Archives for posts with tag: art

Looking forward to date night at the Kennedy Center to see Evita, so I’m sharing this Argentinian piece.

Handmade wool tapestry:
handmade wool tapestry from Argentina
Asking: $200
Condition: “New.”
Dimensions: 66″ x 50″
Location: Bethesda, MD
Thoughts: It’s signed by someone who may or may not be famous in the world of tapestry (not a world I know much about). I’d use as a headboard alternative probably, like here.

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Spring may be behind us, but botanical prints are forever in my heart.

Pair of botanical prints in brass frames:
Vintage botanical prints
Asking: $95 each
Condition: ”Good”
Dimensions: 29″ w x 39″ h
Location: Fairfax, VA
Thoughts: This isn’t the deal of the century, but it’s a very fair price for a well-framed, decently sized vintage botanical print in good condition. And they’re so cheerful!

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Exciting things are happening and I cannot wait to share. But I’m going to test my willpower and try to hold off until things are a bit more concrete. Until then, how about these fun finds…

Pair of medieval brass rubbing prints:
pair of medieval brass rubbing prints
Asking: $70 for the pair
Condition: Glass missing from the knight frame; otherwise “excellent condition”
Dimensions: 65 1/2″ H, 24 3/4″ W
Location: Leesburg, VA
Thoughts: I had a similar knight rubbing, and I thought it was quirky and charming. (Now I’m wondering what happened to that… hmm…) You’d have to get a piece of glass cut, but I think it might be worth it.

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Moroccan rug:
moroccan rug
Asking: $50
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: 57″ x 39″
Location: Chevy Chase, MD
Thoughts: Love the colors and the variety of motifs used throughout.

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Cute little wicker chair:
cute little wicker chair
Asking: $30 
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Centerville, VA
Thoughts: I still haven’t gotten a chair for my vanity, and I think this one might be perfect. Except I’d probably spray paint it a high gloss forest green. That and the fact that I have no idea when I’d be able to get to Centerville to retrieve it and I don’t really have a clue what it’s dimensions are–otherwise perfect though. ;)

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Vintage milk can with American eagle motif:
vintage American eagle milk can
Asking: $40
Condition: “In perfect shape” (It’s obviously got some dings… I think the seller means good vintage condition, which I think is true.)
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Centerville, VA
Thoughts: Cool way to celebrate your patriotism.

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And look at that–I completely unintentionally ended up with a round-up of all <$100 finds. Gotta love CL!

Paintings of dogs:
un-ironic paintings of dogs
Asking: $30 each 
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Washington, DC
Thoughts: I really hope these aren’t intended to be ironic, because I absolutely love how serious they are with their velvet drapes and settees in the background. I feel like they should be in a Wes Anderson film set.

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You know those periods where it seems like everyone is pregnant/having babies? I’m going through one of those. Thanks to my FB feed, baby showers, and pregnant woman everywhere I look in DC, I’ve got babies on the brain, so I decided to check out some nursery items.  (I am absolutely not pregnant myself though. Just wanted to be clear.) Here are some of my favorites…

First, there’re not one but two daisy chandeliers available.

Land of Nod daisy chandelier:
Land of Nod daisy chandelier
Asking: $90 Reduced to $80
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: College Park, MD
Thoughts: Such a happy piece, and it looks like it’s in like-new condition to me.

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Vintage daisy chandelier:
vintage daisy chandelier
Asking: $45 Reduced to $35
Condition: ”From the early ’70’s … bouquet of metal sunflowers [sic] flowers and leaves, not one broken off … still has the ceiling crown as well”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Capitol Hill / Stanton Park, DC
Thoughts: This one looks a bit grungier, but I bet a little elbow grease would take care of that.

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Set of Fairies in the Garden alphabet cards:
fairies in the garden alphabet cards
Asking: $10
Condition: ”Printed on heavy card stock”
Dimensions: 8″ x 10″
Location: Ashburn, VA
Thoughts: I really like alphabet art for a nursery, and these illustrations are lovely. (Amazon has them for $25, so this is a good price.)

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Maclaren coral bedding set:
Maclaren Sea Coral Bedding set
Asking: $50 (Set includes 1 reversible bumper, 1 crib skirt and a reusable draw string duffle bag)
Condition: ”Excellent condition”
Dimensions: Fits a a standard size crib mattress
Location: Vienna, VA
Thoughts: This doesn’t really go with the garden-theme that seems to be developing here, but I like the design nonetheless. I do want to point out that they say the set retails for $300 (yikes!), but the site they direct you to also includes two fitted sheets, which seem to be missing here.

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Vintage green swivel rocker:
vintage green swivel rocker
Asking: $75 
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Chantilly, VA
Thoughts: I prefer the design of this to pretty much every nursery-specific glider/rocker I’ve seen. But will it be as effective at rocking a baby to sleep? I have no idea.

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Bonus: The best part of exploring the baby/kids listings is the Halloween costumes, of which there are many! Is there anything cuter than a costumed baby?

Newborn-6mo peapod costume ($15)  [No longer available]
baby peapod costume

2-3T shark costume with matching candy bag ($30) [No longer available]
2-3T shark costume

Newborn-9mo banana costume ($9):
infant banana costume

12-18mo penguin costume ($20 $15) [No longer available]
children's place penguin costume

So cute. Seriously, parents, how do you restrain yourself from dressing your babies in costumes every day of the year???

