Tweet So, I’m a shopaholic. I have accepted this about myself (even if my husband has not). Turns out that it’s not very healthy for my bank account for me to shop ALL THE TIME, so to keep my urges … Read More →
Tweet Let me come right out and say it – I am a big nerd. I studied art history and history in college, so working with Gallery Direct, I get to geek out on our amazing collection of Old Masters, … Read More →
Let me come right out and say it – I am a big nerd. I studied art history and history in college, so working with Gallery Direct, I get to geek out on our amazing collection of Old Masters, like Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, our modern masters like Vincent van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and of course our incredible collection of vintage posters, advertisements, and other cool memorabilia.
But I just hit the jackpot.
The team here at Gallery Direct has recently begun an effort to bring you a wide array of historical maps, and I have to tell you, I am just crazy about them. Most of our maps are from the nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century, and are as beautiful as they are intriguing.
Studying historical maps is such an interesting experience. Not only are you seeing a glimpse of what once was, but how people thought about the world. I am currently lusting over this incredible 1870 map of New York. Being a native New Yorker living in Austin, Texas, seeing this map every day is a great reminder of home, as well as the city’s intricate history. I just had to have it!
These gorgeous maps are the perfect way to decorate your home. If you’re like me and living away from your hometown, you can commemorate your roots in style.
Overtaken by wanderlust? Dreaming of traveling? Pick a handful of your favorite cities to put on display as a reminder of your memories abroad, or your future travel aspirations!
Many of our American panoramic maps were designed by Albert Ruger, a Prussian immigrant who served with the Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War. During the war, he started drawing pictures of Union campsites. After the war ended, he settled down in Michigan and began his career in mapmaking by sketching maps of the cities of Michigan. He soon became very successful, and in the 1860s, formed a partnership with another American mapmaker, J.J. Stoner, and together, they published dozens of the panoramic maps that we have available to grace your walls today. The printing company Currier & Ives is also responsible for a good portion of our maps, another nineteenth-century outfit that helped pioneer the American panoramic map.
I personally feel so lucky to be able to work so closely with these little slices of history on a daily basis, and even more fortunate to be able to see them printed in such high quality! I suggest checking them out on birchwood, one of the many awesome materials that we print on.
Are you as ga-ga for geography as I am? What cities inspire you?
Tweet Gallery Direct had the pleasure of participating in Alt Summit for the second year in a row. The Altitude Design Summit is the definitive resource for the very serious business of beautiful, and brilliant blogging. Alt brings together a … Read More →
Gallery Direct had the pleasure of participating in Alt Summit for the second year in a row. The Altitude Design Summit is the definitive resource for the very serious business of beautiful, and brilliant blogging. Alt brings together a community of exciting and creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, complete with workshops and the opportunity to network with your friends, and friends-to-be! So how do the sponsors (companies like us) fit in?
Gallery Direct decided to sponsor a dinner on Wednesday evening at one of Salt Lake City's finest restaurants, The Tin Angel. It was an easy, casual way to get to know the Alt attendees and introduce Gallery Direct to this dynamic group of bloggers and entrepreneurs. What a good looking bunch huh?
This dinner was my favorite event, as we had time to sit and learn about our guests, their blogs and life ventures. They are all inspiring and beautiful people.
Each guest was given a photo print of a photo they sent to us -- how sweet is this print of Miranda's four year old dressed as a super hero! For more photos from the dinner visit our facebook Alt photo album.
With two more full days and evening events, I knew we would all be running into one another. This is where you begin to feel like you have made more than a contact, you've made a friend. Check out this fun pic at the HP Photo Booth of (left) Miranda, owner of Onelittleminuteblog.com, (middle) Nichele Lindstrom from Gallery Direct, and me, Joie (right).
These are the fun moments that Alt creates for sponsors and bloggers.
"There's room for everyone at the table" was a quote I heard at one of the panels I attended and it stuck with me. Everyone at Alt has many things in common, but the one theme I kept running into was passion. Whether I met other sponsors or bloggers, or lawyers, or celebrities everyone was passionate.
Yes, that is Jessica Alba chatting with bloggers about her company The Honest Co. Honest sponsored a lounge - which is another cool way a company can be sponsor at Alt. After learning about her company and trying a few of the products, I carry around the lavender mint chap stick and can't get enough of it. Other sponsors left gifts at seats, like those adorable earrings above and the last image is one of the biggest attractions at Alt. The business card wall. Here's a closer look at those adorable cards- this was sponsored by Bing.
