Well, our new couch finally arrived! It's been a couple of months and I've really been looking forward to getting it! It's not craftsman furniture, but it certainly is comfortable, and my husband and I both really liked the colour and style, which we thought went well with the Diego Rivera painting you can see hanging above.
The painting, which you can't really see in the photo, is Diego Rivera's Cargador de Flores (The Flower Carrier), which we found at SFMOMA on our honeymoon in San Francisco (we wanted a souvenir of our trip and that was our favourite painting in the gallery). It's certainly not Pre-Raphaelite art, but I just love it. Diego Rivera uses such brilliant, rich colours his paintings seem to come to life. He painted The Flower Carrier in 1935.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sells canvas editions of many paintings at very reasonable prices (it adds a whole layer of texture to your print). Most run around $100 dollars. This includes a process in which the museum artists "apply acrylic brush strokes to the canvas, replicating exactly the texture and contours of the original painting." Personaly, I think it's a great option, because it looks so real and most of us will probably never get to purchase an original work by an old master (Van Gogh's "Child With An Orange" is on sale this month at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands for $30 m).