Friday, February 27, 2009

DECORATING THE TOILET?

The variety of creative art-oriented products on Etsy continues to amaze me. Tired of a plain, unadorned toilet? Try dressing it up with this decal. It might look great in a kids' bathroom or anywhere you need a little graphic punch. What do you think? Too much? Too weird? Nice touch?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

MAY I HAVE A WORD?

I love creating custom designed quote posters for clients. They often request a favorite inspirational quote, saying, poem or scripture. Sometimes it's for themselves, but often it's to inspire or honor a special loved one.

With an endless number of colors, fonts and quotes, creating them is an entirely different form of creating that I find both very stimulating and enjoyable.

If you have a favorite quote or saying in mind that you'd like made into a custom print, I'd love to work with you! Don't be shy - contact me here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

SMART SEATING FROM SMART FURNITURE


Looking for some stylish and versatile seating solutions? Anyone who reads this blog knows by now I have a thing for chairs! I have used quite a few as subjects in my paintings and they never fail to interest me and draw my eye.
Here is one that I am sure you're probably familiar with, because it's already established itself as a new design classic and it's destined to stay that way. Phillipe Starck's much celebrated Louis Ghost Armchair by Kartell. I love the modern take on classic Louis lines, as well as the clean and "light" aspect it introduces to a room.


Here's another practical, yet design savvy option - perfect for outdoors this Spring and Summer as well! I kept spotting the Dr. No Chair everywhere last time I was in Europe.
Both of these chairs are available in a selection of great colors and are sure to infuse a bit of youthful chic to any setting! Click on the photos or links now to check them out or request a FREE catalog from Smart Furniture, who offer a broad array of quality design classics at a great price and are now also offering FREE SHIPPING on these two chairs as well! Don't miss this great offer! Click on the chair names or photos for more information.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

FILE THAT UNDER.....FETCHING




OK, lately I have been in the midst of that dreaded mid-winter task of sorting out paperwork, finances and taxes. Up to my ears in receipts and figures. Fun, right? Maybe so - there's hope! I saw these gorgeous file folders from Papaya and the mere sight of them could drive a girl to savor even the most tedious forms of paperwork organization. Along with these folders, there is also a gorgeous assortment of prints and papergoods sure to bring a touch of Spring to your workspace, no matter how dreary it might be. The colors are brilliant - literally!! Hey you know I gotta like 'em - I'm peddling for the competition!
HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND, EVERYONE!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

DOMINO LOVE VIA GREECE


I want to thank my lovely friend Irene for her kind post and mention on my work Tuesday. Irene authors a design blog based in Greece and is currently doing a dedicatory retrospective series on her love for Domino. I wasn't even aware that there had been a Greek version of Domino in publication! If you get a chance, please visit her blog, Happy Turtle Decor.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ROBBY SCISSORHANDS

This is my favorite of his pieces - "He had been treated shabbily, but he was determined not to return bad behavior with bad behavior, but to rise above it. Rise above it. Rise above it. Resolving himself not to be dragged down to the grim faced level of their bitter existences. But to always return a frown with a grin and a scowl with a smile and a song and rise above it. Rise above it. Rise above it!"
Wow - a great deal of wisdom in this message and an especially apropos reminder considering some individuals I've run across lately. Karma does happen, people.

My dear grandmother would have loved these, as she was a huge fan of silhouettes and her entire bathroom was decorated with them. Hmmm, do they have Google Reader in heaven?

This is so simple and beautiful - "You're in my head".

Offbeat humor that makes you smile - "This bell will ring when I am cruel to you and make you cry - this bell will ring when we go bowling next"

This is the amazingly phenomenal work of Scissor Master - Artist Rob Ryan . I have admired his work since I first saw it a couple of years ago. He has shown his genius craft worldwide, has published a book and also sells his work via Etsy. Just look at the detail and intricacy - not to mention the wisdom and the dry, British humor.
Having worked extensively with scissors myself (and suffered many a case of "scissorcramp"), I have quite an admiration for someone who has taken his scissor craft to a whole new level and elevated the skill of cutting to fine art. The best part is that his wit is equally as sharp as the scissors he uses to express it. Check out his blog here.

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Many thanks to everyone who entered my Valentine's give-away and added themselves to my "Followers" list! You are all valued and appreciated greatly! The lucky winner was chosen randomly via computer. I am happy to congratulate "Karena" who has won the "You're Just My Type" print and her choice of a notecard set.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

L' ATELIER DU CAP GRIS-NEZ


Here is another beautiful piece from my French friend Pascale. She is quite a talented artisan and elevates the profession of upholsterer to an entirely new level. If you haven't been to her blog yet, please take a moment to check out her masterpieces here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

NEED A LIGHTING FACELIFT?

Love the aqua with the white!

Have you seen these yet? Talk about a great invention! A simple concept, yet a stroke of brilliance.

April Pride Allison, a talented Seattle-based product designer, came up with these ingenious paper sleeves in a wide variety of colors and prints to add pizazz to your lighting and cover those bland white-ish trunks.

Got an outdated brass chandelier that's as dull as oatmeal? Spray paint it and get your hands on some of these kaarsKoker sleeves! Better yet, buy several sets and switch them out seasonally. At such an affordable price, ($12-23 USD) there's no excuse for dulls-ville anymore! See many more styles here.

Friday, February 13, 2009

MY FUNNY VALENTINE GIVE-AWAY


A very Happy Valentine's Day to all of my wonderful friends, readers and clients! I SO appreciate each and every one of you! In honor of my readers, I am giving away one free quote print (above - frame not included) and set of notecards (of your choice) to the winner drawn randomly on Wednesday, February 18th. In order to enter, just leave a comment on this post and become a "FOLLOWER" in the sidebar. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment letting me know. I hope that you all have a wonderful Valentine's day tomorrow and a terrific weekend - see you Monday!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

WAIT, THERE'S MORE......

