I couldn't agree more

I’ve been following Emily Henderson (Stylist, Designer, TV Host) for a long time. I read her blog pretty much every day and love a lot of what she does. We are both Virgo’s and actually share the same Birthday, if we ever met I think we would become friends. She enjoys thrifting and discovered some artwork recently that she was interested in. Here is how she breaks down her thoughts on pricing.

“ The problem is that they were expensive, weighing in at $450 a piece. Now, I got a discount (I think 20% off) because I have a relationship and she knew I would post about it but I still think they are worth $450 because of the following reasons:”

  1. Materials cost money, and even buying materials takes time.

  2. Talent takes time to cultivate, sometimes over DECADES of learning, experimenting, teaching yourself not to mention any classes or art school that was attended.

  3. Creating a very good color palette is not easy, thus more time experimenting and likely a lot of first drafts.

  4. Actually painting the piece takes time. I don’t know how much but this looks like over 10 hours.

  5. Having it framed is expensive and takes more time/effort.

  6. The stress of putting your work out there, paying for the booth that you sell it in and then merchandising in a way that looks good takes more time (and money).

“You get it. If you can paint this yourself for less than $450, sure, go for it! If not, I think that an original painting for $450 is a great deal by a contemporary artist.”

Two of my paintings now available in my shop.

Two of my paintings now available in my shop.

A few months ago while I was away on a girls trip my small business became the topic of discussion. My friends informed me that the pricing of my artwork needed revising. All of my pieces are originals and some of my prices were too low, similar to a pricing on a print.

They gave me tips and told me things that I should start doing immediately as they are entrepreneurs themselves. One of those was to change my Instagram handle to Holly Young Art, which was previously taken. The breakdown that Emily has shared above is something I think most makers understand. When I read these words I knew I wanted to share this with my audience here. Some collectors already have an appreciation for original artwork and know what goes into making a piece. Others may wonder why a painting is priced so high? I still think my prices are very affordable in comparison to artists I admire.

It really is tough to put a price tag on something that is handmade. Over time I have learned that it may take a bit of time for the right person to connect with what I have created. All of these changes are helping me stay true to my brand and who I am. If you’ve been here since the beginning I thank you for going on this journey with me.



Current Thoughts

Well it officially feels like fall. It’s so chilly in the morning it’s hard to know what to put on myself and the kids. I celebrated my Birthday last week and I think my family and friends know me well. I received tea, beer, and several pairs of beautiful earrings. No complaints here. I’ve been waking up earlier every morning, 6:00 makes me feel like I’m getting older as I’m ready for bed by 9:30.

I just finished a collection of paintings on linen that are available in my shop in case you didn’t know. Neutral colours with a touch of gold leaf. Shipping is included in NA, shop them here.

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I’m excited about some fun collaborations that are happening in the next few months. I can’t tell you much, but I was designing Christmas Ornaments for The Campbell Collective in July. A modern take on bells in collage form…you’ll just have to wait to see them.

I find lots of inspiration for colours and patterns online and screenshot a lot of images. Here are a few I used as inspiration for my Colour Studies. There are a handful available now in my shop.

Design by Rosie Assoulin

Design by Rosie Assoulin

Photo via Vogue Magazine.

Photo via Vogue Magazine.

How lovely is this linen matte & frame! My painting living its best life all styled up.

How lovely is this linen matte & frame! My painting living its best life all styled up.

I read this quote below the other day and I really connected with it. Last weekend we went to the beach for the last time before the girls started school. I came home and felt like trying something new, so out of my comfort zone. I have never painted portraits or landscapes not even for fun. It’s not my style I’ve always thought, there has never been a desire to attempt any of either subject.

I sat at my dining table paint brush in hand and was totally into mixing colours, creating texture and painting landscapes!!! I have been doing it all week and I don’t actually hate any of them. Usually when it comes to experimenting there is some awkward moments where things just look like garbage and you think you are wasting your time. Well I have these feelings, maybe you never have.

I haven’t painted anything that felt so natural to me in a while. It is also really nice to paint loosely and more abstract. My last three collections have been precise lines and shapes. I needed a change and I think I’ve found it. I’ll share some progress shots soon on IG, and if you want to be the first to know when they hit my shop sign up to the newsletter.

