Guest Groups: Dreaming of Spring

All these chilly days are getting long and gray. Including a couple touches of green in your décor may help combat those seasonal blues and usher in character’s freshest season. — Danyelle from Dandee Designs


Fringed Clematis Shade, Green – $98

Switching an present lampshade for this green fringed style will add colour, texture and a great deal of character.


Appellation Utensil Jar, Green – $28

I adore the idea of freshening up the most utilitarian items in our houses, like a utensil jar.


Green Leaves Framed Art – $2,200

Just a little artwork goes a very long way, especially one with such a lovely color scheme.

West Elm

Little Rectangle Lacquer Tray, Sprout – $29

A simple lacquer tray packs a large punch.


In Clouds Wallpaper – $198

This pretty background looks like clouds but turns into something completely different upon further identification. I adore small bits of surprise in house decoration.

West Elm

Allegra Hicks Printed Harlequin Jute Rug – $39

This carpet would assist freshen up a house with a neutral colour palette.


Bexley Pear Throw – $69.95

When it comes to freshening up a space, nothing is easier than throwing a throw in a fun hue over a chair.


Hanging Glass Terrarium – $6.95

I adore the idea of adding real plant into a space with these amazing hanging terrariums.

Modern Pillows – $49

Sometimes all you need is a simple stripe.


Ming Green Side Chair – $199

This is the best shade of green to my eye. The lines of this chair also make it a showstopper.

The Land of Nod

Crow’s Feet Rug, Green – $179

Even modern spaces can be elastic with this geometric area rug.


Ceramic Stool, Green – GBP 130

I’m imagining my favorite magazines placed on the top of this ceramic stool beside a bright window. Sounds perfect, right?


Owl Pillow Case Apple Green Owl Silhouette by Classic by Nature – $32

This small owl is so sweet and would look fantastic in a nursery or child’s room.


Pale Green Polaroid Photography Neutral Ocean Art Print by Bomobob – $30

Why don’t you bring the outdoors in? This picture will help you do exactly that.


Live What You Love Letterpress Print, Yellow by Heartfish Press – $12.50

Positive reinforcements never hurt anyone.

Design Public

Produzione Privata Acquamiki Pendant Lamp, Transparent Green – $590

This translucent pendant lighting is your best find! The shape is lovely and the colour has me green with envy.


Bayberry Candle – $20

Adding a pretty candle to some space goes a very long way. They can add colour, play and sweet scents. Throw in excellent packaging, and I can not resist!


2012 Purchase Local Towel – $20

This tea towel could be a nice touch in any kitchen.


Greendale Home Fashions Toss Pillows, Zig Zag, Village Green – $32.99

I don’t believe the favorite zigzag pattern is going anywhere soon. Pump up the throw pillows on your bed by incorporating this pop of colour.

West Elm

Café Mugs, Lime Green – $4

Why don’t you try substituting your old dull coffee mug with one in a pretty color?

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Guest Groups: Rainy-Day Reading Spaces

When the weather is dreary, be it raining or snowing, the first thing comes to mind is curling up with a good novel. I believe every home should have a particular place to sit, relax and read. Whether you fancy a house library or a reading nook, these 20 items will ensure that your space will feel a little more like your new preferred escape. — Trina from La La Lovely


Stacked Paperback Wallpaper – $198

If you’ve got a reading nook or corner, I believe this background is beyond fun. It will play up the”library” feel when space is tight.


Read by Carmyn Joy Photography – $20

This photograph of a genuine library in Sweden is magnificent. It is going to surely add any drama your small reading corner may lack.

Graham and Green

The Jester Armchair – GBP 895

It’s hard to locate a furniture piece that’s both friendly and formal. This velvet chair would definitely be quite convenient, in both style and comfort, for a library or dining room.


Fiddleleaf Fig Tree – $12

Just a small greenery in a dark reading corner always adds an excess touch of life, especially when it’s cold or rainy out. I’ve been needing a Fiddleleaf Fig like this one for quite some time.

Graham and Green

Lighting totally sets the ambiance for a space, and what actually creates a reading room into a library is the best sconce. Mount these straight onto a bookshelf for a small extra drama.

Gift Republic

First Class Bone China Mug – GBP 9.99

After reading, a cup of tea or coffee is obviously in order. I would love to sip milky tea from this bright mug while reading a classic.


