New Frames and Tiger Chest in the Library

I love coming up with ideas for inexpensive but still good-looking framing options (I included a link list at the bottom of this post), but sometimes it's fun to drop off art at a framers. I happened to noticed a couple of really pretty gold frame moldings at Michaels that were on clearance a few weeks ago.

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I found both of these paintings at local junk and thrift stores in the past year since we moved here and I LOVE them both! The colors and subject matters are so beautiful to me, and they were both pretty inexpensive, so it was worth it to spend some money on pretty frames (I think the smaller one came up to about $45 and the larger was $75).

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I have them hung over my favorite tiger chest (that was a Housing Works find in the city) in our front room/library area.

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I wanted to keep all the colors in the same family here and I love how they all work together with the color of the new curtains too.

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The Sonneman lamp was a recent purchase I got during a work trip at Olde Good Things in New York. The metal sphere is from CB2. The girls pretend it's some sort of gazing/crystal ball situation. It's pretty unbreakable, so I mostly just think it's hilarious when I find it in the playroom at the end of most days. :)

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The leaning abstract was another vintage find. There is some sort of interesting back story about the artist, whose name is simply Harley, but I don't know much about him. Antique Gatherings in Scottsdale has a ton of his work right now though. I'm sure it was an estate purchase.

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I love this little spot in our home. :)

And as promised, here's a list of some cheap framing/matting options:

DIY Frames from Bigger Frames (photos below)
$4 Giant Prints and Mounting on Foam Board
Antique Prints in IKEA Frames
"Gold Leafing" Old Frames with Markers and with Legit Leaf
Adding Hand-Drawn Lines to Existing Matting
Bias Tape Designs on Matting
Colorful Mats

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HAPPY WEEKEND!!! Woot!

13 comments:

KSGirl said...

AH! When did you get the vintage daybed back from the upholsterers? Is this another "can't show b/c Domino?" That corner looks glorious - can't wait until we get to see it all :)

Shannon said...

I used your DIY frame from a bigger frame tutorial earlier this year for a print I got from Barcelona. Worked like a charm (and even impressed my husband a bit).

Jess Ehlers said...

I LOVE that city picture. I am obsessed with cityscapes but we also live downtown with a great city view - so trying to figure out how to incorporate without it looking lame! It looks great in that frame.

Unknown said...

Have you thought of accessorizing with larger scale items to keep in better balance with the size of the room?

monika said...

I spy daybed... nice!

Julie Reinwald said...

What a gorgeous room. That chest is amazing! And your new art looks great above it.

Adriana Lopez said...

Glad to see someone else finds as much artwork as I do at those dusty places :) Your finds are so fun LOVE them!

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Kelly said...

I think the girls are right about the chrome ball - I can see the future, of blog posts at least. I see library shelves in Little Green Notebook's posting future ;) Can't wait to see!

Bec said...

I love your style so much. You're a major inspiration!

Kelly said...

With all the large scale elements in this room - the curtains and library shelves, etc. this smaller scale vingette adds a welcome element of intimacy to the space. Well done and unique as usual Jenny!

Nora said...

Is that a CB2 acrylic coffee table?? It looks higher than the one they manufacture. Would LOVE to know the source!!

Knicker Elastic Fantastic said...

What an eclectic but fun art collection you have amassed! Lovely work! :)

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