Spaces designed with the intention of being easy to look at and live with. Oh yesssssss I could not agree more. By NYC based Nicholas Obeid.
A beautiful traditional farmhouse exterior (located in Ancramdale, NY) surprises you on the inside. The interiors of this modest 19th century farmhouse were pared down and simplified to better foreground its owner’s collection of contemporary art while a unified color scheme and the absence of wood surfaces created a backdrop for an interior design scheme focused on effortless eclecticism. Furniture and accessories were drawn from icons of twentieth century design, early American antiques, and charming vintage and flea market finds to create a domestic environment that is both playful and finely nuanced. The exterior of the farmhouse was painted a muted dusty grey, its modesty only offset by a vibrant yellow door and a romantic and exuberant garden and outdoor courtyard. The outdoor perennial beds, also designed by Berman Horn Studio, change with the seasons, and create a colorful oasis within the rolling landscape. Designed by Berman Horn Studio. (Photography: Rush Jagoe)
Rental apartments don’t have to be boring and lack personality. In the case of this rental Manhattan pied-à-terre designer Martin Brudnizki of MBDS piled on the elegance and added a dose of chic with a huge tapestry (go big in a small space!), lots of art and a curtain to hide the ugly kitchen. This is all you need for a quick visit to the big city. (Photos: Nicole Franzen)
I LOVE this Venice, California home which happens to belong to Anna Paquin and Steve Moyer. A sweet vintage, mid-century modern vibe, designed by Arabella McIntosh. Arabella completed the interior decoration and styling of this 7000 sqft home in just five months during 2019 while the family were overseas filming. The brief was to add warmth and character to the newly built home. With a group ethos on sustainability and using materials already in circulation they were able to create a new home with as little new materials as possible. Over 80% of Arabella’s budget was spent on vintage pieces and materials. Antiques were sourced from all over the US and from Europe. Custom pieces were created to suit the large family’s needs. The oversized dining table/ ping pong table in the downstairs area Arabella designed is made from maple floorboards salvaged from a bowling alley – and the iron base was once a kitchen island. The pendant that sits above it is a repurposed truck hubcap, and even the canopy is vintage, sourced to match the patina of the light. It doubles as a large seating area to entertain guests next to the wet bar. It also doubles as a ping pong table for Steve and his son with a removable custom leather net and paddles. (Architect: Studio of Environmental Architecture; Landscape Design: Big Red Sun; Photos: Jess Isaac)
One of my weaknesses when it comes to decorating my home is wall art. I love the power of art and have so much of it scattered throughout my home. This includes a small gallery wall in my living room of still life florals, a random assortment of a gallery wall in my dining room, and another random themed but similar toned grouping in my bedroom. And then plenty of other pieces scattered throughout. I’m always stoked to learn of new art sources, and Fine Art America is a new one to me. Lucky for me the network at my day job went down today for almost 2 hours and I spent the entire time scouring this amazing art source checking out all they have to offer (I could have easily spent 2 days!). They are one of the world’s largest art marketplaces that helps over 500K independent artists sell their art online. And what they have is everything you could possibly want, from the styles and themes to what format they are available in.
By everything I mean posters, canvas prints, framed prints (you choose your orientation, print size, frame, mat colour and width, and paper!), art prints, metal prints (printed on 1/16″ thick aluminum), acrylic prints (a favourite of mine to get really bold colours to pop, printed directly onto the back of a 1/4″ thick sheet of clear acrylic), wood prints (printed directly onto a sheet of 3/4″ thick maple wood using archival inks designed to last for 75 years without fading or loss of color) and tapestries (lightweight microfiber with hemmed edges available in three sizes).
Here is one where I chose framed print, and selected a mat and frame. I love that the site shows you how the art will look with each selection made.
I think tapestries are often overlooked when shopping for art. They are so versatile. Hang it on the wall as art, get some clips and a rod and use it as a curtain, throw it over an unsightly table etc. etc. Floral tapestries are my favourite.
One of the really cool features of Fine Art America is their curated art collection section. Hand picked by their staff, it is a quick and easy way to create an instant gallery wall! Whether by room, style, colour, famous artist etc. you can find anything you could ever want to create a gallery. Here are some that caught my eye…
And because I founds so many fantastic art prints, here are a few more that I fell in love with…