Art Update

At the beginning of the month I shared my new piece of art with you, and I’m sure you recall how I was contemplating the placement of said art.  I know you were very worried about it, and have been waiting on pins and needles (!) but I have figured out where the painting will reside!

Are you ready?

And the winner is…..

(Drumroll….)

Above the fireplace!

Blue & White Living Room / Pursuing Vintage

Once my husband was able to help me hang the art up on the wall (as opposed to just sitting on the mantel) I knew that I loved it there.

Blue Art / Pursuing Vintage

Please forgive the horrible lighting in these photos – I tried to photograph the room on the dreariest day of the year!

Blue and white mantel / Pursuing Vintage

I’m very pleased with the painting, and how it looks with my growing blue & white collection!  (Now to figure out what to do about those sconces… replace, keep, move them further in, or do away with completely?).

Be sure to check in with me next week as I share a project using Velvet Finishes paint… here’s a sneak peek!

Makeover Madness Blog Hop / Velvet Finishes Paint

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Book Review

2016-Kristy Woodson Harvey-Acts of Love5577

I just had to share a quick book review with you!  I received an advance copy of Lies and Other Acts of Love by author Kristy Woodson Harvey, and it was great!  Kristi is a fellow design blogger over at Design Chic, and this is her second novel.  I figured, the girl has great style, so she must be a great writer!

The book is a perfect spring and summer time read.  Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.
Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.
But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

I’m a night-time reader.  I read every night before I fall asleep, and the only problem with this book (I say that jokingly!) is that I couldn’t put it down and was up way too late most nights until I finished the book!  Honestly, it was a great story and well written.  A book I can confidently recommend!

You can order the book on Amazon (it’s on sale for the big release!) or other online retailers.  You can follow Kristy at Design Chic and/or her author website.

(Opinions are my own – I was not compensated for this review other than receiving a copy of the book.)

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Interior Moments: New Art

This is second in the”Interior Moments” series.  A small change and a major decision regarding some new art.  I need help!

First, Baby Boy and I took a trip to Home Depot and overpaid for some really cute tiny plants.  Baby Boy picked out his own tiny plants, and I knew just the planter to put them in.

Coffee Table with Small Plants / Pursuing Vintage

Mommys Little Helper

He put all the dirt in the different pots and helped do the planting.  Such a helper!

We also got rid of the dyeing plant from my bar cart and chose a “supposedly-hard-to-kill” Peace Lily.

Brass & Glass Bar Cart / Pursuing Vintage

Now, for the exciting part.  I purchased a new piece of art this week (a vintage oil on canvas) and I don’t know where to put it!

First, here is the piece of art that I’m replacing.  It’s actually on long-term loan from my sister-in-law, and though I love it, it doesn’t belong to me and should be returned.  I’ve been on the look-out for a replacement, but finding a large, original canvas at an affordable price is tricky.

So happy with the color on my vintage faux bamboo server. Now if I could just figure out how to cover up that annoying vent. Ugh!

Now, here is the new piece.  I just LOVED it when I saw it, and the price was perfect.  But when I brought it home, my older son said it best: “Mom, it doesn’t have any detail”.

Truth be told, that’s why I liked it.  I thought it wouldn’t compete with anything else in the room.

Landscape Painting & Console : Pursuing Vintage

I just am NOT loving it over the console.  First, I hate the stupid thermostat boxes, and the air vent.  If I could move those and center the piece, it might be better.

So, of course, I had to move the painting around my house and see if there was another place I could put it.  (Ignore the nail – I couldn’t get it on the hook by myself!).

Landscape Painting & Mantel : Pursuing Vintage

And then, here’s the last option: in the master bedroom – which is in the “scheming” phase of a major makeover.  Doesn’t everyone have paint chips taped to their walls for indefinite lengths of time?!

Bedroom w: Landscape : Pursuing Vintage

Here’s one last shot of the painting above the mantel.  I was thinking that it would be great because it wouldn’t compete with my favorite Kerry Steele painting that hangs above the campaign chest in the dining room.  But – the more I look at it, the more I think the mirror on the mantel is best.

Living Room with Landscape Painting : Pursuing Vintage

Living Room Mantel : Pursuing Vintage

What do you think?  I’d love your advice!  I’m struggling here!

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