Sunday, October 16, 2011

Life Imitating Art

I'm sure we have all heard the expression "Art imitating life", well since I am on a budget and looking for creative ways to enhance the space I have, I thought to look first at pictures I have either taken myself or professional shots that could be used as decor. 

As you all know, I am working on transforming my formal living and dining room with touches of this and that, so one of the areas I like least right now is the formal space because of the blank walls - partly because I have a ton of ideas and not enough cash flow to do everything all at once that I want to do, also because I keep wondering if I am on the right track, and since I am putting things here and there, the only way to tell is to give my ideas a shot.

This is the front window in the formal living room with the settee I purchased last month

Enter the first of two "art" pieces I thought would work well in the space, pictures of bouquets... both mine, both from two separate days, my wedding day on November 7, 2009 and my one year anniversary pictures taken at Little Corona del Mar, CA on October 4, 2010. I thought two pictures of simplicity would be a great thing to add to the walls. 

I went in Target and had the two pictures printed in black and white, as my bouquets were pink roses for the beach and both pink and ivory roses and orchids on my wedding day. I worried about the colors not blending well with the already determined shades of beige, cream, purple, green and gold.  While I was able to print the pictures, I didn't have any luck on the frames, they were out of my price range honestly and I left Target a little discouraged.

A quick trip to to Walmart changed all that... I found frames for 5.00 each that would do the trick with a simple coat of paint. 
 Here are the frames before 

Here are the frames painted my go to color for the house ~ Polished Pearl

What do you think?


Our Delightful Home said...

I love your pictures, great job with the frames (Target can get really pricey).A pop of color could look really nice on that wall.

~Mrs. Delightful

Shades of Summer said...

Mrs. Delightful -, Thank you. I actually have a memorial art work piece that is going on the wall (as soon as I can find the perfect frame) with burgundy in it. I am working on the panels for the windows and hopefully that will help the color scheme. I am going to play around with it as much as possible.

Mrs. Chic said...

They turned out nice! I love that color paint its very pretty.

Wedding pics of flowers etc make the best artwork!! :) Very pretty bouquets!

Shades of Summer said...

Mrs. Chic ~ I agree, the flowers in all of my wedding day and anniversary pictures really add something special to the pictures. I made the bouquet for the beach, but I was unable to save it because it was in salt water for so long that morning. I did however preserve my wedding day bouquet, it's beautiful.