Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Let there be Art!

I have been unhappy with the art situation in our Living Room since right after we moved in. We have two story ceilings, and a honkin huge sectional, so the art piece needed to be quite large, or else it would just look silly.  
I thought we had finally found the solution when I found a painting that my grandfather has had in his basement for as long as I can remember. It was quite large, and I liked the scene, but once I painted the frame, and hung it, I just wan't feeling it for our space.

I considered painting over it "paint-by-numbers" style, like this garage sale makeover we hung above the console table to the right of our fireplace,

 but I wasn't quite ready to do that, so I took it down, and for the past couple of weeks the wall has been blank. I would rather have nothing than something I'm not crazy about.

While Livi was at school Tuesday, I decided I would browse Kohl's and see if anything caught my eye. I couldn't let that $20 in Kohl's cash go to waste!

Well something certainly did catch my eye, I have been looking for large simple black frames with white mats for a long time. I know they are available everywhere, but I just can't justify spending a ridiculous amount of money.  I found these Crestview™ 11" x 14" Montego Matted Frames in black.

They were originally $31.99, but I got them at 60% off, so they ended up being $12.79, they are also offering scratch off coupons, if you use a Kohl's charge, I have never gotten more than 15% with one of these, so that brought it down to $10.88 each, which isn't so shabby.
I went back today when I realized three was no where near enough for that huge space, and got five more, for some reason they were only 55% off today, but at $12.23 I couldn't complain.
I ended up paying just under $95 for 8 frames. Which is a lot for us, but in the big scheme it's a really good deal.

Now, if only I had some idea what in the world I want to put in them, I don't want to end up spending another $80-$100+ on prints, so I had to use my head, and figure out what I was going to do.

I remembered some really great botanical prints I had seen from the Graphics Fairy, so I decided to check her site out, and see if there was anything that would work.

When I showed the prints to Mike he wasn't 100% sure about them, he was a bit nervous that they would look grannyish, so I got to work adding some boldly colored backgrounds, and modernizing them a bit in photoshop. I couldn't find 8 prints that I loved, and went well together, so I chose four, and just did them with two different colored backgrounds. This is what I came up with.


I'm still not sure exactly how I'm going to end up arranging them. I'm pretty sure I will do two rows of four, but as far as the order of the pictures I won't know until I can lay them all out in front of me.

How would you arrange them?


  1. I had something very similar in a group of 3and put them above our sofa...that was a long the ago, and we lost them in our many moves...but I loved the flora prints and they made the room light and happy..
    Good luck!
    I am your newest follower from harrisburg....pls follow back if you can.

    1. So glad you stopped by. I ordered the set of 8 prints through the copy shop, and can't wait to pick them up, and see how they look!

  2. what a great source for prints! Looks like it will fill in your large space perfectly and for an amazing price!

    1. I hope so! You really can't beat $10 for 8 8x10 prints. With the price of the frames it's my design deal of the year!

  3. What a great idea! I would have never thought to change the colors up in photoshop. I think your large grouping is going to be the perfect thing for that area. Don't you love a great bargain? I'm like you, would have to lay it all out and play with the arrangement. I'm doing the same thing myself right now!


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