Friday, February 17, 2017

On the easel

I'm on a painting binge this month!

It's been a while since I painted for myself, as it is customary that I create a hand painted piece for all of my design jobs (leaving my 'signature' behind) with little regard for private painting time.
So I took a turn at the easel in my sunroom this month to see what was inside of me lately. This light filled room is where I love to paint.  Our animals are always close at hand!

First of all, I have needed art over my family room sofa for a long time, and haven't found anything I wanted to purchase, so I painted this 36" x 48" canvas with nothing particular in mind.  I started with a black canvas and what I ended up with was iteration no. 3, just going with the flow of "Spontaneity" (aptly titled).

Here is it in situ:

(My husband is making a 4" wide natural wood frame for it, so it will visually take up that whole wall.)

Here I am in the evening, Nicholas the Shih Tzu by my side, painting Bethany's beagle "Winston" for over her living room sofa.  Again, we haven't been able to find just the right size and color piece, so I created it.

Next on the easel is a canvas using one of my current favorite color schemes; white, chestnut brown and black.   I'm calling this one "Oh William".

Here is a detail, which has drawing detail done over top of the paint.

Here is a progress of a cloud painting, started on a red primed canvas (just experimenting with different colored canvases)...

and the final "Moody Cloud" :

Another day of playing on a blue primed canvas, not knowing where this is going yet:

leading to the final "Whimsy" (nothing like where I started, but a fun journey).

I'd love for you to share your feeling about any one of these.

I'm still finding lots of unused canvases around my house and putting random color on it, then waiting for inspiration and a little time.  This has been so much fun, and very 'freeing'.  

Who knows what will come out of me the next time I sit down at the easel?  I hope you give it a try if you haven't already.  Art is very individual and personal, and it's ALL about the experience.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Recent press and tidbits...

Thank you Fauquier Times for featuring one of our Warrenton, VA office projects in the Times Business section this week.  Read the full article here.  
We are proud to be a contributing writer for the Piedmont Media group and have upcoming articles coming out in SHE magazine, and In Prince William.
Also, our friend Jen Sergent, author of DC by Design blog, featured us here.
  Currently working on:

...this fabulous dramatic scheme; black bold pattern will be draperies, smaller prints, pillows and ottoman,

 ...personal reflection, re-establishing good habits, setting business goals higher, taking yoga classes on the Daily OM 

Check out this site for daily inspiration!

...  and working on rooms in both of our homes, including adding more indoor plants (can't wait for spring).

Bethany and I have discovered some fabulous new antique shops and have picked up some amazing finds. We love day trips!

Winter is a great time to work on indoor projects and 'nest' before the urge to be outdoors hits us in the spring.

What are you working on?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Inspired by Clements Design

Always looking for like-minded design vibes, I came across the fabulous Los Angeles firm of Clements Design.
We love this organic California eclectic look, where traditional elements meet modern.  

Design elements to notice:
  • edited minimalism
  • organic design
  • mix of natural materials
  • neutral design scheme with subtle color accents
  • light and dark contrast
  • lots of natural light
  • collected artifact
  • dramatic art                                               

Interestingly enough, this is the former home of designer Kelly Wearstler, 
and the two designers rooms are shown in a side-by-side comparison in a great article in My Domaine.
                   I hope you are enjoying the winter months 'nesting' in your home!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Deconstructing good design

Happy New Year everyone!

Now that the holidays are over, it's the perfect time to 'nest' indoors and work on your interiors!
Good design doesn't just happen- lord knows we all try (reason 476 to hire a professional interior designer).  There really are key elements that need to be present and as often as we preach the principles and elements of design, it's easiest to illustrate in a well-designed room like this living room by The Design Co. 

It is beautifully clean and simple, but follows a plan.

Let's breakdown the key ingredients, the most obvious being the neutral color scheme punctuated with texture, warm tones and a balance of white and black contrast.

1. Mirrors and windows reflect light and enlarge any space.  It gives you a view into different spaces and keeps your walls from closing in.   Notice the mirror in the adjoining room.

2. Greenery is essential.  Live plants bring nature indoors and add life, improve air quality and provide an accent color that is good in any room!  Note the uncluttered shelves and symmetry.

3. Lighting should be present in every quadrant of the room. Not seeing the entire room, I feel more should be added here if it isn't already. Ambient light (overall), task lighting, accent and decorative lights all serve a purpose.

4. Texture added to the room provides variety in surfaces (see the throw on the bench also).  Seating should be inviting and comfortable and vary in type, i.e. chairs, benches, sofas and ottomans.

5. Rugs, layered on hardwood for warmth, texture and shape also provide interest.

6. A neutral color scheme with a hint of gray on the walls is used against white trim so the molding stands out.

7. Custom ceiling crown and other additional trim and molding adds a custom touch.  Note the wide door casement trim and tall base molding.

Details, details, details... 

Essential elements but not overdone.  Perhaps it's time this winter to invest in improving some of the 'bones' of your home, such as custom molding, which will take your room to the next level.

I hope you have a great winter 'nesting' and working on the inside of your home. 
 Best wishes to you all in 2017.