Experiencing all the beauty created by bloggers and attendees at Alt leads us to one of the best parts -- the speakers!
I won't cover the full two days of panels we attended, but we walked away inspired and motivated to continue to make this world beautiful through artwork and everything we do.
Recognize anyone?? It was an amazing line up.
One of my favorite quotes in life is "Love What You Do" I found this quote turned into a beautiful piece of artwork sitting under my water glass at lunch. These simple words were on a simple coaster that was created with love and passion, which is why it's so beautiful.
As I ran my fingers over the perfectly embossed card, I was reminded that Gallery Direct's artists create their masterpieces with the same passion and love, because they love what they do.
That is what Alt is about- everyone there loves what they do and they want to continue to keep the world beautiful.
Tweet I have been working at Gallery Direct since the beginning of November. What a delight it has been – I have artistic co-workers and see beautiful images all day. I am a graphic designer and picking images for marketing … Read More →
I have been working at Gallery Direct since the beginning of November. What a delight it has been - I have artistic co-workers and see beautiful images all day. I am a graphic designer and picking images for marketing or the website is - to say the least - fun.
Since I deal with beautiful images all day, I decided to put together an Evernote notebook for me (any mac users out there?!) with all the art that I wanted to buy from Gallery Direct. Almost 3 months went by, and my list surprisingly was mostly abstracts, a few Asians and lots of maps. Not to mention my own photos that I wanted to print. I would love to have my personal photos blown up and hung onto my walls.
One day I realized that - duh - I didn't have enough walls for all that I wanted. I needed another list for my list. Focus! Reduce! Less is more. What did I really want for my house? Where in the house? Which wall?
I realized that I would have to repaint some of my walls, because, when we bought the house in 2007, I went a little wild with the color palette, I admit it. Now, those colors no longer make me happy. As we change, the colors that we love change, the ways that we think and react to visual stimuli also change. I always welcome change! Was I dying to repaint the walls? Ouch, no. So while being busy at work and having a high maintenance Border Collie that needs walks and exercise every day, I stopped adding images to my notebook.
Until the day I had to make a banner for the homepage. Here it is:
That somehow lit up the little bulb above my head and in a weekend spell, I went to Lowe's and bought the paints I wanted, painted the living room and placed my order: 2 gigantic Todd Camp - Enlighted Path I and II, 48x36. That did it! It was just the "push" I needed to make everything else rock'n roll. The purchase made me very happy - those colors represent so much of what I like in terms of art - freedom, color, energy (well, at least that's my view... art is art, right?). I also ordered a few smaller ones, which you'll see in the photos below.
I don't think of my house as a "chic" place: I know it isn't. Although I graduated in architecture, when it comes to my own place, it's always been more a joyful play - with room for experiments - rather than the "tried and true" styles that I know will work. Also, having 4 cats (and 8 clawed front-paws) and 2 dogs (how did that happen?), my house is not super tidy. That said, I beg you to please disregard my couch ;-)))
Above: Also look at that Border Collie with her moose toy - isn't she precious? ;-))))
Below: My bike has its own wall. You can not buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and art!
Last photo: Colors, colors: such a blessing to be able to see them all!
Tweet My most recent project with Gallery Direct was selecting art with a couple in Austin, Texas that just moved from the East Coast. Two very different personalities presented themselves, which is always a fun design challenge. Nicola, a fashionista … Read More →
My most recent project with Gallery Direct was selecting art with a couple in Austin, Texas that just moved from the East Coast. Two very different personalities presented themselves, which is always a fun design challenge.
Nicola, a fashionista who has an extreme passion for abstract art and design. Her husband Christian, has an intense passion for sailing, the ocean, and very traditional. Their common denominator was entertaining their friends at their known dinner parties.
Their Austin home had one of the best modern dining room layouts, providing his and her walls to showcase their personalities in their favorite room. Like everyone, they had a budget so we started at Gallery Direct.
Nicola was shocked at the options, but extremely puzzled how to make this important space both theirs. She wasn’t real thrilled to be searching for an abstract ship to compromise. It was important for her to have something colorful and abstract of her own.
To ease the overwhelming search for her we took three easy steps to get started, here they are:
Use the search engine with key words that express an emotion you might want to feel in that room.
