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30 posts categorized "Art in Your Home"

Art in Your Home :: Barb Blair


Barb Blair from Knack Studios.

A: Art means to me...Life is art to me. Everything around me speaks to some form of art whether it is a child's finger painting, collage work by a favorite local artist, jewelry, furniture, flowers, street signs, clothing, or food.....inspiration and color is around at all times.

R: Reading books, blogs, or magazines...I don't have much time for reading unfortunately....and because I am one of those "once I pick up a book I can't put it down " people ....it can be dangerous! Everything around me could be on fire and I would not know it since I am so engrossed in my reading! However, I am trying to read through the Hunger Games series since my kids are reading them right now. My favorite magazine splurge every month is Living etc.and I pour through every single page....on multiple occasions. There are some really great online mags that I love too like Sweet Paul, Kinfolk, Anthology, and Pure Green. As far as blogs go....when I have the luxury of blog surfing there are so many that I love to peruse especially in the home design field, but I find myself keeping up with different bloggers through their facebook pages and posts, and really love having real interactions with people.


T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are...There is a major geometric crush going on in the graphics arena right now and I really love it!

A: Artists I admire are...children......their artwork is so pure... and I admire the simplicity and beauty in it all.

N: Never will I...eat a mushroom. :}


D: Dreams for my own work are...to see it continue to grow organically and always be original and fresh.

P: Projects I am currently working on are...Well, I am currently in the process of working on a book with Chronicle Books that will be released in the Spring of 2013!! I am super excited about that little endeavor. I am also working on a brand new Spring/Summer collection for a collaborative show here locally as well as custom pieces for clients.

R: Relaxing I do at/when/if...I love to relax at home with my family and we are notorious for making lots of popcorn and indulging in movies and frivolity of all sorts.


I: Interesting art focused websites I like are...The Old Try is a recent love of mine. A really cute southern couple making great southern inspired art and prints. 

N: New in my home is...a little 4 lb puppy named "Roo." She is delicious.

T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...Ireland.......but seriously I could handle a trip to the flea market and creating in the studio.


S: Studio, my studio is...Rad. I love the light, the space, and the furniture goodies inside.....it is such a privilege to be able to create there.

Thank you so much Barb for this lovely tour of the Art in Your Home! Want to learn more about Barb Blair and her business, Knack Stuidos? Then please be sure to check out her website, shop, and blog.

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Art in Your Home :: Judy Kaufmann


A: Art means to me…Like something that appears in those things we were not prepare to see, like something Arty. That's when the real Art shows up for me, like the work from the art brut, a scene created by Jean Dubuffet that describes "art created outside the boundaries of official culture, focusing particularly on art by insane-asylum inmates" (wikipedia)

R: Reading books, blogs or magazines...I love to read graphic novels and contemporary US novelists. Now I'm reading Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer and also QUAI D'ORSAY, a graphic novel that is a a satirical description of Dominique de Villepin. It talks about the political world in France by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac. I have a huge list of blogs I visit every week. Some of my favorites are Bright Bazaar by Will (He is that kind of person you would love to meet in the middle of some beach with a mojito), All the Mountains by Amy Borrell, I love its delicacy, it's one of the blogs that has the most inspiring images for me. I also love designismine, sfgirlbybay, Pikaland, Oh Joy...among others. For magazines I subscribed to a Spanish magazine of interior design calls AD and to a Chilean satiric newspaper (The Clinic), and I must see how to receive Frankie Magazine from Australia.


T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are…Since I have my Pinterest account, I've found a way to sort my favorite trends. The idea to make a community through our own tastes is fantastic. I never follow the current fashion or the current trends, Pinterest has been a perfect place to see how people move around their own original objects, designers, clothes, food, etc.

A: Artists I admire are…First of all those who are closest to me; The wood sculptor Marc Sparfel, which happens to be my boyfriend, my good friend Coni Delavedova from Cobilab an although I do not know her in person, I really love the work of Leah Duncan. Now, as historical artists, I really love Klaus Hack, Cy twombly, the work process of Niki de saint phalle, Alexander Calder, Picasso, Saul Steinberg...among others. 


