Monday, February 6, 2012

Horsing Around

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 No secret that I love the equestrian style.  I'm working on my little foyer which is merely a pass through to the dining and living rooms so I want it to flow with the style. Other than purchasing a mirror, I didn't plan anything. Never do. My decorating usually just happens. That's out of necessity, not because I can't dream something up. 
I stumbled upon these two art prints at a yard sale. Can't remember if I paid $10 or $15 each but figured the frames alone were worth that.
I like how they are kind of beat up.
I actually passed these up but couldn't get them off my mind so returned later in the day to get them, and surprise! They were still there. The reason I almost walked away is because I didn't have a clue where they would fit. Not to mention our upcoming move.  But when I went back and read about the artist, I knew it was meant to be.
Joseph Petro was a medical illustrator. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Medicine. I might put these in Doc's office some day.
I have no idea if they are worth a lot. The names of the prints are Bay Plate I and Chestnut Plate II.  The backings say, "... certified to be one print of 5,000 and checked and autographed by the artist."
Maybe one of you have heard of this artist?
I am making them fit in my foyer. Sometimes we just have to make things fit. 
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The reason I'm not showing my foyer yet is because... see that light fixture right up there? I'm trying to convince my hubs that the house would sell better if we installed it in the foyer. 
Actually, I'm not totally convinced myself that it would help. What do you think? Would an outdated fixture kill the sale of a house? Or better yet, do you think I would get the total bang for my buck?

24 comments:

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Tammy, what a great find! It's like it was truly meant to be! Funny how things work out sometimes. As for the light fixture, it's great! All of the "pros" say that you should update your fixtures when selling. Not sure that it would kill the sale, though.

Heather said...

If you can find a nice light fixture at a good price, I think it would be a great idea!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love them...so glad they were there when you went back! Can't wait to see ;)

Andrea said...

I'd change out the fixture, but only if you find a great deal. I think fixtures can make a huge difference in updating the house and helping it sell.

mississippi artist said...

I like the fixture-I guess it's just a matter of personal taste. Wow great prints,good find there.

laxsupermom said...

Great find! Love the story behind the prints, too. It wouldn't hurt to try the light fixture in the foyer. You can always switch it back if you don't like it.

Karen said...

I love horse pictures & also since the artist graduated from the Cincinnati School of Medicine, I was interested. I found this on him:
http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/11/1770608/artist-and-teacher-joseph-petro.html

Can't wait to see them up! Karen

classic • casual • home said...

That is a nice lantern. Couldn't you take it with you?

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

You've been busy! Your "new" foyer will definitely have style!

I know you've got a lot on your plate, Tammy, but I hope your readers will join Bloggers for Hope and send some Valentine love to "the least of these." They can check it out here: http://myplacetoyours.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-of-hope.html

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my those equestrian prints are just gorgeous. I love an equestrian theme, so classic. Hum, not sure if I would change the fixture or not. If it is really bad maybe, if not then no leave it to someone else's taste.

You asked about a long shower liner. You can find them 9 ft. at Bed,Bath & Beyond and several places on line. I think they are fabulous. Hugs, Marty

podso said...

Wonderful pictures! I'm not sure about a new fixture--it is the first thing a prospective buyer would see so it would give an overall impression about the house ---on the other hand if its too unusual the buyer may just replace it anyway. But it would make you smile as you go through the next months so maybe you should!!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love your new horse prints. Never heard of the artist before. I love the light, but not sure I would add new things to sale. Around here we can't even get anywhere what we would want for the house. Our appraisal for refinancing recently was horrible. Made me sick.

Joani said...

The horse prints are beautiful. I really really love the sofa. I'm in the market for one. Haven't found one I like yet. Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

Sarah said...

Tammy, your horse prints were a good find. I, too, love the equestrian style, but we don't have it here. I only dream!
As for the light fixture. I don't know that adding things makes a difference when selling a home. I like to put my own touches on a home, so for me, it wouldn't matter. I'd most likely install a fixture of my own choosing. That's just me. I know a lot of people want someone else to do it all. ;-)
Good luck with selling your home. I admire your spirit of adventure as you and the Doc travel forward. ~ sarah

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Can't wait to see the finished foyer. I say change out the light fixture if you can. And I, too, love the equestrian theme.

xoxo
Kathleen

Diane said...

We are horsey people so I fell in love with your pics immediately. Good thing you went back for them. I love the light fixture in the picture, very unique and different. Diane

Anita said...

There is a room in my house which is basically mine. It's like an office/den. In need of a complete re-do that will happen in the next year or two, I will consider the equestrian theme now that I've seen it here and within your other posts. Since I started taking horseback riding lessons three years ago, I love everything horses! It would be pleasant to look at as I sit at my desk doing whatever. You'll get credit if it happens. :)
As for your light fixture, I think it will make your house memorable if it is in the foyer, where or not the potential buyer likes it there or not. They'll know that it can be switched out if they don't want it. That's how I would feel. :)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

As people are looking at your house, they add up all the things they don't like or want to change. I've heard that some buyers take that figure right off the top of their offer. Either way, you will probably be paying for a new light so you might as well enjoy it for a few months while your selling! Love your horses.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I love the light fixture, if it is too pricey, you might find something like it to update the house. Light fixtures are so big in the feel of a home. I think u can check to see if that is a listed artist somewhere~

SSM said...

Hello Tammy,

I love horses. They are so beautiful.

I visualize the prints that you purchased in a black frame with a blue mat.

I wouldn't invest a large sum of money in a house that I was selling. How about going to Lowe's
or Home Depot and looking at their mark down section. You could also look on craigslist.

Enjoy your day!

Dayle said...

Unless I found a fixture on a giant sale, I'd leave as is. Good luck!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I think it would make a difference...but only if you found one at a good pricve...that looks expensive!!!

And well done on such a fab find!! Gorgeous!

Sarahx

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Great prints! I have not heard of the artist but stick to the rule to keep what you love!

Cindy said...

Those are great prints, I'm so glad you got them. They're really big, aren't they, I would love to see the photo of them in your entry. And yes, that huge lantern would look great in your entry, I have no idea if it would up the value of your home, but it is sure pretty!
Hugs, Cindy