Friday, September 28, 2007

Living Room Part 1

Portrait Silhouettes

I have been redecorating my living room for about 4 months now. I had in mind to do country style, as it would fit nicely within my log cabin country home. Somehow, I got no where near country. I had an open mind when I started and I just let the ideas flow one into another. I started with a new sea foam green couch, then painted the walls antique Violet, tan and the trim (when I actually get around to painting it) will be off-white.

I will show pictures of the room as a whole when it is done. For now I am just going to share some of the artwork I made for the walls. I tend to do a lot of painting when I decorate. It's cheap and can be used on almost anything. I have a painted rug on the floor, painted doors on my TV stand, a painted antique chest etc. I also tend to use a lot of color. Having lived in a log cabin with log interior, before we added on to the house, I got sick of the dark and brown interior.

I saw these old style silhouettes on a design show recently and thought, huh, those would look good on this part of the wall. One day, while T was watercolor painting, I made these. They were made from photos, cut out then painted. Arthur's profile needs retouching as you can see. I plan on matting them. The background paper is sea foam green and the silhouettes are dark purple, which is hard to tell here.

T Profile

E Profile

Arthur Profile

Cokee Profile

I had one of these done professionally when I was a kid. Here is an interesting history of the Silhouette Portrait.


Family Adventure said...

You did these yourselves? I am very impressed. They look great! Are you going to put them all on one wall? Sort of in a square/rectangle? That is a really neat idea. I can't wait to see pictures of them on the wall!


Anonymous said...

I LOVE them! What I love the most is that you did the kitties, too :-)

Definitely share photos of the room when it's finished--I love checking out other people's spaces and decorating styles/ideas!

Gina said...

Way cool! Ahhh, I admire artsy people. But I do agree that paint is a great way to liven up a house. Each room in my house is a different color!

Lainey-Paney said...

good job on those!

hellomelissa said...

they look great! both of my kids make construction-paper silhouettes for mothers day gifts in kindergarten. they are my treasured possessions.

surcie said...

Wow, those are cool--and they look professional. That must've been a hip thing to do when we were kids. I remember someone tried to sell my mom on having that done for my sisters and me, but she declined. My husband has a fairly large one of him from when he was a kid--which stays in the closet.

Jess Riley said...

That is so cool! What a neat idea. My decorating has been in such a rut lately...