Archive of ‘Artsy Holiday’ category

Artsy Holiday: Casey Matthews

Mr. Forager & I have been going back and forth about what type of meals we’ll have on Christmas Day.  It’s just the two of us and while that’s never stopped us from making elaborate meals before, we’re thinking a sweet little brunch and then a bit of antipasto later.  But no matter how simple the holiday meal, it always feels more festive when the table is set in an artful way!  So if you’re like me and still figuring out your holiday tablescape, here’s a little inspiration from this month’s Featured Artist Casey Matthews

Artsy holiday Casey Matthews

found via art | ornaments | trees | float | votives | placemat | tableware | napkins | paperweight | glasses

I mean, those greens are just calling out holiday cheer like nobody’s business!  Add in a judicious dollop of snowy white, rich jewel tones and glittery metallics and you’ll have a table scape perfect for celebrating the season.  Casey’s painting Sitting Pretty at The End of the World is full of delicious shape and color, a Casey inspired table can’t help but sit pretty, too!

If you’d like to see more artsy holiday inspiration, please take a peek at my Artsy Holiday Pinterest board, where I’ve been gathering all sorts of inspiring holiday images, DIYs and just plain prettiness.  To see more of Casey Matthews‘ work, please visit her website.

All image sources linked above.  Artwork is a cropped detail of the original.

Artsy Holiday: Thankfulness

I’m sure many of you will be spending the next few days celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family.  Thanksgiving is Mr. Forager’s absolute favorite holiday, because it is all about coming together with the people you love, celebrating life and cultivating gratefulness.  I’ll be taking a little break over the next few days, enjoying time away, but before I go, I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for each and every one of you.

THANKFUL

 

For the readers who follow along on this journey with me, for the folks who’ve become clients and friends, for the artists who continually inspire me and make this website such a labor of love, THANK YOU!  I wish for you a more abundant and joyful life than you could ever imagine.

Love and artsiness,

Lesley

Artsy Holiday 2012: Let’s Make an Artsy Date

For some people, myself included, there is just nothing like a paper calendar.  The joy of crossing off items on a To-Do list or counting down days to a trip or birthday just isn’t the same when you try to keep track digitally.  Or sometimes they’re just nice to have close-by for a quick glance.. what day does Valentine’s Day fall on this year??.. along with being lovely to look at.  So for my final Artsy Holiday design round-up, here are a few 2013 artsy calendars featuring artists who’ve made an appearance here at Artsy Forager!

Coffee Spot Calendar by Marsha Glaziere

Coffee Spot Calendar by Marsha Glaziere

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Faithful, A Calendar of Paintings by Clair Hartmann

Faithful, A Calendar of Paintings by Clair Hartmann

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2013 Michelle Armas Calendar

2013 Michelle Armas Calendar

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Childhood Series & Dingo Loves Jax Calendars by Yvonne Lozano

Childhood Series and Dingo Loves Jax Calendars by Yvonne Lozano

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Sources and links to purchase are located below each calendar’s image.  Which is your fave?  Or do you already have another artsy calendar waiting for the New Year?  Happy weekend, Artsies!

Artsy Holiday 2012: For the Ultimate Artsy

Now for an Artsy Holiday gift guide that will probably apply to many of you– gifts for the ultimate Artsy!  The UA loves everything art-related, but they don’t take themselves or their artsy stuff too seriously.  Just a few things I’ve found that any UA would love!

WOW Ed Ruscha Towel from The Whitney Museum Store

WOW Ed Ruscha Towel from The Whitney Museum Store

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Paint Box Votive Holder from Terrain

Paint Box Votive Holder from Terrain

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I Am an Artist Tin of Quotes from the Whitney Store

I Am an Artist Tin of Quotes from the Whitney Store

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Andy Warhol Banana Shoulder Bag from the MoCA Store

Andy Warhol Banana Shoulder Bag from the MoCA Store

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John Derian Skinny Paintbrushes Tray from STAG

John Derian Skinny Paintbrushes Tray from STAG

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 Seriously, is that not the coolest beach towel you’ve ever seen?!  There is also a John Baldessari one that is pretty awesome.  Would make me want to hit the sand just to show off my artsy accoutrement!  Want to see more For the Ultimate Artsy?  Check out my Pinterest board chock full of artsy goodies!

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Artsy Holiday 2012: For the Artsy Design Obsessive

There is a glorious sweet spot to be found in design where form and function meet.  Lots of artsy folks out there prefer the objects they use every day to delight as well as they perform.  So, you Artsy Design Obsessives ( and everyone trying to find gifts for them ), this one’s for you!

DIY Flower Clock

DIY Flower Clock from Module R

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Casabella Silicone Measuring Cup Set

Casabella Silicone Measuring Cup Set from Neatly Smart

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Reusable Chopsticks and Case from IDEA International

Reusable Chopsticks and Case from IDEA International

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John Baldessari Notecard Set at LACMA Store

John Baldessari Notecard Set from the LACMA Store

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Eames, Beautiful Details book

Eames, Beautiful Details book from Amazon

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Poketo Tea for One Brewing Set

Tea for One Brewing Set from Poketo

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Pantone Chips Journal

Pantone Chips Journal from the MoMA Store

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If your in the mood for more Artsy Designery Obsessive finds, check out my Pinterest board similarly named!

Artsy Holiday 2012: For the Artsy Modernist

For some Artsies, the holidays can be a bit of decorative overload.  I’m talkin’ about those clean line, simple shape loving Modernists who crave the sleek and spare.  For this week’s Artsy Holiday installment, here are a few ideas for the Artsy Modernist on your list!

Kaleidoscope Trays by Clara zon Zweigbergk for Hay

Kaleidoscope Trays by Clara zon Zweigbergk for Hay

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Eames Drop Necklace from Leif Shop

Eames Drop Necklace from Leif Shop

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Medium Geo Lacquer Box from Lief Shop

Medium Geo Lacquer Box from Lief Shop

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Striped Trinity Pouch from Anthropologie

Striped Trinity Pouch from Anthropologie

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Everything is Fine Throw Pillow Cover by Anai Greog on Society6

Everything is Fine Throw Pillow Cover by Anai Greog on Society6

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Maybe I’m a closet Modernist because I am loving all these bold colors and geometrics!  See more Artsy Modernist ideas on the Artsy Forager Pinterest boards!

Artsy Holiday: For the Artsy Naturalist

The holidays are upon us!  And I love them.  I can’t help it.  Much to Mr. Forager’s chagrin, I totally get into the music, the decorating, the cooking, and of course, the gift giving!  It seems every blogger does a gift guide, so why shouldn’t I get in on the action?  So each Friday until Christmas, the regular Friday Design Finds posts will be replaced with a selection of gifts for the artsy folks on your list!

We begin with gifts for the Artsy Naturalist– there’s no reason why buying for nature lovers should be limited to hiking boots and camping supplies!

Art Glass Vases by Nick Chase at Artful Home

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Navy & Seafoam Antler from Terrain

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Entomology Wall Calendar at Anthropologie

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Sterling silver & enamel jewelry by Julie Blyfield

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925 silver, rhodium-plated, gemstones by Nora Rochel

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Bud Vases by Yassi Mazandi at Grey Area

Bud Vases by Yassi Mazandi at Grey Area

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Maple Leaf Bowl by Kay Sekimachi at J Sauer Gallery

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You can see more naturalistic gift ideas with an artsy bent on my Pinterest board, Artsy Holiday 2012: Gifts for the Artsy Naturalist!