Coffee, tea or a vintage airplane wall painting on reclaimed metal. I really like my coffee in the morning but I would choose this oil painting any day. I might feel a bit sluggish without my morning jolt of caffeine. But somehow I don’t think I would grow tired of this painting.
Vintage Airplane Wall Painting
Long gone are the days of hot meals and drinks on your airline flight. Were they really that good anyway. After hitting the road before daylight, long lines at check in and standing forever with your shoes off in a security line, airline food starts to not look that bad. Surprising what you will eat when tired and hungry. Let me eat those cold processed mashed potatoes. Forget the food, these days it’s all about the carry on luggage and extra fees. Get the lowest fare possible with the least amount of stop overs. But we can dream of cross Atlantic flights with gourmet meals, warm blankets, soft pillows and courteous flight attendants. That’s why we like this over sized airplane painting. Hand painted in oil on reclaimed metal that shows it’s age, this is one big painting. If you can’t get on the next flight to your dream destination this painting might be the next best thing. Hang this painting over the sofa or make a landing strip in the middle of your den. This plane is not life sized but it’s big enough to fill an empty wall. Either way you can dream of a soft landing and waking up in the comfort of your own home. It’s a lot easier than finding your lost baggage.
If the thought of getting an old school tattoo on your arm is too painful then consider hanging this Sailor Jerry Tattoo Painting on your wall. That’s right. Now you can enjoy the artistry of tattoos without suffering the pain. Or if you already have a tattoo and appreciate the artistry of American Traditional designs, then get this painting for any room in your home. It all started with Sailor Jerry.
Sailor Jerry Tattoo Painting
Norman Collins was born in 1911 and was an American tattoo artist most famous for his tattooing of sailors. Thus, he became known as Sailor Jerry. He was also a former Navy man himself who had opened a tattoo shop just outside of Honolulu. Which happened to be a popular shore leave destination for millions of men serving in World War II. I think you’re starting to get the picture. It was on the backs, shoulders and arms of these servicemen that Sailor Jerry built his reputation and also changed the world of tattoos. Up until that time, tattoos in America were only seen in the lower social classes of society. Gang members, convicts, etc. But Sailor Jerry changed all that. WWII had enlisted millions of men that normally would be walking around wearing cardigan sweaters who suddenly found themselves thrust onto the battlefield and war zones. It was these men that also found themselves in Sailor Jerry’s tattoo shop. Jerry took what he had learned from Japanese tattoo masters and gave it an American facelift. He combined vivid colors with bold iconic lines to create a new Western artistry for tattoos. Some of his tattoos were beautiful while others were a bit bawdy. Sometimes they were a little of both. He was innovative on a technical level as well using modern tattoo machine configurations, new sterilization techniques and the first tattoo artist to use the color purple. I think Sailor Jerry deserves a big salute.
If you can’t get to the French Riviera then this Monaco Grand Prix wall art is the next best thing. Touring the glamorous French Riviera has always been on my bucket list. Unfortunately, I keep kicking that old bucket down the road. Not sure I will ever get my James Bond moment but I will gladly settle for these really cool vintage paintings. Racing up and down the narrow hillside of Cote d’ Azur and Monaco is definitely James Bond 007 at his best.
Monaco Grand Prix Wall Art
The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. It is considered one of the most prestigious auto races in the world since 1929. Add it to the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and you have the Triple Crown of Motorsport. I never knew that. Just like these paintings, the race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco. There are many changes in the elevation of the course along with tight corners and underground tunnels. It’s considered one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One racing. It’s also dangerous so the racing speeds are relatively slow compared to other major racing events. So who did win the Monaco Grand Prix of 1935? It was none other than Luigi Fagipoli, also known as the Abruzzi robber. That’s a story for another day. Luigi was an Italian racing driver and is still the oldest driver to win a race in Formula One. There’s the checkered flag.
Architectural roof tops or natural wood frame chandeliers. Made from reclaimed wood, these chandeliers were inspired by the dome shaped roofs of the early 1900’s. We found a vintage wood frame roof that once topped the turret of an old Victorian home and transformed it into a beautiful chandelier. Hang this chandelier over the farmhouse dining room table or suspend it from the ceiling in the grand foyer. Either way this bell shaped wood pendant will add history and vintage charm to your home.
