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. Cindy Schwerdt says:

    I love all art so a medly would be my answer. Watercolor is fantastic. I love botanicals, animals, landscapes and just about everything else!

  2. Casey says:

    Oooh I love landscapes. Seascapes, rather. I feel so calm by the ocean so infusing seascapes throughout my home makes me smile.

  3. Debbie C says:

    I love photography, but I like all types of art on the wall!

  4. Kim K says:

    I love all art but really am fond of photographs. I think in part because of the skill and, most importantly, timing that is required in many instances to catch an interesting/ spontaneous shot.

  5. Jean says:

    Any of the abstracts would look great in our 1950’s ranch style home!

  6. Dana says:

    It looks great! I’m partial to abstracts myself.

  7. Devon says:

    Black & White photos or watercolors are my favorites. I recently found your site and love your ideas. I shared your staircase remodel with my mother-in-law and I now have a new project. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thank you for the clear step-by-step photos. You make the big projects much more approachable for this weekend warrior and new mom to twins.

  8. Lauren says:

    Paintings, abstracts, landscapes I love them all!

  9. Missy says:

    I like black & white photography.

  10. Jessica W says:

    I love photography and prints. Thank you for this giveaway!

  11. Jami says:

    Photography and landscapes are my favorites.

  12. Wendy CB says:

    These images are gorgeous….I love abstracts and photography! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Dana says:

    photography and watercolors are my favorites. these books are a great idea!

  14. Kellie says:

    I love all types of art – but a mix of prints and photos work the best in my home!

  15. Melissa says:

    I love abstracts and landscapes :)

  16. Rebekah C says:

    I love paintings in general, and find myself drawn to watercolors lately.

  17. Megan says:

    I like them all! B&W landscapes the most.

  18. Christine says:

    I love abstract and love your idea of putting pages from art books in frames.

  19. Krista says:

    LOVE abstracts and charcoal sketches.

  20. Melissa says:

    I like a little of each in my home! Love the idea of these books!

  21. I love water colors! So beautiful! Your kitchen mantle looks beautiful!

  22. Nancy says:

    I love the blue/green abstract you chose!

  23. Kelly Keitzer says:

    I am partial to photography but the older I get the more I am drawn to abstract in primary colors

  24. Martha says:

    I love them all, actually, but lately it’s landscape photography I love the most. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Adria Ray says:

    I absolutely love watercolors, and I find myself drawn more and more to abstracts lately.

  26. Julie says:

    I like watercolor prints!

  27. Mary says:

    I’m partial to paintings because my mother and aunts used to paint. However, I’d like to add more variety to my house. Thanks for offering this!

  28. Lori says:

    I LVE anything with nature in it; landscapes, seascapes, plants or wildlife. And my house is mostly in blues, green, and yellow so that works perfectly.

  29. Vinee says:

    Photography and watercolors

  30. Amy says:

    My favorite kind of art is photography, but I like prints a lot also!

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I prefer impressionist paintings and watercolors.

  32. Now THAT is a fabulous idea! Tear out art in a book!! Brilliant. My fave is abstract :)

  33. Jenna says:

    I’m really drawn to watercolor prints, but I like to mix it up!

  34. Kathleen says:

    I am really enjoy landscapes, especially abstract landscapes :)

  35. Shauna says:

    Difficult to choose just one form- love so many!

  36. Andrea says:

    I love watercolors the best. My sons and I made some watercolor prints this summer that I still need to frame and hang up!

  37. oh wow, I would really love to win these! I don’t know if I have a favorite kind of art. If I had to pick one I’d say abstract. I love colors that evoke some kind of nostalgia without necessarily being “about” something. Thanks for the giveaway! Those prints look beautiful in your kitchen!

  38. Kim says:

    I love anything with nature in it, and also favor blues and greens. Thanks!

  39. Beth says:

    I’m on a huge watercolor kick lately, but anything I can frame from our travels is game for our walls. I especially love those “greetings from…” postcards!

  40. Tricia says:

    I think all of these books look fantastic! Would love to add them to my collection! Thanks!

  41. Sandy says:

    These are all lovely. Right now I’m more into photography and antique botanical prints. But I love all art!

  42. sydney85 says:

    Depending on the room. Love watercolors for bedrooms and bathrooms. Large prints for living and dining areas usually abstract. After seeing the watercolors in your kitchen I think I would love a change in my kitchen and also add watercolors. The look is soft and clean. Thanks for making me think differently about art.

  43. Patty Reed-Pederson says:

    I am drawn to landscapes. Esp. Water, trees, etc. Still looking for the perfect print for our bathroom redo. Thanks again for sharing. You have such a “fresh” taste in everything you choose!

  44. Anie U says:

    Paintings are my favorite but I’ll decorate with whatever “speaks” to me at the time

  45. amyks says:

    Oh, yes, please…I love beautiful photography, but something with a big graphic punch also make me happy! I have several places that need art…including my kitchen.

  46. Dani says:

    I love retro art and impressionists. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Alison says:

    I love abstracts because to me, they feel like less of a commitment. I like to change things around a lot and abstracts help to slow me down!

