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I recently came across a design challenge when framing two beautiful Japanese wood block prints. I had purchased them just over two years ago and finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in having them framed so I could stop thinking about how I would eventually get to enjoy them daily and actually start enjoying them.
I am a huge fan of filling your home with art that you have a personal connection to. Over the years and through my travels I have picked up an array of art; ranging from the five dollar watercolor that I found when traveling abroad in Florence to the slightly pricier historic map of Beacon Hill that features the neighborhood where I fell in love and got engaged to my husband. I have invested in getting each of these pieces framed, to not only preserve them, but as decor for my home.
When selecting the matting and frames for the Japanese prints I kept thinking “should I have these framed to match the other art already in my home or select the matte and frame that best suits the art”? I quickly realized that the matting and framing should always compliment the art not it’s intended location. While it’s vital to make sure the pieces in your home have a relationship to one another it’s important to keep reminding yourself that not everything has to be matchy-matchy, in fact it’s better if things are a bit more eclectic and layered. The decision was the right one and the prints are spectacular.
Having said that, when I unwrapped and got ready to hang them in the apartment I was confronted with the challange of finding just the right place for them to call home. The only logical place was flanking an existing piece of art. I’m not thrilled with the slightly different hue of the guilding on the frames and too close size relationship to each other, but what I’ve realized is that while I love my new apartment it is only a temporary abode. Hopefully one day we will purchase a home of our own and find just the right place for these prints where they won’t have to compete with another piece of art for your attention.
It was about this time of year in 2008 that I had the privilege of visiting Kyoto. Although I missed the explosion of foliage that the Cherry Blossom season brings to Japan my trip did not disappoint me when it comes to color. I saw some of the most beautiful architectural uses of color, specifically orange. In homage to my two year anniversary of my trip I’ve posted a few of my favorite pictures. Hopefully they will inspire you to not be afraid of color whether it’s in your wardrobe, the color paint on your walls in your home or a fun new piece of decor.
I think you might want to come home and live with me…
Anyone out there looking for a playful cookie jar? I found this little guy at Anthropolgie when I was on the hunt for something silly to make me remember that April showers really will bring May flowers. If I didn’t already have red as my kitchen accent color I would bring him home with me.