One of my dear friends has a home where the walls are filled with beautiful and unusual artwork. I asked her once where she found what she wanted. Most of it, she told me, they purchased on trips. I thought that was such a lovely idea. My husband thought so, too. So one of the things we really wanted to do on our Scotland trip this summer was buy artwork to fill some places on our almost-empty walls.
Truth be told, we’ve never had much in terms of art in our home. We simply had other things we wanted to spend our money on. And we haven’t always had a ton of wall space, either. But now that we do, we want to look at beautiful things—things that make us happy. Thus, we went to Scotland with an eye toward that.
The first two things we bought were more poster than art. They were inexpensive, and purchased at a lovely outdoor market in Edinburgh. Those still aren’t framed yet, but they will be at some point!
Near the end of our time in Edinburgh, we walked past a street vendor selling prints of paintings of the city. This one of the castle stuck us immediately. And I knew exactly where I wanted it to go—over our bed.
A few days later, we entered a small shop filled with all kinds of vintage prints. We fell in love with these two—similar in artistic style and depicting two of of favorite views in Scotland. One is the harbor at Portree on the Isle of Skye, one is Glencoe.
While I knew I wanted the castle in our bedroom, I didn’t know how wonderfully the other two would go with it, especially after I had them all framed alike. I absolutely love how they turned out!
Another piece of Scotland artwork now on a wall in my home is this collage of pictures I look—all of Victoria Street. I took the pictures at different times of day, in different light and shadow, from different vantage points. And because our Airbnb for our week in Edinburgh was literally at the bottom of Victoria Street, this picture of many pictures ignites so many memories of our trip.
All of a sudden I’m wanting to go new places simply to fill in the other walls in my house—especially in the living room!
Do you have favorite artwork in your home? What is the story behind it?