Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Art...

So I have decided to have Friday Art! I am an Art History major and I LOVE learning about the historical aspects of art...specially Italian Renaissance. So be prepared for a lot of art from this period. I hope you all enjoy!
So today we have The Birth of Venus by Botticelli - This is one of my absolute favorites. It was painted between 1492-1496 and is located in the Uffizi in Florence and it is huge. It measures 67.9" x 109.6"! I was so impressed with the sheer size of this painting.
In this painting the classical goddess Venus emerges from the water on a shell, blown towards shore by the Zephyrs, symbols of spiritual passions. She is joined by one of the Horae, goddesses of the seasons, who hands her a flowered cloak.
The effect is distinctly pagan, considering it was made at a time and place when most artworks depicted Roman Catholic themes. It is somewhat surprising that this canvas escaped the flames of Savonarola's bonfires, where a number of Botticelli's other alleged pagan influenced works perished. Botticelli was very close to Lorenzo de' Medici. Because of their friendship and Lorenzo's power, this work was spared from Savonarola's fires.

image and info from here

Thursday, July 30, 2009

And the Heat Goes On...

Martha Stewart

We are still enjoying our heat wave in the Northwest. And I want to clarify, that I am only able to "enjoy" our excessive heat because of Aunt Nicole letting us come over and play in their very large pool, for Uncle Doug & Aunt Cathlyn taking us out on their fabulous boat to watch the Blue Angels and swim in Lake Washington - and last but definitely not least - thanks to my Mom for letting us have a sleep over in her very cool air conditioned house! And today my car temp. was only at 100 degrees!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Heat Wave in the Northwest...

Martha Stewart

My car temp. was 109 degrees...melting. All I can think about is cold, refreshing iced tea! Honestly, anything cold. Be back tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Loving Red...


House Beautiful

Notebook Magazine

Homes and Gardens

Pottery Barn

Restoration Hardware

Monday, July 27, 2009

This Little Old Thing...

I had this old vase sitting in the back of my cabinet - I am pretty sure it has been there for years - and decided to give it a new look.

So I spray painted the vase black. And once dry, I traced the outline of a fleur-de-lis (the cutout I got at Michaels for .99). I then painted it white with my go-to white acrylic paint.

It was a bit too white, so I pulled out my trusty Miniwax Gel Stain

and gave it a great new look...and the best part, was I had everything already on-hand. It always amazes me what a little black spray paint and some stain can do!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Master Bedroom Needs a New Look...

So our master bedroom needs a little lovin'. Here are a few shots of how it currently looks...ugh...There are so many things I would like to change. Where to start?

So here is my starting point - I found these great lights at Tuesday Morning this week and they are the beginning of our "new" room.

I love the detail...

and I really love the price tag...Yes originally $129.00, now $39.99!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

From Cone to Ta Da...

What could you do with this you ask?

Add a few embellishments - you might just have a few laying around - and

...Ta Da! I added the paper and honestly I used double stick tape! Then I had a few "balls" left over from another project, so I glued one onto the bottom. I then stamped a fleur-de-lis on a piece of black paper, cut it out, added a few jewel embellishments and glued that bad boy on. Then added a few different types of ribbon and filled the top of the cone with the gold "filler". Here is a great way to use up a few odds and ends you have laying around!

I linked this post up to the Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Take a Look at Gayle's House...

My Mom and I had lunch at her good friend Gayle's house yesterday. It was a great lunch and I was able to take a few shots to show off her beautiful home located in Broadmoor in Seattle.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rags to Riches...

My Mom and I recently hit up one of the local Goodwill stores
and here our our finds:
Column $2.49
Spoon & Fork $3.99 each
Frame $.49
Cake Stand $6.99
Metal Basket $3.99

Maybe a cake stand or a pedestal for...

A heavy metal basket and oversized wall spoon and fork.

Similar to these...image from here

A great frame, and only .49!

And last but not least, a paper mache column...hum...
it was just to hard to resist for $2.49.
maybe something like this...image from here

Monday, July 20, 2009

I Love Stripes...

Sunset Magazine
The French Bedroom Company

House Beautiful

Homes and Gardens


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