Burlap Backed Bookcase – $2,998

Aside from books, a library or reading room requires a bookshelf the most. I am in love with this one, as it looks like it just jumped out of an old English manor.


Embroidered Penguin Classics, Black Beauty – $11.20

Of course you will need your favourite books to fulfill your bookshelves, however you will want to displayfront and centre, a couple books that are equally as pretty on the outside as the words printed inside.

Serena & Lily

Hammered Metal Tray Table – $225

This tiny table would be just right in a library or reading corner. It would be absolutely comfy next to a table or window seat and pleased to maintain your cup of java.

Jayson Home

6-Foot Field Bench – $3,650

This stunning bench could make a window seat in a moment’s time. I believe that it would also be just as happy tucked into a small corner or corner. Curling up on this bench with a book in hand would be pure bliss.

West Elm

Seagrass Basket, Oversized – $129

Baskets are excellent catchalls for publications, books and papers. This basket will work good in both conventional and contemporary reading rooms.

West Elm

Alphabet Candles – $10

Reading by candlelight — what could be more relaxing? I love the design and quirk these candles would add to a home library. Their letters set well with the books.

Utility Canvas

Printed Throw Blanket – $145

Getting lost in a book on a snowy or rainy day asks a blanket. This blanket would do just fine. It’s neither overly stuffy nor overly casual.


Brass Coated Shell Bookends by Vintage Lancaster – $18

Bookends are like the icing on the cake so far as books are concerned. I love these metal seashells. They are shiny and take my thoughts adrift to sunny days.


Twin Beacons Lamp – $798

A reading lamp is a must for a house library, reading corner or even just a chair in quiet corner. I adore the style of the twin lamp; it’s double the fun.

Jayson Home

Vintage Oushak Rug – $2,095

This classic rug are the very best thing to produce a rather ordinary room into a house library. The dark colours are so rich and the routine is perfection.


Vintage Brass Bamboo Tray from Vandrey Industries – $26

A menu which sits on your bench or shelf and holds your cup of tea or coffee is a must. This gold bamboo tray is so interesting.


Sage Decorative Pillow – $117

This routine would add just the ideal amount of interest to a reading chair or bench.

Traditional Armchairs & Accent Chairs – GBP 950

Leather chairs are almost a must in a house library. I believe the worn feel of the chair, particularly, fits the bill. I’ll take two, please.

Nursery Works

Tree Bookcase – $850

This is 1 way to think beyond the box when it comes to saving your books. If you are likely to make a reading nook, why not make it inviting for small ones while also incorporating some interest for adult eyes? I would love to have these bookshelves for my children.

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Ecofriendly Kitchen: Healthier Kitchen Cabinets

Ecofriendly cabinets aren’t just for tree huggers. Anyone wanting to boost their home’s indoor air quality or reduce the toxins that they and their families are exposed to must pay careful attention to the makeup of their kitchen cabinets. Here are a few handsome eco-friendly cabinet options, together with explanations of what makes them healthier.

Red Pepper Cabinetry & Design

Formaldehyde-free options. Cabinets, and especially their inside boxes, are usually constructed of particleboard, fiberboard or plywood — all of which are often made with added urea formaldehyde binders or glues, which release fumes.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. A recent U.S. Congress bill demands that formadehyde emissions in those substrates be decreased to safer levels by 2013. Until then, err on the safe side with formaldehyde-free and low-VOC options, including FSC-certified plywood, bamboo plywood and agrifiber planks, which make smart utilization of agricultural by-products, an annually renewable resource. Formaldehyde-free cabinets can be trendy, as this kitchen shows.

ZeroEnergy Design

No- and low-VOC finishes. Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are chemical fumes emitted from some materials. For improved indoor air quality, pick finishes labeled “no-VOC” or “low-VOC.” Water-based products — with naturally fewer VOCs — are best for a secure and durable cabinet finish.

The standard of water-based endings has improved recently as the demand for safer options has increased. For extra confidence of product security, you are able to seek certifications from Green Seal or even GreenGuard — two industry-independent organizations that give their seal of approval for construction products with reduced chemical emissions.

This airy and light-filled kitchen used no- and low-VOC finishes as part of a whole-house system to sustainability.

