Friday, November 30, 2012

Recommendations and Thank Yous

Can you imagine my surprise when I saw that Naomi Stein had included my cell case and elephant print in her "Chinoiserie Treasures" section of to and from Holiday 2012?  First, I have to say that I love all of her choices which is no surprise.  Her blog, Design Manifest, is one of my very favorites.  I've always been so impressed by her talent, so I was beyond thrilled to have her notice my work.

If you haven't yet perused to and from, you really must.  These incredible bloggers and tastemakers have included items for literally everyone.  Don't miss it.

So, after that bit of excitement, I also have this happiness to share.  The November/December issue of House of Fifty has a feature about using art for gifting, and I was included.  I'm so appreciative to share space with the talented artists included.


House of Fifty is now charging 1.50 for each issue.  You can read about why the change was made here.  I have the new issue, and contemplated the new fee as I read.  I read about the fascinating process in which Michael Devine screen prints his fabric.  I saw some fantastic gift guides, and have a new recipe I'm looking forward to trying.  I enjoyed seeing and reading about several different homes decked out for the holiday.  I learned all about a new to me and very talented artist.  I could go on and on about what I enjoyed in this issue.  The conclusion I drew is that I always love every issue of House of Fifty, and I pay for published magazines constantly, so of course I am happy to get to keep reading and enjoying one of my very favorites for such a reasonable amount.  Have you read the Holiday Issue?  You should!

Happy Friday!



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chinoiserie Chic's Christmas Dining Room

If I hadn't named the creator of this inspiration board, I bet you'd know it anyway.  Beth, of Chinoiserie Chic, just rocks these boards, doesn't she?!  I'm very happy she's here today sharing this very festive, chic room.


As you may know, at Chinoiserie Chic, I am doing a series on creating a Chinoiserie Chic Christmas in your own home. This inspiration board is my idea of a dining room or perhaps a breakfast room that would be bright, cheery, and fun for the family at Christmas and all year long, featuring, of course, two fabulous red and green prints from The Pink Pagoda.


Thank you, Beth, for sharing your fantastic inspiration with us!  To see more amazing Chinoiserie Chic-ness, go here.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Cards at The Pink Pagoda

I wanted to let you know I've got Christmas cards available in my Etsy store.  You can specify whether you'd like the inside to be blank, have "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Interview With Artist Kerry Steele

I've got quite a treat for you today!  One of my very favorite abstract artists, Kerry Steele, agreed to answer some interesting questions for us:

What are some sources of inspiration?

 My inspiration comes from so many places. Sometimes it is the color palette of a vignette I saw on Pinterest, another brushstroke or shape in a painting and often just a passing thought of what might work.

Christus Murphy


 How do you get over painter’s block?

When I get "stuck" it is usually near the end of a painting that I am working on. I often do something else for a bit and try again but if I see that I am getting nowhere, I put that canvas aside and work on something else.

"Brass ring Sunday" Kerry Steele

 What did you draw as a child?

 This question is so interesting to me because I often drew flowers and in my past painting life (12-15 years ago) I painted flowers. I still like to paint vaguely floral abstracts now. I liked to paint with my grandmother and recently ran across my first abstract, painted when I was 7.

"Boxwood garden" Kerry Steele


 When did you decide you wanted to pursue this as a business?

 It took me a long time to believe that selling my work was more than just a fluke.  I would sell something and think it was a miracle that the one person on earth who might like what I paint found me. I think I woke up when I started getting commissions. My husband was not in love with how my painting changed our household at first and now he is my biggest supporter. The viability as a business is what brought him around.

 Do you start with a plan or is your style more free-form “see what happens”?
 Most definitely free-form. This is hard to explain without sounding silly, but I get so lost in the dance of the brush and what feels right that I forget about any plan. I have started painting with a clear idea of what to do and "behave " at first but somewhere down the line I realize that I went another direction.

"Fibonacci came to my house" Kerry Steele


 Favorite materials?

 I prefer liquid acrylics and I have a few favorite brushes that are bright or flat tipped.

How do you feel about commissions/working for decorators? 

 Commissions are interesting because they add a challenge in that I am not the one who needs to be satisfied by the result. Commissions bring me back to earth when I start to float away on my own ideas. Probably the best part is that they are generally large and I love large canvases. Most of my commissions are from decorators and decorating enthusiasts.

Kerry Steele Art commissioned by Jennifer @ The Pink Pagoda

 Where do you work?

 This is hard for people (especially my family, haha) to wrap their head around but sort of in my kitchen. We have a large great room that includes a TV room, a breakfast room and kitchen. My easel is in the breakfast room and other supplies are in baskets on top of the fridge and in the pantry. I am looking forward to the day that I have a dedicated studio.

 Messy or neat?
 I have to be relatively neat because of where I paint but there have been little splatters. We have a running joke about this because I absolutely hate the flooring and anytime I find paint on the floor I say, " Oh no! now we'll have to replace it". 

"Mater tua" Kerry Steele
 Do you listen to music (or something else) when you paint and if so, what types of music do you choose?

 I would love to listen to music but my space is shared with my family and I like to paint at night. 

Favorite time of day to work?

 I paint at night because, in theory, everyone is out of my way but teenage boys eat at all hours.

Have you seen any trends emerging recently in regards to style, colors or canvas sizes?

 I see more pink than ever before. It is fine with me because I love pink.
Linda Monfort
 Favorite Painter?

 I love the work of Sally Benedict and just recently have been drooling over Joan Mitchell paintings. 

Joan Mitchell


 How do you know when to stop?

 Knowing when to stop is the hardest part. You always think it could be a little better.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Kerry!  It's so interesting to know more about how you work.

