Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Still Life (With Shoes)

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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!








Summertime Blue & White (and some art)

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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.











rug // ginger jar // bench // pillow // plates // iphone case // dot pillow // chair // vases // tablecloth

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!






Artist Crush: Teil Duncan

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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.








Sponsor Welcome + Giveaway: Elise Allen Art

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

I’d love to welcome to the EOS sponsor family Elise Allen, a painter from New Orleans who does some great abstract work with delightful color. I am really digging the ones with navy and coral- so amazing.  The touch of gold in a lot of her works is really amazing too. Take a gander and give her a warm welcome!

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We’re giving away this 8″ x 8″ painting called “Mini Crossroads” (worth $250) to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment about where you’ll hang it (within a gallery wall, a powder room, above the bar…?)



Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I cannot imagine a life without dogs.  Having grown up with only cats, my love for dogs came much later in life than most.  My parents finally succumbed to our pleading for a dog when I was a junior in college, when my mom could not stop thinking about this poor, sweet dog she saw in a pet store. Convinced Y2K was going to end the world, she wanted this poor dog to know love before the world was obliterated due to too many zeros.  So we got Tucker, who turns out was a Schnoodle, and he taught me that dogs are THE BEST.  No seriously, is there anything better than the unconditional love of a dog?  He’s now old, half blind and deaf but he still is beside himself excited when I come to visit.  And now I have my own two rascals whom I am obsessed with, and I’d have ten more if I could. I seriously would, I think Andrew lives in fear that he’ll come home to a new dog every day.  I find myself envious of our dog walker, getting to spend her days surrounded by these loving, wonderful creatures.

Now that I have outed myself as “that crazy dog lady”, you can understand my current desire to have portraits painted of my boys. Dog portraiture goes way back in the history of interiors, and I for one would also like to add a few old paintings to my collection (and my new gallery wall which will be revealed soon too!)  I am in good company in this desire, as famed socialite Brooke Astor had quite a collection in her stairwell too! I die over this.



Another gallery wall of dogs that I love (but not the decor…)


A pilgrimage is in order for all dog portrait addicts to the NY William Secord Gallery.  


They sell a variety of works (I personally love the one to the left, as that is my exact view when I come home- two happy little pups at the top of the stairs).


I love illustrator Happy Menocal’s loose, sketchy style of pet portraits… maybe someday!






These portraits by Robin’s Egg Gallery have such fun backgrounds!





I’ve blogged about her before, but I am 99% sure I’ll go with Etsy seller Kate Pugsley for my portraits! Affordable and uber-talented!


How about you? Have you or would you have portraits painted of a beloved pet?