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A Frame.

I would say our most valued home furnishings are works of original art.  Husband would probably say that he values the couch and bed most, but he would really mean the artwork is most important to him.  As a house warming gift my mom, the talented artist, gave us two of her amazing watercolor paintings.  A fantastic focal point for the upstairs!  We were also fortunate enough to be gifted, from our brother-in-law Chris, four original Shepard Fairey silkscreens of characters from The Godfather movies.  They’re the inspiration for our office decor!

It should be no surprise how important framing is to maintaining the integrity of artwork.  I made the mistake of taking a series of original drawings to a certain “big box” frame store recently.  Although the drawings look very nice, the framing just looks blah.  It does nothing to highlight the feel or detail of the drawings.  I’m never spending so much money on mediocre framing again!

Fortunately, a few years ago my mom was introduced to a framer in San Luis Obispo named Gail Johnson of Johnson Framing Studio.  Gail is an artist herself so she fully understands how framing should underscore artwork, not just encase it.  When we received the pieces from Mom and Chris, I knew I couldn’t do them a disservice by taking them to a “big box” framer.  Gail to the rescue!  All of the framing she’s done for my mom is flawless and beautifully chosen.  She was the only one I trusted to frame these pieces. And get this, she actually did historical research before she picked frames for our Godfather prints!  The results truly blew us away.

Here is the thoroughly impressive artwork and the equally impressive framing:

Now that we have The Godfather prints framed (the first step in our office transformation), we are tackling the rest of the room.  Stay tuned for our progress…

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Decorating for Christmas (Day 1)

‘Tis the season…already?! But it’s 80 degrees outside! Not that I’m complaining.

Last year I made a very feeble attempt at decorating for Christmas. When I say feeble, I mean pathetic. I’m not sure I even wrapped a present. But this year, well, this year is different. Weekend Decorator must decorate for Christmas!

Husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about Christmas trees. I like them freshly cut (purely nostalgic), he likes them artificial (purely economical). Well, so, no Christmas tree this year. Probably for the best since white trees are all the rage (not nostalgic nor economical). But I still decided to decorate for Christmas anyway…tree or no tree.

Shortly after Halloween I started brainstorming about all sorts of wild decorations for our front porch. At one point I’d convinced myself that I wanted to build a wall of white poinsettias parallel to the front door. Fortunately I reeled it in and conceded that a wreath from my nephews hanging on the door would do just fine. Inside the house, however, I’ve embarked on a project that might just take me until Christmas to finish. Upon inspecting my progress, Husband remarked to Cassius, “Mommy is crazy.” Yes, maybe, but I kind of like what’s happening so far.

Remember this?

Now it’s a wall of presents!

How about that faux bois paper?! And who wouldn’t love that gold glitter paper?! All from Paper Source.

More holiday decor to come…once I finish wrapping the rest of those frames!

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Stairway to Haven

Our stairway has been screaming for some excitement since we moved in.  It’s been sitting blank and boring for far too long.  So, here is my weekend staircase project.  It actually took me two weekends to complete…well, a year and two weekends.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to stick with a neutral palette.  I first considered an all black and white scheme, and started collecting and gathering only black and white artwork.  But I decided some warmth would make a stronger connection between upstairs and downstairs.  Using a combination of brown, beige, black and white frames I was able to achieve my goal and still use all the black and white artwork.

Once I had a collection that was large enough, I went to work on some frames.  Years ago I went through a gold gilt frame phase.  Fortunately those days are over.  I spray painted the gold away without remorse.

With the artwork all framed, it was time for wall placement.  In the past I would have just eyeballed everything and started hammering away.  I mean who has the time, right?  Well, since I’m not hanging Gustav Klimt posters in a one bedroom apartment anymore, I decided I should think this through.  So, I dug out a Costco sized roll of wrapping paper and went to work.  By cutting out a piece of paper the size of each frame, it allowed me to arrange and re-arrange “artwork” on the walls without all the random nail holes.

Once I resolved the placement of each piece, the rest was easy.

I’m happy with the results, and see this as a great start to what I expect to be a continually evolving gallery.

We’ll get to those sconces in another post!

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