Posts Tagged ‘interior design’

Design Foraging: Brian Paquette Interiors

Interior designers have a special place in my heart.  Perhaps because I call so many of them friends and because I spent a few years studying to be one.  That plan derailed ( a story for another day! ), but I’m still so appreciative of the work that designers do, especially when it comes to incorporating original artwork into the spaces they design.  And Seattle’s Brian Paquette of Brian Paquette Interiors, of course, is showing the world how to using original artwork infuses a space with personality and turns the fabulousness up to 11.

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The work Paquette chooses add yet another layer of texture to his already gorgeously layered designs.  The spaces are elegant, yet warm and friendly, much in thanks to the contemporary art he uses that is anything but stuffy.  Named one of The Next Big Names in Design by Lonny Magazine, the future’s looking bright in rainy Seattle for Brian Paquette Interiors.

To see more of the Brian Paquette’s portfolio, please visit the Brian Paquette Interiors website.

All images via the designer’s website.

Artsy Dwelling: Art Filled Nursery

Mr. F and I may not have any babies, but that doesn’t keep me from ooing and awing over fantastically artsy nursery designs.  So when my friend and fellow art obsessive Kaitlyn, over at isavirtue shared pictures of the art filled nursery which will soon welcome her new little bundle of joy, I just had to share them with you!


I love the zap of color, texture and gosh-darn-happy this painting by Freyja Zazu hits you with.     I’m willing to bet that baby Patience will love to stare at it when he gets a little older and plays that age old game of let-me-turn-the-light-switch-on-and-off.

In the rest of the light filled space, Kaitlyn and her hubby have chosen to hang work that is meaningful and playful, perfect for an artsy baby.


Over the crib hangs a series of original illustrations by the artist for whom Kaitlyn works, Ted Harrison.  The works were created as illustrations for a children’s book about Harrison’s dog titled Maggie’s Magic Dream.  Perfect for a peaceful sleeping baby, kind of a visual lullaby.


On the wall above the ( awesome ) rocker, is a vintage print salvaged by K’s hubby from his parents’ garage.  Six sweet vignettes capture the bedtime routine of a daddy bear and baby bear.  ( collective awwwww! )

Above the dresser/changing table, which by the way, is such a smart use of resources, is a lovely little art wall filled with a collection of quotes and woodland themed prints from affordable sources like Etsy and BigCartel.  That little fox is grabbing my heart and so is the story of the inspiration behind the doe and fawn drawing.

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I mean, if this isn’t the sweetest little nursery ever, then I’m a monkey’s uncle.  See more images from Kaitlyn’s art filled nursery and find out more about the design on the isavirtue blog.

PS– Congrats to Kaitlyn & hubby Jon as they welcomed baby boy Jackson on March 22nd!

All images via Kaitlyn Patience and isavirtue.

Artsy Dwelling: Art on Patterned Walls

There’s this thought that’s been dominating the art and interiors world for a while now– the white cube phenomenon– the thought that art is shown at its best on a clean white wall.  And perhaps sometimes that’s true, but when you live with art, it becomes a part of your surroundings in a much more subtle and incorporated way.  Layering your art on patterned walls can create a complex visual even more intriguing to the eye!

Here’s four ways to display art on patterned walls–

1 | soft texture So maybe you’re more into super subtle patterns, letting a softly textured pattern play a secondary role in a solid, rich color, allowing monochromatic artwork takes center stage.  Just an understated wash of color and visual texture plays up the nuances in the artwork.

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2 | playful repeats Play up an element in your artwork by subtly repeating it in your wall covering.  The nautilus shell-like pattern below is a quiet nod to the lollipop swirl in the painting.  It’s not in-your-face-repetition, but once you start looking, you’ll see repeating patterns everywhere!


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3 | modern botanics This isn’t your grandma’s family portrait on floral wallpaper.  The monochromatic scheme of the paper keeps it feeling fresh and modern and subtly picks up on the greens in these contemporary portraits without being matchy-matchy.  Plus it’s like being in a sunny garden!  Bonus.

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4 | graphic goodness Big bold, graphic artwork is too much for all this pattern, right?  Wrong!  The symmetrical and relatively small pattern repeat on the wall covering is the perfect foil for the freeform overlapping squares in this piece.  Keep the scale of pattern in your artwork complementary and you’ll be sure to please the eye.