Design and text by Morgan Harper Nichols

Design and text by Morgan Harper Nichols

Our rescue dog Biggie has been with our family for a year now which is hard to believe. He is the best! I’m very happy that he was chosen us to live with us, he makes me smile.

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Have a great weekend, I’m off to work.

New Colour Studies!

I had the past few days of work and sat and painted some new Colour Studies for you. Coming up with new colour palettes is the best part. I love interiors so I thought it would be fun to figure out what rooms they would look great installed in.

I recently came across Arent & Pyke an Interior Design studio in Australia. Here are some of my favourite projects they have designed with artwork of mine. All of these original paintings have just been added to my shop.

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Photo by Felix Forest

Photo by Felix Forest

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Photo by Felix Forest

Photo by Felix Forest

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Photo by Felix Forest

Photo by Felix Forest

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Photo by Felix Forest and Ansen Smart

Photo by Felix Forest and Ansen Smart

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Photo by Ansen Smart

Photo by Ansen Smart

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Photo by Felix Forest

Photo by Felix Forest

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If you have an idea for a colour combination I’m happy to create a custom piece for you. Send me an email and let’s chat. All of these paintings are 9x12” and would look wonderful with a large matte and frame.

Photo by Whitney Inacio

Photo by Whitney Inacio



keep

Last weekend my family spent a day in Prince Edward County a short drive from where we live. A new shop just opened in Picton called keep and we went to check it out. The owner contacted me a while ago about selling my Colour Study paintings. It was exciting to see them grouped together, they looked wonderful all framed up!

Stop by if you are in the area and check it out. They are beside Coriander Girl and Picnic 194 Main Street. I snapped some photos to share with you…enjoy!

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So many beautiful things in one space!

So many beautiful things in one space!

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My Color Studies are lined up.

My Color Studies are lined up.

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My daughters relaxing before we headed to the beach.

My daughters relaxing before we headed to the beach.

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The owner Shelley.

The owner Shelley.

Beautiful art by Toronto artist Japneet Saini.

Beautiful art by Toronto artist Japneet Saini.

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Can’t wait to go back to the County. If you’ve never been check out this post I did a while ago. (Sand & Sumac which is mentioned, has now become keep) New location same beautiful products.

Happy summer friends!



Inspiration

My art is often inspired by interior spaces. I’m drawn to bright colours and patterns, and wanted to share some images I’ve bookmarked. Saturday mornings I love waking up early & browsing my favourite design websites. Hope you enjoy!

Photo by Matthew Millman

Photo by Matthew Millman

Photo by the apartmentdk

Photo by the apartmentdk

Photo by Anson Smart

Photo by Anson Smart

Photo by The Wing

Photo by The Wing

Photo by Leandro Farina

Photo by Leandro Farina

Photo by Eliza Gran

Photo by Eliza Gran

Photo by India Mahdavi

Photo by India Mahdavi

Photo by Nicole Cohen

Photo by Nicole Cohen

Photo by The Wing

Photo by The Wing

Photo by Mike Schwartz for Studio Code

Photo by Mike Schwartz for Studio Code

Gallery walls with The Campbell Collective

In my last post I introduced you to the ladies behind The Campbell Collective. They just shared some great art pairings to help you achieve the perfect gallery wall. Check out the entire post here.

I’ve included a few up close shots of some of my original collages that are available through them right now.

Photo by The Campbell Collective

Photo by The Campbell Collective

Collage “Aster” is shown

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Photo by the Campbell Collective

Photo by the Campbell Collective

Collages “Violet” & “The Met” are shown

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Photo by The Campbell Collective

Photo by The Campbell Collective

Collage “Brooklyn” is shown

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Photo by The Campbell Collective

Photo by The Campbell Collective

Collage “Picnic” is shown

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Photo by The Campbell Collective

Photo by The Campbell Collective

Collage “Joshua Tree” is shown

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Gallery walls are my favourite way to display a collection of artwork. I hope you find their post helpful and happy shopping!

Collaboration with The Campbell Collective

A new series of collages is going to be available this Thursday April 25th. I’m excited to be one of the artists working alongside Amanda and Marquin in their new online art collective.

