Two's a Collection

I found this vintage gouache painting a year or two ago at an antique store called Granny's Attic in New Jersey (the same trip I picked up those bergeres that I did an upholstery series on).



I wanted to hang it in or around the girls room, but it just always felt lonely or something (can art look lonely??), so it stayed tucked up on a shelf for a while. Until I found another vintage gouache at the flea market. This one is by a different artist, and obviously the subject matter is completely different (fish!), but I LOVE how they work together. Harmony in the busy-ness of the patterns.



They are living in the hallway right in front of the girls' bathroom/bedroom. I think it's fun for the art to get a little more child-like in the common areas where the kids spend a lot of time.


Evie calls the fish painting her "Quardium" (aquarium). Sad and cute :)

   
Thanks again for your vote in the Homies!

23 comments:

My Interior Life said...

This fun, whimsical art looks great together in the girls' hallway. And the "quardium" is precious - my daughter actually has african dwarf frogs but no real fish/aquarium either. Off to vote!

Proper Hunt said...

I think some art can look lonely! But those two painting together look great! And I love the idea of having more kid-friendly type artwork in the common areas. Thanks for sharing!

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

I love that your home is filled with so much color, art and pattern! What an inspiring place for your children to grow up in.

Fine and Dandy said...

That little dog wood figure/model is adorable too! Very fun!

Carrie Turner said...

I love it! My dad is always saying 'two's a pair, three's a collection', so I avoid three's like the plague! Lol. Love the whimsy of the art!

Lauren said...

Love it, Jenny! And please show us more of the girls' room! I love every little peek we get of it!

Anna Louisa said...

What is the wreath-like piece in the last picture? A mirror maybe? I'd love a close-up or source! :)

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pve design said...

My son used to say diccifult for difficult and I still smile about that. Now he is in college and I love asking him how things are and if he is finding it diccifult or ez~
Part of being a Mom is loving our kids and all the collections of words and creations~
pve

Emily said...

I love how colorful your house is. I shy away from bright colors and tend to lean towards more pastel or neutral colors, so seeing the beautiful pictures of your house always make me smile!

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

Those are neat pieces! Our 3 yr old Ruby says "Quarium." They are so funny/cute.

Isil said...

Where is that black chest from? I love it!

Laurie Jones said...

What kids call things always make me smile my daughter called catsup, chechchup and a bikini her kapini! The hall area leading to your girls room is colorful yet sophisticated, absolutely beautiful! Random question have you ever done a post on your photography? It's always great!

Bec said...

We're just renting now (in a non-pet place), but I'm not really the pet-owner type... so maybe I should find that "Quarium" so my kids can have one too! :)

Tangentially, I LOVE your blog. Immensely. It has inspired me to get off my duff and get SO many projects done (and my house and creative pride thank you)! You have spectacular taste, and I love that you don't spend a fortune decorating. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you.

Jaclyn Mason said...

Although I love seeing the impressive DIY projects you work on, I really enjoy the little things you've been posting lately, like the ribbon-trim lampshade and this art pairing. It's all about how the small things you do can make a big impact on a room.

My Crafty Home Life said...

I have been to GA many times. Love Morrie!

Em said...

I'm over-the-moon happy to see what looks like a framed piece of child's art propped up on that chest in one photo. Brilliant style-wise and parenting-wise. What blessed children you have. I'm sure you feel perfectly human, but you have such a lot figured out that so many less-fulfilled people do not. Thanks for the virtue of your priorities.

Jenny at LGN said...

Anna Louisa - That's a tole mirror! I LOVE it!! I picked it up at a vintage furniture store in Arizona that was closing down. $20! One of my favorite finds. I have a post coming up where you'll be able to see the mirror a little closer, but I also had a post a couple months ago about the mushroom lamp, where you can see the mirror.
xoxo

Jenny at LGN said...

Isil - It's a reproduction Dorothy Draper Espana chest. I got it for free in Delaware at Dixon's furniture auction! Total score. :) You can see some better shots of it in our last bedroom (in the loft). There's a post about our coral velvet headboard that shows the full chest better. xo

Jenny at LGN said...

Laurie Jones -

So, so sweet of you to say about my photography. I think I am completely horrible at it, so I really appreciate the vote of confidence! I use an old-as-dirt DSLR Nikon D70 and I just mess around with the settings until the color and the light look close enough. I've learned a bit of photoshop on my own too and I use that sometimes to play with the levels and the color balance.

Nicole Hill Gerulat has some amazing online photography classes that I totally recommend. And Young House Love recently did a post on Photoshop tweaking that shared a lot of the same moves I use.

Thanks again!
xx

Jenny at LGN said...

Em and Bec, thank you both especially for the super-kind comments. You've made my day!
xo

Mina said...

Love them! : ) Glad you got ahead on the Homies awards! Hope you win it! : )

Darren Lois said...

I love your painting, and I love the way you found accompanying items to make sure "it has company". Its great work. You really do have an eye for detail

Becca - Rebecca Atwood Designs said...

I love these - especially the fish one! Great finds.

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