Art Fair Fridays – Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry

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 incredibly delighted to showcase the incredible talent of artists Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry. Together, the sculptural works they create capture the ethereal beauty of the feminine form. Each piece is a layered menagerie of beauty and whimsy, that showcases the artists’ love for fashion and fantasy.  Their works tell a story that effortlessly weaves together elements of realism and fiction…the everyday and the imaginary.  All strikingly beautiful.

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

Nikki:

When I was a kid, I was always a paper crafter, albeit on a more basic level!  Then, in art school, I learned paper cutting techniques and since 2003 I have been a practicing artist. I had been doing that for several years by the time we decided to form Paper-Cut-Project.

Amy:

I am a seasoned fashion editor and writer and I have always made things by hand, mainly in fabric. Nikki and I realized we shared a love of fashion and the fantasy in storytelling as it played out in campaigns, runway productions and fashion spreads. We both liked the idea of introducing the element of the hand-cut and handmade to high-end fashion productions. Because Nikki had a firm grasp on the paper medium and because it was reasonably affordable, we decided that we would work in a signature material and we chose to move in a more three-dimensional and sculptural direction. Together we visualize how our designs will play out for each client.

How would you describe your creative process?

Amy:

We work both together and separately. First we provide a very minimalist sketch of our ideas for the client. Once approved, Nikki may be building a foundation or underlying structure to support the weight of the piece while I am working on, textures or detail accents. There is always constant communication when we are working. Because there are so many stages to each piece we are generally working on the same piece at the same time, whether we are together in our studio or working individually.  

We respect each other’s space and time. It was important that Paper-Cut-Project work for both of our lifestyles too. Nikki has a toddler and is an author of a Sci-Fi series. I am an author and have a consultancy. We work well like this, sharing the load and the experience—from the construction of the pieces to the business of Paper-Cut-Project. Nikki is our lead designer. But doing this together was really the only way. Paper-Cut-Project wouldn’t exist without the both of us doing what we do best…and figuring the rest out along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

Poetic. Without reference. Sculptural. Fantastical.

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

Amy:

I think my experience as an editor helps us get our work out there so that people know we exist. I still have to go through the same motions as everyone else and pitch, but I believe it’s difficult for artists to represent their work. But we use this to put the work in front of the right people. Nikki and I like to identify potential clients and once you can conjure collaboration in your imagination, to some degree there is the possibility for it to happen.

That may be what differentiates the experience of attaining clients, but I couldn’t tell you what sets our work apart from other artists who are moved to create, just like we are. That’s for the viewer to determine or feel, in my opinion.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Nikki:

It can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything at all. But nature always, always is the greatest source. 

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

Nikki:

Our unique touch. Shapes and textures that clearly speak Paper-Cut-Project and not another. Also, all pieces are always 100% created by hand, piece-by-piece and by us alone, never outsourced. 

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Nikki:

It would probably have to be the collection we did for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for their “Hollywood Costume” exhibit. Being asked to create pieces to compliment those amazing costumes was a true honor. All of our projects are always special though, each in their own way. 

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

Nikki:

Maybe not its not so much advice as it is wisdom, but to keep an open mind. Projects that sound strange or impossible at first often end up being the most rewarding if given the chance. Don’t ever say no without really considering it first, because there is nothing wrong with taking a chance or challenging yourself!

Art Fair Fridays - Amy And Nikki

Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry
http://www.paper-cut-project.com

No. 1  Stellar Works – Laval Vanity Desk – Price Upon Request
http://www.stellarworks.com/content/laval-vanity-desk

No. 2  LoversLand – Izola Comb Not a Hair Out of Place – $38.00
http://www.shoploversland.com/collections/for-him/products/not-a-hair-out-of-place-comb

No. 3  One Kings Lane – Peacock Chair – $715.00
https://www.onekingslane.com/product/63771/3483333?cat=376

No. 4  Indigo – Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style – $90.89
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/product/9780300175660-item.html?ref=item_page:richrel:rr-carousel-small:json1

No. 5  Jon Vaccari Design – Enormous Milk-Glass Murano 16-Light Chandelier – $33,000

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/chandeliers-pendant-lights/enormous-milk-glass-murano-16-light-chandelier/id-f_810368/

No. 6  Oscar de la Renta – Trina Mesh-Trimmed Patent-Leather Flats – $804
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/577786/oscar_de_la_renta/trina-mesh-trimmed-patent-leather-flats

No. 7  Etsy – Big Hair Don’t Care Shirt – $9.97
https://www.etsy.com/listing/233649420/big-hair-dont-care-shirt-hipster-shirt?ref=market

No. 8 Hermes – Cereal Plate – $225.00
http://canada-en.hermes.com/house/table/porcelain/mosaique-au-24-platinum/grouped-mosaique-au-24-platine-61085.html

No. 9  Bergorf Goodman – Sydney Evan 14K Fleur-de-Lis Single Stud Earring with Diamonds – $550.00
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Sydney-Evan-14K-Fleur-de-Lis-Single-Stud-Earring-with-Diamonds-Silver/prod96030008_cat468002__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat468002%2526pageSize%253D120%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod96030008&cmCat=product

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I just can’t even come up with words that actually sum up how I feel about this work.  It’s just so crazily sublime. I love the context…the drama…the femininity…the boldness…the prettiness…the edge. I adore it all.

