Saturday, March 28, 2020

VINTAGE PORTRAITS--INSTANT ANCESTORS

Have you noticed rooms with vintage oil portraits as decor?  I've been seeing them in every room of the home.  I call it instant ancestors, and especially like the juxtaposition of them in a modern setting.  Here are some images to inspire you to layer some history, character, and some strangers into your home.

I've had this portrait in my kitchen for a long time.  I've shared it before.




Here are some more of my favorite unfamiliar faces in the kitchen.


TUMBLR

The vintage oil mixes easily with modern decor.  It's the perfect juxtaposition.

SFGIRLBYBAY

These truly are instant ancestors.  They blend perfectly with the modern ghost chair.

JEFFREY HARRIS DESIGN

I love dark walls.

LITTLE BLUE DEER

ZSA ZSA BELLAGIO

An oversized portrait makes a statement and gives this room a European vibe.  The addition of the modern Pantone chairs is the perfect mix and match style.

VKVVISUALS

A vintage oil actually matches the look of the room.

CARLA ASTON DESIGN

I couldn't pass up including this bohemian space.
 I've always loved boho, and the layering over the drapery is absolutely wonderful.

TUMBLR

If you're patient, you can create a portrait gallery wall.

PRIMITIVE MODERNISM

Are you familiar with "altered art".   It's become quite popular.   The artist and designer,  Josh Young, has many creations of this unique design twist on vintage art.    You should really follow the link for a tour of his Chicago home.   You can also follow him and shop on his Instagram account.

THE CURATED INTERIOR
Altered art has been recreated on Etsy with printable downloads.
Follow the link for this art, or simply search altered art on Etsy.

ETSY

Let me know if you'd like to add some instant ancestors to your decor.

I can't publish this post without saying that I hope all my readers stay healthy and safe.
I also want to ask your opinion about design blog posts.   I'm feeling kind of shallow talking about decorating in this uncertain time.  How do you feel?  Is it shallow or a welcome distraction?
I also want to say that these horrible events have made me slow down and appreciate every moment of the day and focus on what's important.

How are you managing?

If you want to see more vintage portraits, visit my Pinterest Page, Portraits.

If you liked this post, you might what to read a related post I've written about Art In The Kitchen.


IMAGE SOURCES:  CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO BE DIRECTED TO ORIGINAL SOURCE.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

STORE FRONT REFLECTIONS

Many years ago--more than I will admit--I had a shop with a large store-front window.  I loved styling that window with my latest finds.  I've never had another location with a window feature, but I've always remembered that store and the way it gave a hint of what was inside and teased passersby to stop in.  I wish I had taken pictures of the many change ups over the years, but that was before blogging and the internet.

Several years ago I visited a friend in New York.  We took a day trip to Hudson, NY.  I loved all the window displays and took many photos with my very old cell phone.  I've shared these photos before, but I've been reflecting about small business owners and missing my friend, so I'm sharing these fabulous displays again.

While I was shooting the artistic store front displays, I was upset by the glare and reflections.  I thought I would be disappointed when I downloaded the images, especially since I forgot my camera and was using my cell phone.   But, the exact opposite occurred.
Not only were the window stylings fabulous, but the reflections of the street, cars and buildings superimposed over the vignettes also made them even more stunning.  See if you agree.


















Not any buildings or streets in this image, just a reflection of three long-time friends--and an owl.



I wanted to give a shout out to all you small business owners and to all my many small business owner friends who, like me, are weathering out this pandemic.