N: Never will I...say never.

D: Dreams for my own work are...Learn from peers and invisible people behind the screen, share knowledge and to continue being motivated as I'm today. 

P: Projects I am currently working on are...I'm making a lot of illustrations for a corporative project of a small island (can't give more details!) I'm also working on a illustration for The National Council for Culture and the Arts (Chile) in collaboration with Plop! Gallery for The Lukas Museum. Valparaiso, Chile and drawing more characters for my collection of famous prints.


R: Relaxing I do when...Traveling, reading, sleeping.

I: Interesting art focused websites I like are...I like this blog about comparisons, or this one with a great compilation of famous people hanging out together


N: New in my home is...The woman painted by my brother in law

T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...To my studio! 

S: Studio, my studio is…New, big, full of prints and very colorful! 

Thank you so much Judy for this lovely tour of the Art in Your Home! You can visint Judy's shop here, and her blog here.

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Art in Your Home :: Laura Morrish


Art in the home of Laura Morrish

A: Art means to me…Thank you Chris-In-The-Morning for the thought: It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself. Whether experiencing art as its creator or as a viewer, to me, art is a tool in the process of becoming who you are. A fabulous, fun, creative, fill-up-the-walls-with-it tool.


R: Reading books, blogs or magazines..always! Favourite books include Walden, Or; Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau. It was a life-changer for me. One of my favourite HDT quotes is 'be not simply good, be good for something. Love.  

On my reading list now is Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. She is a social anthropologist that takes the reader across time and continents to uncover the fascinating stories of colours. Magazines in my reading pile include INC - my favourite business mag, Canadian House & HomeLiving, Etc. and, from the online set, RueLonnyMatchbook

Blogs I enjoy these days include Desire to Inspire (I especially love Monday's Pets on Furniture post); Bright.Bazaar, Will is so great at finding all sorts of covet-worthy goodies; Happy Interior Blog, Igor is a man after my own heart, with the perfect mix of quirky things I haven't seen elsewhere; Elements of Style with Erin Gates - love the posts by her fabuloso husband, Andrew, and about her barn-obsessed Pa; Remodelista...I mean, who doesn't, what an awesome resource that is! And, of course, Bloesem, with all its charm and loveliness.


T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are…appreciating that fads are quickly passing while a trend is a 'prevailing tendency', it'd seem that, like me, people have been/are looking for signs of the handmade, the unique, the perfectly imperfect: things that offer a sense of time or tell a deeper story.  The longer and deeper we imbibe technology, I think we'll continue to look for balance by craving the opposite.  Art is an ideal way to find this balance, and to connect with each other in doing so.

In that our reliance and enjoyment of technology won't be waning any time soon, I think the handmade trend will continue, perhaps tweaked as it pairs with rider trends.  For me, I like to artists and the community, the environment, or animal welfare by choosing work that incorporates or benefits something in addition to the artist him/herself. Seems that we've all been making non-art purchases with this in mind over the last several years, and so I can't see how it won't spread to the art world in a bigger way. Recently, I purchased a sweet print of the moon, by FriendsWithYou, and loved that a portion of the proceeds benefit Free Arts NYC, a mentoring program helping at-risk kids build their self confidence. 20x200 often partners with charities, donating a portion of the purchase price in support of social causes.  In my own work, I do the same, donating 10% of my gross sales to support animal welfare.


A: Artists I admire are...the Group of Seven and their contemporaries probably tops the list. They'd head by boxcar out north, to the untouched lakes and unspoiled woods to paint the Canadian landscape, rich with saturated colour.  Their work just captivates me, from Lawren Harris' Shimmering Water - Algonquin Park to Tommy Thompson's The Jack Pine. Love it all. And while my work is so very different in just about every way possible, I am similarly inspired by the Big Wild. As Thoreau so aptly put it, "In wildness is the preservation of the world." There, I find energy, inspiration, and hope.

