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A Monet or a Betty?

August 11, 2011
by thenestinggame

Raise your hand if you love Clueless. I watched that movie 1000 times in college and still find myself quoting it sporadically.

A few weeks back, I dragged Taylor on a thrifting outing. Such a good sport. While I was scouting lamps or something, he came across this piece of original art.

As they do not sell Honda Accords (V6, no less)  in thrift stores–spoiler alert–we bought it.

We debated if it was pretty (a Betty) or ugly up close (a Monet), and after hemming and hawing we decided that 20 bucks for an original framed piece of art was worth the risk.

We also liked the title: Le Jardin 65, as you know we’re a sucker for anything French.

We tried deciphering the artist’s signature. L. Carol Rooh is our best guess. Any handwriting experts have any better ones? I’m hoping to have a “You don’t understand, this is an Alaia….a totally important designer” moment.

It’s a tad Golden Girls, I admit.

Btdubs, Worthy of a visit.

But up close, the little flecks are so delicate and the metallic bronze paint sets my heart all a’flutter.


So both a Betty AND a Monet. Betty Monet, perhaps.

The frame was ivory and plasticy and needed a little help, and the matting wasn’t setting the colors off like we wanted it to.

So, to modernize it, we hightailed it to Sam Flax for a new mat. We must have tried 2 dozen different colors: dark blue, silver metallic, bronze, pale pink, pale green, fuchsia, and on and on, before we settled on….you will never guess…


We like gray.

Check back in 12 years when we’re all like, REMEMBER WHEN EVERYTHING WAS GRAY?

But until then.

We go with it. I do like how you notice the torn paper edges of the artwork against a dark background.

I also painted the frame with Martha Stewart’s metallic paint instead of spray paint. I like to think it has more depth, but I really can’t say for sure. I’m also toying with the idea of going over it with a glaze for a more pewter effect, similar to the coffee table.

So what do you think? Upgrade?

It kind of reminds me of this artwork I spied and loved on Design*Sponge.

Ironically, the mat and framing on this was closer to where we started.

And, though this has nothing to do with this post, I would like to close with this inspirational quote from Travis Birkenstock:

“Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy.”

Off to dig up my yellow plaid kilt. Hope to see you not so sporadically.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    August 11, 2011 8:56 pm

    Am glad the artist signed the painting.
    Taylor refused to sign his first paintings!

  2. Jackie permalink
    August 12, 2011 2:15 pm

    “What’s that?”
    A dress.
    Says who??
    Calvin Klein.

    Love the new art! I think it looks great, even if it did die in a freak accident during a routine liposuction. :-)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 14, 2011 8:46 pm

      I tried to work in the “there goes your social life” comment, but couldn’t. :)

  3. August 14, 2011 7:12 pm

    Found you via a post on AT in regards to your front door (*love*). Great find!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 14, 2011 8:46 pm

      Thanks! Happy to have you!

  4. August 16, 2011 6:30 pm

    Whilst on vaca, I realized that I quite literally quote Clueless roughly once per day, without even thinking about it. Most recently, “Sh*t, you guys talk like grown-ups.”

    (I totally paused)

    Love the gray.

  5. October 13, 2011 9:59 pm

    A total Betty. I have some ’67 thrift store print in our bathroom. Probably about the same size of yours.

    “Do you prefer fashion victim, or ensembly challenged”

    Your house is coming along!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 13, 2011 10:53 pm

      Why, thank you!

  6. Martha permalink
    November 21, 2011 11:20 am

    I know this is an old post, but I think the artist’s last name might be Cook. The painting looks terrific!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 21, 2011 4:48 pm

      Oooh—you may be onto something. And I totally freaked out and changed the mat again this weekend. Oh well!

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