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Spotlight On: Jonathan Viner

American fine artist Jonathan Viner posted three new prints available in his store and they are so lovely… “While my oil paintings sell for thousands of dollars through art galleries, I produce limited edition art prints priced within everyone’s reach.” He’s a smart cookie to make some of his work accessible. I like that and I like his work very much as I’m sure you will too.

Jonathan Viner

Jonathan Viner

Jonathan Viner

Lovely ladies and gorgeous colors!

(images: jonathan viner)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 29, 2011

Spotlight On: Pimp My Lamp

See the lamp on the left? I bought it a few days ago at the German equivalent of American chain store, TJMaxx – it’s called TKMaxx and is owned by the same parent company. You can occasionally find good, affordable things in their if your timing is good. I found this huge table lamp for under $30 but there was a little problem – I really disliked everything from the base color to the shade pattern. I loved the shape of the base and the size of the lamp overall though so I decided to buy it and change a few things up.

B4 and After

Flamant Paint

I wanted the base to be a chalky matte paint, and I happened to have a small container of Flamant paint in Mentalo (JU407). I painted 4 coats (yes, 4!) to cover the original base because I didn’t have primer and felt too lazy to go out and buy some. Doesn’t matter, the results are the same – a nice looking lamp! I topped it with a slightly smaller lamp shade to change the look a bit – I used the Mibo pendant light that I bought several years ago from Design Public but never used — it’s been sitting in a box since 2007! I removed the lighting kit from the shade, flipped it upside down, and popped it on top of the light base. I like it, it’s quirky, and works until I get tired of it and decide to change once again. :)

Bottom line when shopping is this: Don’t look at what something IS look at what it could BE. A new paint color and shade can make all the difference in the world and it took only a few hours to do it!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in diy on July 29, 2011

Spotlight On: Line Juhl Hansen

I’ve known Danish artist Line Juhl Hansen for awhile now and I follow her work religiously via her beautiful blog. Line’s artwork is so beautiful, I’m constantly inspired by her lines, shapes and colors.  I also love her work studio and her summer home. Here is a little spotlight on the lovely Line today.

Line Juhl Hansen

Line Juhl Hansen

Line Juhl Hansen

Line Juhl Hansen

Line Juhl Hansen

Line Juhl Hansen

She’s such an inspiration to me and perhaps can be to you, too.

(images: line juhl hansen)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 29, 2011

Spotlight On: BoligLiv Magazine

When my good friend and neighbor goes to Denmark to relax in her vacation home, I know what to expect when she returns home – a fresh copy of BoligLiv magazine! She’ll be home tomorrow and I’m already counting the moments until it’s laying on my doorstep. I thought, because I love this Danish decorating magazine so much, that I’d shine a wee spotlight on them today in case you’ve not visited their website before.

BoligLiv

BoligLiv

Happy Friday everyone!

(images: boligliv)

Posted in Books + Magazines on July 29, 2011

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