Category Archives: ART

RACHEL CASTLE’S COLORFUL & WHIMSY DESIGNS

Australian designer Rachel Castle is a talented lady that I have been following for a long time now. I love her Instagram feed as Rachel has a great sense of humor and her whimsy design remind me that I need some pops of color in my home. I recently ordered the beautiful Love tea towel (can’t wait for it to arrive!) and I will frame it (as in the image below) to be hung in my son’s bedroom. I will show you the result when it is finished! About the Castle brand: “Castle loves having a bit of fun. We love color and whimsy. We love making accessible art and beautiful bedlinen. We love spots and fluro and pink and yellow and orange and grey and love hearts and flowers and paint and felt and everything that POPS around in our studio. If its fun we love it.” Rachel has spent the past 20 years in the homeware industry both in Australia and the UK, and currently lives in Sydney. Founded in 2008, Castle has become a haven for lovers of all things sunny. Many of their cotton bedding products are being made in Australia whilst all of the artworks are sewn, screened and painted by Rachel Castle. In this post you can find some of favorite items. I hope you love them as much as I do! Above: limited edition Rainbows print | jumbo floor cushion

artwork made from (framed) teatowel

embroidery artwork

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NEW COCO LAPINE PRINTS

Belgian designer (but living in Munich) designer Sarah has some beautiful new prints in her shop Coco Lapine. Kamut (above) is photographic print of a Kamut wheat on a beige background. La Feuille (below) is a detailed watercolor painted leaf. Every detail of the leaf is a tiny watercolor element.

ABORIGINAL PAINTINGS FOR SALE (FROM MY COLLECTION)

I often get questions about the art that I have in my home. All the paintings are aboriginal art that I have collected over the years. I have spent some time in Australia (and travelled through the entire country) and here is where my love for aboriginal art started. I love the use of colors and symbols and that (a large proportion of) contemporary Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories and symbols centred on ‘the Dreamtime’ – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created. The Dreamtime stories are up to and possibly even exceeding 50,000 years old, and have been handed down through the generations for all those years.

If you are interested in acquiring a piece of aboriginal art, I am selling part of my collection as I do not have enough space for the pieces I have. The paintings shown here are for sale. You can see all available paintings + information here on my Pinterest board. Some paintings are already stretched on a frame, as these are too large to ship the paintings must be removed from the frame or if you live in The Netherlands you can pick up the (framed) painting from my home address. For more information you can send me a message. By the way, we also have the Mid Century modern record player designed by Dieter Rams (shown in the images) for sale.

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ABORIGINAL ART IN INTERIORS

I often get questions about the art that I have in my home (you can see some images here). All the paintings are aboriginal art that I have collected over the years. I have spent some time in Australia (and travelled through the entire country) and here is where my love for aboriginal art started. I love the use of colors and symbols and that (a large proportion of) contemporary Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories and symbols centred on ‘the Dreamtime’ – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created. The Dreamtime stories are up to and possibly even exceeding 50,000 years old, and have been handed down through the generations for all those years.

Finding art for a home can be a challenge and it can take a long time before finding the right piece(s) but when I am asked for advice I often tell people to look into aboriginal art as most paintings fit into various interior styles (from eclectic boho chic to modern interiors). In the images above and below aboriginal paintings are shown in different spaces such as a bedroom, living room, kitchen and even in a bathroom. If you are interested in acquiring a piece of aboriginal art, I am selling part of my collection as I do not have enough space for the pieces I have. Next week I will dedicate a blog about the paintings I have available.

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AFFORDABLE ART FROM THE POSTER CLUB

THE POSTER CLUB is a Copenhagen-based online store offering an unique curated selection of high quality posters and art prints from both upcoming and established artists. Their inspiration mainly comes from the trends in Scandinavian lifestyle, fashion and interior design. In THE POSTER CLUB store you can find anything from black and white drawings, to abstract art prints and edgy photo art. I especially like the Hepworth collection created by Atelier by Mintstudio. These limited edition of art prints were inspired by the British artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, who became a world-recognized sculptor in a period where female artists were rare. She is especially know for her organic, simple shapes and her refined sense of texture and colours.

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WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL 2017

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A new year has begun. I wish you all a year full of happiness, health and beautiful moments! Hopefully 2017 will bring more peace to the world.

Credits & source: this beautiful print is available from Etsy.

HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL GALLERY WALL

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I LOVE this art collection gallery wall in designer Julie Leach (owner of clothing line Chance) stunning Venice Beach home. The art works are beautiful and I love how the frames are arrangement. To create a similar gallery wall it is best to think about how to arrange the frames before putting any nails in your wall. First collect the frames you want to use, then trace the shapes on paper and cut these out, lay the paper pieces on the floor and decide on an arrangement, then tape the paper pieces on the wall and if you are happy with the arrangement you can start putting nails in the wall and hang the frames on you wall. It is not that difficult you see!

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