31 May 2013

ADDING ART TO THE DEN - PART ONE

I'm finally returning to Tech Guy's den, yay!  I seem to like to procrastinate when it comes to this space.  We did tackle the mound of paperwork, but I think because it was such a big job that the wind in my sails for decorating died down for some time.  I'm trying to get back to it and it seems appropriate to try and finish Tech Guy's space for Father's Day.

  So far I have only shared with you the sofa and napkin pillows from this room.  Today you get to see another wall of the den.  This is what it has looked like for about 1 1/2 years.    

The teak credenza was a yard sale find.  I think it put us back around $10 or so.  Not too bad!  The only problem it had was that it was missing the legs.  We ended up buying some metal legs from Ikea and they worked perfectly.  The lounger is also from Ikea.  It is the Karlstad swivel chair.  It looks like they have replaced it with a leather version called the Arvika.  The lonely piece of art is the alpha, bravo, charlie... phonetic code.  It's about time to add some more art.  Don't you think?  Yes? Well, it just so happens that, today, I have the first part of the art and styling for this part of the den to share with you. :)

On the wall, I added a small collection of art.  There is a vintage print of Toronto's City Hall.  Tech Guy and I picked this up at a yard sale last weekend and thought it was appropriate for our Finnish-Canadian home since the city hall was designed by a Finnish architect.  Tech Guy also really wanted to display some of Little Pilot's creations and we decided to put up a couple of frames for his masterpieces.           In the spirit of this being a sort of Father's Day gift for Tech Guy, I even hung the pictures all by my lonesome using my meat mallet since I couldn't find a hammer in Tech Guy's tool pouch.  It's not the first time I have used the meat mallet as a hammer though. :)

I also made an attempt at styling the shelves.  I don't really follow any rules when I style.  What I do try to do is select items that I find interesting or that have some meaning to me.  I then try to edit as much as possible to make sure I end up with something relatively clean and simple.  For these shelves, I continued with the vintage touches and the nod toward our kiddos.  Little Pilot's vintage Tonka truck is on display amongst murano glass, an Ittala Maribowl/Mariskooli and a couple of vintage cameras that I could convince my dad to let me keep on display.  I love the box camera since it belonged to my grandmother.

I still have plans to add a little more to the display above the credenza and am hoping to share that soon.       There's also a post in the works that will show you what's hiding behind the doors of the credenza that includes another DIY project and then there's two more walls to show you, and, and, and.... 

11 comments:

  1. It looks super beautiful. I love that gray chair and the cow hide together. The artwork is so lovely.

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  2. Thanks Katja. Little Pilot's quite the artist, isn't he? :)

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  3. Everything looks gorgeous! I love the new art

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  4. I love that credenza! $10? What a find!
    Melissa
    www.lovebugliving.com

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    1. Thanks Melissa. Gotta love yard sales! Many of the things in the room are from yard sales or even free (the sofa we picked up from our neighbour's trash).

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  5. Very nice! I am in awe of your $10 yard sale find :)

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    1. We were pretty excited to find it and that it fit so well into the den. Yard sales are the best places to find a steal of a deal. :)

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  6. This turned out great -- I want a cow hide rug! I love your new blog design --- and cute new pic!

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    1. Thanks Aimee. Can you believe we found the cow hide rug at a yard sale?

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  7. I love the rug...yard sale, oh I need to get on to that! I normally attend the yard sales full of pre loved scrunchies and plastic dish drainers. How lucky are you!

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  8. This is so pretty too. I love everything!

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