June 27, 2011

Hot trend alert! Salon-style frame display...and it's love at first sight. From fine art to family photos, filling a space with framed treasures is both powerful and charming all at once. The origins of The Salon,  named after a room at the Louvre where it was held, the Salon Carré, or square room, dates back to the late 1600's. The Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture (Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture) in Paris began mounting semi-public exhibitions of the work of recent graduates, where they would hang all the paintings in one room, close together, from floor to ceiling. The Salon was so popular, and so important to artists and their supporters, that it endured until the late-19th century, when the Academy was challenged by renegade Impressionists...crazy scoundrels...forcing the government to withdraw support. Until it's closing, The Salon was recognized for its wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling collections of paintings. Smaller paintings were hung lower, the largest were highest, and the canvases were angled toward the floor for easier viewing. Not sure I'll go the floor-to-ceiling route, but finding the perfect spot to hang a little collection of my own sounds like a plan. Click here to get a few picture hanging pointers...have fun!

June 22, 2011

For the love of cutouts...how great are these beauties?!?! I came across this jewelry line over at Oh Joy earlier and had to share. Made from recycled leather from a loft in LA, these geometric pieces are tops on my list. I feel extra cool just looking at them. xoxo

June 20, 2011

How about another Monday markdown?! This piece is one of my faves. It would be fun to hang just about anywhere...a nursery, bathroom, bedroom, office. If you have a wall that's in need of a little jazzing up, this one's for you. 

Pretty Lights 24x30 $175 now $99 SOLD
*contact me via email or leave a comment for inquiries/orders*

{beautiful photography by the amazing Kirstie Goodman}

June 17, 2011

June 13, 2011

A collection of books and field guides.
 A tasty treat from the Sips and Snacks menu of the week.
A very happy Campbell about to dig in.
 A great example of pattern and symmetry! Too cute...
 Campbell's finished collection!
 A colorful detail of another Sprout's work.
Emily's awesome artist bag of goodies. :)
I designed sketchbooks and pencil flags for the kids, and included a gripper, heart eraser, sticker page, and a decorate-your-own initial...super fun.

Sprout Studio's first ART CAMP project this summer was...A BUTTERFLY COLLECTION! Our inspiration? Mother Nature, of course (one of the most talented artists around). We studied butterflies and their life cycles while we learned about color, shape, line and texture...some of our favorite elements of art. It was a lot of fun to explore pattern and symmetry, too! My favorite detail that was used by almost everyone was the smiley face...classic. A sweet little surprise that added charm and happiness to every collection.Looking forward to week two of ART CAMP. Next up? BRILLIANT BOOKMAKING!

June 10, 2011

I sure HEART art, don't you?! A sneak peak photo taken during the SPROUT STUDIO ART CAMP this week. We had close to illegal levels of fun drawing, cutting, coloring, and painting. A pretty post of the completed project coming soon...Happy Weekend, friends!

June 6, 2011

What better way to start the week off than with a SALE! In celebration of the upcoming Sprout Studio ART CAMP...woo hoo!...I'm putting these little beauties up for grabs. First up at camp this summer, A Butterfly Collection. Mother Nature will inspire us to create lots of interesting insects while we learn about color, shape, line and texture. So excited to get started!

Butterfly #1      $125 now $75
Butterfly #2      $125 now $75

{ contact via email/facebook to order }

June 2, 2011


Allow me to introduce you to a fresh little magazine...literally, it's only a (perfectly) portable 8x9 inches. A total treat to read, A-line is an inspiring publication geared towards celebrating local fashion, art, food, film, and a hot track or two. Cincinnati's CityBeat publisher, John Fox, bravely launched this women-centered mag at a time when clicking a button has seemingly replaced turning a page...props to the printed word. Not only will A-line's glossy pages cater to the "eclectic, crafty, edgy" woman, it will also host regular gatherings at local restaurants and trendy spots to raise awareness for special charities and causes. Oh, and one more thing...my sweet sister is one of the contributing writers! Check out her first article, TABLE MANNERS, and take a peek at some of A-line's other fab reads at www.a-linemagazine.com.

{photos via A-line Magazine}
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