New In: Art

When I was in fifth grade, our class got a new transfer student–let’s call her Brenda. One of my best friends, Erin, was instantly obsessed with Brenda because Brenda came from a school that Erin’s crush attended. Erin always wanted to hang out with Brenda to ask questions about this boy, to talk about this boy, to relay info to this boy.

I did not like this.

Erin was my friend and Brenda thought she was just gonna come in and replace me?! No. I would shoot dirty looks at Brenda, ignore her–just be an all around jackass toward her. Then one day Erin said to me, “You’re being weird about Brenda.” And ten-year-old Kristin responded, “I’m being weird?! I’m being weird?! Me?!

And then I thought, wait bitch, I am being weird. 

It was then that I became aware of my possessiveness–and, no, it hasn’t subsided. What can I say–Venus was in Scorpio when I was born. But, I have kept the crazy under lock and key since then. Mostly.

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I’m having to push the crazy way down deep to share this artist with you guys.

She’s mine!

No–she’s not. Everyone should get to enjoy her work and I have to share her with you because her abstract artwork is stunning. Her name is Boriana Mihailovska. I first found out about Boriana’s art from one of Gemary’s YouTube videos. I’m also obsessed with Gemary, but that’s for another blog post!

Look at these drawings! I can’t wait to get a third one to complete this little area in my bedroom. I dare you to check out her Etsy store and not fall in love with something. But like…something else other than the ones I bought. Don’t make me shoot you dirty looks and give you the silent treatment.

Gemary abstract art

Do you like these art pieces? What’s your favorite style of art? Anyone else born while Venus was in Scorpio? Let’s commiserate!

L’art

Sometimes I’m into art as decor. And sometimes I’m really into art as decor. I’m definitely going through the extreme phase right now. I want art on every wall from floor to ceiling. I’ve been able to talk myself out of such an aesthetic in my own house (for now), but I’m only able to do that because I know that I can share all of my obsessions with you. My tastes lean mostly toward the abstract and the linear. But I could be convinced to to try something different if it were the right something different. For now, let me just show you some things I know I love.

Jordana Joan Henry
via Pinterest – Jordana Henry

 

 

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1. Jordana Henry   2. Jaime Derringer   3. Josh Young Design

What are some of your favorite places to buy prints and paintings? Who are your favorite artists? Let me know!

I Love Your Accent (Piece)

Vases are my favorite accent pieces. They are such an easy way to change or establish the look you’re going for in your space. I like to go for the ones that make a significant impact in a room. Along with my love of vases comes the revelation that I am no florist. That’s definitely a skill and a talent that I do not possess. So by necessity, I also keep the floral arrangement (if you can call it that) simple. But it’s my goal one day to have a showstopping vase and floral arrangement in the foyer that everyone sees immediately upon entry.

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I regularly browse vases online because I can’t help myself. Should you feel the same way about vases as I do, let me share with you five that I really love!

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1. Gold Rounded Tube Vase   2. Snakeskin Vase   3. Snakeskin White Gold Vase   4. IMAX Reaka Vase   5. Massima Vase

The Best Coffee Table Books

I’m a major photography enthusiast. Wait–that sounds like I know the names of very talented and influential photographers. I don’t. What I mean is I love to look at beautiful and interesting photos (and sometimes try to create my own!). Thus my love for the coffee table book. There is no easier way to turn a bland surface into a sophisticated display or an empty corner into a riveting accent.

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via Elisabeth Heier
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via Pinterest

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kinfolk books
via Elisabeth Heier

I could look at coffee table books for hours! Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Tom Ford: Tom Ford
  2. Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
  3. Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection
  4. Obama: An Intimate Portrait
  5. This is Home: The Art of Simple Living
  6. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

We Lit

There are certain decor items for which I will never have enough space or money to satisfy my desire. Chief among those items is the lamp. There are so many elegant and beautiful options, and sometimes I just like to window shop to get a little inspiration. If you’re wondering, I purchased the above lamp from Gilt a few years ago, and I’m still in love with them. They have a leather base, a silk shade, and they are massive. If you’re interested, they are still available!

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Safavieh Cheryl Table Lamp

I’m currently searching for a new desk lamp with a colorful or bohemian feel (maybe both!), and here are some of the ones I’m living for.

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1. Surya Oliver Table Lamp   2. Kenroy Ellis Table Lamp

 

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1. Safavieh Eva   2. Safavieh Joyce

Do you love lamps as much as I do?

Feeling Blue

Once a strict neutrals-only girl, I’ve found myself trying more color. Slowly at first, dipping my toe in with a mustard throw or a painting with splashes of cobalt, then diving in head first with emerald ottomans and jewel-toned rugs.

I can’t say that I’m a fan of all colors now, or even most. But there are a few that I’m obsessed with at the moment, and blue is one. Zara Home’s blue game is strong right now. I’m trying not to hand over all of my cash.

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1. Leather Small Change Tray   2. Decorative Jar with Wooden Lid   3. Printed Throw Pillow with Fringe   4. Jacquard Waffle Knit Towel   5. Contrasting Duvet Cover

What colors are you loving for your home right now? What’s your go-to store for home decor?