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Friday Design Finds: The Light Fantastics

9 Nov Candlelier by Takeshi Miyakawa

I’m a huge fan of combining artistry with functionality.  Why should we settle for something boring when we could fill our worlds with the extraordinary?  Time to rip down that contractor’s special chandelier you’ve been hating on since you moved in.  Maybe one of these will inspire you to think outside the Home Depot box. Check out these fantastically artsy options!

Pink Octopus Chandelier by Adam Wallacavage

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Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth

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Bower Bird Nest Chandelier by Tracey Barnes

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Candlelier by Takeshi Miyakawa

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Seriously, how could you not be inspired by seeing one of these every day?  What will you make more artsy this weekend?

All image sources are linked below each photo.

Friday Design Finds: If These Walls Could Draw

26 Oct Paint by Numbers mural created by Katie Blair for her son Max's little art studio

Happy Friday, Artsies!!  You may have noticed that the Friday round-ups have been a bit more design oriented of late.  It wasn’t intentional on my part at first, but once I noticed it, I decided to just dive in completely!  Artsiness abounds in all kinds of places– fashion and interior design, architecture, consumer goods, you name it.  So beginning today, each Friday I’ll bring you a group of artsy design goodies that I find inspiring.  Hope you enjoy!

Secret AF tidbit: The one and only time I was ever spanked as a child was for drawing on my bedroom walls with a permanent marker.  Now, there are wall coverings made especially for coloring or you can just draw/paint directly onto your wall ( if you’re an adult & own your walls ).  Instantly artsy vertical space.

Paint by Numbers mural created by Katie Blair for her son Max’s little art studio

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Wallpaper by Jonas Carlberg

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Colour in Wallpaper by Jon Burgerman

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Frames Wallpaper by Graham & Brown

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Audrey Hepburn wall mural by Ben Slow

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Don’t these make you just want to draw all over your walls?

All images sources are linked above.

Where The Artsy Folk Live: Ladies Who Create

9 Oct Reemsten loft

While Mr. Forager & I are on the road, making our way to California, we’re rerunning Artsy Forager’s most popular posts.  This post originally published on February 1, 2012.  Enjoy!

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.

Guest Foraging for Image South: How Versatile Artwork Transforms Any Space

28 Aug

Hiya Artsies!  Oh boy, so many exciting things happening ’round these parts!  Feel like I’m all over the place in the best sort of way.  This week, I have a guest post up over on the Image South blog.  If you’re not familiar with Image South, they are a publisher of fine art prints offering beautiful work at affordable prices.  For my guest post, I took one IS print, Essential Line #4 by Mitra Ghaffari, carefully chose versatile Larson Juhl framing and then showcased it in three very different spaces.  Head over to the Image South blog to check it out!

Essential Line #4 by Mitra Ghaffari

Guest Foraging for Image South

Friday Finds: Inspired Geometrics

29 Jun Hare detail

As with many right-brained folks, math is not my strong suit.  But one thing I loved about taking geometry was the analysis of shape and how each is formed using different angles.  It seems that many creatives are finding geometrics inspiring these days.  Check out my artsy geometric finds for this week!

Filzfelt Stools via Apartment Therapy

Hare by Marco Cibola

Brooch by No Milk Today

Welsummer Oblong Cushion by Lindsey Lang

Quilt by Lisa Call

Filzfelt via Apartment Therapy | Marco Cibola | No Milk Today | Lindsey Lang | Lisa Call 

Happy weekend, Artsies!  Will you be doing some artsy geometric foraging of your own this weekend? ;-)

PS– You may have noticed that I’ve switched up the Friday’s title from Friday Faves to Friday Finds.  I’ll be using the Friday round-up to not only explore what’s trending in the art world, but to also share my inspiring finds throughout the world of design!

Featured image is Hare by Marco Cibola ( detail ).  All images are via the artists’/designers’ websites, linked above.

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!

The Artsy Home: Does Jill Ricci Live Here?

21 Mar

Doesn’t this room bear a striking resemblance to Jill Ricci’s work?  It’s as if her mixed media has jumped off the canvas to cover every surface.  And I love it!

Photo by Emily Gilbert, The Brooklyn Home Co featured in the Fall 2010 issue of The New York Observer HOME

Miss RI by Jill Ricci, mixed media on canvas, 30×48

Where the Artsy Folk Live: Mario Testino in Vogue

2 Mar

Photographer Mario Testino’s art collection is to die for.. his home looks like the coolest gallery ever.  The work is beautifully displayed and the furnishings compliment rather than compete.   A feast for the eyes.

Mario Testino's LA Home, artwork: Moonlight Bamboo I by Rob Pruitt

Click here for the complete Vogue tour!

The Artsy Home: Entre Vous

29 Feb Elle pink

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.

The Artsy Home: Go BIG or Go Home

18 Jan circle

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.

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