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Paint By Number – The Everyday Rembrandt

 

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I would be interested to know how many of you would have known instantly what the above paintings were if you had not read the title of this post – just curious on what the age range is on knowledge of this type of “Everyday Rembrandt”.  

Have you seen “Paint By Number” paintings before?  If you frequent thrift stores, resale shops, flea markets, or estate sales, chances are good you have come into contact with this type of craft.  Or maybe your Mom was a PBN connoisseur?  Or your grandmother?  Hugely popular in the 1950′s and 1960′s, the first Paint By Number kit was revealed at the New York Toy Show in 1951.  Though sales were slow in the beginning, by 1954, over twelve million kits had been sold.

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I find them fascinating for a few reasons.  First of all, it was time consuming to paint all of those little sections.  You can almost tell how “into it” some people felt – if they patiently colored each section or breezed through just to get it done.  My favorite is when you find ones that are signed like original pieces of art.  I love it!  I would probably sign them too after painting in all of those tiny number sections.

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Though you can still find a ton of these paintings using this search on Ebay and this search on Etsy, they are getting harder to find and more expensive as time goes on, and they become more collectible.  Since I have gallery walls on the brain, I like the look of people using the vintage paint by numbers with that goal in mind.

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Of course, someone has to take it to the next level by painting entire wall murals based on their favorite Paint By Number pattern.

Tutorial for this project here.

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Design Sponge

 

Tutorial for this project here.

Easter Kiwi

Easter Kiwi

 

Tutorial for this project here. - LOVE this one!  The artist even left her son some “empty numbers” to paint as he would like.

Katie's Pencil Box

Katie’s Pencil Box

Yes, they look great as a gallery wall, terrific as a wall mural, but even if you just have one, they bring a pleasant feel to a shelf.

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I have one on my mantle!

Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

And actually, I just bought this little beauty on Ebay for the gallery wall in my girls room.

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In fact, there is such an interest and (dare I say, a cult-like following?) in collecting these pieces, there is now an online Paint By Number Museum.  (air quotes around “museum”)  If you have one of these, you can find out if it is a valuable one or not by entering the information on the site.  Truth be told, there are a bajillion of these out there (you can get them anywhere from $5-$40 from what I have seen) so there are not many that are worth much.  But who knows?  You may have one of the really early models!

Of course, if this is simply too kitsch for you, maybe you could do a Paint By Number sweater?

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What do you think of vintage Paint By Number art?  Do you have any in your home?  In your family?

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Gebhardt Guest Room/Office

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You’re in for a treat today!  Aren’t room transformations THE BEST?!!

If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you have already seen two rooms come together in the Gebhardt home – the formal living and the casual living.  Since Sabrina is a beautiful photographer, she needed an office that would be colorful and happy and inspiring.  But because this room would do double duty for guests, it needed to be accommodating and inviting, too.   Of course, I was happy to help!  (repeat clients are my biggest compliment!)

Sabrina deemed this room “her hot mess”, and it was full of hodge podge furniture and…stuff.  (after moving two years ago, I still have a space – or two – like this, sigh)

Here are some before pics.

The room could use some love, but the dog is cute, right?

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Sabrina bought the desk super cheap off of CraigsList when they got into their new-to-them 1920′s home; mainly out of desperation for a workspace amidst the chaos of moving.  We pondered getting something different but ended up with a “is that the same desk?!” transformation.

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Because this was essentially Sabrina’s space when guests were not in town, I was given permission to “girl it up” if I felt so inclined.  Carefully listening to my clients is very important to me, so I made sure I fulfilled her requirements of “pretty”, “lots of color”, and “functional”.  Of course, I needed a jumping off point, some inspiration, and I knew immediately what it was.

Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric

Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric

Ah, the ever-spectacular Designers Guild “Orangerie Rose” pattern.  I have loved this watercolor-y floral fabric for years.  It runs about $150 USD a yard so it was merely a dream.  Until…I snatched up four yards on Ebay for around $200.  I was so excited!  I saved it for just the right client, and I knew when I saw the room, and pondered Sabrina’s color story for the space, that she would love it.  Therefore, with this fabric in mind, I designed the room, and presented Sabrina with this design board.

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We started from scratch with this room except for the french provincial side tables, a brass swing arm floor lamp, a mission style bench, and an old Ethan Allen wing chair.  Sabrina did a lot of the legwork on this room herself, taking the board and running with it, but I really enjoyed working out all of the details with her and styling the room.  So without further adieu,

Welcome to the Gebhardt Guest Room/Office.

I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite viewpoints of the space.   You get a little sneak peak from the hallway, and I think one just feels drawn into the room.

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The gorgeous campaign dresser is a Scout Design Studio find, and we painted it in Rustoleum’s Safety Red, a high gloss orangey-red hue.

