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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Speaking of wanderlust, my little family and I just moved and we are working on getting ourselves settled in so that we can start to have that feeling of being “home” on a daily basis. Moving sometimes feels like traveling, don’t you think? Not in the “vacationing” sense, obviously, but definitely in the sense that there is packing and unpacking and a sense of unfamiliarity with the surroundings and the desire to finally come home and feel like yourself again. I’ve always felt the need to mix up the artwork in my home when I move. We tend to rotate our art collection so that we have a clean slate and this is always the perfect time to scout new pieces for the new walls.

Modern Mural is the luxury hotel of the wall art world. Started out of necessity by married couple Juliane and Adam Evans, Modern Mural lets you choose the art you love and want and turns it into gorgeous murals for your home. You can choose whatever size you like (including wall size!) and there is even the option to turn your own photos into art. Their selection of artwork fills any and all tastes you might have living in your home and turning your home into the perfect destination is merely a click away. My wanderlust is a bit satiated right now with my journey to a new neighborhood and Modern Mural is the perfect souvenir from my travels.

Modern Mural is giving away one 20″ x 16″ canvas rectangle with winner’s choice of Art number (um, LOVE that deer!). To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, August 21st. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is your favorite piece of art in your home?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 27th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    I have some hand crafted rugs that hang on the wall and a large photo of Mt Hood taken by a friend.

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    Jessica says:

    A series of photos from a local photographer from our hometown. We love supporting artists, and we love reminders of home!

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    Jenni says:

    For my husband and I’s first anniversary (when we were boyfriend/girlfriend still) he created a beautiful 4×6 canvas painting for me. The entire frame is filled with a blown-up replica of his fingerprint. It’s done in an artistic way with pattern and texture in black and dark red. The finger he choose to get the print from was his ringfinger, and I have always thought of it as my “promise painting”. It’s one of the most valuable things in my home and everytime people come in our home they are drawn to it, and smile at the story of how it came to be there.

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    Erin says:

    The paintings and photo collages I made (especially the ones from the recent trip I took with my roommate and family to Europe!)…they may not be the BEST or most critically acclaimed art piece, but they mean a lot to me because I created them :)

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    one of my friend’s husband is, among other things, an artist. bought one of his paintings, and we hung it in our entryway. we always get compliments on it. 

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    Anne K says:

    We have lots of local art in our home– it’s impossible to pick a favorite!

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    Kristen H. says:

    I have a framed pencil sketch that my husband (who is not artistically inclined) created long before we met. The funny thing is, if I had randomly seen it for sale at an art market or shop, I know I would have bought it. It’s haunting and beautiful, and I love it!

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    Rinny says:

    I have a tapestry my Grandfather brought back from the Mediterranean Sea while he was in the Navy in the 60′s – it depicts a princess being taken from a desert palace in the middle of the night by her lover and his friend. It hung in my grandparents house, then my parents mounted it on a frame in their home, and now I have it in my place. It may not be something everyone would hang in their home, but for me it brings me back to my childhood and the daydreams I’d create about the story on the tapestry.

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    Ella P. says:

    a native american painting

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    Lindsay says:

    My favorite is a painting that my brother (http://codygriffith.com/) did of my guy and me. It’s perfectly quirky and meshes our two style wonderfully. We both smile every time we look at it!

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    Beverly says:

    My favorite piece of art is a framed piece of pressed flowers. My boyfriend went on a month long backpacking trip in California, and along the way he pressed flowers in his notebook. He arranged them in a frame for me. It’s a lovely reminder to know he’s always thinking about me, even when we’re miles apart!

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    jessminda says:

    A reproduction of a Jim Dine painting, which I found next to my neighbors’ trash can a few years ago! 

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    Nikki says:

    We have a lovely photo wall of all of our travels :)

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    AmyB says:

    Some people might not consider it to be “art” but I collect antique keys that I display in a shadow box. The colors of the rust and tarnished metals are beautiful to me and every key could have opened up something wonderful. There are about 100 of them each with a hidden story.