Natural Wood Frame Chandeliers
There are many different roof shapes and they vary from region to region. The main factors that influence the shape of roofs are the climate of the region and the materials available. There are so many roof shapes from nearly flat to steeply pitched. There are dutch gable roofs, saltbox, hipped, mansard and A-frame roofs just to name a few. But we like this vintage bell shaped roof the best. This style of roof was most common in the United States during the Victorian era. These homes were ornate with wood lattice work and the bell shaped roof added to the detailed elegance of the period. The bell shaped roof was created much earlier by the famous French architect Philibert de L’Orme. Back in the 1500’s he was architect to Francis I of France and Henry II. Unfortunately, much of his work has disappeared but his French influence with Italian tendencies was continued by others in later years. Now we’re not saying that this bell shaped wood chandelier came from the original Chateau Neuf but no one is stopping you from thinking that. Just don’t scream it from the roof tops.
It’s the symmetry with this display of vintage motorbike wall paintings that makes this room stand out from the crowd. If these paintings were hanging on the wall by themselves you would probably walk by without taking a second look. You wouldn’t see a speedway of vintage motorcycles racing through the countryside. Or the speed and determination in the men on their bikes. You can almost feel the wind in their faces and the sweat on their brow. It feels like we’re there and we know it’s going to be a close call at the finish line. The symmetry these paintings combined with the placement of furniture makes this entire wall the focal point of the room.
Vintage Motorbike Wall Paintings
Symmetry is defined as the quality being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis. Or in simpler terms, an object has reflectional symmetry if there is a line going through it which divides it into two pieces which are mirror images of each other. In this case, the line would go directly through the middle of these vintage paintings. Symmetry is created on this wall with the placement of like items on each side of the painting. First, the wall is grounded with an over sized sofa and side chairs flanking the collection of paintings. Then a large coffee table is placed in between to ground the seating areas. Take note that scale is important with this space given the large size of the room and the paintings. Next, the sofa is flanked with a matching floor lamp, again an over sized light fixture. Lastly, two substantially large mirrors are hung on each side that add not only symmetry but the perception of depth to the space. Each piece alone might not get your attention but grouped together make this space a checkered flag winner!
If you can’t get to the beautiful beaches of France then this French Dinard wall painting is the next best thing. The warm waters of the Caribbean is not the only place to enjoy the beach and sun. France has beautiful beaches too and it’s all captured in this vintage painting of Dinard. A small town in the northwest corner of France. The bathing suits might be a little out of style but the beach and surf never changes. Dinard is located on the Gulf Stream which means it enjoys a warm climate through most of the year. There are even some palm trees and tropical plants that surround the coastline.
French Dinard Wall Painting
There is not much nightlife in Dinard but who needs it with a coastline filled with beautiful beaches and consistently sunny weather. The attraction to Dinard includes five star hotels along with a casino, plenty of bars and many fine restaurants. That might be why it also attracts five star celebrities like Joan Collins, Winston Churchill and even Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, the house used in the film Psycho was inspired by a villa that Hitchcock stayed at in Dinard. Let’s not forget Picasso himself who painted here in the 1920’s. There’s a lot of history for such a small town. But that’s what makes it so special. Forget that Caribbean cruise and stay on land at one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Thank you Dinard.
A big salute to Sailor Jerry for inspiring this collection of traditional style tattoo paintings. Now you can enjoy the artistry of tattoos without suffering the pain. If you already have a tattoo and appreciate the artistry of traditional American designs, then get these paintings for any room in your home. It all started with Sailor Jerry.
Sailor Jerry was a former Navy man who opened a tattoo shop just outside of Honolulu. It happened to be a popular shore leave destination for millions of men serving in World War II. I think you’re starting to get the picture. It was on the backs, shoulders and arms of servicemen that Sailor Jerry built his reputation and changed the world of tattoos. Up until that time, tattoos in America were only seen in the lower social classes of our culture. Gang members and convicts, but Sailor Jerry changed all that. WWII enlisted millions of men that normally would be walking around wearing cardigan sweaters who suddenly found themselves on the battlefield. It was these men that also found themselves in Sailor Jerry’s tattoo shop. Jerry took what he had learned from Japanese tattoo masters and gave it an American facelift. He combined vivid colors with bold iconic lines to create a new Western artistry for tattoos.
