May 2014 Posts

What is Wall Worthy? (Advice for Selecting Stellar Photography.)

By: Danielle Cornely

We see an enormous amount of images every day. We look at pictures of our friends on social media, see carefully constructed product displays on billboards, and peruse photos of celebrities online. With photography being so prevalent in our lives, how do we separate what we like to glance at from what we want to frame, hang on the wall, and appreciate as art in our homes? There are a few qualities to consider when looking at a photograph as a work of art.

Sally Mann. sallymann.com

Sally Mann.
sallymann.com

Brienne Walsh. http://abriegrowsinbrooklyn.com/

Brienne Walsh.
http://abriegrowsinbrooklyn.com/

Quality of light.
A picture can be interesting, funny, important, and any other variety of qualities, but without good lighting it could be uninspiring. The light in a photograph sets the mood for the viewer, illuminates what is important, and obscures what isn’t. Quality of light is what determines if a photo is beautiful, not just pretty.

Danielle Cornely www.daniellemcornely.com

Danielle Cornely.
www.daniellemcornely.com

Edward Weston. http://www.edward-weston.com/

Edward Weston.
http://www.edward-weston.com/

Color/contrast.
If you’re into color, you want to consider the hues and saturations of a photograph. Will it complement your home’s color scheme? And how do you feel when you look at it? If you’re looking for calming art, look for photos with lots of blues and greens. If your space needs a punch of energy, look for reds and yellows. However, if black and white is more your style, make sure to look for a full range of value. While the degree of contrast in an image is a matter of personal taste, photographs that include very light areas as well as very dark areas are generally the most visually striking.

Samuel Burns. http://samuelburns.co/

Samuel Burns.
http://samuelburns.co/

Michael Kenna. http://www.michaelkenna.net/

Michael Kenna.
http://www.michaelkenna.net/

Negative space.
This technique isolates the subject, and elevates the importance of it within the photograph. Negative space acts as a spotlight, boldly highlighting the main focus of the image. Photographs with a lot of negative space are visually quiet, and are perfect if you are looking for art that won’t compete with multiple patterns and textures present in your space.

Henri Cartier-Bresson. http://www.magnumphotos.com/

Henri Cartier-Bresson.
http://www.magnumphotos.com/

Liza Voll. http://www.lizavoll.com/

Liza Voll.
http://www.lizavoll.com/

“The Decisive Moment.”
A term coined by renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the decisive moment is defined as “the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression.” Everyone has seen a photograph that exhibits this quality. They make us say, “Wow! How did they capture that?” A photo like this is a natural statement piece and could easily be the main focal point of a room.

Collect your own photography using this advice. But have fun, and don’t forget to look beyond the technical aspects and appreciate the art for what it is at its core: a display of passionate interest and feeling.

Work It! 5 Modern Desks That Will Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!

By: Danielle Cornely

Writer’s block? Creative slump? Disorganized finances? Whatever your speed bump, sometimes all it takes to jump headfirst into a project (creative or otherwise) is the right space to work in, and no workspace is complete without a desk. Here’s our top five desks that are as inspiring as they are functional.

www.dwr.com

www.dwr.com

The Herman Miller desk is practical as well as stylish. The 39 inch desktop has built-in cabinets to keep all your office/art supplies within reach, and the sculpted legs are sleek and chic.

www.orange22modern.com

www.orange22modern.com

Calling all minimalists! The Minimal Wall Desk from Orange22 Modern is perfect for small spaces or for people that don’t want their workspace to be a focal point in their home. The drawer extends a full 12 inches, and the lack of legs leaves ample space for custom storage.

www.bernhardt.com

www.bernhardt.com

Alabaster finish and circular legs make the Salon Desk from Bernhardt more than a work station, it’s a work of art. No eyesore here! But it’s more than just a pretty face. The large center drawer has a drop front for easy access to stored supplies and the desktop is a whopping 62 inches across.

www.yliving.com

www.yliving.com

We are definitely coveting the Covet Desk from YLiving! Don’t let its simple structure fool you, it’s got enough storage below its glass top to house all your supplies. Plus, with dimensions more like a small table than a desk (58 inches x 33 inches), you can spread out and take all the space you need while working.

www.casefurniture.co.uk

www.casefurniture.co.uk

Got a small space but don’t want to sacrifice style? The Celine Desk from Case Furniture has you covered. This slim and trim darling is perfect for studio apartments, little home offices, or integrated into an existing room without taking up valuable space. It may be small, but it’s seriously stylish.

Whether you’re working on a new art project or trying to organize important papers, designating a spot just for work can help the task at hand seem less daunting. Plus, keeping everything in one spot rather than relocating items every time you work will help you stay organized and motivated.

Daytrippin’: Three Day Weekend Trips.

