Decorate with Instagram

Tweet Do you continually delay eating your meal just to snap a quick photo? Do you spend an unseemly amount of time deciding which filter to use? Do you catch your friends sighing exasperatedly because you just absolutely had to … Read More

Do you continually delay eating your meal just to snap a quick photo? Do you spend an unseemly amount of time deciding which filter to use? Do you catch your friends sighing exasperatedly because you just absolutely had to stop to take another “selfie”? You just might have an Instagram addiction. Don’t be ashamed. We’re not here to judge. In fact, we would like to be your enabler. Chances are, your phone is chock-full of photos that you would love to show off. Consider having them printed! Those who are decorating their homes are constantly on the hunt for the perfect wall art that not only aligns with their style preferences but also speaks to them on an emotional level. Well, guess what! You’re already your own curator and you didn’t even know it! There is a tiny art gallery inside your mobile phone and you’re the photographer. Using your instagram photos to decorate your home is a great  and easy way to infuse a little of your personality into your living space. So don’t hold back! Snap those artfully angled pictures of your cat and that shot of your feet in the sand at the beach. Slap some filters on those babies! They make for art that is fun and uniquely yours. Plus, how great would it be to get compliments on your wall art and be able to say with a smirk, “yeah, I took that photo”. Upload your photos to GalleryDirect.com and check out the cool materials we print on and start decorating!  

Get into the Swing of Spring

Tweet Let’s all give a collective sigh of relief and celebrate the ending of a very long, very cold winter and welcome spring! Spring is a time for renewal. It’s synonymous with freshness and growth. It’s a time for shaking … Read More

Let’s all give a collective sigh of relief and celebrate the ending of a very long, very cold winter and welcome spring! Spring is a time for renewal. It’s synonymous with freshness and growth. It’s a time for shaking off the gray, dullness of winter to make room for the brightness of a new beginning. While it occurs to most to update their wardrobe or get a stylish, new haircut, updating one’s home décor for the spring season might not come to mind. You don’t have to go to extravagant lengths to refresh your home for spring. Simple things such as tossing a few bright throw pillows onto the couch or changing out neutral window treatments for ones that are vibrant are easy and low-cost ways to inject a pop of color in any room. Look for accessories in warm, vivid colors such as Pantone’s “Radiant Orchid” and soft, airy pastels like sea foam green and lilacs. These colors are not only trendy right now but they invoke the crisp, cheery feeling of spring. While many shy away from bold patterns on their walls or furniture, opting for daringly patterned accessories is a choice that is much easier to swallow. Throws and rugs with brightly colored floral patterns and vibrant geometric designs are excellent pieces to perk up your home for the season.   Another and arguably the most fun way to update your home for spring is to swap out your wall art. Consider taking down your wall art with darker or more muted tones, store them away for the spring and summer months and hang art featuring radiant colors and verdant, blossomy subject matter in their place. Wall art featuring subject matter such as florals, lush landscapes or even lively abstracts with bright, punchy colors are all great options for your spring décor.

Check out our “Art for Spring” board on Pinterest for inspiration for your home. You can also browse “Botanical and Floral” collection for more refreshing spring-inspired prints.

Radiant Orchid is the Color of 2014

Tweet Radiant Orchid is the new IT color. Pantone has announced the hottest color of them all for 2014, factoring in trends and influences from all over the world. The red carpet will certainly be a bold spectacle this spring. … Read More

[caption id="attachment_4368" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Pantone's Radiant Orchid[/caption] Radiant Orchid is the new IT color. Pantone has announced the hottest color of them all for 2014, factoring in trends and influences from all over the world. The red carpet will certainly be a bold spectacle this spring. “Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, [it] encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” Pantone further describes the color as "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones." It has already splashed the runways of 2014 Spring Fashion shows. Collections from Prada, Chanel, and Dior included various pinks and purples. [caption id="attachment_4369" align="aligncenter" width="433"] AP Photo, Karly Domb Sadof[/caption] In the interior design world, Radiant Orchid is set to be the go-to accent color for paint and accessories. It can be a unifying element for an eclectic space. Pantone recommends brightening up a neutral palette with a stroke of purple vibrancy. For the more adventurous, pair it with another bold color, like deep hunter green, turquoise, or a light yellow. From makeup to handbags to pillows, Pantone's pick is sure to blossom in abundance come 2014. For more color and decor inspiration, check out our Pinterest board "Radiant Orchid Revolution".

