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Annechovie Prints – Delish!

Anne Harwell is this amazing self-taught artist based in Florida that works mainly in gouache/ink and acrylics in some of the most beautiful hues. She just added prints in Annechovie (her etsy store) featuring some of her interior paintings, you have to check them out, they look exactly like some of my favorite rooms from past issues of Domino magazine!

Anne even accepts commissions if you have a picture to send her. I’m positively smitten by her work, as I can imagine framing these and placing several over a credenza in a living room, especially the chairs. Wow.

Great work Anne, thanks for writing in!

(images from annechovie)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on June 14, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Urban Sophisticate by Michele DeVous

I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!

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Name: Michele DeVous
Occupation: Homemaker, Grandmother (a young one!), collage artist.
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Theme: Urban Sophisticate: Black and White and Red all over
Inspiration: Downtown lofts are revitalizing cities all over the country and young sophisticates are flocking to them. “Black and White and Red all over” is meant to reflect the urban: environment–geometrics, black buildings punctuated with neon signs, nature with a stylized perspective. The new urban dwellers are successful, well-traveled, investors, business people, collectors of unique travel finds with an eclectic mix: Eames print, antique kitchen linens, Art Deco salt and pepper shakers, American folk art and Chinese antiques. The open loft flows from one living area to another; one palette carried throughout the space–black, white and red all over.

Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Michele!

(images by michele deVous)

Posted in contests on June 14, 2007

Creative Thursday Art

The new painting that I blogged about on Monday arrived today from Marisa at Creative Thursday. I’m so excited, I have to share it with you. It’s up on my temporary art wall, temporary because I have to paint my office and add all of my prints and paintings to this space, but for now this little painting will stay right where it is.

Sure, it may look like the wall of a fifth grader, but anything goes in my workspace. After sitting in cubicles and offices for 10 years surrounded by schematics and excel spreadsheets pinned all around me, I decided that “free” is in the word “freelance” and I need to exercise my freedom of expression in my home office, on my level, now that I’m working for myself. And you know what? Good for me. And if your art is a bit childish, three cheers to you, too. If you don’t surround yourself with things that evoke certain positive emotions in you, then save your money and live with four blank walls, no furniture, and throw a mattress in the middle of the room because I truly feel that you’re not living if your space reflects the style and taste of someone else. For me, I think 34 going on 13 pretty much sums up this little space above my desk, and I like it this way.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on June 14, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Creative Space for Mom & Son by Starlee Matz

This is a terrific mood board, spectacular colors, crisp, I just love it. It really pops off the page. I also like that it was created using a blue file folder – what a creative idea. The theme is another bonus, especially useful to all the artsy moms out there that want to design a space for both mother and baby that is stylish, functional, and fun. It looks like something you’d find in the pages of Blueprint magazine, don’t you think? Martha would be proud. I know I am. Fantastic entry, Starlee!

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Name: Starlee Matz
Occupation: Mom/Graphic Designer
State/Country: Oregon, USA
Theme: Playroom + Art Studio in blue and orange.
Inspired by: Typography and a few of my favorite colors. My one year old son likes to play and I like to do art, and in this room we can do both. Key features are the standing-height desk for me so he can’t reach and plenty of play things for him like a giant soft beanbag, drawing table, a bright orange rocker and lots of alphabet letters. Fun and educational!

Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Starlee!

(images by starlee matz)

Posted in contests on June 13, 2007


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