Tweet 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 … Read More →
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!
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!
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!
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.
Tweet “Because Art = Freedom” is written across the Touch a Life Foundation’s website, followed by, “These children are being empowered through the freedom of expression. They are learning, some for the first time, how to be kids and dream … Read More →
“Because Art = Freedom” is written across the Touch a Life Foundation’s website, followed by, “These children are being empowered through the freedom of expression. They are learning, some for the first time, how to be kids and dream big. At one point in their lives, they were sold for the amount we pay for a few cups of coffee.”
The Touch of Life Foundation is dedicated to rescuing children in Ghana, Vietnam and Cambodia that were sold into child slavery. Providing holistic long-term child care to these vulnerable children, the foundation has rescued over 100 of the 7,000 children and use art as a way to heal.
Gallery Direct learned about their mission and jumped at the opportunity to help these brave children. We are honored to have recently donated artwork and supplies to help bring inspiration and a smile to these children. The supplies included blank canvases, wallquotes, and empty frames.
I encourage you to read the story about "Mark" on the home page that inspired the, "find your mark" campaign. The story is heavy on the heart, but knowing that fortunate people, like most of us, have taken a stand to help these children is inspirational.
"People say I rescued Mark, but the truth is, he rescued me. He has shown me what matters in life - the things that are really important. Without Mark, I’d never be the person, the woman, or the Mom that I am today. And it all started with the decisions to believe in myself, and to take a huge risk." - Pam Cope, Founder
For more information about the Touch a Life Foundation please visit: http://www.touchalifekids.org
Tweet Do you day dream about the French Countryside? Are you constantly trying to bring a little more french country cottage into your home decor? Then you need to meet Gallery Direct Style Ambassador Courtney. Courtney is the owner and … Read More →
Do you day dream about the French Countryside? Are you constantly trying to bring a little more french country cottage into your home decor? Then you need to meet Gallery Direct Style Ambassador Courtney. Courtney is the owner and talented decorator behind French Country Cottage a blog full of French inspired eye candy!
Meet Courtney in her own words: I am a day dreaming girland
am a stay at home mom to three incredible & inspiring (and goofy!) kids.
I have a passion for Interior design and decorating and now that my babies are older I am beginning to pursue that part of my dreams.
Courtney is constantly finding ways to inspire beautiful french decor and she has beautifully incorporated several Gallery Direct pieces into her home including farmhouse sheep artwork, vintage flowers, and some puppy love. Be sure to check out those inspiring posts and many other on her beautiful blog French Country Cottage. You can view those images on Gallery Direct here: Vintage Flower, Sheep image.
Tweet Okay, so my 20-year old daughter Annie thinks this room is “oh-so-70s” and can’t be bothered with it… I say it isn’t so – In fact, there’s nothing 70s about it! I call it the “Parlor” and have filled it … Read More →
Okay, so my 20-year old daughter Annie thinks this room is “oh-so-70s” and can’t be bothered with it… I say it isn’t so – In fact, there's nothing 70s about it! I call it the “Parlor” and have filled it with great finds that my husband Clay and I have collected over the years.
Clay tested the Modernica sofa (in front of a TV of course) – at the Nickelodeon store on Michigan Avenue – and had to have it. I wasn’t crazy about it but went along and have since improved it with two perfect pillows from Double D Ranch – Yoakum TX. By the way – it’s great for sitting but horrid for reclining – Forget about taking a nap there. (Happily, I still like the Chinese red after all these years!).
I got the Alvar Aalto webbed chair from my dad – actually traded an amazing Bruno Mathsson (vintage original I inherited from my mother), but the webbing in the Mathsson had given way after 20 years of abuse from me, my three siblings, and countless pets, so who knows who got the better deal? The second Aalto chair (upholstered in Donghia) is unarguably the most comfortable chair in the house – I routinely lounge there (with a glass of Chardonnay naturally), read on my I-Pad and watch the neighborhood like Mrs. Kravitz.
The Pièce de résistance – besides the art of course – is the spectacular Odegard rug that I convinced Clay to splurge on. Did you know that Odegard is the exclusive rug source for the J. Paul Getty museum in LA? (Yep – read it in a magazine!) And after 10 years, it is still my prized possession! Full Disclosure – My poor sister spilled red wine on it when it was quite new. I was not very nice about it but we’re still the best of friends.
