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. Stefanie says:

    Definitely a medley, but I’m in a watercolor phase right now!

  2. Stacey says:

    I love an eclectic look – my home is similar to Kate’s in that its more traditional but I love keeping it contemporary with some modern art. Modern florals and abstract colors are a big hit with me!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I like all kinds of art, I just like it to be meaningful.

  4. Rachael says:

    I love watercolors of botanicals and animals. These books would be so fun to own!

  5. Ivona says:

    Love watercolors, mainly landscapes, but animals and flowers as well. Thank you for your post.

  6. Trudy says:

    I like all kinds of art. Currently I am in an eclectic phase.

  7. Kathryn says:

    Love love botanicals !!

  8. Jenelle says:

    Paintings and photography are my favorites, but I’m starting to like abstracts more and more.

  9. Katie says:

    I love photos, but I think an ecclectic mix looks best!

  10. I love the prints you picked! I’m usually really drawn to acrylic paintings mostly of landscapes or trees and have been getting really drawn into watercolors recently. I have trouble committing though, so these books look really helpful!

  11. Raquel says:

    I love art! Photography–I’m just an amateur, but love it. Watercolors in beautiful greens, blues, oranges–the colors of nature. I love pictures and paintings of trees, birds, clouds, etc… These would be wonderful to own! Thanks!

  12. Amanda says:

    I love art, and my house it bare at the moment. I love prints, watercolors, and drawings. Love the giveaway!

  13. anima says:

    I love water color arts and nice real life phtography prints… hm…

  14. Anne M. says:

    I love all kindsof art. .. photos, pop art and watercolor are my faves… lovely books!

  15. Jamie says:

    I like a mixture but since I just had a baby photographs are taking over!

  16. TLR says:

    I lean toward landscapes and watercolors. I’ve been adding my child’s art to my decor which are more abstract and bright but I love the new style. Thanks for another great contest!

  17. Sheila Greene says:

    I don’t have a preference as much as I like what stirs something within me.

  18. Elizabeth P says:

    I’m on a mission to fill our walls and find myself turning to photography and prints.

  19. My favorite art means something, whether it’s a family photo, art picked up on a trip, or just a piece that I truly love! I have no real rules, just that I must love it!

  20. nathalie says:

    I love all kinds of art! right now I’m really into photography.

  21. sue hurd says:

    I like all kinds of art, but especially watercolors and photography!

  22. Shanna says:

    I love watercolor but don’t seem to have any. The books are lovely. Thanks for the give away!

  23. Brenda Cote says:

    I love watercolors. Landscapes are my favorite. We’re updating our kitchen now — your gallery has inspired me! Simple. Beautiful.

  24. Courtney O says:

    a Medley! we are just getting into housekeeping, so I am still figuring out what I like best! :)

  25. Cait says:

    I prefer paintings and photography.

  26. Brianna K. says:

    I love a mixture of both photography and paintings/prints for wall art.

  27. deb says:

    I used not to think about art too much….until you inspired me last year! I have since bought several giclee prints from your favorite etsy artists!

  28. Emily says:

    The books look beautiful! I love watercolor.

  29. Amy in PA says:

    I like photography & watercolors, but have a little bit of everything around the house!

  30. Fayth cate says:

    I love water color and prints! Starting a art wall in my sitting room!

  31. Michelle says:

    I love photography. These books are a great idea!

  32. Rebecca says:

    I like anything with New York, or history-related.

  33. Ann says:

    I love watercolors and pen and ink the most. I have collected art from local artists from all of my travels and have those displayed throughout my home. I have watercolors, pen and ink drawings, oil paintings, sculptures and hand blown glass all made from local artists I met throughout Europe and Australia.

  34. Sarah r. says:

    My favorites are photography and prints!

  35. Heather says:

    Watercolors are my favorite. I have really come to appreciate and love all art though!