AStoriedStyle.comIt turned out pretty killer.  One of Sabrina’s main storage requests was somewhere to put all of her kraft paper boxes she uses for presentation of her client’s photos.  This long but narrow depth dresser fit the bill perfectly.  Brass hardware like this slays me.

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Besides the fabric, my favorite feature of the room is this interchangeable art/photography wall.  Using vintage frames Sabrina already owned, plus a few purchased from a local salvage store, we fashioned this interesting collection by nailing large metal binder clips into the center of each frame.  It will be so easy to alter the photos and artwork as desired.

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The vintage bamboo pair of chairs are one of Kristen’s Gypsy Soul Interiors finds, and we had the seats upholstered in the Orangerie fabric.  They. are. stunning.  The green and white flocked trellis pillow is from Etsy.

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Sabrina says this is her favorite photo of the space, and I love it, too.

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The vintage round ottoman was a CraigsList purchase.

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Since the bed was in front of the pretty windows, I didn’t want to cover too much sunshine.  Therefore, I searched for an iron bed until I found this one (from Pottery Barn) at an estate sale for $150.  We sprayed it in Rustoleum’s John Deere Green.  (I’m loving that little cutie’s pjs in this photo!)

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This little princess likes the bed, too.  How precious is her little dolly sleeping next to her?!

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The bench at the end of the bed looked like this before.

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Using some not-being-used-by-me-anymore World Market gray velvet curtains I had edged in white linen, we had it reupholstered and tufted.  How very Maria VonTrapp, ha!

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The beautiful Orangerie fabric was used for long pillows for the bed and a bolster for the bench.  Yellow silk fabric was used for piping.

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Are you loving the rug as much as I am?!  There is nothing like an old rug to bring a wonderful sense of age and character to a space.  Found on Ebay from this seller whom I have used many a time – I highly recommend him!  (I can hardly look at his rugs without wanting at least twelve!)

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We used one of Sabrina’s french end tables she already had on one side of the bed, and placed this grasscloth one (another Gypsy Soul Interiors find) on the other side.

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The lampshades were edged in pretty trim.

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Sabrina had previously purchased this curvy shaped Ethan Allen chair for a great price off of CraigsList, and we had it reupholstered in this crisscross gray fabric (“Hector” from Cutting Corners).  The pillow is another Etsy find.  The curtains are linen from Ikea, edged in a yellow Greek key trim.

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For printer and office supply storage, this bamboo shelving unit was purchased off of CraigsList.  I love to make useful items display nicely.

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The desk turned out so great!  We painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray reduced 50% and added the dainty brass knobs.

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The corkboard was purchased at Home Goods, and Sabrina painted the frame gold, and added the chevron fabric (Premier Prints) and red trim.

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Light, bright, and beautiful, just what Sabrina wanted!  She sent me these thoughts about her new room, and it made me so happy!

Oh Grace. I cannot even describe how perfect my office space is. It is my new favorite room in the house. And I am so glad that it is because I spend so much time in there! Even my daughter says, “Mommy, I love your new work room”.

Before we started, this space was a complete hot mess. It was the office. The guest room. The unorganized catch-all. It was ugly, stressful and the most unproductive and unwelcoming room in our home. I spend 3-5 hours a day in my office and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I wanted to love the space. I wanted guests to love the space. I wanted to get organized. I wanted to feel good about walking into the office and not an overwhelming sense of dread.

When we started the project, I told you that I wanted color and inspiration but that it also needed to have a calming effect so that our guests would feel comfortable too. I basically gave you free reign on a lot of things and your ideas blew me away again. This room is so perfectly me in every way. I love every single thing about the space. The color. The patterns. The texture. The organization. The coziness. The drama. All of it. And most of all I love that you were able to wrap it all up into one perfect space.

Again, thank you so much for your vision and patience and creating such a wonderful space for our family to enjoy.

It is truly my pleasure to create spaces that are loved and lived in.  A big thank you to Sabrina and family!!

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What is your favorite feature of this room?

If I can pull it together this weekend, I should have some of the “troubled spaces” up next week!

**many many thanks to Sabrina of Sabrina Gebhardt Photography (head over to her site and check out the GORGEOUS family and child photos on her blog) for the lovely images in this post**

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National Geographic Magazines: A Budget-Friendly Shelf Styling Tool

Yellow is one of my favorite accent colors.  That cheery bright pop just makes me happy.  My yellow velvet sofa is kind of famous…more to come on that later.

You may look at that dusty box of National Geographics at an estate sale and see nothing but the magazine your parents or grandparents read, or you may see a great resource for your kids homework or projects.  After this post, you will have new eyes.  Eyes to see more, eyes to see a green, low budget, chic way to fill an empty shelf or bring a zing of color into your room.

