Wednesday, July 16, 2014

7 pieces of our home's best artwork

This past weekend on Facebook, I posted an image of a wall sign I purchased on eBay recently, and, for better or worse, I’ve always said that you can tell a lot about a person – or a family – by what they have on the walls of their home. Well, today I’m giving you rare peek inside Casa Conover so that you may get to know us better. While a good 75% of our home’s artwork is comprised of candid snapshots of our lives, the remaining 25% fits into the “other” category.

And here’s a note about the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos in this post: They suck. And I’m sorry. I took these with my camera phone because our Nikon had apparently gone missing, and due to the fact that we have high ceilings in this house and nearly every item I photographed for this post hangs 90 feet above my head, well, let’s just I did the best I could in taking these photos. 

Here are seven pieces of our home’s best artwork. And first up is the sign that inspired this entire post…

In the kitchen

It was comedienne Phyllis Diller who once famously said, “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” I know this. Yet, I still find myself getting pissed off that there aren’t enough hours in the day to feed, bathe, and play with both children, write this blog, do the wash, practice and teach yoga, and tackle the tumbleweeds of dust and grime that roll through this house like the Wild, Wild West. (Note that I didn’t even include sleeping, eating, or showering in the aforementioned to-do list.) But I put my kids first, and I know that I do the best I can. This now hangs above the kitchen sink as a reminder of what is important. A wise mother (Hi, Gail!) once told me that “The days are long, but the years are short.” She’s right. When I’m watching Scotty and Kennedy walk across the graduation stage, I don’t think I’ll give a rat’s @ss whether I kept a spotless oven. I may not have the cleanest house on the block, but I hear my kids laugh every single day – sometimes at me! – and I’ve come to realize that is what matters most.


In the great room
When you leave our foyer and enter our great room, this is perhaps the first thing your eyes may land upon: a stencil of our names which has been applied to the top of the room’s large picture window. I had wanted to have this done for quite some time, but waited until after Kennedy was born because she made our family complete.

In the great room – Part II
On December 4, 1994, Scott scored his first ever NFL touchdown in a contest against the Green Bay Packers. (The Lions went on to win 34-31.) Meanwhile, I was a senior in high school back then, and our lives couldn't have been more different: When Scott was on the field playing that day, I was probably holed up in my room listening to Boys II Men or at the mall with friends, pining over a pair of jeans at Contempo Casuals. Anyhow, the exact uniform Scott wore during that game was professionally cleaned and framed and now hangs behind the wet bar in our great room.


In the nursery
Kennedy sleeps in the same nursery where Scotty slept when he was an infant. Being that they are just two years and 17 days apart – and the nursery is gender neutral, Scott and I have kept virtually everything the same – including this stencil which had been applied directly above the crib in anticipation of Scotty’s arrival. (Sidebar: That blob above you is a prime example of me making a mountain out of a molehill. In an effort to remove a small stain on the wall, I ended up making things worse; thank God it doesn’t look as bad in person. Oh, well. Time to re-paint!)



In the master bedroom
Okay, yes, I concede to being stencil crazy. What can I say? I’m a writer. I like words. I fondly remember insisting that Scott apply this message – right now – one afternoon while I was smack-dab in the middle of the nesting phase of my pregnancy with Scotty.


In the breakfast nook
The words say it all. Aside from being kind to others and believing in themselves, this is the most important creed I want Scotty and Kennedy to live by.


In the breakfast nook – Part II
The picture on the right is the first photo of Scott and me, and it was taken within minutes of our introduction (more on that evening in an upcoming post). The photographer was under the assumption that Scott and I were already dating, when, in fact, we had known each other for all of ten minutes. Then, about a year later, Scott gifted me with a painting he had made (on the left) based on our first photo. We were dating long distance at the time, and unbeknownst to me, he would work on this for months on end while we talked on the phone for hours every night before bed.