Framed mirror/tiger* mural:
tiger mural mirror frame
Asking: $130
Condition: “The mirror that is supposed to be behind the doors was broken but getting a replacement is easy.”
Dimensions: 39″ wide x 69″ tall (HUGE!)
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: Finding a piece of art this size for this low a price is a pretty incredible deal in itself. Right now it’s built to be a standing piece, but as the seller points out, you could easily remove the base/feet, and hang it on your wall. I wouldn’t even care about replacing the mirror because the doors are so awesome, but getting a piece of mirror cut to size wouldn’t be that difficult or expensive.

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*I promise that weird and/or wonderful Wednesday posts won’t always feature tiger-themed items. :P

I gasped audibly when I found this piece of art on CL:

Bernard Buffet’s “Notre Dame de Paris” lithograph:
Bernard Buffet Notre Dame de Paris
Asking: $120
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: 25″ x 20.5″
Location: Potomac, MD
Thoughts: My Aunt Kathleen has the most amazing art collection. She has pieces that belong in museums and pieces that probably have little to no value hanging together– I absolutely love that. She collected pieces that spoke to her, and as a result, she amassed a treasure trove of awesome pieces with the best back stories. Anyway, one of my favorite pieces she has is a lithograph of two women in Paris (shown below), and as soon as I saw this piece, I knew it had to be by the same artist. A bit of Google searching proved me right (victory!!). I don’t know the value of this particular lithograph (Google tells me that many go for the $2000-$3000 range), but I don’t even care. This piece reminds me of my Aunt Kathleen, a women whose art collection I admire greatly (“covet” would probably be more accurate…) and whose life I admire even more. Isn’t that sort of strong, emotional reaction is exactly what we look for in art?

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For reference, this is the piece I’ve long admired on my aunt’s wall:

le parisiennes by bernard buffet

Yeah, I suck at consistent posting, I know. But here are some things I’m loving right now:

Scroll metal chairs:
scroll metal chairs
Asking: $120 for four, or $35 a piece
Condition: Antique with a shabby chic-esque finish; only two of the four chairs have cushions
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: The scroll design is charming. I’m imaging them at a garden tea party … If you’re up for hosting, I’ll bring the cucumber sandwiches.

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3 framed botanical prints:
3 framed Dan Mitra botanical prints
Asking: $200 for the set
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Annapolis, MD
Thoughts: I absolutely LOVE these, but I’m too lazy/busy to go to Annapolis just to get them. But you should. And $200 is a really fair price. (I just paid well over $200 to get a piece of art framed.) Oh, and they’re signed and numbered, which is always nice.

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Coral floral arm chair:
coral floral arm chair
Asking: $165
Condition: Not described (looks new)
Dimensions: 30″ wide, 28″ deep,  36″ high
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Thoughts: Cute. It’s feminine without being too in-your-face girly. The muted coral color helps.

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Art is my absolute favorite home purchase. It’s your opportunity to be completely unique. Sure, you can show your personality through your furniture, rug and lighting choices, but nothing tells you more about a person than the art they have on their walls. (OK, the books on their shelves do tell you a lot too.)

Here are a few pieces from CL that I think would make a great addition to most any wall. And did I mention that they’re all under $100?

Balinese Lovebirds acrylic painting:

balinese lovebirds painting
Asking: $60  [No longer available]
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: 28″ tall x 23″ wide
Location: Falls Church, VA
Thoughts: That heavy dark frame does nothing for this cheerful piece, but at $60 (or best offer), you can afford to get it reframed and matted (!!) in something more fitting. (The seller has a second, larger one listed as well.)

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Bavarian Gentleman With Pipe painting:

Bavarian Gentleman painting
Asking: $75 [No longer available]
Condition: Good
Dimensions: 15″ tall x 13″ wide
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: I love this guy. I have a thing for portraits in general, and I dream of having a gallery wall filled just with portraits in different styles and all framed in gold. This leprechaun-looking guy would be the perfect addition to the fantasy gallery wall in my head.

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Vintage silkscreen penguin print:

vintage silkscreen penguin
Asking: $75 (I think … the listing is a little confusing) [No longer available]
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Annapolis, MD
Thoughts: Kelly green is one of my favorite colors, and I like that this piece has a sense of humor and simple design.

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Brass tea cart:


Asking: $400 (way too high, imho) [No longer available]
Condition: Excellent
Location: McLean, VA
Thoughts: It’s so feminine and dainty! What girly-girl wouldn’t love this? And yet it would work just as well if you cut the femininity in half by filling it with your favorite bar items (assuming your favorite bar items aren’t limited to the various flavored Smirnoffs).

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Hollywood Regency cabinet:


Asking: $295 (not a steal, but not unfair) [No longer available]
Condition: Very good, but I’d consider replacing the knobs with something more distinctive
Location: Friendship Heights NW, DC
Thoughts: The round shape and circle motif make this a feminine piece, but the walnut finish keeps in from being over-the-top. Also, note that the top is marble. Pretty snazzy, methinks.

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Floral oil painting:


Asking: $75 (they don’t give the dimensions but do say it’s “BIG,” and if that’s true, it’s a good deal for an original framed painting) [No longer available]
Condition: Don’t see any problems
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: This could go Golden Girls really easily. But I think it could possibly be cool if the rest of your choices are more modern than grandma chic. And if you steer clear of peach and sea foam green. Thoughts?

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