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I kinda punted on Valentine’s Day this year. Sure, I got my boyfriend a heartfelt card and stuff, but it’s not quite the expensive restaurant reservation or romantic bed & breakfast extravaganza that it used to be. Time is an issue (we’re both busy!), as is money (hey, taxes are coming up!), but the sentiment is still there, which reminds me of this Love Print by Katie Daisy on Etsy.

love print

I like the energy and whimsy the print has, and the feeling it gives me when I look at it — it just makes me feel happy. Not unlike the feeling I get when I look at the man I love. So, Happy Valentine’s Day, Buzz. Here, I got you a blog post! ;)

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Have I already explained what “NMS” means on here yet? (Apologies if I have. I’m sick at the moment, so I’m all NyQuilled out. Humor me!) Anyway, many of the ladies around here use the acronym NMS — which stands for “not my style” — when talking about things that aren’t exactly our personal cuppa. But it’s frequently in an affectionate way, as in, “Hey, that’s usually NMS, but this is cute!” And that’s my reaction to the weather vanes over the couch in this Connecticut home designed by William Diamond and Anthony Baratta.

weather vanes over couch

I gravitate to Art Deco, Hollywood regency, or mid-century modern, but every now and again, some nice all-American country decor hits me, and reminds me a bit of the Bucks County home I grew up in. (Not that it was this opulent, but it had a similar pastoral vibe.) I never would have thought to bring weather vanes indoors and use a collection of them in place of paintings or photos, but this arrangement is charming. It’s NMS, darling, but I’m loving it.

[Via: Pinterest, Kelly + Olive]

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I used to be a little dismissive of abstract art. Not in the “my kid could have done that” way (I don’t have kids yet, so that wouldn’t even make sense), but more in the way that it just didn’t “speak” to me. Maybe my tastes have changed with age, because now abstract art is my JAM. I love the colors, I love the energy. And I love both of those qualities in Melanie Mikecz’s abstract prints.

melanie mikecz prints

The palette here is unexpected and fresh, and the lines have an edgy appeal. Best of all, Ms. Mikecz’s prints are surprisingly affordable! I could see this being the cover of a Neon Indian album. Or being in my apartment, over my bed.

What’s your favorite kind of art to display in your home?

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Well, we’ve survived the first week of 2012! While I haven’t made any specific resolutions this year (I’m tired of breaking my “weight loss” goal by February and if I see the phrase “New Year, New You” one more time, I will lose it), I DO resolve to try new things, expand my horizons and step out of my comfort zone a little bit. That’s why I like the go-get-’em sentiment on this coniLab screenprint so much.

this is my year screenprint

It’s inspirational without being specifically thinspirational. Because while I’d love to improve my health and hit the gym more, I have other aspirations, too. (Like dying my hair red, and writing a novel.)

What are you planning to accomplish in 2012?

[Via: Heart Home Magazine blog]

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I think it’s ideal to decorate for the holidays in a way that that’s still true to your personal style. If you live in a beach house or dig coastal decor, I’ve found just the thing for you!

driftwood christmas tree

This painted driftwood Christmas tree from Decor8 is the perfect marriage of organic materials and inventive design. The geometric patterns give it a casually-festive feel, and once you get materials from a craft store, it couldn’t be easier to DIY at home. After you paint the wood and let it dry, you can mount it on a board or hang on the wall as is. (Although, perhaps a starfish or sand dollar might be a more appropriate tree-topper, no?)

 

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I’ve got nothing against candy canes. They make great inexpensive holiday decor, and then when you’re finished with them, you can eat them, or possibly use one as a swizzle stick in a mug of hot cocoa. It’s just that they’re so…expected. Which is precisely why I like this “candy cane” deer antler.

candy cane deer antler

This piece takes the classic color combo and look of the candy cane and applies it to something out of the ordinary. Not to mention, there’s the subtle nod to Christmas and reindeer, too. It’s too bad there’s only one from the Etsy seller, MayaJadeCreations, because I think she could make a mint with these. (Wink!)

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Maybe I’m still feeling the vibe of Virginia Johnson’s quirky watercolor illustrations from The Perfectly Imperfect Home, because this watercolor wallpaper by Karla Davison of Black Crow Studios is dazzling me right now. (Our own Emily Henderson pinned this on Pinterest, so I know I’m not the only one crushing on it.)

watercolor wallpaper

It’s “art” that makes your whole wall the canvas! The hazy colors and the dramatic swirls would look breathtaking on a large scale, and how much fun would it be to run wild with this palette in a room? I’m a lover of all wallpaper, but I think this one’s a masterpiece.

What do you think? Would you put this painterly paper on your walls?

