I love flags – they are the original modern art. I’m partial to the American flag and the Union Jack, because they’re from my countries. I was lucky enough to have an American mom and an English dad, so I got to grow up on both sides of the Atlantic. Flag inspired decor always catches my attention, especially when it has personality.
This fabulous flag-on-a-pallet hangs in my front hall:
I love that an old wood pallet can become something so stunning. It’s one of the only pieces of original art that I’ve ever purchased.
Upstairs, this Union Jack mirror decorates a funny little nook in the hallway:
So this summer when I saw this for sale in a coffee shop, I was instantly smitten:
Check it out close up:
It’s a collage! I would have bought it on the spot, but the $2500 price tag was out of my budget. So I started plotting to make one for myself. I spent months collecting home decor magazines and catalogs – I wanted the pictures I used to say something about me.
Here’s just a few of what I collected. Last week I finally pulled out my scissors and got to work.
And here’s what I’ve got so far:
It was significantly more time consuming and challenging than I expected. Believe it or not, red was the hardest color to find – that really surprised me. I have a long way to go to have enough to put together a piece as large as the one I saw in the coffee shop, but I’m pretty excited about what I’ve got so far. In the process, I gained a huge amount of respect for the artist of the original work. (And if whoever that is ever sees this, please know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!)