SB Architects

FSC-certified timber. Creating a sustainable timber choice is often as easy as seeking certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which implies, in part, that timber products come from responsibly harvested woods. This fashionable San Francisco kitchen utilizes FSC-certified cabinet boxes.


Salvaged timber. The most sustainable option, salvaged wood delivers richness and character with its history. Look for timber with a story that you will delight in sharing with its admirers. This bright kitchen has been equipped with lockable Douglas fir cabinets built onsite.

West Architecture Studio

Wood veneer. Veneer, only a thin piece of wood adhered to a substrate, gives the feel and look of wood without using an excessive amount of precious wood. The wenge veneer on the kitchen’s cabinets proves that veneer can be equally luxe as strong wood.

FINNE Architects

Renewable timber: bamboo. Granite is a rapidly renewable resource, and it’s naturally stronger and harder than most other hardwoods. In this kitchen, Plyboo, an FSC-certified bamboo product, is set at a darker wood framework for an exotic look.

Melaragno Design Company, LLC

Renewable timber: Lyptus. These cabinets are constructed of Lyptus, a relatively new engineered product from a hybrid eucalyptus species grown on Brazilian plantations. Lyptus touts the beneficial traits of timber and reaches maturity in only 15 years, a quarter of the period needed for average hardwoods. The look is very similar to that of cherry or mahogany, with a fine grain.

Amoroso Design

Durability. Durability is an essential element of eco friendly cabinets. Choose well-built cabinets with strong hardware which can hold up to years of operation, exposure to heat from the range and steam from the dishwasher. When making decisions, do this with the expectation that your kitchen is going to be set up for decades.

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Renovation Detail: The Built-In Corkboard

We have started purchasing the stuff. And by go time, I suggest our renovation’s point in which I request my carpenter husband to create the customizations from my wish list. The built-in corkboard.

I’m a saver: snail mail, paint chips, movie tickets, blue ribbons, fabric swatches. And rather than loading my loft using shoeboxes filled with these sentimental trinkets, I’d rather snare up them to appreciate and display them. The corkboard is the best solution.

By integrating cork into the nooks and crannies of your home, you make a personal museum. On cabinet doors, above desks built-in corkboards tell the story of our own lives. Where in your home can you tell yours?

Shane D. Inman

The wall above your desk is the perfect spot for pinning inspirational photos or reminders up. They key is to custom match the cork to the space.

Gaspar’s Structure

They are sometimes equipped to keep the report screen tradition, while paneled refrigerator doors are not magnetic.

Dayka Robinson Designs

Vibrant white decorative molding and nailhead detailing frame a boudoir-appropriate corkboard.

Fletcher Rhodes

Corkboards are particularly appropriate in children’s spaces, where display is called for by a never-ending cycle of artwork that is imaginative.

Carlyn And Company Interiors + Design

Framed with decorative molding and mounted above a twin bed, fabric and cork create the headboard of the dreams of every girl.

Farinelli Construction, Inc..

As a designer, I’m excited about a habit built-in for pinning samples and swatches which correspond with all the projects I’m currently cooking up corkboard.

Craftsman Design and Renovation

Install cork on the front of your cabinet doors, and you have ample room on what would happen to be an unused surface, for pinning.

Emerick Architects

Use cork.


Create a big, built-in corkboard by covering an entire expanse of wall using cork and framing it with decorative moldings.

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Do Homeowners Insurance Policies Cover Debris Removal:

Homeowners insurance is designed to protect your house in case of real damage. So if your house is damaged or destroyed by a fire, as an instance, your homeowners insurance company will cover rebuild you house and replace your belongings. However, before it is possible to get that new home constructed, the debris from the fire has to be eliminated. Homeowners insurance does pay for some removal, but based upon the damage and the type of debris, it may not be adequate.

Debris from a Fire

Most property insurance policies include payments for debris removal, under a category called “additional coverage” Provided that the damage was due to a covered loss — like a fire — the insurer will pay your expenses to eliminate debris. But how much? Typically, the policy provides for a maximum quantity of coverage equal to 25 percent of the amount paid for the direct physical loss, and also 25 percent of the amount of the deductible. Let us state the fire damage was40,000. Twenty-five percentage of this is $10,000. If you’ve got a deductible of $1,000, 25 percent of this is $250. So the maximum you’d be paid for debris removal could be10,250. Anything beyond that amount would come from out of your wallet.

