Where to Find Affordable Art

I spend a lot of my time finding the finds for clients. I’m telling you, furniture shopping is a breeze if you compare it to finding the right art. For one, it is so subjective {what you find beautiful, your clients may completely abhor} & it has to be cohesive or complementary to the color palette established & oh yeah, the feel & look has to be just right. and the all-important price, especially if there’s a specific budget in mind.
Here are some great websites to find affordable art!

 

Offers a wide array of original art in different mediums and at different price points.

Curated original art with some pieces at less than $500.

Mostly reproductions but you can get art in several size & even framing options.
Find vintage to handmade art from artists around the world.
Curated art from savvy pickers from modern to vintage art.
From Photography art to Mixed Media to Framed Textiles and Posters.
Offers trendy pieces and known for their art on Fashion and Typography.
GO LOCAL!

Check out the works of the local artists in your area or even student’s work at your local university & college. In Austin, check out the artists from the EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR & the WEST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR.

 

Happy curating & remember, to have walls that’s full of life, Art is the answer.

5 Fab Friday Finds : Embroidered Wallpaper

I go gaga for intricate details & in design, texture is that oh-so important element that gives a treatment, finish or a space more depth. I’m a big fan of hand painted wallpaper of course, case in point here, but now I’m all about embroidered wallpaper. Obviously, you can’t touch & feel my favorite ones below but close your eyes & ran your fingers through the embroidery, please!

Embroidered Wallpaper

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Custhom available at Supply Showroom in Austin.

Anybody wants one in their space?

Design Board | Cognac & Cement

Did you have a firework-filled July 4th? Did you don your best red, white & blue ensemble? Ours was low-key except for a trek to a drive-through Safari.

I do design boards for almost every client. This one was a contender for a bachelor pad at the Seaholm Residences here in Austin, but alas, another design board won for this project {turns out the client is more bold & loves color rather than ultra-masculine notes & muted colors}. I totally love this one, I guess because I’ve been doing traditional & more feminine spaces lately. This one is colder & minimalist but totally awesome! Everything would be in masculine browns, cognac specifically which is all about glamour & refinement, cement grays in hides & finishes, dashes of marble white.

Gray Cognac Leather Design

Sources:

1/ Sectional : Volo at Nest Modern

2/ Wallpaper: Romeo Carrara from Fschumacher

3/ Coffee Table: Zaine Nesting Tables at Palette & Parlor

4/ Area Rug: Hide Patchwork Area Rug from Wayfair

5/ Counter Stools: Acrylic & Hide Stools by Zentique

6/ Lighting Pendant: Crimp Bar Pendant by Studio A

I can see ultra avant garde art everywhere, like horses with balloon heads , oh & maybe other animals, a whole safari! Happy 1st week of July everyone!

I Love Omy

I came across this cheerful brand with creations & designs that evokes fun, joy & all about the fam coming together, Omy Design & Play. Their paper products are quirky & sweet and just maybe the answer to the blank wall in my son’s room. Here are their supersize posters of cities & countries!

united states omy poster

Omy Poster United States

Omy Poster New York

Omy Poster New York

Omy Poster London

Omy Poster London

Omy Poster Los Angeles

Omy Poster Los Angeles

Omy Poster

So cool right, wonderful for design and decorating a kid’s room. Not sure if I should wait until my son can color inside the lines #DesignDilemma.

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5 Fab Friday Finds

It has been an amazing week! The first week of May has turned out to be #MerryMay indeed! First, I am Designer of the Month at the place that sells a zillion things, Wayfair; then just learned that Culture Map Austin voted me to be in the Top 5 Interior Designers to Watch. Woop! Woop! Still doing a happy dance! I am thoroughly grateful! I’m already having so much fun doing what I do but this is icing on the cake & I love icing!

So, my 5 Fab Friday Finds are all about show stopping coffee tables. Sourcing one for a client and he has an amazing {and expensive taste}. These tables are in my home in an alternate universe, they are break the bank tables but oh-so-fine, so without further ado ….

1/ Mattia Bonetti Meander Coffee Table

Because gold plated bronze in swirls is just super-duper amazing! This one will set you back about 40k though. Yowza!

Because gold plated bronze in swirls is just super-duper amazing! This one will set you back about 40k though. Yowza!

2/ Sun & Moon Coffee Table

What if you can get the Sun & the Moon in marble & brass, you’ll get it right?

3/ To Turn You On

Maybe you’re turned out by this table, maybe you’re not but I love it because it’s sculptural & you have so many options as to where to put your glass of wine.

