The space above the fireplace is enormous:
I pondered that space for quite a while. While my art collection is extensive (cough check in the garage cough), we don't have anything of the size needed for that space.
I thought of doing some type of gallery wall, like our old West Elm art wall, or a large grid of frames with some homemade art, but it wasn't really speaking to me. I wanted ART. REALLY BIG ART.
Unfortunately, REALLY BIG ART costs an arm and a leg, and I have a wee small budget. I thought about this piece:
but at $499 it was much more than I wanted to spend. (Actually, it was $499 plus tax plus $130 shipping plus $60 oversize package fee...uh, no.)
The Mister and I LOVE vintage travel and advertising posters. However, we couldn't agree on one that we both wanted. I lobbied hard for this one (look at the colors! Its perfect for the living room!):
but the Mister said we had enough naked people art. (I would point out that French Viking Man is wearing some kind of loin-covering item and furry cape thing and is thus not naked.) That one was vetoed by the management.
We both agreed on this vintage ad:
but again, after framing the print was not only $500+, but was also bigger than Art.com would ship.
Then, I discovered Walls 360--you can find vintage travel and advertising posters AS STICKERS. Giant wall stickers! For cheap! The Cognac Jacquet sticker in a 48 x 72 size was $134, which is a great price for really big art. I nearly pulled the trigger on this one.
Despite loving all these options, I didn't pick any of them. Check back tomorrow to see what I did.