Years ago I walked into a modern art show at a Boston gallery. There was a drill and a tool belt laying on the floor in the corner. I looked at it for the longest time trying to decide if it was part of the exhibit of just left there temporarily by a worker. It really didn’t matter, the point is, art can be and is absolutely everywhere. We don’t have to be at a museum or art gallery to “see” art.
I know everyone is in agreement that nature is the most amazing art of all but what about simple everyday objects? What if my neighbor’s rusting mail box is the most spectacular work of art the world has never seen? Look at the colors, the textures and the complexity of layers. To me it is a masterpiece…what do you think? Is it art?
Another gem I discovered at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show was this purple “Balloon Hippo” by glass artist Chris Ahalt.
Chris explains his art as such, “Sculpted in meticulous detail and bright colors, my animal balloon series depicts visually strong animals made fragile by delicately balancing, or floating above wire”.
Small, whimsical and colorful, it would be such a fun conversation piece on top of a coffee table or in a book case. You can see more of Chris’s work here.
While at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week I saw bright, bold color everywhere. I was especially drawn to the colorful art glass that several different artists had on display. One studio I have had my eye on for awhile now isVetro Vero and I was thrilled to see them at the show.
Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo
These three glass pitchers are just incredible don’t you think? You can see more of their beautiful work HERE.
While scrolling through my cell phone photos last night I spotted these two images almost next to one another. Both were taken while on vacation in Arizona. The photo on the left was taken on our drive back from the Grand Canyon and the one on the right is a detail shot of a vase taken through an art gallery window.
Linda Holt Photo
It’s always interesting to discover how artists find inspiration. I wonder if the artist of the vase has spent a lot of time looking at cloud formations. Pretty cool don’t you think?
This week while at the Boston Design Center to hear Barry Dixon share his thoughts on color, I saw this creative gallery wall.
Gallery Wall at BDC
It’s simply a curtain rod fastened at either end of the wall with brackets and then the artwork is attached with two small gold chains and a pair of S-hooks. I love this idea! You can change out the artwork at will and the s-hooks allow you to slide the frames back and forth as needed. I think this is one of the most creative ways to make a gallery wall that I have seen in awhile.
Have a great weekend everyone and check back for Tuesday’s post where I will be sharing Barry Dixon’s number one tip for creating a classic room (it’s much easier than you think).
One of the most talked about, Tweeted, Instagramed and photographed showrooms at Fall High Point Market was the C.R. Laine showroom. Not only was their furniture and new decor beautiful but the walls…oh my goodness… THE WALLS!
The custom designed wallpaper by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios blew me away. Giant bright pink flowers on a rich black background made the walls the art and the art the walls.
photo courtesy of Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios
I am completely smitten…Gorgeous don’t you think??
Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check out more awesome wallpaper from Tracy and Black Crow studios HERE.
Every now and again I see something in a magazine or on Pinterest and think, “that is so clever, why didn’t I think of that“?
Recently I saw some fabulous art work that was made up of something I have right in my garage, antique print trays. These are so common and can be found at almost any flea market or antique store for around ten bucks a piece.
Antique print trays
I bought six of these trays (many years ago) and at the time I had some fabulous creative ideas about what I would do with them. Well whatever my brilliant ideas were at the time have long since been forgotten because five of them sit in a corner in the garage covered in dust and spider webs. I did make use of one of them to display some shells. Okay, not all that creative, but it served a purpose at the time and looked good in our “coastal inspired” bathroom.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and look what I saw while touring the Hampton Holiday House Watch Case Factory. Dozens of print trays fastened together, sprayed matte black and then embellished with some wood cut outs. What a great and affordable way to add texture and visual interest to that huge wall as well as reference the history of the factory. I love it!!! Genius…why didn’t I think of that?
Huniford Design Studio
Just wondering if my husband will freak out if I bring home another dozen or so of these trays. On the other hand, we ARE trying to downsize so maybe I better pass. Anyone need five dusty print trays?