4/ Tears Cocktail Table

It's tiered & it swivels in glamorous black & gold, what's not to love? About 6k.

It’s tiered & it swivels in glamorous black & gold, what’s not to love? About 6k.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/ Lapiaz Coffee Table

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It’s like gold lava coming out of a volcano’s mouth! This one divides into three different pieces. Earth shaking goodness!

Black and Gold Coffee Table

Have an amazing weekend everyone! I am a workaholic & do not respect the weekend most of the time but this time I will —- so cleaning the house/garage it is! Ha!

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Tile Guide | Choosing the Right Tile

Life is full of options isn’t it? In food, fashion and yes, design. How about paint colors? There’s a gazillion of them. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is with tiles as well. Here’s a little Tile Guide infographic for you that may help out a bit.

Tile-guide

Of course, there are other things to consider, color, pattern, size, grout but choosing what kind will be the first thing you should think about.

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3 Light Gray Paint Colors to Try

I’m doing some pretty bold colors in some spaces in our new home — navy blues, teals … I even wanted magenta but the husband refused pink’s more daring cousin. But in most parts of the house, we have mostly whites & grays.

Looking at a few past projects, it seems I do have some go-to light gray paints I absolutely love. Grays can be warm with brown/taupe undertones or cool with blue/green undertones so if you want a true gray, these are surefire hues to get that wall color right:

1/ Moonshine by Benjamin Moore as shown in this fun abode for a young client. It was the perfect backdrop for her spaces where we used navys, pinks & blue-greens.

2/ Collingwood by Benjamin Moore was the right amount of classic for this urban condo dining-kitchen turned feminine with a dash of pastel colors & a French patisserie feel.

3/ And last but not the least, Light French Gray from Sherwin-Williams is my all-time favorite and perfect for the Updated Classic project.

Light Gray Paint

What do you think? Any favorites? Have a great week everyone!

 

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5 Fab Friday Finds

Oh hello! It’s been a looong time since my last Friday finds post. Womp! Womp! Not doing too well with this consistency thing. I’m trying! The past few weeks have been eventful, finishing up projects from 2015, starting on new ones this year, shot one of my projects, had a little soiree with college friends in Vegas and checked out the Austin Modern Home Tours.

Today, my Friday finds are shops I fell in love with during my last trip to NOLA. Please forgive me for the awful photos 🙂 They are amazing shops … believe me!

1/ Box Paper Scissors

This shop is a gem! Well-edited, extensively curated, you’ll see finds from Lladro, Kelly Wearstler, Fornasetti & saw this Maison Margiela door decal for the first time, it’s a beaut! From apothecary, fine clothing, paper and Hermes scarves throw pillows and floor poufs, this shop is a dream stop for high end shoppers or for people like me just browsing for endless inspiration.

Box Paper Scissor

Box Paper Scissor

2/ Rivers Spencer

Unmistakably French & utterly feminine, this design studio and fine furnishings shop is also a must-see. I kinda fell in love with her own collection, like this Shield chair and this Audrey bench.

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

Rivers Spencer

3/ Leontine Linens

When bespoke monograms is your thing, this is unmistakably linen heaven. They have one of those doorbell things though so it may be a bit awkward if you’re the only one in; it feels like one of those boutiques you dread to visit because you’ll instantly feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman even if you’re not wearing any safety pins.

4/ Perch

I’ve loved this store ever since my first time visiting NOLA. They have quite an eclectic collection, from contemporary paintings to antique finds and to furniture they have refurbished themselves. Wallpaper inspiration galore in every corner & they carry one of my fave lines, Timorous Beasties.

Perch NOLA

Perch NOLA

5/ Kevin Stone Antiques

My must-check-out store when looking for 40 k chandeliers or 5 k busts — oh because I love the history. The space is pretty tight, not because it’s small but it’s just packed to the brim with finds albeit from the interiors of lords {kings & queens perhaps?} from a bygone area. It’s just a feast to the eyes! Maybe someday soon, I’ll be able to muster the courage to buy a desktop accessory — maybe a letter opener?

Until next week folks. Tomorrow, we’re doing a crawfish boil & watching the Pacquaio fight. What are you doing?

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Grout 101 | What you need to Know

I think everything I know about tiles these days comes from my Fireclay Tile newsletters. Believe me folks,everything you need to know is presented to you in a matter-of-fact, simple, easy to understand manner with matching amazing images. I guess I can tell it’s written by a woman {or maybe it’s not, I don’t know}. Those handyman, installers, manyly-man websites just don’t cut it for me.