  36. Annie says:

    I love modern and retro prints and I’m a sucker for abstract watercolors. Great giveaway!

  37. BamaCarol says:

    I mostly love abstract prints. I have quite a few family antiques in our home and I think the abstract sets those off nicely and gives me more of an eclectic look and makes it appear more modern and up to date.

  38. Melissa says:

    Wow! You pretty much summed up my art preferences: watercolors, abstract, blues and greens plus some nature mixed in. The art looks great and I love the idea of placing them over the stove. It really does add an updated and even eclectic touch to an otherwise traditional kitchen. Thanks for the idea. Also, thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Jannelle says:

    I love whimsical art. Things taht make people smile when they look at it.

  40. Lori L says:

    I have always loved landscapes! I am really starting to like abstract painting though and may try to incorporate some into my home.

  41. Jennifer says:

    I love floral and landscape prints. They’re just so happy to me!

  42. amy says:

    I like painted landscapes, and collages. Who am I kidding, I like all art! :)

  43. Rebecca says:

    Those are such a neat idea! I usually prefer watercolors and graphic prints, but I love mixing different art types together.

  44. Erin says:

    I love prints and watercolors :)

  45. Marybeth says:

    I’m always in awe of beautiful black and white photography.

  46. Elizabeth says:

    I love photography as well as watercolors!

  47. Jacqueline says:

    I just did a gallery wall in a very long hallway and love using prints from books. I had over 30 frames to fill, so there are quite a few that remain empty. I’m just waiting for the perfect pieces of art. I have filled ours with art from my son and family members as well as from books and love the monotone look. Much of the art is neutral – grays, beiges, browns, cream, white. It’s starting to look fabulous. I love watercolour and pencil and ink drawings.

  48. JillD says:

    I love Photography and Still Life…what a great collection of books, would love to own them. Thanks for the chance!

  49. Tara G. says:

    I am also drawn to watercolors. I usually choose a piece of original art from the places we have visited while stationed overseas. It’s fun to see them on the wall and remember good times, and what great conversation starters with our guests.

  50. I love photographs of flowers and anything nautical to add into our home. I feel that it helps keep the home calm and welcoming!

  51. Meghan says:

    Yes, I definitely love a medley of art types. I guess I could narrow it down to abstract and prints as my current favourites.

  52. Erin P says:

    Watercolors are my favorite, but I would love to branch out and add a few different pieces of art throughout my home!

  53. Sharon says:

    Looking at the covers of those books, I don’t know what I lean towards…..I see beautiful stuff on all the covers…..I think I lean towards modern and whimsical.

  54. Simple, but really nice idea


  55. Becky says:

    I have started painting abstracts in the last year. I confuse my husband who likes representational art, but I love them.

  56. Tanya says:

    I appreciate all different kinds of art, but especially paintings!

  57. Kristin says:

    Based on what’s around my home already, my favorite is animal photography. But I’m trying to branch out!

  58. Diahn Ott says:

    I love all sorts of art, but anything involving letters/words and excellent photography are high on my list!

  59. Ashley says:

    I prefer a medley.

  60. Vicki M. says:

    I like a mix of color pieces that coordinate with the rest of the decor. I like to let the artwork be the color pop in a space.

  61. Nicole says:

    I love landscapes. Especially anything with trees. Especially trees in fall colors. Or trees where you just the silhouette of the branches against the sky. They just speak to me. Usually they’re telling me to buy them and bring them home with me. Haha.

  62. Ellen says:

    I enjoy a variety of art, from originals and prints to photography. Depends on the room. I do like a little something amusing to be included among the more serious offerings.

  63. dawn says:

    I just happened to come across your blog. I love these books! I’ve never come across them before. If I don’t win I’d be interested in purchasing them. Where can you find them? I’m getting ready to redo a gallery wall in my home and love photography prints. However, I’m also interested in interspersing other prints with my photos. I’m looking forward to checking out all of your finds and decorating tips!

