A Well Lit Interior

Lighting is one of the most important considerations in your home. It sets the scene for experiences and emotional responses. When done incorrectly it can lead to eye-strain, fatigue, headaches and stress. When done correctly it can facilitate daily tasks, highlight architectural features in your home, expand spaces or create an intimate environment. There are 3 main types of lighting that should be considered in every environment – Ambient, Task and Accent. Lets break down these layers and show you some of our favorite examples of how to accomplish them in your home.

GENERALLY SPEAKING

Ambient Lighting is commonly referred to as general lighting. As the base layer of lighting it provides a blanket of overall illumination in a space, and is essential to any lighting plan. Its main function is to provide adequate lighting for visibility and safety to navigate throughout an area. In some cases it serves as the only light source, such as a laundry room or closet. Examples include recessed and track lighting, wall sconces and chandeliers.

THE TASK AT HAND

Task Lighting is a smaller, more concentrated light used to illuminate specific areas where a more intensive and directed light source is required. Island pendants, undercabinet lighting and a well placed desk lamp are the most common applications of task lighting.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVES

Accent Lighting is used to highlight a specific object. It evokes feelings of meaning, creates drama and conveys importance of the object it illuminates. Most commonly it washes light over artwork and sculptures, bookcase displays and highlights architectural features in a home.

Hopefully this will shed some light on one of the most commonly overlooked aspect of interiors. We would love to see how you have incorporated lighting in your own spaces. Feel free to share!

The Art of Healing

Today we want to celebrate the healing power of art!

Art is the free expression of the human mind and senses and it allows one to feel liberated. It makes you see, smile, feel, think, it transports you to another place, and it connects people. Last week, we came across a very inspirational company (thanks to Elements of Style for sharing). We wanted to help spread the word about this company with a great mission and also share all the wonderful programs we have right here in St. Louis!

ARTLIFTING

The company is called ArtLifting! They empower artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting is about creating opportunity, empowerment, and validation. They offer artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. By showcasing and selling artwork via ArtLifting.com, artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives. Every artist earns 55% from the sale of their work; 1% from each sale goes to a fund, which provides art supplies to therapy groups nationwide; and ArtLifting uses the remaining 44% to further their mission. Amazing, right?! The company started in Boston in 2013 and has quickly spread to 11 states around the country. Below are a some art pieces available for purchase (click the picture to be taken to the link). There were so many great pieces to choose from, so make sure to peruse the whole site!

Charles Blackwell - Bass Thumping in Red Blue Set

Bass Thumping in Red Blue Set by Charles Blackwell

Jeff Roysdon - Crest

Crest by Jeff Roysdon

Andrew Weatherly - Heaven at Night

Heaven at Night by Andrew Weatherly

Michal Baksh - Still Life Pineapple

Still Life Pineapple by Michal Baksh

Shannon - 4 Horses

4 Horses by Shannon

While St. Louis is not currently involved with ArtLifting, there are several local programs with the same impetus that we encourage you to explore! These 5 companies are doing great work in our community and many of them host events throughout the year. We hope you’ll visit their websites and follow their social media accounts to stay in the loop!

ST. LOUIS ARTWORKS

St. Louis ArtWorks was founded in 1995 as a collaborative partnership with Grand Center Inc., the City of St. Louis, and the Regional Arts Commission. Since that time, ArtWorks has provided opportunities for thousands of young people, successfully helping to prepare them for future education and employment opportunities. ArtWorks bridges economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-served youth with arts education, workforce development training, and 21st century life skills, including fiscal literacy and professional communication. In 2015, ArtWorks proudly celebrated 20 years of creating opportunities for St. Louis youth. To learn more about their amazing artists, artwork, staff and programs visit St. Louis ArtWorks.

artworks 3

artworks 4

artworks

artworks2

FRIENDS OF KIDS WITH CANCER

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases. Their mission is to be an advocate for these special kids and provide them and their families with the educational, emotional and recreational support needed as a result of the long hours of chemotherapy, illness and isolation. Through their art therapy program children are provided a creative outlet to release their emotions and help them sort through their feelings, confusion and fear.  In 2010, they introduced Art from the Heart. This special fundraising event centers around an auction of the art pieces created by kids with cancer in St. Louis. For more information on Friends of Kids with Cancer or to attend the upcoming Art from the Heart event please visit FriendsofKids.com.

