Friday, March 25, 2011

Inspiration from my Dining Room!

Hello!  And a happy Friday to you all!  Did you see the Hero Arts blog today?  There is a Fresh Inspiration Friday challenge, and it uses one of my new dining room pictures!!

It all started when I shared with my fellow hostess "sista's" a picture of my new dining room pictures!  Tami suggested we make it the Fresh Inspiration Friday challenge!  How exciting is that?

I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this artwork at the store and knew they would be perfect for my house!  I decorate in blues, browns, creams/beige.  I've always loved those colors and it matches my house also.  And ever since I hung them all I could think of them in terms as inspiration for cardmaking!  I kept thinking of the delicate leaf clusters stamp set by Hero Arts!  Here is the card I made:

I embossed the leaf in aqua embossing powder over the stamped envelope pattern in antique linen. The sentiment in embossed in chestnut.  I added a scalloped piece of brown cardstock and tied an aqua bow finishing with a teal rose!

My flickr friend Lin mentioned my dining room so I thought it would be fun to share some pictures.  I cleaned it all up!!  My dining room is the first room of my house beside the entryway.  Our house is mostly open but with the separate dining room.  We built our house almost 6 years ago, I enjoyed picking out all the flooring, colors etc in the house.  And making changes to the plan!  Before I had kids I really enjoyed decorating, since having kids not as much.  I may have been obsessed!  It's hard to take kids into decorating stores that I used to frequent.  And stamping gives me the thrill that searching and finding some perfect decor did!  :>   Although from time to time I do buy a few new things!

 It's hard to see but my mom made the curtains and they are beauitful, chestnut silk with black velor and sliver lines running down.  And I didn't take the best picture of this but we have an arch that leads to the dining room, a decorator told me to paint it brown, I never would have thought so but it makes it stand out so much!

 I bought these canvas prints of Paris soon after we were married, I really like how my mother in law thought to hang them.  Do you recognize them from my video?  I also love the silver wall sconces that I bought when they were new in the stores, they have three hanging crystals on them.  Sadly I broke the smoked glass holder on one.  Although I do have an idea to replace it....  Oh and like my candle holder (whats' the word for that?)   It's a hot Canadian brand Umbra, I specially ordered it years ago and paid I think $75, I couldn't believe when I saw the price more than double a little while later!
 I need more branches, Carter got into them when he was little, I just recently pulled the vase back out!
 Ariel took piano from when she was 2 to 4, we took a break this year, didn't mean to but a mix up with teacher's.  She will play again next year, excited as her school music teacher (who is really good) asked me to wait so that she can teach her!    I don't love my dining room table but with little kids no point getting a new one yet, I suppose (that's what Chad tells me)  This is what happens when your busy planning a wedding and making a fast purchase so it will be there when your married!
And a close up of my new art work and the inspiration!  I searched everywhere to find the matching pair to this one!  And you wouldn't believe how affordable it was, I think it's my best deal ever with home decor!

I also bought some really cute new pillows, look for those soon as they inspired me to make a card too!  :>

So I hope you are inspired by new pictures and create something too!


Ann said...

SO fun! I love that painting, & I love your card, too! Happy Friday! :D

Barb said...

Hi Anita! Thanks for sharing the photos of your pretty dining room! I can totally understand why you were inspired to make a card by looking at your artwork. . . .And I love the card! Beautiful colors! I'm hoping to get some play time this weekend to make one too! Hugs! :)

Dawn T said...

gorgeous inspirational photo Anita...and what a delightful house you have, Such pretty colours and love the archway. thanks for sharing

Brenda said...

Great inspiration Anita and your card is superb! I adore the design! Stunning pictures you shared, thank you.

ivy said...

you have such a beautiful dining room. so many curves and archways! when can i come over for dinner?

Tiffany Ervin said...

Fabulous inspiration from your dining room, what works of art those pictures you have on your wall! Your room is soooo gorgeous!

Lin said...

Anita, thanks for the tour of your gorgeous dining room! I didn't realize the prints that we were all inspired by were that big - they're even more impressive now! This was fun!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Loved your inspiration photo and card, Anita! And what fun to see your dining room with the inspiration art on the wall! So glad you put this together for us hostesses :)

Sharon D from Canada said...

Wow - your dining room is gorgeous, Anita! I love the pretty arch and the recessed nook and what a fab paint job too!

I absolutely love your inspiration pieces for the colour challenge - beautiful style and combination!

Ren-Yi said...

your card is an absolutely gorgeous and is a true reflection of the dining room! :) glad i'm stumbled upon this particular post!


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