N: Never will I...pinch myself too hard!


D: Dreams for my own work are about...well, I don't really dream too much about the creative process itself - I just let that strike when it will, and let it unfold as it may. But in terms of the finished product, I am constantly thinking about getting it out there in a bigger way so that I can make ever bigger donations to animal welfare. While I haven't - even in a whisper in the darkest of night - yet mentioned to anyone, my biggest dream would be to sell enough to make enough to one day, maybe one day, open my own animal sanctuary. That'd be my little piece of heaven.

JM6Note: the above is Shimmering Water, Algonquin Park, 1922. Interestingly, in the '20s he stopped signing his work so that people would appreciate it -or not- based on the work itself rather than when or by whom it was painted. Also above is The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson, 1916-17.

P: Projects I'm currently working on are...Ooh! A book - I am really, really excited. It has been the one constant on my would-love-to-create list. Can't wait to share with everyone!!

R: Relaxing I do when...when my dogs are in charge. Sometimes they feel quite certain that I am working just way too hard. 'Sometimes' is at least once an hour. No matter, this is easily remedied: there are balls to fetch, pools to lap, and neighbours to bark at. Any maybe when that's done (much to their chagrin), then we'll squeak in a bit of guilty pleasure time. If I have more than ten minutes to spare, though, I get into a bit of monkey business.  Either a wall'll come down, a book case'll go up, a room'll be painted. Something. I love change, and creating and refining until home is as cozy, efficient, and unique-to-me as can be is a perfect pastime. Far less grandiose a job, the next thing on my list is hanging some recently framed pictures over my Nanna's Singer. I am mad wild for the gilt frames right now.


I: Interesting art focused websites...peppered through this entire post - they are my favourite haunts, though I also find great work directly through an artist's site, typically by way of a great blog.

N: New in my home is...a crokinole board. My family had a general store beginning way back in the 1890's.  It's now houses the city's historical archives. Anyway, when we cleaned it out in the late 80's, there were some things from way, way back in the day. The crokinole board was one of them. My father has had it in his mezzanine since, but was kind enough to pack it up and ship it down. Due to the years in storage, it has a decent warp in it. But this is just the perfect excuse to hang it on the wall as art rather than actually play on it.


T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...absolutely nowhere. I am a bar-none nester and relish days that I can spend tucked in, in my cozy flannels, with a drawing pad and my favourite pencil or some paints and a bagful of ideas.


S: Studio, my studio is...a bit of a gypsy. Sure, I have an office, but in terms of where my creative-time takes place? Sometimes it is in the living room, or at the dining room table, in the backyard, or even in the tub. Bathtime seems so condusive to good-idea generation. For years, I've wanted the tub wall to be a chalkboard, so I wouldn't have to decode my notes chicken-scrawled on soggy paper, or jeopardizing my iPad with rogue splashes. 


Thank you so much Laura for this lovely tour of the art in your home! If you would like to learn more or purchase Laura Morrish work, click here.

Several of Laura's prints are on my wish list!

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Art in Your Home :: Blanca Gómez


Art in the home of Blanca Gómez

A: Art means to me…a personal & untransferable vision of the world. Also, it has to do with beauty, somehow.

R: Reading books, blogs or magazines...I've finished the last novel of Houellebecq: The Map and the territory, and I'm starting a collection of short stories by John Waters. Also, I've been reading Chester Brown comic "Paying for it". I don't have a routine of reading blogs & magazines.

T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are…I'm not too much into graphic design right now. I see an increasing use of the illustration & handmade in graphic design, but maybe I'm not being objective, it's just the part of graphic design that relates the most to me.


A: Artists I admire are...lately, a little boy from my neighborhood that everyday draws with chalk on the floor long rows of trains. He's really amazing, and those trains make me happy when I leave home.

N: Never will I...I'm afraid I will never change.

D: Dreams for my own work are about...having a long career, and...let's see next question!


P: Projects I'm currently working on are...I'm finishing illustrating a children's book from one of my favorite writers: Gianni Rodari.

