Gaby’s House

When I am in people’s homes I am usually on the job. But then there are the homes of my friends where good company and relaxation are in order. My friend Gaby, an artist, a teacher, a true creative and my dear friend has a home that speaks of perfectly curated art and a bold yet simple aesthetic. The last time I was visiting, I took some snapshots of a few of my favorite views and collections.

 

Thank you Gaby for the home away from home, the nourishing and delicious meals and your lasting friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colors, plants, books, art, accessories – they all speak of beauty that is both a comfort and an inspiration.

 

ART: FROM CONCEPT TO HANGING

 

 

Happy New Year!  During the dreary days of January when the holiday decorations are down and the days are short, dark and cold, I find it an ideal time to spruce up our walls with their own “flecks of light” as the great painter Seurat put it.

 

The vast selection of original artwork available on the wonderful World Wide Web is truly amazing! I have purchased works from artists in Australia, China, Japan, Georgia (the country), Germany and my homeland, Canada.  This global list only continues to grow.

 

With excellent sites at the consumers’ disposal, buying and owning original art has never been more accessible.  SaatchiArtFinder and Etsy are three of my favorite online curators.

 

Below is the art I selected for a client. I wanted just a touch of turquoise and an oil painting. Those were my only stipulations.

 

 

 

 

She loved it. I purchased it. We waited for the art to arrive.

 

 

 

 

Framed and hung, it one of my favorite pieces.

 

 

 

 

Once again, beautiful art steps in to tie it all together.

 

 

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: LAURA MURDOCH

 

Woodcuts (designs chiseled into wood) and linocuts (designs chiseled into linoleum) are two of my favorite forms of visual art. The prints are created by inking the chiseled designs and then pressing paper into them. The rich texture and detail that is revealed is truly marvelous.

 

Laura Murdoch, an artist based out of Philadelphia, does brilliant work in this medium. She describes herself as inspired both by nature and the dynamic city in which she lives. Her work is exceptionally affordable and would provide the makings for striking stand alone framed art or a vibrant gallery wall. Below are some of my favorites.

 

 

Penguin

A woodcut print capturing a tender penguin scene

 

 

goat

 The detail in this linocut of an adorable goat is exceptional

 

 

gold tree

I see this handsome gold tree bringing warmth to any wall or ledge

 

 

owl greeting card

 Owl greeting cards that will bring wisdom to their recipients

 

 

smallthingspuffin

A framed puffin print from my own art collection (no longer available on Laura’s site)

 

 

As has been the case with many of my favorite artists, I found Laura through Etsy.  If you live in the Philly area, however, she does offer the opportunity to visit her in studio.

 

COZAMIA

I saw a sign the other day that said “buy art, buy happiness.” While we can’t buy happiness, per say, we most certainly are able to buy things that bring us happiness! In my work, I see art as being at the top of this list. Art fills our home with personality and color and character. You don’t have to pound the pavement to find art that you love – just visit cozamia.com. It is fresh and colorful, bold and happy. Beyond the unique beauty of the prints, the prices are very affordable which leaves some room in the budget for framing. Here are two installations of art from Cozamia in client’s homes.

 

 

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a modern graphic for a narrow hallway

 

 

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 a colorful happy bouquet to great my client upon entering her home

 

There’s much, much more. It’s all wonderful and even has a very agreeable way of being just right in many different interior aesthetics and styles.