New Art in the Living Room

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Over the weekend I hung up some more art in the living room. I had left the wall shared with the kitchen pretty uncovered up until now because there's a gallery wall in the room already and I didn't want to overpower the space. But mostly the lady portrait painting and an abstract photographic print I had hung up for a few months just felt lonely and too sparse to me. Here's the  before shot:

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I had a meeting with Bloglovin' on Friday morning at Cafeteria, which is right by my favorite Housing Works location. So if course I had to pop in just to see what they had, and there was a treasure trove that day! Thrift stores in NYC are usually not so fruitful and they are really ridiculously expensive, but some times you can luck out. One of the things I brought home was this exhibition print. I fell in love with the shade of green from across the store and was so glad to see the print was only $15.

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I had been wanting to add something in this tone to the walls to pick up on the color of the green sofa, so this was a happy find. I hung it up almost all the way up to the moulding and put back up the lady and the photo print right below the new print. 

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I also hung a piece of art I bought a couple years ago at the flea. I talked more about it here, but a lot of times you can find vendors who have purchased a deceased artist's entire estate. It's a good time to buy up a few pieces of an artist you like for almost nothing. I bought a lot from this artist's estate. This one was a rice paper and ink drawing called "If Not Sound, Then, Music is Feeling."

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Right next to Michael's guitars felt like a good place to hang it.

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I like how the four pieces play off each other. And I'm happy with how the kitchen pass-through is less of a focus on that wall now.

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We're getting there! Slowly but surely the bargains are finding their way to me :)

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31 comments:

Elise Keithley said...

LOVE IT! The striped settee is amazing with a gallery wall.

Love your blog!
-elise.
http://designinglifeandhome.blogspot.com

April Sharman said...

It is so nice that you hang your art in such a thoughtful way, lots of people don't even think about the relationship between the pieces they hang. It looks really good.

Julie said...

Love this! As usual, very creative and brilliant at mixing pieces that you normally would not think of. You are good!

Kimber said...

So chic! Love it.

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Kristin Cadwallader said...

I love the portrait! That wall is looking so ecclectic and great! xo Kristin

Sadie + Stella said...

Love the squiggle art! Looks like the perfect amount of black for the space.

theanatomyofdesign.com said...

I love it! And, I love seeing a picture of your house at this angle.

Kathy {Pearls in Paradise} said...

I love a collected look that evolves over time. The new pieces look really great on that wall!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Love what you have done here!
Happy Monday.
Teresa
xoxo

Jaime said...

I love the new Art! I'm a runner so I have been looking for fun non-litteral "running" art. Thanks for the inspiration…as always. Im so super close to my gallery wall being done.
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Beth Pearlman said...

Your place looks great! I am so happy you found some great bargains. Art is tough, seems like everything I find and love is so out of my price range. I have had some luck on etsy.com. I am so glad to know you found a great piece that was a steal. I like seeing before and after shots, the new pieces really work. BTW, I love the guitars hanging up!
Beth
http://www.chicandglamorous.com

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Patience is so hard when you want to fill a space, but it pays off. Great find!

Anne said...

I love the mix of your new art! Looks great! Random question: when you reupholstered your sofa, what route did you go for the material for the cushions? did you keep the old foam? use new foam? down/feathers? thanks!

Rachael said...

I love that you showed how to work with a kitchen pass-through because we have one in the house we're renting and it kind of kills me. Yours looks awesome and camouflaged with your art.

jtc said...

I think hanging art high and well placed always "opens up" a space and makes it feel so much larger. Your home is beautiful and I love that your girls are growing up surrounded by such interesting art.

Hannah said...

I love that portrait!

simplymodernhome.com said...

Love the way you've hung these! And what a fun, eclectic mix of pieces. Looks great!
Susan
simplymodernhome.com

Maggie Rose said...

Love seeing how this room especially has come together. It feels so homey and welcoming - much more than the loft (which was beautiful but felt like you were struggling to figure out how to "make it work" much more than this space, which feels very natural). Maybe in a way slightly smaller spaces just make more sense when furnishing and decorating!

arrayofcraze said...

you have sun a beautiful/eclectic space! the art looks wonderful X, Allison

Sarah said...

I want to live here. I also hung art this weekend but I feel like mine always looks too contrived when I group it together. You are a master.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

An amazing, collected space!

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TheDoubleDubs on Etsy said...

Looks great! Love the music inspired piece hanging next to the guitar. I agree that the wall needed a few more pieces, it seemed bare.

syndir_guss (live) said...

Just a thought from someone with no credit whatsoever-I almost want to frame out the kitchen pass through...

LeeLee said...

This is so great and creative. I love it. Also, your living room decor is fab!

Jennifer Hibberd Mundy said...

I love the whole space. It must be so nice to come home to your house, what a happy looking place.

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.ca

Nancy said...

I love your eclectic mix of art and your entire living room my dear! Brilliant.
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Carrie Turner said...

Hey Jenny,
So pretty, as usual!! I'm wondering if you have any plans for the kitchen pass through? If anyone could come up with an original & cool solution for a big awkward hole in a wall, I KNOW you could!!! I'd love to see what you'd come up with..
xo

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE it! I think it makes a wonderful collection and the striped settee is even more prominent.

Love all the bookcases!

Pat

ashley cooper said...

I love this space!

-Ashley Cooper @ design-parlor.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Housing Works can be so great. I work at 23rd and 5th and for some reason I always forget to go hit up all the thrifts further east on 23rd or Chelsea. And I'm in desperate need of art for my walls!

Lindsay said...

Wow, I adore your living room! It looks so collected and eclectic. I really need to take some advice from you. We're currently renovating and redoing our house and I am dreaming day and night about decorating it, but am very impatient. I know, as you said, that it'll be better if I let it develop over time and find just the right things when they come to me, but for some reason, that's not helping my impatient side. That's why I love thrifting, though. It may take some time, but you will find amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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