If you get it, you get it. One of the most exciting things about moving for people like me is anticipating what the next house will be. I’ve been this way since I was in 6th grade when we moved back to the states and I was going to live in an actual house (not a military-issued apartment), I began to draw out plans for a room I hadn’t even seen yet. I thought about wall colors, curtains, furniture arrangement possibilities, and how I would want to style my shelves. I did this with every single move since… dreaming, planning, and sketching. I do this even when I don’t know what the room or house looks like, yet! It’s just an intuitive process based on gut-instinct and intangible wishes.
In thinking about what our future home might look like, I have that gut instinct. I don’t know what the house will look like, but I know what I’m hoping for and I know how I want it to feel. Based on that, I have been browsing around for inspiration, ideas, and yes…even things that are available for sale! Oh, I know… Marian, just wait until you have the house!
But, when you see a one-of-a-kind piece that speaks to you, you just make it work. You pay the “heavy suitcase” fee, hold something on your lap during a transatlantic flight, bury your shopping buddy in the back of your minivan, and you have things delivered to your parent’s house to wait in a pile in their garage until you buy a house.
Again…if you get it, you get it.
I really have been trying to restrain myself, but there have been a few things that were just too enticing to wait on.
I bought a couple of vintage dutch nautical paintings from Jade’s Art and Antiques. She has some lovely works and I love the colors and style of these two pieces.
So beautiful, right? So, now I’m on the hunt for reasonable antique gilt frames to fit them. I have found some I like online but I haven’t found ones at quite the right price. I’ll likely hit up some antique stores when I’m traveling around this summer, keeping those measurements on hand. (They are 16 x 20 and 12 x 16 in case you spot something!)
Speaking of frames, I found this pair on eBay for $15! For the pair. One of them is 9 x 12, which is a standard-sized canvas but seems to be a difficult frame size to source. I have been looking for one for ages for one of my paintings and I jumped at the chance to buy this one. The other frame is great, too, although it’s an odd size. I’ll cut a panel to fit it and paint something that suits.
So, those purchases were relatively small and reasonable, but I went off the deep end when I fell in love with this vintage kilim rug from Kilim Home Rug. I’ve shared on this blog that rugs have always been my decorating nemesis! In recent years, I have just surrendered to braided and woven jute rugs that are sufficiently neutral and inexpensive. In the background, though, I’ve been looking at antique rugs. The rug that I have loved through all of my phases has been the antique wool rug I inherited from my Opa. I just love the warmth it brings to a room and it is so, so durable.
Yes, I know it’s red, but it seems to be just the right red.
I sold most of the rugs in our MN house and have a vision of getting antique rugs that will bring warmth and pattern to our rooms. I loved the soft warm tones in this rug mixed with my signature blues. It’s traditional and interesting. I hemmed and hawed over this one, but the seller gave me a great deal and I felt like it’s a size that would be versatile. I am going to wait to buy any more until we have purchased a house, but you can bet that I will be taking measurements and then ordering some more rugs.
I mean, if I have some paintings, a frame, and a rug going to my parent’s house (and a book…ahem), I might as well just go for it. I had this gorgeous original oil painting sitting in my cart for a few days and I kept going back to it. It is from Artverum in Ukraine and I felt drawn not only by the painting itself but by the fact that I could support a creative business owner who is struggling under the reality of war.
This painting is 38′ x 27″, so it is big! I can just imagine it over a dresser, a bedside table, a buffet, or a fireplace. I love the expression on her face, the muted colors, and the pop of blue on the bonnet.
I can’t wait to see her in person.
In addition to purchasing just a few, teeny tiny things that will barely take up any space in a garage, I have been painting some pieces to put in our next house – an abstract and a couple of Velasquez studies.
The nice thing about selling so many things as we were packing up the house is that I’ve made lots of room to bring in new things. I said I would and I’m not wasting any time getting started!