Friday, October 14, 2016

Ditch the Bathmat: Luxe Area Rug Ideas for Your Bathroom

Bathroom designed by Amber Interiors. Photography: Tessa Neustadt

When it comes to selecting something soft for under your feet in the bathroom, most people go for a traditional bath mat, most often sold in tiny sizes. However, I want to convince you to ditch the boring bath mat and go for a more stylish area rug selection for your bathroom. Choosing an area rug over a bath mat will have the benefit of more exciting patterns and broader size selections for more spacious bathrooms. Today I've rounded up my top 5 examples of chic area rugs in bathrooms.

Toronto home, Image via The Zhush.

So, when is the last time you've popped into a store to see basic bathmats available in these unique varieties of designs and patterns? (See above and below) The truth is, if you want a more ornate or unique bath mat design for your bathroom, you'll likely have to head to the rug section to find the best variety. So I'm hear to encourage you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Go forth and shop the rug section for your next bathroom refresh! 

Image via BellaMumma

Whether your bathroom is smaller or larger, a luxe oriental rug or another equally ornate rug selection will have high impact visually. I love the unique look of the circular polka dot rug shown above. It really adds a custom feel to the space, especially since you don't typically see circular rugs in bathrooms. For larger bathrooms, when you're shopping the rug section instead of the bath section, you'll find rugs that are more appropriately sized for larger bathrooms. The oriental rug shown below is a perfect example of how an oversized rug or runner can transform a bathroom.

Interior design by Amber Interiors

Denver farmhouse designed by Carlos Alvarez of Alvarez Morris. Image via Luxe Source. Photography: Emily Minton Redfield

Will you be switching from a boring bathmat to a luxurious area rug in your bathroom? You'll love it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ideas for Incorporating Color-block Painting at Home

Image via SF Girl By Bay

Color blocking is the visual style of pairing blocks of solid colors in often-unexpected ways. Color-block painting can be quirky, refreshing, and surprisingly luxe in an interior space. From Piet Mondrian’s primary-colored paintings to the emergence of 1960’s Mod fashion, color blocking has proved to be a lasting trend. Based on the concept of placing bold colors together for an eye-catching effect, this colorful technique is not only for fashion. Applying pops of color to your walls could be just what you need to invigorate your space.

Image via Vtwonen 

Image via Design meets Style

The color-blocking concept often brings to mind bright and contrasting hues, but the color and design possibilities are virtually limitless. Consider the whole spectrum of the color wheel; both saturated and toned-down hues can make a big impact. Pastel colors can breathe new life into a room, while a neutral shade can make an elegant, streamlined addition.

Image via Avenue Lifestyle

There is also a lot of room to play with shape and design. Large swaths of color can take the form of one painted wall, door, ceiling, or perhaps horizontally divide all your walls into two shades. Think about experimenting with diagonal and vertical lines as well for a dramatic emphasis. Playful geometric shapes such as circles and triangles are also an interesting design element, and achievable through the use of stencils and painter's tape. There are so many options to consider when decorating with color block painting, and the effect can be whatever you choose.

Image via Enter My Attic

Image via The Decoist

Make sure to incorporate objects in the room that mimic the color or shape of the color block painting, for a feeling of harmony and unity within the space. If you decide to go bold with a circular shape, other round or circular shaped elements will be pleasing to the eye and create a coherent flow.

Most importantly, think about the particular colors that bring you joy. Incorporating your favorite hues into your life space will put a smile on your face each time you enter your home. Organic Bed, Bath, & Baby!  Free Shipping On All Orders Over $200 At!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Katherine Freeman of Katherine Freeman Original Art

Katherine Freeman is an artist that hales from the great state of Georgia. In September of 2015, Katherine began selling her work under the brand Katherine Freeman Original Art, and today it is my pleasure to introduce both her and her work to you. Her use of watercolors, oils paints, and charcoal lend to both serene and bold pieces that seem to pour from the canvas.

Hi  Katherine! Thank you so much for taking the time to let Interiors by Jacquin readers learn more about you and your work. When did you did decide to follow your passion for art?

Katherine: After graduating from The University of Alabama (roll tide) I got my Real Estate license and began work full-time as a Buyer’s agent for my mom who has been in the Real Estate business for the last 13 years. I was creating art on the side in my free time, so I decided to share my work via Instagram/social media. One thing led to another and people wanted to buy my work so I was like, why not? Getting paid to do something I am passionate about is more than a dream come true!

Katherine Freeman's artwork shown in a residential interior.

Artist Katherine Freeman uses clippings from magazines, fashion, & other media to inspire her artwork.

What is your inspiration when you create?