In the breakfast nook – Part III*
Alright, so there are actually eight pieces on this list. (I never said I was good at math.) A few nights ago, while everyone was in bed, I decided to capitalize on the silence that had fallen over the house by finishing up this post (while also inhaling two bowls of Lucky Charms, but I digress). Right before I hit Publish, it dawned on me that the greatest piece of artwork was right under my nose, or rather, hanging directly above my head: The piece above was handmade by a dear friend of ours named Marian. Marian introduced Scott and me ten years ago, and it was her gift to us on our wedding day. This message hangs above the table where we break bread every morning together as a family…and, of course, where we gather again later in the day for dinner. These words are a constant reminder that one should never take a loved one for granted.

What is your home’s best artwork? 
Share below, and then click here for a chance to win 
a $50 gift card to The Hippies Hope Shop!

VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * 
If you like what you see, cast your vote for us on TMB! Just click the pink banner below my siggy. You can vote once every 24 hours from your computer and cell phone! THANK YOU!!! And if you're really feeling benevolent, “like” us -- on Facebook and subscribe here to receive this goodness in your e-mail inbox.
If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- 
The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers

23 comments:

  1. I love your art, especially the painting of you and Scott. We live in New England in an old Victorian home (we rent) and have just a few things up where there was already an existing nail. We've tried to hang new things, but the plaster is old and crumbly.

    In the kid's room we have a series of fun cartoonish animal paintings are friend made for us. We've got a fox, an owl, a lion, a giraffe, a monkey, a cat, and a rabbit.

    In the living room we've got a few wedding photographs and in the office we have a landscape of the area we live in that our wedding photographer did. We live in a river valley and this photo is from the top of a mountain, you can see the river and farmland. It's my favorite!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, NJ! Good morning to you! Your art work sounds perfect and unique in that it serves as a reflection of your likes...which is precisely that it should be! The photo with the view of the river sounds breathtaking! (We live on a cliff, which overlooks a river running through our backyard; I think it is a blessing to be able to see running water everyday...)

      Thank you for not only posting, but complimenting Scott's artwork!

      Have a super day!

      xo

      Delete
  2. My home artwork pretty much sucks. It's a bunch of floral prints that Mr. M's mom gave us. I'm not much of a home decorator so I'm a bit embarrass of the crap we have on our walls and our décor.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Louida! The candor of your comment made me cackle. Please know, though, that I'm not really laughing at your decor...it's the way in which you characterize it.

      Thank you for sharing. lol

      xo

      Delete
  3. I love your artwork - so much meaning and memory. We have a similar painting from a photograph for our wedding.
    And we have a fun painting of two moose (we love moose) and it has our initials on a tree in the painting!
    So much dorky, sci-fi stuff because we're nerdy like that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Tamara! And yours sounds equally unique.

      Honestly? I see absolutely nothing dorky or nerdy about your decor -- if those are your interests, then, by all means, your home should reflect that! Similarly, we are a sports family: We have numerous framed professional action shots that were taken by sports photogs during Scott's games...even action shots of me during my track days -- and Scott even had my favorite spikes framed in a shadow box.

      That's just how we roll!

      If you love it -- and it reflects who you are, I say, by all means, show it off!

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

      Delete
  4. We have some very bare walls. I hate attempting to hang pictures on the wall. I think I need to try stenciling...I'm sure I could do this without needing too many tools. I love all your artwork, especially the one above the sink.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Sonya! Yes, do try the stencils. As evidenced by my post above, I am a stencil advocate. lol I got many of these stencils on eBay, but my very first set of stencils came from an LTD catalog. (OMG, that, catalog used to be my JAM!) I couldn't WAIT for that thing to make the rounds of the office I used to work in...

      Thank you for commenting, Sonya!

      xo

      Delete
  5. Love it!! I have pics that bring a smile to my face each and every time all over my walls and in my office. Be a a plaque with a quote or my daughter, its wonderful to look up and around and see something loving :) great share :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Mari! Aren't images powerful? Which is precisely why it is important for us to surround ourselves with the right ones -- which you and I truly have. ;-)

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

      xo

      Delete
  6. Fantastic! All so meaningful as it should be. I'm stencil crazy too. All three kids have "I'll love you forever" over their beds. Ours has "Always kiss me goodnight." Which is our way of saying "don't go to bed angry" but in a more positive way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "I'll love you forever" over their beds.