Holiday Gift Ideas for 2013

Tweet Buying art for your friends and family can be a delicate art in itself. To help, we’ve put together a shopping guide to get those holiday gift ideas flowing. The parents or grandparents will have no idea you’re trying … Read More

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Buying art for your friends and family can be a delicate art in itself. To help, we've put together a shopping guide to get those holiday gift ideas flowing. The parents or grandparents will have no idea you're trying to bring them into this millennium with contemporary art on birchwood. The retro references will have them fooled! Try Maureen Brouillette's "It'll Do Dancing" series. A kid's play space doesn't have to be an eyesore. Make it a space fun for adults, too, with framed art on canvas. Try Joel Ganucheau's "Whimsical" series. Show your niece how cool you think she is with a framed floral print. Time for the big girl art! Try Sia Aryai's "Garbela Fusha" or find more inspiration in our Botanical subject. Bring a little bling into your friend or sibling's bathroom with an elegant print on aluminum. They'll think of you every time they flush. Try Sara Abbott's "Waiting for the Sun" series. What do you buy for the stylish friend with specific tastes? Can't go wrong with a unique, vintage image on framed mirror. Try our Vintage subject for inspiration. Still not sure what kind of art to give your loved one? No worries. That's why we have eGift Cards. Instant delivery means you can wait till the last minute, and your gift will arrive on time.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Hello Cool Design: Meet Hot Art

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Just in time for the holidays…

The word is out. Top designers are all saying that seasonal décor this year is not just about tree trimming and table top. It’s all about the walls.

Patti Hinners, designer of Austin’s finest homes, says,

“It may have started as a trend, but now my clients are pulling out art from holiday storage year after year – same as they would the garlands and wreathes and their other little treasures.”

Seriously – Picture this: It’s late Saturday afternoon and it’s cold outside – too cold to go out. You’re lounging in your comfiest chaise in front of a roaring fire with a yummy cashmere throw and an even yummier mug of mulled wine. Perhaps you’re still wearing your pajamas. You’ve forgotten the book on your lap because you’re transfixed by a fresh fir tree sparkling with tiny white lights. But how does last summer’s sunflower or beach print fit in? Indeed, it’s jarring. The tableau is simply not complete without seasonal art.

Gallery Direct makes it possible for you to decorate in style this winter with festive imagery from your favorite artists – Sia – Paul – Saris – Abbott – Gjevukaj – Graham – plus our colorful photography.  From trees to stars to lights to nature’s curiosities, and even a sweet little deer, this imagery is available on numerous media to select from, including traditional framed paper for a classic touch, light weight canvas that’s easy-to-hang, sophisticated aluminum or acrylic for a modern spin and unique birchwood for a rustic feel. Plus all the red you need to turn your space into a warm and cozy holiday home.

Hinners advises canvas precisely because it’s lightweight, durable, and easy to hang and move around.

“It’s perfect for seasonal décor for all those reasons, but it also has the feel of an original, especially framed canvas.” 

As this year’s designers will tell you and savvy home makers get it: It’s not just about the tree or the table this year, it’s about the holistic experience. And there’s no better way to create that than to surround yourself with cheery wall décor!

And don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

Art as Your Focal Point

Tweet When designing a room it’s always helpful to have a starting point, such as a piece of artwork like the Art Deco Butterflies 60 featured above.  Artwork is a wonderful source of inspiration for an interior. The colors present … Read More

When designing a room it’s always helpful to have a starting point, such as a piece of artwork like the Art Deco Butterflies 60 featured above.  Artwork is a wonderful source of inspiration for an interior. The colors present in the artwork, the artistic style, and the overall mood of the piece can inform many of the decisions you’ll make for your interior. Aside from offering color and style direction for a room, the right artwork can serve as the focal point of your space. Consider the focal point to be the center of interest or activity in a room. Where do you want the eye to be drawn? The focal point may or may not be the actual center of the space, but it is always the most important part. Because a focal point engages users and draws attention to the space, it’s placement in a room must be thoughtful.  A stunning piece of art above a fireplace will call users to the living room to sit and gather; a bold piece of art placed at the end of a hallway entices users to progress through the space; and a unique piece can serve to anchor a seating grouping or activity zone. For a step by step guide to making artwork your focal point visit please visit our Design Help and Inspiration Section. This article was originally written by Interior Designer, Desi Creswell. You can find more of her great tips in the Gallery Direct Design Help and Inspiration section.

