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Etsy finds: discovering artists

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Etsy is such a great resource for all things handmade.  I love discovering new niche vintage collectors and artists.  Three artists and their paintings have recently caught my eye:

Greg Hargreaves does a fantastic job depicting abstract landscapes.  You can find Greg’s work via his etsy shop HargreavesArt

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Borina Mahailovska has a great collection of abstract figurative art.  Using mostly monochromatic palettes, these prints would add a touch of modern to any space.   You can find Borina’s work via her etsy shop here.

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Clare Elsaesser’s paintings are a ray of sunshine.  Her use of vibrant colors and feminine energy would light up any room.  You can see more of Clare’s work via her etsy shop ClareElsaesser

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Interiors: wood beam ceilings

Adding overhead wood beams can make a space appear more welcoming and refined.   Achieving refinement with something so rustic as an exposed piece of wood is such a great balance to design from.  Several types and shapes of wood (including faux wood) can be used to accentuate your ceilings.  Whether vaulted or flat, painted or unfinished, the looks are endless.  Keep in mind the architecture of your home, you may be able to conceal unnecessary geometric lines (think homes built in the late 80’s and 90’s) or add some depth and symmetry to a large multi-used space in the home.

If the chosen look is a darker unfinished wood, stick to lighter walls in the ivory family.  If the choice is a painted wood beam, seek contrast in paint but not too much.

Classic spanish beams via georgiana design.  To see previous post on spanish inspired design click here

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Rustic and traditional via remodelista
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Two toned wood beams and panels 
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Lighter oak wood used to anchor the living room vaulted ceiling
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Wood panels and beams on a raised bedroom ceiling 
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Interiors: A built-in, 3 ways

Millwork brings stability into a room. You can customize the look by working with paint colors or finishes that aren’t dominate throughout your home.  I designed my built-in with the purpose of accentuating character and adding versatility that would allow for interchangeable settings.  The paint color used is Benjamin Moore’s, Wrought Iron.

I’ve styled the environment around my built-in in a few different ways,  each with a slightly different function.

First, as a library sitting room.  A tranquil place to relax and read:

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Next, as a breakfast nook.  A casual place for coffee, tea, and breakfast:

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Global Inspiration: Swedish Gustavian

Swedish design in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s brought a touch of femininity and lightness to furnishings.  Several antique shops today feature brilliant Gustavian pieces. There are also manufactured retail options that embody this genre in their designs.

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone, located in Maryland, specializes in 18th and 19th century painted Swedish antiques.  They have a large selection of cabinets, chairs, clocks, settees, tables, and accessories.  Their website is updated weekly. Here are some beautiful pieces from Tone on Tone:

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Cupboards & Roses

Cupboards & Roses, out of Massachusetts, are known for their extensive collection of 18th and 19th century painted furniture from Scandinavia and Europe.  They have a variety unique case pieces, mirrors, and chairs as displayed below:

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Layla Grace

As a retail option, Layla Grace features a collection of various manufactures who create furnishings rooted in traditional Swedish design.  They have many antique-inspired pieces, some of which have custom upholstery options.  Below, I’ve featured some of their Gustavian chairs & sofas:

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Julie Neill Designs

Julie Neill Designs, out of New Orleans specializes in hand crafted lighting.  They use various finishing techniques such as: painting, glazing, gilding, plastering, and antiquing.  Their pieces can be customized to order in any size and finish.   Several of her designs appear to have Gustavian influences, I am especially fond of her one of a kind sconces:

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If you chose to create a Swedish inspired kitchen or breakfast room in your home, compliment the light hues with soft blue linens, checkered prints, and patina accents.

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Vignettes: Add some artwork

Artwork changes rooms.  It’s also a great way to bring color into your vignettes.  I have a few antique oil landscape paintings, one of which my grandmother painted, that I used to style the same shelf as I previously styled here.   You can go from contemporary to eccentric, and from vintage to rustic with just the swap of a few key pieces.

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{Table lamps are great add for a symmetrical look}

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Interiors: Moulding & Paneling

It’s all in the details with trimwork.  Moulding, paneling, wainscoting, and wall framing details can visually alter the architecture of a room without having to tear down walls.    After WWII, builders were forced to build faster to meet housing demands and the result was reducing the amount of trimwork in a house to the bare minimum.  Unfortunately this still holds true today, so unless youre’ lucky enough to dwell in a pre-1940’s or custom home, trimwork is a sought-after custom addition to any residence.

Wall frame and picture frame moulding adds a little glamour to the wall space – and depending on the shape of each frame, you can create the illusion of higher ceilings or longer walls.  Then, you can insert sconces, mirrors, and artwork to create symmetry and focal points within the room.

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Box paneling can add depth to a room or hallway

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Images via: Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Home, Tracery Interiors

Interiors: Charming wallpaper

Wallpaper can add texture & design to a room that otherwise might feel dim and uninspired.  You can achieve dramatic impact by covering just one wall, or even a partial wall. If the plunge is scary – start out with a closet, laundry room, or bookcase lining.

Some tips: Minimize the surrounding decor; bringing in competing furniture or rugs will just muddle the wall space and look over-designed.  Chose designs that don’t incorporate too much color, stick to 1-4 colors per print.  Trim work is a great way to break up the wall space. Textured wall coverings are superb for spaces that aren’t exposed to much natural light.  To offset floral prints, use clean lines in your furnishings.  On the contrary, to offset geometric and linear prints use more feminine and soft pieces.

I am personally fond of the wallpaper collections at:

 Farrow & Ball | Schumacher | Cole & Son | Graham & Brown

| Farrow & Ball takes a unique approach when crafting their wall coverings.  Instead of using ink, they use their own custom paints to give unique texture and color to each print |

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 | F. Schumacher & Co has been creating wall coverings since 1938, still privately held and family owned they offer distinct collections with a wide range of styles |

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| Cole & Son, based in London, are known for their historic designs.  Their wallpaper lines the walls of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament |

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| Graham & Brown, based in the UK, has launched several locations worldwide.  They aim to be the leading experts in providing decorative wall solutions for people’s homes, at an affordable price |

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