art from the heart 1

art from the heart 2

art from the heart 3

art from the heart 4

VISIONS FOR VETS

Visions for Vets offers free visual arts workshops to military veterans to help assist in the healing process, provide community and serve through art. They seek to bring the healing power of art to Veterans in need–whether it’s physical or mental healing that they need. Launched in November 2015, they offer interactive art workshops in a variety of visual artistic disciplines, including ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. Visions for Vets ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families. If you would like to learn more about this organization or find out how to get involved please visit their Visions for Vets Facebook page.

vision for vets 4

visions for vets 3

visions for vets 2

COMMUNITY COLLABARTIVE

The Community CollabARTive is an arts collaborative housed at Peter & Paul Community Services. This program generates cohesion among residents of transitional housing programs and staff members and connects them to the arts, culture, and creativity in a meaningful way. The program was founded by Con Christeson, artist, and Tom Burnham, shelter services director, and is funded by The Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council. Many local artists, students, volunteers, and neighbors have participated over 18 years! Participants work with artists in a variety of art forms such as creative writing, dancing, drumming, sculpture and painting. The residents and staff succeed and fail together and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. They are currently holding a mixed media art exhibit exploring the intentional conceptualization of self through reflection on personal goals, dreams and challenges. Stop by the Maryland Heights Government Center until August 20 to see the artist’s work! Learn more about Community CollabARTive here.

Community CollabARTive Photo3

Community CollabARTive Photo4

Community CollabARTive Photo5

Community CollabARTive Photo2

ARTISTS FIRST

Artists First is a non-profit organization that fosters the growth of artists with disabilities through creative self-expression. Artists First offers art-based programs throughout the greater Saint Louis area serving aspiring artists of all ages whose lives are challenged by developmental disabilities, pervasive mental illness, and/or traumatic brain injury. Visit http://www.artistsfirststl.org/ for more information.

Artwork by Jeff Johnson

Artwork by Jeff Johnson

Artwork by Melelani Perry

Artwork by Melelani Perry

Artwork by Ricky Douglas

Artwork by Ricky Douglas

Are there any other local programs you know of in the St. Louis area?  Please share in the comments if you have any more information!

Feature Image via Art Lifting:  Bubbly Creek 3 by William Douglas

Get It Together!

It’s already August, which means “back to school” is right around the corner! Getting in a new routine and organizing our daily lives can be a struggle. Here are a few tips that can help simplify the day-to-day.

Productivity Apps

apps copy

Wunderlist is an app that stores all types of to-do lists. I love that it allows you to share your lists and work collaboratively with friends and family (i.e. my husband and I share a grocery list, when he buys an item and checks it off the list, I am notified). It has also been a great way to help us organize our kitchen renovation project. I love hearing the satisfying chime as I check off a task.

Google Calendars is a great way to stay organized. Because I enjoy hand writing everything I used to keep a physical planner. However, I recently converted to Google Calendars and I will never look back. In addition to notifying you of upcoming events and estimating the drive time based on current traffic conditions, it also allows you to invite and send the event to others.

Cozi is an app geared toward organization for the whole family, including chores, groceries, upcoming events, etc. Its features allow multiple family members to manage appointments and schedules with one account, as well as organize and update shopping and to-do lists.

Create a Drop Zone

Whether you enter your house through a mudroom, laundry room, back entry, foyer or straight into the kitchen, it’s imperative to have a “drop zone” to corral the clutter. A designated place for shoes, coats, backpacks, mail and keys will keep your belongings organized and looking good. Below are some ideas for incorporating a drop zone that works with your space (I love the creative garage mudroom solution).

Control Paper Piles

Establish a system to deal with mail and the piles of paper your kids will surely come home with on a daily basis! I really liked how Young House Love handles their paperwork. They keep a basket in their office (see above photo) and put the papers from their child’s backpack into it daily.  Every two-weeks, or once it is full, they go through the papers and decide what to file, what to display on their bulletin board, and what to toss.

iHeart Organizing is another great source for ANYTHING & EVERYTHING dealing with organization. To organize her children’s school work, she keeps a file box for each kid with folders for K-12.  She attaches their school pictures to the front of each folder and is very selective about what she saves. Read more here!

Product Picks

collage

  1. Gold Study Wall Board
  2. Antique Pewter Wire Basket
  3. Braided Wool Baskets
  4. Wall Mounted Leather Catchall
  5. Classic Polished Hook
  6. Woven File Storage
  7. Woven Storage Box
  8. Hammered Gold Letter Sorter
  9. Reclaimed Wood Chalkboard
  10. Wood Wall Organizer
  11. Wood Study Wall Organizer
  12. Letter Storage Box

Do you have any tips and tricks for staying organized?  Any apps that you have found successful?  We would love to hear your ideas!

