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Wednesday May 15th, 2013

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Belinda Marshall

It’s so hard for me to resist colorful swaths of paint like this, especially when it’s made available in affordable print form. These gorgeous pieces of art were done by Australian artist Belinda Marshall, who strives to depict calm, meditative worlds in her work. For me they’re expert studies in combining colors for soothing effects….

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Monday April 29th, 2013

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Rebecca Newport Paintings

I can’t believe that April is coming to a close! This month has been all over the place in terms of weather, so I’m hoping that May will usher in some consistently pleasant- and sunny!- weather. Our May editorial theme is especially festive, so I thought I’d preview it a bit with these colorful paintings…

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Thursday April 25th, 2013

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Maureen Meyer

I love discovering that an artist I admire lives right around the corner from me. After discovering that I basically share a bedroom wall with the amazing Faile Studio yesterday, I also found out that artist Maureen Meyer is a fellow Greenpointer. Originally from Germany, Maureen now calls Brooklyn home. Inspired by her background in…

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Friday April 19th, 2013

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Leslie Lewis Sigler

When it comes to paintings, I tend to fall in love with two specifics styles: colorful abstracts and simple still lifes that focus on kitchen or food subjects. I have a small one of each in my home (A painted jar of pickles by Chelsea James next to my sink and an abstract landscape by…

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Kelsey Garrity-Riley

April is coming to a close and I’m going to be sad to see our green/nature theme go. We’ll always post those sorts of things, but I’ve really loved getting a chance to indulge in them a little more this month. One artist who shares my love of all things botanical is Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Kelsey…

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Wednesday April 3rd, 2013

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Animal Love: Robins

Since we’re focusing on nature and the outdoors this month, it only seemed right to start off the week with a little ode to spring birds. A few weeks ago I started to notice the sound of birds chirping (over the noise of bus wheels screeching and my neighbors yelling at each other from across…

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Wednesday March 6th, 2013

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Custom Family Portraits on Etsy

In honor of family month, I thought it would be fun to look at all the different options that exist for custom portraits online. From watercolors and line drawings to oil paintings and pastels, there are dozens and dozens of artists on Etsy that offer beautiful custom portraits for anyone who feels like the traditional…

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Monday March 4th, 2013

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Pet Portaits by Sian Keegan

I’ve been so excited about this month’s theme (Family + Pets) because it gives me a chance to shamelessly indulge in my love of animals. Aside from photos on my fridge, I’ve never really kept portraits or photographs around my house. I have artwork on my walls, but I tend to keep photographs of friends…

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Thursday February 28th, 2013

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Scissor Specimens

I spent all of yesterday working on a big museum-themed post for this afternoon, and now I’ve got framed objects and specimens on the brain. So when I came across these beautiful framed scissors by Cori Kindred, they reminded me of sweet scissor specimens captured in time. I love anything covered in a tiny floral…

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Tuesday February 19th, 2013

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New: Artwork at Leif

I’m always excited to hear what Stacy at Leif is working on. Earlier this winter, we chatted about business life over chowder, and I got a sneak peek at the artwork she was planning to add to the site. Just like the jewelry, home goods and ceramics she currently stocks, she’d rounded up some incredible prints…

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Monday February 18th, 2013

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10 Great Presidential-Inspired Designs

The imagery and visuals of presidential campaigns have always fascinated me. The way people’s faces, sayings or actions are turned into inspirational objects and images is an art form, so I’m always following the ways in which that has changed throughout history. Last year Max delved into the history of campaign buttons, but today I’m…

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Wednesday February 13th, 2013

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Flower Constructions by Anne ten Donkelaar

Sometimes work is so beautiful, so detailed and so special that I’m stunned into silence. Looking at the work of Anne ten Donkelaar, I had one of those “so beautiful I can’t speak” reactions. Anne creates these breathtaking Flower Constructions, 3D collages made from a combination of delicate pressed flowers and cutout pictures of flowers….

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Thursday February 7th, 2013

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Birthstones by Elisa Werbler

I’ve been keeping an eye on Elisa Werbler’s work ever since I met her at the RISD alumni sale last year. I love the way she layers color in her work, and because this is the month of pink and red, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight her new Birthstones collection….

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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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Tuesday December 11th, 2012

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Prints from Yellowlion

Even though I’ve committed to buying larger-form artwork and prints this year (my apartment is small and feels less cluttered with a few large pieces), I’ve been drawn to smaller pieces again. These prints from Sarah Santi at Yellowlion are a great example. Each one is screen printed in Chicago and is inspired by photographs that…

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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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