Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I Wish I Was a Picture Framer

When I left school I was rather naive as far as what field I wanted to be employed in. My mind was not really open to the many and varied opportunities that existed. I ended up in an office, behind a desk answering phones and sorting mail *YAWN*. I wish someone had said to me, "Why don't you become a picture framer?". I guess it's never too late huh?

I have been playing around with frames and images for our lounge and here's what I came up with...





Above is the final setting.
Below, the 2 lower pictures add depth but the safari prints just aren't me.

Do you remember the following 2 pics I got for $5 each?
BEFORE....






and AFTER.....








The next 2 were from the same op shop,
BEFORE....










and AFTER....











I am really pleased with the way the room is coming together. I am having trouble finding inexpensive drumshades for the lamps so will have to be patient.
The sofa is on my "to-do" list. I want to upholster it in crisp white with large nailhead trim.







The blue and white duck is a recent 2nd hand find and is great for storing the TV remote.






Who spotted the fact that I've painted one of the lamp tables white?
I told you I wasn't good at finishing.

42 comments:

brismod said...

Ange,
Your place is looking great. Those lamp bases are out of this world. Very cool. Did you ever work out how to get the creases from your rug?
xx

Paint Me White said...

Ange, I noticed new cushions and new cylinder shades on those bases - just gorgeous. A picture framer what happened to an upholsterer?
Sandy

awal.ny said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I will never look at a salvation arm picture the same. There is always tomorrow to paint. I have one of those same kind of matching end tables in my basement.

Raine and Sage said...

This room is really gorgeous, and I love those green ginger jar lamps. Everything has tied together so stylishly. Very impressive! Sonia :)
PS - I have a funny tale about the colour of your coffee table and a wombat... will be sure to include you.

chair up said...

I know Sandy, and sign writer, session muso, mechanic, interior decorator.... if only I was 18 again.
Angex

Kerri said...

I'm looking for a good framer Ange - can you get onto that career change right away please? Your room looks so good I didn't even notice the side tables. Great job! K xx

baysiderose said...

Wow! Looking really good Ange. Loving those green ginger jar lamps. They look stunning in your room.

Pam x

Angela Furlong said...

Ange, I think you should do it! Some people have the knack... I don't but I wish I did. Your place is looking super gorgeous x

My Striped Seaside said...

Love your room..i think you could do anything you put your mind to Ange...you are very talented xx

Pudel-design said...

That looks fantastic!
Love;)
It`s pretty amazing how different a thing could look with a little new paint!
Lovely greetings...

Stella and Pearl said...

Hi Ange, I have returned and that room looks amazing, you are so clever..love the lamps..amazing colour!

Kristopher K said...

Your room is looking fabulous ... and I totally agree with Raine and Sage : love those green ginger jar lamps : and the lamp table looks great painted white ... even if at this stage it's only the one :) Cheers, Kris

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

It's all looking so great! I love the hints of green and those lamps are amazing. I find Bunnings and Target are sometimes good for inexpensive lampshades.

Tara said...

Seriously I think you'd be good at anything you wanted to do.SO clever..xx

french doors and verandahs said...

Professional picture framing is so EXPENSIVE so I wish I were one too, just so I could frame my own! You've done a wonderful job arranging the frames and it makes quite an impact behind the lounge. It's all looking fantastic.
X Briohny.

Jane said...

That looks really fantastic. Like Anita, I am in love with your green lamp bases. Well done. The frames look great too.

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, your living space looks AMAZING!! Girl, you've got some talent! :-)

Oh, and sweetie, have you inputted your county information yet at LOCATION CENTRAL? It's the blog where you find other bloggers in your area.
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Millie said...

Please send me just 1/100th of your motivation immediately!
Millie ^_^

theoldboathouse said...

Hey Ange...I just love how your style has evolved. I am so loving those lamps, the shades you chose are great and your framing is wonderful...you are so clever cheers Katherine xx

Ness Lockyer said...

Those lamp bases are absolutely stunning and i am the same colour right now ;0) Your frame makeovers look great too. It is all coming together nicely.
Ness xx

Trish said...

WOW Ange thats a career right up your meticulous & stylish alley. Your room is evolving into such a stylish & welcoming space to relax in. Those ginger jar lamps are definately the find of the century!! I was wondering what magic you would work on those frames, Love it all!!

Erica @ Decorica said...

The arrangement of the photos is great, love the texture of the mirror mixed in...

The color of the lamps is awesome!!!

Letitia Linke said...

Oh your room is looking fantastic! And if you were a picture framer you would be making a lot of money as they aren't cheap. But worth it for some of the prints I bought overseas so shouldn't complain. Letitia x

Kellie Collis said...

You have a lovely home! I love the frames and the center table. Happy weekend, Kellie xx

Anna said...

Ange...this would have to be one of my favourite rooms in your home...it looks awesome!!! And I especially LOVE the pops of green..the lamp bases still make my heart go flip flop UH!! Everything just looks so amazing! And you know what..I really loved the side table ..gold...as it was..it really worked in this space...but white does stand out more and compliments your little decor pieces on your coffee table. GOLD STAR to you darling..a fantastic job!! XO

Julie-Ann said...

The frames are fantastic- what a difference:). I think you would have made a wonderful picture framer. I also had a little chuckle over the duck storing the TV remotes. What a clever idea:)

A Room For Everyone said...

There also seems to be good money in picture framing given what it has cost me to frame some movie posters! I love your arrangement, I think it looks perfect! Rachaelxx

A-M said...

Fantastic picture transformations. Your room is looking fabulous! Those green lamps are to die for! A-M xx

pk @ Room Remix said...

The frames (and artwork) look so much better now. I like neutral space with the pops of green and I especially love the lamps. You've done a great job on the whole room!

Lord Cowell said...

Love the ginger jar lamps. It's the first time I've seen them with the shades on. David.

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Angie it looks lovely, well done!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

This room is gorgeous! I LOVE that table, very nice.

The Pink Poodle said...

testing again..one two three!!

NATURAL MODERN INTERIORS said...

Hi Ange, Just found your blog today. Nice work with the frames. I really like your mirror as well, where did you get it from? Have a great weekend, Lisa

Creamy White said...

HI Ange, sorry it took it so long to visit here, but my time with blogging has become shorter and shorter. Thanks for your comment! Eventhough I was away I really enjoyed receiving it!
Love your frames and the choices you've made with the pictures. Looks lovely. The whole living room! And gorgeous green lamps!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Enjoy your week,
Li :-)

Natasha said...

Ange, I am so sorry I haven't been by for such a long time! I am glad I have caught up on your blog and I must say I LOVE your revamped picture frames-great job!

I finally finished my part-time teaching contract, went on a wee little break and then our house flooded...life has been insane here! I hope you have been well and that the horrible weather didn't effect you too much. I think we are in for a wet old summer!

Take care and best wishes always,
Natasha.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

WOW! Love the re-do's.... They look sooo much prettier.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

lila Check said...

wow! it looks fabulous!! love,love,love everything!
could not help but to notice the pictures with ferns,are they from New Zealand? gorgeous!!
...by the way,fabulous blog!!
hugs
lila

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Great picture wall

orchidlanedecor.com said...

I just adore those gorgeous lamp bases!
Suzy xxx

lisa said...

wow i love what you did with the pictures.....nice

Third Avenue Style said...

I love your room - your really are clever! Do you want to move in to my house & fix it up too?

Katie