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The Artsy Home: Modern Whimsy

25 Mar

Have you ever fallen in love with a wonderfully strange work of art but had no idea how to design a room around it?  Interior designer Fawn Galli hits the mark with her contemporary fairy tale room designed around a painting by Anne Siems.

Designed by Fawn Galli, artwork by Anne Siems

See more from this fantastic fantasy meets contemporary NYC home, visit House of Turquoise or House Beautiful.  And when you’re finished drooling, visit designer Fawn Galli’s website for more inspiration!

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The Artsy Home: Entre Vous

29 Feb

OK, who is willing to confess to watching the Red Carpet shows for the Oscars on Sunday?  Some of those celebs just know how to make an entrance! ( Um.. Angeline Jolie’s leg, anyone?! ) Using eye-catching artwork in your home’s entry can create a welcoming impact, giving guests an instant idea of your style.

So let’s see.. are you..

Earthy Mod?

via House Beautiful, designer Thom Filicia

Modern Femme?

via Coastal Living ( photo by Annie Schlechter )

Contemporary Glam?

Interior by Suzanne Kasler

Spirited Minimalist?

via Elle Decor, designed by Richard Found, photographed by Simon Upton

Elegantly Graphic?

via FlourishDesignandStyle.blogspot.com, design by Jennifer Worts Design

Provocative Funk?

via Remodelista.com, designed by Jamie Bush & Co.

Is your entrance making a true “you” statement?

Featured image via Elle Decor, designed by Rafael de Cardenas, photographed by William Waldron.  All image sources can be found by clicking on each image.

Where The Artsy Folk Live: Ladies Who Create

1 Feb

Here I am ready to make yet another embarrassing confession to you: I’m nosy.  I’m not a Facebook stalker or anything like that, but when the hubby and I are out for a walk around whatever neighborhood in which we happen to find ourselves living that month ( haha ), I can’t help but spy inside people’s homes.  I mean, I don’t park myself in the bushes like a Peeping Lesley, but I love catching glimpses of other people’s interiors.  So of course, peeking inside the homes of creative folks is irresistible to me!

So, for a little mid-week fun, I thought we’d catch a glimpse of the homes of some very creative ladies.. all artists in their own way.

Artist Kelly Reemsten's L.A. Loft ( via Apartment Therapy )

I love the way artists’ living spaces so often reflect the palette and style of their work– never more true than in Kelly Reemsten’s Mid-Century inspired L.A. loft.  The artist known for her pop-style paintings of ladies dressed in vintage garb dresses her home in much the same way.  A neutral background compliments pops of color and classically mod furnishings.

Artist Kelly Reemsten's L.A. Loft ( via Apartment Therapy )

The home of Janie Bryant, the brilliant costume designer behind the to-die-for fashions on Mad Men, is as glamourous as you would expect, with subtle hints at the retro styles she embraces on the job.

Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant's L.A home ( via photographer Bonnie Tsang's blog )

Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant's L.A. home ( via photographer Bonnie Tsang's blog )

Is it any surprise that fashion maven Kate Spade’s home has a classic, preppy feel?  But I love that her choice of artwork reveals a personality behind the perfection.

Home of fashion designer Kate Spade ( photographed by Eric Morin )

The Brooklyn apartment of artist Lily Stockman is an eclectic, comforting space peppered with global influences reflecting her travels, which include a recent artist’s residency in India.  Just as in her work, Stockman’s home is filled with simple patterns and soft yet vibrant color.

Artist Lily Stockman's Brooklyn abode ( via Big Bang Studio blog )

Artist Lily Stockman's Brooklyn abode ( via Big Bang Studio blog )

Featured image is Kelly Reemsten’s LA Loft.  Sources:  Kelly Reemsten, Janie Bryant, Kate Spade, Lily Stockman.

The Artsy Home: Go BIG or Go Home

18 Jan

Good things come in small packages.  But sometimes, really awesome things come in large packages!  Although there is definitely a trend in the interior design world toward showcasing collections of small artwork, sometimes, you just gotta go big to make a statement.

Photography by Miles Redd

Donna Karan's Manhattan Apartment, photographed by Richard Powers

Image via Apartment Therapy, interior design by Fran Keenan, artwork by Amy Pleasant

via Lonnymag.com

There have been several large pieces I’ve coveted over the years.. one day!  Any larger than life artwork you’re loving right now?

PS– Artists– Do you have images of your work in a client’s home you’d like featured in The Artsy Home on Artsy Forager?  Shoot me an email with the jpeg or a link to the image online!  Merci beaucoup!

Featured image is via Marcus Design Inc.

[ Insert Art Here ]: Art For Every Pocketbook

4 Jan

I am a firm believer in buying art at whatever level you can afford and I’m not talking about the framed art aisle at Target.  While there are certain levels of art collecting which some of us may never reach ( I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that I’ll never own an original Georgia O’Keeffe, just keepin’ it real ), there is fabulous art available for every budget!  Just because your budget is limited, that’s no excuse for blank walls!  For this installment of [ Insert Art Here ], we’ll take a look at 3 art options for the same space– all fab, each fitting a particular budget level.  Here we go!

