Art Fair Fridays – Milou Neelen

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the incredible works of Milou Neelen, whose romantic illustrations exude feminine grit.  Her style is reminiscent of fashion portraiture from years past, with a decidedly modern edge.  Each piece feels layered with whimsicality and an adventurous spirit, speaking to a narrative of empowerment and exuberance.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
On my 25th birthday 5 back in 2010 I received a phone call from ELLE magazine if they could use one of my paintings as an illustration with one of their articles. In that same month I started working as a print designer at the women’s brand of Scotch&Soda: Maison Scotch. But I’m working full time as a freelancer for almost 4 years now.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
Maybe not visually about my work but I received some very important tips business wise, including don’t sell your work for too little money, this probably means it’s wasn’t too much of an effort to create. I think every artist struggles with the financial side of creativity, so looking at it from that point of view helps.

How would you describe your creative process?
It starts out with something I see, anything. A color combination, a pattern on the street that sticks in the back of my mind till it suddenly turns into a visual story I have to create. I know, very seventies vague, but my gut is my best creative friend.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Indian ink and a good pencil is something I work with every day.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
I think that phone call by ELLE magazine since that was the start of getting my name out there. I’ve done many illustrations for them since. And launching my own brand Hotel Magique 2 months ago! My web shophotelmagique.com includes illustrated greeting cards, art prints and unique pieces including artworks on velvet canvasses from the ‘Velvet Magique’ series or golden artworks in giant size vintage playing cards named ‘Let’s play with Magique’.

How would you describe your signature style?
A fine line between playful and feminine.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
I get inspired every day by anything, but a couple of artist which always and always inspire me include Sonia Delaunay, Andy Warhol and Matisse.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
It’s always possitive and easy on the eye, and diversity, using different media.

Art Fair Fridays - Milou Neelen

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I don’t think anyone will be surprised to hear of my love for this artist. Her feminine edgy style is so on point with where my art heart lies.

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I mean really…just so pretty.

xx

Haute Spots – Good Neighbour

Good Neighbour…prettiest facade ever…most beautiful tin ceiling/track lighting situation in the history of situations…brass displays as far as the eye can see…and a STUNNING collection of curated clothing/accessory goodies for boys, girls and kiddos. All of this to say, it’s perfect…

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haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

I pretty much want to live there.

And I need to actually own that coat.

xx

 

Art Fair Fridays – Ola Bergengren

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we interviewed the fabulous Ola Bergengren whose photography feels completely immune to the ravages of the status quo.  Though rooted in a world of fashion and commercialism, his works feel irreverent and playful…editorial in an way that defies the norm and makes each piece invincible to what’s currently en vogue.  Bergengren’s eye for abstraction and whimsy are evident and clearly represented in his stunning portfolio.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I have been taking pictures since about 1997. Ever since day one my focus has been on still lifes, on a few occassions I’ve tried other things but I always come back to my still lifes.
I am interested in interiors, exteriors and outdoor landscape work as well, but I seldom show much of it unless it’s commissioned work. I’m not interested in the run of the mill interior/exterior/nature photography so if I show any of my own stuff it needs to be related to my other work.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
I think the best advice I’ve received is to stay close to what I do best. And it’s true! Whenever I stray of the path I get lost and I’m just not very good at doing other stuff.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is very intuitive, I’ve done it for so long now that it just sort of happens. But I suppose I always start with some sort of narrative, I’ve always got some kind of story to tell even if it’s straight forward still lifes. But l think I’m in a way always taking the same picture over and over again. When I was younger I used to look at a lot of other photography and art but only in order to figure out what not to do.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
It’s hard to pin point any particular highlight in my career but I suppose the time when I was picked up by Prada to shoot an accessories catalogue for them a long time ago had a great impact on my career, It opened a lot of doors commercially.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
I’m not sure if my work is very much different to a lot of other artists and photographers or if I have a signature style. What maybe sets me aside from many other photographers is the fact that I’m completely uninterested in technical things. I’m not very interested in lighting in terms of doing very advanced lighting, I like to keep it simple. Cameras, lenses and other gadgets doesn’t interest me. What does interest me is the picture and what it says. I can see from a collectors point of view that limited edition, C-prints from color negative has a certain value and I know that a lot of photographers are focusing on this. I suppose that is a creative process, exploring the medium and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not my way of working.

Art Fair Fridays - Ola Bergengren

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Modern photography that feels slightly off-kilter and highly editorial (in a conformist way) is my favourite, period, full stop. Ola’s work is completely and utterly my jam and it was near impossible to narrow down my most loved from his portfolio.

Today, these are the ones I’m lusting over most…

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So good.

xx

Project Flip – Floors, Tiles, Fireplaces and Siding

It’s been a good few weeks for Project Flip!

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To begin, my Alexanian washed oak floors started to go in and I couldn’t be happier with how they are looking…

project flip alexanian washed oak floors

project flip alexanian washed oak floors

project flip alexanian washed oak floors

project flip alexanian washed oak floors

ect flip alexanian wood floors

ect flip alexanian wood floors

And re: floors, my Ornamenta porcelain tiles that were sent all the way from Italy, also started to go down…

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ect flip ornamenta tiles

DYING over them. There will be two more patterns from this line going in the house. A black and white thick stripe for the powder room and this goodie in the kids’ bath…

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I also had the master bathroom tiles delivered from ciot and I can’t get over how marble like they are. I went with porcelain for: budget, maintenance and ease of install. My current master bathroom is lined with real marble and the weight of it has actually cracked my ceiling multiple times so happy for something a bit less involved.  The bathroom will be a wetroom so all walls and floor will be covered in these 24×24 pretties…

project flip porcelian tile ciot marble

project flip porcelian tile ciot marble

…happy as all get out about how the bathroom and master bedroom are playing so well together:)

