5 Fab Friday Finds: Black + Gold

Hello all! The chill in the air on this fall Friday has me happier than ever in my cozy sweater. It’s the little things…right? I finally feel like the holidays are near since Austin has finally decided its over summer weather.

While we are transitioning our lives and homes into the next season, I wanted to inspire you all with some black + gold favorites.

Black {or as we like to call it, “Noir” because we are fancy}, symbolizes the spooky holiday coming up at the end of this month, Halloween. Gold, represents the golden leaves that are falling and all the festivities that come along with the holidays.

When combined, this color duo makes any piece of furniture or accessory look chic and swank. Enjoy these fabulous finds!

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black-gold 1. Coco Cabinet, Shine By S.H.O

This funky cabinet shown in ebony oak has brushed brass inlay and acrylic door pulls — from our mouths, oh my gosh!

2. Modernist Murano Glass Wall Sconces, from a local Austin fave, Jean-Marc Fray

These Italian Mid-Century Modern style wall sconces are composed of glass globe shades and black lacquered cones that extend from brass structures.

3. “Midnight Tide” by Kelly Wearlster

I am obsessed with this simple, yet distinctive work. The artist’s love of geometric form, rich textures, and bold imagery is what inspired this gesso painting. “Midnight Tide” also comes in turquoise.

4. Angles Wallpaper in Black / Gold, Erica Wakerly – locally sold at Supply Showroom

This incredible metallic wallpaper is printed in the UK and comes in all different color combinations. Supply Showroom, located in Austin, also carries this line of wallpaper if you want to go see this daring combination in person.

5. Anabelle BRB in Black, Worlds Away

The Anabelle in black velvet and brass is the definition of a posh dining chair. Although I am hooked on the black and gold combo, it also comes in a bright orange velvet and a white velvet with either a nickel or brass frame.

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That’s all for now! Feel free to share your own black and gold finds with us in the comment boxes below. We love getting feedback and getting to know what grabs the attention of our readers and fellow interior designers. Have a fantastic weekend!

xoxo,

Greta

 

Project Progress: Pretty in Pink

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had as amazing of a weekend as I did at Austin City Limits. I am seriously considering going back for Weekend 2 just so I can see the Red Hot Chili Peppers all over again… They were by far my favorite show out of them all.

Anyways, as I am sitting here reminiscing about my past few days, I thought that I’d share one of my favorite “in-progress” projects with all of you to make your Tuesday brighter. Although there is more work to be done to complete her new crib, I am already in love with all that its turning out to be. Here are a few photos I took of my favorite accessories and decor (so far). Enjoy!

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What I would do to work in this happy place…

1/ Butterfly Wallpaper, Designers Guild

2/ Book Shelf, Ballard Designs

3/ Three Door Credenza, Mod Shop

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Living Room + Dining Room

Every accessory from the blush oriental rug to the magenta agate coasters screams girl time. The pink and navy accents that Maureen incorporated throughout her home add pops of color that cheer up the open layout. Everything from the table books to the wallpaper was thoughtfully chosen to reflect the client’s bright personality. How FUN would a happy hour with friends be in this posh space.

1/ “When Art Meets Design” Table Book

2/ Dining Table, Layla Grayce

3/ Pom Pom Rug, Anthropologie

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Master Bedroom

Adding more of a theatrical flair and darker color scheme to this room, the master bedroom has an overall bold yet cozy feel. Very unique!

1/ “Opera” by Ludwig Favre, Art Star

2/ Dark Floral Wallpaper, Ellie Cashman Design

3/ Atlas Point Chair, All Modern

4/ Gold + Pink Ottoman, Wayfair

5/ Black Swing-Arm Wall Lights, Visual Comfort & Co.

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I hope that you readers got some inspiration and ideas from this project! We are still in the process of finishing her lovely home and can’t wait to share the rest of it all with you all as it comes together. Have a happy rest of your week and don’t forget to check the blog on Friday for some more Fab Friday Finds!

xoxo,

Greta

Featured Artist: Caroline Doyle

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Photo Cred: The Daily Texan

Today, we are featuring a young, vibrant & contemporary artist, Caroline Doyle. Here at Maureen Stevens Design, we are always looking for amazing art for our clients & well, hers? We fell in love with. We caught up with Caroline for a little Q & A on how her passion & drive for art started.

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I have been fascinated by all different styles of art since I was young, from Realism to Abstract, and everything in between. Whether in a gallery, a museum, or a home, art has always been an essential part of enhancing spaces with its power to transform any interior atmosphere.

