Color Trend: Peach Tones

Color Trend: Peach Tones

Peach is on the rise...but what do you do with it? How do you avoid it looking like something that your great grandmother used? I'm showing just a sampling of accent color combinations that look beautiful with this pretty shade. As well as ways to add it into your space without it looking super feminine or committing to painting your whole room. 

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Gallery walls can really be so much fun to have in your home. You can make an arrangement with what you have now and you can make plans for later. I'm discussing the freedom of buying pieces you love to incorporate in your gallery wall later. It's also called the Later Plan- and it doesn't ever have to end! 

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

There are many how to guides on creating gallery walls. However, there isn't a lot of talk about the Now Plan and Later Plan. What to do right now to make sure you stop having blank walls and what to do later on when you find other pieces you like. I'm discussing the Now Plan and why it's important. Stay tuned for how to create the Later Plan!

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Pulling from a piece series- what type of rug to put with art?

Pulling from a piece series- what type of rug to put with art?

Integrating your rug with your home can be sometimes the worst part about designing. Why? Because it feels like this critical piece of the puzzle that is the hardest figure out. It doesn't have to be that way.  This give 5 different rug options for your space that coordinates with your art. 

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Collage Process- Holly's Colors of the Market

One of my pieces is going to be in an art auction to support my friend Holly’s adoption process. I wrote about her story here

When I was asked to participate, I knew I wanted to have my piece connect to her work somehow. So, I decided to use her photograph “Colors of the market” as the inspiration and create a collage that incorporated the colors and textures of the food represented.

"Colors of the Market"

"Colors of the Market"

I had had some time to think about this piece for a little while. So when I was at a farmer’s market in the fall, I shot a few photos of some gorgeous displays of eggplants, squash, and other produce.

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Eggplants

Eggplants

When I start collages like this, I don’t usually have an idea of how it’s going to look at the end. Typically I just know what I’m going to do first. And then go from there. I also knew I wanted lots of layers and textures- like the subject matter themselves. 

Here is a series of photos from this process:

If you want to know how I know when to stop…I don’t. I just evaluate as I go along. Here are some of my thoughts: 

“Is that enough purple oil pastel? Why did I just draw it on a diagonal? Oh well! Can’t go back, so I have to make it work”

“What else should I put in this corner? More color or a neutral…neutral.”

“Oh crap. That paper got water on it….but do I hate it? Actually that looks good!”

“YES! I’m going to add some white paint to this pomegranate.”

“Great…now I have to add white on the green leaves because they look flat now”

And on and on…

However, after I splattered red paint on certain parts of the canvas (to tie everything together) and then drew the almonds in the bottom right portion I knew it was done. I felt your eye successfully travels around the piece and the light and dark portions of the piece are the way I want them to be. I think that any piece should be critiqued in order to really reach their full potential- because it’s in community that art (and actually people) can be made more beautiful. Since i don't have time to get this critiqued before the auction, it will stay like this. But as an artist, I want my art to attempt to be the best they can be. 

Here is the final piece:

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I think that this would look beautiful in an eating nook or next to some open kitchen shelving (as long as it’s not going to be splashed with water or spegetti sauce). 

 

What kind of art work do you like to put in your kitchen? Do you like complex art or do you feel like you have to understand it before you can like it?

Designing around art- The Uptown Condo

Designing around art- The Uptown Condo

I've had the joy to design a condo living room around artwork this past fall. I'll discuss how I thought about the art piece connecting with the design and one of the design options I created. I discuss the second design option (and the winning design) in the next blog post.  

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Is it okay to put a colored wall behind art work?

Is it okay to put a colored wall behind art work?

In most of my art research, I see beautiful white crisp rooms with wonderful art. But what about using color on the wall instead? What colors do you use? Does it matter if you have one piece or several? Lots of questions that I want to make simpler and tackle in this post.

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How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

Like this image from The Decor Fix , I think that Christmas art can become a part of your home or just come out at Christmas. I talk about 5 easy ways to incorporate Christmas themed art around your home and also show ways to just decorate around the art work you already have up. 

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