It’s just a little over a week until Halloween and one thing that always pops into my head this time of year is Harry Potter, so I was very excited when I found about the new art print posters for all the Harry Potter books. The posters are done by British graphic artist Olly Moss and were created for the re-release of the German audio versions of the HP books. Moss took his inspiration for the covers and posters from holiday travel posters during the “golden age of British railway.” Moss says he loves the idea of Harry getting on a train every year and heading off to a new adventure. Moss chose to use a very 1950’s color palette for the works and says he’s a huge fan of 1950’s design. Moss is known for his recreations of movie posters and putting his own spin on them. The new HP posters all have the same view of Hogwarts, with the castle being high on the hill and in foreground figures are seen having to do with that titles events, until you get to the end and The Deathly Hallows where we see the destruction of Hogwarts. If you are interested in purchasing the posters they are available to purchase for a limited time as a set of seven or individually and can only be bought through the Olly Moss website here, great holiday gift for that die-hard fan. Don’t forget the new Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film comes out on November 18, for now, here’s a look at the new artwork. Enjoy!!!
October 21, 2016
October 20, 2016
For many people, flowers are a major part of their tablescape when it comes to the seasons and holidays and one way to punch up your arrangements is to paint your vases different colors to go with your decor. Yesterday we spray painted real pumpkins gold and today we are going to add golden vases and flowers to our tablescape. I bought the vases we’re going to use today at the Dollar Tree, the dollar stores are great places to pick up items such as inexpensive vases, they have different sizes and shapes that add interest to your table along with varying heights. I placed the vases upside down in a cardboard box and painted them, the paint dries very quickly. I painted the vases early one morning then showered, flipped the them over and gave them a second coat from the top down, went on a bunch of errands and a couple of appointments with clients then came home and was able to use the vases for photos. I hope this gives you some inspiration, Enjoy!!!
October 19, 2016
This experiment went so well that I’m sure you can anticipate seeing a lot more posts on the glories of spray paint. I had been thinking about doing something with spray paint and decided that the Fall and upcoming Holiday seasons were the perfect times to do it. I decided to start with something simple and spray paint pumpkins in the perfect autumn accessory color, gold. These pumpkins can be used in so many places, you can line them up along a fireplace mantel or a dining table. You can add them to flower arrangements for some glitz and glamor or you can do as I’ve done today and use them all by themselves. I hadn’t looked at spray paint in a long time and am amazed at all the colors and finishes it comes in like I said you’ll probably be seeing several more posts on spray paint and how to use it. For now, here’s a look at what I did today and join me tomorrow for another look at spray paint, and we’ll combine everything for a great tablescape. Enjoy!!!
October 18, 2016
I personally could not let this important anniversary and event pass by without acknowledging that 2016 is the 50th-anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. As many of you know I love the whole Peanuts gang, that was my thing as a kid and my family has collected all things Charlie Brown and Snoopy over the years, especially where the holidays are concerned. “Great Pumpkin” was ordered after the success of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in December of 1965, work began immediately and just like the Christmas special “Great Pumpkin” was met with great reviews and strong numbers as far as people watching, more importantly, though “Great Pumpkin” gathered millions of fans together to watch as Linus clings to his sincere belief in the Great Pumpkin despite the mythical being never appearing. “Great Pumpkin” is a great way to peek back in time and see how things were in 1966 when children gathered and went trick-or-treating without the aid of adults. When a great costume consisted of a sheet over your head with eyeholes and maybe a mask or hat and of course who can ever forget the sad line, “I got a rock”? I hope tomorrow night you will take some time and sit down, whether you have kids or not, and watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and enjoy a holiday classic that’s filled with a wonderful message, colors, and music. It’s on at 8 o’clock in the east, 7 central. In the meantime, here’s a look at “Great Pumpkin” and some of the wonderful things it’s inspired over the last fifty years, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 17, 2016
Over the weekend one of Oklahoma’s favorite citizen athletes, Russell Westbrook, premiered his new Lifestyle Sneakers. This is the second collection Westbrook has worked on with the Jordan brand for famed athletic wear company, Nike. Westbrook has been with the Oklahoma City Thunder ever since the team moved here from Seattle before the 2008-2009 season and we LOVE this guy. He’s an amazing athlete and an amazing person who gives as good as he gets and will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame later this Fall with Michael Jordan coming to town to introduce Westbrook at the ceremony. Russell says fashion is very important to him and something he wants to pursue once he’s done playing basketball. His new shoe collection uses wonderful fabrics such as leather, suedes, and camo and colors that can be paired with everything from khakis to denim and definitely add style to your outfit. In the words of RW and his mantra, “Why Not?”. It’s not too early to be thinking Holiday gift giving, here’s a closer look, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 14, 2016
For my October design challenge with At Home, I chose Halloween Entry Way and I knew immediately whose entry I wanted to do. I called my client and friend SuSu and asked if I could decorate her staircase and entry hall table and she said, “of course”. She’s going to be out of town for Halloween but once her husband saw the decorations he loves them and wants them to stay up through the rest of the month. I wanted something that wasn’t too scary since SuSu has small grandchildren, but I definitely wanted it to look like Halloween, so I turned once again to At Home’s Tinsel collection as well as a few staples like Creep Cloth, lighted Jack O’Lanterns and a spooky tree. I can’t wait to share the photos with you of what I did and I’ll go more in-depth of how I created this on each of the photos. Enjoy!!!
October 13, 2016
I wanted to share with you a door I recently did for a client that I haven’t done before in the Fall. I texted her and asked if we wanted to do Fall or Halloween for her door and I was so excited when she said Halloween and knowing her I knew I had to work purple into the color scheme. I decided to go with Purple, Lime Green or Chartreuse and Black for the base and achieved that by using Mesh Ribbon in those colors and to use those colors and Orange to decorate around the door. I headed out to At Home to find decorations for the door and went with several of the pieces from their Halloween tinsel collection, I chose the cats and witches boots and added a couple of tombstones, spider webs, and big hairy spiders. My client and her husband are thrilled with the door and before I left we decided it needed a couple of wreaths. Again, I turned to Mesh Ribbon and At Home, this time using Orange, Purple and a little bit of Black for the wreath itself and hung a tinsel witches boot in the center. I’m very happy with how this turned out and even better so is the client. Halloween is fun because you can use crazy color combinations and it works, I can’t wait to show you what we do for the rest of the holidays. Enjoy!!!
October 10, 2016
I have a new client that I recently helped her with the decorating of her new home for Fall and her front porch. While we went pretty traditional as far as color on the front porch we went much more neutral for the interiors, think birch branches, white, tan, and gold pumpkins as well as white and gray pumpkins and gourds. There are a lot of choices out there for neutral colored pieces to use in decorating for the seasons and holidays, you can find real pumpkins and gourds now in white and greens as well as all kinds of decorations in neutral colors that also involve gold and silver and neutral colored elements like rope, yarn, and burlap that all work well with the more neutral color schemes of our homes. I thought today we would take a look at Fall decorating in a neutral color palette and all this week we’ll go a little more in-depth as far as materials. Have fun and Enjoy!!! (above image via)