Several of you asked about the light fixtures in my kitchen. I didn't reply because I had no idea where they are from- the people who installed them were 2 owners ago. I had been meaning to give her a ring, but didn't want to bother during the busy holiday season. The answer came in the form of a party guest this weekend who has the same fixture in her bedroom. Pottery Barn! Reasonable and easily accessible!
Here is the link- Pottery Barn Hundi Lanterns
Here's the link!
Next up, ART.
Y'all know what a big proponent I am of having real art in your home. This can be a daunting task, especially since it is a slow process. I know it's far easier to slap some inspirational messages up from Hobby Lobby and call it a day. Be patient.
One of my favorite places to purchase art is from local artists. I know, I know, "thanks, Captain Obvious." However, check your paper for local art shows. I discovered one of my favorite artists, Gary Dagnan, by going to a show at a library branch that my great-aunt had a piece in. Speaking of Great-Aunt Marg, amateur artists are a wonderful and affordable way to get started with some pieces for your collection.
Etsy can be tough to wade through, but I have found several pieces I love on the site. A good sifter is actually Pinterest- look at paintings you like on Pinterest from Etsy, and it will take you down a rabbit hole of excellent art to your taste at reasonable prices. Here's my Painting board.
Junk stores and estate sales involve some luck, but you can find some really fun stuff. I recently found these pretty botanicals at an estate sale for less than the cost of their mattes.
Also, junk store paintings alleviate one of the most costly aspects of art- framing. Framing gets really pricey, especially if you like large pieces (I adore large pieces). Along with re-upholstery, slip-cover creation, and curtain-making, framing is one of those arts I really, really need to learn how to do myself. Someday.
Ask for art. Cast aside your want for new boots, trendy earrings, and a J. Crew top. They're going to go out of style, anyway. Ask for something you see multiple times a day instead. Birthdays, Christmas, etc., ask for art! Or cash to buy art. Scout out favorite artists and drop copious hints.
That brings me to another suggestion- visit local galleries. Especially the smaller ones. Get on their mailing list and go to shows. You never know what you will find!
Befriend artists. HA! I know that sounds weird. I am blessed with a ton of artists in my family, so I have wheedled work out of them. Also, I drop a lot of hints that a perfect gift would be a piece of their art. It never hurts to try!
A mother I nannied for in Atlanta has a fabulous artist mother (Eugenia Foster). I babysat a multitude of children one weekend while the mother hosted a show for her mother's work. I was thrilled when I was offered a painting in return for my services.
Okay, I applaud you if you have made it to the end. One final question was the brand of the felt nativity set that Buddy has been decimating. The answer is. . . I don't know. I threw away the box. However, I bought it at a local store called the Village Exchange, and they will likely know the answer if you give them a ring. Also, if you google "children's felt nativity set" tons of similar options pop up.