The Original “Put a Bird On It”

Tweet Greetings, Gallery Direct! Having returned to the States after my fabulous summer of learning and exploring in Italy, I am back to the grindstone. I am currently applying to PhD programs in art history and museum studies, and had … Read More

Greetings, Gallery Direct! Having returned to the States after my fabulous summer of learning and exploring in Italy, I am back to the grindstone. I am currently applying to PhD programs in art history and museum studies, and had the occasion to visit Yale University in New Haven, CT, this past weekend for a fantastic conference on one of my favorite artists of all time, Edouard Manet. The conference was excellent, but I also got to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams: visiting the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Yale.
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[caption id="attachment_4223" align="aligncenter" width="528"] The Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library[/caption] Not only is it the largest building in the world that is dedicated solely to the preservation, conversation, and dissemination of rare books, it is also open to both Yale students and the public at large. For a book geek like me, it's always wonderful to know that even with such precious materials at hand, people are dedicated to sharing them for the greater good. Among their collections that are out for public display (including a Gutenberg Bible) was a first edition run of John James Audubon's Birds of America. At the age of 35, John James Audubon embarked upon a mission to paint every bird in North America. In 1838, that project saw completion. Working with British engravers, Audubon transformed his watercolor and pastel works into what is now known as Birds of America. A total of 87 sets of five prints - making a total of 435 plates - were released between 1827 and 1838. [caption id="attachment_4224" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Original printing of Audubon's Birds of America[/caption] Having personally worked with all of the plates of this astonishing during my time at Gallery Direct, it was so incredibly cool to see the original works in person. Check out some of the great prints we have available over at Gallery Direct from the Audubon collection. Two of my favorites are the Great Horned Owls and the Zenaida Doves.   [caption id="attachment_4225" align="aligncenter" width="242"] Audubon's Great Horned Owls[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4226" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Audubon's Zenaida Doves[/caption] So, go ahead and "put a bird on it" with your favorite Audubon print from Gallery Direct!

Fall Art Trends: Black and White

Tweet   Fall fashion trends are hitting my favorite boutiques and I can’t stay away!  Through my shopping adventures, I noticed a trend in my shopping bag, that matches my walls.  Black and white! Here’s a shot of a display at … Read More

 
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Fall fashion trends are hitting my favorite boutiques and I can't stay away!  Through my shopping adventures, I noticed a trend in my shopping bag, that matches my walls.  Black and white! Here's a shot of a display at my favorite boutique in San Francisco, Ambiance. They paired the classic colors with a splash of blue. That black and white dress is absolutely stunning and puts a new modern twist on a contemporary look.  This boutique has consistently been voted San Francisco's top woman's boutique for several years, and it's obvious why. Black and white are playing a huge role this Fall and are adoring runways across the globe. No longer reserved for basics, it’s time to embrace the freshness of the bold contrasts. Art works the same way. Artwork follows the fall trends of the runways, just in a more subtle way.  Like your clothes, with art you can pair your current or older décor with new décor, making a huge impact in your space.  This bold black and white abstract makes a huge impact in this room.  Changing the artwork from florals to abstract makes it look like a complete makeover.

My pinterest board has my wish list of black and white artwork and outfits, my two favorite things ......and these are anything but ordinary. From the runways to your walls, there is nothing boring about black and white. What are you wearing this Fall?  