Storm Damage

Cleanup after a massive storm can be pricey. If your yard is full of debris following a storm, it’s covered by your homeowners insurance company, but just 25 percent of their total claim may be used for debris removal. Depending on your total insurance amount, this may or may not be adequate to pay for the costs. What if a large tree branch falls onto your roof or yard but there’s no damage to the house or other construction? Since there’s no damage — and you don’t have to submit an insurance claim — cost for removal of the division and any following mess wouldn’t be covered by your policy.

Added Coverage

Most homeowners insurance policies will provide an extra $10,000 in debris policy if you’re ready to pay a greater premium. This is referred to as an “additional coverage” debris removal motorist. Typically, this type of coverage is only needed if you live in place where storm damage is a frequent occurrence.

Check Your Policy

Distinct insurance carriers have different rules on debris removal. So it’s a good idea to check the debris removal part of your homeowners coverage to determine specifically what’s covered and for how much.

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How to Check to See if a Vase Is Very Old

Whether your motivation is sentimental or just a matter of curiosity, determining whether a vase is a real antique is necessary to set up value, understand proper care and to get the piece insured. Five measures, ranging from inspecting the outside for distinguishing markings to consulting with a specialist, can help you pinpoint the approximate age of the vase.

Check the Bottom

Gently flip the vase above so you are looking straight at its bottom, and scan for distinguishing logos or signatures. Such marks frequently incorporate the name of the company that manufactured the vase, as well as the name of its designer or artist. This producer’s mark may be painted to the vase’s bottom or appear in the kind of an engraving. Because manufacturers diverse the signatures to symbolize unique decades, it is possible to research the corresponding year as soon as you discover a discernible producer’s mark.

Identify the Mark

Once you find it, you can usually recognize the producer’s mark working with an online search engine. A reverse picture search — where you upload a picture of this mark and the outcomes yield related images from all over the web — is beneficial in case you have trouble explaining the mark. Kovels and Antique Marks contain comprehensive listings of famous manufacturer’s marks.You can also inquire at the local bookstore or order an antique marks glossary, such as Miller’s Antique Marks.

Inspect the Informative

The proliferation of reproductions — also, unfortunately, counterfeits — can produce confusion when attempting to approximate the age of a vase. But you can search for many indicators to determine whether your vase is a unique. Since most genuinely old vases were created using wood-based kilns that lacked temperature controls, little alterations were inevitable. Alternately, modern gas-based kilns rely on mass production using moulds. As a result, variations and imperfections are unusual. Coarseness along the mould markers, crackling or bubbles in glass, asymmetry of shape along with a strong luster or iridescence are a couple of telltale signs that your vase is the real deal in lieu of a reproduction or forgery.

Try to find an Overmark

An overmark is just what it sounds like: a mark placed over the company’s original mark.To see whether your vase bears you, you will once more need to carefully flip it over and analyze the bottom. Smudging of the first producer’s mark is a common byproduct of the glazing process used to seal overmarks and, as such, hints at authenticity. Since this technique was used on vases made of 1880 to 1930, it is possible to date your vase to this range if you discover an overmark.

Receive an Appraisal

Because forgeries can be hard for the untrained eye to distinguish, the very foolproof way to discover if your vase is a real antique is to take it to a skilled expert from the antiques field. To find an appraiser in your area, visit the Appraisers Association of America site and click on the “Find an Appraiser” tab to search by name, location or specialization. You can even take your vase to a reputable antiques dealer, though seeking a licensed appraiser’s valuation ensures no conflict of interest exists — an appraiser cannot offer to purchase an item he or she appraised, unlike an antiques dealer.

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Do Queen Air Mattresses Use Full-Size Sheets?

Queen-sized air mattresses require queen-size sheets, since full-size sheets only won’t fit onto a queen-size mattress in any way. Full-size sheets are designed to fit beds which measure 54 inches across the width and 75 inches down their length. Queen air-mattresses are more than that by 3 to 5 inches, but most can also be 6 inches broader than full-sized or double mattresses.

All in the Dimensions

When you buy sheets to get a queen-sized air mattress, then don’t neglect to measure the height and duration of it. As an instance, a 9-inch high queen-size air mattress generally has the exact dimensions as that of a typical queen mattress, but if the mattress rises its height, it often loses 2 ins on length, dropping in the standard 80 inches to 78 inches. However you measure it, you require queen-size sheets to get a queen-size air mattress.