Katherine: Everything around me! I have created my studio space to be all white, bright and airy allowing my work to be the color and I believe that has played a major role in influencing my style and various mediums that I use. I love bringing in magazine cut outs, any type of organic shapes, and sometimes even paint swatches to inspire my work.

I am greatly influenced by interior design, textures, patterns, and the contrast between colors. I enjoy following interior designer’s social media accounts and always love seeing the various trends and colors designers are using. I am no pro when it comes to interior design, but I do get such a thrill from looking and putting things together. I see amazing rooms and I instantly envision my work in them – that is how I know if I have created a good piece or not.

How does your art evolve from beginning to the finished product?

Katherine: Abstract art is such an intuitive process and my work is constantly evolving. I do love working on paper, however I absolutely love working on super large canvases. To some people I think big can be overwhelming (I remember feeling that way at first), but to me, the bigger the better! I typically begin every piece with a similar process and that is usually applying very large brush strokes with whatever colors I may choose and then adding oil pastels to help find the movement and composition of the painting.

What people don’t realize with abstract work is that you can’t be afraid to mess up. Some of my most favorite paintings have come from accidents made on the canvas that I quickly embraced, and then they became areas I didn’t want to cover up. Embrace your mistakes, because sometimes those mistakes can also be very hard to replicate!! Once I feel like I am finished with a piece I let it hang in my studio for a few days. I love hanging the piece so I can see it right when I walk in the door. Based on my first look when I walk in the door, my intuition always tells me if it’s complete or not.

How does your passion and creativity for art flow into your everyday life?

Katherine: I think art is more than just paint on canvas. Being creative in every aspect of my life challenges me to always be looking for new ideas whether it be in fashion, design, or art. I have a style and I believe my work encompasses that. I do want my work to exude positive feelings and emotions, so I try and surround myself with those everyday. With creativity though comes ideas galore, and my mind is literally always spinning!

If you could choose any subject for a piece, what or whom would it be and why?

Katherine: I would have to say I would choose my interpretation of people. It is something unexpected from me and I have not had a chance to experiment with yet, but hope to in the near future!

If you’ve loved the photos here, head over to Katherine’s site for more artwork, as well as information on commissioning a piece of your own. If you are interested in staying in the loop of all things Katherine Freeman Original Art, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Houston Art Fair Experience

Artwork by artist Roy Thurston of Chimento Contemporary Gallery.

I recently visited the Houston Art Fair (and Houston for the first time!) where I had the opportunity to spend an entire weekend enjoying original fine art. I served as the Houston Art Fair's VIP representative which meant that I attended the fair's VIP private art tours, taking place at the homes of select art collectors across the city. After my exciting weekend I highly recommend attending the Houston Art Fair, and of course any local art fairs that you have the opportunity to visit. I am pleased to share with you the highlights from my recent Houston Art Fair experience, which I must say was fantastic.

Painting by James Michalopoulos.

This old house with the hazy purple sky was one of my favorite paintings of the weekend. The artist, James Michalopolous, is know for painting representations of historic New Orleans homes in vibrant color palettes.

Ornate bamboo sculptures from a range of Japanese artists, Tai Modern.

I was really impressed by the Japanese bamboo art, featuring highly detailed baskets and sculptures made of bamboo while attending the Houston Art Fair. The Tai Modern Art Gallery curated this collection of bamboo works from a range of highly trained Japanese artists. I've seen this style of bamboo art at other museums and it's hard to believe that this intricate style of basket is created in much larger sizes, as well. 

Painting by Roseta Santiago of Blue Rain Gallery.

Another stunning work was this piece from artist Roseta Santiago who paints on Native American themes with photo-quality figurative work. The Blue Rain Gallery booth was filled with Native American artistic treasures from paintings like the one shown above to ceramic works and more. 

Paintings by Mark Heine, "Sirens" collection. Peninsula Art Gallery. 

Contemporary art jewelry design by Annemieke Broenink.

Contemporary art jewelry design by Liv Blavarp, made of wood, Charon Kranson Arts.

This art fair made sure there was something for everyone from comic book artwork that my husband loved, to sculptural jewelry, and more feminine artwork like the Christian Louboutin shoe piece shown below. I really enjoyed the jewelry designs of Annemeike Broenink and Liv Blavarp while at the art fair (shown above). I love the idea of jewelry that's like a mini-sculpture for your neck. These are these just the type of jewelry designs I look forward to adding to my collection. I was also pleased to see that there were more than one contemporary fine art jewelry designer represented at the Houston Art Fair, in addition to other non-traditional art mediums.

X-ray style artwork by Nick Veasey, 'Christian Louboutin', Evan Lurie Gallery.

Myself with artist Chong-Ok Lee Matthews, Korean landscape painter.