And then aside from floors, some other bigness happened this past week…most notably the install of my gorgeous hand forged blackened limestone fireplace surrounds from Trumeau Stones

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project flip trumeau stones fireplace limestone

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ect flip trumeau stones fireplace limestone alexanian wood floors

ect flip trumeau stones fireplace limestone alexanian wood floors

ect flip trumeau stones fireplace limestone alexanian wood floors

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ect flip trumeau stones fireplace

ect flip trumeau stones fireplace

ect flip trumeau stones fireplace

I mean they’re almost just too much for me to handle…the craftsmanship is just heavenly.  As you might notice, these beauties are decorative and won’t actually function as fireplaces. I wanted both the master and living room to have some regality to them, without really feeling the need to have working fireplaces so these are perfect. In the family room, we will have a working gas fireplace, which will be quite different from these lovelies.

What else?!?  Oh yes…siding!

The outside of our house has gotten a big pick me up, thanks to the start of siding install!  From the start of this process, I had my heart set on Cape Cod wood siding but after some timing and ordering issues, my builder convinced me to use Hardie composite siding and I’m really happy with the way it looks. I love the crisp white and wider boards…

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ect flip hardie siding

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ect flip hardie siding

Please try to shield your eyes from the horrible soffit and facia…that was totally an oversight on my part. It went up before I really knew anything about it and I sort of hate it.  Our house has the type of roof that extends quite far over the frame of the house and will need eaves on every plane…long story short, it has a LOT of visible soffit and well, the stuff that’s there now makes me crazy.  It will be replaced with matching matte white Hardie soffit, that will blend seamlessly with the siding.

Aside from the construction progress (as always, a huge thanks to my fave builders RMS,) I also did some ordering this week. For one, I selected all the exterior and interior door hardware from Upper Canada Specialty Hardware

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…and I’m super thrilled with the whole extended back plate situation.  The interior doors will have a matte black finish and the exterior will be in satin brass.

I also visited one of my favourites, The Door Store, to find some pieces for various spots…

1. Garage lights…

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2. Not sure where I can put these but I LOVE them…

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3. Playroom…

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4. I had hoped this Parisian set could work on my pantry but no dice…they’re too large so I’m at square one with what to do with these but they have to happen somewhere…

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5. And last but VERY not least…these two iron gates. I don’t want to spill the beans on my plans for these but it’s good and I’m beyond excited…

 

ect flip the door store

And in addition to those little choices, I also narrowed down some paint selections from PARA…

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Mint- mudroom cabinetry..Arsenic- kids’ bathroom walls…Blush- Scarlett’s millwork….Yellowcake- front door…Blue- boys’ bedroom walls.

The rest of the house will be various shades of white and grey…with the exception of the master. Our original plan was navy in there but I’m having a bit of a crisis of design plan there. We shall see. Also there will be wallpaper…lots and lots of wallpaper:)

I think that’s all for this week…I’ll leave you with this exciting news…

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Which trust me, could NOT have come at a better time. My husband is between jobs at the moment so carrying two houses much longer was not really ideal and with our house selling, we are officially moving into the flip, which means….I can decorate it the way that I want and not for immediate sale. This of course means that I’m going to do all the crazy things I can dream up and can’t wait to share as it all happens.

Stay tuned my friends…this house is about to get really real.

xx

Art Fair Fridays – John MacConnell

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the incredible talent of John MacConnell, whose works are soft and romantic but also sensual and provoking…a little melancholy, but also filled with joyful optimism. With a portfolio comprised of drawings, sketches and watercolour, MacConnell showcases his subjects in a way that feels rooted in reality, but also subject to a dash of fantasy.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

I’ve been lucky to have been creating art professionally for eight years. It hasn’t always put a roof over my head, but the commitment to making new work through the slow times, combined with some great advice from friends, has gotten me to where I am today. Never putting down my pencil, through the slow times, has allowed my work to evolve and meet lots of great folks that make a supportive community now.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

Find a way to put yourself into every piece.

How would you describe your creative process?

(Step 1) Spend months observing, until one night I…
(Step 2) Blast pop jams + open a bottle of wine. Then,
(Step 3) I spend three hours hating what I’m doing, thinking I’ve lost “it.” Finally,
(Step 4) I spend one hour pulling all together to beautifulness. Depending on the scale of the project, I
(Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 over two to four weeks.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Graphite powder & pencil on Rives BFK, the paper of the gods.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

The opening night of my first New York City gallery show made me feel like a rockstar.

How would you describe your signature style?

Classic, minimal, intimate.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Instagram! It’s vast galaxy of fashion; artists; pop culture; dancers, athletes, models, “models,” & go-go boys; kittens; memes; and trash. Human interaction is the core of my work. Instagram provides so much to observe and absorb!

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I put a lot of thought into each body of work. It takes me months to conceptualize a project. I want to make work that makes the audience have a mental and physical reaction. I like thinking the art I’m creating right now leaves the viewer both excited but a little melancholy, like the rush of finishing your first marathon, then thinking, “what now?”

Art Fair Fridays - John MacConnell

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I love nudes…plain and simple. And though I tend to gravitate more towards female renderings, every once and while an artist comes along who makes me want naked boys everywhere.  Cue John MacConnell, whose beautiful works capture the essence of each muse in way that feels intimate and raw.

art fair fridays john macconnel watercolour of kim christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell watercolour of kim christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays watercolour of llyod john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot portrait

Handsome as all get out.

xx