Swan Prints

Our bedroom is starting to come together. I guess really all I have left is to figure out a headboard (that's why we have an extra row of pillows stacked on our bed - something soft to rest our backs on for the time being!) and maybe a little art project for the long wall to the right here. There's also a chair on the other side of the room that could probably use new upholstery. But for now we're enjoying our recently purchased bedside chests, lamps and rug (on super-sale!). The DIY roman shades are working beautifully (still enamored with the tumbling block tape trim!) and the art has been hung. I'm happy with both the vintage oil painting on the window side of the bed and the swan print on the right side:
   
Remember this post? I ended up buying the swan print thinking it was going to make it up in the gallery wall in our living room, but somehow it fit our bedroom vibe better. It's a little funny how much I love swan photography because I'm actually not the hugest fan of birds in real life (I swear the pigeons can sense my distain and they seek me out). But swans! Aren't they just hauntingly beautiful? And I think they photograph so well, sort of in the same way horses do.

I layered the swan print with a small abstract pastel (that looks so blah here in these photos - promise it's a great little piece in person). I bought it at the flea market a couple years ago and completely forgot about it. When I was looking in the basement for a frame for the swan, it resurfaced, and I think the two pieces were meant to be paired. I like how they work together in the space since I wanted a contained amount of color in here (this green Brunschwig wallpaper and bright blue door are in the hall just outside our room).


Here are a few other swan prints that I'm loving, in case you're in the market yourself:

Patrick Cline used to sell these polaroid prints in an etsy shop, but the shop was taken down recently. (Might be worth reaching out to him to see if he has any of the limited edition prints left?)


If Patrick doesn't, this print is sort of cool, too (and is super affordable).




This $10 print is simple and juvenile in the best way possible.

How was your weekend? It felt a little like spring yesterday here in New York. Everyone was out walking their dogs and playing with their kids, and smiling and brunching and buying flowers. The general enthusiasm on the street was pretty contagious and it made me suddenly remember how much we really do like living here. (side eye over to you, Winter.)

32 comments:

Grace G. McNicholas said...

Swans are perfect for the bedroom, in asian pottery they are symbolic for marriage and good luck!

Molly said...

so beautiful! reminds me of the town of lucerne, switzerland where dozens of white swans swim around the lake.

Molly {Dreams in HD}
http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

Alli said...

I'm on a swan kick now too, thanks to this image. I love it so much. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/a-man-feeding-swans-in-the-snow/

Janna McCalley said...

I would love a swan print. We grew up close to a town we loved to visit because of the river and swans that swam there. Lots of summers spent feeding them too-it brought back memories seeing your pretty print!

rsgiunta2 said...

Loving the swan prints! The one in your bedroom is gorgeous...and beautifully framed. Well done!

-Susan
simplymodernhome.com

monika said...

I know it's hard to tell true color from a monitor, but I love what looks to be gray on your bedroom walls. Very serene! and the black and white photograohy playsoff the gray shade beautufully.

K-Krew said...

Love the color on your bedroom walls. Do you mind sharing what it is? Thanks!

K-Krew said...

Love the color on your bedroom walls. Do you mind sharing what it is? Thanks!

Mandy said...

Where did you get the frame? Did you paint it yourself? I love the swan print.

Jenny at LGN said...

Alli - I am OBSESSED with that image you shared!! Thanks for the link! wow.

Jenny at LGN said...

Monika and K Krew - the walls are Ben Moore Anchor Gray. It's a charcoal gray with blue undertones, similar but a little darker than the Farrow and Ball Down Pipe I have on my kitchen cabs. It's a new favorite color - one of those great ones that changes a lot in the different light over the course of the day.

Jenny at LGN said...

Hey Mandy! I bought the frame at Blicks art supply randomly! I think it was like $25 or something? I didn't paint the frame - it was that sort of yellowing/gold wood tone when I bought it. Sort of an interesting color, huh? I kind of liked it against the wall color.

Brandy said...

Just curious, given the lovely colors of your room, have you considered a black swan art print? It might make a lovely statement piece.

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

I was going to say they are beautiful, which they definitely are. But then I read Grace's comment...symbol for marriage and good luck...every bedroom should have swans! :)

Carolyn said...

Do you like that rug? Would you recommend it for a living room? Is the different height of the jute lines noticeable when you walk on it? Your bedroom looks beautiful.

jarymane said...

Hey lady! Bedroom is looking gorgeous. Could you give us a review of that rug? Would it work for a dining room?

Melissa said...

I love your bedroom, and I really love the swan photo.

Have you seen the Todd Murphy swan painting? It's one of the most striking paintings I've ever seen, and it reminds me of the photo you framed. Here's a link to Jackson Art gallery in Atlanta where you can see an image.

http://www.jacksonfineart.com/Todd-Murphy-4900.html

Love your blog!

Rebecca said...

love this room--beautiful. Side not--the pinterest bookmarklet doesn't work on your site anymore. :(

OctoNoctua said...

Swans may be beautiful, but they are some of the biggest jerks in the avian kingdom. I have been chased by more swans than is reasonable for a single person.

OctoNoctua said...

Swans may be beautiful, but they are some of the biggest jerks in the avian kingdom. I have been chased by more swans than is reasonable for a single person.

Kate said...

Love this wall color. What color do you paint your ceilings?

Unknown said...

Jenny,
I'd be thrilled if you could tell me where you got that great little white clock on the bedside table. It's just what I've been wanting for my own bedroom for ages!

Thanks so much!

Ryan said...

I have a swan photo taken at a nearby wildlife refuge that i purchased at the goodwill. It has a yellow frame and a green mat that make it horribly dated, but seeing your yellow frame, it may just need a new mat.

I like the idea of hanging it next to the bed, I might try that after I finish wallpapering the room.

Jenny at LGN said...

Carolyn and Jarymane: The rug is great! A steal for the price. It's about an inch thick, so it's a bit of a step up to walk up on to it, but the weave is flush on the surface.

I think it would look great in a LR or DR.

xo

Jenny at LGN said...

Rebecca - So sorry about the technical difficulties! There are lots of issues happening right now. Luckily though, the litigation for my site URL is almost done and the switch over to the new site is almost here.
xo

Jenny at LGN said...

Kate - all our ceilings are White Dove. The ceilings in this room are really low and the room doesn't always get the best light. I worried about painting it all the same charcoal color (too cave-like). But if I had the time, I totally would have painted it a lighter gray. I'm probably going to put crown moulding in here too, so maybe I'll paint the ceiling then? I usually like to do a lighter version of the same color.

xo

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Unknown,

I think I bought the alarm clock at IKEA actually? It might have been west elm, but I'm less confident about that. Pretty sure it was IKEA, about $5 and not all that long ago.

xo

Babs K. said...

I have that same little clock from Ikea, and I love it. :-)

James Curtis said...

That swan painting is adorable. I love to have like that in my living room.
Paper Shredder

Amber said...

Gorgeous! jcobalt on Instagram also sells beautiful bird photos on the instacanvas site for very affordable prices -
instacanv(dot)as/jobalt.

I don't know him personally, but I love his work.

Mara Kofoed said...

Your swan print is STUNNING!

Meg of MegBiram.com/blog/ said...

Totally obsessed with these.

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