ALL POSTS TAGGED "Art"

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What is the history of bottle trees? Best I can tell (don’t quote me on this), their origin dates back hundreds of years. Evidently, it was believed that evil spirits would be drawn to the shiny bottles and become trapped inside. Folks would place bottles on trees around their home to keep evil from getting in the house.

Now, I don’t know about all that — but, I do know that today they are used as decorative art in gardens and landscaping. BottleTree.com has made having one super easy. They provide the “tree” and colorful bottles and ship everything straight to your house. They’re both stunning and unique.

Bottle Tree

Do you know more about bottle trees? Tell me below. And, let me know if you actually have one of these “evil catchers.”

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Today is What You Think Upon Grows Day (think of it as an earthy twist on the sentiments behind “The Secret”). So today, or even better - every day – turn all your positive thoughts into reality. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get stuck in the same old daily rut, so I’d love to expand my view on what life hands me.

 Retro-Style Inspirational Print

This quirky little art print illustrates this thought in a not-too-cheesy way. The strong message it sends in a lighthearted way really caught my attention. Plus, the View-Master brings me back to my childhood days where everything in life was almost always positive. I could see this hanging in my foyer or maybe sitting on my sunroom coffee table while I read 19th-century literature. Okay, maybe more like Hunger Games, but you get my point!

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Wedding season is approaching, and I’m sure many of you have been invited to a million weddings this year (or maybe you’re tying the knot!). It can be a little stressful to pick a gift if you want to give something more sentimental than registry gifts. This spooning print by Etsy shop owner petekdesign is so sweet and definitely not your average gift. The couple can put it above their bed, or you can hang them in multiples in your living room for a homey, vintage look.

 design

 I would have a hard time choosing my favorite print. How would you incorporate them in your home? Tell us in the comments below.

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Remember that fanciful birthday card/crown that I posted a while back? The one by Present & Correct? It turns out that Mark of Present & Correct has been experimenting with paper shapes in jars. Here’s what he’s calling Jar No. 3. I don’t know about you, but I could stare at this thing all day!

shapes in a jar

I know the title of this post is a little strange, but that’s because I’m not sure exactly how to classify this work. Specimen? Display? Sculpture? Art? Geometry lesson? All I know is that it’s wonderful and now I’m desperate to get one for my desk at work.

[Via: Pinterest]

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Cross-stitch Easter eggs are impressive, but have somewhat limited, seasonal appeal. If you want to blow everyone’s minds with the power of cross-stitch year round, look no further than these large artworks by Jessica Decker.

giant cross stitch

They’re sweet and simple designs, and would really fill a wall over a sofa or a bed. They’re almost like pixelated pictures, but cross-stitch has a warmer, homier feel to it. Plus, I like to imagine that a giant with a huge needle and thread did them. (Anyone else? No?)

[Via: Pinterest, Design*Sponge]

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For many people trying to keep a manicured lawn, dandelions are a spring and summer annoyance. But although they may not be delightful when they pop up all over your property, I think I can make a case for bringing them indoors based on this jaw-dropping installation by German artist Regine Ramseier for ArToll Summer Lab 2011.

dandelion room

Ramseier picked and transported nearly 2,000 dandelions from a field for the project. And just how did she get “the wishies” — my childhood name for the seed heads, as we used to make wishes on them and blow, like candles on a birthday cake — to stay intact, you wonder? A little spray adhesive and some special palettes with holes in them. (These pictures of the process are almost as cool as the finished product itself.) It’s so dreamy, I wish someone would manufacture a giant dandelion-like canopy so I could mimic the installation at home. But don’t worry, I won’t wish on one of those wishies.

[Via: The Jealous Curator]

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Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, design lovers! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so by all accounts, I should be posting about shamrocks, or three-leaf clover. (Fun fact: St. Patrick used the shamrock in his teachings to illustrate the Christian concept of the Trinity.) However, I quite like this Four-Leaf Clover Print by Banquet Atelier & Workshop.

clover art print

There’s something so jaunty about this print, and the slightly imperfect and off-kilter shape of the clover gives it a homemade feel. Plus, because it’s a symbol of good luck, you can keep it out all year round, not just on St. Patrick’s Day. Just don’t call it “the luck of the Irish.” (I hear that some people think that’s meant to be an ironic turn of phrase.)

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Art makes the world go ’round indeed, and today I’ll be sharing how to create a quirky, informal art gallery for that empty wall you’ve been meaning to fill! Bonus? It’ll take just a short afternoon, so you’ve got no excuse not to give it a go!

Curious as to where you can score our art for your own home? I’ve got a source list right here – happy shopping!

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Did you ever go to a theme park or a boardwalk and pose with your family for one of those old-timey photos? You know what I’m talking about, right? You dress up as cowboys and saloon gals or gangsters and flappers and you get a sepia-toned print of the photo? Well, 18th.me has elevated this kind of thing to an art. Now, instead of being cowboys and saloon gals, you can be the Mona Lisa or Napoleon Bonaparte! And it’s not just photo magic — we’re talking hilarious hand-painted portraits here. You select a famous work from their gallery, send in a photo of yourself similar to the pose in the original and 18th.me artists hand-paint your portrait and mail it to your door.

18thme portraits

They’re kitschy, but that’s what makes them fun. I could envision these cheeky paintings over the stairs, in a small powder room, or in a game room. As the site states, they’re great conversation pieces. Or a seriously impressive gag gifts! As someone who spends the entire day on the Internet, I can tell you that there are tons of people who’ve Photoshopped themselves into these works of art, but I can’t think of any who’ve taken it to the next level like this. (And if you follow memes like I do, you will recognize the Ducreux self-portraits from their use with archaic rap lyrics.) Personally, I’d go for the Marie Antoinette, though I’d probably look more at home in American Gothic. :(

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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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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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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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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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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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HGTV.com Daily Delight :: Stereo Cabinet #1 by Jeff Klarin

STEREO CABINET #1 by Jeff Klarin :: photo transfer on wood

While most of my music now lives on my iPhone, I still have a small vintage stereo cabinet I refuse to get rid of. There lives a turntable and the first records I ever bought. Also hand-me-downs like the Beatles’ White Album. (Thanks, dad.)

Los Angeles-based designer Jeff Klarin’s STEREO CABINET #1 would look sweet in a loft and looks a lot like the setup my parents had in our living room in the ’70s. I also like his Album Side Table.

Do you miss the visual and tactile appeal of a stack of albums, too? Is a photographic reproduction like this a satisfying substitute?

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