art that I want to make sweet love to

 

gallery-wall-art-wood-deskwhite-couch-black-and-white-gallery-wall

A good piece of original artwork is like porn to me.  I’m not particularly into ‘porn’, but I would imagine that it makes you really excited to decorate. I get most of mine (art, not porn) at flea markets/antique stores and reframe them. Before the holidays I took three pieces of flea market art to get professionally framed. I knew it would be expensive, but I thought to myself, ‘I’ve worked hard this year, and art you love is always a good investment’.  I spent an hour and a half with they guy and I couldn’t get the price under $400 for one of the pieces, let alone getting all three done.  Now, let’s be clear, I’m super rich.  I have sooo much money.  A lot. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars in the bank. But, this isn’t a priority right now, and that $400 frame was my least favorite frame and my least favorite matte, what I wanted would’ve cost over $1000.  So I walked away, feeling frustrated, embarrassed and defeated.

 

But give up, i did not.  This is what I wanted to frame:

old-vintage-photograph-of-horses

It’s an old photo that was adhered to cardboard, and its pretty big – 24×30.  I don’t know why I like it – i guess the color palette, the composition and I have a thing for horses.  I realized that I have 2 ceramic horse sculptures, 1 wooden horse sculpture and 1 brass horse lamp in my small apartment.  weird, i know.

 

Anyway, I wanted it in a modern metal frame, black or brass, with a linen matte.  I found the frame yesterday at my local thrift store for $40, which I thought was actually still a lot for a thrift store.  I’m going to find the matte today and i’ll show the finished product when i’m done with it.

botanical-poppy-printbotanical-poppy-print

I also found a bunch of beautiful botanicals for my shoot last week at the flea market and snuck away with a couple of them (although the art director took most of them, which is a good sign, by the way).  I can’t stop staring at the one on the left.  I want to make love to it, i love it so much.  Botanicals are super cheap forms of nearly-original art.  If you have too  many of them, or the wrong ones, they can look super granny, but if you mix one in to art collections like above and below, they can look beautiful and modern.  I love these two for how graphic they are.  Often they are hand drawn or painted, and almost every flea market has a dealer.    Back in the day before we had cameras, the only way they had to identify flower, plants, insects, animals was for artists to draw them and label them.  These two were 10$ each and they are about 8×10.

gallery-wall

The top two photos are from Slumber Design, not sure where this one is from. I love them all.

 

  1. SAJ

    It kills me how expensive framing can be. But you are so right. The end result is worth it. I'm drooling over that second picture at the top. It's the black and white that's pulling me in.

  2. Ohh, I love art too!! It's such an appealing idea to be able to display such gorgeous artwork in your own home…like living in an art museum! :)
    i really love the idea of a wall of artwork…imagine the stories you can tell! :)

  3. Your writing style is engaging! It keeps me coming back…that, and the fabulous stuff you write about.

  4. Ohhh you've done so much in just one month of blogging, it's great! I love all of your posts, they are inspiring and beautiful. Flea markets are soo awesome when you find an old gem for cheap!

  5. Beautiful vintage horse pic and I would have walked from $400 too. You've already found a frame for a mere 10%! Bravo. Can't wait to see it finished.

  6. lv

    we provide you the best and most fashionable products. All the products are 100% high quality, competitive price, free shipping with best and timely service, 100% satisfaction. Big discount for big order. Welcome to make your choose.Enjoy your shopping!

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    discount handbags
    lv
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    discount handbags
    lv
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    discount handbags
    lv
    discount handbags
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    discount handbags
    lv
    discount handbags
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    lv
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    lv
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    lv
    ="louis vuitton bags" rel="nofollow">louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    lv
    louis vuitton bags

    louis vuitton
    lv
    louis vuitton wallets
    louis vuitton purses
    louis vuitton sunglasses
    louis vuitton shoes
    louis vuitton bags
    louis vuitton handbags
    lv
    louis vuitton bags

    gucci
    gucci handbags
    gucci bags
    gucci wallet
    gucci shoes>
    gucci sunglasses
    gucci men
    gucci women
    gucci cheap
    gucci discount
    gucci outlet

    mbt
    mbts
    mbt shoes
    chesp mbt shoes
    walking shoes
    discount shoes
    comfort shoes
    discount mbt shoes

    christian louboutin
    louboutin
    christian louboutin shoes
    louboutin shoes
    bridal shoes
    sexy shoes
    high heels shoes

    ugg discount boots
    cheap ugg boots
    ugg boots cheap
    discount uggs boots
    ugg cardy boots
    discount uggs
    discounted ugg boots
    cheap uggs boots
    uggs for cheap
    ugg
    ugg boots
    ugg shoes
    ugg tall boots
    ugg short boots
    ugg boots sale
    ugg boots on sale
    ugg boots on cheap
    ugg discount
    uggs
    discount uggs
    ugg sale
    ugg kids
    ugg women
    cheap ugg

  7. Edith

    Bringing the art and a thrift-store frame into my framer is the most economical way I've found to get at least some of seemingly endless fabulous art finds up on my walls and looking fabulous. Anytime I'm at a thrift store and find a good frame (the more hideous the art inside it, the better), I pick it up. I don't have a mat cutter at home and I know that I would manage to get some bits of lint or cat fur inside the frame if I tried to do it myself– but I buy the mat from the framer and have them put it all together. I can usually manage to have a great piece framed for $30 to $60 that way. Art is cheap. Frames are expensive.