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« on: March 04, 2008 07:55:08 PM »

This is my art deco girl. I love her. I painted the whole living room around her. We're trying to go for a 1930s feel in our (conveniently, 30s) house and this print of a 1928 painting was the first thing I picked out for the house. I found these great ceramic candle holders that match her too, and I had this orange bowl around that kinda sorta goes with her hair. The blue bowl will move. But it still needs something else. I had thought forever about some kind of red vase (I'm using red accents in the room to go with her lips) but I'm having the hardest time finding one that would work. They're all more Japanese style.
Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!

« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 08:12:41 PM »

I love Art Deco, Mercury glass vases or candle sticks would look great. Or maybe one of those great figural vases from the 30's, usually they are pretty easy to find at flea markets. But i know krylon makes a faux mercury glass like paint that's fairly easy to use.

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008 05:22:21 AM »

I have a few suggestions.
Try arranging thing asymmetrically.  I did a terrible little mock up in paint.

Anyhow I agree with the mercury glass, it serves as a kind of neutral tone in the colors.  remember you dont have to make things match perfectly, as much as have them compliment.

« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008 07:40:02 AM »

absolutely! cala lilies in a dramatic vase would look excellent opposite your Jeune fille en vert print. You could try reproduction Fiestaware, a whole lot more affordable than the original stuff and they come in more colors
a turquoise would really pop against that green. Deco was all about drama and sleek lines so go for something fun  Grin   

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008 08:03:08 AM »

I'm thinking of the Art Deco look as being stylized but also minimal.  What does the arrangement look like if you leave the fireplace mantel empty and hang your lovely lady off to the right or left just slightly. 

I love your candle sticks, just adore them - but they may be to small to work with your arrangement.

« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008 08:43:56 AM »

Asymmetrical is my suggestion too.  I also concur with the fiestaware vase idea.  Lilies seem like the perfect flower for the style of your lovely print. 

I'm all for red accents, but it also looks like that amber color vase you have balances with her skin tone.  The little glass vase is way too small, unfortunately

« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008 05:26:09 PM »

wonderful suggestions, everyone, thank you! I think IamSusie's right about the orange bowl, just doesn't do it. I'll post back with another try  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2008 10:36:28 AM »

That is a beautiful painting and the wall is one of my favorite colors of green. The one thing that seems to be "not quite there" about the whole thing is the scale of the other items on the mantle with respect to the size of the painting. The painting is large and vertical and the other items seem small by comparison. I think some tall calla lillies in tall vases on either side would help, or possibly some type of sconce, vertical mirror or object hung on the wall on either side of the painting would help tie everything together. Or what if you put a small shelf on either side of the painting and placed the candlesticks on the shelves to give them more height.

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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008 06:19:11 AM »

My suggestion is to actually hang the painting, not rest it on the mantle. Hang it so that it is spaced between the ceiling and the mantle equally. I feel that this treatment will help with balance issues.

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