May
14

Nude Art Done Right

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Casey Keasler for Design*Sponge

Nude art, accepted and regaled as some of the most popular once upon a time, is often seen as taboo in today’s society. (Half naked people on TV? Okay. Tastefully painted expressionist female form? The horror.) I’m of the opinion that a good piece of naked art can be really amazing in nearly any room, and I’m finding proof that others agree. Take a peek at how nudes are being incorporated into everyday home decor, then scroll down to shop the look.

 

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Max Snow

 

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Clockwise from top left: Vintage A. Moyer // André Lemos Pinto // Catalina Somolinos // Ewa Dabkiewicz

 

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Stanimir Stoykov

 

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Clockwise from top left: GalerieMiniMal // Geordanna Cordero-Fields // Vitali Komarov //
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May
01

Happy Weekend

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01/ The Smallest Printing Company is a fully functioning printing press!
02/ The Floating House Shelves essentially double as a doll house for adults.
03/ Sit back and Relax, Let’s Go Though a Car Wash.
04/ A clever ad campaign for DuPont Nutrition & Health imagines mini doorways in foods.
05/ Sad animal facts.
06/ Portraits created from concentric circles of paint by Gavin Rain.
07/ I double dog dare you not to smile at Dry Dog, Wet Dog.
08/ Melissa McCracken suffers from synesthesia and paints what music looks like to her.
09/ Quicksilver’s True Wetsuits look like business suits!
10/ The Selfie Arm both intrigues me and makes me worry about humanity.

This week on Design Crush:
Showcase Mirror is a wall display for your favorite things.
Pretty folksy jewelry that’s perfect for summer from Gamma Folk.
Talwst creates the coolest mini dioramas in vintage ring boxes.
A roundup of the best Mother’s Day cards out there. (Psst, it’s May 10th.)
Super sexy paper cut babes with great hair and tattoos by Belinda Rodriguez.
The stone shelf would be perfect in so many places around the house.
Neon bright reversible embroidered art from Liz Payne.
Crushing on these Atelier Dion colored clay mugs in a big way.
Sybille Paulsen supports and celebrates cancer patients through her wearable hair art.

Apr
29

Stone Shelf

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Simple product, simple name, so much impact. Stone Shelf from Fort Standard is a small marble piece (11.5″ x 5″ x 6″) that mounts to the wall with two brass thumb screws – the perfect size for setting keys, your phone, or just about anything.

 

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Apr
16

Black + White Art

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There’s something simple yet striking about black and white art. Whatever form the subject matter takes – illustration, photograph, sculpture – the end result tends to be graphic and attention grabbing. Now that’s a theme I can back 100%.

 

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Clockwise: Deep Space by Samantha Hahn // Black Cat with White Whiskers by Corella Design //
Hexagon by Melinda Wood Designs // Diamonds and Monsters by The Adventures Of

 

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LOVE Set of 4 Typographic Posters by Black and White Posters

 

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Clockwise: New York Typographic Art Print by Yantree // Phases of the Moon by The Adventures Of //
It’s Good to Be Home by Spell and Tell // Crystal Palace No. 4 by Kristina Sostarko

Feb
17

12 February DIYs

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Feb
16

Big + Bold Statement Art

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It’s a trend that’s been slowly building momentum over the past year – big + bold statement art. While the gallery wall doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, it’s being given a run for its money by the impactful look of one large piece. So clean and simple, such a focal point. All of these things resonate with my heart and the clean aesthetic I gravitate towards. Feel free to go as big or as bold as you dare, an wall-sized mural is as much fair game as a massive canvas. The beauty of it all is that this treatment works in nearly every room, from dining room to bedroom and everywhere in between.

 

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Jan
20

Custom Color Matching with Sherwin-Williams

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When I moved into my new space this past September it was painted the universal house staging color of buttercream. While a lot of people might be okay with that – it’s a neutral, isn’t offensive, etc – it may as well have been neon green to me. It was the very first thing I knew I had to tackle to make this place feel like home.

 

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I’ve always had dreams of an entirely white and bright home. One that radiates light and would be the perfect gallery-like backdrop for the myriad of art I possess and love. After obsessing over paint chips I came to the conclusion that a ready-made color wasn’t going to be the answer, so I teamed up with Sherwin-Williams to do a custom color match.

 

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I pried a piece of shoe board off in a doorway and headed over to my local Sherwin-Williams to get their expert opinion and advice. The assistant manager, Jared, gave me a few different color match options after scanning the piece of already painted wood. The two of us spent about fifteen minutes tweaking things until I was 100% happy with the shade. I opted for the darkest to create a small contrast between the walls and 10-inch molding that’s present in the whole house.

 

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I went with Sherwin-WilliamsEmerald line because I’ve used it several times in the past and love the coverage and low odor. Jared also made sure I knew exactly which brushes would be best for the different areas of detail, as well as extension rollers that would help 5-foot-two-inch me reach the top of the 10-foot ceilings. After about thirty minutes I left with the confidence and know-how to tackle this project – did I mention that I’m painting the entire house this shade? Because yeah. The whole enchilada. The end result was a shade of not-white-grey/not-grey-white.

 

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One long weekend and four helping hands later the first floor, staircase, and half of the second floor was done! I’ll be knocking the other two bedrooms and finished attic off the list as soon as it warms up a bit this spring. I’m thrilled with the result so far and guests who have seen the before and after love the look, too.

(See the entire first floor – living room, dining room, and kitchen.)

Photos: Quelcy Kogel

Product and consultation provided by Sherwin-Williams. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Jan
14

Framebridge

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I have a confession to make. I’m a legitimate print hoarder.

I’d guess I own around forty pieces of varying shapes and sizes, but only about half are actually framed. As someone who likes to change up the art in her home frequently this presents a little bit of a problem, and if you visit you’ll often find pieces hung by metal clips/pants hanger/washi tape.

 

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Because I’m such a portrasti-framer (Can that please be a thing?) I’ve become very excited about affordable online framing. And one in particular, Framebridge. Basically you visit their site, then input the size of your piece and choose a frame style and a mat if you’d like one. Framebridge calculates the cost and then gives you the option of receiving a tube or flat mailing supplies or using your own. They email you the free shipping label to print and affix and you’re set. You can also send them a file you wish to have printed and framed.

 

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A few weeks later your art shows up back at your house and ready to hang! I’ve used a similar service in the past that I was not nearly as impressed with. Framebridge‘s attention to detail and protective packaging had me smiling from ear to ear. Each frame comes with a bracket and nail to assure an all-around quality experience (and eliminates the need to dig through your own things to track one down).

 

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These are two screen printed posters by Jordan Grace Owens that I’ve owned for just over a year, previously victims of the aforementioned pant hanger treatment. I chose a simple thin natural wood frame – the Marin – for both pieces so as not to detract from the art, and I also opted for no mat. The end result is just what I envisioned, two pops of color to welcome guests into my home in the entryway.

 

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Try Framebridge for yourself before January 29th and receive 15% off any order with the code DESIGNCRUSH!

This post is sponsored by Framebridge. I received product and compensation in exchange for my thoughts of the experience. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Dec
04

Voutsa

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I used to abhor wallpaper – could it have something to do with the pastel Native American-inspired pattern that lined my walls through puberty? Maybe/probably/definitely. These days I find myself looking at wallpaper as floor to ceiling art more than anything else. These handprinted patterns from Voutsa can’t be seen as anything but.

 

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Sep
17

10 September DIYs

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