I was inspired by Suzanne Carillo's tour of blogger Anja's art-filled apartment to post some photos of some of the quirky and colourful corners of my home. Every apartment I've moved into has had beige walls, but in the last two, I have been fortunate to have landlords that allowed me to paint the walls the colours of my choice. I've seen homes where all the walls are white and they've looked very modern and bright, but I feel better when I'm surrounded by colour....and art....and toys...and books, etc. etc. To me, anything can be art - a doll, a vintage purse, a bowl of sea shells; as long as it gives you pleasure when you look at it. Some people are taken aback by the sheer amount of stuff in my apartment, but a friend once said they enjoy visiting me because it's like going to a museum - there are so many things to look at. I supposed you could say that it's The Museum of Shelley.
The warm-toned walls of my living room make it feel very cozy, especially in the winter when it's cold and stormy outside. Clockwise from left: A painting by London artist Tom Hilborn hangs above a 1950's glass bowl of seashells and rocks, a funky angel and a postcard featuring a Henry Moore etching; Curious George shares a shelf with my Day of the Dead Skull collection; a pencil drawing by my friend Brian Lambert keeps company with two dolls made by Anwen Sutherland of Humble Home, a bill bissett painting and a print made by a WWII veteran at Parkwood Hospital.
The living room is home to my collection of ethnic dolls...
A large shelving unit I found at one of my neighbourhood secondhand stores is the home to most of my vintage toys, knick knacks and travel souvenirs. The lace fan came from Spain, the china mice from Jackpot Vintage, and I found the beautiful satin 40's shoes at a Goodwill many years ago. I think I did wear them once, as they are my size.
I worked in a couple of record stores (remember those?) back in the 1980's and the company reps would bring posters featuring musicians and album cover art for us to display in the store. Sometimes the staff could put "dibs" on a poster of our choice when it came down off the wall, and I was lucky to snag this giant one featuring Cyndi Lauper (it's at least 3' x 4'). I re-discovered it when I moved into my current apartment two years ago and figured it was time to show it off. I've never seen this particular image on a poster, or any other advertisement since.
Bottom left: Bettie Page checks her stockings in my bathroom, which is also home to some mermaids and a nude 1920's chorus line. Top: A few of my 1960's canvas bucket bags by Enid Collins hang on my kitchen wall. Some of her bags are quite collectible, depending on the condition, but I purchased them for their kitschy and colourful designs. Bottom Right: A small painting by Luke Chueh titled "I Asked For Scrambled" makes me smile every time I see it, and the fairy collage came from Dear Thelma Love Louise.
My bedroom is a rather soothing grey-ish purple, and the colour makes a great background for my purses, jewellery, hats, and whatever else I feel like hanging on the wall. The flowered straw bag is a recent find from Faye's Finds Consignment Store at the Western Fair Farmers' and Artisans' Market. It may be my summer carry-all next year, or, I may just leave it hanging on my wall!
Does your living space reflect your personality?