'Artists'

Charley Harper Collection From West Elm

July 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we explored the artwork of American artist Charley Harper, I was doing that for two reasons. First, because I enjoy his artwork and second because West Elm just announced a new collection of items in their stores and available online that they’ve created in conjunction with the Charley Harper estate. There are several wonderful pieces available from West Elm, a wonderful chair done in a print we featured yesterday and some wall art. I particularly like the pieces for the kitchen, the white ceramic trays decorated in Charley Harper prints run from $8 to $19. I’ve gathered up some photos today for you to see of some of the items, check them out at West Elm’s website here when you have a chance, for now, Enjoy!!! (above, Tapestry Wall Art)

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Charley Harper ~ Tabulous Tastemaker

July 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while but there was some recent news that made me take a look at the work of artist Charley Harper. Harper was born in West Virginia in 1922 and raised on a farm there, Harper’s life on the farm influenced his artwork his whole life as he became famous for “highly stylized wildlife prints” and other works where he used nature as the focus but rendering it in his own unique style. During Charley’s career, he was known for many things including the illustrations for The Golden Book of Biology which I remember and is still for sale. In addition to book illustrations, Charley Haper did posters, prints, magazine work and often worked with nature conservancy groups like zoos and the Everglades National Park. Charley and his artist wife Edie worked out of their art studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and later formed Harper Studios with their son Brett. Charley Harper died in 2007 after a lengthy battle with pneumonia but his artwork lives on and is still very popular, West Elm has come out with a new collection based on the artwork of Charley Harper that we will focus on tomorrow. Today, join me for a look at the unique and mid century inspired artwork of Tabulous Tastemaker Charley Harper, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Remembering Paris

July 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is Bastille Day in France or as it’s known in France, la Fête nationale. We’ve been looking at all things French this week on the blog leading up to this important day in the land of one of our closest allies and of course the home of beautiful design. Whether you are talking about clothes, architecture, or interior design Paris will always be known as the cradle of beauty when it comes to creating and design. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve visited Paris twice, we were there for a day trip last Summer when we were on vacation with our friends and their family and then we were there for a week in 2012. Today I want to share some images from our trip in 2012, so join me for a stroll down memory lane and the streets of Paris. Enjoy!!!

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de Gournay Inspiration

July 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In the world of Interior Design, the name de Gournay is one that invokes deep sighs and admiration among designers. Anything that comes from de Gournay is a true work of art, whether it’s a piece of hand painted porcelain, a yard of fabric, or a single panel of hand painted wallpaper, you know that it has been created by artists who are inspired by the world around them, history, and beautiful things. de Gournay conjures thoughts of an ancient French firm that has been creating since France had Kings, but instead they’ve quickly built a reputation for timeless beauty since their founding in 1986. I have recently been seeing a lot of work by de Gournay online and in publications, they’ve recently teamed up with a retailer to create a one of a kind collection. I thought we would take a look at de Gournay and what they create, starting specifically with their wallpapers. They have several different categories of wallpaper but today we are going to start with their Chinoiserie collection, papers that focus on nature and the world around us. The papers are inspired by antique works of art from Asia and are made up of beautiful colors, whether you are wanting something bright and beautiful or neutral and elegant there’s something here to inspire you. Join me for a look at de Gournay wallpapers and be inspired, Enjoy!!! (the above paper is St. Laurent)

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The Beguiled~ A Sofia Coppola Film

July 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We went to the movies over the weekend, one of our favorite things to do, we saw two films and one of them was the new Sofia Coppola film The Beguiled. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell as well as Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and is based on a 1966 Southern Gothic novel titled A Painted Devil. The film takes place during the Civil War in Virginia at an all girl’s school run by Martha Farnsworth, she and one other teacher are in charge of the five girls still at the school. One of the students, Amy, stumbles onto a wounded soldier named John McBurney while gathering mushrooms and takes him back to the school hoping Miss Farnsworth will tend his wounds. McBurney is set up in the Music Room of the southern mansion turned school, his wound is tended to and let’s just say sexual tension takes over. (above image via)