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    Rebekah says:

    a hand-drawn postcard by a japanese artist of a boy and an owl…from my husband’s studies abroad…which we had framed with a huge/over-sized mat

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    Jennifer says:

    My husband made my wedding bouquet out of vintage pins and I have it displayed in my living room. It is my favorite piece of art and the one I get the most compliments on.

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    Brittany says:

    a portrait of my grandfather at a young age with a baseball. it’s my absolute favorite.

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    Jac says:

    I have lots of art that I love. All of it has been picked by me or for me for specific reasons, but my favorite has to be the weirdest piece of art I own. It’s a concrete sculpture of an old fashion baby doll’s head with a rhino horn coming out of his forehead. My dad gave it to me as a Christmas gift, telling me he thought of me when he saw it. I still can’t explain how a hybrid human rhino reminds him of me but I’m kind of flattered that it does.

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    Alexis S. says:

    I have this beautiful french café painting in my dining area.  It may be a mass produced piece of art, but it truly is my favorite.  So calming and it produces just the right amount of nostalgia.

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    It may seem sappy but it is our wedding photo. Love! Thanks so much for the chance!

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    Tabetha says:

    An armoire door I painted with the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland {the Tenniel version, not Disney}.  It went in my oldest daughter’s nursery.  The armoire did not survive a move, but I salvaged the door & it now hangs at the end of our hall– 

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    Melelina says:

    An african wood mask

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    Valerie C. says:

    A painting from Rome.

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    Lauren G says:

    I love this intricate wood work piece that I put fabric behind, and I got it for free! It was a mirror that broke and someone was throwing it away and I saved it!

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    Christina P says:

    A painting I bought over 10 years ago at the Ann Arbor, MI arts festival. Its fairly small -considering what I paid!- however its like an explosion of color! I like to see it as a black hole with colors surrounding it, or a black mountain and a colorful sunset. Its beautiful and I often catch myself staring at it in the mornings.

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    Jessica Weipert says:

    In my bathroom, I have a picture of the back side of a cute little naked woman, nothing vulgar, just a bum, it makes me giggle, and anyone who uses the bathroom at my house mentions it! I love it. 

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    Erin says:

    I have a framed poster from (almost) every Dave Matthews Band show I’ve been to. The prints are gorgeous and it’s a way to remember the shows I’ve seen by my favourite band.

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    Maire K says:

    Possibly a painting of Lisa Mitchell  or Judd Nelson done by my best friend.

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    Trisha says:

    My favorite piece of art is a huge black and white photo of Burlington, VT from around 1900 printed on canvas.

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    Chryselle says:

    When my son was two, we took him to an art evening on the banks of the Mandovi river, where easels glinted in the evening sun and the gentle waves of the river mingled with the chatter of children and eager adults. My excited boy took his place and without hesitation, picked up a brush and dived headlong into his first acrylic painting. Bold reds and greens all over the pristine white paper. The end result was a merry mishmash. And it looks like a gorgeous abstract painting of a rose. I framed it and it is hanging in our dining room now, a constant reminder to us to be fearless as well – in art and in life. 

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    Amy Grace says:

    A painting that my grandma did, she painted a lighthouse that was located at our family vacation spot. She painted it about twenty years before I was born and passed away a week before I was born. It is my one connection that I have to her. I love it.

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    Lucy W. says:

    My favorite right now is a collection of wildlife drawings I bought at an antique store downtown.

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    Kira Tequila says:

    My favorite piece is on a spare wood counter top that my husband and I turned into word-art listing all of the places we’ve ever lived in colorful fonts. We are military Vets so we have loads of places on it. Its special because its a piece of both of us, unlike pieces that are just mine or just his.

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    Stacy says:

    My husband painted this giant portrait of Buddha. People are always amazed when we tell them that he did it.

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    sam says:

    My favorite piece of art in my home would have to be the finger-painting that I did when I was in Kindergarten. Its a Christmas tree with decorations so it only comes out once a year – my three children still laugh when they see it.

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    Stella says:

    I sat for a portrait in Paris years ago and the watercolor painting made me vaguely look like a 1960s version of a Disney villain. I love it, evilness and mod and memories of Paris.

