The Oasis at Home Series

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm 31 comments

We live in our houses, but we thrive in our homes.  A house is a great place to live but amid all that goes on there, it’s nice to have an area or two where we can just relax and recharge our batteries – a place that makes us feel happy and at peace. 

Yesterday I read Mom Gone Mad’s post about the special areas in her home that she creates as a source of inspiration and comfort.  I’ve decided to jump on the Oasis at Home bandwagon and share some of my favorite spots at home.   Having recently moved, I will be posting pictures of my new digs soon, but today’s area is from my previous house in Florida.

This is a view the hall that leads into the master bedroom.

Hallway - Copy

Here’s why this area was so special to me.

1.  The dark brown rectangular moldings in the living room (looks like giant picture frames) were one of the first projects that Hubby and I tackled when we moved into the house almost 10 years ago.  It was the first time I used a miter saw and it helped us fill the walls at a time when we had no furniture and no art to hang on the walls.

2.  The house pictured above has very high ceilings so I created the three panel blue painting specifically for that hallway.  Maybe it’s the Pieces in me, but I had to have something blue and water-like to balance out all the earth tones in the room.  The picturecanvasses are over seven feet tall all together.  It doesn’t quite fit in our new house because the ceilings are considerably lower.  I’ll have to rearrange and repurpose it, but it is one of my favorite artistic endeavors.

3.  See the house plant in the lower left hand corner of the picture?  That is my favorite house plant EVER.  I love it’s architectural shape and its minimal water requirements.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have room for it in the car when we moved so I planted it in the yard before we left.  I hope it’s faring well, but as a former house plant, I don’t know if it can handle the intense Florida sun.

4.  The splash of color you see in the far left of the photograph is another large picture that I painted (inspired by a painting by Paul Jensen).  It was made specifically for the large expanse of wall that it is seen covering.  When confronted with the high cost of art, I decided that buying the canvass and making my own paintings would be more cost effective.  Not only did it save money, but it was so much fun!   And art is personal, it’s ok if you’re the only one who likes it.  Knowing my limitations I went for colorful contemporary art that is open for interpretation.  That is another reason that these paintings are so special to me.  I can look at them today and see one thing and look at them  again tomorrow and see something totally different.  Here’s a better view of it.  The canvass is 5ft high by 4ft wide.

Era's Painting

Please join the fun and post your favorite household “feel good” corners.  I look forward to visiting with you.  See you next time!

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  • 1. cindy  |  Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    very cool! 🙂

    my “feel good corner” is my bed…with a book.

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    • 2. Era  |  Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Sounds awesome! 🙂

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  • 3. emmap  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 12:55 am

    you have awesome taste!!!

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    • 4. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 1:14 am

      Thank you!

      Reply
  • 5. wordjunkie  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:16 am

    wow!

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    • 6. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 7:35 am

      Thank you.

      Reply
  • 7. richajn  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3:42 am

    awwww. such a lovely space!!
    I took some pics y’day inspired by MGM. Now I just have to squeeze in some time for that post!!

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    • 8. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

      I’m looking forward to your post!

      Reply
  • 9. Gary  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Wow, I’m impressed Era! Not only at the beauty of your home but also your artistic abilities. I LOVE your paintings!

    My feel good corner is our camper on the lake. 🙂

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    • 10. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Gary. That camper is a great spot, not to mention the source of some great blog posts!

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      • 11. Gary  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

        It is a great spot but it’s a seasonal spot which kinda sucks but hey.

        So I have to ask, have you ever done paintings for friends or relatives? (hint hint)

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        • 12. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

          If anyone would ask, I’d be happy to. Needless to say, no one has asked 🙂

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          • 13. Gary  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

            Really? Now that really suprises me! How much would you charge me for a painting like the one in the above photo? I LOVE that painting!!

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            • 14. Era  |  Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:58 am

              Thanks Gary! Feel free to email me about details.

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              • 15. Gary  |  Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

                will do!

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                • 16. Gary  |  Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

                  I dropped you an email Era. 🙂

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                  • 17. Era  |  Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm

                    I’ll go check it out 🙂

                    Reply
  • 18. Just a Mom  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I love your art! I bought my girls some small canvases two weeks ago and told them to do whatever they wanted to do with them and when they were done we would hang them in their rooms. They both amazed me with what they did.
    My comfort spot is my kitchen!

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    • 19. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks! I like the kitchen too, but I get irritated because everyone else comes in and leaves a mess for me.

      Reply
  • 20. Doraz  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Era…I am into paintings. I have them all over. Trust me, yours is great. Keep it going. You have a talent. Comfy spot is my closet. Quiet and BIG. 🙂

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    • 21. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks! Sounds like a nice peaceful spot. Prayers and best wishes for you and your brother.

      Reply
  • 22. sraikh  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    What a beautiful room/space. I can imagine you lighting candles at night(maybe not in FL) and sitting down with a book(or laptop)

    Cant wait to see pictures of the new place.

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    • 23. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks Sraikh, but my evening routine is more like passing out in front of the TV at 9pm. I’ll have to fix that.

      Reply
  • 24. Camille  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Very impressive! I can’t wait to see pictures of your new house! I really don’t have a comfy spot, but I frequently lament that and decide I’ll make one. Still haven’t. Still intend to. 🙂

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    • 25. Era  |  Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Camille. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate spot. I have a little cove where everyone would dump stuff – Hubby would drop keys and wallet, kids would drop pencils, erasers, knick knacks. I banished all of their junk and put a few candles there – no one is allowed to clutter it anymore. I consider that my space even though there is no where to sit or store anything!

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  • 26. S. Le  |  Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Lovely! Truly peaceful. Can barely wait to see your new place!

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    • 27. Era  |  Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Thanks!

      Reply
  • 28. emmap  |  Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 12:41 am

    this is so true… i have yet to find that here… too many memories of the Ex… but I *DID*have to go and get all new bedding after the divorce. so perhaps its my bed that is like my sanctuary…

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    • 29. Era  |  Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8:35 am

      A bed is a great sanctuary!

      Reply
  • 30. dipali  |  Monday, September 14, 2009 at 6:06 am

    What a lovely space! And such awesome paintings.Wow. Waiting for pics of the new place.

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    • 31. Era  |  Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

      Thank you much.

      Reply

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