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Do you know what is fab? Fab.com is fab. And my co-worker Liz is fab, because she sent me a link to a fab Fab.com sale on aFrame Speakers, which are, you guessed it, also FAB. That’s a lot of fabs, but check it: You can wirelessly play your favorite music from the speakers that are cleverly hidden inside each work of art. If that’s not some fabulosity, then I don’t know what.

aframe speakers

You can connect to the speakers and play music from Bluetooth-enabled devices (iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, laptops and computers, etc.), but even when not in use, aFrames are still functional as cool room accents, unlike the monstrous sound systems of yore. While the Fab.com sale has some fun limited-edition prints, I love that the Goawall site offers the option to customize the speakers with your own artwork or photo. A custom artwork that I can rock out to? That’s music to my ears…and eyes.

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On a recent visit to Kate Spade New York I spotted something in the store that I fell in love. No, it wasn’t a handbag or shoes (although I love them all!). It was a gallery wall – a mix of prints, calendars, and even album covers that were hung on the wall as beautiful statement pieces. The collected wall of pieces left me inspired, and got me thinking about how I would create my very own gallery wall at home.

Kate Spade New York

I am a huge fan of art. It’s my belief that no home should be without art on the walls. Art has the power to express what you love, and is a great way to express your individual style. I’ve been working on curating my own collection of art over the past year, and now it’s finally time to get it up on the wall. Here are few images that keep me inspired as I explore how to create the perfect gallery wall.

Life And Work

There are a number of different ways to showcase your art. I love the idea of a slim shelving unit for a rotating collection. That way pieces can easily be displayed and changed over time.

See how my fellow blogger, Erin Loechner, made her own modern art shelf.

Elle Decor :: Photographer Simon Upton

For a cleaner look, feature the work of just one artist in simple, cohesive frames. Here, prints by Gary Hume are placed in white frames, allowing the design and color of each piece to stand out against a minimal background.

West Elm

If wall space is limited, you can be innovative and use another backdrop for your collection. With nails and a few hooks, you can install art on a bookshelf, and change out pieces whenever you would like. (Important tip: be sure to put your framed pieces in front of books that you’re not going to need often. While the look is beautiful, it would be a pain to have to move a painting every time you have to get your favorite design book.)

via Erin Ever After

While I’m a fan of a collection of frames for an art gallery, oversized pieces also create an exceptional look. Two or three big pieces hung in succession will make a quite a statement. With big prints, a little bit goes a long way, so make sure your pieces complement each other through color, technique or design for a cohesive look.

I am completely inspired.  How about you? Do you have or are you thinking about creating a gallery wall at home?

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Guys, I meant to tell you about Michelle Armas‘s energetic abstract paintings a long time ago, when I first was tipped off to their existence by Cassandra LaValle of Coco + Kelley, I really did. But I’m a little selfish. Her paintings always seem to sell very quickly, and I didn’t want my favorite pieces to be snatched up before I had a chance to consider them. I apologize for withholding information. To make amends, I’ll give you this hot tip: Michelle’s got a new Etsy store.

droid painting

Okay, I’m still protecting my best interests. This wild riot of color and motion (“Droid”) is one of my favorite $100 paintings on her Etsy page, but not my absolute favorite. I hope you don’t guess which one I’m crushing on before I buy it, or I’ll be crushed.

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World Origami Days, an international celebration of all things origami, is on until November 11. While I lack the patience to master the art of paper folding, I admire it both as a craft itself and as a great influence on design. Pieces like this lampshade, koi artwork, safari animal statues, and owl table lamp appeal to me with their stark elegance and geometric shapes, but I have a soft spot for these origami mobiles by redBERRY design.

origami mobile

So simple, and such a great way to brighten up a room. No doubt that the mobile would be dreamy over a crib (as shown in the Soho Style slide of this photo gallery), but I think you could add these colorful cranes just about anywhere for a flight of fancy.

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The days of iPads as kitchen tables may not be upon us, but for now, iPods make a pretty great canvases. At least for Japanese artist Seikou Yamaoka. As he commutes to work, Yamaoka “paints” amazing portraits on his iPod Touch — with the help of the app ArtStudio.

ipod portraits

As impressive as the results are, you have to check out the timelapse video of this digital painting on The Telegraph‘s site to get the full effect. And it all happens on a 3.5-inch screen. Truly, Yamaoka can say he’s got more talent in one little finger than many other artists combined!

