Welcome to the 684th Metamorphosis Monday!
A few years back I added a little blue chest to this corner of my upstairs living room.
This room has a beachy/nautical feel because of how it’s decorated with lighthouse prints and shells collected while vacationing in Captiva, Sanibel, and Hilton Head Island many years ago. Though I loved the chest here, I eventually moved it to the hallway outside this room because it was crowding out the Danish Bornholm Tall Case clock. I tried moving the clock to the upstairs hallway at one point, but ultimately I placed it back in its original spot because I missed seeing it here.
The little blue chest ended up here in the upstairs hall which turned out to be a nice addition. I love how it provides a spot for a lamp and added some interest and light to this end of the hall in the evening.
Years ago, before A Classy Flea closed, I came across this Giclee print/painting while shopping there. I didn’t get it the first time I came across it but I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I went back for it the next day. It’s by Hilarie Lambert and is titled The Beach Girls. It makes me think of two sisters, or perhaps they are best friends, spending a wonderful day at the seashore together, laughing and making special memories neither would ever forget.
I had never gotten around to getting it framed so recently I stopped by Michaels to see what they would recommend. I’ve never used them for framing but since their framing shop still exists after all these years, I figured they must be doing something right and decided to give them a try. The first time I stopped by, they asked if I wanted to leave it on the thick wood frame on which it was stretched or did I want it moved to foam core board. I wasn’t sure, so didn’t leave the painting that day. Once I decided to place it over the chest here in the hall, I decided to let them mount it to foam core the way they had suggested. That way it wouldn’t stick out so far as you viewed it from the side coming down the hall.
This was the frame I chose. I wanted a frame that was a bit rustic, like a piece of old driftwood you would come across on the beach. This was the first frame sample I pulled off the wall from the frames they had in stock. After trying several against the painting, it was the one I decided to use.
Not sure if you can see it in this closeup, but the frame is a mix of subtle greens, rusty oranges, and deep browns.
Another view across the top of the frame…
I really like how the frame looks with the colors the artist chose.
This hall is a bit narrow, so photographing it was a challenge. What do you think, do you like my frame choice? I didn’t want to use a frame with light grays, I wanted something that felt more grounded. Also, I didn’t want a frame with hints of blue since there’s already so much blue in the image.
A little beachy decor as we enter into spring and summer…
Here’s the signature of the artist, Hilarie Lambert.
I took a photo of the back when I dropped it off since the artist’s signature would end up hidden once it was framed.
So happy to finally have it framed. I know I could have left it as it was, unframed on the stretched wood bars, but I really prefer how art looks when it’s framed…just prefer a more finished look.
Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters linked for this week’s Met Monday!
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