Remember my Hallway Reveal?
When I began painting my own art for the space, I used a painting I've owned for years (I remember it on the wall of the teeny Toronto rental I lived in before I bought the condo.) for inspiration. It was painted by Aja Apa-Soura and I have always loved her use of colour. Since her work inspired my use of colour, I thought I'd hang one of her pieces across from the mirror in the hallway.
I was surprised by how well the colours work with the art and accessories already in the space and I love that I get to see the painting both directly, and reflected in the mirror.
I had a large scale piece of art in the condo, which has been sitting in my mother's house (Thanks for storing it, mom.) while we renovated the living room. I use it sometimes to stage client's houses because it is so vibrant, modern and huge. I also used it in our condo dining room while it was listed. I NEVER thought I'd hang it in the new/old house though, and here's why:
It's time that I confessed that I am a bit of an art snob. I hated this piece on principal because it is mass produced and cost me $25 at a warehouse sale. This snobbery is not my most (and unfortunately, not my least) attractive quality, and I'm challenging myself to embrace a new rule in the new/old house: If you love it, display it!
Despite the lack of pedigree, I'll have to admit that I'm drawn to this canvas print. I have used these colours repeatedly in our hallway and living room, and even I can admit that it works perfectly in the room! At some point, you need to just shrug and own it, right?
So that's how a $25 mass produced canvas print became the focal point of our living room. Art faux-pas? Perhaps. ... But I sort of love it!
Would you hang mass produced art, or are you snobby about it like me? ;)