Simply Lovely

Anthropologie

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Neil Stemmet, Koncept Design and Architecture

Country Living, 2012 House of the Year

Pink Wallpaper

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Coffee Supreme in Auckland, New Zealand

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Often, I have found boxes of National Geographics on my local CraigsList for next to nothing.  Even check the “free” category, they will pop up in that section sometimes.  Ebay is another great source.  I really like to use the older ones with the white covers if the fronts are going to show, but if I am just displaying the bindings, it doesn’t matter.

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My little collection brings some golden color to my mantle these days.  I also appreciate they are really interesting to read, too!  It’s a fun, educational activity to pull one off the shelf and discuss the images with the kids.  Win-win!

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Where could you use a collection of National Geographics?

Bentwood Rocking Chairs

Have you ever had one of these in your home?

I have.  This is what my mom’s rocking chair looked like.  Presumably purchased in the seventies, it sat in our living room for years.  Though I knew this type of chair was a Thonet {pronounced tho-nay} bentwood rocking chair, I always thought the design was mid-century.  Turns out it was designed way before that!

Michael Thonet (1796-1871), is known as the German-Austrian inventor of the process of bentwood production, recognized by flowing forms and the resulting lightweight product.  He first opened his furniture cabinetry workshop in 1819 in a rural Austrian town, where in 1830, he experimented with bending steamed wood to create furniture.  The wood is heated with water vapour and then bent into the desired shape, which gives the pieces their particular charm.  In 1853, he founded the the Austrian company ‘Gebrueder Thonet’.  Mihael Thonet received a patent in 1856 for the process of bentwood manufacturing, when he and his five sons began to produce innovative ‘bentwood’ furniture.

The pieces became known for being practical, inexpensive and refined.  By 1900, the Thonet family had 52 assembly-line production factories in Europe, and was the world’s major manufacturer of bentwood furniture.  After his patents for the process expired in 1869, imitations abounded and still do.  Some consider him the founder of modern furniture design.  You probably will recognize another design of his, the one that made him famous.

The Thonet cafe bentwood chair.

Check out some of his early designs.  Aren’t they neat?  And amazingly still relevant?

Thonet's first bentwood rocking chair, upholstered, 1860 - image courtesy of Thonet

Bentwood Rocking Chair no. 10, 1880 - image courtesy of Thonet

You can definitely see a more Victorian look by 1904.

Bentwood Rocking Chair, 1904 - image courtesy of Thonet

I kind of want a couple of these for my front porch.

Bentwood Rocking Reclining Couch, 1883 - image courtesy of Thonet

Child's Rocking Chair, 1883 - image courtesy of Thonet

I bought an imitation bentwood rocking chair at a garage sale several months ago that is sitting in my house.  I planned on taking on a little upholstery project and tufting it myself.  I do looooovvvveeee tufting.  Maybe someday I’ll get to that project.

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Sometimes you just need to see something in an actual room, right?

Bunny Williams gave this one an acrylic back to not block the beautiful view in this home.  Genius!

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from the movie, "Beginners"

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There are several photos I found where people have revamped their chairs.  Painting the frame (like the picture above) and sometimes painting the frame and putting upholstery over the caning.

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If you are wanting a more modern look, I love the chrome version!

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This guy is on Ebay right now!  Somebody needs to snag him!  With some new upholstery, this would be so fab!

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I also found this teensy little version for a dollhouse on Ebay.  How adorable is this?!

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I see these chairs all the time at estate sales and consignment stores.  Craigslist usually has several.  Find one, make it you, and send me a picture!  I love to feature Reader Projects!

It is no secret that I love pretty antiques and well-designed vintage furniture.  Something I really appreciate when I find things I think are special, is that these pieces were the maker’s artwork.  Time and thought and scrupulous detail were all part of the process that would create something useful, comfortable, lovely and lasting.  So the next time you see a bentwood rocker, I hope you see more than “Mom or Grandma’s old rocking chair”, I hope you think of Michael Thonet and his five sons, experimenting in their little shop in Austria.  Steaming and bending and creating something different and beautiful.  A classic furniture style.  One we are still using more than 150 years later.

In conclusion, I had to include some incredible pieces of art, by a few very notable artists I might add, that were inspired by Thonet’s molded artwork.

Enjoy.

'Lady standing next to a Thonet Rocking Chair', 1905, Ludwig Kühn

'The Last Evening', 1873, James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Lady In The Rocking Chair',1897, Victor Borisov-Musatov

'Woman in a Rocking Chair', Pierre-Auguste Renoir

'Indoor Rocking Chair', Jean-Édouard Vuillard

'Tea on the Porch', 1889, August Borckmann

'Jacqueline sitting in a Rocking Chair', 1954, Pablo Picasso

A rare peek into a candid Picasso.

Pablo Picasso in his Thonet rocking chair in his studio 'Villa La Californie'

Picasso, Villa Californie, Cannes 1957 - photograph by Andre Villers

From his bentwood rocking chair, Picasso studies his latest portrait of Jacqueline. Villa La Californie, July 1957

 

 

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