Art in the Kitchen

January 6, 2014

Greetings all, and welcome to another week! Like so many around me, I’m fighting off a cold so today’s post is short and sweet. Over the weekend, I took advantage of an annual frame sale at Aaron Brothers to display some new prints in the kitchen above the mantel in a simple arrangement.

Our kitchen’s style is very traditional so I like to make small changes that introduce a more contemporary feel, last year it was two modern pendant fixtures, and this year an art display with black frames.

art on kitchen mantel

I’m drawn to watercolors and abstract art in blues and greens, also botanicals and nature prints. I picked up the two on the left at Minted last year, one a watercolor abstract and the other a simple yet colorful peacock feather. Find them here and here.

framed art on mantel

They are joined by two prints from books curated and published by my blog friends at The Handmade Home. Two of the prints made it up onto my kitchen mantel (the watercolor owl which my daughter picked out and the pale blue botanical, both on the right).

artwork in kitchen

Ashley and Jamin gathered up several collections of original prints by talented artists into three separate texts and were kind enough to send them to me which inspired the new display.

art books

The books offer three styles of artwork from Eclectic to Contemporary to Traditional and come with perforated pages of dozens of prints from a variety of talented artists, you can give away different prints, change out ones in your home, or give the books as gifts too.

pages of art

If you’d like to get your hands on a set of these art books, three sets of all three books are up for grabs today. Simply leave a comment sharing your favorite kind of art to be eligible. Do you prefer photography, prints, paintings, abstracts or landscapes, or a medley?

Three winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Friday, January 10, 2014 at midnight  and subject to this site’s Official Rules of Entry. Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winners: #210 Michelle; #588 Jamie; #703 Nancy S. Winners notified via email.


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982 Responses to “Art in the Kitchen”

  1. Joyce says:

    I love landscapes, watercolors, photography and I own one limited edition print. Thank you very much for the giveaway!

  2. Sarah says:

    Abstracts or photography – especially when I can use photo that we took or are meaningful to us!

  3. Lisa says:

    anything Vintage or nautical themed gets me!
    Happy New year!

  4. Christina Lockhart says:

    I like a lot of art (the Masters, impressionists, abstracts, modern, …) but it has to resonate with me. I find that use of color is more of what makes me gravitate to a piece. Lately impressionst landscapes from a few NC artists and a Scottish artist have been calling my name…

  5. Lalitha says:

    Hi Kate,

    So sorry about your husband’s grandmother. I remember reading your previous posts about her. What a lovely lady.

    Art… When any art speaks to you, it is something you can listen to, watch, look at over and over again. Visual art is awesome for home decor obviously because it is the most easily incorporated. You know something works when, each time you see it, it just gives you that “I love this” feeling. There is a horse head painting I have in my stairwell, and each time I come downstairs in the morning, it makes me happy. :)

  6. Christina Lockhart says:

    I like a lot of different art styles (the Masters, impressionist, abstract, modern, etc…) but am most drawn to pieces based on use of color. Lately I’ve been really enjoying impressionist landscapes by some NC painters and a Scottish artist.

  7. Jamie says:

    I like a combo of watercolor, photography and typography. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. Angel L says:

    I love abstracts and watercolors (and the two combined). The boldness of the abstract and the softness of watercolor really call me.

  9. Jeff W says:

    B&W Photography is by far my favorite. However I do love me some abstracts!

  10. Jessica P says:

    My home is full of mostly photography (both canvases and photographs in frames) but I love mixing different types of artwork.

  11. Emily Davis says:

    I love a variety. I like to take photographs, so I tend to buy art that is something I am unable to do which is by far painting or drawing!

  12. Jenny says:

    Abstracts, watercolours and photography!

  13. Matt says:

    Abstract art is my favourite

  14. Lynnette Anderson says:

    I love botanical prints, watercolors, black and white photography, and abstracts. In other words, I like a medley of styles.

  15. Amy says:

    I love watercolors.

  16. Mary says:

    A medley… no limitations.

  17. Kelly says:

    I love watercolors but I’m really into hand lettering prints right now.

  18. Jessica w says:

    I love very graphic modern, abstract art

  19. Linda R. says:

    I don’t know that I have a definite style preference. I love many different kinds of art! Thanks for the opportunity.

  20. Fran says:

    I love abstracts and watercolors, they are so soothing! thanks!

  21. Elena says:

    I love photography, but my walls are full of my childrens’ art!!

  22. Olivia says:

    I’m combining 2 of them… my favorites are abstract landscapes. They just make me feel calm.

  23. Tracey says:

    I love watercolors and photography.

  24. Kimberly says:

    I am totally a medley type of girl – anything can be art – I love to mix and match!

  25. Jean says:

    In the past I’ve been more drawn to black and white photography but now I’m really liking those water colors like the ones from that you have. I’m ordering a couple from their site thanks to hearing about them from your blog!

  26. Jill says:

    I love black and white photography and watercolor prints. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  27. Katy Caldwell says:

    Love a good watercolor! Preferably flowers or landscape. Of course, the best art collections are definitely a medley!

  28. Quiana says:

    I’m a fan of photography and have been trying to get better at getting many of the shots I’ve captured over the years off my external hard drive and onto my walls!

  29. julie spear says:

    I love photography, and I am currently trying to learn to be a better photographer, but really ALL art is my favorite, LOL! I love paintings watercolor, oil, or even acrylics… any type of prints are awesome also! I love to use an eclectic mix of various types of art – to me that give an authentic collected look…

  30. Emily says:

    I love photography, but abstracts are probably my favorite.

  31. Robin H. says:

    Pretty much love all types of art. We have a very eclectic mix at our house!

  32. Debbie says:

    I like many different types of art. I love painted portraits, typography prints and illustrations of cities. My boyfriend is a fabulous photographer and he recently took some snowy owl pictures that I will need to frame and put on the wall.