“The Campbell Collective as an extension of Amanda Louise Interiors. We are passionate about art and connecting our followers, friends and clients with it. So, The Campbell Collective will live here on the Amanda Interiors website, and will be an ever-changing source for you to purchase great art for your home. We are starting out by offering paper pieces from 7 artists in ready-made frame sizes, making it super easy to get an array of work up on your walls. We will have periodic in-person events and will introduce different artists bi-monthly!”

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“We couldn’t be more excited because we believe that collecting art is a great way to support small businesses and is one of the best ways to bring personality into your home! In fact, our logo is based on the idea that whole citrus has long been used in art historically to represent high social status. We believe that great art should be accessible to all, so we sliced up that citrus and think everyone should have a piece!”

Marquin & Amanda the ladies behind this amazing collective!

Marquin & Amanda the ladies behind this amazing collective!

A few of my collages that will be available. I snapped a photo before I signed them…the signature is the final touch.

A few of my collages that will be available. I snapped a photo before I signed them…the signature is the final touch.

Original art that is easy to frame and display is a win win for all. Art by moi, photo by Emily Bolt.

Original art that is easy to frame and display is a win win for all. Art by moi, photo by Emily Bolt.

Two of my pieces all styled up. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Two of my pieces all styled up. Photo by Emily Bolt.

The other paticipating artists include Hillary Butler, Harrison Blackford, Marquin Campbell, Laddie Neil, Mary Singleton, Kathleen Jones.

Here are a few of my favourite sneak peeks from The Campbell Collective Instagram

Art by Hillary Butler. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Art by Hillary Butler. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Art by Kathleen Jones. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Art by Kathleen Jones. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Art by Mary Singleton. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Art by Mary Singleton. Photo by Emily Bolt.

Supporting artists is something I’m passionate about and I hope you are too. Make sure to check them out and follow along on IG.



Art Installation at Tinyhousemama

Last year when Stacey opened Tinyhousemama in East Toronto I knew my artwork would be a perfect fit. Fast forward to this week and I had the opportunity to meet her and display my original artwork in her beautifully curated studio. If you are in the area stop by and check it out. The pieces will be up until the middle of May.

I’m a small town girl who grew up in Peterborough ON. It turns out Stacey went to University here and visits family nearby regularly. She is a talented visual creator and stylist. If you enjoy interior spaces like myself you already know of her Instagram famous tiny home.

This mural is in her shop and the same artist painted the exterior of the building as well. I love it!

This mural is in her shop and the same artist painted the exterior of the building as well. I love it!

“After years of co-owning a popular hair salon in Leslieville, I began to envision myself creating a more small scaled personalized shopping and hair experience, one that encompassed all my passions under one roof. When I discovered the single story little flower painted building on Gerrard St East’s rapidly gentrifying strip, I knew it was a sign and Tiny House Mama Beauty + Goods needed to become a reality.”

My gallery wall fits right in, and no I didn’t plan my outfit to match the sofa. All of my art is affordable and the largest framed painting is $150. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

My gallery wall fits right in, and no I didn’t plan my outfit to match the sofa. All of my art is affordable and the largest framed painting is $150. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

“A small flowered building set in the middle of Torontos east Chinatown belongs to a collaborative space that houses both Heri Furniture, who has both a showroom and workshop in the back and the curated stylings of Tinyhousemama Beauty + Goods. The front shop is a collection of Stacey Lipstein's passions brought to life, beautifully bespoke hand crafted pieces by Heri Furniture  (his famous stitched stools and benches), a collection of Vintage Moroccan rugs, cute round pillows made locally, Gorgeous paper goods to fit every occasion, millennial pink ceramics made in Montreal. As well as beauty goods locally foraged and produced. And of course the simple turquoise hair chair that services clients during operating hours. This place truly is a collaborative space bringing all passions to life at Tinyhousemama Design+Beauty outpost in Torontos East End.”

Original colour studies available along with some stunning jewellery, pottery and home accessories.

Original colour studies available along with some stunning jewellery, pottery and home accessories.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you could definitely make a list of items you would be happy to have after visiting the shop. I’ve chosen a few of my favourites in case you need help deciding. You can shop online if you are not in the area.

