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My husband has been getting into watercolor recently. He’s been learning about and buying brushes (his favorite, he actually has a favorite already, is his Siberian Kolinsky red sable hair, the hairs of which were rather specifically selected from the winter tails of male animals) and paper and paint (I’ll spare you all the details on the specificity of these items, but trust me…yeah) and almost every night after the girls are in bed he gets all these supplies out and tries something new.

This means that our girls, especially our 5 year old, have been interested in watercolor too. Our oldest has her own water pen and enjoys experimenting with different angles. If you’ve never seen one of these water pens, check them out sometime. Pretty cool. My husband tells me she is very good at rinsing it after each color and not leaving it in the water. Apparently, that is bad.

So, because of all this, I keep noticing watercolor art that we have put up around the house and what has been showing up on the boards of people I follow on Pinterest. I don’t know if everyone else has been noticing the watercolor current or if this is how it always is, but there’s been a lot up there lately.

Dallas Shaw is one of my new favorites (above) and I love this wallpaper (below) that you can find at Black Crow Studios.

As a gift, my husband recently hired an artist to draw and paint our 18-month old. I can’t wait to get it framed and up on the wall. See…

What’s catching your eye lately?

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Postcards

This morning as I perused others’ Pintrest boards, I found myself combing this online magazine which has a little article on the history of postcards (see page 19). In the early 1900’s in England, mail was delivered up to three times a day in some towns, which meant postcards could be used like we use Facebook updates or text messages. “Honey, I will be home at seven.”

I’m sure I am not alone in my use of postcards in our decor. I love how they convey many ideas in a compact space. A few weeks ago, I added a few to a gallery wall in the bathroom. I like to think that having vintage vacation postcards from my own home town helps put me in a more relaxed state of mind. If I am finding myself particularly stressed, I try playing a game with myself where I think about how I would look at the day differently if we were on holiday. Every day can be a kind of vacation in your own town, in your own home. It’s a little easier for me to do as our vacation days are often filled with so many of the same things our “typical” days at home are comprised of now…making meals, washing babies, picking up toys, watching documentaries, making crafts, doing laundry…

During our 2 month long trip last fall, we tried to send postcards to the grandparents from many of the stops along our way. We also collected a small stack of our own as mementos from our trip that I need to do something with. I haven’t decided whether to put them in a book or display them somewhere. Maybe someday we will have enough to do something like this…

I’ve also loved these Pottery Barn displays…

When we visit museums, I like to pick up at least one postcard of a piece of art that we viewed on that visit. Here is one from our last visit to the Getty. Which sits there, reminding me that we are due for another visit.

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Yesterday afternoon I was feeling the need to get something accomplished, so I decided to add a little life to this back wall.  I should have taken a before photo, but I didn’t think of it. Basically it looked something like this minus the starfish, framed moths and plant.  It was pretty bare. There used to be a lamp on the table, but I got sick of it so its been out in the garage for a few weeks.

The console table is actually the piece we used as an altar in our wedding ceremony (we were married outside).  So it is special to me and I always love incorporating it into our home decor.  The painting is also very personal as it was painted by my husband’s grandfather.

I love the moths.  They were a gift to my husband (from me) for one of his birthdays before we were married. We were both very sad when one of the wings fell off.  Someday we will get that frame apart so that we can fix that poor guy (I’m pretty sure the male is the small one). Its a tough one to crack though.  We will need to actually pry apart the wood to get inside.

The plant stand is actually a wire cake stand. I think it would look better with a larger pot, but this console table can’t really handle a bigger plant. It would totally get knocked over and that would be sad.  I’m always at a loss for what to put on top of surfaces that small children can reach.  This plant and pot are somewhat questionable, but I think we’re safe for the time being.

Ugh, I obviously need to do something about the visible stereo. Its bugged me for a while. Maybe tomorrow…

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