Can I take a moment to tell you how bummed I am that The New Adventures of Old Christine got cancelled? It was one of my favorite shows on TV - consistently very funny and in unique ways. Really, my only gripe about the show was the heavy use of filters that created a hazy effect (you know what I'm talking about if you've seen an episode of Oprah in the past 10 years). Because obviously a woman in her late '40s is considered too hideous to show on TV without special effects.
I also loved the set decoration. Old Christine's beach-cottagey house was a gorgeous example of mixing textures. For most of the series, Christine's house featured a beautiful picture in her living room.
Once upon a time, when I was first thinking up ideas for my girls' room, I wanted to go with a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme. Now, my stepdaughters are 7 and 17, so I didn't want anything too precious. I'm also not a theme girl, but I thought it could be fun to bring in subtle hints. Like a small white porcelain rabbit, or an antique tea cup on a shelf. I definitely didn't want the room to feel like a Disney set.
I found these posters at Art.com and was drawing my inspiration from them. They are by artist Arthur Rackham.
I kept looking for cute art for the room. I wanted a fairly big piece since the room is quite small. So I decided to google the picture from The New Adventures of Old Christine and find out if I could get a print of it.
Unfortunately, the title and artist of the painting are a complete mystery. Everywhere I looked online, someone had asked the exact same question but never gotten an answer. Maybe it's a really famous piece and people "in the know" feel like the rest of us are stupid for not knowing. Or maybe it's just a really cute original by an unknown artist. Either way, I couldn't find out anything about it.
So I looked at the picture and tried to figure out what I liked about it the most. I decided that I liked how it was whimsical but not too much. I liked how it reminded me of childhood and joy, but wasn't sentimental. I loved the movement. Could I find a another picture that did all this for me?
Initially, I didn't have much luck. The search got placed on the back burner. I'd browse the art section at stores and occasionally do searches online, but I figured that I'd find the right piece when I found it.
And I did. I came across this New York Time article about an exhibition of Philippe Halsman's work. Halsman was a famous celebrity photographer. At the end of his sessions, he would ask the subject to "jump." According to him, as a person jumps, "the mask falls, so that the real person appears.” One of his most famous jump pictures is this one of Audrey Hepburn.
If you like this picture as much as me, you are in luck. When I found it, the only copy I could find was a postcard. Not quite the statement art piece I was dreaming of. Months passed with me doing searches now and again. One day a item popped up on Ebay - a poster-sized print! LOVE LOVE LOVE. And only $7.95 plus shipping. The seller seems to have plenty - so if you want one go here.
Unfortunately, although it is framed I haven't found a mat yet, so I can't show you the final result - but you'll have to believe me when I say it makes the room.