I spent a nice day this weekend wandering through the Museum of Fine Art here in Boston (a must of you are visiting) and kept saying to Andrew how some of the gilt frames on the old works were nearly as stunning as the paintings. I kept imagining what it would be like to have some of the massive, amazing old portraits in your home. Which leads me here- to showcasing modern interiors utilizing old, antique portraits in them. There is something so wonderful about the juxtaposition of the very old and very traditional withing a more modern setting. I think in 2014 you’ll see people incorporate more traditional items into design, be it a small item or a large sofa. What do you think of this look?
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This weekend I stopped into one of my favorite photography galleries, Iris Gallery, on Newbury Street and came face to face with a massive framed print that stopped me in my tracks by photographer Rosanne Olsen. How amazing is this?
They also look great on the smaller, more affordable, scale too.
I dream of having some large scale, modern photography in my house soon, and one of these might be an ideal option. I just love them.
While flipping through some of the INSANELY bloated September issues (I’m looking at you, Vogue) I came across an ad that took my breath away. The Valentino Fall campaign is striking with it’s richly colored and layered “still lives” that are akin to renaissance era paintings seen in a museum. Juxtaposed with a single garment it is, well…. so much more artistic than so many campaigns we see.
But something felt so familiar…. I could not help but think “I’ve seen this before…where was it?” And then after jogging my memory I remembered seeing these STUNNING images on photographer Conor Doherty’s site. I think these would be pure insanity on a huge scale above a sofa.
And having worked with him before, I can attest to the fact that he is not only immensely talented but incredibly sweet too. And I know that he can’t help but feel that all to familiar feeling of flattery mixed with anger at seeing your work copied (he shot these years ago…) It’s happened to all of us. I’ve had my entire blog design copied inch by inch never mind lots of room designs. And I have been on the other side of it too, when given an image of someone else’s work and being told “I want my room to look just like this.” Nothing is more insulting to a creative person than being told to copy someone else. There is no point in hiring a designer to copy someone, you hire them to translate your wishes into something unique just for you (and just by them).
Being copied means that you’ve done something that resonates so strongly with someone that they want to create it themselves exactly as you did. So it’s a mixed bag- your work is oddly validated but at the same time cheapened. But as I am constantly reminded, nothing is truly original in this world and we all take inspiration, cues and ideas from one another on a daily basis. It’s the nature of the creative beast, I think.
But I digress, back to the art of photography. I am so enamored with large scale photography and desperate to find something stunning for above my sofa, much like Conor’s images above. This pictures just confirm my desire!
Whenever I decorate a home by the shore I immediately go to blue and white as the palette. It’s so obvious, but it’s also so WONDERFUL! There is something just so crisp and clean about an all blue and white space- don’t you think? I also have been having a serious moment with collections of blue and white ginger jars- am thinking of putting a few in the middle of my dining table. I just love them! Here are some great spaces utilizing this color scheme and a few picks to get the look yourself.
And speaking of summertime and this hot beach weather, I am SO loving these beach paintings by Teil Duncan! The colors and composition along with the semi-abstract style are all so wonderful. I’d love one to put in the guest room (my room) at my parent’s new beach house!
I woke up this morning feeling uninspired. Some days it’s just HARD to come up with things to blog about. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to do as much web reconnaissance as I normally do. So I was feeling a little stressed about today’s post. Then I opened my e-mail and saw an message from this artist, Teil Duncan from Charleston, SC and LOVED her work! Right when you need it, sometimes inspiration finds you. :)
Her small paintings are on birch panels and are so affordable! I love, LOVE the color combinations, the bold strokes and the feeling of each of them! So fantastic.