Going Waaay Outside My Comfort Zone

So I did something a little crazy today. See that white shelf on the right wall of the guest room? I ordered a new picture for that spot.

Guest Bedroom Updates, Handbag Storage with Billy Oxberg Cabinets


I also moved the trunk out of this room that had gotten shoved over onto that wall when I added cabinets down the opposite wall. I moved my vintage dress form from the office back to that spot, although it’s not visible in this photo except for a small part of the stand.


Since I’ve turned the guest room into a place to store/display my handbags (which I’m loving, btw) I thought it would be fun to add a bit of art to that shelf that gives a nod to the bag display.

Handbag Storage and Organization


The Hermes Birkin is often the “holy grail” bag for a lot of handbag lovers. It’s handmade by Hermes artisans in France who apprentice for many years before they are allowed to make the bag, thus Birkin bags are not readily available in most Hermes boutiques. It seemed like the perfect image for this room that’s doing double duty as my little handbag haven.

This painting is so different from anything I would normally buy. I’m not normally a fan of abstract (or whatever you would call this) art. I normally go for art that’s more straightforward/realistic, but I decided to go with this piece so it would have more of an artsy, fun feel and less of a serious “I’m-a-Birkin-Bag” feel. I purchased this painting here: Blue Birkin Art. I used the promo code PRESDAY that I found online at a coupon site to get 20% off.


Here’s the more straightforward/serious version of the painting above. I like it, too. Hopefully, I won’t regret going for the “fun” version! (This version below is available here: Blue Birkin/Handbag Art.)


I hope it will add a bit of whimsy to the room but if it’s too much or I don’t like it in this space, I have another place I can hang it. Hopefully, I ordered the right size. I went with the 24 x 24 size since the shelf is around 36 inches long. When it arrives, if it looks too big or just totally wrong for this room, forget this post ever existed. Ha! πŸ˜‰ If it looks cute, I’ll be sure to share how it looks.


Have you ever gone way outside your comfort zone when purchasing art? How did it work out?

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  1. I L.O.V.E. it! I think it will be a great compliment to the bag collection and I believe every room should have a little bit of whimsy and the unexpected.

    Inquiring minds want to know what you did with the trunk?

    • Thanks, Gail! Hope it works in here, makes me feel better that you like it! πŸ™‚ I just slid the trunk out into the hall for now. I really don’t have a great place for it but don’t want to get rid of it since it has sentimental value. It’s one of the very first antique/vintage pieces I ever purchased…have had it for around 40 years now. I keep thinking if I move one day, I may have the perfect spot for it. For now, it’s hanging out in my upstairs hall.

  2. Rebecca Dexter says

    Have you ever thought about hanging the shelf higher and putting the bed under it on that wall?

    • I really like the bed in the corner. I just don’t think I would like it against the wall…but that’s a great idea if I ever did decide to put it there.

  3. Gayle Kesinger says

    I love this picture and I think it will be perfect in this room. Am reading “Bringing Home the Birkin” now. Thanks for recommending it.

  4. What a great addition to that room! It certainly complements your handbag collection. I’m glad you went for the whimsical one. It’s unexpected, and makes it more interesting! Happy Home Redecorating, Susan!

  5. Perfect. Leave it to you to find handbag art!

  6. The only rule for [wall] art is buy what you love, buy what moves you. It doesn’t have to “go” (i.e. coordinate) with how a room is furnished.

  7. Love the “fun” version more; great choice.

  8. Don’t change it too much I love this room!!!!!

  9. Love the art…and the version you chose is perfect!

  10. Linda Page Gurganus says

    I love the new picture! It is perfect for that room!!

  11. I think this art will look great in your guest room Susan! I can’t wait to see it in the space. It is fun looking, although I’m like you and don’t usually go out of my comfort zone. Glad you did because I think it will bring in so much fun and personality to the room and handbag collection! Hugs, Brenda

  12. Wanda F Bradey says

    Susan, this is a great fun print. I collect art and love to have pieces that “speak” to me…not all folks get art I enjoy. This will be a nice addition to the shelf.

  13. Darla Keim says

    Oh. My. Gosh!!! Susan! I LOVE the art you chose. The blue is perfect for the room and the β€œcrazy” part is so much fun!!! Look forward to seeing it in its spot

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