We had lunch at  La Cubana  and it was delicious. The bread was amazing!

We had lunch at La Cubana and it was delicious. The bread was amazing!

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I had a wonderful day with my friend Jessica who captured all of these photos of me and showed me around this end of Toronto. Spring is officially here, get outside and enjoy it this weekend.

Highlights of the week

It’s been a busy few weeks around here. My daughters are currently on March Break and I’m finding that my creativity level is through the roof. Not a bad problem to have.

I thought I would share some things that have been inspiring me. These six words are so simple, straight forward and true. I don’t think I’ve ever heard or read them before but saved the image as soon as I saw it.

Photo and design by  Tanya Val

Photo and design by Tanya Val

I’m so ready for Spring and this colour study is my take on a fresh season. That cornflower blue paired with anything just gets me excited! Shop my new work here.

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This article was just what I needed to read after a day of sitting and making paintings and collages. I already know some of these stretches, but I’m not that into Yoga so I’m learning some new moves.

Photograph & design by  Jordinn West

Photograph & design by Jordinn West

I have just discovered the artwork of Ethan Cook and I love it all. His pieces remind me of Rothko’s colour blocked canvases in a way. The grouping of these modern pieces together is such a good colour story.

Photo by Ethan Cook

Photo by Ethan Cook

I’ve never been jealous of a laundry room before until now. This doggie shower is one of the best parts! Lots of original art, pattern and colour…a few of my favourite things. Check out the entire design in the link above.

Photo by Dabito

Photo by Dabito

Photo by Dabito

Photo by Dabito

Leanne Ford has great style and I’m looking forward to watching season two of her design show on HGTV next week.

I thought this interview was enjoyable. A good reminder for my creative friends “The best career advice I can give you starting out is “SAY YES!” When someone asks you if you can do this or if you will help with this, even if you don’t know what you are doing, say YES and figure it out as you go. You will be more than fine.”

Photo by Alexandra Ribar, design by Leanne Ford.

Photo by Alexandra Ribar, design by Leanne Ford.

This book doesn’t come out until May, I think it would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for any design lovers out there. “Let The Lonny Home—a gorgeous and thoughtful guide from Lonny Magazine, the ultimate online destination for interiors inspiration—help you craft your ultimate authentic living space.”

Photo by Lonny Magazine

Photo by Lonny Magazine

I’ve just completed a new series of collages. They were so much fun to create, the ideas were just pouring out of my brain. If you saw my IG stories you heard me refer to myself as a collage making machine!

I’m doing a fun collaboration and the collages will be released with them mid April. Stay tuned for more info & if you subscribe to my newsletter you’ll be the first to know.

Original collage by Holly Young.

Original collage by Holly Young.

Colour Study Series

I’ve been keeping busy lately painting simplistic shapes on paper. I’m having fun playing around with different colour combinations and I thought I would share a few of my inspirations with you.

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One day I was reading an article online and I came across Delpozo, a Spanish luxury prêt-à-couture house under the creative vision of Lutz Huelle. The photographs immediately jumped off of the screen and got me excited to paint.

All fashion photographs are by Delpozo.

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I feel like I’m just getting started, let’s see what else I come up with for Spring. Shop the collection here.

Displaying Art

There are so many ways to add personality to your space, adding an art collection is one of my favourites. I recently borrowed a book from my sister called “Think Home” by Judith Wilson. Today’s freezing rain gave me the opportunity to browse through it. She talks about how you can display art in various ways throughout your home.

I put together some photos of my art installed & styled in collectors’ homes as well as my own for you to get ideas from.

This collage from Juniper Print Shop looks great on this credenza. Abby has used a modern white frame with a large matte to anchor the styled vignette. The black and white botanical looks great paired with actual greenery. Overlapping the wood ladder in front of the artwork helps to add depth.

Photo by Brittany Kalaj Margulieux in the home of Abby Pendergrast

Photo by Brittany Kalaj Margulieux in the home of Abby Pendergrast

In my friend Lesley’s home office, she has paired two of my paintings with some fun graphic prints. Who wouldn’t be inspired sitting in this cozy little nook?

