I’ve always been inspired by the work of other artists in their field, even though it may be very different than my own of interior design. One such artist, I recently discovered, totally surprised me! The legendary Herb Albert of musical fame is a very talented and prolific fine artist. He has created these wonderful totems with inspiration from the tribal totems of the Pacific Northwest. If you happen to be in NYC, check them out for yourself in Dante Park. If not, follow the link over to his website and see his paintings and his totems! Link to Herb Albert’s Website
Why would you consider painting a wall with stripes of varying sizes and colors?
Choosing to paint a striped wall creates a focal point in the space and sets a great design tone. This focal point can be bold or quiet. You can choose how much of a statement to make. In our case, we went bold. We varied the width and color of each stripe as well as the direction to achieve the amount of impact we needed.
You can actually start the design of the room with the stripe. We achieved harmony in this room from using a color in the stripe to paint the surrounding walls. We then repeated the colors in the furnishings too. Great interior design will always use one or two excellent ideas in a space and carry/repeat the concept throughout the room.
Are stripes outdated?
If you home doesn’t have an architectural feature to work with, stripes are a great way to improve upon the vanilla architecture. The trends of stripe patterns and color trends are ever changing, but one thing is for sure, stripes are always in. So don’t be afraid to stripe and make your own style.
Every now and then in life, you meet someone new rather unexpectedly. These can be wonderfully interesting chance meetings. I recently had one of these when I went to an event for the members of the Contemporary Forum at the Phoenix Art Museum. I had
found an empty spot to listen to that nights seminar and was getting settled when the person next to me and I started exchanging pleasantries about the day and the event. That was short lived, as the seminar started up and we both turned our attention to it. After it
concluded, we picked up the conversation again, but this time it was about that evening’s topic, “How to train an artist” We shared many of the same ideas and understandings about what it means to make a living as an artist, me as an interior designer/artist and she as a fine arts painter. It turned out I was chatting with Barbara Rogers from Tucson, Arizona! What a
delightful person she was and what a fascinating career she has led. You might have caught her work at the Tucscon Museum of Art where she was recently featured in an exhibition, Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, A Fifty-Year Retrospective. I’m so thrilled to have met her and wanted to share the richness of her work with you. If you didn’t get a chance to see her exhibition, you can see her work at her website:
Barbara Rogers Art and also at the Gebert Contemporary Gallery here in Scottsdale, AZ. I really do enjoy being surpised by what life can give you at the most unexpected moments.
At Blue Desert Interiors, we love to be involved in helping to raise funds for great causes. IFDA Tableau is one of these events. This event is centered around local designers creating fantasy tablescapes that attendees can enjoy while having a great dinner and live auction. Our tablescape is underway, but we can’t fully reveal it. We will post some images on our Pinterest board as a sneak preview though! To wet your appetite, here are some images from last years table we created called “Art Deco in the Desert”
Some signature pieces we used included Rosenthal’s Medusa D’Or china, Salviati shot glasses and Gense Triad Silverware. We love the idea we came up with for the glasses. A simple ribbon and pearl bead takes these glasses to fab!
Our centerpiece for the event started as an amazing mouth blown Czech vase. From there we decided to have a custom shade made that could sit on top of it. We inserted LED lighting inside and attached a clear cord to handle the power. It all made for such an elegant solution, most people didn’t realize that it was custom created!
This is a really smart way to dress up a simple chair. We took fabric, had it sewn and then pleated it to create this dramatic accent. The circle band with diamonds repeats the circles in the sheer overlay. To see more pictures of our past design, follow this link to our website. Art Deco in the Desert
We had such a great time creating this, we hope you can join us for the years event on Oct 13, 2012.
It can be difficult getting just the right fabric, size and fill for pillows. 1) When in doubt, go bold with your fabric! It’s a chance to splurge on those high end fabrics, since you don’t as much material. We’re loving the embroidered modern fabrics right now! 2) Mix those shapes up! Use squares, rectangles and basketball shapes to create variety. 3) We also like to see our pillows very luxurious. To achieve this, always go up 2 sizes in pillow fill. With an 18″ pillow, we recommend a 22″ fill, especially with feathers and down. Most pillow forms come 75% feathers/ 25% down. We find that percentage can still get lumpy, so I have our pillows custom filled in a richer percentage of down. This helps to maintain the shape and avoid poke through of the feathers through the material!
If you haven’t looked at wallpaper recently, you are really missing out on some amazing design style! New interior design takes on the classic stripe and circle that we all love are creating some amazing new styles. Circles can be much more than something we learned in geometry class. Here’s an amazing glam design look with a skull (circles). The paper has a silver metallic background with…flocked black skulls!
Here’s a good close up. I can’t wait to use this somewhere!
The next circle pattern will appeal to the child in you. See if you can guess what it is!
I think this Mickey Mouse wallpaper is just great. The interlocking rings are a great way to turn something we easily recognize into an elegant shape. Stripes never go out of style, but taking them bolder or more organic like these next examples can really pay off in your next design. The boldness of the horizontal stripes is what makes this so special. This could easily go into almost any room of the house.
Taking a stripe and giving it a sinuous curve really adds a soft movement to a space for a big effect. Look how the soft intertwining creates a relaxing but elegant mood for this space.
Using things you’re very familiar with but taking a fresh take on them will always lead to great design. Your interior design is your style so be sure to have fun with it and explore things you’ve never tried before! If there’s something that’s inspired you recently, let us know in the comments below!