  64. Allison says:

    I’m definitely drawn to a variety of art forms (which may be why I have such a difficult time choosing what to display in my home).

  65. risia says:

    I am in desperate need of new prints for living/dining rooms. I really love botanicals.
    Love the peacock feather you got, maybe I’ll be lucky for the giveaway, fingers crossed!!
    Thank you

  66. Nicole Marie says:

    My mom collected numbered prints when I was growing up, so I am partial to prints and photography. But I also love abstract paintings. Overall I’m a contemporary girl. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  67. katecooks says:

    Right now, I am loving all kinds of letterpress prints!!

  68. Tori Chauvin says:

    I love watercolors and photography

  69. You simply cannot go wrong with a medley! I’m most often drawn to photography and more contemporary prints though.

  70. Vicki says:

    I love eclectic and contemporary, thanks!

  71. Susan says:

    My kids’ drawings and paintings, my husband’s grandmother’s paintings, my own photographs. i.e., personal art — not masterpieces or worth much to anyone outside our 4 walls, but meaningful to us.

  72. Katie says:

    I love old blueprints/technical drawings/scientific drawings. We recently found some original blueprints from my husband’s alma mater, I can’t wait to get them hung up!

  73. melissa says:

    my dad is an artist and watching him go from painting/sketching to graphics… i love graphic art prints. and all sorts.

  74. Tara Campbell says:

    I love photography, but also love watercolors, botanical prints. It’s so hard to pick a favorite art type!

  75. Lizette Ou says:

    I would love to try the Medley. The walls in our house are bare, so I would like to try different ones!!

  76. Cindy says:

    I like a mix of everything… Paintings are my favorite, though

  77. Pardeep says:

    I love prints! So many great prints out there!

  78. Jenna says:

    Wow, very cool books. I personally love portrait photography, but I think it’s kind of weird to have photos of random people up in your home. So for my own home, I’m drawn to painterly landscapes… Hawaii, big cities, all done in muted shades and in a fun style (not realistic). Wow, was that specific enough or what?! haha, crossing my fingers!

  79. Melissa says:

    I am loving these prints and the brilliant way you displayed them!

  80. Janet says:

    Botanicals and watercolors! Perfect for my home.

  81. Nichole B. says:

    Watercolor is my favorite! I’m even starting to try some myself! I also love pallet knife painting:)

  82. Angie says:

    I love contemporary and dreamy watercolor prints!

  83. I love creating my own art work. I would say my taste veers toward eclectic. These books look like such fun!

  84. Kimberly says:

    I love these books and think it would be a big help for me to find some new art for our downstairs bathroom. Bathroom art is hard to find! It needs to be just right for a small room. I love pretty florals or “nature” art – trees, leaves, etc. Thanks for the post!

  85. Jennie says:

    I like the eclectic look!

  86. Michelle W. says:

    I love prints and watercolors!

  87. Erica says:

    I love watercolors!

  88. Sandra Holt says:

    I love simple modern art!

  89. Erin says:

    I love a variety, though botanical prints and landscape photos/paintings are a current favorite!

  90. Lori L. says:

    I tend to lean towards landscapes, cityscapes and florals lately.

  91. Jenna says:

    I love photographs.

  92. Laura L says:

    I love abstract and am in LOVE with that octopus print! Would be fun to win these….

  93. Alana U says:

    I love paintings, but am horrible at choosing them, so the books would be great!

  94. Vanessa says:

    I love a medley, but landscapes and nature are my favorite – they seem so timeless to me.

  95. Erika says:

    I love watercolor paintings. I’ve tried my hand at them and failed miserably, so I’m just in awe of beautiful ones :)

  96. Laura Kent says:

    I love abstract and eclectic art!!!!

  97. Nicole says:

    I love a mash of everything!

  98. Laura P says:

    I love a mixture of art types, though I lean mostly towards contemporary pieces.

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