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How to Wash Large regions of Tile Floors

Homeowners with large areas of tile to remain clean may take courses from sailors or even astronauts who must swab the decks. While sponge mops work well for smaller sections of tile, the same is not true once you have to clean large areas — you might spend half a day to finish the job using only a tiny sponge mop. Look to home improvement stores or even office supply retailers to discover the industrial resources of professional cleaners.

Dust Mop Cleaning

The large industrial dust mop used by janitors works just also in a home with large areas of tile to wash since it will in schools and office buildings. Keep tile floors free from debris by running the dust mop across the tile. Sweep up the debris to a dustpan with a broom once you have run the mop over the entire area, which goes pretty fast. Complete this task daily, or more, as needed. When the dust mop begins to get dirty, then remove the mop head and then toss it in the drier.

Swab the Decks

A industrial deck cleaner, a cotton mop made with thick strands of cotton, provides the fastest and easiest means to wash ceramic floors on a weekly or biweekly basis. The head of the mop gives its users an added 12 to 18 inches of reach when swabbing the ground from side to side. Coupling it with a bucket on wheels that also includes a mechanism attached to squeezing the mop cuts ground mopping period in half when compared with a sponge mop. And because you compress excessive cleaning fluid in the mop since you operate, the ground dries quicker also.

Cleaning Solution

Use a cleaning solution that won’t attack or wear down the matte or high-gloss layer on your tile floors. Add steaming hot water combined with equal parts of vinegar to your bucket. After washing the ground with the cleaning option, return and rinse with hot water to remove any solution residue from the ground.

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15 Fall Decorating Ideas From Great Country Homes

You do not need to get a property in the country to steal a few style tips from these casually elegant homes. Full of heritage and brimming with fine good looks, country house design is more about mood, colours and textures compared to the flash of a fancy house. Below you will find 15 decorating suggestions to channel country house style no matter where you live.

Anthony Baratta LLC

1. Equestrian artwork. Prizewinning racehorses and show horses have had their portraits painted since time immemorial — riffle through flea market stalls and stalls at antiques fairs to locate your own slice of equestrian background in the form of a classic horse painting. Or, to get a budget-friendly option, track an oversize equestrian art book and slice out a few pages to frame.

2. Potted topiary. Grace that your entryway with a cluster of neatly trimmed topiary in urns. If you can set the strands beneath a round or hexagonal table in the center of a foyer, better.

Kass & Associates

3. Rich red doors. More sophisticated compared to the red of barns and deeper than the vivid, clear red of church doors, this red is much more akin to a fine wine. Look for a red paint with a touch of purple, like the rich burgundy displayed here.

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4. Plaid upholstery. Re-cover an old armchair, an ottoman or a love seat in classic wool plaid for a cozy look that begs one to sink in and sit awhile. Not interested in reupholstering? Fold and drape a plaid throw on the trunk and back of your seat instead.

Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

5. Suitcases as a nightstand. Stack up hard-sided vintage suitcases to get a unique bedside dining alternative with personality to spare.

6. Menswear eyeglasses and prints. Handsome houndstooth, wool tweed and shirting fabrics are made for country living. Dress your bed in layers of these delicious cloths to get a textural treat.

Crisp Architects

7. Copper pots on screen. Nothing appears so tempting in the kitchen for a row of gleaming copper pots hung over the cooker. Even though, to keep them shiny, you might want to hang yours within the kitchen island rather.

8. Pitchers filled with flowers. Enamelware and creamy ironstone pitchers of all sorts, new and classic, create excellent and easy flower holders. Plunk in a huge armful of blooms or a bundle of autumn branches, and you are done.

Crisp Architects

9. A bowlful of apples. It is so straightforward, we must all do that one! Rather than maintaining bowls of fruit relegated to the kitchen, pile fresh, crisp apples in a nice wooden bowl and set it on the coffee table.

Crisp Architects

10. Gray-green walls. Rich, historic and more complicated than green or grey independently, gray-green changes beautifully with the light. Use this hue in a dining area, kitchen or small sitting area, with off-white trim. The paint color used here’s French Gray 18 from Farrow & Ball.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

11. Monograms. Towels that are monogrammed say country home … same with silver or pillowcases or whatever else you can place your initials on. For couples who share a last name, try out a monogram using your last initial as the center letter, together with your first initials on each side.