Florida Room Challenge with Douglas Elliman

Have you been craving a way to infuse summer into your home year-round?  Adding in some key beachy elements can keep your home feeling bright and cheery even throughout the cold winter months.  We were recently contacted by Douglas Elliman, global real estate firm, to participate in a style board challenge focusing on Florida style.  Read on for our tips on curating a cohesive space and see our take on a Florida-inspired bedroom design.  Here are some Florida properties if you’d like to see some of our inspiration!

Lighten up the Walls and Floors

White and light walls make a space feel fresh and crisp.  Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White, Chantilly Lace and Simply White are some of our go-to paints to consider.  Adding a plank treatment to the walls is a great way to add interest and texture while maintaining a neutral base.  Flooring and large furniture pieces are also best when lighter in color.

Add Natural Elements

Ground your space with a sisal rug.  This natural textile will provide warmth, texture and durability to your space.  Other elements such as a driftwood sculpture, rattan chair, or natural wood dresser will remind you of the beach and provide the layered look you’re after.

Infuse Color and Bold Accents

Have fun with sea-inspired artwork and decor.  Blue is an obvious reference to the sea and sky and can be found in most Florida inspired rooms.  Displaying a collection of sea glass, a fun piece of art that pops, or a pillow with an organic pattern will all help to enhance your space with color.  Lighting is another great way to have fun with the theme, whether it be a coral shaped chandelier or capiz shell fixture, it will certainly make a statement (Check out the driftwood fixtures in the below photo #swoon!)

Exercise your Green Thumb

Plants are so important to design.  Not only do they bring a touch of nature indoors, but they also better the air quality of your home.  Adding plants to every room will infuse so much color and softness into your home.  In last week’s post we professed our love for tropical plants, so we suggest trying a potted banana leaf plant or a simple palm leaf in a colorful vase.

Florida Inspired Bedroom Design

Our inspiration piece for this bedroom design was the beautiful four poster bed.  The light wood stain, bamboo-detail posts, and scalloped headboard make for a perfect beachy bed.  Crisp white bedding is complimented by blue shagreen and floral pillows.  The scalloped detail on the sheets mimics the shape of the headboard.  We kept the walls white with a plank treatment and the floors are a nice white oak.  A chunky wool and jute rug grounds the space and adds another layer of texture.  The white-washed dresser, blue grasscloth nightstand and seagrass chair round out the furniture pieces for this space.  The collection of seaglass, a large-scale painting of a ship, and brushstroke pillow add color to the room as does the banana leaf plant.  And you can’t overlook the fun sea-urchin lamp that sits atop the nightstand!

Do you have a favorite beach-inspired piece?  How would you incorporate this look into your home?

Cover Images via Elle DecorBeautifully Seaside and Cottages & Gardens

Trend Watch – Welcome To The Jungle

I don’t know about you but I am currently loving the resurgence of this tropical trend in decor and accessories. And its a good thing because I can’t open a magazine or my Instagram feed without being overwhelmed with designs or accessories embracing this element.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

The banana leaf was made popular in the 1940’s when decorator Don Loper designed and installed over 5 1/2 miles of the now iconic, Martinique wallpaper, in the Coffee Room and the hallways at The Beverly Hills Hotel. At the same time Dorothy Draper was beginning a major renovation at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia giving us the iconic Brazilliance wallpaper. Truly standing the test of time, the wallpapers remain in both hotels today.

The Beverly Hills Hotel | The Greenbrier Hotel

TROPICAL INSPIRED DECOR

If you would like to embrace this trend but aren’t quite ready to make a full commitment, here are a few of my favorite examples of ways to introduce the element into your space now –

acc collage

Palm Frond Bedding | Banana Leaves in Planter

FASHION & DECOR COLLIDE

While there used to be an almost 5 to 6 year lag from the runway to interior showrooms we now see an immediate correlation between the two. This is due mostly to the popularity of blogging, social media and communication between the creative minds in each respective field. Here are a few tropical inspired examples of what happens when the world of fashion and decor collide –

collide

 

What are your thoughts on this tropical inspired trend? We would love to see how you are embracing this in your everyday life!

Chairish Challenge: Mismatched Chairs

We were recently contacted by the company, Chairish, to participate in their latest Style Challenge:  pairing mismatched chairs. Chairish is a company that makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. They have tons of unique vintage pieces that easily coordinate with several styles.

The mismatched dining chair look has been on trend for quite some time now. It’s a great way to add interest and dimension to a space and give it an eclectic, lived-in feel. Achieving this seemingly effortless look is easier said than done, but it helps to remember this tip:  All chairs should have a distinguishing feature that allows them to work together nicely. (Examples:  similar height, shape, color, style, material, etc.)