Here are my 5…

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The one with the black bows…and the ones from the back…le sigh. So incredibly beautiful.

x

The Business of Design – Project Rykert Reveal

I’m so excited to share with you the final reveal of a home I recently completed, Project Rykert.

This project was so fun for me to do for so many reasons. Firstly, the house belonged to an old friend of mine from University so being able to reconnect with him, while also getting to know his beautiful family was such a treat.

Also, as clients, they were really amazing to work with. Together, they had a very definite vision of where they wanted the house to go, which included all of my favourite things: layers of meaningful pieces, vintage mixed with new, wallpaper and colour, masculine and feminine touches etc.  Their main goal was to create a house that felt comfortable and relaxed but still elegant and thoughtful. They wanted each piece to reflect them and speak to their interests and passions.  We were after quality and comfort, but also

It was amazing working with people who love ‘the mix’ just as much as I do and who weren’t afraid to look off the beaten path for treasures.

So…with this as our starting ground…

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project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

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…and the help of…

1. Super Allen…who created a custom fireplace surround, heart, wall mouldings and firebox (he also completely renovated their basement).

2. Mango Reclaimed and J&J Made…who gave a vintage settee a total once over.

3. Hollie Cooper…who created beautiful custom linen curtains with matte black hardware…she also supplied the stunning leopard pillows on the sofa.

4. Suppliers: Black Rooster Decor, Elte, Elte Market, Shop 219, Lamber et Fils, CasaLife, Restoration Hardware, and more vintage stores than I can count.

5. Roderick Dunn…who did some A-one wallpapering in the foyer.

…we made this all happen…

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And I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together.

Such a fabulous feeling to be a part of making someone’s house a home.

x

One Room Challenge – Week Two

Hi and welcome back to week 2 of the One Room Challenge.

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If you read my week one post, you know that there’s a real and true chance I might not finish this thing.  As of today, reveal is in exactly 4 weeks, and in that time, I still have basically an entire room to build. Thankfully, I’ve got an aces team and this post is dedicated to my lovey dovey mushy feels for the contractor/trade/sponsor peeps who are all working their behinds off to give me a room worth presenting come Nov. 11th.

Yup…I heart them all greatly and after this week’s events, it’s pretty hard to figure out who my heart really belongs to. On the one hand, I have major affection for this round’s amazing ORC sponsors…and then there’s my incredibly supercalafragistically awesome builder.

Let’s start with the sponsors.

Because my room is still very much not really a room, I’m very grateful that my orders for the room have already started to pour in so that I have something to actually show you this week.

Here’s what’s turned up or been decided on so far…

1. Flooring

I had a visit to Alexanian this week to arrange for delivery of my white oak floors

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…and while there, also un-rolled/viewed my fanstatical leopard carpet that arrived directly from Karastan for the first time….

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Sooooooo in love with both! And also very grateful that Alexanian has an amazing carpet repair/binding/serging service. I’m doing a light serge edge on this spotty goodness and having it custom cut to fit my space perfectly- happy days.

2. Artwork

If you’ve followed the ORC before, you’ll know that Minted is a sponsor with the mostest. For this round, I selected all this black and white yumminess…

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Sable Song

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Harajuku Sidewalk

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Midnight Carousel

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Lady Gray

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Time Stood Still

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HIGH FIVES MINTED!!!

In addition to all of these, I’m also waiting for this heaven to be delivered from one of my new favourite art sites, The Print Atelier

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Maude Arsenault in a genius…I want her entire portfolio.

3. Paint, Wallpaper and Walls…

Thanks to good folks at Para Paints, a Purlator delivery dude showed up with 3 gallons of good times in paint form…

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…which equated to two cans of ‘Friday Night Lights’ in a semi-gloss finish for the millwork, trim and doors, and one can of flat ‘Chrysler Hall White’ for the ceiling.

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As I showed last week in my inspiration plans, I’m hoping to create wainscotting around the perimeter of the room with vertical panels on either side of the fireplace and bed.  To do this, I’ll be using the scene three fashion forward collection from Metrie

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[Design by Sophie Burke]

…and as part of that, will be installing these beautiful doors at the entrance to the room and between the bedroom and bath…

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[Design by Lisa Mende]

I can’t wait for all of this to happen…can’t wait.

