A New Painting for Our Kitchen Nook


I'm crazy about this oil painting painting I recently found for our kitchen nook.  It's by a German artist named Decker and was done in 1886.  You know when something just calls to you?  ("Buy me!!" ;)  I didn't know where I'd put it (I rarely do with art...  If I love it, I know I'll find a spot) but for $60, I was thrilled. It's full of my colors and I just love its moodiness. 



I've been meaning to  get something up on the left side of my kitchen nook for a while now...   Here's a photo of the right side with the chalkboard:


The green in my cabinets (Behr's Witch Hazel in Semigloss) works perfectly with the Decker painting:


I'm leaving it unframed and I love seeing the tattered sides of the canvas.  The painting is so beautifully aged.  



And here it is up in "the nook." 


I'm never one for permanence in my home, but it'll be staying in the nook for a good long time!  While I do appreciate museum-quality art (who doesn't?)  I'm always on the lookout for beautiful inexpensive original paintings.  (And by inexpensive I mean under a $100 and preferably in the $30 - $50 range...  I know that's cheap, but I feel no guilt at checkout! ;)   

xoxo,
lauren

ps- The white floor vent register seen in the pics has finally been replaced!!  wahooo 

50 comments:

My Yellow House said...

It's an absoutely gorgeous painting! It looks great in your nook - sometimes things are meant to be...I just bought an etching and I love it. I couldn't leave the store without it! Enjoy!
Sarah

The Boese Family said...

Beautiful painting -- what a great find! I love how you continue to show us the updates in your home. Thanks for sharing!

LindsB said...

Beautiful work of art- I love that its so old AND has all your colors!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I want that painting...would so work with my colors! When might you be going out of town next? HAHAHA! Wood floor vents for wood floor-right?!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Love the painting...and the price! Your home is so beautiful.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful. Those are my favorite paintings. soulful, worn...showing their age beautifully. I have my share of the orphans myself!

A Perfect Gray said...

I love it. Totally my kind of piece. Looks great there.

listsinmypocket said...

I love it! So pretty.
-Lisa

CRICKET said...

Love your new acquisition! I have a still life I picked up over 10 years ago for about $30 and I get lots of comments on how cool it is with no frame.

Dianne said...

You have a great eye...that painting was a steal!

Vanessa said...

What a beautiful find! It's great when you know the artist's name and the date it was painted. So much history there!

Morning T said...

It's perfect Lauren and I love your sweet nook with all of the light streaming in. I would love to sit there and drink coffee with you and soak in your incredible home!

pve design said...

A home with art is always full of stories and personality. I can imagine telling stories to your sons while you eat there about some storm or some sailor and his ship. We always like to tell stories while we eat. Art can inspire stories and conversation.
pve

Marthe said...

you nook looks great!

What kind of plants are those on the table? They look so good!

Mausumi

Red Door Home said...

Great addition to your kitchen. You have a great eye for finding beautiful things. Your home is definietly a reflection of your creative talent.

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

It's perfect for your oh so pretty nook. I love it unframed too.

Kara said...

I love your house. Everything is just so pretty.

Maria Killam said...

It's you!! And it looks great there!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

A fabulous find, when I first saw it I thought "Moody"! It adds a wonderful touch of the unexpected in your nook, love the tattered edges. Great eye to have found this...Janell

Pink Wallpaper said...

LOVE the painting!!

vignette design said...

I love that painting--love how it looks on the wallpaper.

annie said...

Old oils are my favorites!
I always take the frames off.
A little tatter just adds to the beauty.
Yours was a great find and looks wonderful in the nook!
annie

nkp said...

It's lovely. A real treasure and perfectly suited for that spot. It was meant to be, right? ;0)

DustyLu said...

I love it! It looks stunning! ~lulu

Adrianna said...

I know you said it looks moody but I think it reminds me of when the sun starts to rise on the water. It's absolutely beautiful.

Haven and Home said...

Looks great!

kerrisdaledesign said...

