'Artists'

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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Wedgewood Collection by Lee Broom

May 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Interior designers are always a great source for new products, they always have wonderful ideas swirling around in their minds and I have to say I love these new “creations” from the design mind of British designer Lee Broom and his collaboration with British icon Wedgewood. The collection is made up of four pieces, 2 lidded pieces, an open vase and a bowl. The pieces are done in a classic black and white stripes, which were initially done in the 18th century by Wedgewood on their Panther vase, in classical shapes, done in the past by Wedgewood, with a modern twist using colorful spheres on three of them and a blue base on one. I definitely have to do more research and prepare a more in-depth post on Lee Broom the designer but for now, take a peek at all of the beautiful pieces from his collaboration with Wedgewood, Enjoy!!

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Mother’s Day: Initial Necklace From gigglosophy

May 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The craze for initials always seems to come and go but never go completely away, I still think there’s something sharp about a nice monogram on shirts, cuffs, pillows and especially jewelry. Today we’re going to look at Initial Necklaces from Etsy shop, gigglosophy. The necklaces are all handmade and use uppercase letters that are either gold or silver plated. The letters are on a delicate gold or silver chains and most are made to hang sideways except for a few letters which are O, V, W, X, and Z. Each necklace comes in its own gift box, these are great for mom to wear with jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress. Show mom some love and give her the first initial of her name or maybe the first initial of your families last name, check out the gigglosophy Etsy page here and see several selections on great gifts for mom this Mother’s Day on May 14th. Enjoy!!

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NYC Recycling Maps

April 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

At our house, we love maps and globes and we also love art so when I found the New York City Recycling Maps booth at the Chelsea Market this past weekend in New York City I was SO happy. Artist Kevin Marcell is combining recycling and art to produce wonderful works, he’s silk screening famous images from the Big Apple onto discarded New York City bicycling maps, these are all handmade prints and collages. He’s had shows in Europe as well as selling his wares in NYC, I bought one of his works and will definitely be watching what he does. If you’d like to see more of his work check out his website and shop here. Here are a few images today, have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (above image NYC Collage)

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Balthazar & War Paint

April 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!!!! I hope everyone is off to a great start this week, I’m sorry I didn’t get any posts up yesterday, I was playing catch-up after getting home from my weekend in New York City. I want to do a couple of posts and share with you some of the things we did and places we visited while we were in NYC. One place we always visit while in NYC is Balthazar Restaurant, Balthazar is a French Brasserie that was opened in 1997 by restauranteur Keith McNally, it’s one of the closest places I’ve ever dined that is truly like being in Paris. (above image via)

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Sunset Boulevard On Broadway

April 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)

John Derian 2017

April 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow I’m heading to New York City for a few days, I’ll give you more details on the trip tomorrow, but I thought today we would look at one of my favorite NYC artists/shopkeepers, John Derian. Derian is known for his wonderful decoupage art, all his decoupage is done in his New York studio using images he reproduces from his large collection of vintage prints, all the images are transferred to handblown glass. John Derian’s images come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including ovals, round, rectangles, and multi-piece wall hangings. I have a couple of the smaller trays and paperweights he’s created but I aspire to one of the multi-piece wall hangings. Today I want to share some of the newer pieces since we last checked in on John Derian, I love his use of florals, animals, and especially the more “unique” pieces such as the multi-piece skeleton wall hanging. I hope you like the work of John Derian as much as I do and remember you can see his work here and order online if you can’t make it to New York. Enjoy!!! ( above image Roses III)

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Jacques Torres Easter Chocolates

March 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’m in the middle of planning a trip to New York City later next month and I was excited to recently learn about the Mr. Chocolate Museum that’s run by Master Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Jacques Torres. So, of course, I got to digging around and found all the goodies he currently has up for grabs for Easter and knew I had to share them with you. These are some of the cutest chocolate creations I’ve seen, I think the thing that is so appealing to me about them is that they are very simple and not SO over the top. They are all shapes that many of us grew up associating with Easter and for some of us they are shapes we saw every day in our lives. I’ve already texted and emailed friends telling them they need to order certain things for their kids, the chocolate pig, and I want to share it all with you today. I’ll tell you all about Jacques Torres and the Chocolate Museum next month after we visit, in the meantime, Enjoy!!!

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Coco Chanel

March 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Coco Chanel

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month we are looking at women who’ve made history from the world of design, today we are remembering Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel is known for the major changes she made in designing women’s fashion, whether it’s using softer and more flowing fabrics like jersey or helping liberate women from the corset or the accusations of consorting with the Germans during World War II. Today Chanel is known for the fashion empire that is still run in her name and the high-end fashion it produces under the leadership of Karl Lagerfeld, click here to read a more in-depth post I did on Chanel in August 2015. 


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