Oh and Ps on that front…Metrie is hosting a contest right now to give away $2000 worth of moulding!!!! Check that out here.

5. Textiles Pillows and Drapery

I ordered up some Kravet leather cording

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…to trim out a pair of large Kelly Wearstler indigo ‘Mineral’ pillows…all from DecoratorsBest

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Here’s the fabric, trim and my Drop it Mod Crystalline wallpaper, all in combo…along with samples from my new most loved pillows line, Park Blvd…and a peek at my Tonic Living linen drapery fabric

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For the curtain panels, we’re keeping it really simple and doing a flat panel top…sort of like this…

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…and I couldn’t be more delighted with the whole thing- so grateful to have Tonic Living as a sponsor!

Oh an re: the pillows, I can’t wait to see these Scottish wale

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…and Tibetan Lambskin pillows in my room.

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They’re going to play so nicely with the bolster Arianna Belle is whipping up in my all time favourite, Pierre Frey’s Kubus

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And speaking of playing like long lost besties, this Drop it Modern wedding blanket has arrived and is well…all kinds of beuno…

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6. Mirror

Bassett Mirror delivered Mr ‘Edwin’…aka the most dashingly handsome mirror of all time…

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…and I he’s going to look pretty swell over THIS!…..

7. Fireplace!!!!!!!!

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I feel extremely lucky to have met and now partnered with an amazing artisan and craftsman, Mark, the owner of Trumeau Stones.  This incredible talent constructs custom molds and hand casts the most divine stone fireplaces that are truly, the stuff interior design dreams are made of.

Our new little house is going to be the lucky owner of two of his works. The one you see above is actually the piece going in the living room. I cheated and am showing it here first, because it’s the one that’s already in production. My ORC bedroom one is actually going to get this handsome little devil…

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…all in blackened honed limestone.

I freaking can’t wait.

Also, sidenote…Mark’s farm showroom in Port Dover, Ontario is quite easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and makes me want to move to the country yesterday…

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10. Furniture and Lighting

After going back and forth on what to put at the bottom of my bed, I discovered yesterday that Lazzaro Leather has introduced a new line at High Point which includes THIS….

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Hello ‘I’ll take two please’. You know I love my ruched leather and this is all kind of happiness. Love, love.

And speaking of affections, thanks to Bellacor, my bedside tables are going to each get an Arteriors Wheaton lamp in gunmetal

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I’ve long admired this traditional lamp with a bit of edge so thrilled that I get to use them in this space.

And as a counterpoint to the sort of graphically hard lamps, I’ll be hanging this ornate beauty from Crystorama

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It’s just super duper girly and pretty, which makes me super duper happy:)

So as you can see from this long list of material utopia, I have reason to be pretty partial to the sponsor suitor in this little love triangle.

But then again, there’s still my contractor RMS, so I suppose we should full circle back to the tale of why my he’s also the bees knees.

That one started earlier this week when, upon realizing our trusses were likely not going to be delivered on time and knowing that such an announcement would quite literally throw yours truly over the proverbial cliff, sweet sweet contractor sent me this, which he titled ‘the contractor series’…

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…and then within moments, he also sent me a text that outlined how he was going to take it upon himself to construct a temporary roof deck so that regardless of truss delivery, I’d be able to start work on my room and actually have a hope of finishing on time.

Yup…instead of just letting me shrivel up in a ball of defeat, sweet ‘going the extra mile of 50,’ organized a temporary roof build just in time for me to snap these pictures last night and then get this post up and live.

So thanks to him and this super awesome roofer dude…

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…by the time this post goes live, there will be a completed roof…

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…which means that we can use this week to run HVAC, electrical and even start on the drywall.

And all this means that by next week, I very hopefully might be even able to show you a room that looks like…well…a room.

Happy, happy days.

And speaking of ending on a positive, make sure you link over to all my fellow ORCers…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

…and see for yourself how awesome they all are.  Also, keep praying for me please…I clearly good use the vibes;)
x

