Living Room Mantel : Pursuing Vintage

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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10 replies
  1. Kerry Steele
    Kerry Steele says:

    That is a beautiful painting! I don’t think it competes with my (your) painting. The blue is really similar but the different composition makes it all really interesting.

  2. Karena
    Karena says:

    Kristen,
    it is a lovely painting and over the mantel is perfect! It complements Kerry’s art!
    Great choice!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  3. KMR
    KMR says:

    I love peace lilies! I had a beautiful one that I gave away when my girls were babies and I was neurotic (apparently they are poisonous?). I completely regret it now and should just buy a new one already.
    Regarding the painting, my favorite is over the mantel but I’d change the accessories. The mirror looks best with all the blue and white vases. The painting is great there but I think it calls for simpler trimmings.

    • Kristen
      Kristen says:

      I saw peace lilies at Safeway for $8!
      I like your idea of changing the accessories – I hadn’t really even thought of that. Will play around with that idea! Thanks, KMR!

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