Attending the Houston Art Fair had the added benefit of meeting amazing artists in person. I really enjoyed meeting artist Chong-Ok Matthews whose paintings captured my attention because of their serene color palette. I'm photographed above in front of Chong-OK's gallery wall of soothing landscape paintings. I am looking forward to seeing more of this artists' work and featuring her on the blog in the near future.

Myself at the home of renowned art collector Lestor Marks, VIP private art tour. (ARTNews' 'Top 200 Collectors in the World)

One of the most exciting parts of working for the Houston Art Fair was attending the exclusive VIP events. I had the honor of serving as the Houston Art Fair's VIP Representative at two unforgettable art tours of private home collections. I have included some photos from my visit to the home of Lester Marks, a renowned art collector who has been featured internationally. 

Lester showing us his collection of Andy Warhol paintings.

Walking through Lester's home was quite the experience. Each room is filled with one-of-a-kind art installations transforming the home into a delightful creative habitat. Lester has been collecting artwork for over 20 years and continues to acquire more unique pieces like the ones shown here. 

Lester's kitchen design was accented with a net made of Barbies hanging from the ceiling!

I rounded out my weekend with the Houston Art Fair by viewing the work of one of my favorite artists, Nick Cave, right in the middle of Lester's living room! You can only imagine my surprise to round the corner of him home and see a full sized Nick Cave "Sound Suit". If you haven't heard about Nick Cave's Sound Suits, they are quite spectacular and imaginative. Nick Cave's Sound Suits can be worn and moved in as performance art or displayed as a sculptural piece. Getting a photo in front of one of Nick Cave's Sound Suits was definitely a highlight for me. I must thank Lester for welcoming us into his home and inviting us into his amazing world of fine art. These are the kind of experiences that invigorate my passion for fine art.

Artist Nick Cave known for his "Sound Suits".

Nick Cave was also just featured on PBS' Art in the 21st Century series. The Chicago episode featuring Nick Cave is definitely worth watching. Any art lover will love this new PBS series!

Myself in front of Nick Cave's 'Sound Suit' at the home of collector Lester Marks. 

I had a great time joining the Urban Expositions team for the weekend. The Houston Art Fair was full of surprises and definitely worth the trip. If you didn't have the opportunity to visit the Houston Art Fair this year, I recommend stopping by next year or in the future. For more great artwork visit the Interiors by Jacquin Art page

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Design Love: The Warren Platner Chair

The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, via Ish & Chi

You may have seen this modern and eye catching chair across the interior design world lately and that's because it's pretty amazing. This is one of those stunning designs that have stood the test of time, and remains a flawless addition to a space. The Platner Chair is the design work of architect, interior designer, and furniture designer Warren Platner who released this unique chair design in 1966. This chair works well in mid-century modern interiors, contemporary interiors, and any interiors with a fun, eclectic feel and that's why this chair is my eye-candy of the day. 

Designed by Jonathan Adler via Dwell

Modern French apartment via Vogue Living Austrilia

Home of designer Jayme Armour of Atlanta via myDomaine, Photography Sarah Dorio

Designers John Wooden and Dustin Dorr via Luxe.

What do you think of the Warren Planter Chair? I must say that I quite like it! This gorgeous chair was also in the recent home tour of model Marisa Howard, featured here on Interiors by Jacquin. Take a look at how Marisa styled this iconic chair in her dining room. (P.S. This home tour is filled with amazing artwork!) You can purchase your own Platner Armchair here or go for the wider Platner Lounge Chair for a space like the bedroom. You'll love it! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bloggers at Home: Elegant home tour with pops of Pink

I'm pleased to present the elegant and stylish home of blogger Alicia Wood of The Lush List today. Alicias' blog is home to the latest fashion and amazing home cooking and recipes. You'll definitely want to learn more about this style blogger, mom, and home chef extraordinaire. Take a look at my recent chat with Alicia and her stunning home tour. 

Jacquin: Hi Alicia! What can people expect from your blog, the Lush List?

Alicia: Thanks for having me today Jacquin! The Lush List is a lifestyle blog focused on Style, Food & Entertaining, Clean Beauty, Travel and Design.  I am truly a “List Maker“ and I'm always being asked by others for my ideas and lists, so The Lush List blog is where I share them with everyone.

Jacquin: Being that you come from a long line of cooks, do you garner a lot of inspiration from the recipes you've grown up with when creating recipes to share on your blog?

Alicia: Some of my earliest memories are in the kitchen with my mom or one of my great-grandmothers. Every holiday we went to Arkansas to see family, and food was always the centerpiece – both preparing it and sharing it. One special recipe we make every holiday are these angel rollsWe’ve even adapted them to be gluten-free to be able to continue to enjoy them. My great-grandmother baked a lot and I think of her every time I make a pie. This rustic apple galette is my favorite recipe to make and I think she’d like it very much.