Gallery Direct has the best Subjects section online. That is where we found what we were looking for. (Abstract for Nicoloa and Coastal and Tropical for Christian)
We choose the Brisbane by Brett Pfister with an aluminum finish for Christians wall and a series of four abstract pieces by Jamie Packard on gallery wrapped canvas for Nicola.
Two Quick Tips:
To help finalize your decision for your art selection, choose three, print them at home or your office, tape them on the selected wall(s). Leave them up for at least a day. By the end of that day you will know which one you want.
When deciding on a size, use blue tape to safely show you the impact of the size on your wall. Don’t be shy to go big!
Nicola and Christian were extremely excited to have their guests over. They now have amazing conversation pieces with the balance of vibrant energy and the calming sea showcasing both personalities they desired.
Until the next project…
Give the gift of art to your temple. Make it the colorful palace you look forward to coming home to.
Tweet It’s 2013 and everyone is looking for a fresh start, even your home! Join us and @ThriftyChicMom Monday 1/14 at 10pm EST for a fun filled Twitter Party. We will be discussing redoing your home and will have Gallery … Read More →
It's 2013 and everyone is looking for a fresh start, even your home! Join us and @ThriftyChicMom Monday 1/14 at 10pm EST for a fun filled Twitter Party. We will be discussing redoing your home and will have Gallery Direct Merchandising Manager Nichele Lindstrom with us to share her expert advice. Not only that but one lucky participant will win a 1 hour room consultation with Nichele! Plus 5 others will each win a piece of custom art! Be sure to RSVP to the Twitter Party and then join us Monday 1/14 at 10pm EST!
Tweet Recently I redid my kid’s bathroom and I love the way it turned out. Many people forget about the bathroom when it comes to art but it is the perfect way to make a statement in that room as … Read More →
Recently I redid my kid's bathroom and I love the way it turned out. Many people forget about the bathroom when it comes to art but it is the perfect way to make a statement in that room as well. I love to use acrylic in the bathroom that way you don't need to be a worried about splashing water or steam from the shower.
I have four girls who share this bathroom and I was looking for a cute kids theme that was not too cutesy as this bathroom is also used by guests in our home. I found an adorable kids themed shower curtain from Kushies but I needed some art. I ended up using the Multiverse II by Benjamin Arnot and it is perfect tying in the color theme while toning down the kid theme. I am thrilled with how the room turned out for more pictures and details about the bathroom makeover check out my whole post on Thrifty & Chic Mom.
Tweet After the recent art makeover of Manor ISD’s Oak meadows elementary, the high school art students decided to visit the Gallery Direct offices in Austin, Texas. Everyday we transform original works of art into pretty much anything you can think … Read More →
After the recent art makeover of Manor ISD’s Oak meadows elementary, the high school art students decided to visit the Gallery Direct offices in Austin, Texas. Everyday we transform original works of art into pretty much anything you can think up, from wall sized art to prints on unique materials such as birchwood and aluminum!
The students were eager to see the equipment and the process we use to create the prints found throughout our office and we were excited to show them every step of the process, from imaging to framing; which is now widely spread out since our recent renovation and growth!
We could tell by the conversations the students were having towards the end of the tour about the many creative ways in which they could print their own artwork or possibly have future careers working with art, that they left inspired - & of course not empty handed.
Tweet Talk about positive energy!! You can feel Alex’s energy exploding from his paintings. Alex is all about having fun and learning from life’s journey. Many of his abstract painting ideas come from his dreams. He is inspired from observing … Read More →
Talk about positive energy!! You can feel Alex's energy exploding from his paintings. Alex is all about having fun and learning from life's journey. Many of his abstract painting ideas come from his dreams.
He is inspired from observing people and changing their features and colors to reflect their expressions and feelings. Claiming there is no logic to his paintings, but a constant flow of energy that guides him to into portraying inner feelings, both his and other people's.
"People and their expressions have always fascinated me, to see how different yet similar we all are. Bold colors reflect the intensity with which I live and view life. For my black lines, I choose to use liquid acrylic in a bottle and as each squirt of paint falls on the canvas, I capture the irregularity that defines us as humans. It also bestows a particular energy that mirrors my energetic personality. Welcome to the world according to me." -Alex Benitez
View his limited edition Gallery Direct collection HERE.