I had a few readers write in today to show me their fabulous art walls (yay!) either DIY projects or affordable art finds on etsy. This one is from reader Elizabeth, “I love your blog and visit it several times a day, so I wanted to send you my own art wall. These are little canvas paintings I did myself. I’m in the process of making several small paintings, bags, aprons, and home goods to start an Etsy shop, but it’s not quite up yet. I thought I’d send you this anyway.” – Elizabeth B.
And this terrific wall arrived in my inbox from creative reader Kristi, “My absolute favorite art wall in our home is in our daughters’ room. We purchased these peasant paintings in China and had them framed when we came home. Each one is an original, hand-painted piece and depicts the same scene in a different season. I hung them starting with Winter since that’s when my girls were born. Peasant paintings, or folk paintings, are readily available on the web. China Sprout is one good source.” – Kristi T. (Details on room design and additional images here.)
Anyone else care to share? This could be fun!! :)
K Studio recently launched matching His and Hers pillows for Fall, all are available in either organic cotton or hemp, some in white, others in gray. K Studio has such a delicate touch, each pillow seems to carry some emotion, and I love the lines and pale color palette she’s using for Fall – very natural and clean.
In the Fall and Winter, most turn to deep, rich colors and although they are beautiful, in certain regions saturating a home in these tones is a bit draining. I live in the northeast and like to keep my color palette light and bright. These pillows are perfect for me, but despite how cute they are, my favorite will always be the woodland creatures pillow.
(images from 2modern)
Have you checked out the new lighting collection by Thomaspaul? Although I really like it, the prices will keep me away from some of them as I think $500+ is a hefty price for a basic floor lamp. But that’s just me. I do love the bases – great shapes, and the shades are spectacular, I especially like the bold modern pendants.
My favorite is the Flora Aqua priced at $231 and for a pendant (top left), I would pay this so the price is right within my budget. And that pattern is great.
(images from 2modern)
This email arrived today from reader Diane in Los Angeles, CA. Can you help her?
“I’m looking for an interior designer in LA. I love Kenneth Brown design (I actually found a photo of his work on your blog) and asked him to do my house but he can’t. I guess the job is too small, even though we’re redoing our entire house — there is little to no construction involved. I’ve been looking for the longest time and just have not found anyone that I trust. Do you happen know anyone in LA that you can recommend? We like warm contemporary design but not ultra modern. We have a mid-century post and beam beautiful architecture home. I really love your blog and your taste too that’s why I thought of asking you. -Diane.”
Does anyone have a few leads for Diane?
Oh, the power of advice taken! A letter just arrived from reader Julie Shannon that made my day. I love to know that you are out there reading and taking some of the tips that you find on decor8 and applying it to your own space. It’s exciting because when you write in, it hits me just how you really are listening in out there and I’m not just having a love affair with my monitor all day. So thanks for reaching out to me. And it may sound really cheesy to say this, but it positively drives me to keep blogging and to continue searching for finds to bring before you here each day. Now enough about me, let’s hear from Miss Julie.
“Hi Holly, I just wanted to email you and thank you for giving THE best decorating ideas ever! I LOVE your blog! I saw several artists from etsy.com highlighted on your blog and rushed to get their pieces for my new and growing collection. Birds on Tree print by Johanna Anderes and Owl Gocco print by Matte Stephens were both suggested, and I also found some great original illustrations by John Clark which I bought for myself and a few gifts for my fabulous girlfriends. I framed them and now have the start of my first ever little art collection! Thank you for your inspiration! Attached are a few photos. Cheers!- Julie“
Thanks, Julie! And I have to add that in addition to her art, I really like her color palette, so soothing for a bedroom and the dark wood adds a richness and warmth, a nice balance with the cool blue walls and silver frames. Her lamps are great to, as is the pattern on those pillows. She’s done a great job layering her bed with multiple patterns, subtle and soft, yet noticeable.
Do you have an art wall that you’d like to share? Send me an email to decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com and please note where the art came from in case I blog your space so others can find it. Thank you again Julie, I’m thrilled you sent these images in.
(images from julie shannon)
Do you know Geninne from Hacienda Jajalpa, Mexico (just outside of Mexico City)? Let me refresh your memory. Her home was featured here on decor8 Reader Spaces back in September ’06, and she was one of the winners of our Workspace contest. Ah, now you recall…
This lady is super creative and so when she wrote in today announcing her new etsy store, I had to blog it right away – I’m so excited for Geninne and pleased that her beautiful artwork is being shared with the world in the form of prints and greeting cards. Her work is mature and beautiful, playful and colorful, and you can clearly see that the nature around her in Mexico directly influence her work. I really like her take on a stack of logs (below), you can almost imagine that she found them behind her house and quickly sketched them into her little notebook… I wonder what exactly inspired this drawing? Maybe she will comment below and tell us, Geninne are you out there reading?
Congrats, Geninne, we are all so very proud of you!
(images from geninne zlatkis)