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It's that time of month ART TIME with Gallery Direct! We had a dusting of snow this morning and it got me thinking about all the beautiful winter themed art Gallery Direct has. Then I got out my Christmas decorations and I really started thinking about holiday themed art. You can easily transform your house into a winter wonderland with the perfect piece of art from Gallery Direct! Join me @ThriftyChicMom Monday November 26 at 10 pm EST for a Gallery Direct Winter Wonderland Twitter Party. We will of course discuss art and home decor and have a great time plus there will be 5 lucky winners! PRIZES: We will be giving away $200 credit for your own custom piece of art to 5 lucky winners! To be prize eligible you must RSVP HERE See you Monday night!

Gallery Direct ROCKS Formula One

Tweet Austin is still recovering from Formula One and what a blast this city was during the Inaugural Circuit of Americas US Grand Prix on November 16 – 18.  The city of Austin estimated that the brand new race track drew … Read More

Austin is still recovering from Formula One and what a blast this city was during the Inaugural Circuit of Americas US Grand Prix on November 16 – 18.  The city of Austin estimated that the brand new race track drew in 300,000 fans, and boy was the city buzzing.  From the red carpets to the race track Gallery Direct created some really cool artwork for the events.  Check it out: These are 4 feet by 9 feet prints on canvas, that we custom made for the Circuit of The Americas Opening party at the Frank Erwin Center.  They asked us to put a spin on the tradition “Step and Repeat” for the red carpet and this is what we came up with. Pretty cool huh?  Aerosmith rocked the house while the VIP’s hung out in these luxury suites. The New Era Suite out at the race track looked fast and furious with this formula one car printed on aluminum, the view wasn’t bad either. Were you at formula?  Tell us about it!!
Meet Melinda of Look What Mom Found... And Dad Too one of our Gallery Direct Style Ambassadors. Together with her husband Robb she is raising 3 kids whom you can see in this gorgeous framed canvas that she created by uploading a photo.
    Melinda really inspired me when she redid her family room with a series of prints by M. Drake. The way she filled the wall with various sizes of gallery wrapped canvas turned out just perfect. Melinda wanted a bigger impact than just one piece can make for her high ceiling room and I think she nailed it. The touch of whimsy makes it that much better. Be sure to check out all of Melinda's ideas for decorating with Gallery Direct art as well as all the other great information she shares on her blog.  
Meet Gallery Direct Style Ambassador Felicia whom you can find blogging at Go Graham Go. As a mom to two busy little boys she still finds time to do some great decorating with her Gallery Direct art. Her picture of her favorite vacation spot on aluminum first sparked my love for this incredible media, the water seems to literally sparkle. The pictures do not do it justice!

Source: gograhamgo.com via Ellen on Pinterest

  I also love the creative way Felicia used vintage art for her little boys room. It looks perfect now and yet it will still look perfect when he is a teen. She chose a great framed canvas airplane and a fabulous vintage car on gallery wrapped canvas, they both turned out great. For more great decorating ideas as well as other great tips and information be sure to check out Felicia's blog Go Graham Go.

Most Delish Design Eye Candy: Lonny Magazine

Tweet As the visual marketing and merchandising lead for Gallery Direct, a major part of my job is keeping an eye on interior design trends. That means I get to spend part of my day trolling design blogs, Houzz, Pinterest … Read More

As the visual marketing and merchandising lead for Gallery Direct, a major part of my job is keeping an eye on interior design trends. That means I get to spend part of my day trolling design blogs, Houzz, Pinterest and Piccsy for the most stunningly inspiring images to share with Gallery Direct customers (I know, poor me).

I thought I'd start sharing a few of my absolute favorite web haunts for great design inspiration, and today I want to talk about Lonny Magazine.

Lonny is an an online design magazine that's chock-full of to-die-for products, great decorating tips, and house tour photo arrays that make me want to climb through my computer screen and make myself at home.

If you're an art and design junkie like I am, I highly suggest adding Lonny to your daily reading list.

I completely fell in love with two images in Lonny's November issue; both feature oversized artwork with a graffiti-esque, gritty feel:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="476"] Image Credit: Lonny Magazine[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="476"] Image Credit: Lonny Magazine[/caption] Amazing, right? I'm considering a similar look for my new living room. If you're inspired too, check out our Urban Edge collection on Gallery Direct. I also took the liberty of pulling a few of my favorite pieces for your consideration: [gallery order="DESC"] Want one? Find them here...
Top Row:
Raisonne II by Sean Jacobs
Street Language by Todd Camp
Bottom Row:
Graffiti I by Sara Abbott
Rogue Waves I by Sara Abbott
East Side of Town by Sara Abbott

Hello Cool Design: Meet Hot Art

Tweet Is it human nature to collect things? I think we’ve all done it. Sea Shells? Salt & Pepper Shakers? Christmas Ornaments? For guys, I suppose it’s Fishing Lures? Baseball Hats? Mine started with stuffed animals and Barbies of course. … Read More

