Monday, February 16, 2015

Minted Art ~ Help Me Choose.

It's Islander Day today but unfortunately everyone on the island is confined to their homes at the tail end of a huge snowstorm. The winds are still quite high and the plows have yet to hit the road but hopefully soon we can start the big dig out. Last time I checked, our cars were completely buried in the driveway. I don't actually remember ever having this much snow. Thank goodness for snowblowers!

Inevitably, when cooped up in the house, I start mentally redecorating and shopping online. It's dangerous! My latest fixation is the wall behind the sofa in the living room. I had a gallery wall for the last while but after freshly painting the walls, made the decision to try something new.

I'm the girl who is constantly moving things around, which leaves little nail holes in the walls. To avoid this problem and still give me the freedom to mix things up, I hung a picture ledge. Instead of hanging art, I'll simply lean it one the shelf. This allows me to mix and match different frames, prints and art without doing too much damage.

Temporary art pieces.

The current Hello print, while cute, doesn't provide enough color or pattern. Not to mention the fact that the ceilings are high and the frame just doesn't have enough presence. I want a larger framed art print to fill the space and I'll add to the ledge from there.

I turned to Minted., a marketplace for independent artists, for some inspiration and instantly found many pieces that would suit perfectly. Actually, I found too many and need your help narrowing it down to one!

From left to right:
Even Still, by artist Katie Craig
Mid-summertime, by artist Emily Jeffords
Solstice, by artist Lindsay Megahed

As you can see, I'm definitely drawn to more abstract painted pieces with shades of blue and grey. It seems to be a theme around my house.

From left to right:
Weathered, by artist Melanie Severin
Frosted Barn, by artist Lindsay Megahed
Passage, by artsist Kelly Ventura

I'm thinking the best size Minted print  for the space will be 18 x 24. You can choose to order it framed or unframed and I'm still undecided on that part.

Minted. is super easy to navigate. I simply made an account and within the Art Marketplace clicked the little heart on each print that I liked, to add it to my favorites. It's a great way to help narrow down your selections. I was even able to filter my results to include only portrait size options and by choosing my favorite colors.

So what do you think? I'd love your suggestions before I decide which one to order. Is there one that you prefer?

Be sure to check out Minted. yourself. The choices are endless. You're bound to find many that you love!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Large Scale Photo Art.

We are snowed in today on PEI. I love love love a good snowstorm! The ones where you have no choice but to stay home and everything completely shuts down. Out my window, all I see is a white fluffy wonderland of blustery snow. Feels cozy and warm in here!

Inside, I'm surrounded by white as well. Before Christmas, we gave the whole living room a coat of crisp white paint. When I say whole, I mean walls, trim, fireplace, built-ins, the whole deal. Of course, it took longer than I anticipated and I never wanted to see another paint brush again, but I love how it all turned out.

I'll show more on the whole space another day but today, I wanted to share the refreshed fireplace. When I moved into the house, the fireplace was red brick and I covered it in many many layers of primer and white paint in an attempt to give it a little update. It worked out fairly well and stayed that way for several years. However, when I painted the walls white, the fireplace looked absolutely terrible against the crisp white walls. I expected it to appear a bit yellow but I didn't anticipate the dull grey. It absolutely had to go.. asap.

We thought the smart thing to do would be to tape it off and spray paint the brick. Unfortunately, that didn't work at all and we ended up having to tackle it using a paint brush and dabbing paint into all the nooks and crannies. Thankfully, Steph took on this job, while I repainted the built in. You can see the difference in colors. I can't believe how different it looks.

Ultimately, I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It feels so bright and clean!

My favorite part, however, is the large scale photograph that we hung above the mantel. I was contacted by Posterjack, an online photo printing company, a few months ago about trying out one of their products. I knew right away that I wanted to do some sort of large scale photograph over the mantel so I jumped at the opportunity.

I chose to upload one of the beach photos that I'd taken during our summer cottage vacation. I used their editing software to change it to black and white and chose to print it as a 28 X 42 Satin Matte Poster.

When it arrived we removed it from the mailing tube and trimmed it slightly to fit into the largest Ikea Ribba frame, without the matte (27 1/2 X 39 1/4). I really like the proportions with the scale of the mantel.

Christmas was easy in terms of decorating the mantel but I've struggled with it since then. I don't want it to appear too busy since the built-in cabinet beside it is so full of books and objects. I also don't like it completely bare either. For now, I have a few plants and occasionally some flowers. I'm sure inspiration will strike one of these days.

It's been a while since I posted. Life has been busy but I think of my blog and its reader often. I'm not ready to abandon it just yet! I hope those of you who are in the path of the storm are cozy at home today! 

*Posterjack provided me with the printing of the poster. I am happy with the product and wouldn't hesitate to use Posterjack again.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Outdoor Christmas Pots.

I can't even believe that Christmas is so quickly approaching! I set the goal that I would have all my Christmas shopping finished by the 12th and I'm realizing this is only days away... I'm on the right track but doubtful that I'll be done by then. Oh well! I did, however, have the tree and the outdoor pots on the agenda for the weekend and got those two things accomplished!

Here is a little peek at the front porch with the outdoor pot I through together.

I used spruce and pine boughs, birch branches, red berries and a few warm white lights.

My dad makes the the Joy and other nativity scenes. I think it looks pretty sharp with the red front door.

So pretty with a little dusting of soft snow.

I meant to put up a fresh greenery wreath but didn't get around to it. I think my red fall wreath may work double duty this year.

 How about you? Do you do any decorating outdoors? Do you use natural elements?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Projects Past.

I'm starting to think about getting started on my Christmas decorating! We are supposed to get a significant snowfall tomorrow so I'm assuming it may put me in the spirit.

I'm also going to take the opportunity to go through my decorations and do a bit of a purge. I used to go a little wild when decorating and now I enjoy a more restrained approach so a lot of things haven't been used for the last few years. Someone (my mom?) may be getting some new decorations!

Last night a took a look back at some of the decorating and projects I've shared, here on Modern Jane. Let's have a peek at some of those, shall we?

I also came across this photo and it made me a little sad. That was our one and only Christmas with the Zorb. Any readers remember the Zorb? That was such a pretty tree.

How about you? Anyone started their Christmas decorating yet? 

You may notice things look a little different around here. Needing a change, I had my blog design revamped by Designer Blogs. It feels so clean and simple. Hope you like it!