutch in this room to keep it dedicated to one place. I DID keep all of my original portrait finds, a couple I don't think I've shared with you yet. I do love these originals because, well, no one else has them! I love the idea that I was able to continue the life of these unique pieces, and in some way, honor the artist and the subjects.
This beautiful lady on the left below is a painting that I don't think I've shared. I probably paid the most for her, around $30, at an antique mall. She had a dark blue/green background. This weekend, I painted it and the chair, colors that reflect my chosen color palette more. It never dawned on me to just alter these pieces until I had a lightbulb moment this weekend. And then I couldn't stop painting. The lady on the right (I got for free at a garage sale!) also had a blue-ish background that went lighter as well. By painting the objects or background of old portrait paintings and drawings, you're not taking away from the most important part: the person.
This little trio of siblings is what I think is a chalk drawing on a flocked sort of paper. Have you ever seen something like this? I didn't realize it until I pulled it out away from the glass. It's fuzzy paper! I used the same acrylic paint for the background and also the oldest's shirt (again more blue I'm trying to get away from). I love how it came out! This was actually hanging on the wall at an Estate Sale, with no price tag. I asked about it and they told me $5. Sold. The girl with the white headband (seen in the second shot from the top) was $10 at an Estate Sale for a local artist.
The other thing I've been wanting to introduce into our decor, especially this room, is more graphic/bold modern artwork. I'm a sucker for illustrations or screenprints. I found the Buddy Holly print at one of our local handmade stores, Youngblood Gallery. I'm not sure who the artist is, I'll have to check the print out and let you know. I think I've always steered clear of BLACK in any form in our decor, but I'm slowly changing my ways. As a graphic designer, I'm such a fan of bold, graphic statement pieces and I'm determined to feature them in some way.
Aiming for a tad bit more sophistication while still incorporating the homemade and vintage touches that will always be a staple in this home.
Trying new things. Maybe even trying to grow up a little?
On another note, have you seen this course that my friend Katrina, at Pugly Pixel, released recently? As a person that has always struggled with CSS and coding, this looks pretty incredible. And if I know Katrina, it will be perfect, well-thought out, with LOTS of bang for your buck. Check it out if you haven't already!