It all started with this painting that I found at Habitat for Humanity ReStore last week. Since unemployed, I go there weekly which isn't hardly enough to scoop up the amazingly priced treasure that lurk there. My baby brother and his wife are currently in the midst of adding a 2nd level to their home as their 2nd child will be arriving in about two months. My sister in law Meghan is an artist by talent and college degree and one of the craftiest people I know. Lucky for all of you, she has agreed to let me photograph and feature her home on the blog when it is done, because let me tell you all...she has unbelievable taste and an uncanny ability for DIY projects. We will all swoon our dying swoons when we see what she comes up with.
We went there with the sole purpose of finding her some pieces of furniture to refinish and repurpose for their new space. As we made our way through the maze of rooms I spotted this painting leaning in a corner. Light attached, white washed frame and lovely oil on canvas....do thrift finds get any better than this? At $35.00 I knew I couldn't leave it behind and knew it would go perfectly in my dining room.
The husband and I hung it today. Due to a combination of hearing Meghan's ideas and having spent entirely too much time in this house the past months I am itching to repaint and redo. I started removing artwork and mirrors from walls and having my saintly husband follow me from room to room with them. Maybe this should move here....maybe that should move there....I had him pouring a whiskey on the rocks by 3pm.
As he was in the kitchen fixing his much needed cocktail, it dawned on me that I indeed had some artwork stored in the attic that might just be the "refresh" I was looking for! My father, as the last living member of his immediate family, gave me all of his family's oil paintings quite a few years ago. These are the paintings of my childhood, always hung in my grandparents home, they both intrigued and haunted me when I was young. I have kept them stored in my attic since receiving them and decided it was time to dig them out!
My Great, Great Grandfather on my father's maternal side. This glorious painting scared the Bee-Jeezus out of us kids as we always felt like his eyes were following us. It hung above the buffet in my grandparents dining room until my ailing grandmother had to move in with my father. My grandmother and her mother were both amazing at documenting EVERYTHING as you can see. Inside the envelope is a newspaper clipping about Rugby, Tennessee! Do you want to know a secret too? We are related to Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States!
My Great Grandmother, Laura Taylor Johnston. She died at almost 100 years old in 1972. Wasn't she lovely? I sure think so. I know in my heart that had we met we would have been kindred spirits. I love hearing my father tell stories about her. He simply adored her and she adored him.She was truly the matriarch of my grandmother's family. She loved to write and document and thanks to her, I have the background on many items I have inherited.
My Great Grandfather, Alexander Lee Don. His life span is marked in the back of the frame ~ 1885-1959
He emigrated with his family to the US from Aberdeen, Scotland and owned a business in NYC for many years.
This is the only item I have that is not documented. It is obviously a school picture. I wish I know who was in it and when and where it was taken.
This was my Great Grandfather's store in NYC. Called Weber & Don the back of the picture has the old address which is four blocks from the World Trade Center site. The kids and I are spending the day in New York on Friday and I think we should find where it was. I reframed this in a Pottery Barn frame I had laying around and now just need to figure out where to hang it.
The frames on the oil painting are pretty beat up, so I removed the canvases of my Great, Great Grandfather and my Great Grandmother. I would like to have them reframed, but it's not in the budget at this time. Instead, I hung the photo of great, great Grandfather in my formal living room just as is.
Of course it would look pretty spectacular with a gorgeous frame, but for now, I think it looks just right.
What are you having a "moment" with?