One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

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…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

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I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

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AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)

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Art Fair Fridays – Selena Wong

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 beautiful work of Selena Wong, whose romantic illustrations exude feminine whimsicality and playful abandon.  Each pieces has an adventurous spirit, and demonstrates a ‘translation of daydreams and nightmares’ into images that are both playful and thought provoking. Her style is intricate…layered with narrative vignettes, which weave the fantastical with reality in a way that feels reflective and imaginative.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
Art has been my life for as long as I could remember. This is the field I specialized in throughout high school and university. In 2009, I exhibited as an Untapped Emerging Artist at The Artist Project, and I believe that point marked my path to becoming a professional.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?
During one of the more uncertain times in my career, I was lucky to have a conversation with someone I look up to. The outcome from that conversation was something I remind myself with time after time – “The path to an artist’s career is not always clear. You’re destined to do this. It’s something that gives you joy, you should be doing it.”

How would you describe your creative process?
I carry with me many little notebooks where I scribble down sparkles of ideas wherever I am. When one of those scribbles remains in the forefront of my thoughts, I’ll choose it.  It’ll become more elaborately drawn out and eventually be composed and carried out as a final piece of work.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Gouache is my favourite medium. It has a finish that gives a beautiful matte surface and it’s perfect for creating pastel palettes.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
I recently exhibited a small body of work as a solo artist at Gallery House, alongside Ray Caesar. Ray has always been one of my biggest inspirations and it was a dream come true to fill a gallery space among his masterpieces.

How would you describe your signature style?
My work speaks softly and you have to get real close to it. It is sweet, dainty, but also a touch provocative.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
In my dreams, in my moments of solace, and in a bathtub. These are the places where my creativity comes to visit me the most. I also share my studio space with my pet rabbit; he reminds me to love and to be gentle and kind. He often makes an appearance in my work as he sends me back to an age of innocence, and imbues my creations with fondness and mischief.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
When an artist creates work based on their life experiences, they create their own unique trend and style. If they try to adhere to what’s current, they’re only following a direction others have achieved for them. It’s my belief that composing pieces from passion and from the impression of my surroundings leads to creating a sincere way of telling a unique story. I believe that it’s my personal stories and how I tell my stories sets me apart from other artists.

Art Fair Fridays - Selena Wong

Selena Wong
www.selenawong.com & www.galleryhouse.ca

No.1  Etsy – Lace Bunny Ears – $51.05
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/206204434/lace-bunny-ears-headband-in-black-lace?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=lace bunny ears&ref=sr_gallery_18

No. 2  Black Rooster Décor – Striped Sheep Fur Throw – Ivory – $845.00
http://blackroosterdecor.com/products/striped-sheep-fur-throw-ivory

No. 3  Holt Renfrew – Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray – $47.00
http://www.holtrenfrew.com/store/holt/ProductDetail/Imperméable-Anti-Humidity-Spray/_/A-sku-sku20190.prod40152.en__US.HOLT?pdp=true

No. 4  Zinc Door – Moss Studio Kriskros Ottoman – $998.00
http://www.zincdoor.com/p/Moss-Studio-Kriskros-Ottoman__MOSSKRISKROSOTTOMAN.aspx

No. 5  Anthropologie – Handcarved Menagerie Rabbit Dining Chair – $898.00
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/32665549.jsp#/

No. 6  ASOS – ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush Size 3 – $39.89
http://www.asos.com/ghd/ghd-ceramic-vented-radial-brush-size-3/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4044161&clr=Three&SearchQuery=hair+brush&pgesize=32&pge=0&totalstyles=32&gridsize=3&gridrow=8&gridcolumn=1

No. 7  Fendi – Bag Bugs Large Glossed-Crocodile Clutch – $1,700.00
https://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/639290/fendi/bag-bugs-large-glossed-crocodile-clutch

No. 8  Paul & Joe Sister – Rabbit Tank top – €55
http://www.paulandjoe.com/en/debardeur-rabbit-32049.html

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Dainty and pretty, with a dash of edge is as we know, my favourite. I love how Selena’s work feels feminine and delicate but also somewhat dis-alarming at times.

