I thought it would be cool to do a photo essay of things around my house that inspire me. That way I can share them with everyone… until I can invite you all here to see it for yourself! My house is full of “stuff”. My husband likes to say of my design style that I can “never leave a flat surface alone”. It’s true in almost all things in my life. I’m definitely a maximalist, not a minimalist.
Bing Ceramic Urn. I love the haunting look on the faces. Faces are a common motif in the art I choose.
I don’t remember the name of this artist and I can’t make out the signature. I’ve taken this to my studio many time to try to make a bead with the same design and color, not much success yet but it always takes me in an interesting direction.
This is a painting by L. Martinique called “My Kingdom for Some Chocolate”. It hangs in my office.
This one is by Donna Burstein, it’s Untitled. I love the movement in it and her use of color. It hangs over our bed.
This is part of my Sid Dickens collection. I don’t buy them anymore but I still love the textures and messages.
This is another Bing, it hangs in our bedroom.
This is one of two paintings I have by St. Louis painter, E.G. LaChance. It’s about 30″ x 30″.
This is the other LaChance. I’m working on a set of beads inspired by this painting. I’m doing a bead like each square in the painting using soft glass and enamels. I still have quite a ways to go but when I’m stuck at the torch I do a couple of those and then I’m on track again.
This is what’s on top of my kitchen cabinets. This sort of illustrates the “can’t leave a flat surface alone” comment. Some of it is kitschy, some of it is not but I love it all. I remember each thing, where it came from and what life was like at the time. That’s famed architect I.M. Pei on the urn. The harlequin plate on the left is part of a set of sushi plates made to match my wedding cake by a friend who is a potter.
This is the current view from our bedroom deck. That’s Waubonsie Creek. Lots of nature out there for inspiration.
This guy is rather large, I think he’s 42″ in diameter. He hangs over my kitchen sink and he makes me smile.
I have a lot more but I’ll do the rest later. Please excuse the poor photo quality, dust, cobwebs or anything else unsightly. I hope you get some inspired ideas looking at these and I’d love to see someone else do this. It was fun!