  33. sara says:

    Abstract is probably my favorite and what I indulge in most often. There is just something so serene and relaxing about watercolor though.

  34. Jazmin C. says:

    My favorite are paintings! but I also love photography, abstracts and landscapes lol.

  35. Nydia Santos says:

    I love all sorts of art, lately watercolours, typography, and any abstract!

  36. Sylvia says:

    I love abstract landscapes! Florals have been appealing to me recently as well. Great giveaway! Thank you!

  37. Rachel says:

    Abstracts and photography are my favorites!

  38. Carleen says:

    I am love nautical prints! These books are a great way to be able to change the art to match the mood…or season!!

  39. Sharlene Piscitelli says:

    I like many varieties of art but especially landscapes and florals both in painting and photography.

  40. Kimberly says:

    This is so nice and generous of you to host this contest- thank you. I love paintings

  41. megan smith says:

    I love black and white photography of people!

  42. Michelle says:

    Wow! I have been drooling over these books for a month and then they show up in one of my favorite blogs! Karma.

  43. Melissa Berger says:

    I love photography but also abstracts !

  44. Jamilah says:

    I love photography, abstracts, and sculpture!

  45. Sarah Krombolz says:

    Love this post! The art in my kitchen is almost non existent. I love the lightness of watercolor and am drawn to blues and greens. Animals, abstracts and plants are my fav.

  46. Yen Liaw says:

    I love photography but my eyes are being opened to water colors. So beautiful!

  47. Randy Walker says:

    I have seen the idea of using books as art objects before, but I really like the clean look of that self with the four handcolored prints. Starting from these three books would get me started at my own place.

  48. Eileen says:

    landscapes particularly painted in impressionist style are my favorite!

  49. Jenny Thill says:

    I am a fan of watercolor and landscapes!!!

  50. Jacqueline Anthony says:

    Love these prints!

  51. Theresa says:

    I love blues and greens, and love your tips and inspiration, to be incorparated into my home

  52. Elizabeth says:

    I love photography! Especially details up close and blown up!

  53. Judy says:

    Cute books! I love eclectic prints and paintings, I just wish I could stick to one color scheme with them.

  54. Penny says:

    I love regional artwork–anything to do with Virginia as well as the places we travel–mixed with abstract. Thank you!

  55. Sunny says:

    I love ALL kinds of artwork–I’m always surprised by what catches my fancy! I tend to really enjoy tiny hand made pieces surrounded by huge frames that lend them importance.

  56. Jodi says:

    I like landscapes, watercolors, especially art that my daughter does!

  57. Jaana says:

    I love prints and photography!

  58. Nicole says:

    I am drawn to photographs of natural elements. I also love slightly quirky eclectic art. Watercolor, photo, oils and pastels all get me.

  59. Amy says:

    I OVE photography. But I find beauty in all art. Sometimes you just feel it, something unexpected speaks to your heart.

  60. lizzie says:

    Photography and oils in old gilt frames do it for me! Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Lisa P. says:

    I love abstracts and impressionism. The books look great!

  62. debra says:

    Beuatiful books! Love art in the kitchen …

  63. Cindy says:

    I love landscapes of any kind of medium especially of trees and leaves.

    Thank you!

  64. Diana says:

    lovely books! I like anything that features cool colors (blues, greens) and birds. Juxtaposition of urban-scapes and landscapes/animals is also a favorite.

  65. deb dumais says:

    abstracts of animals? a category not mentioned…like line drawing of horses or dogs?

  66. Erin says:

    I love all kinds of art. We have a few pieces done by family and friends…painted and silk stitched. I love beach prints since we live in a beach town. Thanks for the opportunity. I love your blog!

  67. Tara says:

    The books loo great! I love eclectic and contemporary…blues and greens as well!

  68. Kathleen says:

    All kinds! Not a big fan of landscapes or still lifes unless they’re somewhat abstract.

  69. Melissa says:

    I have seasonal photos i change out in my kitchen. I would LOVE real art!

  70. Jill says:

    I love all kinds of art, particularly watercolor painting, which I do a lot of. Stylistically I love traditional and eclectic art. Contemporary art, not so much! I would love to get my hands on a set of these books.

  71. BurbHappy says:

    botanicals, Monet, Van Gogh, etc.

  72. Martha Hummer says:

    I love to showcase my kids artwork as art in our home- in a frame or just taped on the wall.

  73. Carol says:

    I love any art that examines a single object in detail. It could be a photograph, sketch or painting. By focusing on a single item I can appreciate it more and it reminds to pay attention to the beauty that is in front of me in everyday objects. I find that I appreciate the uniqueness of a single perfect rose over a dozen.

  74. Patty Stewart says:

    Love and need!

  75. Jennifer Derstine says:

    I love watercolor art and photography. I’d love to have these books to add art to a gallery wall in my daughter’s room. Thanks!

  76. millie says:

    i love interesting photographs & prints. these books are so cool – right up my alley! :)

  77. Kate says:

    My favorite prints are from old field guides. Lately Marine Biology text books documenting jelly fish, exotic fish and coral!

  78. Erin Walker says:

    I love abstract art and, well, any kind of art that ‘speaks’ to me. It always takes me by surprise, but sometimes I see art that I absolutely love. And it comes from all different kinds of styles, honestly. I would love these books! I especially liked the one of the tree that you included on the post.
    Thank you for a chance at the giveaway!

  79. Aimee Sasser says:

    I love water colors!

  80. Jennifer Gosnell says:

    I love watercolors, colorful prints, and typography.

  81. kerry says:

    I love landscapes and watercolors. These books look so cool!

  82. Haley says:

    I would love these!!! I love watercolor. :)

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