DIY Art

A few of you have mentioned being curious about my tips for creating your own art for the home as I have for some of the rooms in my house.  Creating art, especially abstract, is challenging.  I have trouble with it and my bachelors degree is in painting and fine art!  Abstract painting is really hard; harder than painting a still life, in my opinion.  You have to find the balance of a feeling of randomness with a carefully planned and purposeful composition.  It’s SO HARD! I have such respect for artists who paint this way!

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That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means you need to have patience!  Here is a shot from my book that shows a large canvas I painted for my guest room. This took me a while and a few tries.   I let a couple versions dry before painting over them and trying again!  I like to use acrylic paint for this reason, it dries rather quickly and is easy to clean up if you get too into it and make a mess.
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Amanda Talley Giveaway from Citizen Atelier!

If you’ve picked up my book you’ve seen that I have used several of Amanda Talley’s paintings in my projects.  Something about her style just works so well with both traditional and modern decor and clients always seem to adore the pieces (most often commissions) that she creates.  And she’s certainly made quite the name for herself in the design world, and I’ve seen the values on her work continue to skyrocket to this day.  A few of the spaces I’ve designed with her work:

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Artist Crush: Heather Day & Claire Oswalt

I am ALWAYS on the hunt for art for client’s homes. I really prefer using original art because there is such a wonderful sense of uniqueness and personality that only original works can bring to a home.  We use plenty of giclees and prints too when budgets require, of course, but knowing that something hanging on your wall is truly one of kind is really special.

So I am always thrilled to find up-and-coming artists and share them!  Two of which I’m delighted to shine some light on today!

Heather Day’s works are AWESOME. SO much energy, movement and gorgeous color combinations! I’m so very into them- thinking maybe a large one would be quite fetching above my sofa!

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Buddy Editions

First of all, a massive, grateful thank you to all those who shared their stories with me yesterday.  It meant the world to me and gave the the makings of a “plan”, which always helps me feel better and a *tiny* bit in control. Thank you, thank you.

Shifting gears, I wanted to share with you the newest venture from my friend Katie Armour (or as you may know her, one of the founders of Matchbook Magazine). A darling person with amazing taste and style, she decided to launch a new company called Buddy Editions.  You can find exclusive prints from emerging artists on here in a few sizes, perfect for the budding art enthusiast or gifts for friends and family. I am LOVING her collection, of course, and think this will be a big success as she continues to add new and exciting artists!

Here’s a taste of some of the work you can find on the site- from photography to illustrations and everything in between (click images for links).
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Etsy Find: Lola Donoghue

I sometimes struggle with when to keep really, really good finds to myself.  And almost 100% of the time I end up caving and sharing because I love you guys, I’m a big blabbermouth and I love to help people find awesome stuff.  If someone compliments me on something I’m wearing and it’s a total find, I’ll be the first person to be like “OMG! It’s from Target! 20 bucks! Can you believe it? Go get one!”  No playing it cool around here…

My latest Etsy art find was one of these examples.  Finding great, affordable art that is truly beautiful is hard, especially on Etsy.  Enter Lola Donoghue, an Irish artist whose prints you can buy large scale for a reasonable price (and some originals too)! I love the colors, patterns and feel of these works.  Here’s a selection of her stuff- go check her out!

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