When first faced with this challenge, our perfectionist minds were a little weary of not having uniformity in our space, so this was truly a test!  There are several ways to achieve this look (as we stated above) but we chose to stick with a mid-century modern vibe in black and brown tones.  The chairs are all different but have that simplistic MCM style.  We paired our chairs with a beautiful Carrara marble table.2016-07-013

The walnut credenza is topped with a pair of Jana Bek’s brushstroke lamps and a simple round mirror.  To finish the space we added a colorful Persian rug, a linear brass chandelier, decorative dough bowl filled with succulents, and a rubber tree.

SHOP THE LOOK

Danish Modern Chair

Danish Modern Chair

Danish Modern Chair

Danish Modern Chair

Modern Key Hole Chair

Modern Key Hole Chair

Bow Tie Ladder Back Chair (similar)

Bow Tie Ladder Back Chair (similar)

Niels Moller Rosewood Chair

Niels Moller Rosewood Chair

Modern Bent Wood Chair

Modern Bent Wood Chair

carerra marble table

Carrara Marble Table

rug2

Vintage Persian Rug

light

Kichler Linear Chandelier

19cdc0582116f0df7bab1eedc86f8658

Dough Bowl

img-thing-001

Rubber Tree

walnutcredenza

Walnut Credenza

brushstroke_silo_navy

Navy Brushstroke Lamp

e16197c7378b24ab5c2f6a3d8d2209e8

Looking Glass Mirror

What are your thoughts on this trend?  Would you try it in your home?  Chairish has endless options for dining chairs that you should definitely check out!

Cover Images via Domino & Decouvrir Designs

Saint Louis Artist – Ted Collier, Ted Collier Fine Art

ted collier

GET FAMILIAR

If you don’t know who Ted Collier is, you really should.  Best known for his abstract acrylic paintings on canvas and signature circles he refuses to be defined by one style or medium.  An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, he is inspired by the patterns he observes in nature as well as the space his art will occupy.  Ted is an artist in every sense of the word. His passion and intensity are infectious and he happens to be a super cool guy!

ARTIST EVOLUTION

A lot has changed for Ted Collier in the past 5 years. The story goes something like this- boy meets girl, girl encourages boy to pursue his life long passion, boy listens to girl (good boy) and leaves his career in commercial real estate, boy and girl get married, open a restaurant (Katie’s Pizza & Pasta in Rock Hill), and boy achieves international success.

GRATITUDE, DRIVE AND FOCUS

Ted Collier is proof that with enough hard work and determination your dreams can be achieved. His new 2,500 square foot studio/gallery space in Creve Coeur is a far cry from the corner in the auto repair shop he was painting in just a few years ago. Today his art is featured in countless private collections in Saint Louis, Switzerland and Australia to name a few. Ted is also experiencing commercial success. Most recently he was commissioned by Nordstrom to create 18 pieces for their Los Angeles Flagship Store and Vancouver, BC stores. He is truly humbled by all the support and encouragement he receives. Lucky for us that only fuels his artistic fire. The sky is the limit for this Saint Louis artist and I personally can not wait to see what his future holds. #stlproud

Ted Collier Fine Art is located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Viewing is by appointment only. Prepare to be inspired!

Ted Collier Fine Art | Saint Louis, MO 63132 | 314.803.7727

www.tedcollierart.com

UNINTENTIONAL ART

I recently visited Ted’s studio and while we were viewing and discussing the available pieces I couldn’t help but notice the paint splatter on his black boots. I joked with him that the splatter on his boots even looks like a piece of art. When I told him I was going to mention them in the blog he sent me a photo. Guess what? Even the photo he sent me of the paint splattered black boots looks like a piece of art!!!

collage 1

Ted Collier in action | aforementioned boots

 

 

Americana

Americana style is all about tailored linens, historical elements, traditional furnishings with a rustic quality,  and of course,  red, white, and blue!  It’s a casual and comfortable style that can be incorporated in many different ways.  We prefer a classic approach with natural wood furnishings and lots of textured accent pieces.  Here are some items we are loving that give a nod to this patriotic-style:

St. Louis is a great city to spend the Independence Day holiday!  Below we listed some local festivities going on during the holiday weekend.

36th Annual Fair St. Louis

Held on Art Hill in Forest Park, the free 3-day event will feature incredible fireworks displays over the Grand Basin, family-friendly activities, tasty eats, and performances by big-name artists including Sammy Hagar, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Flo Rida.