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    Dana says:

    I have a lot of my own art around the house, but my favourite piece is a self portrait that I did in kindergarten.  My arms are coming straight out of my head and my bellybutton is excessively large.  It always makes me giggle!  And it’s nice to remember where I started.      

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    Kate B says:

    Heh, I wrote a blog post about this awhile back, in fact! My favorite piece of art, and one of the few that is hanging in our home while my husband and I are renovating, is a lovely stylized painting of two deer looking at each other. We spotted it in a neat little restaurant about an hour from our house while out for my birthday lunch in October. I snapped a picture with my cell phone and was really smitten with it, but I felt weird impulsively buying art from a restaurant. (I very rarely impulsively buy anything, actually. The candy sections at grocery store checkouts are wasted on me.) I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was lovely and perfect, though. Then my husband surprised me with it for a Christmas present a few months later. He’d called up the restaurant and gotten the contact info for the artist, and then driven down while he and his running partner were supposedly “on a long run” to pick it up. I am so thrilled it’s a part of my home, it’s the only painting I’ve ever owned and I’ll treasure it always, both for the content and for the lovely story attached.

    http://littlebronzelion.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/the-art-on-our-walls/

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    Theresa says:

    Photographs I took of my [now] husbands band that I took while we were in college. 

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    Kellie says:

    We have a couple pieces by a local artist that my husband ended up knowing from high school. It was our first art purchase after we bought our house and I love that it made us feel grown up! One is a large bike painting in our entry and the other is of a couple of birds on a wire near our dining room.

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    Madeline says:

    paintings my nephews made for me.  they’re just blobs of color but i have them set up in a focal point of my living room because they make me smile.

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    echo says:

    I have tons of my own art in our home (which of course I am partial to), but I love a signed and personalized piece by my husband’s favorite comic artist that I gave him as a gift. The story behind how I got it is one of those longer stories that make us both smile to remember. 

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    Nicole H says:

    My husband’s grandmother pilgrimed over to the states from New Zealand as a young lady.  For our wedding, she gifted us with her exquisite trunk, which was made by a family member decades before her journey.  It’s beautifully displayed in our home as a reminder of where we come from–and I love it!

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    Thelma says:

    My fav piece of art in my home is a picture of me painted by a artist in Seattle 
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    Henrietta S says:

    A painting of the village where I grew up with its most iconic street and buildings, where I had the most amazing days :)

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    kim g says:

    My daughter at 2 drew a picture of us together..I am holding her on my lap..I look like a big purple lima bean with stick legs..and she is a baby lima bean.. she wrote her name across the top ( one of the first times with all the letters) Its framed and hangs on my wall.

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    There is a bird sculpture that hangs from the ceiling in my daughter’s room that I absolutely love.  We got the sculpture as a gift when we were in Vietnam adopting her as a baby.  For the first few days, she was so sad and so confused about all the changes that she cried all day long.  We couldn’t go out and explore Vietnam and we were getting stir crazy being in the hotel with a screaming baby.  One day, we got a knock on the door and I opened it to find this beautiful sculpture hanging in front of me, and a smiling face holding it up.  Our (now lifelong) friend knew that we were sad about not experiencing the culture, so she went to the market that morning to buy the bird and bring the culture to us.   We hung it up by our daughter’s crib and she loved to watch it sway in the breeze.  When we eventually came home about a month later, we immediately hung it in our daughter’s room, and she still watches it every night (5 years later!).

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    Tiffany says:

    It’s a tie between the very large Alice in Wonderland mixed media piece my husband made me, or the stamp my husband carved to create our wedding invitations. He’s a super crafty and talented guy!

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    Ellen says:

    I’ve covered my dining room with different maps, that’s my favorite “art”! 

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    Meg T says:

    Our cat just recently passed away and after my son saw me crying, grabbed some paper and colored pens. He then quietly drew the sweetest picture of “Panic” our indoor cat sitting on a brick wall (one she used to always try to escape to) with the sun setting behind her. He then brought it to me and said that Panic was in Heaven and could now play all she wanted on the brick wall. Be still my heart! I can’t express how much this drawing means to me. I’m filled with love and sweet memories every time I see it.