Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | April 12, 2013

My Art Filled Home

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“Follow Your Dreams” assembledge is made from a wine crate, stamped, Scrabble pieces and a photograph transferred onto a metal plate.

My home may not be decorated in all white, have the latest and greatest flat screen TV and electronics or be located in a fancy up-scale neighborhood, but I own a home filled with art and that makes me content in a way that the latest and the greatest would not.

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Hand-carved /hand painted box of Sassafras wood with cherry hinges made by Paul and Brenda Bonnes of Virgina.

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‘Diana goddess and protector of the animal” has been wood burned inside the door.

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The inside of the box with shelves, two small drawers and a hidden compartment too.

I put a photo of my 1940’s fireplace up on Houzz last week asking for suggestions for shelving ideas and you should have seen the comments – “Your couch needs to be replaced,” “Your old TV needs to be upgraded.” I bet they would faint dead away if they realize we don’t have anything but antenna TV! The absolute shock of it all!

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Two of my handmade paper collages on canvas.

I just don’t care about the latest and the greatest. I care more about living within my budget, about owning a house that is paid for and creating a home filled with art and my own handcrafted pieces. A house with personality has always been more my style and taste than the cutting edge,  up-to-date, new everything, color-of-the-year-perfect-home.

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A flea market find – an oil painting of a barn in the snow by Mia Brown.

I’ve come to accept that at my age and in my budget range, fully “up-to-date” is never going to happen.  So I might as well enjoy collecting, displaying and living in a home filled with the artwork and antiques I’ve collected over the years. This is who I am world!

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My hand-cast handmade paper bowl next to our deerskin drums fills a corner of our guest bedroom.

This means a mix of artwork in the small house I’ve created, inherited, collected, bought and bartered for.

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Autumn apples in a basket by Holland, MI painter, Chris Brown.

My first husband wouldn’t let me put holes in the walls to hang the photographs I took. (What can I say I was only 19 when I married him and I was naive!) My second husband told me that he’d like our home to be filled with MY artwork! The first was the practice marriage, but this one is the keeper!

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“Dream” assembledge features image transfer on metal plate, and hand-washed painted and stained.

While it may not be expensive or even “fine art” it is definitely my expressive home lovingly filled with the hand-crafted;  paintings, photography, pottery, vintage and antiques, live plants and my own hand-painted furniture.

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Image transfer of my original photograph transferred on my handmade paper and mounted on canvas.

I like that I have helped to support minor artists by collecting, displaying and sharing their work.

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Egg plants painted on panel.

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Another of my canvas with ferns and Lake Michigan stone.

An artful home makes me happy every time I walk in it!

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Small House / Big Sky Donna

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Responses

  1. Donna, thanks for this. You are so right. Fabric-covered chandelier cords and matching draperies don’t hold a candle to heartfelt original artwork, however humble or grand. My husband loves my art, too, wants it on the walls, and loves to have input on my furniture projects (which I always “take under advisement”)! And your papers are outstanding, as i said before.
    Leslie

    • Leslie, You are SO welcome. Your husband too-HA! I always appreciate your reading and feedback. You are such a great follower!


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