Thank you for sharing with us your latest find, it looks beautiful in your kitchen nook! I wanted to share a some pictures of my paintings, as I thought they have a similar feel to this one. http://kamadatsu.com/portfolio.html

Karla
blog.kerrisdaledesign.com

Kelly Green said...

Gorgeous find - so moody and soft! KG

Greet said...

Lauren,
You are so lucky to have found that 19th century painting! It looks fantastic!
xx
Greet

Brillante Home Decor said...

Lucky girl, what a find! I imagine you sipping coffee staring at the horizon on the ocean (when you have a moment for yourself, hopefully)

Annie Wilcox Designs said...

I have an encaustic (spelling?) that I got at my favorite shop and everytime I look at it, I am happy. Good for you, being happy with yours.

Tina said...

Lauren it is gorgeous and it looks perfect in your kitchen nook! I love the colours in the painting and what a bargain I woud say!! Hope you have a lovely day ~ Tina x

Saara @ GEORGE Interior Design said...

Love that painting! Where did you find it?

labeck said...

That is one gorgeous painting! Love how it looks in your breakfast nook!!!

Emily A. Clark said...

I love the way it looks layered over the wallpaper. Beautiful!

angela | the painted house said...

What a find! I love the idea of using original art-- honoring the piece and the person who so long ago lovingly created it. The soul lives on! Looks so lovely in your space.

Chic Coles said...

What a great addition to your nook! I can't believe it was $60!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Goes beautifully in your perfect kitchen space

Debra Phillips said...

SCORE! (high five)

love, love the painting; the patina of age, the depth and moodiness....i feel drawn in, a piece to contemplate.
xo
debra

b-mused said...

the painting is beautiful and you're right, it fits perfectly in your nook;). i love what you've done.

xoxo,
blair

Living It At Home said...

It is beautiful Lauren! Great find. I am always on the look out for old "cheap" paintings. I hate to "bum" you out about this {and maybe it doesn't matter because it was inexpensive} but be careful of the sun shining on it...it will fade.

Looks great in your kitchen! Enjoy and hope you and your little ones are well~

~jamilyn

Peggy and Fritz said...

Lauren I love your thought process on paintings - I like you always look for something under $100.00 not because I'm cheap but because part of the thrill is finding something perfect on a budget. It fits your nook perfect and I love the pricetag and the tattered sides. One day I'm going to do a post on the all the art I bought under $100.00 - you'd be surprised what you can find. I love your design aesthetic.

Lovely Little Nest said...

That painting is gorgeous, and it looks beautiful in your kitchen! I love how the muted colors look against the white and black patterned walls ~ so fresh and unique! Great find :)

Culpepper Designs said...

Love the art...and the nook!

where did you get your bamboo shades that fit the large window in your nook?

Thanks!

Velvet and Linen said...

Your home always makes me smile Lauren.
The painting is the perfect addition. I share your love of inexpensive oil paintings. I can't seem to pass them up!
Love the color of your cabinets BTW :)

xo
Brooke

Casa Bella said...

I am loving the wall paper you chose for your kitchen. I painted my kitchen cabinets a very similar color, don't you love it? The oil painting has so much character. I keep on saying this, but you have such amazing, fantastic taste.

fromtherightbank said...

I'm in love with it! I swear, you always find the most amazing deals. I fell in love with a painting yesterday and it turned out to be $1800! If you ever tire of it, you know who to send it to. ;)

Liz said...

Hi Lauren
I always love your ideas and have a paint color question. Do you match the paint color of your kitchen cabinets to the doors and other woodwork? I just painted my cabinets cream and am afraid my kitchen will look yellow (yuck!) if the doors and woodwork match. Maybe I am wrong though, I certainly don't want patchwork. My walls are a light latte color. Do you have any tips on this? I'm lost! Thank you, Thank you!

Fê Dutra said...

I love this wallpaper.

Milestone Custom Coatings Ltd. said...

Aside from the aged beautiful painting, I love your wall covering. It complements your painting in the nook.