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Prints I Like By Teresa Esgaio

I’m really liking these prints from Au Prints today. Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and so Au Prints are special in that gold ink is manually applied and they are each limited to 100 copies. All prints are reproductions of original drawings by Portuguese artist Teresa Esgaio and they represent memories – moments that happened once upon a time. I like how graphic they are and think the whale shark print would look particularly good in Aidan’s room someday. Really nice for a boy’s room! My favorite is the Birds on a shoulder print shown on the bottom. There are others not shown that are great too – so visit her site to check ‘em out, k?

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Hope you are all doing super today. The weather is cold and gray and summer has come only a few days in the past two months, but all is well otherwise. I am inspired by gray days because they make me feel more creative since I’m forced to pull myself out of the typical slump this type of weather can bring. Plus, having a baby boy around who is always smiling and laughing really loud (like from the gut, such a riot) and making tons of cute sounds… Well how can even the grayest days be really gray?

(images: Teresa Esgaio)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 08, 2014
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Art Crush: Emily Ferretti

My very own blog inspired me last week! Do you ever have that happen… You write about something and you feel even more inspired by the topic than you imagined and it leads to research and more research and boom! You are down the rabbit hole! This is precisely what happened to me last week when I shared some photos from a home that lovely Lucy over at The Design Files featured. The home was immaculate, I mean breath-taking, but the artwork sealed the deal for me. I just had to investigate! And when I did, I discovered artist Emily Ferretti. The best part is, Lucy must have had the same craving to look into Emily at the exact same time because she posted an in-depth interview with Emily here on her blog this past Friday. Great minds… ;)

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Gorgeous shades of blues and greens are recurring themes in her work.

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Emily’s work studio (above)

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In addition to her gorgeous paintings that she creates in her Northcote (a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) studio, she has a new book available to order online called, ‘Everyday‘, published by Perimeter Editions. Her publishers describe her work so brilliantly, “Oil-on-linen paintings of plants, rocks, domestic settings, sporting ephemera and architectural details are remarkable for their lightness of touch and subtleties in process, tonality and mark making, sidling the representational and abstract via a quiet, poetic tenor. Isolated from wider narrative and context, her various fragmentary scenes – athletic tracks, skate ramps, pot plants or winter forest scapes – work to bestow the day-to-day with a particular gravity and significance.” Yes, exactly! What they said!

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Many of her paintings shown are available at her current show at Sophie Gannon Gallery. Her work makes me feel so calm and at peace overall – there is a lightness and good energy about them and I just love the colors and the natural subjects – along with some of her more abstract and geometric pieces, too. My favorite painting is definitely THIS ONE below. Oh how I love it. It speaks to me so loud and clear. I wish it were in my home. And I don’t say that often about paintings because I view them as such a major life commitment. Buying original works of art (especially in this price range) is nothing I take lightly.

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What do you think of her work? I wonder how it makes you feel when you see it? Is there a connection for you, too?

(photos: Sean Fennessy and Eve Wilson)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on June 17, 2014

Project: Gallery Walls of Wonderful Art!

Hello friends, was your weekend and father’s day a good one? I never enjoyed father’s day (my dad left when I was 17, got remarried and wanted nothing to do with me since his energy was with his “new” family – go figure)… But better late than never because I FINALLY enjoyed it for the first time in my life yesterday when we had a sweet family party at our home. It wasn’t father’s day here in Germany, but I still wanted to do a little something to somehow break the negativity I’d always felt to honor my husband, a brand new father – and it worked! We had guests! We ate cake! We enjoyed it! That was a pretty fantastic little dream come true. The negative father’s day ghost vanished for good and now there will be only joy on f’s day going forward. You have to break bad patterns, don’t you?

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Not sure if you follow me on Instagram but if you do, please check out my photos from our party and our happy little baby Aidan. I also posted photos from the fun outdoor markets that I attended this weekend along with a very special ring that I bought from jewelry designer Ilka Bruse.

SO! Let’s talk about gallery walls of wonderful art. First, it’s what I’m currently working on in my home. I have a few spots planned to create little galleries. Well, one will be quite extensive and most likely be in my office. That is the one that I’m working with Minted on. I can’t wait to show you what we’re doing! The other gallery wall will be centered around this print by Max Wanger from Framed and Matted.

For the Minted wall, I’m looking at this art as options if I go for a more natural look. Which I’m leaning towards. But I need shots of color… Because this feels a little weak.

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Maybe adding some of these to it could perk up the arrangement…

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And I know these don’t really relate, but I like them…

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Yet I feel something is missing… like I need some crazy cool contrast-y stuff t to mix things up and add a little heat. And for framing, I’m thinking to do most of them in white but add a few in color just for fun… I plan to mix in some of my original paintings from Jennifer Davis that I’ve been collecting for the past 8 years along with a few three dimensional objects too – like an old key that I love, a porcelain painting, a wee little painting by Lisa Occhipinti, etc. I think adding some typography would be good too – to add some variety – plus who doesn’t love a good quote? STRANGELY… I also want a few photographs – like fashion stuff. Maybe one of Kate Moss? That definitely can spice up the arrangement.

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So that’s what I’m up to on the decorating scene around here at the moment. Are you decorating in your home? If so, what are you up to? And do you have any art wall suggestions for me based on what I’ve shown above?

Have you seen my PHOTO ARRANGING BOARD, ART BOARD and WALLS BOARD on Pinterest. I totally do boards for projects I’m planning, don’t you? Obsessed.

(top image: urban outfitters, bottom: made by girl)

 

Posted in Arts + Crafts on June 16, 2014

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

There are some stores that you walk by or go into with the most captivating visual displays… You know the ones — they make your jaw drop every time! One store that always has the most amazing displays is Anthropologie. I will be visiting the London Anthro next week again and can’t wait to see how everything is displayed. For me, part of the fun of shopping at retail spaces these days is what kind of inspiration they can provide that takes me away from ordering online and gets me into their store. I would much rather shop Anthro in person than online, for instance. There is magic in a store like that.

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Of course, not only Anthro does a great job with their visual displays, many smaller privately owned stores like The Cross Design in Vancouver make visual magic too. Thing is, big retailers get all of the credit for their beauty when really, there are people behind all of that who are working very hard and rarely known. Take LA-based artist and designer Jessica Pezalla. She has a background in fine art and a MFA in sculpture.

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After college, she started working at Anthro in California as a display artist and today, she she runs her own studio called Bramble Workshop where she creates custom installations for events and interiors for such clients as Ella Moss, ban.do and Hermès and she works with some of my favorite bloggers on projects like Joy from Oh Joy! and Bri of Design Love Fest. You can see a clever installation that she put together for Joy’s creative studio above and learn about the entire process from their first meeting onward here on the Bramble Workshop blog.

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I love how creative Jessica is – she uses every material imaginable and seems quite fearless as she explores new things. From paper flowers to feathers, hand-dyed placemats to chandeliers and woven leather stools – her talent knows no boundaries and I love it! I imagine working with someone like Jessica would be a dream. I often dream of working around creative people regularly instead of only when I work on my books… I love collaborating with others and dreaming up and executing creative projects. I often feel like I’m the only one with all of the ideas and sometimes I want others to come up with stuff too so I’m challenged. I need more creative people in my daily life – not just online! Do you often feel this way too?

Jessica – I love your work, your projects, it’s all just amazing. Keep inspiring us!

(images: bramble workshop)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 14, 2014

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