St. Charles RiverFest

Starting on Friday, July 1st and continuing through the 4th, this event is held in Frontier Park on the banks of the Missouri River.  The most popular part of the festivities is the parade held on Monday, July 4th at 10 AM which runs along Main Street.  The event also has fun carnival rides for children, fireworks displays on the 3rd and 4th, and music by local artists, including the popular, The Funky Butt Brass Band.

Chesterfield July 4th Celebration

Located at the Chesterfield Mall, this event has become one of the largest fireworks displays in the metro area.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn-chairs for comfortable viewing of the show.  The Kid’s Zone (open 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM) will feature carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course.

JB Blast

This event is held at the historic Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis County on Friday, July 1st at 7:00 PM.  Guests can enjoy a free concert by the Starlifters USAF Band of Mid-America in the Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater, then view the fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 PM).  Guests are also welcome to pay their respect to our service men and women buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Webster Groves Community Days

The family-friendly festival is a four-day celebration known for its parade, BBQ, carnival and fireworks displays.  $25 wrist bands are available for unlimited rides.  Fireworks displays will be held on the final two nights.

 

Cover Images via Domino & Laura U Interior Design.

Saint Louis Artisan – Martin Goebel, Goebel & Co. Furniture

 

Recently Updated8

A Saint Louisan To His Core

After graduating from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Martin Goebel embarked on an education that spanned almost a decade in the pursuit of his true passion. Martin received his traditional training, at the College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg, California, in cabinet and furniture making. Upon graduating, he returned to Saint Louis and for the next 6 years he created custom pieces while completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. In 2008, he was accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Martin received his Masters of Fine Arts in Furniture, with an emphasis on digital design and returned to Saint Louis once again in 2011 to start Goebel & Co. Furniture.  Today racks of Cherry, Walnut and White Oak and other American classics fill the Goebel & Co. warehouse on Locust Street in Midtown Saint Louis.

Making Utility Elegant

Martin Goebel has been quoted as saying “Design is a reaction to the study of life.  At Goebel & Co. we celebrate the simple activities of life through elegantly simple furniture. The real masterpiece of design is the life that occurs on and around our furniture.” While this describes the conceptual approach to his designs the execution of his pieces are a true testament to the functionalist design approach largely inspired by American architect Louis Sullivan, best known for his phrase “form (ever) follows function.”

Tradition meets Technology

A true testament to his educational background, every piece of furniture that Goebel & Co. creates is a combination of digital technology,  manufacturing and hand-craftsmanship. Designs are realized through the process of 3D modeling and then the individual components are either manufactured in-house or sent to a regional subcontractor. This approach allows Goebel & Co. to control the cost to the client and also take advantage of the cutting edge technology and skilled labor their regional partners offer. All of the pieces are assembled, inspected and finished at the Goebel & Co. workshop.

Goebel & Co. Furniture is featured locally in Companion Bakery, Brennan’s Wine and Tobacco, 4 Hands Brewing Co., Tani Sushi and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall just to name a few. I encourage you to visit their website to be inspired and then give them a call to create a piece that is uniquely yours.

Goebel & Co. Furniture | 2936 Locust Street | Saint Louis, MO 63103

www.goebelfurniture.com

 

Masculine Interiors

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, we find ourselves thinking of all the important men in our lives and how we can make their day special.  Perhaps a relaxing, well-designed sanctuary could be the perfect gift.  Today we’re discussing the three main elements that shape a stylish masculine space and we’ve included some great pieces to incorporate.

Neutral Palette

Neutrals and earth tones are great for a more masculine interior.   Start with a classic palette of black and white or a muted olive green to set the tone, then layer in more saturated tones through artwork and pillows.

Simplicity

Masculine rooms tend to have strong, simple lines and rarely contain curvy, intricate pieces.  When making selections, choose pieces with simple, angular elements.  Geometric shapes play a big role in the design; think graphic rugs and artwork.  Fabrics with a classic pinstripe, plaid or herringbone pattern give a nod to menswear and create interest without feeling fussy.  Remember when accessorizing, less is more!  Accessories need to serve a purpose or be meaningful or simplistic in design.

Texture

The blending of rough and smooth surfaces will help you achieve a masculine look.  Blend natural materials such as stone or wood with sleek metals or glass like a polished light fixture or accent table.  Leather is the quintessentially masculine element of any space.  It can add such warmth, texture and richness to a space.  Try adding a chair or sofa for impact or simple leather pulls or a pouf for a lighter touch.

Get the Look

2016-06-016

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

2016-06-133

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

2016-06-132

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6