January 23, 2006

Not The Most Interesting Post

Just thought I'd warn you......

OK - here is where a part of my mind is right now. Decorating.

I've pretty much pulled the living room together. I usually put some photo's and the art work of the children in my life in my office. I'm still doing that - but I've also hung my tapestry. It doesn't go with anything else in the room - but I love it. I want to look at it. So - I hung it.

My dilemma is my bedroom. I know I want to use taupe with some true red and touches of black. I don't go all girly and I hate a foo-foo bedroom. I like warm and comfy. I'm going to make the roman shade and bedcover. My problem is the art work. I hate a lot of stuff on the walls but I gotta have something. I have plenty of wall sconces (there's a surprise) but no paintings I own are "right" for in there. I've spent hours looking on line and just can't find anything that "slaps" me.

So I was wondering.....what art work do you have on your bedroom walls? Is it themed? (now, I realize that is a question I should be real careful with - given the Bad Example family and all!) Or did you just go by color?

I do know what I DON'T want. No deer, squirrel, animal shots. No gun porn. Hell - not really a porn girl by any stretch of the imagination. I want the room to feel warm, inviting, sensual and serene.

I'm looking for some inspiration here - can ya help me out?!?!

Posted by Tammi at January 23, 2006 07:07 AM

I have a picture of a collie and a lamb called 'Found' set in a rustic wood frame.

And Texas Ren Fest posters. It's not really what I'd call a 'theme', but I guess it's ME... LOL!

When I was single I had more sensual artwork on my bedroom walls, but things change, I guess. ;)

Posted by: pam at January 23, 2006 08:27 AM

Got a couple of southwestern-theme prints (blue & beige tones - very soothing), but mostly, it's portraits of my dogs. Living or dead, they're still my family - and a whole lot more photogenic than I am. :)

Posted by: jody at January 23, 2006 08:52 AM

"No deer, squirrel, animal shots. No gun porn... I want the room to feel warm, inviting, sensual and serene."

Do clowns count? Especially leering clowns?


Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 23, 2006 10:53 AM

.. landscapes... lots and lots of landscapes...

Posted by: Eric at January 23, 2006 11:01 AM

I'm thinking you're a Georgia O'Keefe kinda gal.

Posted by: Raging Mom at January 23, 2006 11:31 AM

I have lots of family pictures in my bedroom, and a silver moon and stars thing over the bed. Works for me.

My advice is to start with the colors you want, and look for something you like (and won't mind waking up to every day) to put on the wall that incoprorates those colors, whether it be a quilt/tapestry/rug or a picture/poster/painting.

Posted by: caltechgirl at January 23, 2006 02:22 PM


I love impressionist paintings and I have a collection of cottages (4 paintings) by Sergon. I love the dark hues in the paintings and goes with my saphire blue in my bedroom.

Heathers cottage is the above link, it's a large picture and the other 3 are a lot smaller.

Posted by: Machelle at January 23, 2006 02:59 PM

The walls are medium green, the ceiling light green.
Door & window moldings and doors are dark wood with bronze round handles.
Window treatment is black horizontal blinds of 1" vain set inside window frames. (I need complete darkness to sleep.)
Light switch cover is bronze to match handles.
Medium dark hard wood floors with three throw rugs in Western American / Native American motiff.
Ceiling fan blades are white.
Single painting is a of a feather head-dress of Native American.

The room was designed by Julie.
I can send pictures, if you like.

Posted by: _Jon at January 23, 2006 03:24 PM

klimt, always good in a bedroom

hopper may do,

anita munman

georgis o'keefe does a fantastic series of red poppies, that do not look like vaginas

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at January 23, 2006 04:16 PM

I personally like the Black Mahogany with Tapestries and velvet curtains, but hey... I'd live in a castle if I could!

Posted by: ktreva at January 23, 2006 04:30 PM

How about this?


Posted by: ktreva at January 23, 2006 04:34 PM

We have paintings done by our grandmothers hamging in the MBR. We have rustic "mountain lodge style" furniture so those landscapes work best....

Posted by: Richmond at January 23, 2006 05:24 PM

I believe a Velvet Elvis would be just the ticket. Warm, rustic, with a touch of the urbane.

And there is, as an alternative (should Elvis not find favor in your eyes), the classic painting - Gainsborough, I believe - of various Dogs engaged in the manly art of Poker-Playing.

Posted by: Elisson at January 23, 2006 05:45 PM

Hey! Fellow Florida Fan! Why have you not thought of Sunsets and beach shots! Something to always make you dream of happy thoughts and warm places!

Posted by: McHenry_Dude at January 23, 2006 06:37 PM

... the Velvet Elvis idea is pretty good....

Posted by: Eric at January 23, 2006 06:52 PM

Mine is sort of a Southwest theme.

I have a tapestry of horses that I picked up in Rota, Spain visitng my father while he was stationed there in 1979.

Otherwise everything is variations of Native American and South Western Geometry

Posted by: BloodSpite at January 23, 2006 08:14 PM

I thought for sure that Elvis idea came from my Dad. He would also suggest a velvet print of a nice light brown woman showing her breasts. He likes to try to get stuff like that for people's wedding gifts. Luckily he has my Mom to reel him in.

My bedroom: beige walls, dark furniture, a beautiful lithograph professionally framed of the old historical church we got married in, a celtic picture, and over our four poster bed an enormous Roman type picture (architectural) with a shelf on each side with a celtic looking mirror just above each. The room is done in burgundies, gold and dark blue. Very warm and not foo foo.

Posted by: Bou at January 23, 2006 09:12 PM

Warm... definitely warm. I like Bev Doolittle's horse paintings: http://www.artusa.com/doolittle_prints.htm?OVRAW=bev%20doolittle%20artist&OVKEY=bev%20doolittle%20artist&OVMTC=standard

or if you want some whimsey... I love V. Pfieffer.. .can't find a link to her bird pictures. Adds some fun.

Posted by: vw bug at January 24, 2006 10:15 AM

everyone has their own tastes, so i won't recommend anything, except i would say red curtains (so awesome in our guest room, the red curtains).

i go to Big Lots when looking for wall hangings. some of their stuff is crap, but occasionally i find a gem. recently i've found a silver framed mirror (the silver is paint, but it looks good) for $20. 3ft by 2ft. i also found a painting for our bedroom to go over the headboard. $10. not full-sized, will need sconces on either side (and you know how sad that makes me). sometimes i just find wonderful things there.

also Kirkland's. more expensive than Big Lots, but great stuff for under a hundred bucks. especially if you catch them on a sale.

Posted by: sarahk at January 25, 2006 10:56 AM