  48. Meg says:

    I already have one of the books and I love it! Thinking about getting the other two as well. I like a mix of stuff for my walls and frames.

  49. Lisa says:

    Love these! I think my favorite is landscapes, a little abstract.

  50. Nancy Plamp says:

    I really enjoy all types; however, if I had to pick a favorite it would be landscapes.

  51. Leigh says:

    I love a good watercolor and am partial to landscapes. Every January we tend to reorganize the pictures around the house and update frames. I was at Michaels today picking up some new frames for prints I ordered on Etsy from a Christmas gift certificate!

  52. Erin Brown says:

    I love paintings – most fave artist is Rozart on Etsy. I also have a new found love for watercolors that started last year.

  53. Karrie says:

    I love watercolors and botanicals.

  54. Sarah N. says:

    I tend to gravitate towards prints and photography. These books look really amazing! I’d love to have a set for myself, while still feeling compelled to buy more as gifts.

  55. Sarah N. says:

    Which book is the octopus print from?

  56. Michelle Thomas says:

    I love watercolor prints.

  57. Michelle m says:

    Love bold & bright in any genre

  58. Lori H says:

    I can find examples of almost every type of art that I love. These books look amazing!

  59. Kerri says:

    I’m always drawn to photographs, but I’d love to expand into more diverse art in my house!

  60. Becky says:

    I prefer watercolors but will display any art that makes me smile.

  61. Kris F says:

    I love those books! I tend to like photography and landscapes . I will definitely check out these books because I am looking for new art for the kitchen. Thank you!

  62. Michelle says:

    My favourites are fresh takes on botanicals and nature-themed art (love the owl!!).

  63. Arti K says:

    Love this idea! I’m partial to photography and prints.

  64. Ms. C says:

    Photography, of the portrait and abstract variety, is my favorite.

  65. Enji says:

    Love the prints! I like patterns and abstract artwork.


  66. Carly G says:

    I love most art, but I’m in a photography and watercolor kick at the moment.

  67. Jamie says:

    I prefer a medley for whatever mood may strike a room, but I am loving that octopus!

  68. Katie Braisher says:

    I love anything BOLD, especially black and white photography or colorful abstract paintings.

  69. Shannon says:

    I love a good medley of art depending on my mood.

  70. I love medley.

  71. April was in CT now CA says:

    I love a mix of things, no particular style just what ever catches my eye that I love!

  72. Kristin says:

    I like a mix

  73. Holly says:

    I like a mix on my walls but abstracts are my fave

  74. Dymphna says:

    I’m definitely a medley kind of person – there is so much beauty in the world and so many people to plate it and serve it for us. The many different interpretations amaze me!

  75. I love the medley.

  76. Tracy K says:

    I just ordered a pair of prints from Etsy which are a mix of sketch & photography.

  77. Dara says:

    Photography and Paintings mixed together!

  78. Nora says:

    I WISH I could afford original paintings but prints work just fine for right now!

  79. N.L. Snider says:

    I love photography!

  80. Joell says:

    I like simple prints. Nothing too busy, so mostly nature prints, black and white or just a simple object.

  81. nicole h says:

    Landscapes and family pictures!

  82. Molly says:

    Those look great!
    I like a mix, and like the idea of moving things around the house at different times to freshen things up.

  83. Maureen says:

    I love photography, but would love an eclectic mixture of art on the walls. :)

  84. Ronda says:

    Love paintings and art from graphic novels

  85. Amy says:

    I love abstracts! But, I also have a thing for botanicals and geometric prints, too!

  86. Nikki says:

    I really love botanicals and Audubon bird prints!

  87. Holly Baumgartner says:

    So hard to choose! I’ll just have to get all three and then decide ;-)

  88. Sara says:

    I love photography and prints!

  89. Barbara Ockomon says:

    What a great idea for decorating

  90. Rachel M. says:

    Photographs are what I tend towards naturally, but I’ve been trying to go towards more art prints and would love to add a few watercolors like yours to my gallery wall!

  91. Denise W says:

    In our home we have quite an ecclectic mix of art that we enjoy. Some of my phogography, some of our sons. We have water colors and oils, prints and posters. All that makes us happy in our home. Thank you for sharing!

  92. Valerie Schubert says:

    Plates from old natural history books are my favorite!

  93. Kate says:

    What a perfect idea! I’ve been loving the look of vintage botanical and science prints lately.

  94. Kara says:

    I’m always drawn to large-scale photography, particuarly of landscapes but have recently started getting into watercolours. I recently framed a page from “The Perfectly Imperfect Home” that had been painted by Virginia Johnson and love the addition of it on my bookshelf.

  95. Brooke says:

    Love those books! I personally like watercolor and prints – but my taste is always changing. :)

  96. Pam C says:

    Wow this is awesome. I am really eclectic , when I find a piece that I love I find a way to incorporate it.

  97. Kelly P says:

    Wow, to choose a favorite. I would say abstracts probably, but I really like a mix.

  98. Roxanne says:

    These books look great, and I’m just about ready to start a gallery wall.

  99. emily says:

    What a wonderful idea! I love everything!

  100. Sarah says:

    Prints, botanical, love these books, what a great idea!!!

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