When I was growing up (and even now) the heart of our home was the kitchen/dining room. It seemed that my mother was always in the kitchen, and, to spend time with her we just take a seat on one of the bar stools at the counter. We also always ate dinner as a family, around the table. On special occasions we would finish with dinner and either sit around talking (for hours) or play a game of some kind (we were big fans of Sequence and Spoons).
When purchasing our house, it was important to me to have a space for a dinner table, not only due to my memories of my family, but also because I enjoy hosting dinner parties, and truly believe that the heart of a home is where laughter and socialization occurs... the dinner table.
We found a great table on Craigslist, but the space around it seemed kind of bland/empty. I wanted some artwork to hang on the wall above the table, but couldn't find anything (at a reasonable price) that I liked. Until, one day, I got an e-mail from ArtsCow.
ArtsCow is an online photo product printing company. If you sign up (free) on their site you get a BUNCH of free stuff, and killer deals. I've made several photo books with them and only paid for the shipping fees. I pretty much love them. =)
Anyway, back to my story... I got an e-mail from ArtsCow letting me know about a promotion that they were doing for three canvas prints. I was immediately interested, however, didn't have any shots that I felt went with the natural/neutral theme in my living/dining room/kitchen space. So, one weekend, not too long ago, Jacob and I went to the International Rose Test Garden here in Portland and went photo happy. From those photos, I uploaded three for prints, placed my order and then purchased stretch bars from a couple of art supply stores. When my print came in the mail, I sent to work mounting the canvas and hanging them on the wall. The mounting was a pain (the print was a little too small for the bars, but totally my fault and could easily be avoided had I thought about things a little bit more before placing the order) but I am ultimately quite happy about the way it turned out.
I still feel like it needs a little something more though, so I'm contemplating buying some vinyl word art such as this. Has anyone used this type of thing before? Does it work well?