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Dr. Seuss Museum

June 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Amazing World Of Dr. Seuss has recently opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the good doctor himself, Theodore Seuss Geisel. The museum opened this past Saturday, June third, and rumor has it that it’s just like walking into one of the dozens of rhyming books Geisel wrote. The first floor of the permanent museum is filled with interactive exhibits that allow kids to explore language, rhyming, invent stories, and encourage creative thinking. The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the personal life of Dr. Seuss and is filled with memorabilia, original oil paintings, clothing, furniture from Geisel’s home including his drawing table, favorite chair and sofa. The walls of the building are decorated with artwork from Dr. Seuss books, the house is filled with color and characters from the famous books. This is definitely on my list of places to visit the next time we are in the Boston area, for now, we’ll have to settle for some images, I can’t wait to go, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Topiary Collection by Richard Schultz

June 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I was flipping through a design magazine the other evening, the focus of the article was on the remodel of a family’s NYC condo but in one of the pictures the owners were sitting on their terrace in a wonderful piece of outdoor furniture and the bench was attributed to designer Richard Schultz. I was immediately fascinated by this bench that the magazine described as “lacy,” I began poking around on the internet and discovered the Topiary Outdoor Furniture Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll. The collection of chairs, tables, benches, and ottomans was designed by Schultz to resemble a shrub that has been trimmed to look like a piece of furniture. The furniture is made from sheets of aluminum that have been bent, stamped, folded and are powdered coated so the furniture can be left outside year round. Since the furniture is bent and folded there are few sharp edges, instead each piece is “a flowing sculptural design” that blends in with its outdoor setting. There are some thirteen different colors to choose from and the collection is offered here on the Knoll website. Today I’ve brought you some images of the pieces available, I just LOVE this. Enjoy!!!

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Friday Art & News: Renoir Home/Museum

June 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

When I first started the blog, almost three years ago, I tried to do posts every Friday on the subject of Art and the people who create it. I really enjoyed doing those posts and everyone seemed to enjoy reading them, so I’m heading down that road again with posts of Friday about what’s new from the Art world. Today we are looking at the opening of a new museum in the home of an amazing French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir’s former family home is in Essoyes, France and it opens tomorrow, June 3, after undergoing major renovations over the last four years. $1.2 million dollars has been spent on Renoir’s home, the renovations were done to add elevator access for those unable to climb stairs, climate control to preserve artwork, reinforcement of the home’s walls, as well as restoring the home’s interior and the gardens. Renoir’s workshop, which is on the home’s grounds, has been open for twenty years and receives about 10,000 visitors a year. For the opening of the house, three French museums have loaned artworks by Renoir to be displayed in the house/museum. Renoir and his wife purchased the home in 1896 and spent Summers there with their family. Renoir, his wife and three of their children are buried in the local cemetery, Renoir’s great-granddaughter sold the house to the Essoyes, France City Council in 20112. Today we’re taking a peek at the house as well as some of Renoir’s works, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Fauxsaics By Nick Misani

May 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I never cease to be amazed at the creative abilities of humans, especially the ability to create the look of something out of something else, case in point are the digital creations of New York artist Nick Misani. Misani is known as a skilled artist in typography and in his new Fauxsaics collection, he combines his typography talents with photography to create extremely realistic digital art. Each piece is based on a city, whose name appears in the work, the colors, tile text, and the backdrop of each work is meant to reference the city and all are created digitally including the digitally inserted images of the artist’s feet. As an example, the Fauxsaic for the city of Boston is done in traditional black and white with letters and decorations that would be at home on the front of any Boston Pub and the date of the city’s incorporation. To see more of Misani’s work visit his website here, for now here are more images from his Fauxsaic collection, Enjoy!!!

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Balloon Ballerina By Jeff Koons

May 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I knew when I started seeing news stories about this latest balloon sculpture by artist Jeff Koons I needed to share the story. I love everything about this, from the massiveness of the sculpture and especially all the wonderful colors of red, blue, gold, and silver. Koons, of course, is known for his large art installations like this one as well as his balloon sculptures created in resin that you can have in your home. This installation is entitled “Seated Ballerina” and was unveiled in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC last Friday, May 12th. The “statue” is a real balloon and will be in place until June 2nd. It’s based on a porcelain ballerina statue and is made of nylon, Koons says the sculpture “conveys optimism and a sense of potential for the future.” Koons also says the sculpture is meant to bring awareness to May being National Missing Children’s Month, if you’re in NYC go check it out and if you can’t get there here are some pics of this amazing inflatable art. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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