Huestis Tucker Architects

12. Luxurious laundry area details. Gleaming bin brings, light blue-gray paint and chic accessories (like a glass jar for laundry soap and a wire basket for towels) add up to a winning look in the laundry area. To create a larger investment in the look, swap out a typical sink to get a porcelain bib-front version and pay for the walls in beadboard or paneling.

Higgins Architects

13. A chipped-paint cupboard. Add classic patina to your dining area with a chipped-paint cabinet to hold your dishes. Whether the era is real or faked, a piece like this instantly makes everything else in the area feel homier.

14. A wicker trunk. More casual compared to steamer trunks, wicker trunks were often utilized to take picnics out into the countryside in olden days. Use yours to keep exactly the holiday table linens you can’t find room for in your cabinets.

Siemasko + Verbridge

15. A porch. Plump cushions, fluffy throws and baskets of stunning autumn flowering flowers come together to create a porch you can happily spend some time long into the autumn. Take a spoonful of hot apple cider out, place your feet up and relax.

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10 Things Artists Want You to Know

Ever wonder how performers decide on a price for their imaginative work? Why it usually costs more to buy in the art gallery than in the artist’s studio? Just curious about daily, what professional musicians do? Here are 10 insights from five artists working in a variety of mediums; included are painters, photographers and a ceramicist.

D. S. Brennan Photography

1. Inspiration comes from observing the world around us. “My work is heavily influenced by my background in environmental science,” says Rhode Island fine art photographer Diana Brennan. “My education and experience interpreting the natural world has informed the way I see natural subjects throughout the camera lens. I would like to share this outlook with my viewers and help them to see the natural world in a new manner, to notice details they’d previously overlooked, and to be reminded that nature is both strong and delicate.”

Brattleboro, Vermont, ceramic artist Natalie Blake says, “Inspiration from the outside comes from nature, history, sciencefiction … in general, I’d call it the hum of life”

Cynthia White Anderson, a fine art pet portrait painter in California, adds, “I find inspiration through daily observation of nature, playing with my two dogs and through my pupils. I’m both a studio artist in addition to an art teacher to a wonderful elementary-school-aged artists. My students challenge me so I’m constantly experimenting. One of my newest inspirations is how sunlight filters through an animal’s ears and fur — that I just love trying to capture the ideal color of warmth in almost any color fur.”

Natalie Blake

2. Inspiration also comes from celebrating fantasies, the self and the world. “I get my inspiration for my own art from fantasy imagery and intuitive inspiration that comes through me onto the sketch clay or paper canvas,” Blake says. “I’m searching the inner spiral of what we call intestine — intuition, faith, patience and hope in the creative procedure.”

Brennan adds, “It’s true that it’s yourself you put into artwork. I’m a quiet, joyful introvert, along with also my work will be composed and introspective. My still-life subjects are generally isolated on a simple backdrop, with emphasis on the details and textures. My landscapes and seascapes have a tendency to be uninhabited, almost verging on desolate, and contain soothing natural greens, blues and neutrals. Generally speaking my style will be both quiet and strong, mirroring the highly effective fragility of nature.”


3. Inspiration, in fact, can come from anywhere. Nice art writer Carole Meyer, who divides her time between Portland, Oregon, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, says, “Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. I find I’m quite inspired by my own home. I really like interior decor, and my art is an extension of the art form.”

And from Blake: “My inspiration to run a small company comes from working together with my friends and coworkers to place beautiful things out in the world which people can touch and live with for centuries, ideally. I love cocreating with a gifted team so as to support each other and the neighborhood”

4. Communication is key — notably at commissioned work. “Matching a customer’s vision to my capability sometimes proves challenging,” Anderson says. “I have discovered that taking time through the first stages of planning the portrait makes a massive difference. It’s important for the customer to understand that first communication is key to make sure that the last painting matches their desires with as few revisions during the painting stage as possible. I like updating the customer along the way through the full process. I will never get enough of the enthusiasm from a customer when they discuss with me that the painting is beyond their expectations”

