Tag archives for fine art

Artist Round-up: Palm Springs

One place that I go to for design inspiration is Palm Springs, CA and the desert surrounding it. There is something magical about the expansiveness, colors, and natural landscape that appeals to many. Visual artists over the years have built their art practices out in the desert.

Over on A Day in the Life, I will share some of my 5 favorite artists + one blogger, who live in the desert, inspire or creatively captures those desert vibes for me.  From Los Angeles to the Palm Springs area, you can make it out there in just under 2 hours.

Read more about my 5 favorite artists here.

Happy Monday!


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Nature Inspired Art + Consulting

One of the most fulfilling aspects of design work is the opportunity to discover new artists and acquire new artworks. Below is a Limited Edition Print that we purchased for this Room in Progress. 

It has been a while since my last Fine Art Friday and I have been wanting to uncover new work. Seiko Tachibana is a Bay area artist from Japan. She has been painting and creating art for over 20 years. She even creates these intimate little art books with an accordion fold.

Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums because of it’s aqueous ephemeral quality, which is why I connect with Seiko’s Locus of Water installation. The subject matter as well as the style feels current to me.

You can almost feel the raindrops through all the rhythmic little splats in this painting. Do they remind you of rain clouds too?

I was lucky to spend a little time outdoors this weekend. How about you? Did any of you have the chance to connect with nature?

In case you couldn’t go on an outdoor adventure yourself…I have found this noisy little blog where you can get your fix. I plan to read up on her adventures anytime the longing for nature amidst city bustle becomes to much to bear.

Have an artful Monday.




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Michelle and Rob’s Santa Monica Dream

Happy Monday everybody! I hope this next home tour takes the edge off of your Monday and leaves you feeling laid back and inspired.

Are you ready for a tour of Michelle and Rob’s mid-century modern space?

I met Michelle while working on the faculty of the Brentwood Art Center. Having Michelle as a good friend, I got to be a part of the design process firsthand because we both tend to obsess over all things design! As you enter their Santa Monica home the open-plan living and dining room is very inviting. Michelle chose all the paint colors and trim carefully considering the creams and whites to brighten and lighten the living space. Another great addition was her choice of a white modern fan.

The walnut dining table along with the white Modernica chairs offer great contrast and mid century modern living. I was lucky enough to catch the afternoon sunshine there with the curtains blowing in the breeze.

Here is Michelle at home in the room! I have always wanted to get one of these spine bookshelves too because they take up little visual space and hold plenty of books.

Throughout the home, you can not help but notice Michelle’s collection of fine art. As you may remember from Friday that Michelle is an illustrator and art instructor. Her creative space is clean and inspired from the vignette at her desk…

to the canvas at her work space. By the way, she is currently working on a watercolor dollhouse illustration, which I’ll be sure to share with you, when she finishes. I’m intrigued by the original sketch.

Clever styling and unique lighting adds charm throughout the space.

As graceful and clean as the studio space is nothing could be a cooler counterpart than Rob’s man cave. Where Rob intermingles toys, videos, games, and his first piece of self-painted of original art. How appropriate for him to have loft space above the studio where he can showcase his collection of action figures.

I know it has all been amazing to soak in, so I will leave you with just these. What are some of your favorite things about their Santa Monica space?

Later this week, check back in as I vow to post bonus pictures of kitchen appliances and stylish accessories- you will not want to miss!

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Butterfly Art

It’s been quite a busy week, but there is a new print in my shop!

And I couldn’t resist sharing a link to the glowhouses, that I made at Edy’s bridal shower. They will be the centerpieces for her upcoming wedding. All the ladies had a beautiful day sculpting these, and I can’t wait to see the finished product once it is glazed and kiln fired.

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Roses from my studio

Last weekend, I cleaned out my art studio and got really organized. It felt so good to sift through all my artwork, that I thought would show the results! Thanks to IKEA, I sorted out piles of colored papers, old drawings and portfolios into a wide flat file. It’s possibly the best $100 that I have ever spent;)

I even found the time to frame up my rose watercolor. Here it is up close.

I love the Ribba frame from IKEA because they are so simple and don’t distract from the picture…and now, it is in my shop!

Wedding planning is coming right along and I should have the Save the Date design completed later this week.

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