Hello Cool Design: Meet Hot Art

Tweet You may recall my October 2012 blog when I bragged about my front parlor with its Aalto furnishings and pièce de résistance, “the spectacular Odegard rug that I convinced Clay to splurge on,” right?! http://blog.gallerydirect.com/2012/10/14/hello-cool-design-meet-hot-art-3/ Well, pride cometh before … Read More

You may recall my October 2012 blog when I bragged about my front parlor with its Aalto furnishings and pièce de résistance, “the spectacular Odegard rug that I convinced Clay to splurge on,” right?! http://blog.gallerydirect.com/2012/10/14/hello-cool-design-meet-hot-art-3/ Well, pride cometh before a fall. Indeed it does. In mid-June, my 18-year old son Henry received a useful birthday present from his grandparents, a fully loaded tool box, which is exactly what he asked for. I arrived home one evening to see all the bells and whistles pulled out and placed lovingly before it. I took little note – it was a bunch of tools for god’s sake! – and went on my merry way. No one was home which meant Chardonnay and HBO. I was awakened abruptly around 1 a.m. when my peeps returned and chaos ensued. Did I mention we have a one-year-old puppy? Mabel is a very busy little lab. And she appears to like Gorilla Glue, which is marketed as 100% waterproof, “bonds wood, stone, metal, fiberglass and more.” Apparently, it bonded to Mabel’s insides; emergency vet care removed a baseball-sized glob from her stomach the next day. (Don't worry – she's fine and needless to say has since spent weeks at obedience school!) Clearly it bonded to the Odegard rug – right smack in the middle. No amount of cleaning – amateur or professional – would rid us of that residue. We debated what to do – this was our prized possession you know! Do we send it to Odegard and have it cut down? Do we trust someone locally? We could certainly use runners – I had my eye on a round rug for that space anyway! Well, practicality won out and we ultimately succumbed to purchasing a Saarinen dining table we’ve been watching for some time. And guess what a Saarinen dining table features – a pedestal base of course! So the RED furniture is out – Annie is already thanking me as you might imagine – and I’m now perusing Gallery Direct for new art to go with our new non-RED look. Meanwhile, I’ve temporarily replaced Benjamin Arnot’s Speed of Light I with his The Challenger – You recognize Yule Brenner don’t you?! Even though he’s Chinese RED, a color I’m obviously attracted to, I think he looks great in there. And if you haven’t paid attention to Benjamin Arnot’s work, you should. It’s fabulous. I’m also eyeing works from Takhiro Kimura, a Japanese artist featured on our new fine art site –  www.49editions.com – just launched last week.  Check out President, T2 and World, all of which highlight RED as a primary color. I can’t help it?! I think I’m going with T2 for a clean look – or I could go with Blue’s – love that Goon Squad look – and lo and behold – it’s not RED! What do you think about President facing the commode in our Powder Bath – or is that weird? Help me decide!

Food for Thought

Tweet As my time in Italy comes to a close (I really cannot believe the summer is almost over – I feel like I just got here!), I’ve been spending my days and nights absorbing as much as I possibly … Read More

As my time in Italy comes to a close (I really cannot believe the summer is almost over - I feel like I just got here!), I've been spending my days and nights absorbing as much as I possibly can of two things - the friends I've made here in Amelia, who come from all over the world, and Italian cuisine. Here in Italy, eating is an experience. Not only is the food amazing (never have I eaten so much fresh pasta in all of my life), but sitting down to a meal with someone is really seen as a moment to come together and connect. I went to dinner at a friend's the other night with a small group of people, and we spent a total of eight hours just sitting, sipping Italian wine, and eating a delicious meal together. Eating is obviously a necessity in life, but it is also something that is to be enjoyed and savored. All of this time spent eating and thinking about how people come together at meal-times got me thinking further about how our natural inclination toward the importance o a meal manifests itself throughout art. Food has always been a big part of still life painting, as well as many other types of art. At Gallery Direct, we have an entire Cuisine section for those who are looking for a touch of culinary decor. Some of my favorite Gallery Direct prints have to do with food. Sylvia Angeli's pears are always a tasty treat, and Olivia Maxweller's Manzanillas is even hanging in my kitchen! [caption id="attachment_4145" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Olivia Maxweller's Manzanillas[/caption] I also really her love scenes of people sharing a meal, like her Ladies of Leisure series. Cecile Broz's Sushi is also a great example of how an artist can capture the beauty of people sitting down and enjoying some delicious delicacies together. So, do you salivate at the sight of food-themed art? I know I do!