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Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

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Mario Kolaric

There was a lot of diary talk here at D*S yesterday, so it only seemed right to start this morning with some beautiful artwork from Mario Kolaric’s Diary Fragments series. Mario had been working in notebooks, jotting down small ideas and concepts, for years, but decided in 2010 that he would display these smaller fragments…

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Monday January 21st, 2013

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so before we start our normal schedule of home tours and design ideas, I wanted to take a moment to pause and honor the work and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are a number of ways to honor the achievements and messages Dr. King…

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Tuesday January 8th, 2013

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Melanie Pankau

When winter rolls around in Brooklyn, it feels like there’s no bleaker place on earth. All of the industrial architecture in Greenpoint takes on an especially dreary air, and the building opposite our office windows starts to look like a set location from Resident Evil. To combat the winter blues (and the hoard of zombies in…

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Wednesday December 5th, 2012

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Western Edge: A Film Project from In The Make

As a California-based artist with a love of interior and spatial design, I could not think of a recent art-related venture that fills me with more excitement and joy than Western Edge. Klea and Nikki will travel from Tijuana, Mexico, to Vancouver, Canada, visiting over 40 artists along the way, not just to share these…

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Monday November 26th, 2012

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Southern Sky Map

Sky maps are so romantic and mystical to me. We don’t get to see the stars much here in the city, so having pictures or maps of them around the house is a nice way to imagine them without seeing them. This beautiful Southern Sky map is from Stellavie Design in Germany. Their silkscreened print…

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Monday November 19th, 2012

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Golly Bard

With two new columns dedicated to flora and fauna now running on D*S, I’m constantly on the lookout for great examples of animal, plant or insect illustration. These beautiful watercolor prints are from Virginia artist Holly Ward Bimba. Holly has an interest in natural history and curiosities, and she documents them using watercolors and gouache. Her…

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Friday November 16th, 2012

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Caroline Zucchero Hurley

If I won the lottery, I’d probably spend whatever money I set aside for purchases on beautiful original paintings. As much as I’d love to, buying time-intensive original artwork isn’t quite in my budget yet, so I’m always eying them for down the road. One of the artists whose work I’m coveting is Caroline Zucchero…

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Wednesday November 14th, 2012

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Carson Ellis at Nationale

Carson Ellis’ work is the stuff of my wildest imagination and dreams. Her illustrations for the incredible Wildwood Chronicles series (written by her husband, Colin Meloy) were so beautiful and moving that they inspired me to turn them into a tattoo design. So when I say that I love her work, I really really mean…

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Tuesday November 13th, 2012

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Home Goods at Busy-Being

As much as I’m embracing minimalism in my own home these days, it’s always fun to visually collect pattern and colorful new home pieces. Amber at Busy-Being in Austin has a great eye for artwork and home goods, and these pieces in her shop caught my eye this week. I love all the bold color and…

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Thursday November 8th, 2012

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zoe tilley

I’ve always been a terrible drawer. When I was working toward my art major in college, drawing was my Achilles’ heel. Thankfully, I figured that out pretty quickly and moved on to other areas, but I’ve maintained a deep and abiding love of artists who work well with simple pencil and paper. These beautiful pencil…

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Wednesday November 7th, 2012

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Shadow Boxes by Simone LeBlanc for Terrain

Designer Simone LeBlanc is always coming up with creative entertaining and decorating projects. I’ve loved hearing about all of the fun projects she’s been up to over the years, and I was especially excited to hear about her just-launched collection of wall art for Terrain. Using natural materials like dried florals, driftwood and agate, Simone…

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Thursday October 11th, 2012

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if you’re waiting for a sign . . .

I’m not usually one for sayings and quotations, but I love this little paper-cut design from Jonathan at Mr Yen. It’s a reminder to push forward and stay motivated as well as a beautiful piece of art that would look lovely on anyone’s wall. I think this would be great for an office — it’s…

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Thursday October 4th, 2012

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The March Collective

I recently wrote about the new art prints from Society6 and how awesome it is to see so many online galleries providing budget friendly artwork for young collectors. Now there’s yet another great resource for these pieces: The March Collective, a new online original digital art business based in Australia. If you need a bold piece of art…

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Tuesday September 25th, 2012

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Art Prints from Society 6

I see so many incredible artworks flicker on and off my screen each day, and while I’m thankful for the exposure to such a wealth of creativity, it saddens me to know that I will never be in the presence of the actual piece. It’s easy to admire images online, but anyone who has flipped through…

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Friday September 21st, 2012

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weekly wrap up + the tent + party giveaway!

Interactive art projects that bring communities together make me happier than any other type of art. So often people are taught that if you aren’t an artist, you can’t really participate in or be a member of the creative community. But projects like this amazing installation from Tali Buchler are great reminders that everyone can…

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Friday August 24th, 2012

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sarah dennis illustration

I’ve got a soft spot for artists working with paper, so these incredible pieces from Sarah Dennis in the UK are new favorites of mine. I love the way sky and water animals meet in the piece above; it’s such a beautiful take on nature, and the intricate details are stunning. Click here to see…

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Thursday August 23rd, 2012

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New Yorker for A Day

As you might expect, freelance travel photojournalist Sivan Askayo spends a lot of time traveling. As a solo traveler, she was frustrated that it was nearly impossible to get a photograph of herself on her trips — she either had to do the one-arm photo stretch or look for a trustworthy stranger to whom she…

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Thursday August 16th, 2012

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jenny nieh

As soon as I read that artist Jenny Nieh describes her work as “a representation of the endless journey of finding and searching for peacefulness in solitude,” I was hooked. Part of me is constantly searching for the same thing, and her work really feels like a glimpse into a world where beauty and calmness meet….

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new from banquet workshop

I’m always excited to see an email from Banquet in my inbox. In addition to being run by two of the coolest girls on the block, Banquet is always coming up with fun prints that feel like the perfect combination of modern and whimsical. For this year’s Gift Fair, Banquet is releasing two cool cactus…

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The Extraction Series by Matthew Shlian

I’m a huge Matthew Shlian fan. His work takes paper engineering (which I love is even a thing) to such a beautiful level, and each series seems to explore something different and more exciting. Matthew’s latest collection, Extraction, is a continuation of his collaborative series with Ghostly. These new pieces explore the idea of moving…

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