      Now, THAT is awesome!! So beautiful. (My version of that would be having authentic Native American dream catchers hanging from the inside of one of K and S's windows...) Really, that is beautiful...

      We have an "Always kiss me goodnight", too! But ours is a sign, which is...wait for it...in our master bath, right above our toothbrush holder. lol

      As far as decor, my friend, we are cut from the same cloth. ;-)

      Thank you so much for visiting -- and sharing.

      xo

      Delete
  7. Oh Courtney, we are one and the same sometimes!! Everything that hangs in our home has meaning!

    How special and sweet that your hubby painted your beautiful 'just met' photo! That one must hang forever in your home.

    Steve drew me the first valentine he ever gave me. He is a phenomenal artist. I always had it sit displayed on the kitchen counter. A few years ago he had it framed for me and it now hangs over our bed. I still have a collage of my boys as when they were little hanging up. In my sunroom I have a poem that one of my classmate's from esthetics school wrote for me when I graduated. I love everything that hangs on our walls! This was a fabulous post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Susie!!! Framing Steve's first Valentine? Now THAT is awesome...and the framed poem is a huge gem as well!

      Our affinity for decor which has meaning: Just add it to the list of things we have in common. ;-)

      Great minds really do think alike.

      xo

      Delete
  8. I love wall quotes...and you have picked some spectacular ones! I think it's awesome that you open up your home to your readers....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gotta love wall quotes: The cheap, easy way to decorate! lol

      Thank you for commenting, and enjoy your Thursday. :-)

      Delete
  9. Do you know what I love most about this? This is all about things that matter to you and your family. Love this. Visiting from SITS. It's nice to meet you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good Morning, Topaz! Nice meet you, too...and welcome!

      Thank you for your compliments on our decor, too. Yeah, you could say I'm somewhat of a sentimental sap. lol

      Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and comment.

      xo

      Delete
  10. These are awesome! I love how they all tell part of the story of your lives. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much! I know, I know, like I said in one of the comments above: I am one big sentimental sap! lol What can I say, I am a total sucker for things that tug on my heartstrings -- and our home decor reflects this. :-/

      I really appreciate your comment! You have a lovely weekend as well...

      xo

      Delete
  11. What a nice blog post. I love the whole idea of this because your home is where the most memories are created!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! Yeah, the walls of our home are pretty much one big trip down Memory Lane...

      Thank you for commenting, and enjoy your weekend.

      xo

      Delete
  12. Awww, these are so sweet! How darling of your husband to paint that picture... that's romance novel material, right there. ;)

    I confess to thinking about stencils all the time, but never actually do them... wait, no that's not true. We stenciled the wall of our dining area with a Moroccan trellis design (it's always mistaken for wall paper) and I LOVE it. It's the single biggest piece of art work in our home... simply because of the scale.

    I have (very cheap) prints of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night and also the Chat Noir picture up on the wall, a photo compilation of the husband's and my wedding day, and a print from Port Townsend, showing a Ferry and the Olympic mountain range behind it, that I think was originally an oil painting. In our bedroom there's an anniversary ah... not exactly a card... it's closer to a scrapbook page... framed that I did for my husband, and another picture of us dancing. It was supposed to be a posed photo, but we started doing dance poses in fun, and the photographer got all excited... so in the photo he's dipping me and we're both wearing 1930s era clothing. It was taken when I was first pregnant with Munchkin, so I really love that one.

    I had to laugh about your "blob" comment... I recently put up glow in the dark stars in Munchkin's room, with this sticky foam stuff, and most of the stars promptly fell off. I took alcohol to the foam bits trying to get them off (it works for sales stickers!)... and well, yeah, it dissolves paint. Oops. Now we've got some touching up to do.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...