My Artist Home

Delight is in the Details

Our house is now officially on the market and there are photos which you can see everywhere including right here on our virtual tour.

There is also a flyer:

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What we don’t have are the “detail” shots which I think make this house special, and which are of things I’ve done to our home which will stay when we sell it.

Things like all the rugs I’ve painted on the floors.

In our Living room/Dining room:

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In the room we’ve used as a cosy dining room, but which could be a study or bedroom:

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In the hall between the main floor bedrooms, (as well as the door to the front bedroom):

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In my little studios upstairs (which could also be bedrooms):

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I’ve also painted the door in the upstairs hall between the two studios:

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As well as the door to the Butler’s Pantry:

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And three hallway light fixtures:

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The house was built in 1938 so it has tons of character, and wonderful details like coved ceilings in every room on the main floor as well as the arched setback for the kitchen range and refrigerator:

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And the 29″ deep window ledge in front of the wall of windows in the downstairs living space:

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This is a wonderful big hug of a house, and there is a lot of delight in it’s many unique details.

Spread the word! This house is looking for someone new to love!

Mi Casa Can Be Su Casa…

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Lately I’ve had nothing but HOUSE on the brain because…well, we’re Just Doing It! Our wonderful artist’s home is now officially FOR SALE!

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You can see photos and read all the important Real Estate Stuff if you Google MLS# 98588999. Or just click on that hot link I just gave you!

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I’m a bundle of mixed emotions over the whole thing. I love this house so much and am sad to think of leaving it, but I’m super excited to think about finding our next great place here in Boise, AND another in New Orleans. Excited, and a little overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the important thing for us to concentrate on is finding the perfect buyer for this 3,447 sq. ft. home with 6 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 living room/dining rooms, 1 workroom (shop), 1 butler’s pantry, and 1 very large back yard with tons of potential for someone who actually gardens (cough, cough).

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I like to describe our location as “Urbal” — Urban in the front, and Rural in the back. We’re 1/2 a block from shopping and the busline to downtown, yet you could easily have chickens and ducks, and a giant vegetable garden in the back.

Best of all, this area is becoming the International District and there are Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, African, Argentine, Thai, Bosnian, Korean, Middle Eastern, and Indian markets and restaurants just a couple of blocks away. Plus there’s the International Market on Curtis and Franklin — only two city blocks from our house. Pretty sweet!

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So tell all your house-hunting friends — the best little artists’ house in Boise is looking for a new family! You can get a lot more information from our realtor Linda, who can be reached at her cell # (208)870-6077.

She’s really into HOUSES too!

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Leftovers to Digest

Wouldn’t you know just as we were contemplating the idea of downsizing, I’d get word that my “Leftovers” prints were ready for pick up.

There’s nothing quite like having 12 more beautiful, original works of art crying out for MORE wall space to make me question that idea….

Tall walls?

Smaller footprint — taller walls. Duh.

These are the prints I received in this year’s exchange:

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And this is what my living room looks like BEFORE I’ve figured out where I’m going to hang them all.

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You may notice there are a few more prints than the ones pictured above — that’s because there are other Leftovers from our exchange a couple of years ago which I’ve only just gotten framed.

I can’t wait to participate in next year’s exhibition. Mike is planning on it as well.

We are going to need some VERY tall walls!

Second Helpings: Painted Chairs

I don’t know what makes people think matched sets of things are so special. Personally, I prefer the intentionally mismatched. The sets where everything is the same, but different, like in SET, the game.

GOOD……………………………BETTER……………………..BEST:

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So when I set up our new cosy dining room and we needed two more chairs to round up our seating capability to four I looked for a couple of “Windsors” to go with the two we already had. I found two which were similar — same rounded back, but smaller — giving me the kind of mismatched set I like the best.

Then I decided to paint them in entirely different ways.

The first, I painted black. You may have noticed by now, I love black as a background.

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I painted glazed donuts with sprinkles as the motif. Better I should sit on them than the reverse, if you know what I mean!

