Summer is one of my favorite times of year. It’s warm and the outdoors beckons, the colors explode with flowers, fruit, an explosion of green growth and the showiness of all the male birds. There is a feeling of abundance and adventure. Completion of all the things you have sown. It is bold and beautiful.Would you like to have that same look and feeling inside in your home year round? Take some color and other cues from nature and bring the outside in. Here is an example of what I mean.This picture Read more [...]
When you pick art for your space, what does your art mean? Why do you pick it? What does it mean to you and to the space? Is it just about the colors, shapes and patterns or does it have special meaning to you such as the remembrance of a feeling, an adventure, a loved one or an event?As an artist who creates the art for your space, the meaning behind what I create is important to me. I usually create abstract art that is not about a specific person, place or event but is more about the colors, shapes Read more [...]
Do you wonder how to make the magic happen in a room, where all the colors, textures and pieces fit together just right? Maybe you've tried it several times and somehow the end result was off, but you couldn’t figure out why? Did you spend a lot of money buying pieces you loved but were not happy with the way everything looked together? Is there some magic formula to make it happen? Why yes, there is! Start with the art!I may be a little biased, because I am both a designer and an artist, but Read more [...]
OK, well maybe you can’t save the whole planet all at once but you can certainly save some of it by wearing eco-friendly, gorgeous clothes. and get 25% off at the same time (use code WELCOME25)! And it is a great excuse to shop and feel good about it! Eco-friendly fashions are made from natural or recycled materials. Natural materials can include wool, silk, cotton, leather or new materials reconstituted from plant materials such as Modal or Bemberg. Recycled materials are new materials from items Read more [...]
Today I had a "moment" I will always remember.I started the day feeling a little depressed. The stock market has been insane and my retirement funds…well I basically just stopped looking.My Bed and Breakfast got it's first cancellation, and I expect many more to come. Not sure how my design business will fare.People are freaked out and have cleaned out the stores of hand sanitizer, hand wipes, chlorox and toilet paper. What? I just don't get the toilet paper thing. Then my 90 year old mom told Read more [...]
When you see art that you love for your house, do you ever wish you could find that same design in a beautiful scarf, shawl, jewelry or a top? Or maybe a tie for your favorite guy? I know I do! Wearable art! Why not, you are a work of art yourself. Celebrate that! Wouldn't it be great if the products were eco-friendly and also supported social programs for those that made the beautiful art for you to wear?As a fractal artist and Interior Designer, you may have seen my posts about how I create Read more [...]
In a recent article, Healthy Home-Feel Good with Biophilia, I talked about how as humans, we want to be connected with nature and other living things such as people, animals and plants because it makes us feel good. This longing for “connection” is called “biophilia”.I mentioned numerous ways that we could use Interior Design to to get that connection for a happier, healthier home including using natural materials, plants, animals, color, art, scents and lighting.Some of the tips I gave included:Bringing Read more [...]
Each year, the various paint companies and Pantone select their color of the year, expressing what they predict are the color trends for the coming year. Blues are hot this year as three of the 2020 colors of the year are a blue hue (Pantone's Classic Blue, PPG's Chinese Porcelain and Sherwin Williams Naval).Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue. While Pantone does not create paint, and there is not a paint color available that perfectly matches this color, Classic Blue is used for ink, Read more [...]
The first time I saw Fractal Art, I discovered it accidentally on Pinterest. I stopped in my tracks and was captivated with the brilliant colors, intricate designs and perfect symmetry. I searched for more and became more fascinated. I wanted to know how it was created. Being an artist myself, I am always on the lookout for new art forms that inspire me!I was surprised to find out that Fractal art is a form of computer or digital art developed in the 1980’s. It is algorithmic art created Read more [...]
As the new year approaches, you will probably hear a lot about trends in design, color and the latest, greatest ideas in furniture and accessories. My mind is focused inward on a different way of transforming your home.
I think about 2019, what I accomplished and what my life and home felt like. I’m compelled to plan for 2020 to re-invent my life, health, business and home to be the ideal expression of myself. How about you?
I have been inspired lately listening to Jim Fortin’s podcast, Read more […]