By: Stephanie Andrews

Next week marks the end of school for many people, and that means we’re all starting to think about summer vacation. If you live in Atlanta like us, then chances are you’ve hopped on a plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and begun your vacation with a flight. However, Atlanta is situated within driving distance to a multitude of incredible destinations, no plane necessary.

serenbe.com

serenbe.com

Serenbe is a personal favorite for refuge from the chaos of Atlanta, just 30 miles south of the city. Life is much slower here, and it’s the perfect setting for quiet self reflection and contemplation (writing goals, sketching, reading, etc.). Think of it as metro Atlanta’s own Walden Pond! Food is organic and well prepared, and the tiny town is charming and old fashioned. 

tripadvisor.com

tripadvisor.com

It only takes about four hours to travel to Savannah, GA from Atlanta and it’s well worth the drive. The streets are lined with beautiful historic buildings and ancient trees with whimsical Spanish moss. Plus, with charming Tybee Island only a short drive from downtown, Savannah is a no brainer for Atlantans looking to enjoy the beach without sacrificing an urban lifestyle. Foodies will feel right at home; this city has an incredible restaurant scene. Those looking to lay on a beach and catch up on some much needed relaxation will always find a spot. Even at peak season, there’s enough room for everybody on the coast’s vast expanse of shoreline.

chattanoogahotel.com

chattanoogahotel.com

One of our favorite up and coming cities is Chattanooga, TN. This little gem is two hours from Atlanta and has something for everyone. There’s Rock City (above), tandem hang gliding, and hiking down inside the caves of Ruby Falls for the outdoorsy types. The more laid back traveler can visit the Tennessee Aquarium and the town of Chattanooga itself, which has a funky hipster outdoor vibe. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the food; Taqueria Jalisco and Milk and Honey are two highly recommended (kid friendly) restaurants. There is also great shopping at Warehouse Row, developed by the great minds behind Atlanta’s own Ponce City Market.

brockdmclaughlin.com

brockdmclaughlin.com

The four hour car trip to Nashville, TN from Atlanta seems much shorter thanks to beautiful scenic views the entire drive there. Plus, if you thought Nashville was just country music and bull riding, think again! The city’s artistic and entrepreneurial community is alive and well, which means excellent food (a visit to Edley’s Bar-B-Que is an absolute must), unique and charming neighborhoods off the main strip (East Nashville will feel like home to Atlantans familiar with Inman Park and the East Atlanta Village), and a vibe that’s anything but cowboy. Still, go ahead and bring those boots for a night of great live music that the city is famous for. This is Nashville, after all!

With so many options so close to Atlanta, you don’t have to go across the country to get away this summer. Sometimes you’re only a short drive away from your dream vacation!

The Mother of All Projects! (Decorating Your Kid’s Room)

By: Stephanie Andrews

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11, we’re celebrating a tried and true mom project: the joy that is decorating kids rooms. From a nursery to a teenage sanctuary, moms can be adventurous in these rooms! Whether your child is old enough to bring his or her own ideas to the table or your babe is still in diapers, these rooms are meant for taking chances, being bold, and having fun.

http://www.howjoyful.com/

http://www.howjoyful.com/

Here is a bright baby’s room from howjoyful.com which is gender neutral and modern. We love the pops of orange mixed with the gray and the cozy shag rug. The clean, modern, and global feel of this nursery is unique and will transition well as the child grows.

turquoiseroom

This is a room that we designed for a favorite dramatic tween girl. We started with her favorite color, turquoise, and added a luscious cloud rug and pillows. Next, we considered what she wanted to do in her room (homework, reading, listening to music, etc.) and added functional furniture pieces. It’s important for a kid to have influence and a voice in designing their own space. It’s not only empowering, it also makes the space personal and special.

VnBRoom

These pieces are part of a project we are currently working on. Sometimes kids have to share a room, and in this case it’s two sisters that are nine and three. They have different interests and very distinct personalities, so it has been a challenge to find items that inspired them both and made them excited about their new room.

http://www.bubaraba.com/

http://www.bubaraba.com/

Check out http://www.bubaraba.com/amazing-collection-of-cool-rooms-for-guys/cool-inspiring-boys-rooms/ for some great boys room ideas. Pick an interest or hobby and have some fun featuring it in creative ways. Keep in mind storage solutions for all your growing boy’s treasures and trinkets – a critical way to stay tidy (or at least try to).

ryanroom

These design solutions are for a ten-year-old future astronaut’s room. This kid is curious about so many things:  from fencing, to geology, to space. His favorite color is green and he helped us pick out all the items for his room with passion. Making your space your own isn’t just a girl thing!

If you are working on a kids room and feel a bit overwhelmed or discouraged, we encourage you to trust yourself and just have fun. You can do this! Whether you’re a mother yourself or just plan on making sure your own mom knows she’s special, we hope you have a great Mother’s Day!