Photo by Lesley Pocklington

Photo by Lesley Pocklington

A floating shelf or picture ledge is an easy way to change up your art collection. If you rent or are not a fan of tons of nail holes in your walls, this is for you. This collection of art used to be displayed in my oldest daughter’s room before she decided pink was not for her.

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This is the home office of my friend Jo. She is a thrifter extraordinaire and has the best eye for styling. This mid-century shelving system pops against the dark paint colour. She has a collection of contrasting sizes and shapes of frames. My painting is the perfect pop of colour and pattern mixed with her brass accessories and wood tones.

Photo by Jo Wearing

Photo by Jo Wearing

My friend Shannan has styled a large colourful print on her mantel with my Ontario Resin wood panel. Natural elements have been grouped together in this vignette.

Ignoring symmetry is something Judith speaks about in the book. “Hang one painting slightly off-centre above a mantelpiece or position pictures one above another in a single alcove, leaving the remaining alcove bare.”

Photo by Shannan O’Brien

Photo by Shannan O’Brien

This ceramic tray sits on my nightstand. A simple modern lucite frame holds one of my collages. You could put a photograph, post card or even artwork from your kids in a similar frame. Not a lot of dusting involved I promise. I love waking up & seeing it every morning.

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Gallery walls are so much fun to put together. Here you see a collection of my artwork mixed with thrifted finds and original prints. Mix black & white frames with paintings to create an eclectic vibe.

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Now is the perfect time to breathe some new life and bold colouring into your home. Buy what you love and you will make it look fabulous. If you have any of my art in your space send me a photo of it installed. There is nothing like seeing where my pieces find homes.

Inspiration

Yesterday was a turning point for me creatively. Thoughts and ideas all came together while I wrote this post & got me excited to head to the studio to create my first pieces of the New Year. I was listening to the song ”Things Happen” by Dawes (which I love!) last night while cooking dinner & thought to myself, today is a good day.

Last week I drove out of town and went by the same building that has got my attention dozens of times. The difference this time was, I parked my car & got out to capture photos of the architecture that peaked my interest. That blue, oh how I adore it. The chipped paint, the cracks in the stucco…you might think I took this on holiday in some tropical destination! The reality is, it was freezing cold & I was in Omemee, Ontario, where Neil Young grew up & described as “a sleepy little place.” Population 1200.

It’s hard to describe what exactly has inspired me so I thought I would share some photos that got me thinking. Lines, colours, light, texture & interiors…some of my favourite things.

Photo by Holly Young

Photo by Holly Young

Photo by Pierre Yovanovitch

Photo by Pierre Yovanovitch

Photo by Derek Swalwell

Photo by Derek Swalwell

Photo by Pim Top

Photo by Pim Top

Photo by The Inside

Photo by The Inside

Photo by Sabine Marcelis

Photo by Sabine Marcelis

Photo by Bruce Dumonte

Photo by Bruce Dumonte

Photo Shutterstock

Photo Shutterstock

I love a good laugh & my hubby & I are enjoying the Canadian show Schitt’s Creek currently on Netflix. I haven’t laughed this much since I binged New Girl, it makes me happy. Last night the episode we watched, Moira was going to have a sparkling White Russian, but had to drink it before the milk curdled. Who thinks of these things?! Mr. Dan Levy (son of Eugene) shown above is the creator. That colourful backdrop is giving me all the feels.

Stay warm friends it’s freezing out!

Farewell 2018

I haven’t felt very creative lately. It’s been all about family and slowing down for the past few weeks. We’ve been watching holiday movies and both of my daughters are now into reading chapter books (they are seven & nine). After dinner is a quiet time as we have been in the living room all sitting quietly reading. It’s been nice.

I got my husband the Beastie Boys book for Christmas & I’ve been reading it everyday since (It’s over 500 pages). I’ve been reading old articles online, watching past interviews with the band and concerts on YouTube. It’s like their music has somehow brought me back to my youth. Last night I laid in bed and watched a live concert from 2004 in Amsterdam. Everyone has that one song that they blast if they are driving in the car alone (without kids) mine is Sabotage…I f*cking love it!

