As many of you know, we moved to a new home last May (can’t believe it’s been almost a year!). And it’s a very different home than our last, particularly the first floor:
Higher ceilings mean awkward spots above windows that need “a little something”.
Many – MANY – windows mean less wall space for our larger pieces of art (though we were able to find places for most of our favorites).
And you know those awkward corners that can be a challenge to fill? Well we had those in our old house too, but the “fillers” we used there did not work here (and are currently in the basement).
So we needed some finishing touches and I’d love to share these finds with you, as they are FABULOUS.
I’ve been wanting a piece by my pal Melanie Biehle pretty much since I met her. And this new house was my time. The space just beyond our entry vestibule had a blank wall that was crying out for something special, and I couldn’t love this canvas more.
What’s really cool about it is that the art is printed on stretched canvas – so it has the look of a painting at a fraction of the cost. It came ready to hang and makes me smile every time I pass it – which is multiple times a day. This spot still needs some work but Melanie’s art is a lovely start; take a look at the work of this talented lady, available for purchase on Saatchi Art, Minted and Society 6.
Speaking of talented ladies…….
Longtime readers might remember a book review I did for another friend (I seriously know so many amazing women). Marcie Cuff has an Etsy shop FILLED with the most charming pen and ink drawings. I’m in love with them all and was so happy to find 2 different leaf prints – a tulip poplar and a silver maple – to hang under our living room sconces:
Each signed print is made from an original pen-and-ink illustration and is printed with archival ink on 100% cotton fine art fiber paper.
I dare you to look at Marcie’s shop and NOT fill your cart.
I’ve been a big fan of Avian and John since discovering them at Brooklyn Flea a few years ago. I’ve been slowly amassing a lovely collection of photo props from them, but have been hankering for some of their accent pieces – they are affordable, unique and so, so smashing.
We had an empty space above our kitchen sink that was in need of something fun – and these rustic metal stars were simply perfect.
Take a peek at their Instagram feed – you’re going to want EVERYTHING.
Finally – can we talk artificial plants for a minute?
I know – I was as surprised as you are. It started about a year ago, during one of our many trips to Ikea. I’ve walked through the garden section dozens of times, but this time I stopped and took a closer look at some of the artificial plants they had. I was impressed with how realistic they looked but the landscape designer (and, TBH, snob) in me said “no” (despite my plant-murdering history).
And then – like magic – I started coming across articles on some of the high-end design blogs I follow, extolling the virtues of fake plants. And then – like magic – I started seeing them for sale in some of the high-end home furnishings catalogues I receive.
Maybe NOT “no”?
And THEN – like magic – the nice people at Plantscape asked if I’d like to review a product of my choice from their extensive collection. And a certain corner of my new living room said “yes”. Plantscape Inc. is a leading national interior landscape firm with over 40 years of experience in offering specialty services in landscape planning and design, landscape architecture, trees installation, plant service and maintenance programs, and commercial décor.
Guys, I LOVE my artificial plant. I don’t know what else would have filled that spot so perfectly, and the fact that it needs zero watering, has no soil to spill onto the floor, and will NEVER DIE brings me much joy. It came ready to go and the only thing I added was a slightly larger container, to fill the space a bit more (I topped the basket with some moss to finish).
What are your biggest challenges when decorating a space? Paint color? Lighting? The large scale pieces, or the “accents”? What are some of your favorite sources?
Note: I was not compensated for this post. Plantscape Inc., sent me a plant of my choosing in exchange for a review; all comments and opinions are – as always – completely my own.