Inspiration

We’ve finally finished painting the living room, but I won’t reveal any Afters until more has been done, like the floor.

I think the new flooring is what will make the living room. Right now, it looks like standard white paint with standard beige carpet. In fact, while Rob and I had a half painted living room, most people thought we were painting it the original sage green color. Don’t get me wrong, the sage green was a nice color (good job previous owners), it’s just not me. I will never be a sage green person, no matter how you slice it.

But I digress.

We’ve finally finished painting the living room. The next challenge after painting the 16 feet peaked walls is decorating them. Unfortunately, the standard 8×10 framed art won’t do. Instead, I’ve been inspired.

My first source of inspiration came from an interior photo I had saved a while back.

I originally liked this interior because it reminded me so much of mine, with its clerestory windows, and it provided inspiration for things that I could do with my house. For example, the white, white walls with wood trim and the paper lantern dining fixture. But this time, I was inspired by the art hanging just below the clerestory windows. I remember being disappointed when I first saw this image and realizing I didn’t have enough wall space under my clerestory windows to hang art. Fortunately, I realized how I could use it.

If you remember the wall in question, we covered up the original doorway to the kitchen, then created a new one by tearing down the wall under the pass-through window. We were left with a wall perfectly sized for art. But I wanted something dramatic, like I said, the standard 8×10 framed art won’t do. So I took my inspiration art and rotated it.

I don’t have my materials, yet, but they’ve been scoped out. I’ll use a long piece of canvas, grommeted at the top, perhaps 3 feet by 11 feet, and paint a simplistic pattern in bold-ish colors. I’m contemplating black, a mustard yellow taken from my unfinished craigslist chairs and a light turquoise taken from the living room accessories.

The second source of inspiration came in 2006 on a college field trip to the Dallas Herman Miller showroom.

The installation was designed by Jennifer Prichard, a ceramic artist. Obviously, I don’t have the time, nor the talent to create and install a ceramic piece like this, but I can be creative, right? Jennifer Prichard also creates designs out of felt. This is getting a bit closer to my capabilities.

After a lot of research involving felt, origami and toilet paper rolls, I decided to make my wall art out of cardstock paper. The process of creating these guys is very simple and needs almost no explanation.  I just need cardstock, a pencil, scissors, and something to base my circle on.

There. I’ve got it. I used a can of condensed air as my outline. It ended up making a circle about 2.5 inches in diameter. I took the cardstock and folded it hot dog style. Then, traced the condensed air bottle onto the paper overlapping the folded end by about 1/16 inch.

Pretty cute, eh? Next, I’ll use white pins to attach them to the wall in some sort of swirling, natural pattern.

We’ll see how it ends up!

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One Comment to “Inspiration”

  1. You continually amaze me with your creativity. Can’t wait to see the final product.

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