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These definitely have me rethinking my aversion to wallpaper!  Have you ever hung art on patterned walls?  Did you love it or hate it?

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Live the Artsy: Erin McIntosh

While we are getting settled into our new temporary Eureka home, what we want in our eventual forever home is heavy on our minds.  While Mr. F aka Mr. Practicality is thinking of square footage, alternative power sources and cost, I tend to focus more on how the space will feel and how we will live in it.  A home that is a peaceful retreat, yet full of life and creative energy.  The mix of warm neutrals, light pales and bright shots of color in Untitled by this month’s Featured Artist Erin McIntosh, feels like the best of artsy spaces– inviting, yummy colors and patterns and spots of cool serenity.

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Now to design a space how this painting feels– this interior featured on Apartment Therapy  feels like the perfect translation.  Though this series by Erin is based in geometric shapes, the  atmosphere remains organic and flowing, never hard and stagnant.  There is warmth to be found in the natural woods and nubby textures in the room and the pattern on the rug & other textiles calls out to the geometrics in Erin’s painting.  My favorite element, the light blue concrete floor, provides a stream of lightness and translucency, just as shots of the same blue  do in Untitled.  Oh how an Artsy could live here!

To see more of Erin McIntosh‘s work, please visit her website!  Want to see more from the Live the Artsy series?  Check out the archives!

Artsy Dwelling: Art on Wood Walls 4 Ways

Once upon a time, wood paneling was the epitome of dated and dreary.  Think back to that 70s basement.. yikes! But wooden wall treatments are seeing a resurgence lately and they are coming back stronger and more artful than ever!  You may love the look of these modern paneling interpretations, but not sure how to incorporate art on wood walls?  There are as many ways to style a wood paneled room as their are trees in the forest.  Since painting over wood gives you basically the same canvas as a painted wall and I like a challenge, we’re going to focus on art on wood walls with a more natural finish/stain.

Here are just a few ways you can go–

1 | beachy keen, jelly bean.  Lightly stained or pickled wood lends the perfect bleached out style to a coastal setting.  If your taste in art tends toward a pastel palette, keep the softness and natural calm going.  Pieces like these by Leora Armstrong with a strong horizontal vibe recall that perfect spot where the sky meets the sea.

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2 | mid-century glam it up.  Love Mad Men?  Live for Saturday afternoons spent combing vintage shops and thrift stores for Mid-Century treasures?  Secretly want to wear a pencil skirt and heels while serving cocktails?  Large cut wood panels in a uniform stain are the ideal backdrop for some MCM goodness.  Abstract artwork in earthy tones complete a room Don Draper would be proud of.

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3 | cozy up to modern warmth.  Sometimes the elements we love about modern spaces, like concrete floors and soaring ceilings, can lead to a less than inviting atmosphere.  But juxtapose warmly stained wood walls against those details and it’s like cozying up to a warm fire.  Artwork with lots of texture as well as pops of color and pattern add to the warming effect.

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4 | elevate to rustic elegance.  Pickled wood walls can be taken in so many directions.  Their greyed-out tone makes them ultra versatile.  In Jackie Aster’s NYC apartment, as featured in Elle Decor, the wood walls add just a hint of neutral texture and ground the formal finishes with just the right amount of rusticity.  A Damien Hirst etching adds a bit of playfulness turning what could have been an uptight room into space filled with snuggly joie de vivre.

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Do you live with art on wood walls?  How is it working for you?  Or maybe this inspired you to embrace that wood paneling you used to hate!  Work with the grain, not against it. ;-)

All images are linked above.  Want to see more in the Artsy Dwelling series?  Check out the archives here.

Insert the Artsy: Color Three Way

There’s a school of thought that white walls = boring.  But white walls + wooden textures + pops of colorful artwork?  Anything but!!  And this Artsy is here to prove it to ya.  Let’s take a beautiful, airy space like the one below.  The white surfaces have already been warmed a bit by pops of cozy wood textures.  The way the light bounces off those walls make this the perfect place for some color.  And that beautifully curved staircase wall?  It’s just crying out for a fabulous wall sculpture or installation.  Don’t believe me?  Let us count the ways..

There are lots of different ways you could take the artwork in this space– those white walls are the perfect blank canvas!

