I snapped a few pictures of some of our art and family photo arrangements for my friend, Julie, and thought I’d post them as well. (Julie’s daughter Kayla painted I think six in our little collection.) I love art and was inspired to start collecting a few years ago when I saw a magazine article about “daily paintings” or “a painting-a-day”. These are small, very affordable, works of art. I started searching the internet and found my first piece – oreo cookies and milk by Craig Stephens. Then I purchased a number of Kayla’s paintings, added two more from our school trip to Paris, and then purchased a couple more in Nova Scotia this fall.
In our living room we arranged some favourite pieces There are three Paris paintings – the top and bottom ones are from Paris and the middle one by Kayla Plosz. The abstract is by Kayla as well. The baby photo is of me eating a Jersey Milk in my high chair (I think my dad might have been responsible for that). The large canvas photo is my husband and his mom (nice baby seat – and where are the helmets??). The milk and cookies I’ve discussed. The numbers 206 are our new house numbers, which I decided were too small for the outside…And the penny rug I made from wool several years ago. It had glass up until about a month ago – it fell off the wall when cupboards were being installed in the laundry room behind it. I decided I kind of liked it without the glass – more textural.
The next arrangement I did in our master bedroom – all family photos. There will be more photos to add over time, of course. And there are some photos that I have just reordered from the photographer as they weren’t framed with glass and a few years back my daughter, Martha, sprayed them with Windex (trying to be a good little cleaner) which ruined them, of course. (I always frame photos with glass now!) This is the first thing I see when I wake up each morning – and I love it!
This is one arrangement in my son’s room. There are two inexpensive canvases with a New York theme, fun recycled metal letters from Urban Outfitters, and another piece from Kayla of the Statue of Liberty.
The last grouping we just did a few days ago in the room shared by Meredith and Shea, when they are home. The three bicycle watercolours are by Kayla and the other two pieces were purchased this fall in Nova Scotia. The metal @ symbol was a gift to my husband for a speaking engagement; it comes from Restoration Hardware.
Meredith and I and my sister-in-law Brenda are joining in on another school tour of Paris and Barcelona at Easter and I hope to find some more art there to add to our collection!
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