Photo by Ricky Powell for Time Magazine

Photo by Ricky Powell for Time Magazine

Some exciting things happened for me this year and I’m glad I got to share these experiences online with you. I also had the opportunity to connect with and meet some incredible people. I’m hoping to find inspiration in the next few months and I’m excited to see where in takes me in the studio. Right now I am quite happy exploring, wandering and enjoying life and taking a break from writing a weekly blog. Thank you for following along and supporting me.

I’ve never really been into celebrating New Year’s in a big way, I’m happy to just order take out, play some games and see if I can stay awake until midnight. I don’t often make it! Maybe this year.

Colour Crush

The other day I stumbled upon the most delightful home in Melbourne Australia on Instagram and thought I would share a bit of it with you. The home owner Natasha Webb has the best art collection that I have ever seen! The beautiful pastel colours in each piece compliment one another and really allow the eye to move freely from room to room. Most people would paint this home white to modernize it, the retro brown brick is unusual and why I think I scrolled her entire feed so quickly. She has a fantastic eye and great taste that just makes you happy.

All photos are from Natasha’s IG account linked above, make sure to check her out!

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Photo of Natasha by  Kate Hansen photography

Photo of Natasha by Kate Hansen photography

I’m just going to pretend that I’m in Australia and I don’t see snow out my bedroom window!

Art for the Casa Alma pop-up

Last week I mentioned that I was going to be part of a fun pop-up Casa Alma is hosting at the Oshawa Centre. The art has just left my studio and I thought I would show you a peek at some of the pieces that will be available. I’ll be shopping the event the first day, hope to see some familiar faces.

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I've finished a collection that includes 6x6” minis, and 9 x12" collages on paper, and a selection of original framed collages. There are so many talented makers and creatives from all over Ontario taking part in this event. I hope you will consider shopping small for the Holidays this year, and supporting makers.

Highlights of the week

Today I hung a collection of paintings, photographs and collages at a local Brewery. ‘Tis the season to start shopping for the holidays. If you are local stop next Tuesday November 13th for a night of art, beer and live jazz from 7-9pm. There will be a group of artists showing paintings, photography and pottery. Bring the entire family, they have games and a popcorn machine. I would love to meet you so come say hi!

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If you love design and interiors you may have heard of The One Room Challenge. Participating designers are given six weeks to transform a space. I was lucky to have my artwork in two guest reveals. The first was a boys bedroom in Cobourg, ON. You can see more photos here from Thalita’s home. My collage is framed on the far right. How cute is this big boy room, no more cribs for these twins.

Photo by Thalita Murray

Photo by Thalita Murray

I was contacted by Brynn to make a custom collage for her Sunroom. She fell in love with one in my shop and needed a pair of them for her space. Contact me for commissions, I’m always up for a challenge. The transformation of her room is incredible, check here for the before and after shots.

Photo by Brynn

Photo by Brynn

This room was my favourite design out of all the reveals I looked at online. I just discovered Nicole & I’m excited to follow along as she renovates her new home in Philadelphia. Check out the before and afters here.

Photo by Rebecca McAlphin

Photo by Rebecca McAlphin

My mother-in-law took me to a pottery class in September and we just got to pick up our pieces. Since it was only a two hour class we made the pieces on the wheel but our instructors fired them in the kiln and glazed them for us. At least we got to choose the colours. This piece is my favourite, an actual bowl! If you do pottery I applaud you, it is hard.

I also got new earrings that I love wearing by  Keona Boutique  in Guelph.

I also got new earrings that I love wearing by Keona Boutique in Guelph.

It’s always the best feeling to see photos from customers of my art installed. This painting was shipped to England rolled in a tube and my new friend Blaise got it professionally framed. It now hangs in the master bedroom.

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If you want a head start shopping for the holidays while supporting local small businesses and makers, check out this pop-up I'm going to be a part of at The Oshawa Centre. There will be contests and giveaways so make sure to follow Casa Alma for all the details. It will be located in the Circa 905 vendor space across from the food court and Brown Shoes.

With over fifteen participating companies here are a few of my favourites: Swell Made Co., Lit Lettering, Sticks and Strings Macrame, Dwellisimo and Style In Form.

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A look at some of the goods that will be available. Photo by Casa Alma.

A look at some of the goods that will be available. Photo by Casa Alma.