1 | happy texture Smooth surfaces abound in this space, which leaves ample room for adding pattern and texture.  A Liz Tran sculptural installation is like a party on a wall, providing an instant shot of joyful movement.  Or how about gettin’ a little groovy with a retro-ish weaving?  Tanya Aguiniga‘s Multi Knot Wall Hanging is a bit more minimalistic, but still adds just the right amount of texture and color.  Making a simple, bold statement is hardly ever the wrong choice and one of Jen Pack‘s fabric & wood wall sculptures packs just the right amount of punch.

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2 | organic elegance Not only can a space like this handle something dynamic and full of color but a single elegant representational sculpture can add just the right amount of elegance to bring the slightly casual atmosphere up a notch.

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3 | slick pop Interesting juxtapositions your game?  Graphic, pop inspired pieces provide an intriguing touch of je ne sai quois when paired with these white walls and warm textures. Think of the neon signs, sand and palm trees of Miami– opposites never looked so good together.

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Have I convinced you yet?  Are you running out to buy gallons and gallons of white paint? ;-)  See more of my favorite artsy interiors on my Artsy Dwelling Pinterest board.  Oh and like what I put together here?  I can do it for you, too!

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Artsy Dwelling: Your Art Studio Style

As different as each artist’s work can be, so too is the way they work and the environment in which they find the most creativity.  Some artists are lucky enough to be able to design their studio space to fit the way they work just perfectly, others take advantage of whatever available space may be at hand.  And some, like me, out of necessity keep their supplies to a minimum so they can set up studio wherever they land!  But oh how I long for the day when I can have a dedicated work space.  Are you dreaming of your own studio space, too?  What’s your current art studio style?  What are you dreaming it could be?

Art Studio Style inspiration Willem de Kooning

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Do you like your space open & airy?  Maybe like Willem de Kooning, you create best in bright white spaces with soaring ceilings and gorgeous light.

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clockwise from top studios of kirra jamison | emily ferretti | lisa congdon | brenda hope zappitell

Don’t have a big open space?  Paint every surface of your small studio white and remove any window treatments.  You’ll be amazed at how much light bounces around the room!

Some artists work best in smaller, creative & cozy spaces.  Filled with warmth and life, Monet-like spaces make you want to settle in with a cup of tea and paint your heart out.

Art studio style inspiration Claude Monet

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clockwise from left studios of isabelle tuchband | anahata katkin | claire basler | michelle armas

Paned windows, chandeliers and plants make a studio space feel like a creative home.  And having a sweet pup around to love on helps with the creative frustration!


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No doubt working in a neatly organized space helped O’Keeffe achieve her soft, elegantly clean lined paintings.  A tidily laid out space with supplies within arm’s reach allow an artist to concentrate on creating instead of looking everywhere for that one tube of paint..

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clockwise from top left studios of scott waterman | jenny saville | mari andrews

Timothy Atwood said, Creative mess equals creative thought. And for many artists, I think this holds true.  Most creatives are, by nature collectors.  We need to be surrounded by a beautiful mess, so that inspiration may spark at any time.  And let’s admit, sometimes, we’re just too busy creating to pick up. ;-)


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clockwise from left studios of thomas campbell | cornelius volker | flora bowleg

What is your own studio style, Artsies?  One of the above or a mix of all?  Is a studio overhaul on your 2014 to-do list?

See more art studio style inspiration on my Pinterest board, Where the Artsy Folk Work.  Have a dynamic studio to share?  Leave a link in the comments!

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Insert the Artsy: One Painting, Three Rooms

A phenomenal piece of artwork can find its home in any sort of space.  Especially when its as beautiful as this one, Darzita by this months’ Featured Artist, Jennifer JL Jones.


Darzita means “to reveal” and I love how this abstract mixed media work informs the personality of each of these spaces in such a chameleon-like way!

It goes soft and serene in a monochromatic bedroom retreat..


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Or adds dynamic movement to dramatic charcoal walls in this copper-accented dining room–


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Modern texture and little pops of bright color echo this loft’s downtown feel–


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Which is your favorite? Personally, I think it would look stunning in a little modern cabin in the mountains.. preferably one with my name on the welcome mat. ;-)

If you’re in the Tulsa area, be sure to check out Jennifer’s latest exhibition opening on November 14th at Aberson Exhibits!  Don’t miss out seeing her work in person!

Interior images linked above, art image via the artist.

Artsy Dwelling: Be Off Center

Once upon a time, there was a rule that we all followed diligently– that art had to be centered on something.  Whether it was centered above a piece of furniture or centered based on the wall on which it was hung, centering was very important.  But I’m noticing a trend towards more casual, more interesting placement.  Deliberately hanging artwork off-center.  Justified waaaay to the right or way to the left.

