At the beginning of the month I shared my new piece of art with you, and I’m sure you recall how I was contemplating the placement of said art.  I know you were very worried about it, and have been waiting on pins and needles (!) but I have figured out where the painting will reside!

Are you ready?

And the winner is…..


Above the fireplace!

Blue & White Living Room / Pursuing Vintage

Once my husband was able to help me hang the art up on the wall (as opposed to just sitting on the mantel) I knew that I loved it there.

Blue Art / Pursuing Vintage

Please forgive the horrible lighting in these photos – I tried to photograph the room on the dreariest day of the year!

Blue and white mantel / Pursuing Vintage

I’m very pleased with the painting, and how it looks with my growing blue & white collection!  (Now to figure out what to do about those sconces… replace, keep, move them further in, or do away with completely?).

Be sure to check in with me next week as I share a project using Velvet Finishes paint… here’s a sneak peek!

Makeover Madness Blog Hop / Velvet Finishes Paint

Have a wonderful weekend!

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This is second in the”Interior Moments” series.  A small change and a major decision regarding some new art.  I need help!

First, Baby Boy and I took a trip to Home Depot and overpaid for some really cute tiny plants.  Baby Boy picked out his own tiny plants, and I knew just the planter to put them in.

Coffee Table with Small Plants / Pursuing Vintage

Mommys Little Helper

He put all the dirt in the different pots and helped do the planting.  Such a helper!

We also got rid of the dyeing plant from my bar cart and chose a “supposedly-hard-to-kill” Peace Lily.

Brass & Glass Bar Cart / Pursuing Vintage

Now, for the exciting part.  I purchased a new piece of art this week (a vintage oil on canvas) and I don’t know where to put it!

First, here is the piece of art that I’m replacing.  It’s actually on long-term loan from my sister-in-law, and though I love it, it doesn’t belong to me and should be returned.  I’ve been on the look-out for a replacement, but finding a large, original canvas at an affordable price is tricky.

So happy with the color on my vintage faux bamboo server. Now if I could just figure out how to cover up that annoying vent. Ugh!

Now, here is the new piece.  I just LOVED it when I saw it, and the price was perfect.  But when I brought it home, my older son said it best: “Mom, it doesn’t have any detail”.

Truth be told, that’s why I liked it.  I thought it wouldn’t compete with anything else in the room.

Landscape Painting & Console : Pursuing Vintage

I just am NOT loving it over the console.  First, I hate the stupid thermostat boxes, and the air vent.  If I could move those and center the piece, it might be better.

So, of course, I had to move the painting around my house and see if there was another place I could put it.  (Ignore the nail – I couldn’t get it on the hook by myself!).

Landscape Painting & Mantel : Pursuing Vintage

And then, here’s the last option: in the master bedroom – which is in the “scheming” phase of a major makeover.  Doesn’t everyone have paint chips taped to their walls for indefinite lengths of time?!

Bedroom w: Landscape : Pursuing Vintage

Here’s one last shot of the painting above the mantel.  I was thinking that it would be great because it wouldn’t compete with my favorite Kerry Steele painting that hangs above the campaign chest in the dining room.  But – the more I look at it, the more I think the mirror on the mantel is best.

Living Room with Landscape Painting : Pursuing Vintage

Living Room Mantel : Pursuing Vintage

What do you think?  I’d love your advice!  I’m struggling here!

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I’m always changing my interior decor.  It is always evolving and things are always moving around.  Usually it’s just the little things: accessories, art, pillows.  Sometimes it’s a larger piece of furniture.  When I look back at family photos, I enjoy seeing what my home (and family member’s homes) looked like in that moment in time.  Sometimes I cringe, sometimes not!  But it made me realize that my home is a living, breathing part of the family.  Little vignettes are like little moments in the life of us.

I thought it would be fun to have a series documenting some of these “Interior Moments”.  Most from my own home, but I’ll also be pestering some of my design-minded friends to see if I can photograph an Interior Moment in their home.  I hope it serves as a bit of inspiration for you!

Today I’m sharing my coffee table as it currently looks, as well as a little addition to my bar cart.

Coffee table styling / blue and white / Pursuing Vintage

I found these vintage porcelain dice the same estate sale I found this brass leaf.  I’m in love with the detail on the leaf.  After research, I found out it was made by Virginia Metalcrafters and designed by Oskar J.W. Hansen.  Hansen was a renowned artist/sculptor of his time and his biggest works can be seen at the  Hoover Dam.  Evidently this leaf is part of series that he created, all with the same crazy-intricate detail, and all very collectible.  Who knew?!

And the coffee table books were not just chosen because they’re blue.  I’m obsessed with Jackie, and museums are my favorite places to go.  Everything with meaning!

Coffee table styling / Asian blue & white / Pursuing Vintage

The hydrangeas are from our local supermarket and have held up beautifully.  I love the simplicity in the white of their petals.

Bar cart with art by Gretchen Hancock / Pursuing Vintage

I’ve added this splendid little still life oil painting by Gretchen Hancock to my bar cart.  It was a Christmas gift from my dad (thanks, Dad!).  I was going to frame it, but kind of like it on this little brass stand for now.  I’m so drawn to Gretchen’s gorgeous little detailed still life fruit paintings.  Be sure to check her out!

For now, those are my Interior Moments.  But, as I said, we’re always changing things around here!  I even have a great little helper.  He’s pretty strong for an almost-four-year-old, and enjoys moving things around almost as much as I do!

Dragging the rug around the house to see what it looks like in different places. Kid after my own heart.

Dragging the rug around the house to see what it looks like in different places. Kid after my own heart.


Have a wonderful weekend!