Courtney Barnes Chair

Small framed versions of both the Ikat Chair and Courtney Barnes Chair, here double-matted in new beveled style black frame. Other prints are available also, feel free to ask me if you have a custom combination in mind.

Now available, the LARGE Courtney Barnes Chair print framed in white here.

THANK YOU FOR THE WARM FUZZIES, LADIES!

This has nothing to do with art or design, BUT I couldn't resist posting this photo my sister sent me. Just goes to prove that even a RAT can be styled to be appealing.

I have been a bit remiss in expressing my gratitude, but better late then never, right? I want to thank a few very kind bloggers who have written very kind mentions on my work recently, Kara at The Steel Magnolia House, Melissa at the Preppy Apron , Beth at Style Redux and Lindsay at Lou Lou in Lilly. Thank you very much, ladies - you made my day and your support means so much! If I have missed anyone, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

OLD FAVORITES, NEW PRODUCTS!

By request, I have now added the Courtney Barnes Chair design to my scalloped note card line.

Also, the Courtney Barnes Chair, is now available in a larger size frame than has been previously available.This is printed on heavyweight quality acid-free watercolor paper (9x12 inches), with an ACID-FREE mat and a black frame measuring 11.75 x 15.75 inches (or 30x40 cm). The quality of the paper makes the print look amazingly like the original! Signed and dated by artist.
Both new additions are available here at my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

WE LOVE DOMINO!

The march issue of Domino - the last issue.

I just wanted to thank Katie Mulinix, a talented writer, who featured a guest post by me last week on her blog We LOVE Domino. Katie is a former Apartment Therapy blogger and created We Love Domino. She wanted to bring together readers and admirers from the blog community and beyond to show support and re-live our favorite features, photos and inspirations from the now (sadly) defunct interiors and style guide. She is featuring posts by many of your favorite design bloggers, so be sure and check it out. Thanks, Kate!

Monday, February 9, 2009

ODDS AND ENDS = HAPPY LIVING

Some of my "odds and ends"

Do you ever just look around at some things that you live with and think, "I like THAT!"
Not necessarily anything new, expensive or exceptional, but just something pretty, helpful or enriching to your life in some way? Something that's been given to you by someone you love or connected to a special memory? Is it me or did that just sound like Mr. Rogers?

What about things that make your life a little easier or make you laugh to yourself when you see them?
(By the way, this anchovy paste -above- is not what I put on my toothbrush, just in case you were wondering. I use a kid's toothbrush because I have a small bite and it's easier to wield in "limited" space. Also, I happen to think anchovy paste is good in a lot of things - but I certainly don't advocate pairing them up together.)

I love books and shells

and leftover white pizza......
What "bakes your cake" or "floats your boat"? I want to know the little stuff that makes you happy.......

Friday, February 6, 2009

ATLANTA LADY

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This is a commissioned piece I recently completed of a raised Southern cottage style home in Atlanta. The huge covered front porch is partially obstructed in this view by all of the trees surrounding it. The porch ceiling is painted blue and it looks like a great place to sit and have an iced tea in the Spring. I am always game to capture your favorite place in a painting! Please let me know if you're interested in a portrait of your home.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

PULL UP A CHAIR......

Or a beanbag! In the past, beanbag chairs have carried a stigma - something reserved for the college student or bachelor. Not anymore - they are becoming a must-have, especially for people with media rooms and kids. They have evolved into something cool and practical, and especially in this economy, a cost-effective alternative for extra seating. With events like Holidays, the Super Bowl and the Oscars come large gatherings and parties. These events cause people to think about how to redecorate their homes to comfortably accommodate more people.
However, one of the most comfortable furniture options is often overlooked. Bean bag chairs are very easy to setup… just toss it in the corner. They're also very easy to maintain. Many come with waterproof liners, so they're easy to clean. And with the internet, it's easy to find discount bean bag chairs at a great price. Many online stores even offer free shipping and long-term warranties. Kids bean bag chairs are great for bonus rooms, kid's rooms, and even living rooms. Children love these huge, oversized seats. So, next time you are thinking about adding to your furniture d├ęcor, consider adding a unique bean bag chair.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

THE CAT'S MEOW


Special thanks to my friend, fellow artist and blogger, Jamie Shelman, for her kind mention yesterday on her delightful blog, Small Expectations. She is a witty artist living on Martha's Vineyard with her illustrator husband. She's also a very nice person (which is something that is WAY too underated, btw) and created this illustration for me last week - which I totally loved. Thank you, Jamie!

Monday, February 2, 2009

BODEN AND SF GIRL BY BAY

This is very cool - I read that one of my favorite bloggers, Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay, rented out her cheery and stylish digs in San Francisco for a Boden photoshoot. Her home is in the background (above). What a great partnership! Hip, cool, and cheery are adjectives that aptly describe Victoria, her apartment, blog and Boden's clothing.

I love this tunic - new for Spring


I thought these shoes were a punchy and unexpected combo - very fun!



This green trench coat did catch my eye - not that I would wear it often here in the Sunshine State. Classic, yet certainly not boring.


I thought this bag was perfect!
So, if you haven't had a chance to check out Boden yet for their Spring line, I suggest you take a gander. I like their attitude and they put a different spin on things, including offering incentives for recommending them to your friends. As for SF Girl By Bay - a perennial favorite with me and a great way to banish the winter doldrums! Hope you have a Happy Monday!
 
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