The art we choose to view and hang in our own space is always changing, as new artists and inspirations come along. For me, I have always been drawn to the bright colors and exciting vibrancy of Contemporary Art, with a hand from Pop Art. Pop Art has brought popular culture in the realm of high art since the 1960s, and reflects the realities and concepts of everyday life.

The evolution of Contemporary Art and the importance of incorporating artwork in spaces we design is what inspired me to begin this segment on our blog. To start this series off with a bang, I sat down with one of my most talented friends, Caroline Doyle, who has a knack for combining all of my favorite styles of art. She is heavily influenced by Pop Art, and incorporates both realist and abstract elements to create paintings that keep us wanting more! We asked her a few questions about her lifelong passion for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an up-and-coming contemporary artist.

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Bey in the Air, 48″ x 48″

1/  Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

I was born and raised in Houston, and just graduated from the University of Texas in May. I majored in Studio Art, but never dreamed of turning my degree into a career. By a series of happy accidents and the incredible support of friends and family, the career happened to me! While I was spending my whole Senior Year, half-heartedly applying for jobs that seemed more practical, I started getting requests from people to purchase my work. Before I knew it, I was flooded with orders, and my little business had begun! I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who took interest in my work without promoting it, and it was then that I thought this was something I could seriously pursue after graduation. My art experience thus far has been a medley of exploring many different means and styles to achieve the same goal: bringing something beautiful into existence that did not before, and making it thought provoking and fun for viewers to engage with.

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Diamond, 48″ x 48″

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

Gosh, so hard to pick favorites! If I had to choose one, it would be the first major painting I did freshman year of college, “Paint Coated Deer.” It’s a marker for my technical improvement from day one, and still represents some of the ideas I explore today. It juxtaposes the contemporary with the classic. I grew up in a family of hunters, and while I enjoy the sport, I constantly find myself more intrigued by the composure of deer. The deer exhibit the serene figurative aspects of traditional painting, interrupted by a stark breach of the absurdly contemporary. By “painting paint” on the poised animals, it suddenly brings them into a dialog between primal existence and fast-paced colorful modernism in an amusing way.

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Paint Coated Deer, 48″ x 60″

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Truth, brilliance, and conversation with a satirical flair. I am drawn to exploring the fast and loud within our society – there is beauty to be seen in both the good and bad aspects of our culture. I seek to create work that is both pleasing and fun at first glance, yet dares my viewers to invoke further thought as to the underlying theme of each piece. I want my art to start conversations on anything from politics to pop culture to nature by adding energy, humor, and elegance to the otherwise mundane. Moreover, I just want people to enjoy it!

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Interior Luxe I, both 24″ x 36″

4/  Who is your ultimate inspiration and why? 

Ashley Longshore. If you don’t know her, you need to! She’s the most out-there, kickass artist in the game. I resonate with a lot of her ideas on pop culture and showcasing luxury and wit. I admire how raw and authentic she is in her work, and aim to be that way with my own! Her vibrant use of color, cultural icons, and text bring hilarity to a world of darkness – gotta love it!

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Big Red, 48″ x 72″

5/ What is your process for taking custom orders or selling work?

So far, the word has spread itself!! I cannot credit enough the overwhelming support of friends, family, and even strangers to bringing in business. As of right now, I share my work on Instagram (@carolinedoyle_art) where clients can either message me or email me with inquires about purchasing work or ordering a custom commission. I love when people reach out, and I am always happy to chat ideas! So feel free to send me a note and let’s get talking! *stay tuned: website in the works*

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Beats by Deer, 36″ x 60″

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On the Fly, 42″ x 66″

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Amanda-naut, 48″ x 48″
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Hilde, 36″ x 48

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Milary Clinton, 48″ x 48″

For more updates and photos of Caroline’s recent artwork, follow @carolinedoyle_art on Instagram. Cheers to the artist herself & her swoon-worthy art!

Red Carpet Inspired Interiors

You may have seen some of our Editorial to Interiors posts, but today I’m doing a one off and just taking inspiration from the red carpet.  I was dying over some of Vogue’s 10 Best Dressed looks for this week and thought, why not see if we can find some rooms that embody the essence of these elegant looks.

1.  Emily Blunt in Romantic Peach

Here’s Emily in her gorgeous gown…

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And the room it inspires…

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2. Marion Cotillard and Rich Deep Purple

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3. Jennifer Lawrence and Brooding Burgundy

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4. Helen Mirren and Glamorous Gold and Black

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5. Naomi Watts and Blue Elegance

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And there you have it, my take on these fashions’ transition from clothing to decor.  Let me know which is your favorite, or if you have a different take on these fashions…my personal favorite is Jennifer Lawrence’s dress and room pairing, but I am biased towards all manor of wine-inspired colors.

Have a wonderful weekend!