but who are these people?
by victoria comment


white kitchen wall with two vintage portrait paintings leaned on a shelf above the sink / sfgirlbybay

jasper b. goldman.

i’m still really a fan of the fun idea of portrait paintings popping up in unexpected places. i saw emily tweet about it last week and i really trust her taste, so there’s that. and then i realized that i had pinned a ton more images lately with this vintage vibe to share with you. i used to have a whole collection on my walls and then i needed a change, but i do like the notion of a surprise portrait here and there. they’re always conversation starters for one thing, and i just like the sense of humor they evoke. my dad always used to ask me “but who are these people?” and that just cracked me up — so I made up stories and family histories for all my portraits. just another way to add personality (literally) to your collections.

white arched hallway leading to a dining room with green vintage chairs and a gold-framed portrait painting / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest espaƱa.

ornate oval mirror hung above two white framed cat paintings with a black raised cat feeder below / sfgirlbybay

black lacquer design.

white brick fireplace with vintage portrait painting leaned on the mantle / sfgirlbybay

mother mag.

gray blue bedroom with modern globe light fixture and vintage portrait painting on a shelf above the bed / sfgirlbybay

agence favorite.

kitchen tools and and a vintage portrait on white pegs / sfgirlbybay

lovely life.

vintage portrait paintings hung in unexpected places / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: zigouis; debi treloar; remodelista.

vintage portrait painting on modern white bar cabinet / sfgirlbybay


assorted vintage portraits hung on white walls / sfgirlbybay

clockwise l to r: black lacquer design.; ngot minh ngo; primitive modernism.


egot rom.


remodelista (above + Below).

portrait paintings in unexpected spots / sfgirlbybay


6 responses to “but who are these people?”

  1. Once again a wonderful morning mix here in Australia – good coffee – and fantastic reading on sfgirlbybay.com – Congratulations!

  2. I’m just not a fan of portraits in the home. They seem eerily maccabe to me. I much prefer painted fruit.

  3. I loooove portraits and make up names to go along with them. I have them everywhere in the house, just not the bedroom; for some reason that feels odd ;-) Great post!

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