There are a few home good things that really really really move me – the first are tea towels and the second is beautiful vintage artwork. I stress vintage because I don’t think things are made like they used to, and I absolutely love thrifting, vintage, estate sales, anything that is passed down. I’m extremely guilty of buying lots of new things but I’m trying my hardest to buy repurposed items and find new life for them.
Those dang flash websites that keep my credit card on file for easy check out… this is one of those purchases. Two vintage reproductions by Jacob G. Strutt, an English artist. These were published in 1826 in a book about forest trees. Mr. Wonderful says we have enough European artwork in our home to that which I reply, “Not enough,” and, “I’m not done yet.”
So after paying $100 for the two reprints (I’m justifying it, it said they were $400 originally), I headed to Aaron Brothers and bought two frames and just paid for the custom matting. However, I had to go and pick the most expensive matting that must be ordered in, because my total for both was $272 but the frames I bought were both on sale for $20 each. Total investment for the completed framed artwork = $412 for two. Not bad. I’d trade in a day of shopping for that.
It was a toughie to pick everything out but I believe if you find a style you are true to, you can move and transition these to any room of your home.
I also bought a map from Northern Ireland while I was at Giant’s Causeway and I found an awesome frame at Goodwill for $18! Look at how the inside has a wood green trim! Perfect for an Irish map, right?
Playing with matting is pretty fun – and confusing.
Found one, and go figure it was expensive and cost $117 to get it. Oh well, a trip like that is once in a lifetime and I want to preserve it!
I can’t wait to show you what they look like in our home!
Diana Elizabeth never took art history in college. She was never into art but now her mouth drops looking at frames, oil paintings and watercolors.