Comfy Beach House Style

  Grab your shades and sunscreen! Summer vacation season has officially begun! This means days spent soaking up the sun on the beach, the coastal breeze blowing through your hair and warm sand between your toes. For those of you … Read More

 

Grab your shades and sunscreen! Summer vacation season has officially begun! This means days spent soaking up the sun on the beach, the coastal breeze blowing through your hair and warm sand between your toes. For those of you unable to make it to the beach this year, why not try the next best thing? Bring the beach home! When creating a beachy interior, start with a color palette of natural colors and hues that mimic those of a seascape. Shades of blues, greens, beiges and whites evoke the look of the sky, ocean and sand on a sunny day. For a punch of color in a neutral room, choose artwork and accessories in a bright aqua or turquoise.

When choosing artwork for your seaside inspired space, your pieces don't have to be so literal. This opens up your choices to compelling abstract pieces with colors that coordinate with your coastal color palette. [caption id="attachment_4675" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Over Run I by Maxine Price[/caption] Casual and a bit rustic are hallmarks of a coastal interior design scheme. Furniture should be relaxed and not at all too formal. The best beach inspired rooms feature wood that is a bit weathered and fabrics that look worn for a comfy, shabby-chic look. Keep an eye out for furniture made from raw, untreated wood, giving your space a natural feel. Don’t shy away from wicker and rattan when designing a beach-inspired space! Some may shudder and think, “tacky! Dated!” at their mention, but wicker and rattan pieces make for great, casual furniture that can be dressed up with throws and pillows in tropical or ocean-inspired prints. To get that bright, airy look, try beautifully filtering sunlight with thin, sheer curtains. Gauzy curtains diffuse daylight, creating a gorgeous, luminous backdrop. Go for long-length panels to create a pool of fabric on the floor for a look that is casual yet romantic. A breeze softly wafting in gently blowing sheer curtain panels is a dreamy look that is definitely a staple of any beach home. Choosing accessories for your coastal themed room is arguably the most fun and in some cases, can be very budget friendly. Look for rugs, pillows, lamps and other accessories featuring sea life or in tropical prints. To go for a nautical feel, look for accessories made with rope such as a white sofa slipcover with a rope trim, for instance. We already discussed choosing abstract pieces for a subtle seaside look but for more of a impact, what better way to give your room a splash of seaside charm, than with wall art featuring the ocean or sea life. Check out our Coastal and Tropical and Beach and Sun collections for summery pieces that are sure to warm up your space. The Beach and Sun collection just so happens to be on sale from now until Thursday at midnight so don’t miss out! [caption id="attachment_4516" align="aligncenter" width="410"] The Pier at the Beach by Kim Curinga[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4517" align="aligncenter" width="266"] Blue Palm by Allyson Krowitz[/caption] Snag some accessories for absolutely free by hitting the beach and collecting seashells, sea glass or driftwood. Arrange found items by displaying them on shelves or side tables for the perfect, quintessential beachy look that’s easy on the wallet. Caution! It's possible to go overboard with your seaside design scheme! Pick and choose your design choices wisely for a space that won't end up leaving you seasick every time you walk in. Okay, no more puns. So, there you have it. You don’t have to own a home with breathtaking coastal views to get comfy, casual beach house style.  With a tranquil color palette, natural textures and accessories inspired by the sea, it can feel like a day at the beach every day!  
What is it about abstract art that can be so intimidating? For many it starts with the definition of Abstract art – paintings that do not depict a person, place or thing of the natural world and is followed by comments like, “I don’t get this.”  Or “My 3 year old could paint this.”  Or “I like paintings I can understand.” Abstract art by definition, “does not attempt to represent external reality, but instead, attempts to achieve its effect using colors, shapes and textures”. We enter unfamiliar territory and feel a bit uncomfortable when asked our opinions on a particular piece that does not portray its subject in a literal manner. This is the best part of abstract art! We’re given the opportunity to interpret a piece of art in whatever way we see fit. [caption id="attachment_4496" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Dancing by Jenny Gray[/caption] Because of advertising, television and internet, we are so used to being inundated with images that are specifically created to convey a message, that we expect precise, clear-cut information from our visual images. However, art doesn’t always have to be that way and it can quite often be better and more enjoyable when the subject matter and meaning aren’t hand-fed to its audience. The artist asks of his or her audience to participate in their piece. How awesome is that? Part of the appeal of abstract art is how intimate and personal it can be for the artist and the viewer as well. The audience is able tap into their feelings and take whatever they want from a piece of abstract art. Interpreting art is a visual, mental and emotional undertaking and can leave a viewer overwhelmed by all the feelings a piece of art gave them while another viewer may only see a mess of paint splatter. [caption id="attachment_4497" align="aligncenter" width="400"] When Will be Able to Relax by Bob Hunt[/caption] Which brings up an important matter. Just because you come across a piece of abstract art for sale or in an art gallery, it does not mean you have to like it. This article is to encourage interaction with abstract art, not to persuade you all to feel as if you must like or have an opinion about all abstract artwork. Many people will find themselves viewing abstract art and forcing themselves to see something in its colors or shapes. You don’t have to do that! It is quite all right not to like or feel a certain way about an abstract art piece. It does not mean you’re uncultured, I promise. Another misconception about abstract artwork is that it will look out of place anywhere other than an a contemporary space. Wrong! Abstract art can blend well with almost any design scheme and will spruce up your walls in a daring, unexpected way. [caption id="attachment_4499" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Silo by Jenny Gray[/caption]So, go forth and get up close and personal with some abstract art! Interpret, contemplate, FEEL! Hopefully, you now realize that you don’t have to be the owner of a swanky art gallery to appreciate or own abstract art. However, If you do want to dress up in trendy, expensive clothes and sip fancy wine like an art gallery owner while gazing at your new abstract art, by all means, go right on ahead!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Stuck on what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Not to worry, we here at Gallery Direct have got your back. We’ve got something for every type of mom and if we work together, we’ll be sure the gift you … Read More

