Tastes Orangey in the Bedroom.

If you were to peek into our bedroom today, you might notice something new:

We found some art for above our bed!  Art above our bed wasn’t something that we felt we needed in our room, but we also aren’t people that worry about whatever we hang above our beds, and subsequently our heads, will fall down on us while we sleep.  I guess we have just been waiting for the right piece to come along.  Not something of a particular size or color–just something that felt cozy.
About a month ago I came across talented artist, Clare Elsaesser’s, Etsy shop, Tastes Orangey.  I immediately fell hard for her work.  The brushstrokes. The moody colors.  The absent faces that make her pieces even more relatable.  And then I saw this piece that almost looked like it could be…us:

I pinned it and a week later I was still thinking about it so obviously I had to pull the trigger. The print itself is12″x12″, but it is printed on 13″x19″ paper and when it arrived yesterday I realized it was centered on the paper.  I guess I was expecting the bottom portion to be larger, but that made the choice about framing it easier.  I was teetering between showing a lot of the natural white border of the paper or cropping it in to just a half inch around the print.  I went with the latter.  But my work was still not done.  Is anything straight forward with me?

More than finding a frame with a mat for a 12×12 print (sounds hard), I was hunting for an affordable frame that I liked that felt clean and modern and no fuss and I would worry about the mat later.  I found this large one with a very thin black frame around the whole edge with a huge white mat at Target for around $24. Perfect.

When I got home, I made new measurements for a 12.5″ square opening and pulled out my mat cutter.

I haven’t cut a mat for, ohhhhh, 6 years and I was a little rusty.  I even cut my beveled edge backwards on my first cut (rookie)–but I got it corrected and it soon felt like riding a bike.  The end result wasn’t perfect, but I was still patting myself on the back for trying and not settling on an ugly frame.

The end result is pretty charming (minus the mismatched paint patches on the walls–let’s just ignore those).  The simple, thin frame really lets the artwork shine.  And even though it isn’t us…it feels like us.
We aren’t opposed to adding more art to the wall next to this one down the road–but we are loving the look of just this one for now.  Our room is happily tiny–there’s only room for what you see–our bed and a couple of nightstands and lamps, so it feels fitting that the art would reflect that simplicity.

Anyone else found a new favorite artist or add art to their bedroom?  Or maybe you have a fear of hanging anything above your bed?  I get it…I think.

17 Comments

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Elaine - visual meringue

    I love this! I also love how the little hits of blue tie into the colour of your lampshades. Beautiful.

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Britny

    That print is beautiful! I see what you mean about the brushstrokes….so jealous ;)

  • I love the print. Nice choice. I thin it would look great with three matching frames up there. Maybe buy 2 more for when the next print comes your way? Just an idea.

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    meaganbriggs3

    My thoughts “so this is what Julia has been up to in her studio!!” I would have NEVER guessed that you bought this from another artist! It totally could be you guys and it is so romantic but cozy at the same time. Loving the throw blanket too :-)

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    clare

    Wow, I love your framing Julia! Thanks so much for sharing my work on your gorgeous blog, and including it in your oh so lovely home!! xo, clare

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    That print is gorgeous! At first I thought you had taken a photo of you and Chris lying in bed and then painted the art in your studio!

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Happy accident!

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    We’ll see. We love the one in all of its simplicity. But we definitely aren’t opposed to adding something else down the road if we love it.

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks. Isn’t it funny how I am attracted to artists’ work that reflects my own style?

  • Reply September 18, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thank you Clare! I even framed the post card you sent. I’ll have to share that in a different post. :)

  • Reply September 19, 2012

    steoh

    hey there.. what color is that on your walls? we are hoping to do something similar in our room! THANKS!!!

  • Reply September 19, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    That would be Martha Stewart’s Mushroom.

  • Reply September 19, 2012

    steph

    thanks!

  • Reply September 19, 2012

    kate

    What a great print!

  • That’s a fantastic print! What a cute find! :)

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    melissa

    I really like it!!
    I have a puzzle over my bed right now, but i’m doing a huge renovation of my future house, and for the moment I don’t know what I will hang over the bed.
    Anyway, trough http://www.dalani.it (kind of your Joss and Main I guess) I discovered Majali. She has a shop on Etsy too. I bought 3 prints from her (the ones with red and white stripes)
    I will hang them in the new house. I don’t know exactly where.

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    melissa

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