R: Relaxing I do at/when/if...when I travel.

I: Interesting art focused websites...I'm not good recalling places. The one that comes to my mind right now is, for example, Planeta Tangerina blog.


N: New in my home is...some vintage things that my mother brought me from her trip through the US.


T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...some place far away near the sea, and where it's still autumn.

S: Studio, my studio is…not my home anymore! Still, it's the place where I spend most of the hours of my days.


Thank you so much Blanca for this lovely tour of the art in your home!

If you would like to learn more about Blanca Gómez and her work click here. You can purchase her gorgeous prints here.

I have this print hanging in my bedroom.

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Art in Your Home :: Charlotte Swiden


Art in the home of Charlotte Swiden

A: Art means to me...something to generate an emotion rather than a profit.

R: Reading books, blogs, or magazines...I do most days, preferably in bed

T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are...all the colours of the rainbow (lucky me, just what I love).


A: Artists I admire are...Karin Larsson, Frida Kahlo, Björk, Michel Gondry, Stig Lindberg, Kristina Isola.

N: Never will I...bungy jump.


D: Dreams for my own work are...making things that I want for myself and that others will want too.


P: Projects I'm currently working on are...possibly some homeware for kids.

R: Relaxing I do at/when/if...when I'm in nature.


I: Interesting art focused websites...Made by Joel is a space to share art, craft, and handmade education projects for children and their care givers.


N: New in my home is...a couple of Dalahorses I got from my latest Sweden trip.


T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...a nice beach and have a swim in the ocean.

S: Studio, my studio is...happy, colourful and a bit messy.


Thank you so much Charlotte for this gorgeous tour of the art in your home!

If you would like to learn more about Charlotte and her work click here and if you would like to visit her gorgeous shop, click here.

You'll be seeing this tray on my wish list for sure!

ps. We would like to wish you a wonderful weekend already...Bloesem is going to have a long weekend, but we will be back on Monday with many nice finds. Tiffany & Irene

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Art in Your Home :: Julie Heger


We're doing things a bit different today with this particular Art in Your Home post. We've decided to go inside the home of shop owner Julie Heger. She's the creator and owner of the lovely Maison Deco, and has graciously invited us into her home.

A: Art means to me…art for me brings more life into your home and everyday. Art to me is also being able to mix art, modern design and ancient items to give your home more personality. I also love


R: Reading books, blogs or magazines...reading books is pure relaxing to me, I get a lot of inspiration from reading blogs and magazines  - especially for home decoration. I just started reading “Nomad: From Islam to America” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

T: Trends I see in art or graphic design are…actually I do not follow trends in art – I just like it or not.


A: Artists I admire are...Ursula Munch-Petersen a Danish ceramist. Her production includes both sculptural shaped unique pieces as well as mass-produced objects and I love the functional and visual qualities of her products. Among others she has produced the porcelain series “Ursula” in co-operation with Royal Copenhagen. I have quite a few of her objects myself – both some of her unique items as well as some of the mass-produced ones.

N: Never will I...go alone to the cinema

D: Dreams for my own work are about...to succeed with my newly started webshop


P: Projects I'm currently working on are...launching my webshop in the Benelux countries

R: Relaxing I do at/when/if...our summerhouse at the coast in Nieuwport and when I read books. I also find it very relaxing to go for a walk in the beautiful nature.

I: Interesting art focused websites...I do not really know art focused websites but I love the Picasso museum in Antibes and the Salvador Dali museum at Place de Tertre in Paris.


N: New in my home is...a red wall clock in my kitchen – I simply love it – it is simple and brings color into my home

T: Tomorrow I would like to go to...tomorrow I have to go to the second hand clothing shop to sell some of the clothes taking too much space in my closet and that I never wear.

S: Studio, my studio is…my small office in my private home that works great even though I do not have a lot of space – but I have decorated it practically and there is a lot of light from the window.

Thank you Julie for opening your home to us, and we wish you much success with your new business!

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