Christians adopted the anchor as a symbol of hope in their future existence because the anchor was regarded as a symbol of safety. It kept us from drifting from the proper path. Similar to how an anchor is used on a ship. The anchor is dropped into the water and set to keep the boat from drifting away. It’s no surprise that the anchor quickly became a popular tattoo among Navy servicemen. At sea, the anchor is the most secure object in a sailor’s life. This makes it the perfect representation of stability. That’s why you will see an anchor tattoo emblazoned with the word “mom” or a girlfriend’s name as these are the people who keep sailors grounded. When you’re out at sea for weeks or months on end, it’s no surprise that many would prefer to be on dry land. The next best thing was an anchor tattoo on the arm. It served as a daily reminder to stay grounded. That the war would end soon.
Americanflagwall art goes vintage industrial. What better way to honor American Veterans and Memorial Day than to hang an American flag in your home. Hand painted in oil, this painting celebrates the stars and stripes and the military men and women that sacrificed their lives serving our country. This is not your typical oil painting on canvas. Metal and tin salvaged from old buildings and barn roofs was pieced together to create a unique canvas for paint. It comes fully equipped with cracks, dents and nail holes. Hang this painting indoors in the man cave or hang it outside on the back porch to enjoy all summer long.
American Flag Wall Art
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. It originated as Decoration Day in 1868 as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of Union war veterans with flowers. By the twentieth century, Union and Confederate holiday traditions, which were celebrated on different days, were merged together on the same day as Memorial Day. It is observed every year on the last day of May which typically marks the start of the summer season while labor Day marks the end of summer vacation. Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day remembers the men and women who died while serving our country and Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military service veterans, both alive and deceased. On Memorial Day the American flag is raised to the top of the staff and then slowly lowered to half staff position where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full staff for the remainder of the day. The half staff position remembers service men and women who gave their lives for our country and the full staff position represents those who continue the fight for freedom and justice for all. I’m proud to be an American.
This round wood pedestal dining table might have only two chairs but it can fit a lot more if you need them. That’s the good thing about round dining tables. They can fit more family and friends. No squeezing Uncle John and Aunt Judy at the end of a long rectangle table. No rubbing elbows. No bumping knees on the base of the table. It’s all about the food, the company and the conversation. That’s how it should be.
There’s always a time and a place for wanting that cozy table for two. Dining out with your special someone or significant other doesn’t require a party of family and friends. Sometimes it’s good to have one on one time without all the distractions. So when it’s time for date night go to opentable.com. There is nothing more frustrating on date night than going from restaurant to restaurant in search of a table. Unless you want that early bird special at 5:00 most diners have beaten you to the punch. They planned ahead and made their reservation for two on open table. It’s easy. Pick the location, the date and number of guests. Just show up and your table will be waiting for you. Unless you prefer to dine at home on this beautiful solid pine table. Just make sure to lock the front door. Bon appetit!
House of mirrors or vintage porthole wall mirrors. This wall of mirrors reminds me of my childhood when we would go to the local town fair and walk through the fun house. It always had a room full of mirrors and it was never easy to find your way out.
Vintage Porthole Wall Mirrors
The House of Mirrors that we often see in amusement parks originated from the hall of mirrors in The Palace of Versailles. Upon visiting France back in the 1600’s and arriving at The Palace, Peter Stuyvvesant was amazed at the Hall of Mirrors and wanted to recreate his own. On his return home he founded his own house of mirrors and began charging admission in 1651. It gained in popularity and the concept of mirrored walls soon spread to fairs and amusement parks. The basic concept was to create a maze like puzzle of mirrors that fair goers had to walk through and find their own way out. Mirrors and glass panes were presented as obstacles as well as the shape of the glass itself. Sometimes the mirrors were convex or concave which would distort reflections and make the puzzle even more confusing and often funny.
Now you can create your own house of mirrors with these porthole mirrors. Made with heavy industrial steel with a natural aged finish, these mirrors will add visual interest and size to your room. Of course you can hang one mirror over the console or buffet but hang a lot of mirrors together and you have a one of a kind wall display. It may not be a house of mirrors but you don’t want to start charging admission to your home. Now help me find my way out of here.