Jacquin: As a foodie, if you could only eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner food for the rest of your life––which meal type would you choose?

Alicia: This is so hard for me! Anyone who knows me very well, knows I love a good soup. I could truly have it for every meal. This Watermelon Gazpacho is a favorite. I have actually eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It also makes a great appetizer. However, I do also love a great steak with Green Eggs and a glass of Cabernet.

Alicia Wood's Watermelon Gazpacho. Get the recipe here!

Jacquin: What attracts you to certain types of fashion? Where is your favorite place to find fashion that matches your personal style?

Alicia: I realized a long time ago that I love classic style in both fashion and interiors. I’m only 5’2” tall and crazy trends seem to wear me, so I learned how to style my body best. Well-tailored pieces seem to prevent me from appearing so small. Friends are always surprised when talk moves around to height…great heels don’t hurt, either. Grace Kelly, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Kate Middleton, Amal Clooney and Olivia Palermo are women whose style resonates with me.  Because we are such a busy household, I do most of my shopping online, which allows me to find great deals on my favorite designers. Some of my favorite stores are Neiman Marcus, Shopbop, J.Crew, Saint Bernard, Veronica Beard, and Tory Burch. I love the style and vibe at these stores each season. One of the great things about The Lush List is that you’ll always find sale round ups and notices of sales on my blog, simply because I love a good deal!

Jacquin: How is your personal style reflected in your home's decor?

Alicia: It would be a tie between my kitchen and my master suite. My kitchen is one of my favorite spaces in my home. We remodeled our home about 2 years ago. I was able to completely start over and create these rooms for the way we live. Every drawer and cabinet in the kitchen was designed for the way I cook. I have a huge refrigerator because with our food allergies, I don’t use much packaged or dry goods and it’s always full with fresh fruits and veggies. My favorite element is the huge white marble island that is always full of cooking prep and someone doing homework or eating a snack. The breakfast area features one of my great-grandmother’s dining tables that I had refinished. The Hermes scarf was a gift from my husband that I only wore a few times. After we remodeled, I was looking for art for this wall. I had always wanted a vintage Hermes scarf to frame. When I realized it was the exact color of my chair cushions, I wasted no time having it framed. It is such a happy room that really pops with my signature pink!

The master is calming and serene. A great escape from the world. I wanted lots of white and shimmering details. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. The monogrammed chair at my dressing table and the fretwork on the built-in cabinets are my favorite details…and the two chandeliers!

JacquiYou menn: tioned on your "About me" page that you go overboard for birthday parties. Share a story with me, please!

Alicia: I love birthday parties! There is nothing better than celebrating someone’s special day. A few years ago, my middle daughter requested a Nancy Drew Party for her 8th birthday. I created clue invitations that set the tone for a missing puppy mystery. The clues were hidden all over our home and yard. The girls each had a notebook to collect the clues that were written in crazy ways: backward to be read in a mirror, with invisible ink and in code. It was so fun to watch them work together to solve the mystery! Party favors were inspired by Nancy Drew mystery #8.

My youngest daughter loves the color blue so I created a Bluealicious (think Pinkalicious) party for her. I had special decorations designed to match the invitations, games with blue prizes and everyone wore blue, too! The candy buffet was her favorite because I found so many different nut free and gluten free candies and popcorn for her to choose from! That is a true dream come true for a food allergy kid!

I have always made my girls birthday cakes and love to create their vision. My favorite cake was a Frozen themed cake with white and blue rock-candy towers making Elsa’s castle. Baked Alaska is a tradition for my oldest daughter who wants to run the Iditarod one day!

Jacquin: Where is the most extraordinary place your wanderlust has taken you?

Alicia: My husband and I love to travel. For our 20th anniversary, we decided to go literally halfway around the world and spend time in the Maldives. He loves to surf and I love blue water and white sand, so this was the perfect spot for both of us. Because we have a busy household with three girls ranging in age from 15 to 8, I have used a pallet of calming colors of whites, grays and blues, similar to the ocean, throughout our home. I also love a bit of the unexpected, so I’ve used a pop of fuchsia throughout... from art, accessories to flowers, I like to keep it fun! My husband is ok with it though because he has “his” study in a darker, more masculine color palette of gray and blue.

Photo of blogger Alicia Wood vacationing in the Maldives. 

Jacquin: How has blogging and founding The Lush List influenced your life so far?

Alicia: I think the biggest influence the blog has had on me is to continue to push me to learn new techniques and recipes to share with others. My readers inspire me with their questions and suggestions. The Lush List has certainly enhanced my life and I hope it inspires others for many years to come.

Photos by Mary Summers-Hafner and Aaron Doughtery