Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Bathroom Break

When I first met Scott, it didn't take too long to realize that he had amassed quite a collection of art in his travels around the world. What was better, was the art really spoke to me too, and it made for lots of interesting "courting stage" conversation.

Once we moved to the frigid North East, and I started looking for the perfect place to put the many large pieces of art we had amassed, both separately and together, it didn't take long to realize that we were missing one very important piece.

Our foyer is narrow, but the ceiling soars to an incredible 17' high - not something you see in a house this age, and size. As I started looking for pieces to hang on the grand wall you see as soon as you come through the door - it was no where to be found!

I tried the tapestry that is now serving as headboard and art in the guest room, but it was way too wide.

And, I had already used the pub sign in the living room, and although the size was perfect for the staircase, the shades and composition was perfect for the living room. So I searched through the only other collection of "art" we had, and came up with a temporary solution: a silk kashan rug from the early 19th century. This rug was much too nice to lay on the floor, and the colors seemed to work well with the Ralph Lauren paint on the wall.

Of course, we have looked for the past 2-years to find the perfect piece that would better "fit" the area and nothing has presented itself to us ... well, at least not affordably. So with our 3-year anniversary fast approaching, I thought it time to give in and give Scott what he wanted for that area, a framed vintage French poster.
Now for those of you who are unfamiliar, these huge vintage posters are about 4 1/2 feet wide, and more than 6 feet tall! Though reproductions exist, the originals are considered antiques, revered as archival, and are very expensive. Of course - these originals are the ones that Scott wants, and so after a few hours of digging around I think I've narrowed it down to three that best fit our taste, the colors of the house, and that I think he'll appreciate, tell me what you think! (Click on Image for larger view!)