[gallery columns="4" orderby="title"] Is it human nature to collect things? I think we’ve all done it. Sea Shells? Salt & Pepper Shakers? Christmas Ornaments? For guys, I suppose it’s Fishing Lures? Baseball Hats? Mine started with stuffed animals and Barbies of course. Now it’s a little more sophisticated. I have a small collection of religious iconic art – the stuff you see in Santa Fe or at Tesoros here in Austin. In particular, I love retablos and crèches. I also love plates and serving utensils - and yes, Christmas ornaments. More on that another day… Today, I'm thinking about clocks.
I guess I started collecting clocks about 4 years ago when we bought this Modern Cuckoo, designed by Ingolf Haas and available at dwr.com. Only about 150 clock makers in the world make remarkable time pieces such as this (which is certified as an authentic Black Forest Clock). Namely, it must be purely mechanical (no batteries or electric cords), and entirely produced (even all interior parts) in the Black Forest, a wooded mountain range in southwestern Germany.
This next clock I found a few months ago at one of my favorite boutiques in Austin - PerriBerri - which is mostly a purveyor of gorgeous women's clothing (great brands such as red haute) and jewelry (designer chan luu is my favorite). QLOCKTWO, by Biegert & Funk, has received numerous design awards (reddot, iF, and interior innovation) and is manufactured in southern Germany, in a former jewellery factory in a town famous for its gold and silver jewellery.
Almost as soon as I found QLOCKTWO, we received the latest Design Within Reach catalog, and low and behold was another clock of my dreams - the George Nelson 1948 Ball Clock, conveniently reduced 15% as part of the semiannual sale! George Nelson often collaborated with other designers, and in the case of the Ball Clock, was at a dinner party with Isamu Noguchi, Irving Harper and Bucky Fuller. As the story goes, they were all sketching and "had a little bit too much to drink." In the morning, they saw a drawing of the Ball Clock on a roll of drafting paper and none of them truly knew who designed it! One of our artists - T. Graham - surely understands my obsession with clocks. Graham's work consists of an array of modern works of art, architectural abstracts and night time city views. A Measure in Thought I has a Synthetist aesthetic that reminds me a bit of Edvard Munch. If you didn't know T. Graham already, take a look at http://www.gallerydirect.com/art/artists/t-graham. You'll like him even better when you see the picture of him holding his sweet baby!
My kids seem surprised with this steady influx of clocks - why I don't know - as clocks epitomize the cool design objects that they know I love. (And they actually despise the cuckoo clock -- or at least  how noisy it is), so I'm sure they'll be dismayed with my next clock purchase. I don't know what that will be yet, but I do know that it will occur!
 
Remember how cool the cassette tape was? When they came on the scene, the eight track tape suddenly looked like car a battery. Cassettes were sleeker, but then the CD rolled out and that was all she wrote. Then the iPod emerged and everything changed again. No need for having a bunch of discs strewn about; now all your music could fit sleekly in the palm of your hand. Consider the old television with a picture tube. If you wanted a big screen, it was like having to deal with a parked car in your room. Thankfully, the slim HD flat panels killed their monstrous cousins. You may have heard color trends start in Europe and work their way over to the U.S.? Or that PANTONE sets the tone for the world’s color? Maybe quite a lot of what you’ve heard is true? Or maybe, it’s bunk? We’ll never tell. We’re sort of sworn to secrecy around here. In general, we can talk about home fashion trends. Consumer products and household items are influencing our home décor choices, even our fashion trends. Your wireless world, flat screen televisions, iPads, smart phones, Smart Cars (and the like) are having a profound effect on what makes us feel comfortable in our livable spaces. Things are becoming stripped down. Have you also noticed people are wearing less clothing? Big things are out. Minimalism is in. This is the chief influencing factor in home décor today, and it’s not going to change anytime soon. Our number one selling item at Gallery Direct is canvas wall art without a frame, called gallery wraps. Folks went out, bought a sleek home theater system, kicked their desk top computer to the curb, and said, “Whoops, all my traditional framed wall art looks like a VCR!” We created our acrylic art line to complement our canvas art collection. It’s a completely innovative way to view art. Maybe canvas artwork isn’t your thing, but you still want a modern look for your walls. Art on acrylic is your solution to display images that fit into your high-tech universe. Every single one of our 12-million images is available on acrylic: sleek, refined, luminescent. If you’re one of those people who buy the latest and greatest as soon as it drops, here’s your chance to be first on your block!

Through the Lense of Gallery Direct

Tweet We are very excited to have begun working on several big production videos for Gallery Direct.  We partnered with the amazing film crew, ImageWork Communications out of Los Angeles.  ImageWorkCom is well known for working with Nascar, West Coast … Read More

We are very excited to have begun working on several big production videos for Gallery Direct.  We partnered with the amazing film crew, ImageWork Communications out of Los Angeles.  ImageWorkCom is well known for working with Nascar, West Coast Choppers and Hewlett Packard. Without giving too much away, below is a sneak peak at the production of our first video.  Think of this one as a 60 second commercial, we've been referring to it as our "sizzle" video. This is a scene of a young ballerina practicing and then coming home to her mother.  Her bedroom has an aspiration image adorning the wall, this image is Ballet Dancer in Blue by Edgar Degas.  The man in there coaching her is John Lawrence the owner and director of ImageWork, he was amazing with our tiny dancer, she was all smiles around him.

