When Paige and Ross were here last weekend, Paige and I (and Tice) went to a couple of shops downtown while Ross and Harper were shooting a zombie and some old hard drives (don’t ask). I wasn’t looking for anything specific, but I’ve been trying to update our living room a little, so l was just looking for anything that might work to freshen the space. I found a great antique still-life oil painting in the back of the store, and I knew I needed it–probably not for our living room but someplace.
It didn’t have a price tag, which is never a good sign, so I had to go ask for a price. I figured it was going to be several hundred dollars, so when they said it was $75 “firm,” I didn’t hesitate.
It’s new home is above our kitchen cabinets. I like it there, but I also like keeping that area very simple, so I’m not sure if it will stay. The painting would look good in pretty much any room in our house, so if it doesn’t stay in the kitchen, it will still work somewhere.
The artist is L.K. Messer, but I’m not sure how old it is. The canvas is not a standard size (25″ x 36″), and it appears to have been stretched by hand. Harper tried to kill my buzz by saying it was an old lady painting, but I still love it. That turquoise fabric behind the dogwood and fruit blossoms are more delicate and traditional than most decor that I choose, but it somehow fits with our eclectic blend of styles.
For now I’m going to leave it unframed. I like how the raw canvas edges with the nail heads look. If I ever move it to a different wall and decide to frame it, I will probably go with a rustic black or white frame that’s simple but wide.
This is how it looks in the kitchen…
I’m on the fence about leaving it there. I’m just not sure if I want anything that big up there. I love the painting, but I also liked the clean, simple look. What do you think? Should it go to another room or stay?
Please pretend you can’t see my “window treatment.” I haven’t been able to commit to anything there, but that’s for another day and another post!