There have been quite a few times that while working with clients on a room, they tend to want to use their entire budget on the BIG pieces. Namely things like the sofa, the occasional tables, chairs, the bed, etc etc. The things you sit on or place things on in a room. Often when I’m presenting a plan, the thought of using part of the budget for the things that will really make the room feel pulled together, cozy and lived in, seems to scare the clients. They often just want to use what they have…the ten year old quilt their grandma made them that has a hole (not joking), the 1970s floral painting that was given to them by their aunt, the knick knacks that are too small but were SUCH THE DEAL at Homegoods, things like that. Believe me, if a client gives me something that is sentimental and fabulous, we can use it to design a whole room around it! I LOVE doing that whenever possible actually!
But sadly, I usually have to persuade the people I work with quite a bit, to finish out a room completely and not just stop at the big ticket items. This means bringing in a great rug or flooring, pretty lighting, well thought out and curated accessories, and one of the most important of all… fabulous ART!
Yes, ART! It helps bring a room together, give it personality, and set the tone. It draws your eye up to the liner space in the room, and keeps the viewer interested in the room. Recently I have been searching for a fairly large piece to go in my own home, as well as spec’ing out a few pieces to go in my clients rooms. Etsy is still one of the best go-tos for affordable, great looking original art. And these particular artists caught my eye and I thought I would share them with you!
This artists’ work has such a beautiful tapestry quality about it. Michelle Morin can be found HERE.
Her pelican reminded me of this room…
I will never tire from a simple landscape painting. I’m always drawn to them and love to work them into a room where a client wants a peaceful, soothing experience.
These landscapes are a little haunting and I love them.
JShears can be found HERE.
See how the landscape in this casual living room just highlights the fireplace even more and creates a soothing environment?
A great portrait painter is hard to find in my book. Well…but I have high expectations since my favorite portraits happen to be by a Master. But this artist is phenomenal!
Here’s a cool vignette with a similar painting. Although, I don’t like it as much as the two above!
And his landscapes are pretty darn good too!
This simple still life would look so awesome over a bar cart or in a man’s study.
These were done by Kai Samuel-Davis. His work is found HERE.
* I have a strange “thing” for graveyards.We just don’t have the cool old ones that they have back East.*
Thor Wickstrom, shop HERE.
There are so many more talented, wonderful artists on Etsy. I need to make up my mind on which one is going to be going over our living room sofa possibly. So many choices!
Although my favorite time of the year is actually the warm months of Summer, I absolutely LOVE Halloween! I guess it’s the actress in me that just adores the idea of dressing up in costume and putting on crazy makeup. Oh yeah, and I love a wig! But my love for this spooky time of the year doesn’t end there…movies, decor, food..if its spooky, I’m into it!
Our neighborhood is in full Halloween mode right now in fact. Everyone has their home decked out in scary decorations including pumpkins, ghosts, tombstones, and demons. I’m so proud of our 3 year old for embracing the holiday as well and NOT being scared like most kids her age are. She’s crazy into it too!
Well, with just weeks away from Halloween (and the season premiere of Walking Dead on AMC!), I thought some spooky inspired items for your home were in order. Sometimes the best Halloween decorations are the ones that don’t SCREAM Halloween!
1. Unstretched Encyclopedia Skull and Bone Canvas $59-$199 @ Pottery Barn
2. Phantom Pillar Holder 17.5″-Black $19.95 @ Z Gallerie
3. Brass Claw Bottle Opener $24.00 @ Jayson Home and Garden
4. Gothic Quatrefoil Mirror $799 @ Restoration Hardware
5. Magnetic Specimen- Cicada-2 per box $12 @Van Rozeboom Interiors
6. Bride of Frankenstein Tintype $38.00 @Obscuro shop on Etsy
7. Ruby Colored Wine Glasses (2) $16.95 @TwoVintageAvenue on Etsy
8. McAllister Silhouette Plates $65.00 each @ Jayson Home and Garden
9. Spiderwebs Under Glass from $45.00 each @ ABC Home 1
10. Vintage Fencing Mask $95.00 @ Gothic Rose Antiques
11. Antique German Wall Clock $595.00 @ Gothic Rose Antiques
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling
- 2 springs of rosemary
- 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 1/4 lbs. hanger steak
- coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4 inch slices
- 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1 yellow squash, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1/2 lb. cherry tomatoes on the vine, or plum tomatoes halved
- 1 bunch of scallions
- 1 sweet bell pepper (any color) cut into sixths, seeds and stems removed.
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
Every morning I religiously get up, head downstairs, start the coffee process, feed the pets, and then hop on my laptop to check out One Kings Lane an online private home decor website. It’s by invitation only and SOOO worth it! Need an invite? Drop me a line here and I’ll send you one.
So this morning I broke from my usual first thing in the am routine to take a long hot shower before heading downstairs. *it was ccccold this morning…at least by So Cal standards*. Well my little delay caused me to be late for the sale of the day on the site. Empiric Studio was todays’ sale and they have FAB scientific prints and posters, old photographs, old So Cal photos, travel graphics and floral and fauna prints. By the time I logged on all of the amazing looking scientific prints were sold out! UGH! I was in love instantly. I was thinking a few might be sort of quirky in our dining room or maybe in my soon to be office. Who knows…but I want one! Just check some of these bad boys out…