For those of you who've known me awhile, you know I've posted about Kerry and her work before.  She's such a lovely person and so talented.  And you know that I love abstract art.  It's very clear that I'm not alone.  Of all of my boards on Pinterest, my Abstract Art board is the most followed.  I'm also seeing it all over blogland.  Are any of you fans?  Do you have any, or plan to acquire some in the future?

 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Blue and White Monday

Linda, my good friend from My Crafty Home Life, is here today sharing some blue and white Etsy finds with us.

Hello Pink Pagoda people, I am so happy to be doing Blue & White Monday on Cyber Monday. For those of you who don't know me, I am a huge on-line shopper.  If it wasn't for my teen, I would probably never go into a mall.

Today, it felt appropriate to do a Blue & White Etsy shopping experience. Here are some of the wonderful items for sale on Etsy. Let's see if this post can help stimulate the economy as well. 

Foo Dog Statue
Etsy Seller


1970's Vanity Set
Etsy Seller


Blue Pagoda Print
The Pink Pagoda
Custom Pillow's
Etsy Seller


A Pair of Blue Foo
Etsy Seller
Monogram Mousepad
Etsy Seller
Candle Holders
Etsy Seller


A Set of Linen Napkins
Etsy Seller
Place Cards
Etsy Seller
A Pair of Figurines
Etsy Seller
Custom Wine Bottle Tags
Etsy Seller
Note Cards
The Pink Pagoda
Thank you for letting me virtually shop on your blog today, Jennifer. This was a nice way to warm up my cyber hunting skills. Happy clicking, everyone.

-- Linda My crafty Home Life

Thanks so much, Linda, for sharing your finds!  I appreciate your including me!

I'm having a Cyber Monday sale in my shop.  Use the code CYBERMONDAY25OFF, for 25% off your purchase.  

Are you planning to take advantage of Cyber Monday Sales?  While I never participate in Black Friday, I love Cyber Monday.  Happy Shopping!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving


One of the top things I'm thankful for this year is you--my readers!  I appreciate so much your taking time to check in on what's going on here at The Pink Pagoda.  I'm also very grateful for the insightful and supportive comments you leave.  I hope that you have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blue and White Monday


Happy Monday!  I'm sharing blue and white with fall or fall-ish flowers today since it's Thanksgiving Week.  Of course, I have to start off with these beautiful photos from Carolyne Roehm's A Passion For Blue and White.



The three photos above are from Stephanie Hopen's Blue and White Living.





And lastly, the four above are from Joe Nye's Flair.




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I'm at The Enchanted Home!


I was thrilled when Tina invited me to participate in her "My Perfect Fall Day" series.  What fun to imagine a perfect day in my favorite season.  And, to be a guest on The Enchanted Home!  I love Tina's blog.  Getting to see her incredible house progress, the amazing items in her store, and all of her fun "Which Would You Choose?" features is a treat for me every day.  I missed her in the days after Sandy and am so happy she is back with us now!



The photos above show the lovely linens I've ordered from Tina's store.  I'm always happy to have them on hand for guests, and will be purchasing more for Christmas gifts very soon.  I think these would be perfect presents for so many on my list, and they are quite reasonably priced.  

Please visit me at The Enchanted Home today.  I'd love to hear what you think of my idea of the perfect day!





Monday, November 12, 2012

Blue and White Monday



Both of these photos are from the November issue of Lonny and show an amazing tablescape by Cathy Kincaid.  She used textiles from Irving and Fine for an in-store exhibition at the downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus.  Read all about it here.

I'm keeping it short today as I'm a bit under the weather.  I'll be back as soon as I'm feeling better.  Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dreaming of a New Lantern

I saw this light fixture the other day on Pinterest.  Linda, of My Crafty Home Life, had pinned it and it caught my attention.  It's from Charles Edwards, and I wish I had a place for it.  As I was perusing the Charles Edwards site, I came across some beautiful lanterns.  Mine, below, is in the entrance hall, and came with the house.  I'd love to replace it, but it's not at the top of the list.  If my husband knew I wanted to replace it, he would be bewildered.  He'd think ours looks okay, and it's not broken.  Which is actually reasonable I suppose.  Especially since prices at Charles Edwards are only available upon request.  That usually means nothing good.  Still, it's fun to look.  Which of these would you put in this spot?


my lantern

#1

#2

#3 - But all gold

#4

#5 - But all gold




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blue Ridge Farm Main House

I shared photos yesterday from the pool house of Blue Ridge Farm.  Today, I want to tell you how I was fortunate enough to come by the pool house photos, and these beautiful images of the main house that I'm sharing today.   Elizabeth Tinsmen is the mother in law of Madison Spencer, the architect who oversaw the renovation of Blue Ridge Farm.  She came across my original and much too brief feature on the incredible pool house her son in law designed for Blue Ridge Farm.  The combination of blue and white and chinoiserie made this pool house perfect for me to feature.  I'm so happy Elizabeth Tinsmen told her son in law about my post because he very generously sent a number of photos for me to share with you.  Thank you so much, Elizabeth!  I'm absolutely thrilled to get to feature all these lovely images at The Pink Pagoda.


The history of Blue Ridge Farm and how Madison Spencer came to renovate the impressive property is fascinating.  I encourage you to read about it here in Virginia Living.  








Blue Ridge Farm is an incredibly gorgeous place.  The main house is absolutely divine.  But, truth be told, I'd be happy -- well, actually beside-myself-thrilled with the pool house.  If you missed that yesterday, see it here.  And see more beautiful work here by Madison Spencer.




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