Next up was an even tinier actress, named Babes.  Babes is a Maltese and quite a ham in-front of the camera. She represents all the dog lovers that print their pet photos with Gallery Direct.  She brought her owner with her to be on camera.

 Stay tuned for more behind the scene photos from our production videos!  

Hello Cool Design: Meet Hot Art!

Tweet So you know I work for a cool art company in Austin TX – Right? One of the many perks is that I get to select the furnishings and decor for my office. We just did a major expansion … Read More

So you know I work for a cool art company in Austin TX – Right? One of the many perks is that I get to select the furnishings and decor for my office. We just did a major expansion and remodel, for which we ordered lots of new furniture (from Amanda Saylor – furnitureforbusiness.com – awesome designer and stellar company BTW) – so I already have a functional and attractive desk, credenza, and locker! It’s Miro by Watson Desking. I consider it Danish modern – which I don't always love – but works perfectly as minimalist office furniture. The task chair – Hon Nucleusis – is sooo comfy, and the leather guest chairs – Cyclus by Harter – are soft as butter (although someone has already gotten blue pen on one – Grrr!). I’ve also found a complementary console – BDI’s Cascadia – in white – from collectichome.com. And you know what? My work environment makes me happy – day after day. Incredible work environments are critical to employee satisfaction – which in turn promotes brand satisfaction. See my March 2012 blog on how Satisfied Employees Become Your Brand Champions. (http://bit.ly/Q6iblT). Brad Wells, Principal of Furniture for Business gets it. He told me that when you spend upwards of 8 to 12 hours a day in an office, you want it to be inspiring. "We help the customer create a culture that fosters growth, creativity and morale and even helps a company be more profitable when the employees love their workspace. It’s about attracting and retaining top talent in Austin!" Our CEO – Joe Garcia – totally gets it and is all about creating such an environment for his people. Recently, he took several of us over to the offices of All Web Leads, another cool Austin company. Designed by Gensler, they were amazing. My favorite part? Their kitchen featured two fully stocked beverage fridges! I love my office, but guess what I love the most? The art of course! What do you think of the little pug? Is he not so cute you could die!!! We're all fighting over him; perhaps we'll do some reprints! And I'm not done yet. I want to create a fabulous, feminine, lively space. I'm looking at Darvin Jones’ Love is Longing For I (bitly.com/RvxBNk). Is it not sweet, kitschy and joyful? Plus it makes me think of Bambi who I've always adored! And what about Grid Strategy I (bit.ly/TTVQDp) by Christine Wilkinson. I love the iridescence, which reminds me of my favorite OPI polish – Tutti Frutti! In fact, I'm going to rename it Tutti Frutti! I’m parked in a fabulous spot – with a wall of windows that provides northern exposure. Naturally I’m facing the door so I can greet my cheerful Customer Experience team – some of whom you might have already met – Amy, Sarah, Kim, Jen, Johana, Brooke, Rylee – It’s our mission to make our customers happy, and these wonderful young people know how to shine! Shine On Peeps!  

Imaginary Tales

Tweet It took me a while to warm up to the idea of figurative paintings. In the past, I felt weird about liking them—like, am I a huge creep for being so drawn to a picture when I don’t know … Read More

It took me a while to warm up to the idea of figurative paintings. In the past, I felt weird about liking them—like, am I a huge creep for being so drawn to a picture when I don’t know the person depicted? I recently decided I’m over it and Katherine Fraser is responsible for changing my mind. Whether I’m a creep or not, her paintings are just plain beautiful. And if the purpose of art is to make you think, they certainly do the job: Fraser’s portraits are haunting. Her images are striking in their vivid detail and a little bit disconcerting in their intimacy. I don’t know the women in Fraser's paintings, but I feel like I can imagine feasible stories about them based on their faces and surroundings. It’s become a game…what’s the story behind the image expressed in a single sentence? She’s swathed in black for a clandestine meeting; her feathery stole will help her blend in with the shadows. [Stare by Katherine Fraser]             She’s sleepwalking across an empty landscape, dreaming a dream-within-a-dream. [Constellations by Katherine Fraser]         She’s staring into her bathroom mirror and contemplating the symmetry of her reflected features. [Intuition by Katherine Fraser]             An oversized framed print of “Constellations” is about to find a home on the wall of my new den. I love the look of black and navy together, and I think the inky blue of the night sky in the piece will look fabulous with my soft grey walls and graphic black-and-white throw pillows: See more of Katherine Fraser’s gorgeous portraits here.