Here are my top picks from her portfolio…

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Whimsicality at its best.

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Art Fair Fridays – Ianitzva Vassileva

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 mixed media work of Toronto based artist Ianitzva Vassileva, whose photographs and paintings straddle the line between hyper realism and abstraction. Her works provide a glimpse into the artist’s perceptions of events, moments and time in a way that feels both representative and beautifully interpretive.

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

It’s hard to say at which point I really became a “professional” – art has been something I have been involved in from an early age and something I always approach with a great deal of focus and enthusiasm. That being said, I’ve been exhibiting my work at various galleries since 2011 when I was fortunate to have my first solo exhibition. Since then, I’ve had to work really hard to continue building my practice and creating as much work as I can while balancing a full time job as a designer/consultant. I think there’s also a fair bit of social media marketing & business savviness associated with a career in art. It is something I love learning about and developing alongside my work!

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

Even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired, just pick up the paintbrush and start making something. It really is that simple sometimes, I can’t count the amount of times that has pushed me through a creative block!

How would you describe your creative process?

It’s very intuitive, and process oriented. Sometimes an idea hits me over the head and I just have to do something with it right away, whereas some ideas just linger around in my head until I finally figure out how to express them. I take a lot of photographs as well – for the underwater paintings I spend hours sorting through all the pictures until I find ‘the one’ that just works. Once I have a general plan for a painting, I start sketching it out on the panel and from there it’s just a matter of immersing myself in the painting process and seeing where it takes me. Reflection comes after.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Although I really enjoyed exploring sculpture, installation, and printmaking in art school, I seem to always go back to painting. Oils are my favourite – I just wish the brushes were easier to clean!

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being able to see a group of my paintings come together in a series makes me incredibly proud!
Also, it’s been amazing to connect with so many people via my website and social media outlets. It’s really encouraging (like getting an email from Vogue!), and I’ve also been offered some wonderful opportunities along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

It’s abstract in the details, but more photorealistic from afar. I think there’s something to be said about the influence of technology and the way small screen sizes have changed the way we perceive art. I actually use my phone as a lens to view my painting while I’m working on it. It gives me a different perspective – almost like another dimension through which to view my work. I like that dichotomy of abstract versus hyper realistic.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I keep my eyes open for inspiration from anywhere, whether that’s in nature, science, Instagram, fashion, materials or even the process of making art itself! I find inspiration in the tricks that light plays on our eyes. Artists that inspire me are Cecily Brown, David Altmejdt, Lorella Paleni, and so many others, including many emerging artists!

Art Fair Fridays - Ianitza Vassileva

Product Details

No. 1  Mathias Bengtsson – Slice / Paper Chair– Price Upon Request
www.mathiasbengtsson.com

No. 2  Tiffany & Co. – Loop Tassel Key Chain – $200.00
www.tiffany.ca/accessories/tiffany-leather-collection/loop-tassel-key-chain-GRP07954?fromGrid=1&search_params=p+1-n+10000-c+667912-s+5-r+-t+-ni+1-x+-lr+-hr+-ri+-mi+-pp+771+4&search=0&origin=browse&searchkeyword=&trackpdp=bg&fromcid=667912

No. 3  House of Harlow 1960 – Turquoise Prana Stud Earrings – $38.00
www.houseofharlow1960.com/prana-stud-earrings/116941-646952

No. 4  Black Rooster Décor – Malachite Ice Bucket – $104.13
www.blackroosterdecor.com/collections/new/products/malachite-ice-bucket

No. 5  Gray Malin – “I Am Busy” Balloons iPhone 6 Plus Cover – $54.00
www.graymalin.com/products/goods/iphone-cases/the-i-am-busy-balloons-iphone-6-plus.html

No. 6  Net-a-Porter – Norma Kamali William Printed Swimsuit – $113
www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/602371/Norma_Kamali/william-printed-swimsuit

No. 7  Kelly Wearstler – Mini Bauble Square Frame Burnished Bronze & Semi-Precious Stone – $3,295
www.kellywearstler.com/home-decor-view-all/mini-bauble-square-frame/HDS0094.html?cgid=home-decor-view-all&dwvar_HDS0094_color=BRON#start=1

