Monday, September 28, 2009

A Very Brady Potluck

This print titled "Red Plastic Plates" by Ann Toebbe is an ode to her parent's midwestern dining room, recreated from memory. The original artwork was made from small pieces of paper, hand-painted, cut and glued together in a collage-like fashion. Aside from the quirky décor and mismatched furniture, the different perspectives make this quite an interesting image.

I came across this print on 20x200, one of my favorite sites for affordable art prints. Best summed up by their own equation: "(limited editions x low prices) + the internet = art for everyone," 20 x 200 introduces two new pieces to their collection each week starting at just $20.

Anyhow, the 70's retro/country (read: Brady Bunch) feel of this room struck my fancy.  I can totally imagine throwing a dinner party with this theme. The long table with the yellow cloth and red place settings are easy to replicate. Pear placemats tie in the green and complement arrangements of wildflowers punctuated by candles under various-sized hurricane vases.  A buffet table with a macrame lace runner and neatly arranged ceramic pears serves as the perfect staging area for a friendly potluck. Printed chocolates with retro patterns are an easy takeaway gift for your guests.

Clockwise from top-left:
Ceramic pears by ElementClayStudio on Etsy
Black-eyed Susans in a handmade pottery vase, photo by Penny Sanford
White lisianthus, photo from Better Homes and Gardens
Glass hurricane vases in assorted sizes at 
Red dinnerware from the Pier 1 Holiday collection
Pear print placemats by Orla Kiely for Target
Vintage star quilting patches from bonblu's Etsy shop
Macrame lace table runner in "Catherine," from 
Swatch of Canary Kona cotton fabric from Hart's Fabric
Chocolates by Choxie in Target stores everywhere
FK 150 Sideboard, designed in 1973, still produced and sold by Lange Production

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