Tuesday, July 2, 2013

the back door and my collection of religious ceramic pieces

What I refer to as our "back door" is technically in the front; it is the interior door into the garage.  It sits about five feet away from our front door.  We usually enter the house through the garage, so this area is the landing place for our stuff.  On the other side of that interior door inside the garage are shoe cubbies and hooks where the kids put all their bags and coats.  

I can't seem to find any good before pictures of this area, but here is a terrible blurry one full of our laundry.

A few weeks ago I painted the back door a lovely blue.  I double checked the name on the paint can in the garage, but sadly for blogging purposes, the paint can is labeled "custom color match."

I also pulled out my collection of ceramics, bought mostly on trips to visit family in Italy over the last decade.    I pared down this time, pulling only the items that were religious items.  My father in law recently traveled to Italy and brought back a beautiful picture of the Virgin Mary and Child for me, which I made the centerpiece of the collection.

The colors in this Virgin Mary piece are so bright and vibrant. I love that almost all the pieces contain that cobalt blue.

The small stone crucifix under the Mary and Child was mine as a child; I believe my parents bought it on a trip to Brazil.

These are some of my favorite pieces of art. I remember where I bought each and every piece, and I love having them right inside the door where I see them every time I enter or leave the house.

What's your favorite piece of art in your house?

ps. I am sorry I do not have time to write a longer blog post--it seems since summer started and the kids are in various activities there are just not enough hours in the day.  I hope to write tomorrow about the Accessory-Free month, and how successful/unsuccessful I was.  But there is ping pong to be played and food to be harvested and a garage waiting to be organized.  How is your summer going?


  1. Love that blue door! What a big change. So lovely that you can display all of your religious are where you can appreciate it every time you enter or leave. Personalization of your home is what makes it so special and ALL YOU!

  2. I agree, love the door. I don't know if I have a favorite piece of art. So much of it is still in boxes so maybe I've just forgotten about a favorite. Don't worry about how long your post is. I think everyone is slowing down for the summer:)

  3. I have so many little pots of the same color! And of course I don't save the paint chips, or anything, so I can rarely share the name, either. But I love that blue door, as well as the art. The colors are wonderful, but you know I'm a sucker for art that's personally meaningful.

    I don't think I can possibly choose a favorite piece of art. It's probably the painting Cane did as a Christmas gift for me about 5 years ago. I love the painting, and I love that he painted it for me.

  4. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the tchotchke experiment!


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