Yesterday we had our first snow fall this year, our new dog Biggie loved playing in it. My daughters say he looks like a polar bear and we won’t be able to see him in our yard in the snow. Guess we’ll wait and see. He is adjusting so well and we can’t imagine our home without him, drool and all.

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Have a great weekend!

Holly's Dream Home

If you are new around here I’ll give you a quick update on what gets me excited about houses. I love mid-century architecture, flat roofs, bungalows, lots of windows, black exteriors, car ports…my list could go on folks. Just for fun I scroll through realtor sites and sales listings in different cities, you never know right!

Maybe that perfect house will just appear and call my name. Today’s home known as the Lapierre residence is a beauty and was recently for sale. It was built in 1960 and situated in St. Catharines Ontario. A few hours away from where I live now. I attended University in St. Catharines and I never knew this house existed, it was so close to me. I could have went to visit!

These are the listing photos so I’m sure it is staged and the home owners didn’t live exactly like this. The space was just so dreamy I had to share. It’s not often you see a home from that era that still has original features, and is combined with modern details that are so complimentary to one another.

All photos are by Brott Hadden Group.

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Just think if only my family had of won the lotto last week…maybe it could have been our’s. Anything over a million is way out of our price range. Insert laughter here!



Casa Alma

I first met Elizabeth the lady behind the brand Casa Alma through the good old internet. We met at a cafe and chatted in person, I knew she was my kind kind of gal. She has great style, loves to thrift, and has a passion for home decor and colourful rugs!

I’ve been lucky to have my work in several of her projects, and the latest is something she should be very proud of. The transformation and styling of a huge project in Cobourg ON, that was just featured on HGTV Canada. You can check out the full interview here.

Below I’ve included some of my favourite photos, you know I love a good vignette and each of these rooms has plenty of them. Original art is a favourite way to add personality to your space, I was in good company with the other artists chosen. All photographs are by another talented lady Chantelle Watt. If you are local check her out!!

Grab a beverage and getting ready to get be inspired.

This is Liz looking gorgeous!

This is Liz looking gorgeous!

Macrame by  Sticks and Strings
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My three framed collages available through  Jenny’s Print Shop . Also an original collage in lucite frame.

My three framed collages available through Jenny’s Print Shop. Also an original collage in lucite frame.

One of Casa Alma’s colourful rugs!

One of Casa Alma’s colourful rugs!

Two of my paintings hanging on the right. Far left available at  Dwellisimo .

Two of my paintings hanging on the right. Far left available at Dwellisimo.

Art by  Beth James
In love with this pottery by  Style In Form

In love with this pottery by Style In Form

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Art by Larissa Clayton

Art by Larissa Clayton

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Print by  Swell Made Co.
My painting on the bottom left. Top right by Larissa Clayton.

My painting on the bottom left. Top right by Larissa Clayton.

My photograph “Montreal” all framed up.

My photograph “Montreal” all framed up.

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Release of new paintings and collages

The leaves are falling, the colours are changing and I have been inspired to create some new work. My daughters are back in school and I’ve found some much needed alone time in the studio (aka the basement!). I’m excited to share everything with you and show you some of the photos that inspired me during the process. As of today new paintings and original collages on paper are now available in my shop.

Perhaps you need a piece to add to your gallery wall, or a set of collages to fill that blank wall that just needs a little something. I’ve got you covered folks, head on over to my online shop and check out all of the new pieces. If you can’t treat yourself right now, start making your Christmas list!

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Photo by Costas Spathis

Photo by Costas Spathis

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Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

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Photo by Anthropology

Photo by Anthropology

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

“Your home is your sanctuary, so you want it to be cozy and calm, but you have to be brave in your choices or else it won’t have personality.” - Erin Walsh.

Jenny Prinn's colourful home

A few years ago I came across American artist Jenny Prinn. She recently shared a feature that was written about her on The Mainers, and I loved it so much I wanted to share her home with you. If you love vibrant interiors filled with original art, antiques and colourful accessories, then you will enjoy a peak into her family’s home. Make sure to check out Jenny’s website, I know you will find something you want to take home.

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To see the full interview and house tour please check it out here. All photographs by The Mainer.