This past Sunday I attended IDS ’14 held in Toronto, Canada. For those of you who don’t know what IDS is, it is the Interior Design Show held every year in Toronto. This was IDS’ 16th year holding this exhibit. … Continue reading
This weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Saint Louis Art Museum. There I checked out the Decorative Arts and Textile exhibit.
I’ve been to a few museums but have never seen a Decorative Arts exhibit. I thought that it was just perfect. So many beautiful pieces that ranged from 1990s all the way to the 1700s. Its crazy how ‘history repeats it self’. Much like fashion, a lot of the same decorative designs are now back in style.
I’ve taken the time to post some of the pieces I loved from the exhibit! Hope you enjoy such great historic pieces as much as I did.
Designed by Frank O. Gehry ; Made by The Knoll Group Cross Check Armchair 1991
French Dressing Stool c: 1930
Coffee Table, 1946 —-cherry wood and glass
Knotted Chair, 1995 (left) You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories Chest of Drawers, designed 1991, made 2005
Marletto, c: 1950-52 (top left) “Pothole” Vase, Platter, and Bowl, 1951 (bottom left) Atomic Wall Clock, 1949 (top right) Vase, 1936-37 (bottom right)
Claret Jug, c: 1886 — glass
Cabinet, c: 1865 — satinwood, ash, amboyna, purpleheart, harewood, velvet, brass, and gliding
Armchair, c: 1740 —- glided walnut, beech, brass, and silk damask
Wardrobe, 1760-70 —- walnut, oak, and brass
A.Y.O.R (At Your Own Risk) Chair, 1990 — stainless steel and lead
Dressing Table and Chair, 1932 — enameled steel ; Mirror, 1932 —- glass, aluminum, and enameled steel
Bentwood Spiral, c. 1885 — ash
As we enter the new fall season what better way to welcome it then with some changes to your favorite spaces. And the easiest/quickest way to do it.. with color! You can do a major change like a paint job or the simple changes of accents. But always remember the 60-30-10 rule.
What is the 60-30-10 rule?
The 60-30-10 rule is based off of three colors. You have a primary (dominate), secondary and accent color. The dominate color will take up 60% of the room. The secondary uses 30% and the accent is no more than 10%.
Use inspiration from anything to pick your three colors. Nature and fashion are excellent sources of inspiration but textiles, art work and even other room decors can help as well. If you see a textile or art piece that you like, use that as the focal point and work off of that. If you don’t think you are good with matching colors you can always stick to the basics.
What are the basics of color?
Complimentary Colors – Start with a color you favor then use the complimentary. The complimentary is the color directly across on the color wheel. (ie. Blue and Orange, Purple and Yellow, Red and Green)
Analogous Colors – Analogous color scheme is three colors that are side by side on the color wheel. If you favor blue you can use a color scheme of blue, purple and green or blue, purple, red. There are plenty of color combinations that will get you a lovely palette for your room.
Monochromatic Colors – An easy and trendy way to decorate with color is by using a monochromatic color scheme. To achieve this you pick your favorite color and use tints, tones and shades of that color. You can mix black and white to achieve contrast.
It is suggested to leave trendy colors alone as they are forever changing which in turn means your opinion will as well.
Feeling daring? Use multiple colors or you can stick to the three color, 60-30-10 rule and have fun that way!
Good luck and enjoy your fresh new space.
– A xo
This past weekend was the annual Nuit Blanche art festival. And for the first time I was in attendance. I think the anticipation for what I expected was higher than the actual turnout. Or maybe I couldn’t really find where all good installations were?
I started off on Bay Street headed to Nathan Phillip Square. There I saw the driverless cars, the bike installation, and a few other random things like the “hammock” made from cranes that no one really understood. The cars were the most interesting. Like majority of the people, I wanted to see them crash. They came close but the guys on the remote control did a good job controlling it.
I continued to walk up university where I stumbled upon other random things like the clown show. I must say it was pretty awkward and heard a lot of people saying it looked like “clown porn” and I agree. The bright neon balloons on the other hand were awesome. I also passed by the installation that had attendees help take it apart and in turn got a paper crown.
Nothing else really stood out from what I seen. It wasn’t that amazing, awesome experience I thought it would be. But it wasn’t completely horrible either. The best part of it for me was the people watching. So many different unique types of people from all walks of life in one area that really showcased Toronto’s diverse melting pot. And all for the love of art.
Anyways pics below!
Artwork can make or break a space.
I think the number one rule for using art to decorate is picking a piece that you love. Everyday, whether in your room, kitchen, living room or bathroom, you will have to look at that picture. Personally, I don’t want to see something that I don’t care for all the time. I rather smile when I see it, feel a sense of joy and take a minute to soak it in.
Do not think that you need to cover every empty spot of your wall with some kind of art. Some walls need to be left bare so you can enjoy the wall color – I mean you did paint it for a reason! Just make sure when you go to hang the photo to center it to whatever is below or around the piece.
When hanging artwork, make sure it is at eye level of the average** persons height. I would say around 5’7. You wouldn’t want to have to break your neck looking up at a piece.
And finally, be creative and have some fun. Most art pieces are fun, creative and inspiring so you should feel the same when picking something out and hanging them around your newly decorated room. There are so many different things you can do with these pieces. You can cluster them, stagger them or make a large collage as focal point. There are also many different types of frames that will compliment the art and make it really pop. And don’t be afraid to mix and match, it’ll bring a little character to your wall.
Just remember, artwork can make or break your decor. So take some time when deciding on what will work with your room, it could be crucial!
**I am far from being average height. So if you are taller like myself, remember to hang it lower. And if you’re on the short side, raise it up a bit.
I would like to welcome you to my new blog, Oh My Decor. As some of you may know I have officially started my new chapter of interior decorating. And what better way to start a new chapter then with a new blog that has everything decor related!
I will be using this as an outlet to showcase my work, sketches, tips and everything else that will be involved with my new career path. By doing this, I believe that it will allow all of you to find inspiration for your own homes and projects as well. I am hoping to update regularly. If you have any suggestions yourself, please feel free to let me know.
Thanks a bunch!!
– Alicia xo