It rained all day Saturday and the kids’ games were canceled so we stayed in our pajamas for much of the day. Rainy days inspire indoor creativity so I decided to paint some new artwork for the living room. My 10 year old daughter loves to paint too so we spread out newspaper on the dining room table and opened up our sketchbooks and collections of acrylic paint.
Late last year in my quest for more masculine touches, we painted the living room above our DIY wainscoting Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray and I also painted the French doors black. The two together are a perfect moody neutral combo but with spring arriving I was craving more color.
Coral is all the rage this year and I’m also lover of the hue – it’s so chic especially with gray and gold, so I added pillows to the tufted sofa in that colorway.
The gray zebra pillows used to live in our master bedroom (originally from Z Gallerie but no longer available). I found the geometric coral Lulu pillow covers at Ballard Designs on sale, the embroidered floral is Tar-jay.
The walls held only two prints (one of them is one of my most favorite souvenirs from a trip to Paris) but there was a bare spot between them and I needed a third piece of art to fill it. Black and white made sense, not a charcoal, not a print, something whimsical and botanical.
I was inspired by none other than Matisse – I saw his Le Buisson framed print for sale at Joss & Main and thought it was perfect but even more perfect if I painted my own version of a black and white botanical for pennies.
I just loved the simplicity of the Mattise painting so I tried the tree with twigs and leaves but after a few attempts opted for a simpler set of branches instead.
The painterly artwork didn’t stop at the botanical – I started experimenting with simple brushstrokes and in an hour created a few other simple abstracts.
I coupled the framed brushstroke art with some framed paper leftover from this marbled paper craft boxes project.
If you asked me to list my favorite things in life, colorful brushstrokes and blossoms would surely be at the top.
I added two of my new summer fabrics to the living room, one a geometric diamond motif with brushstroke borders and another a floral I designed. This Floribunda floral is one of several new patterns that will be released in different colorways including this gray and coral version. Up close, it has a sketched imperfect petals that I love!
The summer designs are nearing completion, I still need to print them and style them and pull together a Lookbook but look forward to new colorful original designs coming in May.
The new rug is the Samode from Dash & Albert, one of my favorite retailers for rugs!
I absolutely love Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs and I’ve bought several of them over the years. They’re always stylish and totally practical when you’ve got kids or pets roaming about, photobombing pictures sometimes unknowingly, sometimes not.
In our home there’s nothing untouchable and everything is livable. I don’t believe you must compromise style for practically, the two can work together when you make smart choices but also accept that accidents can and will happen. So be it. It’s just stuff.
Things break, it’s part of life. Keep heirlooms or things you deem priceless put away or out of reach, but I always say make your home comfortable and filled with your personality in the colors that you love… that’s how we live season to season, year after year :)