The goal of this design project was to provide a comfortable seating area that complemented the existing art in my clients’ family room. They have kids, dogs and cats — so the furniture needed to be durable, pet friendly as well as beautiful!Read More
Hey you guys! I’m dropping in here to share how you can commission a piece of art from your favorite artist — so that it is made especially for you!!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that every Sunday, I share the work of an artist whom I admire. It’s a fun way for me to make a connection with an artist and it also keeps a catalog of work that I find inspirational!
I recently found Stephanie Henderson, an artist based in Atlanta, GA and posted the above image of her work on my IG. One of my clients saw my post and was absolutely taken with the composition and asked me to contact the artist about a commission! Commissioning an artist is easy — all you have to do is ask! These are the three steps to follow to work with an artist on a commission.
1. Contact the Artist
Contact the artist via email or through social media. I emailed Stephanie and asked what her availability was for a commission — she got right back to me and gave me her timeline.
2. Discuss the details with the Artist
We talked about what size and colors that I wanted to have included, as well as her pricing and preferred method of payment.
3. Ask for a Color Sample
She then sent me a sample of the colors that she had selected, which required our approval. See how amazing the colors look with our fabric selections?
We approved the colors, and within 2 weeks, we received the gorgeous painting.
One final thing — make sure that you have a framer that you trust! Framing is so important, and can really enhance a piece of art! Always look at several frame options before making your final decision.
We hung this gorgeous piece in my clients’ master bath — which is adjacent to the master bedroom where all of those vibrant fabrics that I showed you are located!
Add art to your home and it will bring joy! Contact me if you are interested in my interior design and art curating services!
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It's a week before Mother's Day -- and perhaps (if you are a mother) you are wondering just what the special people in your life are going to do to celebrate you. :) In case you think the people in your life need prompting.. you can send them a link to this blog post!
Without being too sappy -- as a mother, I'd say the best gift of all is to be a mother. I've got two boys, ages 24 and 21. And I feel very blessed.
I'm not a 'going out to brunch' kind of gal on Mother's Day -- in fact, truth be told, in years past I would ask for a 'day off' on Mother's Day and go shopping with my BFF! But in case your loved ones need some inspiration... I've rounded up a few ideas for Mother's Day Gifts:
1. After the Rain, original art by Bridgette Thornton
This gorgeous piece by Bridgette Thornton is part of a new series available in my studio. It is framed in a simple white frame (not shown). Price is $750. It would look so great in an entryway! Click here to purchase.
2. Natasha Grasso Jewelry
Internationally renowned jewelry designer Natasha Grasso has a beautiful little studio shop in my hometown of Moraga. Who would have thunk? We've become friends, and she's a sweetheart! While perusing her site recently, I noticed that she had this gorgeous set of necklaces for sale entitled "Love Leslie". Of course, intrigued, because my name is Leslie -- I wanted to see the details. Turns out, Natasha has created these necklaces to honor and support a woman named Leslie in our area (no, not me) who is battling breast cancer. Natasha is donating 15% of all purchases to the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in Leslie's name. I'm betting that Leslie is a mother and now I want one of those necklaces. I don't know Leslie (although I love her name!) but I'm going to keep her in my thoughts and send her light and love.
3. Double Gourd Vase
Well, now after reading about Leslie and her situation, this double gourd vase seems kind of frivolous doesn't it?
I have two available in my shop and I will join Natasha Grasso in supporting Leslie's battle with breast cancer and donate 25% percent of the purchase price to the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in Leslie's name. Click here to purchase through my shop.
4. Malibu, original art by Bridgette Thornton
Another beautiful piece by Bridgette Thornton. Framed in white frame (not shown) and available at my studio. Price is $750. Contact me if you are interested. This painting is so crisp and bright -- it would look perfect in a white kitchen! Click here to purchase.
5. Coconut Oil
The effects of motherhood (think sleepless nights when your kids are babies -- and then again, even more sleepless nights when your kids are in high school), day to day life, aging, and stress might be combated for a good 15 minutes while you soak in a tub using this coconut oil body polish. The 21st century version of "Calgon". For those of us of a certain age....you remember the commercial, right?!
6. The Gift Card
Like I said, my joyous Mother's Days' in years past were spent shopping with my BFF while my husband was in charge of the kids! What's not to love at Nordstrom!
Thanks for stopping by. Celebrate life with those you love!
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