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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Inspiration...





On my last blog post I had a sweet comment about how she thought my home looked like a Mary Kay Crowley painting.  And boy did she ever guess my inspiration right!  I can't remember where I first saw one of her (MKC) painting's.  But I remember falling in love! And then I saw how much they cost and decided I woudn't need any, LOL! Her originals go for insane amounts of money. 


  Over time, I found some of her lithio's on boards on ebay for pretty cheap.  The one day walking in Marshall's I found a BIG (24x36) MKC painting for 29.99 and then yet ANOTHER one (18x24) for 29.99.  I framed them and I have never grown tired of them.

I certainly can appreciate MANY other decorating styles.  And LOVE to see how other people decorate their homes.  But I am truly a French country, cottage, vintagy girl at heart!  I LOVE color, especially red.  It makes me happy just looking at it!   And I think my new home will be decorated very much like the home I am in now.  I know some people like a "clean slate".  And I do understand it.  But I have found what makes me warm and fuzzy inside and I'm sticking to it!

This one below, I found the frame at a yard sale for $3 and it was brown, plastic and hideous!  I painted it gold, then outlined it with black and then put a grayish white glaze on the gold I had painted. I think it turned out pretty cute!
My home has many "hand me downs" from my parents whose home was decorated very French Country when I was growing up.  Things they got tired of over the years, I gladly took off their hands.    I have some favorite pieces that I have found while thrifting or yard saling.  I also have found some wonderful treasures on Ebay. 


 I am linking up to Favorite Things Saturday at BHWL!
What makes your heart sing?  What inspires you?  I'd love to know!
XOXO

11 comments:

Between You and Me said...

love that you've found your style and it makes you warm and fuzzy. You have a beautiful home.....

Jen Kershner said...

Kristi, I love how you have stayed so true to what you love while I feel like my style is still evolving. I had forgotten about MKC. Love her pictures and they look just right in your home.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Okay, this is my first visit to your blog, and I can see I'm going to have to look around. I love those prints, and wish I could have that style in my home too, so I know I'm going to love your home. I'm so glad you linked these fabulous pictures to Favorite Things. laurie

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Kristi!

I love those pieces and had no idea who the artist was. I've seen that one on the bottom before and loved it. I will certainly have to make a trip to TJMaxx/Marshalls this week to see if my stores have any. They are just gorgeous!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm going to have a look around yours and I'm sure I'm going to love it!

Manuela

Angie said...

I want some of her prints too and sure wish I could find them for fairly cheap like you have! I read that you were building a new home and wondered if you would stick with French country or go in a different direction. I have kept my look (roosters, toile, checks, red, etc.) for probably about 8 or so years now. I have thought many times about something different, but I just love the colors and warmth of French country and have decided to stay with it. I gotta have color and pattern! I hope you'll continue to post pics of your home 'cause I want to see more and get ideas!

kim said...

I love those paintings. You and I like the same styles and gotta have me some red in my house.

Jennifer said...

I love those pictures!!!

Janet said...

I have never heard of MKC, but I love, love those paintings/prints. Just perfect...I am off to google some!

And I have loved Country French since long before it was cool. I don't have much of it in my decor, but I get little pieces when I can.

Where in the Northeast are you?

Janet

Nancy said...

Love those paintings! MKC is my style too! Gota have my reds! Nancy

Stacey said...

I have swooned over that artwork too. You are so lucky to have found some pieces of it. Can I go shopping with you? You find the best stuff!

Now I'm off to keep peeking in your windows. :)

mishebe said...

ok, i am a French Country girl too.. not to many of us around now.. You scored on those pictures at Marshalls. I have looked for her pictures for cheaper before and i had to print up my own.. i use her pictures for inspiration all the time.. Ok back to exploring your blog...

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