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Bailey Saliwanchik @ Three Graces Gallery

I love spending time at the coast, and this weekend was particularly beautiful and relaxing – sunny, warm, the perfect weather for strolling one of my favorite coastal New England towns, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. While there, I had to stop by the Three Graces Gallery, owned by New Hampshire artist Kim Ferreira, and once again, I was pleasantly surprised by the art on display. Kim always has the best work, and this visit left me so inspired, I had to share.

‘Memory of Conversations’ is the current exhibit at Three Graces, combining the works of Maine artist Bailey Saliwanchik and Rhode Island artist Alexandra Mathis.

Although Ms. Mathis displays great strength and talent in her oversized mixed media works on canvas (stunning), it was Saliwanchik’s work, gorgeous girls in full, vibrant color, that captivated me (shown above and below), plus I could picture it in my own space. If I had a home with higher ceilings, I would consider Mathis’ work as well, I really loved how she incorporated graphite, dye, and fabric on canvas — gorgeous.

Soon to relocate to Brooklyn, New York, Bailey Salivanchik is one to watch. The moment I laid eyes on her work, I had this feeling… Like she is bound to go places very, very soon. Read her bio here, and if you’re interested in her work, contact Kim Ferreira directly at the Three Graces (show runs only until April 5th, so hurry!). If you’d like to order her prints, visit DeviantART online.

And… If you ever find yourself in charming Portsmouth, stop by Three Graces Gallery at 105 Market Street – great gallery, gorgeous work, a breathe of fresh air for sure!

(images from bailey saliwanchik)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, travel on April 02, 2007

Trina Turk – Inspiration from Fashion

Trina Turk has attitude. I love browsing her collections for inspiration, each season brings stronger, more beautiful prints and fabrics than the last.

Interior design trends are constantly evolving, strongly influenced by both the fashion industry and the art world, so enjoy color and pattern in whatever form it takes – a dress can inspire the color palette of your living room, a pattern on a scarf can lead you to painting that same pattern on your wall. Let your imagination roam freely. It’s no longer sticking to the straight and narrow that matters, it’s about pulling together a home full of character inspired straight from your book of life.

Spring 2007 – Vibrant pastels are strong this season for interiors, too.

Summer 2007 – Deep blue paired with lighter tones, along with white, and egg yolk yellow as an accent, are popular trends for summer fashion but also for interiors. Bold, graphic patterns make cheerful additions to the home. Watch for large geometric prints in chocolate paired with white, too.

Can’t you just imagine some of these looks as a room?

(images from trina turk)

Posted in fashion + accessories, inspiration, trends on April 02, 2007

Cecily Ink (+ Free Shipping for a Limited Time)

Like most of us, Cecily Ink founder Alex Wijnen is obsessed with paper. Only her obsession turned into a business and now her brain is on creating the perfect letterpressed papers 24/7. But that’s okay with us, because we love letterpress, and we love Cecily Ink even more because of her bold, creative style, color combinations, and seriously fun style.

In addition to cards, Cecily Ink also has a clever little office organizer for cards, the Fresh Style Card File, that’s as functional as it is decorative and makes a nice gift, too. It’s a small file box with 12 cards/envelopes, and each card is filed in its own category, thank you, sentiments (sorry, get well, with love, miss you), etc..

Oh, and did I mention free shipping? For a limited time, meaning whenever Alex decides to end the promotion, you can receive free shipping on your order (shipped within the USA). Enter shipme at checkout.

A huge thanks to decor8 reader Amy Smith from Goosey Press for the tip! Check out Goosey Press for the best black + white silhouette wrapping paper and gift tags ever.

(images from cecily ink)

Posted in stationery on April 02, 2007

Happy April!

I had to jump on the blog this morning to wish everyone a Happy April! Have a great day, beware of the April Fool’s pranksters, and I’ll see you tomorrow. Until then, Kirin & Co, the online etsy shop of Aussie designer Lara Cameron, added some fresh new prints to her shop, so enjoy!

(images from lara cameron)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on April 01, 2007


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