The cabinet is a 100% Christopher Deam original that we bought it in the late 90s. I’m not sure if CD is still designing/manufacturing furniture but he did do the interior for the new Airstream. Note – If my heirs ever need a windfall, they can sell this beauty on Antique Road Show one day! The lamp is – you guessed it – Target – and my favorite in the house (including the Noguchi that my housekeeper seems bent on destroying!).
Okay – time to share details about the art. The black and white photograph is from PoP Gallery in Santa Fe. It’s Thomas Barbey’s Tourist Trap, a rendering of actual negatives spliced together (vs. photo-shopped) – another treasure I was able to talk Clay into! And the abstract – Speed of Light I from Benjamin Arnot – has an asymmetrical and amorphous feel that delights me. I actually bought it from gallerydirect.com long before I started working here! Benjamin’s recent work includes paintings in which he presents familiar objects in both conflict and harmony, which invite us to “explore our odd and constant obsession of iconography and precious objects,” (Benjamin’s words and my sentiments exactly!)
Tweet The composition or focal point of your image will subconsciously set the mood of your room. Our artists carefully balance their paintings composition to connect with their viewers. Powerful composition elements are often displayed through the overall lines of … Read More →
The composition or focal point of your image will subconsciously set the mood of your room. Our artists carefully balance their paintings composition to connect with their viewers.
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Powerful composition elements are often displayed through the overall lines of an image. The simple horizontal, vertical, or angled nature of the composition evokes different emotions and draws the eye into a specific element. Horizontal lines like those seen in beach scenes or sunsets often induce serenity and peace.
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Vertical lines suggest energy that encourages progress. Think of a towering tree, a high-rise building, or a horse and rider. Angles that represent movement harvest a sense of speed, agility, or movement through time. An image with strong angles may bring a sense of excitement or anticipation to the room. Let the mood you’re looking for in your space guide you and the rest will fall into place.
Tweet I’m not a designer but I love great design, and the art I see around our offices — on our walls – in our front gallery – our presentations and videos – on the scanner – coming off the … Read More →
I'm not a designer but I love great design, and the art I see around our offices -- on our walls - in our front gallery - our presentations and videos - on the scanner - coming off the printers - and being framed -- inspires me every day. It makes me think of all the rooms I want to create.
Here's one I've done in my own home since I joined in May. I'm now the proud owner of two Judy Paul prints - Get Out I and Get Out II - which I had printed in custom sizes (1 horizontal and 1 vertical) to fit my space. Notice the great pairing with my new tangerine Jonathan Adler x-Benches and the 15-year old Jean-Michel Frank-inspired chocolate mohair couch. The vintage bird pillows from dwellstudio.com were not pricey and came with inserts.
The room was dark and blah before - Tell me you love it now! And oh-by-the-way, Artemide's spectacular Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp is going on sale at dwr.com this week - that will brighten things up even more!!!
Tweet Does your house need some sprucing up? Are you lacking ideas in the home decor department? Here are some tips on how to decorate your home and make it really pop. Mix art with tabletop accessories: Hang your art … Read More →
Does your house need some sprucing up? Are you lacking ideas in the home decor department? Here are some tips on how to decorate your home and make it really pop.
Mix art with tabletop accessories: Hang your art about 8 to 12 inches above the table to form an connection between the wall items and tabletop decor. When choosing accessories for the tabletop make sure they are tall enough to overlap the artwork creating unity.
Filling A Large Wall: When you have a large wall to fill there are several different ways you can decorate.
Try grouping in odd numbers, it creates more interest.
Decorate with a series, use multiples of the same print in varying colors.
Choose art in the same color scheme but vary the size and shape
Unique Accessories: Have a unique accessory you want to accent? Use an over-sized piece of art as a backdrop you can set it on the floor or on a tabletop. Art doesn't always have to be hung.
Add Some Color: Don't be afraid to add some bold color and try some new combinations.
Choose colors that are opposites on the color wheel like blue and orange and purple and yellow they will really pop against each other.
In a neutral room add interest with only one or two bold pops of color either in art or accessories.
Use a white wall to really accent a colorful painting.