I surrender. I cannot live with all beige walls.
I found this underpriced Audobon egret print at Finder's Keepers, a local consignment store. With one glance, I told the shopkeeper, "I'll take it!"
I needed something huge for that long wall, and the print's burled wood frame and cocoa mat tie our battered brown sofa to the reddish wood floor.
Later I found a magazine clipping I've saved for years-- the same print was propped over a mantle against the yellow walls in an elegant New Orleans home.
No wonder it seemed so perfect and familiar! While I still prefer original art, I have a soft spot for old prints of flora and fauna.
My mom bought a $5 hotel art canvas. She suggested I use it for testing my yellow paint samples, so I could move the board around in different light.
Still wondering what to do with it when the walls are painted. Perhaps I can paint something and consign it, in hopes of making back the money I spent on the Audobon print?
(Update: I later used this canvas for Andrew's volcano painting in his bedroom)