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a little bit art. a little bit me.

A little bit art.  A little bit me.

Home Sweet-ish Home

Jennifer Calkins

So there are a bazillion bare walls in our home.  I'd like to think our house is pretty cozy and homey but it needs some TLC.  Both minor and major (but let's not talk about the major because I don't want an anxiety attack right now, thank you very much!)  Last May we tore out the carpet and refinished the hardwood floors underneath in our living room.  We also updated all the baseboards and trim.  It's so fantastically awesome!

I've been hesitant on decorating our living room because I have such a specific vision in my head that, honestly, I am worried won't look right.  So many decisions...and I am not good at making decisions.  This is why I leaned towards drafting and space planning rather than "decorating" with my Interior Design Degree.  It's a struggle for me.  For realz! 

Look at these walls...blah-bity blah blah!  And a bit awkward.  But I have a plan.

Lovely sketches, aren't they?!  I was going to apologize for or edit out that basket of laundry on our couch.  At any given time there is at least one if not a stack of more than one basket(s) of laundry on that love seat.  I'm sure there's a permanent indentation from them on the cushions.  I am not apologizing because I've come to terms with the fact that I'm not superwoman and you should too.  :)


I've been slowly gathering artwork from local artists (some of which I've showcased here on the blog!) for our walls and the pile keeps growing!  I've also frequented the local consignment store for picture frames, most of which I planned to paint.  This would equal a cheap, easy way to frame all that stuff, right?  Yeah.  Except I just don't feel like painting that many frames.  This hit me like a not so nice knock on the head this past weekend.  I mean, I've had most of the frames for like a year.  A YEAR?!  Ugh...  So I checked our budget envelopes, grabbed the "house stuff" one and went frame shopping.  50% off and 7 frames later we're in business to get a good chunk of the artwork for the living room finished.  I am so excited!

While I framed some of the pieces I bought, I also bought a "coloring book" at the last artist market I was selling at.  I picked up this lovely from MJ Mittner Designs.

She had a few that were finished in water color for sale at the market but I ended up choosing to pick up the coloring book and doing some water color myself.  I did the water color work this week...

Pretty nifty, aye?  I love them, they are so beautiful and I LOVE supporting local artists.

As for the rest of the artwork for the walls?  I also picked up a wood "C" (for our last name) and wrapped it in twine, I plan to frame some of my son's artwork, and will print a few pictures for a multi-picture frame.  I also spray painted a set of wall shelf thing-a-ma-bobs (nesting shelves?  I have no idea what to call these).  I'll probably put some of my pottery on them.  Last year I picked up a set of 5 IKEA frames for $5 at a garage sale.  I painted and hung the same ones in my son's room before he was born.  They are a simple addition to any wall so I'll use those somewhere.

Above the TV I want to add a shelf with some tall vases and a painting.  Or maybe the mirrors I paint will go there?  Then to the left of the TV I plan on painting two canvases.  We took a history boat tour on the Buffalo River last year and took some pretty cool pictures of the old grain elevators; I'll share the pictures and paintings when I am done with them, that way if they don't turn out, I won't feel like a complete ass for saying "hey I'm painting these" then "oh wait, just kidding!"

And last, on each side of the fireplace I am going to do some pallet art.  The pallets have been outside all winter but are in good shape; they are waiting patiently in our garage to be taken apart, sanded, stained and painted.  I'm going to do an outline of the USA on one and an outline of New York on the other.  Yay!

So I have a plan in motion and it's getting there.  Just have a few more items to make.  I can't wait to share the "after" photos!

Happy middle-of-the-week day!