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Let’s face it. David Bromstad is booked SOLID. He’s not coming over to redesign my living room, like … ever. And for all you Design Star fanatics, I know you’re going through some David withdrawals. You miss seeing him behind that table, huh? Well, I have a solution to this dilemma. You can have a piece of David’s creativity in your home all year round, between seasons of Color Splash: Miami and Design Star. David is now offering high-quality prints of his one-of-a-kind artwork that includes those gorgeous, original pieces created for his Color Splash clients, plus new paintings from his private collection. And you know what’s even better? You can buy his artwork right here at HGTV.com! Here are my top five fave pieces. Go through and pick your favorites and must-haves, too. (Number four on my list is definitely an eye-catching piece, yeah?)

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One of my very favorite museums is the American Museum of Natural History, and one of my favorite parts of the museum is The Butterfly Conservatory. It’s not for everyone (author Sloane Crosley penned a hilarious account of her days as a reluctant butterfly docent for the museum in I Was Told There’d Be Cake), but I love being surrounded by the morphos and longwings.

butterfly wallLonny Magazine. Photography by Patrick Cline; Interior Design by Celerie Kemble and Anna Burke

Hence, I’m loving this room from the new issue of Lonny. The striking Butterfly People wall art is made from real butterflies that have been encased in acrylic and lucite — after they’ve completed their short natural life-span, the Butterfly People site is quick to point out. I think the colors are so dreamy, and the way the butterflies have been placed gives the piece a real sense of movement. (Of course, if you’re hesitant to use the real thing, you could take Brian Patrick Flynn’s suggestion and pick up some Casart butterfly wall decals.)

What do you think? Do you leap for Lepidoptera like me, or do butterflies just bug you?

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You know that one funny story you tell that friends and family members get a kick out of, so much so that they consistently ask you to recite it or perform it because it brings them joy? I do. Mine is this stupid story about how when I was 17-years-old and working at a toy store for extra Christmas money, a shady couple came into the store, then had a friend distract me while they ran out with about $275 in rubber dinosaurs and marbles. We never caught them, but hey… the joke’s on them. They stole rubber Stegosauruses and cheap marbles.

About three years ago, I swapped this yuletide tale for a design trick I did in my own home and in a restaurant I designed in Midtown, Atlanta. What was the trick? Rubber Pterodactyl and green marble wallpaper. Just kidding. I’m talking about ginormous wall murals, particularly those sporting photographs printed on vinyl. After about three back-to-back projects with clients requesting these, I made it a point to completely stay away from using them for the sake of not becoming a one-trick-pony. Well, since interior design is a business and businesses are all about making money, I recently got over this and started embracing the many fantastic super gigantic wall murals there are to choose from online. Cha-ching! From very big decals to custom photographs more than 11 feet tall, take a look at what I’ve found on the internets. And just for old time’s sake, I even included a dinosaur. But I left out the marbles.

Mega Print

If you are vain and have fallen in love with a particular photograph that captured you from that perfect angle, giving you a super defined chin you like to think that you always have, perhaps you can immortalize yourself on your wall with Megaprint. The company can print your personal photo as a larger than life vinyl mural. If you do this, keep in mind that black and white photos seem to have greater longevity, since they won’t tie you into any specific color scheme until you move.

Mega Print

In addition to photographs, Megaprint can also print large-scale graphics, an excellent way to add some colorful, branded life to your company’s office space.
Butterfly Elements

Casart may be the most brilliant thing since sliced bread…seriously. I hate that saying because when people utter those words, they pretend it’s funny. Kinda like when someone pronounces Target [TAR jay] like they are the first to ever say it like that. Anyway, Casart creates murals, wallpaper and graphics that are, get this, RE-STICKABLE! Ah! This is life-changing for a designer who deals with tons of condos on a regular basis. I love these super-sized butterflies. Just one of these doozies paired with sleek, modern furniture is enough to quickly and affordably fill up a small bedroom.

Blik Scan Forest
Blik Scan Branches

Blik is the very first decal company I ever used back on a TV makeover series I used to design for. They have an enormous range of modern creations for kids and adults. The products come in clear packaging and include burnishers, which are all that’s needed to apply them. Two of their most timeless creations are To Scan A Forest and Branches.

Sissy Little Spinosaurus

Well whaddyaknow? A dinosaur! At least this time, it won’t include the aforementioned kleptomaniac toy store cheaters. Sissylittle carries a few giant-scale dinosaurs that are kiddie enough for the kids but modern enough for their parents to enjoy. Or cool enough for self-proclaimed mature geeks and nerds to decorate with in their apartments. (You know, those Big Bang Theory, long live Pluto types.)

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UK-based artist Joël Penkman’s colorful painting of popsicles hits just the right note of nostalgia in me for summers of my youth, spent chasing the ice cream man’s siren song. And though these sweets are specifically Fabs — “a classic British ice-lolly,” as she notes on her site — I’m sure the good feeling the piece inspires is universal.

penkman fab print

The dreamy colors and food subject matter have her being mentioned in the same breath as artist Wayne Thiebaud, but I think all the little details in Penkman’s work make her paintings come across more as straight still lifes than Pop art. Though if there’s one thing Penkman and Thiebaud have in common, it’s that everything in their portfolios makes me drool.