Stuck on what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Not to worry, we here at Gallery Direct have got your back. We’ve got something for every type of mom and if we work together, we’ll be sure the gift you give Mom doesn’t make her sigh exasperatedly and give you that look. You know the look. So let’s get started, shall we? Does your mom dig gardens? Literally? If your  mom constantly has soil underneath her nails, take a look through our floral still lifes or our Nature and Organic category. Chances are, your green-thumbed mama will positively love artwork featuring beautiful blooming botanicals. Rather than gifting a live bouquet of flowers, floral artwork will last forever. Nature-loving moms are always looking for ways to bring the outdoors in. Botanical artwork is a great way to do just that. The flowers won't wilt in a week and you don't have to worry about your mom asking you to water it while she's away! [caption id="attachment_4476" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Vase with Flowers by Artist Unknown[/caption] Maybe you’ve got a mom who fancies herself a foodie. If you’re constantly being asked to be her recipe guinea pig, a tasteful art print featuring something tasty for her kitchen is an excellent option. When it comes to décor, many people neglect their kitchens so a piece of art featuring cuisine would make any mom happy. A gorgeously decorated kitchen might mean Mom actually enjoys being in the kitchen which could mean more delicious goodies for you! [caption id="attachment_4477" align="aligncenter" width="410"] The Good Life II by Jane Bellows[/caption] For the intellectual mom, how about an expressive abstract piece? Gifting A highbrowed nonfigurative or nonrepresentational piece of abstract art is sure to impress your brainy mother and will make a great, cerebral addition to her office or study. [caption id="attachment_4478" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Sacrifice by Polly Norman[/caption] Not so certain on what type of mom you're dealing with? Well, you can't go wrong with the classics. A Degas, Renoir, Monet or any master of classical art will complement almost any home decor beautifully. [caption id="attachment_4479" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The Water Lily Pond (Japanese Bridge) by Claude Monet[/caption] Or how about a professionally printed photograph? Upload a picture to gallerydirect.com and select a material to print on for a unique gift that feels personal and special. This option comes with the risk of making Mom cry, so have the tissues on hand. Was last Mother's Day not quite successful? Did she return your gift? This year, maybe it would be wise to you let her choose. Get Mom a Gallery Direct eGift Card and let her select her perfect artwork. For whatever type of mother you have, Gallery Direct has the gifts that are sure to put a smile on dear old Mom's face and not to mention, keep you on her good side! Be sure to order by May 1st to have your artwork in time for Mother's Day!

The Beauty of Acrylic Printing

Not to brag or anything, but we print on some pretty neat materials over at Gallery Direct. Not only do we print on paper and canvas, but we also print images onto birchwood, mirror, aluminum and acrylic. Of all the … Read More

Not to brag or anything, but we print on some pretty neat materials over at Gallery Direct. Not only do we print on paper and canvas, but we also print images onto birchwood, mirror, aluminum and acrylic. Of all the things we print on, we think acrylic might be the coolest. However, not everybody is aware of its qualities or that it is even an option. Actually, acrylic printing is quickly becoming one of today’s most popular methods to display images. Art printed on acrylic is very unique and has the ability to actually enhance an image. If you’re looking for art that elicits a “wow!” and a dropped jaw or two, acrylic is definitely the way to go. Those who see an acrylic print for the first time, fall in love with its vibrancy and clarity. It interacts beautifully with light and actually gives your photos and artwork a dazzling multi-dimensional look. Images printed on an acrylic surface add a stylish, contemporary touch to your home while having the benefit of being a long-lasting and durable method to display photographs and artwork. Gallery Direct has the best technology in the industry for acrylic printing. We use Optix-DA – digital acrylic formulated for printing and specifically designed to provide optimal adhesion of UV curing inks without adhesion promoters. This results in crystal clear acrylic with the highest degree of color fidelity available today. The sleek acrylic glass is supported by simple, brushed aluminum standoffs and invisible hanging mounts, giving the piece a mesmerizing weightless appearance. If you’re in the market for art that is elegant yet durable and will gorgeously complement a modern, minimalist interior design, acrylic printing is a great option. And you’re in luck because Gallery Direct just happens to do it best! Shop our extensive collection of artwork or even upload your own images for exquisite acrylic prints you’re sure to love.  

Decorate with Instagram

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 … 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

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 … 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

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 … 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

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 … 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

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 … Read More

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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!