Let’s begin with our blank( ish ) canvas–

From http://www.nestdallasdesign.com, home of Bradley Agather, designed by Beth Dotolo, photo by Kevin Dotolo ( artwork removed, to see the original design, click on this photo )

For the Beginning Collector:

Artwork by Ann Tarantino via 20x200

Prints are the easiest and most budget friendly way to begin an art collection and these days there is no shortage of sources for quality limited editions.  These Ann Tarantino prints ( Far and Wide [ left ] and Flying Colors [ right ] ) are archival pigment prints, $200 each ( not including framing ) and are available through 20×200.  Pretty sweet, right?

For the Mid-Range Artsy:

Artwork by Michelle Armas

So you’re ready to put your money where your mouth is and begin a serious art collection?  Original work by emerging artists is a great place to start.  Atlanta artist Michelle Armas has become something of an art & design blog darling and with that comes a certain ( well deserved! ) notoriety which makes her work highly collectible.  Her abstract paintings are riotous and painterly, filled with joyous color.  The piece above, Eggplant is an acrylic work on canvas, 30×40 inches.  It is available through Gregg Irby Fine Art at $1000.  An awesome price for a piece of that size and quality!  Forego your daily $4 chai-mocha-frappawhatever from Starbucks and you will be able to purchase a piece like this, too.  It’s all about priorities, ya’ll. 🙂

For the Serious Artophile:

Artwork by Christina Foard

Christina Foard is a painter’s painter.  She paints intuitively and revels in the materials, not afraid to get her hands dirty.  There is an emotionality to her work that, along with its glorious physical texture, provides a depth that you don’t always find in abstract compositions.  The piece above, Floating Invasion ( acrylic on canvas, 40×30 ) provides this space with a certain amount of gravitas, while still giving just the right amount of color and movement.  But Foard’s works are pieces you buy because you can’t stop thinking about them.. you have to have them.. If they happen to match your throw pillows, well, that’s just a bonus.  ( FYI– Floating Invasion is no longer available, but Foard pieces in a similar size are usually in the $3000 range )

My final word.. as Dan Fear said “Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it enhances your life.”  This has been a little exercise that I hope will inspire you to purchase a piece of art that you love this year.   Now that’s a new years’ resolution I can get behind!

The Artsy Home: Decking Halls and Such

14 Dec

I LOVE this time of year.  It’s a few weeks out of our lives that we take the time to beautify our surroundings, making sure everything sparkles with a holiday glow.  We all become artists, creating vignettes of tinsel and holly,  making our homes magical for our loved ones, our children, ourselves.  A wonderful trend that I’m seeing is holiday decorating that is inspired by what we love to surround ourselves with every day. ( Oh, there’s still room for those homemade childhood ornaments! )

I thought it would be fun to pair some beautifully decorated Christmas trees with a work of art.  I’m no stranger to art-inspired tree decorating, take a look at these trees I decorated for the gallery where I was working a few years ago.  Just goes to show, any piece of art can inspire your holiday decor.  So let’s deck our Artsy halls!

the art:

The Keeper of Dreams by Philippe Loubat, oil on canvas, 23.62x23.62

the tree:

via TrendyTree.com

the art:

Frozen Blueberries by Christina Baker, acrylic on canvas, 30x30

the tree:

via SimplifiedBee.blogspot.com via StylebyEmilyHenderson.com

the art:

Sentinel by Steven DaLuz, oil and mixed media on panel, 36x36

the tree:

via House and Home

the art:

Growth by Haley Farthing, pastel and ink on wood, 48x24

the tree:

via Pinterest via Purlbee.com

the art:

Oceanic 29 by Thomas Hager

the tree:

via Stylish-living-room-ideas.com

the art:

Tower by Justin Richel, gouache on paper, 17x19.5

the tree:

via TrendyTree.com

Hope you’re inspired to think about your art collection when decorating for the holidays.  If it’s too late for this year, there’s always 2012.. it will be here before we know it!

Featured image is via SimplifiedBee.  All art images are via the artists’ websites.

The Artsy Home: Walls O’ Art

7 Dec

So you have amassed a little art collection for yourself, huh?  Well done, you!  But maybe you’re stuck on how to display your finds..  Creating “art walls” in your space will allow you to stylishly show off your favorites.

via Pinterest via Raines Design via olofjakobina.blogspot.com

One of my favorite things about art walls also known as hanging art “salon style” is how flexible the arrangement is.  It’s a gathering of artwork you love, so there are no set rules.  As in the graphic arrangement above, you can group artwork with like elements.  Above, the simple, black graphics are the unifying factor.

Or, use frames in all the same color to unify your favorites.  All white or black frames ( or gold, silver, wood, whatever! ) will create an instantly well-designed, intentional feel to your collection.

via From The Right Bank

via Pinterest via herwhitesunrise.blogspot.com

For a more traditional or sleek look, you can go stream-lined and symmetrical.  Hang works from the same series in a grid format for a clean, contemporary arrangement.

via Timothy Whealon Interiors

Or, just go loosey-goosey and have fun!  Start with the largest piece, either in actual size or visual weight and work out from there.  Lay your artwork on the floor and play with the configuration until it feels right.

via Pinterest via The Cottage Nest via House to Your Home via Studiodalu

via Pinterest via blog.apieceapart.com

Fill the wall as much..

via Pinterest

.. or as little as you like!

via Pinterest via Blissfulblog.com via House Beautiful

The actual hanging process may seem daunting, but this foolproof method will help you along.  If you need a little assistance coming up with a design, check out these templates for a some inspiration!

Happy hanging!

Featured image via The Glitter Guide.