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This post is for our Design Happens fans with a passion for music. I had so much fun scouring the web for vintage record player decor earlier this week that I had to do a second post. Upcycling everyday items not only ensures that you’ll have one-of-a-kind pieces in your home, but it also makes a pretty extraordinary environmental statement. Music has the power to stir our souls, as does great design. Merge the two, and it’s magical. Crafters and artists are turning horns from old Victrolas, LPs and cassette tapes into super stylish home decor pieces.

Vintage-Upcycled-Music-Inspired-Decor-HGTV-DesignHappens1. Jimi Hendrix Cassette Tape on Canvas :: IRI5 2. Record Switch Plate and Outlet Cover :: Wrecordsbymonkey 3. Tiered Records Cupcake Stand :: Something Created Everyday 4. Record Wall Clock :: Home QN 5. Crocheted Beatles’ White Album :: Apartment Therapy 6. Antique Victrola Horn Pendant Lights :: Pinterest / Amanda Hall 7. Oversized Record Headboard :: POPshop & Spazz Records 8. Cassette Tape Lamp :: Technabob 9. Antique Victrola Horns on Stands :: Llamarinth 10. Beattles Themed Record Player Clock :: Brighton Pod 11. Record Cuckoo Clock :: Wrecordsbymonkey

What’s your take on music-inspired upcycling? Would you use a victrola horn as a pendant light or display a record morphed into a wall clock?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Beyond the watercolor trend that has been seen throughout home furnishings this summer, new painting techniques are popping up in everything from tabletop decor to wallpaper. Wide brush strokes, mural paintings and finger painting are opening up new ways to incorporate vibrant flourishes of art in our everyday lives.

Designer Kevin O’Brien just launched a new pillow collection featuring finger paint. Who knew that a painting technique associated with small children could look so fun at home? These pillows would be perfect for a living room, kids room or any room in the house where art is appreciated.

West Elm has introduced some painterly pieces this summer. Wide brush strokes and dabs of color make a pretty statement in the Painters Melamine Collection.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s new home collection is filled with painterly pieces, as well. I really like this simple Brushstroke Creamer. Just a few short brush strokes and a slight splatter of golden paint transform it into a piece of art.

And Anthropologie’s Dreamscape Mural is a prime example of the new joy of painting theme. This wallpaper is made to look as if you woke up one morning and started your very own mural project. I’m sure if you felt inspired you could add your own bit of paint and imagination to this piece.

What do you think about the new art theme in home decor?  Have you spotted any painterly decor that you’d like to bring into your interior?

Tell me in the comments below.

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I love The Royal Tenenbaums. I’ve seen the film dozens of times now, and it rewards repeat viewings because I always find some new detail to admire about the set dressing. (The dearly departed Domino magazine even used the movie as inspiration for a room in a 2006 issue.) First I was obsessed with the bold zebra wallpaper in Margot’s bedroom, then it was Ari & Uzi’s pillowcases (Nick & Nora Cloud Nine bedding). But the thing I would most like to recreate in my own place is the eclectic art collection above the Tenenbaum staircase, an important part of which is Royal Tenenbaum’s prized javelina bust. That’s where the Savannah Story Busts from Anthropologie come in.

savannah story bust from anthropologie

These papier mache animal heads — gazelles, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and elephants — are made from layers of repurposed cement bags and pages from vintage French books. Cruelty-free safari chic with literary flair? Genius, just like the Tenenbaum kids.

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I’ve always considered myself a good gift-giver, but I’ve been going to a lot of baby showers lately, and I’m forced to contend with the reality that I have no idea what to get for new parents. I’m all, Do I go practical? These strollers cost as much as my rent! Maybe a toy. That’s not a choking hazard, is it? I could get them a cute onesie…but they don’t know the sex yet. These are all pink or blue. WHY CAN’T I JUST FIND A CUTE UNISEX ONESIE?! until my brain essplodes. That’s what makes this Floating in the Clouds 3D Wall Art by Gosh & Golly so attractive. (Well, that, and the fact that it’s adorable.)

3d wall art

It’s cheery, totally gender-neutral, would look precious over a crib, and since it’s made to order, the hot air balloons can be customized with different colors and patterns. Gosh & Golly also makes whimsical mobiles, just in case you sense that the parents-to-be wouldn’t go for sticking things on the wall. (But here’s hoping they’ll set up a registry and let you know what they want in the first place!)

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