Juniper Wind Designs

5. Artists are entrepreneurs, too. Philadelphia fine art photographer Nancy “Weezy” Forman shares, “Being an artist, designer and business specialist, my day is made up of wearing many hats. Putting myself out there on social media, , Facebook and Pinterest takes time, in addition to advertising my artwork to magazines and neighborhood meet-the-artist events in galleries and restaurants where I show my work”

Blake adds, “My favourite part of conducting the company is the juggling act I have to do. I feel like I am juggling eight balls in the air so as to maintain the ball of true creativity one out of eight times. Until the day when my company creates its own momentum, then I might need to keep my hands and eyes many facets of the company, shifting from task to task, decision to conclusion, as needed. This merely frees me from the concentrated time for enjoying and dabbling needed to discover that inner voice”

6. Art is purposeful into the artist and patron. “One of my absolute preferred things about my work is painting a portrait of a beloved pet that has passed,” Anderson says. “I’d like to feel that through communicating with the customer, I can capture the heart and soul of the animal that they loved a lot”

D. S. Brennan Photography

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There are two best things about having an art photographer, Brennan says. “The first is watching an image on the computer monitor for the first time and recognizing it came out just as I needed it to. There is something so fascinating about that second of creative satisfaction,” she clarifies. “The moment is the pure pleasure I believe when I see that my work resonates with someone. That connection is what it’s all about.”

D. S. Brennan Photography

7. Artwork prices incorporate many things. “prices is based on a combination of time spent, materials and other costs, and the markup/percentage that a gallery or shop will require,” Brennan says. “I generally spend two hours processing images for every one hour spent shooting. I must also cover time for bookkeeping, advertising, sales, order fulfillment etc.”

Even with no gallery markup and promotion, artwork can cost more to create than you might think. “Material costs include the actual prints, framing or mounting, and any packaging required for display or shipping,” Brennan says. “Other costs include matters like the fee to take behind the scenes at a natural history museum. Overhead expenses have to be covered as well, whether or not a one-time equipment update, the recurring cost of printer the booth charge for an art festival”

Natalie Blake

“I consider what others are selling their work for, imagine a price which feels right and go with it,” Blake says. “I then fix pricing for the logical arrangement of dimensions, labour and creative time. My materials are relatively cheap. It’s the labour, including preparation of materials — clay processing and readying, glaze mixing and testing, fixing equipment, ordering supplies etc. — advertising and marketing, application and proposal preparation, client relations, travel expenditures, studio equipment, equipment purchase and upkeep, that costs the studio so much”


8. Galleries are an entirely different ballgame from retail stores. “prices is tough,” says Meyer. “If you’re represented by a gallery, as I’m — Gallery 903 at Portland, Oregon — your gallery will allow you to set a price. If you’re selling from your own studio, which I also do, then you have to keep your pricing at precisely the same range because it is in the gallery”

Brennan weighs in: “The last piece of the equation is pricing to market through galleries or brick and mortar stores. Galleries typically take a 40 to 50 percent cut of their sales price to pay their own expenses. Retail stores, having to turn a profit, expect to buy work at 50 percent less than retail cost. Pricing is always a tough balance between covering costs and being competitive on the market.”


9. Making art is enjoyable. “For me one of the most fascinating areas of making art is experimenting with different techniques and new materials,” Meyer says. “I have no training as an artist, though I had been a professional photographer for 35 years; I simply love to try new things. I’m very cluttered whilst functioning — quite cluttered. A typical day painting for me is to get up, brush teeth, don’t bathe, don’t fix hair, put on very messy paint clothing, don’t do dishes, go to cluttered garage and have a blast all day.”

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Forman loves photographing old, rusted-out trucks which were abandoned on dirt roads and in areas. “The fun part is traveling along with having the ideal gear and looking for old pickup trucks to photograph,” she says. “We create a lot of U-turns and sometimes need to wait some time for the ideal light. I do other images as well, so along the way I may stumble on something which must be photographed. I also have pleasure giving the images titles, which add to their own character — there’s nothing I dislike about what I do.”


10. It’s purposeful work but it’s still function. “Creating art is tough work,” Meyer says. “At least for me personally, the toughest part is to receive a painting to the point that I really like it. And if I don’t love it, how can I expect anyone else to appreciate it? I’m never done using a painting before I love it. Regardless of what hard work it is, I want to take action and love to do it. Like ski or mountain climbing or running a marathon, it is all hard work, and if we were not forced or if we didn’t like to do it , it would just be work”

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