Archive for August, 2010

artwork for my living room

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I’ve been scouring the internet to find some new artwork to buy for my newly repainted living room and have found plenty of beautiful options. Now I just need to narrow it down… Here are some of my favorites so far.

N.LOVE by Nazario Graziano

Birds of Sadness Poster by Studio on Fire

Lamb No. 1 by Sharon Montrose

Being Nice by Will Bryant

I’m in love with this piece by Andrew Bannecker and I don’t even know if it’s for sale.

And this piece is unfortunately sold out! Tutti Frutti by Hand & Eye

Other places I’ve been checking out: 20×200, Aesthetic Apparatus, El Jefe Design, MySotisociety6 and Zonafoto’s imagekind shop.
If you have any suggestions please share!

p.s. Check out the gorgeous aboriginal artwork that Viv from ish & chi recently bought for her living room.

the sarah project: total knockout

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I’ve had this boxer edition of The Sarah Project planned for quite a while now. We have a punching bag at work with two sets of gloves and I knew that I had to incorporate them into one of the shoots. I also knew that I wanted to have a black eye and be knocked out. To get the knocked out effect, aka seeing birds, I created a little mobile from a wire coat hanger, fishing line and origami birds. I used make-up for the black eye. My friend Matt assisted me with the punches and holding the mobile in place.

carrie gustafson

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Last year at the Smithsonian Craft Show I fell in love with the hand-blown glass work of Carrie Gustafson. What makes her glass work unique is the intricate patterns on vibrantly colored glass. At the time I was taking a basic glass blowing class which made me appreciate the details and beauty of her work even more because let me tell you glass blowing is really hard.

Her technique: On the surface, Gustafson applies an intricate web of stencils on the top layer of ‘flash glass’. Next, sandblasting through to a second, translucent under-layer reveals a matrix of light.

Check out more of her amazing work here.

images via here

living room in progress

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I want to apologize for my recent disappearance. There have been lots of changes in my life that have been emotionally draining me, (more so than I even realized until recently.) Work has gotten crazy, my best friend moved to Boston, I’m looking for a new roommate—it’s all wearing me out. My solution has been getting lost in a lot of projects.

One of my first projects has been updating my living room. It’s a rental so there are a few things that I just can’t change, (like the awful brown carpet) But I am making the best of what I’ve got. It’s still a big work in progress, but I’m already loving the start.

before:

Changes that I made so far: I painted the red wall back to white. (The 3 coats that it took to cover the red practically crippled my hand.) And I painted the opposite wall BEHR Jamaican Blue. One of the chairs was removed to open up the space. A new, slightly smaller ottoman was purchased and  recovered in magenta Joel Dewberry woodgrain fabric. And I switched out the accent lamps.

after:

I couldn’t be happier with the color. It seems to make the room so much brighter and cleaner looking. I still have plenty to do though. I want to get some curtains for the room and need artwork for the white wall—it’s completely bare right now, but I’m thinking a whole bunch of colorful pieces displayed salon style. New throw pillows are a must. And the biggest thing, I need a new tv stand. I’m leaning towards this one at CB2 but I am open to anything, so please share if  you have any suggestions. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!