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Children’s Art Gallery Wall

Two little boys needed a room to play and do their homework. I was working with Cristi Holcombe on this design and she suggested a gallery wall with the boys’ art. Their mom had a huge bin (as all mothers do) where she stashed their work away. I picked up colorful frames all over town to create this gallery wall that can grow as they do, adding more frames and changing out old work to highlight the latest masterpiece. My favorite piece is the self-portrait in the black frame where I cut up one painting to use as a colorful border. You should have seen their faces when they saw their work on the wall!

I was so inspired by this project I had my daughter (a 6 year old budding artist in her own right) create a huge family portrait for our entry way. The boys look normalish but she gave herself rainbow hair and I have a massive gold dress. It’s pretty awesome. When I get it matted in bright orange, I’ll show you.

Children's Art Gallery Wall

Get out your markers, scissors and colored pencils and create your own masterpiece wall this weekend!

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Don’t Knock the Tchotchkes

What is an outfit without accessories? A shirt and pants. What is a home without accessories? A place to sit. BLAH!!

I often hear people say that tchotchkes are just more things to dust (and yes, I did have to look up how to spell that). I say if that’s true, get rid of them. Then replace them with items you love, that have meaning or are just plain beautiful and make you happy.

In Jonathan Adler’s Manifesto, he states, “I believe that minimalism is a bummer. I believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing. I believe that tassels are the earrings of the home…” Oh yes, J. Oh yes.

I mean what would this room look like without the carefully chosen accessories, pillows, tables? Also, you should know as you can see below….brass is back. It’s not your mama’s brass. It’s bad-ass brass and it’s gorgeous.

From Better Homes & Gardens

From Better Homes & Gardens

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Toddler Bedroom: Just Add Robot

I have collected vintage (and vintage looking) robots for years. When the doctor said, “It’s a boy!” I knew his room would showcase my robots. Three years later he prefers I call them “his robots.” Tsk tsk. Wanting to avoid a theme room, I aimed for his room to be playful, colorful and full of fun and spunk, just like him!

You also may remember his first birthday. Obsessed? Nah. I’m just stating my point of view before he has a say. It’s called smart parenting, folks.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

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That Perfect Piece of Art

Art is personal.

I have three clients for whom I am searching for the ideal piece of art to complete their rooms. Each has a different perspective on and connection to art.

Client A simply wants something lovely and not too expensive. For her I am searching the world wide web for just the right abstract floral prints.

Client B wants their art to reflect their recent travels. While they are in Italy they are sending me pictures of what they are finding to uncover the perfect fit.

Client C wants to support a local artist and know his/her inspiration and personal story. We talked to artists and visited local artist’s websites and boutiques who showcase local talent.

Whether you want to DIY something from Pinterest, find something at an art festival or bid on an original at Sotheby’s, all that’s required is that it should speak to you!

This is the piece we found for the third client. We are updating her very formal dining room (I mean look at that amazing chandelier!) and adding unexpected, modern elements like this painting done by local Dallas artist, Alan Smith. Just wait till the room is finished!

Modern art with chandelier

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