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I used acrylic paint and sealed with Minwax Polycrylic Sealer.

For the second chair I looked to my traffic box painting “Good Luck Sweet Cookie” for inspiration and cobbled together a variety of Chinese mofifs.

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I used three shades of blue, and metallic copper acrylic paint and sealed it the same as the first chair.

I’m pretty sure the characters translate to “Do not sit on the Donuts.”

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Second Helpings? Yes! The same but different? Yes!
Intentionally Mismatched? Yes!

SET!

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My Cosy Dining Room

Since the beginning of the year I have either been swamped with my public art project; in the process of taking down (Foray III) or putting up (Metamorphosis) an exhibition for TVAA; or on artistic “hold” waiting to shake off the throes of inertia.

One of the things which I neglected during that time was my ongoing remix of our house, now that Logan has moved out and our space has essentially doubled.

I left off working on our cosy dining room in December. I was really happy to have gotten as far with it as I did before the holidays, and now that things are returning to a normal pace, I’m back to work on that room once again.

Here’s how it’s looking now…

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Tomorrow I’ll show you the two chairs I’ve painted so now we can seat four. It just keeps getting cosier!

Coloring Inside the Lines

Finally!

I finished painting the rug on floor of the dining room, (Woot woot!! Toot horns and dance jigs!)…

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And then immediately moved in everything, including the Christmas tree, the minute the sealer was cured enough to walk on.

It went pretty much like this:

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The dining room was the last in this batch of rearranging I’ve been working on since Logan moved into Supported Living, and Mike and I reclaimed the whole house and emphasized its function as studio space. I still have refining and reorganizing to do here and there, especially in my painting and paper studios, but overall I’m done, and it feels great.

And now I’m going to go have dinner in my new cozy dining room by the light of our faithful old Christmas tree.

I said it feels great? What was I thinking? It feels AWESOME!

Dining Room Painted Rug, Part 2

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Gaaaaahhh! Caught not quite finished with my project. I really only have one or two more colors to go and then the sealer, but for now I’ve got to call it a day. Here’s today’s progress sequence:

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We’ll see how dedicated to this paint job I am tomorrow. NOT! It’s Thanksgiving and I am getting excited about that. I got my pies and the cranberry sauce made today and the only brush I intend to pick up tomorrow is the basting brush! Gobble Gobble!!

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New Dining Room Painted Rug, Part 1

It would seem there are very few projects lately which can be accomplished in one day, making this whole daily blog post ambition, well, ambitious. I wish I could accomplish things as quickly in real life as I can in my cartoon fantasy brain. Guessing I’m not alone.

So, today’s project (which will probably take up to four days but I will attempt to cram into two because I also have Thanksgiving and decorating the house for Christmas to get done in the same four days) was painting the “rug” on the floor of our new cozy dining room. The same room which used to be Mike’s studio.

Today’s post is going to be short and to the point because I’m just going to show you my progress so far:

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There, I just saved you 5,000 words. Part 2 tomorrow, assuming real life doesn’t get in the way of my cartoon fantasy plans.

Livingroom Revamp

We’ve been spending all this time getting the art studio parts of our house working, and as they are coming together and we are actually able to do things like go to our studios and MAKE ART it has been very satisfying.

There’s another side of this house that’s got to work for us too however, and that’s the part where we snuggle in, put up our feet, and chill.
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As long as we’ve lived in this house our living room has done triple duty as living room (duh), dining room, and overflow studio.

No more.

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The dining room/work table is now downstairs in the other half of Mike’s painting studio and so only sofas and chairs and books and music and art were left to rearrange.

I imagine some work will still get done in here — I’m snuggled on the sofa right now writing this post — but what I really look forward to is having this be the room we come to to recharge. Read a book. Listen to NPR. Put Pandora on Alice’s Restaurant and take a nap.

This house was built in 1938. If I’d written my blog post back then I guess I would have shown you these pictures:

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Definitely in need of some of that chill time. Action Girl is getting punchy. You know it’s bad when she can’t resist a photo editing joke.

What a turkey.

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