Haute House – Summer Romance

Summer Romance 
Despite Valentine’s Day and the first snow, I am of the belief that Summer is the most romantic season of all. With the hum of the cicadas, the hot breeze, and the thunderstorms what’s not to love? In order to soak up every last inch of that Summer loving, here are a few items that will having you feeling the heat long past July.
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1. This Twiggy Chandelier from Black Rooster Decor brings the summer light inside so you can enjoy day or night! For $ 1,983 here http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/twiggy-chandelier
2. A little Great Gatsby inspiration with this Free People Sequin Tunic for $497.29. Pair it with some short shorts or poolside for an ultra glamorous look! http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/sequin-tunic/
3. These seductive pumps are gorgeous for a night out. Try the Round Toe Court Shoe (left) to dress up a pair of linen pants or the Suede High-Heel Ankle Boot (right) for a chilly August night.  at http://www.zara.com/ca/en/shoes—bags/woman/shoes/suede-high-heel-ankle-boot-c598019p2367653.html
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4. For super comfortable loungewear that you won’t want to get out of, try these pretty Lace Trim Shorts for $35.90 http://www.zarahome.com/ca/en-us/loungewear-%26-shoes/woman-c1009238p5257515.html
5. Or if you’re more of a dress girl like me, try this super romantic Suala Carrousel Gown for $79 here http://www.journelle.com/loungewear/chemises/salua-carrousel-gown/SAL-155C-32.html
6. Need another reason to love this season? Peonies! They don’t last long, so enjoy them while you can. This beautiful image can be found http://areasonablydressedwoman.tumblr.com/post/105998093143
7. A messy braid is a practical and chic way to beat the heat. Try this hair tutorial here http://www.oncewed.com/diy/romantic-side-braid-hair-tutorial/
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8. When looking for a romantic summer read, you can’t go wrong with Pride and Prejudice. Swoon Mr. Darcy. For a copy that is beautiful on the inside and out, look for thisPenguin Classics Delux Edition at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/pride-and-prejudice-penguin-classics/9780143105428-item.html?ikwid=pride+and+prejudice&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=2
9. I can’t get enough of this incredible photographer Katerina Sokova who beautifully captures the magic of our world. For this piece and more of her work, check out her website here http://www.sokova.com
10. And when the fall inevitably makes its way back around, you can light these lovely candles from Petite Beaded Glass Voluspa and Diptyque and remember when…
https://www.voluspa.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=667&search=petite+glass+bead http://www.diptyqueparis.com/home-fragrances/colored-candles/tubereuse-rouge-300g-candle.html
Blush, oxblood, soft white and black…it doesn’t get much more romantic than that.
xx

Haute House – Graphic Florals

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.”
Though it might not be the first time we’ve seen florals trending, this latest version of bold and graphic floral prints freshen up this season and put a bold twist, on a classic we have all come to appreciate. Though often considered ‘pretty’, ‘girlie’, and ‘whimsical’, the florals we are talking about are luxe, modern, and larger than life! These prints are able to stand alone, or can be paired beautifully juxtaposed next to a graphic stripe or bright colour.
Regardless of how much or little you add, these printed products pack a big punch of design inspiration, and can easily breathe some fresh air into your existing look.

 

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1. Slip your feet into these versatile New Look Two Part Multi Print Flats for only $25.39 at http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Two-Part-Multi-Print-Flat-Shoes/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3874722&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed
2. Pair these graphic Designer’s Guild Watelet Dinner Plates from Putti Fine Furnishings with bright colours, or vary different sized prints for an eclectic meal to remember! http://putti.ca/collections/designers-guild-tableware
3. I will never tire of DVF’s famous wrap dresses, and this Jadrian Wrap Dress in hot pink is no exception for $468 at http://world.dvf.com/dvf-jadrian-wrap-dress/D917801A15W.html#cgid=hp_carousel
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4. This Kate Spade Stelli Dress will have you coming up with different occasions to wear this day and night! For $448 at http://www.katespade.com/stelli-dress/NJMU4683,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_NJMU4683_color=313&cgid=ks-clothing-dresses-and-skirts#start=26&cgid=ks-clothing-dresses-and-skirts
5. This gorgeous Bean of India Pendant from Black Rooster Decor comes in small and large, making it both a versatile and unique focal point! For $360(small) and $605 (large) at http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/bean-of-india-pendant-small
6. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want, and it is this Victoria Beckham Simple floral-print leather tote for $1,195 in all its hot pink, floral glory!
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7. Now you can actually see through rose coloured glasses with these Floral Designer Styled Glasses at http://www.polyvore.com/floral_designer_styled_sunglasses/thing?id=100712775
8. This neon floral piece entitled New Year’s Poem created by Canadian artist Thrush Holmes, can be found at http://www.mikeweissgallery.com/artist/Thrush_Holmes/works/2424/#!2424 along with his other imaginative works.
9. These 7 For All Mankind Ankle Skinny in white & Navy Floral are not your Grandma’s print, but still sweet enough for her to appreciate for just $139 at http://www.7forallmankind.com/store/productdetails.aspx?productid=9728&colorid=20743&sli=1
Graphic florals…they’re just so pretty and edgy all at once.
Oh and one day I’ll own a Thrush Holmes piece…for realz.
xx