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Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

I’m about to wrap up my week but first, I’ve been dying to share a visit that I had with Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice with you! When I was in Minnesota last month and I simply had to visit the opening night party for Jennifer and Amy’s art exhibit because hello, I had too… I mean, I have about 7 of Jennifer’s paintings (I’m a massive fan) and so when I heard she’d be showing her work the same week that I was going to be in St. Paul for my book tour, I made it an absolute priority to meet her. After five years of following her work, it was due time to meet the lady who has so much of her work in my home!

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice Exhibit

From her color palettes (love her shots of black and neon pink!) to her quirky characters who display a range of emotions from melancholy to fear, timidness to hopeful, I find her work touching, engaging, meaningful and altogether mesmerizing. Amy Rice is another amazing talent, also based in MN, so to have a chance to meet them both in one evening was a total moment for me. Here they are, such a lovely duo.

Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice

Amy Rice (L) and Jennifer Davis (R)

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice Exhibit

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice Exhibit

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice Exhibit

Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice Exhibit

I was in la la land surrounded by these gorgeous paintings. There were many more that I didn’t have time to photograph, but at least you can see a few of my personal favorite groupings. I’m more motivated than ever to purchase another piece for my collection so I may contact Jennifer to see what’s available from the show. I wanted so badly to buy something in person but I was in a rush to my book signing cocktail party at The Creative Connection so I was in and out in a flash. I wish I had spent more time chatting with lovely Jennifer and Amy – I really do.

And in case you wonder… Amy and Jennifer were both even nicer than I imagined. Jennifer made me feel so welcome, she’s very warm and sweet, and now that I met her the work on my walls means so much more to me. I often wondered if I met her if I’d feel the same, better or worse? Do you know what I mean? Sometimes we have this perception of what someone is like that we’ve only met online and then you meet them and it’s slightly different. To own a lot of someone’s original paintings is nothing you do everyday, you really have to love and connect with the work, and I have formed quite a bond with all of Jennifer’s pieces that make me smile whenever I pass by them. That’s why it felt a bit scary to meet her in person – had she been completely different, rude even (hey, it happens!), I would never look at the work the same and I’d have to live with those paintings, and that sour memory, for years. Meeting Jennifer made me HAPPY. I want to buy more of her paintings now that I have connected with her warmth, graciousness, kindness and sincerity. The paintings in my home are suddenly very much alive and more meaningful than ever because Jennifer has a heart of gold.

Jennifer, I know I’ve made you blush but really, from my heart — thank you for being so awesome!!!

Perhaps we shall meet again… I’d love to curate an art show and invite these two very special ladies to be part of it, so perhaps someday very soon.

(images: holly becker)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 07, 2011

Cozamia – Beautiful Modern Prints

Are you looking to add some bold color to your home on a budget? You’ll love this… I recently heard from artist/designer Nancy Ramirez from Toronto who told me about her small art print shop called Cozamia where she sells her colorful work. I love these and find them so energizing and fresh – but most of all very unique! I like how modern and graphic they are as well as versatile, they would fit into many different homes and decor styles.

COZAMIA

COZAMIA

COZAMIA

COZAMIA

COZAMIA

I love that most of these prints begin as paintings that Nancy then develops further digitally. Do you spot any that suit your taste? My personal favorites begin with the lovely Audrey but also include the abstract and gorgeous Wild Herringbone, Brittle Stars in raspberry and Electric Garden in blue. I’d love to own Brittle Stars though, I can totally picture this in my living room!

(images: cozamia)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 05, 2011

Artist Ana Montiel

I can’t recall how I found out about this artist, I think through Leslie, but I am crazy in love with the watercolor illustrations of Ana Montiel right now. From herbs to peep toe pumps, there is so much to love about Ms. Montiel!

Artist Ana Montiel

Artist Ana Montiel

Artist Ana Montiel

Artist Ana Montiel

This London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer has a great eye, there is nothing on her website that I don’t connect to on some level. It’s fun, fresh, funky, there is a certain energy to her work that I appreciate and her colorways make me smile — soft but stylish and fresh. Her bio is so interesting but it’s her illustrated personal timeline that I love so much, you have to check it out here.

(images: ana montiel)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 12, 2011

Must Read: All The Luck In The World

I recently had the delight of seeing Jane Schouten at Meet The Blogger recently in Amsterdam and she gave me some gorgeous postcards that I immediately came home to post on my mood board. Jane is such a lovely person, I’ve known her now for several years — in fact we first met three years ago in Amsterdam at a blogger meet up organized by Yvonne and I. Jane is known and loved by so many online for her blog and shop, All The Luck In The World, which I learned about way before I even met her back in 2008.

Photo taken at Villa Augustus, a place where I want to plan a girl’s weekend this Fall. A mini escape is calling loudly lately!

Lovely Jane has been around online for awhile now and continues to inspire me with her fresh, quirky take on homespun interiors with an artistic point-of-view. Here are some recent photographs that she has taken in and outside of her home that I found so inspiring — and I’m willing to bet these photos will lure you over to Jane’s world if you haven’t already visited her on her blog or in her little online shop.

A DIY project where Jane shows you how to do something creative with a simple photo cube. This is something I’ve done in the past, using these cubes to display mini prints and little things from my forest walks, but I never thought to put them on the wall. Brilliant – you can find the project details here.

ATLITW

ATLITW

ATLITW

ATLITW

Isn’t Jane’s eye so lovely? What a nice way to begin a weekend, isn’t it? With a fresh, creative open-to-anything mindset. Love it. This is what decorating should be – personalized, fun, original and a bit of who gives a damn. :)

(images: jane schouten)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 05, 2011

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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