Hi everyone! In lieu of this week’s vintage finds (because there are none!), I thought I’d share one of my collections with you. Now I’m a weird sort of antique dealer who doesn’t actually seriously collect anything. I mean it. I only collect to the extent that I like they way something looks in my home, but as soon as they start getting out of control, I downsize the collection or sell it altogether. Exceptions? Books, jewelry, and clothing, none of which are vintage, but I sure do have a large “collection” of them! Today I thought I’d give you a peek at some of the [mostly] original artwork I have on display in my house. One of the many hats I’ve worn in the past is art teacher, so I really can’t get enough of it. I like all styles, but most of what’s in my house is pretty traditional, but I love it all.
This pretty still life, not vintage but with vintage subject matter, hangs in our upstairs hallway. I purchased it from a fellow dealer about ten years ago for $20.00, and I’m still very happy with it. The daughter of this local artist (Scilipute) is an antique dealer who is a friend of mine.
This lovely lady also hangs in my upstairs hallway. Alas, she is but a print on heavy board. I splurged on her several years ago, paying all of $14.00, because I loved the colors of the piece and her expression. A bit enigmatic, like the Mona Lisa, wouldn’t you say?
Since we’ve started upstairs, I’ll show you a couple of pieces I have in our master bedroom. I picked up this impressionistic still life, I call it “Ironstone & Violets,” at a garage sale for $10.00. It works perfectly in our MBR, which has dark lavendar walls (as you can see) and mossy green carpeting.
Also in our bedroom, (but photographed in the hallway because it’s too near the windows to photograph well), is this lovely watercolor, purchased near Pittsburgh at a flea market for $15.00. Nothing prettier than flowers against a white picket fence.
This 1970’s print on board of a Pompeii classic (A.D. 89) that survived Mt. Vesuvious’ erruption, can be found in our master bathrooom. She’s called “Spring,” and her beautiful sea green background determined the accent color in this room.
Moving onto our guest room, you will find some shabby chic decor, including this stained glass mirror, another garage sale steal for just $2.00.
Also in the guest room, over the queen bed, this ornate, shabby mirror that came from a fellow dealer years ago. I know it’s not really “artwork,” though I do think it took special skill to design and create the molding used to make this frame. I have lots of mirrors throughout the house, but I’ll just share this one with you because I’m partial to it.
You probably remember this one, which I call “Cabin in the Woods,” (c.1960’s). $5.00 at a recent estate sale and hanging in our office. Love.
Also hanging in the office, this quirky, folk arty oil painting that I picked up at a garage sale for $20.00. It has a tag on the back indicating that it was sold via a PBS auction for $229.00.
This poster of the iconic Pont Neuf in Paris (c.1970’s) came from a car boot sale in England and cost me all of £2 or $3.00. While living in England we spent a week in Paris and walked across the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge spanning the River Seine. It hangs in our modern-styled family room.
Hanging between our family and living rooms is a sweet stained glass window (c.1930’s) that I purchased at an antique shop in Ashbourne (England) for £30.00, or $45.00.
I would be remiss if I didn’t include some of my children’s artwork, like this oil pastel my son did of a wolf howling at the moon when he was in about 5th grade. Priceless.
And this sweet choir of angels by my daughter when she was in 4th grade. Favorite piece of artwork. Ever.
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