I was lucky to have the opportunity to borrow this beautiful painting to decorate with for a while. It isn’t mine, but like a star at the Oscars wearing a Harry Winston diamond necklace loaner, I have come to terms with the fact that it is better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all- or something like that anyway ; ) I absolutely love antique artwork and specifically oil paintings- the older and more crackly the better! My mother doesn’t understand this look. At all. She thinks the paintings are ” dark and gloomy.” The funny thing is that she is right, but I have realized that that is precisely what I love about them! You see, the rest of my house is bright, crisp, clean and somewhat modern. All my curtains are sheers so I don’t miss a second of sunlight, all of my walls are white. It’s the contrast, the juxtaposition to this bright minimalism, that makes the old dark paintings and antiques pop and be the star of the show. I love the visual interest that all mixed styles create- old and new, rustic and modern, funky and serious, but the unexpectedness of something very old in a bright, new space is probably my favorite type of decorating contrast. The chair and jug are also antiques but because of the miracle that is the Pottery Barn, you can find similar reproduction chairs here and similar reproductions jugs here!
I kept the Target, metallic dipped Edison String Lights up so the whole thing had a less fussy and more eclectic feel. I find that when decorating with antiques you have to be really careful because it’s easy for the room to become “buttoned up” looking very fast. I also kept them up because I absolutely love these lights in general. I have them in three rooms of my house, around the kitchen window, in the foyer around a mirror and here. The metallic paint makes them really special, they sparkle and really have added a beautiful glow and eclectic feel to any room I put them in.
I also love the contrast of the way my new rustic modern coffee table looks with the antiques. My Instagram followers have been wild about this table… I’m not sure I have ever gotten as positive a response or so many questions about any one thing as I have gotten about this piece! I got mine from Homegoods, but I found a similar one at World Market that I like as well, if not better, than mine!
Last, I think the dark of the artwork and antique chair look cool off the foyer which has dark stair treads and banister. It seems to tie the two rooms together!
I guess the moral of this post (are blog posts supposed to have a moral?) is that the next time you pass by a gloomy old antique at a flea market, give it a second look!