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But hanging artwork off center is akin to creating deliberately messy-bedhead-like-waves.  It takes a bit of work to get that effortlessly casual look.

Here are a few ways you can use off center artwork to create spaces that are interesting and pleasing to the eye–

1 | Use off center artwork to balance other eye catchers in the room 

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Bold statement pieces often need another dramatic something to balance them out or your room may feel a bit lopsided.  That scene stealing coffee table or pendant needs something  to create a bit of harmonious tension, otherwise, he’s like that dinner party guest that just won’t shut up.  We liked hearing his stories at first, but someone else, please say something!

2 | Go for the triangle effect 

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Our eyes like triangles.  Triangular compositions help our eyes travel and take in all that we see instead of zeroing in on one element.  By hanging artwork off center, you can deliberately create your own triangular composition.  So even if that painting is hanging in a place that at first seems off, once your eye takes in all the other elements in the room, it seems just right.

3 | Work your other angles 

Angles aren’t just found in the architecture and furnishings surrounding a piece of art, but also in the artwork itself.  Don’t forget about the compositional lines and angles in your artwork when thinking about how to hang it.  The work should carry on a pleasing conversation with the furnishings around it.  Like a first date that’s going really really well.

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4 | Rethink centering

Hanging artwork off center doesn’t necessarily have to mean that the artwork isn’t centered on anything.  Just maybe think about centering on an unexpected or secondary element in the room, like a chandelier or rug instead of the desk or dining table.

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Rules tend to be created to make things easy and orderly.  But art is neither of those things, so why should we live with it that way?  Don’t be afraid to be a bit off center.  Your art is crying out for it!

See more off centered artsiness in my Artsy Dwelling Pinterest board!  Need some help finding just the right artwork for your space?  I can help with that!  More info here.

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Artsy Dwelling: 4 Ways to Style Leaning Artwork

You know, there’s more than one way to skin a ca– I mean, hang artwork.  I hope I proved that in our last foray into Artsy Dwelling!  Be a rebel.  Don’t hang that art at all!  Go all crazy and casz.. just let it lean.

Leaning = layering.  If you keep your artwork relegated to the walls, you’re holding it at a distance.  You know, like that moldy fruit you found in the refrigerator.  But living with art should be about living with it, having it truly be a part of the way we interact in our personal space.  Leaning brings it in close.  We can study it, pick it up and touch it, live with it in ways we can’t do when it’s nailed to a wall.

Check out some of my favorite ways to style leaning artwork–

1 | On a ledge

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Take advantage of those architectural details as a natural resting spot for artwork.  It’s kind of Decorating 101 to put artwork above a fireplace, but leaning it on the mantle, especially when layered with other pieces creates a visually rich display that’s easy to change up with the seasons or just on a whim!

2 | On a piece of furniture

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Same rules apply for furniture.  Wait, forget that.  There are no rules!  Big art, small art, doesn’t matter, as long as it makes an interesting impact and puts a smile on your face.  It all goes back to that layering thing.  Leaning artwork connects itself better to the other objects in your vignette when it is sitting on the same surface.  It’s like bringing your artwork into the half-time huddle.  Now he feels included!

PS– If you’re gonna lean artwork on your headboard, might be a good idea to secure the back with a little 3M velcro, you know just in case things get a little, shall we say frisky?  Oh come on, you know you were thinking it!

3 | Behind a piece of furniture!

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My favorite rule to break.  Used to be, no art lover would dream of putting artwork, which let’s face it, we probably paid a lot of money for, even partly hidden behind a piece of furniture.  But that little artsy game of peek-a-boo leaves me wanting more!

4 | On the floor

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Maybe you have the perfect spot for a piece of artwork, but hanging just isn’t practical.  Just lean that baby on the floor.  The perfect solution especially for super oversized pieces of work that it would take an army to hang!  Or for when we want a splash of color but don’t want to commit to holes in the wall.

Of course, it should be noted that leaning artwork, especially on the floor and behind furniture isn’t the idea solution if you have small children, rowdy teenagers ( ok, really any kids at all ) or clumsy husbands.  ;-)  Do you have any artwork leaning around your house?  Share a photo over on the Artsy Forager Facebook page, I’d love to see!

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