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Reader Project: Black + White Painting

I’ve said before that I love blogging because I get to chat DIY projects and home stuff with people who are equally jazzed about these themes.  But sometimes blogging feels one sided.  I show you this and that and sometimes we connect through comments (which always makes my day), but I know from my stats there are oodles of you who drop by the townhouse, and quietly check out what’s new.  Hi there!  I want you to know that I’m so happy you stop by.

I hope you don’t mind, but I do think it’s fun when Dans le Townhouse becomes slightly less about me and my blah blah blah, and more about you!  That’s why I share other DIYs from time to time, and why I grin ear to ear when someone shoots me an email to say they tried a project of mine and “look how awesome it turned out”.  After much deserved kudos, I practically pounce on the DIYer in question and anxiously ask, “Can I share this on the blog, PUH-leeze?????”  If this were done in person, I would likely frighten them away with my over-zealousness (think crazy eyes and maybe some drooling).  Happily, the internet protects you from my lack of social graces.  But enough about me.

Today’s an awesome “less-about-me, more-about-you” kinda day.  Monday I promised to share a reader’s take on the black and white painting I shamelessly copied, and here’s Jae’s version!  You can catch more on her blog, Design OCD

Isn’t it cool?  I love her styling – the painting above that striped bench looks super fresh and modern.  To jog your memory, here’s “my” version but, truthfully . . .

P.S. We made a frame for it since . . . see here!

. . . I copied this one.  Not super well, mind you, but it’s important to clarify the idea isn’t mine.

Harper’s Bazaar

Remember Erin’s cool spin on this painting?  It turned out so pretty and so “her”.  When Beth took a stab at it, her creativity took off and she created something totally unique.  DIY art makes me happy.  So, what have you been up to (she says with crazy eyes).



  1. Tiffany @ {Living Savvy}
    November 9, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    I love both DIY's! And I think I will be tackling my own "version" of this! That is what is totally great about the blog world… it can be used for inspiration, and we all post to share ideas!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 11, 2012 / 7:42 am

      It's so nice to take the focus off my projects once in awhile. I think someone trying one of my projects also demonstrates how do-able they all are, which I also appreciate. I hope you do try your version – I bet it will look gorgeous. And please share! I'd love to feature it 😉

  2. Jae
    November 9, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    I really love Erin's gold spin on it. I put it in my guest room and am really liking it. I have to say it's inspired me to tackle more DIY art. Thanks!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 11, 2012 / 7:46 am

      You should be so proud!! Yours is awesome and I'd love to see some more DIY art from you!!

  3. Tamsyn
    November 9, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    I loved seeing this in the pinterest challenge, I get such a kick out of seeing the work of someone I 'know' being used as the inspiration piece! I love how Jae's turned out 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 11, 2012 / 7:47 am

      It was so funny for me to see it in the Pinterest Challenge! But I do love that we are starting to recognize each other's projects. That's so much fun.

  4. grtescp
    November 9, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    I liked yours already, now I like this latest variation… excellent.This painting, in particular the "horizon" in it, inspired me as I recently painted some tea towels! Unfortunately I didn't remember to take a picture of them stretched out before I packaged them up and sent them off, but you can kind of get an idea from the fragments I did capture!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 11, 2012 / 7:48 am

      Aww, thanks!I'm so excited to hear you painted some tea towels inspired by this project. I'm SO sad you don't have photos, though – they sound so cool. I am hoping you make some more . . . 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 11, 2012 / 7:18 pm

      Those are so gorgeous!! I love them 🙂

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