So, first about grout. My go-to decision has always been to match the color of the tile. I just think it looks cleaner, more cohesive and shows subtle nuances of the tile itself. If there are various colors in the tile {like with porcelain, etc}, choose the lightest color in the tile. Grout line size? Backsplash tiles should be smaller & floor tiles larger. Handmade tiles by the way usually have larger grout lines just because of the variations; you and your installer can make this decision together in collaboration with the client. And how about sealants? It’s always recommended with a few exceptions. Tile School – Grout 101 from Fireclay Tile can be found here.

The takeaways are:

1/ Types:

a. Epoxy – most durable, use in areas where food & moisture will be present; usually doesn’t need a sealer

b. Sanded grout – For installations with grout lines wider than 1/8th of an inch, like Glass tiles

c. Non-Sanded – For smaller grout joints with spacing between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch; for vertical installations

2/ Grout Color:

a. Same: Will highlight the whole tile installation

b. Contrast: Will highlight the pattern of the tile

c. Neutral

3/ Grout Line: 

a. 3/16″:  Recommended for Ceramic Tiles

b. 3/8″: Recommended for Glass tiles

c. 1/8″: Recommended for hand painted tiles.

Now, can we just ooohh and ahhh over their glorious hand painted collection? Here are some of my favorite installations:

Kasbah Trellis // Fireclay Tile

Kasbah Trellis // Fireclay Tile

Persian Star & Sintra // Fireclay Tile

Ogee Drop // Fireclay Tile

Thank you Fireclay Tile … or the endless tile inspiration and knowledge! Keep doing what you do & beautify backsplashes & bath floors everywhere!

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An Interview with Calvin Chen | Austin Modern Homes Tour 2016

Aside from looking and swooning over new amazing furnishings on a daily basis, I also drool and study the works of amazing architects that is shaping the feel and mood of our communities. This weekend, March 5, the Modern Homes Tour is happening again. High design is flourishing in Austin folks, thank you to innovative architecture & design brought about by visionaries & creative teams.

I caught up with Calvin Chen of Bercy Chen Studio for a quick Q & A on their featured home on the tour & what new, exciting projects are in store for them in & around Austin.

Front Exterior

1/ In your featured project for this year’s Modern Homes Tour on Townes Lane, I would imagine that the biggest challenge was building a footprint that preserved the protected root zones. Can you expound more on that & how this was achieved?

Yes, we had to work closely with the city around the CRZ. Architecturally, we wanted to optimize the massing and allow the resident to enjoy the courtyards and the mature oaks. 

interior austin modern homes tour 2016

2/ What materials were mostly used in the interior & exterior of the home to achieve the organic feel & tree-house milieu?

Lots of floor-to-ceiling glass, large multi-slide glass door to blur the inside and outside, wood floors.

3/ They say everything is bigger in Texas. How does your firm maintain the balance of building homes that are also sustainable yet with a big footprint?

We are in the service industry, we can advocate for sustainability and shrinking our footprints but ultimately the client has the final say. 

4/ How do you think the Austin building, developing & design landscape is evolving?

I think there are many local firms producing thoughtful design at a high level, the challenge is with larger scale development, sometimes they don’t have quite the same knowledge or sensitivity to the city. 

5/ What new exciting projects is your firm doing at the moment & how will it impact Austin?

We are designing 6 high tech office buildings and 4 data centers as part of the $250 million  BackYard development in Bee Cave, as well as $75 million Ethan’s View luxury town house/condo. 

http://www.ethansview.com/

We recently completed phase one of Oak Creek Village (Lucero) which includes 172 units of affordable housing. We are working on renovating phase two of the project to provide housing for homeless veterans. 

We are working on a 105 room boutique hotel in East Austin, and a hotel in Tulum, Mexico. 

We are also working on a series of new homes with the emphasis on better integration with nature, for example the Becoming Forest House, which was recently exhibited in Tokyo. The house is inspired by a surrealist Rene Magritte painting. 

 http://www.bcarc.com/Project/79

We are also working on a house in Davenport Ranch with load-bearing limestone walls. 

http://www.bcarc.com/Project/84

Back Porch ____________________________________

Thanks so much Calvin! Although my weekends usually consists of laundry & bathroom cleaning at the casa, I say, I’ll make it more exciting & inspiring this weekend. Wearing some comfortable shoes & touring with one of my gal pals, I’m ready! Here are the details:

When: March 5, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm

What: Tour these homes >>>

Buy your tickets here >>>

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