No. 8  Kate Spade – Peach Court Margot Handbag- $798.00
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No. 9  Anthropologie – Ceramic Safari Knob – $10.00
www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-hardware-knobs/34698654.jsp#/

No. 10  Indigo – Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time – $91.67
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/slim-aarons-once-upon-a/9780810946033-item.html?ikwid=slim+aarons&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=3

No. 11  Hudson’s Bay – M.A.C False Lashes Waterproof – $27.00
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Artists who can vacillate between mediums and have each one look more stunning then the next, sort of blow my mind.

Here are my top 5 from Vassileva’s stunning portfolio…

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I love how you almost can’t tell which underwater one is a photo and which is a painting…all so beautiful!

xx

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

Product Information

No.1  Black Rooster Décor – Iconic Rose Cashmere Chair – $4774.12
http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/seating/products/iconic-rose-cashmere-chair

No.2  Society Social – “Africa” by Inslee Pink Pillow  – $80.00
http://www.shopsocietysocial.com/collections/pillows/products/africa-by-inslee-pillow-pink

No.3  Cartier – Jewelry Box – $2950.00
http://www.cartier.us/en-us/collections/accessories/accessories/home-collection/t1220713-jewelry-box.html

No.4  House of Hackney – TIGRE ‘De Beauvoir’ Screen – £2,250.00
http://www.houseofhackney.com/de-beauvoir-tigre-taupe.html

No.5  Amazon – C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon Hardcover – $48.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0847839710/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687602&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=275940126X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=10J6T7HS89JR6XY0CEN1

No.6  Lisi Lerch – Tassel Earring – Miss Pink – $98.00
http://www.lisilerch.com/new-for-fall/tassel-earring-miss-pink/

No.7  Ralph Lauren – BECKFORD TABLE LAMP IN FAUX LEOPARD – $1200.00
http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/products/lighting/item.aspx?haid=16&collId=&shaid=&sort=&itemId=30744&phaid=

No.8  Bicycle – Pink Ribbon Deck of Cards – $3.99
http://www.shopbicyclecards.com/Bicycle-Pink-Ribbon-P84C42.aspx

No.9  Altuzarra – Tally Leather-Trimmed Leopard-Print Calf Hair Sandals – $574.00
https://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/571061/Altuzarra/tally-leather-trimmed-leopard-print-calf-hair-sandals

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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.

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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

Product Details

No. 1  Autoban – Woody Armchair – Price Upon Request
http://autoban212.com/#/products/armchair-sofa

No. 2 Ralph Lauren Home – Trevor Votive – $50.00
http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/products/Tabletop_Accents/item.aspx?haid=350&collId=&shaid=&sort=&itemId=33298&phaid=

No. 3  Calico Wallpaper – Inverted Spaces Corona – Price Upon Request
http://calicowallpaper.com/product/corona/

No. 4  ABE Books – Andy Warhol Men: 30 Postcards –  $158.62
http://www.abebooks.com/9780811843775/Andy-Warhol-Men-30-Postcards-0811843777/plp

No. 5  Nate Berkus – Black Faux Fur Throw – $13.98
http://intl.target.com/p/nate-berkus-black-faux-fur-throw/-/A-17304468#prodSlot=_1_59

No. 6  Kelly Wearstler – Burnished Bronze Foot Paperweight – $350.00
http://www.kellywearstler.com/all-home/foot-paperweight/HDS0012-BRON-OS.html

No. 7  Burberry – Animal Jacquard Cashmere Cushion Cover – $900.00
https://ca.burberry.com/animal-jacquard-cashmere-cushion-cover-p39816131

No. 8  John MacConnell –  Boys Boys Boys Tank – $72.00
http://www.johnmacconnell.com/the-shop/boys-boys-boys-tank-white

No. 9 Egon, Von Furstenberg – The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men Hardcover – $276.80
http://www.amazon.ca/Power-Look-Home-Decorating-Men/dp/068803599X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452650296&sr=8-1&keywords=THE+POWER+LOOK+AT+HOME

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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.

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