Friday, March 5, 2010

If Walls Could Talk...

Well, they can, sort of. I think how you decorate can say a lot about you. I am not really sure what my "style" is, but let me describe my living room. **WARNING** This post contains lots of Pics!

I have purple walls. Not over-the-top purple. It's called "dusty lavender"...this was my inspiration pic 7 years ago when we moved in:

I had always wanted to try something different, and I got brave. Not only do I have chocolate brown furniture, but if you look closely, you will notice a verrry thin plaid pattern of khaki, deep red, hunter green and midnight blue...
But the plaid is so small, it mostly looks brown suede furniture. Anyway, I added a few red pillows for some punch and a few khaki pillows for balance. This was probably 6 or 7 years ago. Then about 4 or 5 years ago, I came upon some "Americana Throws". I put them over the backs of the furniture for the 4th of July. But I liked them, and left them on ever since.
I also have a big clock, which is sort of Victorian Retro, a Victorian Retro portrait stand and column, a bookcase which is traditional and a few wooden houses (knick-knacks) near a cabin print which is somewhat primitive.
Recently I wanted to get rid of anything that wasn't "me". Not to mention one lamp broke, then another and finally the third. I thought, time to change out the lamps. While I was at it, I wanted to change out the art work too, as they were all sort of contemporary, techno-mod, etc.

But what sort of artwork could I possibly get for my Colorful-Americana-Victorian Retro-Primitive style? (Would you call that Eclectic? hee hee)

I thought about a quilted wall hanging, like one of these...





I did find some fabric I liked. However, it was going to cost me around $40. I really wanted to get more bang for my buck than that (like, practically FREE). Then I saw some metal artwork, like these...


And that last one, I LOVED! But all of the metal artwork I found ranged from $45 - $150!!!

Then I caught a glimpse of my purse, which I really love...
This became my new inspiration. As I stared at it, I decided the patterns reminded me of scrapbook paper. Well, this thought set the hamster wheel of my brain in motion, and off I went...
Canvas board from Roberts with a 50% off coupon: $9.00. A can of El Cheapo black spray paint from "the Walmartz": $.96. Modge Podge from Roberts Crafts: $1.86. A variety of paper to make "quilt squares": $.41 (after my $5 punch card was redeemed). And THIS is what I came up with, all for just under $13!!!

**sorry. forgot to turn on my flash for this one**

Oh - and I DID get some awesome rugs and a bench from a cool friend who was gonna get rid of her "old crap". hehehe.


the artwork actually looks really high here. I think it's just the angle and the fact I cropped the ceiling out. There is actually more space from the print to the ceiling than from the print to the love seat. Oh, and I also just changed out my orange flowers for some lime green ones... for St. Paddy's day. :)

I am not sure what style it is, but I know it must be "me". There are vibrant colors... I've been told I have a "vibrant personality" a time or two. And yet there is also a simplicity about it. I love simple living. And the Victorian Retro adds a hint of elegance without being over-the-top ornate. And who doesn't like a touch of elegance every now and again?
At any rate, I {heart} my art project and love the way it looks in the room!
I dunno... what style would you call it?

6 comments:

okeydokeyifine said...

I think you ARE eclectic. And this is definitely nice. I can appreciate art and talent but am not an artist myself. I just know what looks nice. And it does.

BlueCastle said...

I like your art project! Turned out great. And I heart your purple walls too. :)

RhondaLue said...

I would call it "Emmacor" ya know, for EMMA DECOR. Works for me. It's awesome looking! All of it!

Tulsi said...

I never know what I am, either. We've been called Patriotic for a long time, but that doesn't seem like a "style" to me. I LOVE my red chairs and seem to revolve things around them. Patriotic just seems to work with them :)

Charlotte said...

Style is just too hard to define. I like a lot of different styles, but my house reflects none of them exactly. Your art turned out even better than I had imagined it!

The Willeyes said...

I love that picture even more every time I see it. So talented :)