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Guest Post – Armoire Pegs & Casserole


Hello readers! I’m Mel and I write a blog, Armoire, Pegs and Casserole and I’m here doing a guest post for Hege while she settles into life in beautiful Scotland. Hege In France is one of my regular blog reads, so it’s without saying that I’m so pleased to be here.

When I think about Hege’s blog, I see modern interiors mixed with vintage – a style very close to my heart! I thought a nice tie in with this look, would be to share with you all, my love of contemporary Aboriginal art.

I find that when a lot of people think of Aboriginal art, they picture the more traditional earthy style with handprints and dots as an example. While I really admire that style and its importance to traditions, it’s the bold contemporary Aboriginal art that I adore! This style of (at times) very graphic paintings looks absolutely striking in both modern and distressed interiors. To give you a bit of an idea, I’ve included a few photos of how it looks around my home.

styling and photos by Mel Chesneau
What makes it even more beautiful to me, is that while it looks so modern, behind each painting lies a traditional story specific to the area in which the artist lives.

So readers, I’d love to know what you think? Could you imagine this type of art in your home?

Thanks for having me!
Mel x

P.S. A little note though, if ever you do purchase Aboriginal Art, please try to choose from a reputable dealer to ensure that the artists are treated fairly. I’m Australian and unfortunately I’m very aware that they haven’t always been treated fairly in the past. A gallery that I can recommend is Dacou and I believe they also ship internationally.

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  1. gudy herder says:

    I believe any kind of art very much depends on how you combine it. Here it looks modern, somehow eclectic and you can see there is a person behind with its very own style. For me , that's true art! Love that you have such an individual taste, Mel!

  2. I was scrolling through my bloglovin feed and as soon as I saw the image I knew it was your home! So nice to see you guest posting for Hege. Being a fan of black and white, I'm drawn to the first – it's so striking, but I also love the red artwork against the grey. Just gorgeous x

  3. Nannette says:

    Hi Mell, lovely to meet you this way, I hopped over to your 'casserole' blog right away. I'm impressed with the graphic paintings of your post, I'd love one in my home.
    Hege, thanx for introducing us to Mell and good luck with your cardboard box-life at the moment!

  4. A very personalised mix of old and new, Mel – great job! Thank you for sharing these snapshots with us all!

  5. I love the way you've integrated aboriginal art into your home mel. I'm going to take a look at some of the black and white pieces on the site you recommend. I think they're something I'd really like to look at saving up for. Lovely post here for Hege-I keep forgetting to add her to my blog roll-a good reminder :-)xx

  6. Hi Mel, love the art you have on your wall, you have styled it so beautifully. Wonderful to navigate through Hege's blog too. Have a lovely week you two. x

  7. mel says:

    Thank you for your lovely comments Gudy, Michelle, Nannette, Will, Caroline and Geraldine! Of course a big thank you to Hege for having me as a guest! Mel x

  8. The Aboriginal art you have in your home makes a striking statement Mel and your styling is just beautiful. x

  9. mel says:

    Thank you Catherine! Mel x

  10. So wonderful art. We've just got visit from Australia my mom's old friend and husband and he's told me a lot about the Aboriginal art and their culture it's both fascinating and easy to consume, I definitly love it. Thank you so much for sharing Mel and have a great week both of you!