7.19.2010

Guest Blogger: Blue Hydrangea

I, Sissy of Blue Hydrangea, am thrilled to be at Two Ellie today for a guest post. In honor of Paula I was going to do a room to outfit post but guess what? It's harder than it looks. So I have decided to work on something I need help with. Lighting up my home and making it feel more youthful. I don't know about you but I have a lot of inherited furniture and it is all dark wood. I know what you are thinking...paint it!! Well, what do you do if it is too nice to paint?


To me, nothing updates a traditional room like colorful artwork.


In fact a piece of abstract art can change the whole feel of a room.


While going through my files of favorite photos it was amazing how many rooms had an over-sized, abstract work of art.


The more color the better.


If this doesn't make you happy I don't know what will.


Don't you think it adds some drama and sophistication to a room?


The best part is it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Go to Ebay or Esty or better yet paint your own. Or have your children paint it. How do you update a room?

Paula, thanks for letting me visit!!

Sissy I am so excited you were able to join me here, but let's not forget the most amazing piece of art I have seen in awhile...


the one you and your children did! Really its stunning. I can't wait till I can do this with my kiddos.

pictures from: Lindsey Harper, Peacock Feathers, Made By Girl, Elle Decor, Lonny, Peacock Feathers


19 comments:

Anna said...

Sissy...I totally agree..absolutely love this post ..love large pieces of artwork in small spaces...and I love keeping old furniture old..if in mint condition..and mixing it with colour and a bit of mod decor..an eclectic mix of old and new.

Great post...hugs to Paula..hope she is feeling alot better soon xo

A Perfect Gray said...

Yeah! Sissy is one of my very favs...and this post hits me where I live right now. Dark, traditional furniture in need of a lift. Thanks so much for the inspiration; you are right on with the art suggestions.

Donna

Brooke said...

Great post. And I'm with you, Paula. I thought her artwork was great. Told her she should sell them on Etsy!

Design Esquire said...

I love all the colorful artwork too! I just need to work on my husband, he thinks that only art with a barn in it is appropriate for our house!

Style Chronicle said...

I love the almost all white backdrops. It makes the colorful artwork pop! Way to go, Sissy!!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Sissy, your art is truly one of the most beautiful I have seen :) xx

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Couldn't agree more! Love the artwork that Sissy and her students created.

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i love statement art pieces, and the pictures you selected are perfect!

coolkids said...

Love colorful artwork. I love sissy's painting! We have a few large canvases up in our playroom that my daughter did. I painted each canvas a different color...then let her go crazy. Its a lot of fun to see what they come up with! That was when she was 2. I need to do it again.

naomemandeflores said...

I love a big statement artwork in a room!

eden lang said...

I couldn't agree more! I think home needs some fun art! really great post.

tammy said...

love this post! great idea on a nice big abstract painting to light up a room. if you've got the kiddos involved, you not only have the piece itself, but the memories in making it together.

suggestion on dark furniture: maybe some fun hardware could be swapped out for the traditional knobs if you don't want to paint it!

Lavender and Lilies said...

Great post!

bluehydrangea said...

Hey Paula, I've been gone all day but I just wanted to stop by, say Hi and thanks for having me over!! Hope you have had a nice relaxing day with lots of rest!! xo Sissy

Erin Wallace said...

These rooms are beautiful! I especially love the blues and yellow, and that last piece of art - was it really done by a child?!

xo Erin

{Arianna Belle} said...

I agree! Artwork can have a huge colorful impact! Love all the inspiration photos you posted! :)

Gramercy Home said...

I have the same problem - good problem - dark antiques and hand me downs that are too special to paint. LOVE the light artwork to balance are the heaviness. All images are so pretty but the one you did with the kids is remarkable!

Wahzat Gayle said...

every piece you highlighted I want to put in my house
especially that last one :)

Anonymous said...

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