Jen Wallace over at the very sweet online shop Indie Fixx
(image from indie fixx)
There’s nothing as exciting as finding beautiful art that is also affordable and installing that first piece on your wall. Okay, there are things more exciting, but when it comes to interiors I think art has to be my favorite thing to shop for. Because of this I’m frequently asked how to start a good collection. My advice is to frequent art school student shows, visit open gallery events in either the South End or Fort Point Channel (or other neighborhoods with artists’ lofts that are open to the public a few times each year), and for those looking for immediate gratification, I send them over to Etsy. You find just about everything there from rising stars to art world celebs and in general, the prices are always affordable and if they’re not, sellers usually offer alternatives to original works like reproduction pieces and high quality prints.
Would you like to meet an artist with a range of prices to suit every budget who also has some great work fresh in his etsy store? Good because Ali Walsh recently wrote in about her partner’s work, Virginia native and mixed media artist Dolan Geiman who creates
Contemporary Art with a Southern Accent? and may I add, lots of it. He’s quite prolific!
Ali enthusiastically told me all about what Dolan has been creating lately in his Chicago studio, like a limited edition wood assemblage series called Valentine Lovebirds available exclusively at Sacred Art in Chicago during the month of February. She also showed me some of his latest works over in his etsy store, where I found this limited edition print featuring dogs for only $45 that I really like. My favorite is this birdie box print, a limited edition reproduction of an original that I’d love to install over my bed.
Yes, shown together this art can appear a bit “busy”. But try to imagine your favorite piece installed over your entry table with a lamp that coordinates with one of the colors in the work, or against a boring wall in your home, over a fireplace, or for fun, in your office because work has to involve something playful sometime.
Thank you Ali for writing to me, and Dolan your work is awesome. I first saw it over on Victoria’s blog but when you wrote to me asking that I highlight it here, I couldn’t refuse so thank you for sending it over.
(images from dolan geiman)
Have you heard of Wish magazine? From the publisher, “Wish magazine is the Canadian woman’s Shopping List for Life, offering shortcuts, time-saving tips and the best deals and trends in fashion, beauty, food and home.” I don’t have access to a hard copy of it, and only recently discovered it even existed through Apt #11, a Flickr contact and fellow design nut. Wish does have a website though and on it you’ll find lots of quick bites covering topics from styling to staging your nest. Here are a few helpful articles that you may find useful plus some pretty pictures to inspire you today. Enjoy!
(images from wish magazine)
Today has been one of the single most exciting days in my life thanks to the Boston Globe. I’d like to thank Meaghan and Hayley for everything. I have to admit, I didn’t see the paper until this afternoon after my mother called in asking if I was insane for not racing out this morning to pick up a copy. Uh apparently yes, thanks mom.
It took that call from a very proud mom telling me about her trip to the coffee shop this morning where she proceeded to show it to everyone that I realized maybe I was taking this whole press thing a little too lightly. At that, I headed to Starbucks to grab a copy. All composed and non-chalent, I opened the paper and the moment all the color and pattern from the front page of Style & Arts jumped out at me, I burst into happy tears. Yup, right there in the land of Vente lattes and GrandeMochafrappawhatevers. But more than a pretty layout, writer Meaghan really nailed it in the article — from how I feel about those I feature on decor8, the importance of design in my life, and all the great “creators” out there that I’m proud to associate with here in our online design community each day.
Since I’ve been answering emails from Globe readers today about many of the products and people mentioned in the article, I thought it would be handy to link everything below so if you’re coming over from the Globe you can easily access what was highlighted in just a few quick clicks.
Alicia Bock photography
Chinoserie bedding from Dwell Studios
Amy Butler Fabric
Crochet Pendant Lighting by Roost at Rian Rae
Mammy rug (in blue) by Angela Adams available at Urban Living Studio
LAX coffee table from MASH Studios at Design Public
Kirin sofa by Oly Studios available at Hudson
Sunshine Cosmos pillow by Hable Construction
(images from holly becker for decor8)
Lists. lists. lists. We all keep them, but how many are neatly checked off and deposited into the trash way in advance of deadline? And how many others continue to pile up unchecked? I’m a lover of lists so I maintain quite a few, but none excites me more than my shop list. It’s actually a massive binder filled with resources and images of all the products I would carry if I had my own retail storefront, a more compact version of this blog I guess you could say. And while I have no immediate plans of setting up shop (I often wonder if the reality of it all is far less exciting than my dreams) one of the top 10 products that I would carry on my list is Mozi out of Australia. I adore these ladies.
From i-pod covers to laptop sleeves, stationery, kitchen items, and home decorating accessories, Mozi’s delicious selection of vibrant prints and patterns will leave you spinning. Owned by sisters Camilla and Olivia Tipler, their first collection was launched in August ’05 and they’ve been running non-stop ever since. Although they’re a huge hit down under and over in the UK, you won’t find Mozi in that many U.S. locations yet. This means that if you just so happen to already have a shop, perhaps Mozi would be a good fit for you.
Psst: Interesting in learning more about shop ownership? Click here to jump in on our Shop Talk series.
(images from mozi)