Thursday, February 23, 2012

Choosing art is no more daunting than choosing paint or furniture.



Consider these two scenarios:

1 – You’ve been lucky enough to sell your old house and move into your new dream home. 
2 – You can’t afford, or be bothered with all that in the present climate and have decided to spruce up the old place instead.

If you’re in either of these two situations, you’ll very likely be decorating, moving the furniture around, throwing out a few old dust collectors and splashing out on some trendy must have accessories… candles, driftwood and scatter cushions anyone?
You might even invest in carpets, curtains and blinds and lighting to complete the makeover. Looks fab! What’s the betting however, after all that time, effort and investment, the old pictures go straight back up on the walls?

We’ve all done it. It’s as though the walls are a no go area. Paint, yes. Paintings – well, the old ones will do, won’t they? Like hallowed turf, we disturb ‘the balance’ at our peril. Of course, there may be good reasons not to change the artwork. You may have inherited that ‘special’ piece from a relative, or bought that ‘blandscape’ whilst on holiday 10 years ago, but ask yourself honestly whether you actually still like them or even still look at them! Then there is the conundrum of having redecorated, having to ask yourself whether those pictures really work in their new setting? And, what about the frames? – they’re looking a little tired too…


Choosing art is no more daunting than choosing paint or furniture. Neither does it have to be expensive or created by a ‘famous’ artist. There is no shortage of less established artists creating unique and individual work which could become sound investments for the future. Of course, you may have no interest in art as investment, but good art can transform the look and feel of a room completely. It is making a statement about your personality and aspirations.

Purple Vortex Aqua Vortex Earth Vortex
Blue Circles

Blue Geometry Magenta Moments Pink Carousel
Teal Geometry Green Geometry Earth Tones
Green Aqua Shooting Star
Eggplant Eleven Tyrian Stars Violet Byzantium
Aubergine Diamonds

Orange Collision Orange Go Zanier Orange Catherine Wheel
Red and Yellow Flame
Blue Infinity Aqua and Purple Twist
Rainbow Psychedelia Red Cocktail Straws
Pink Afterglow Pink Perfectionist
Fuchsia Frenzy 
Rainbow Evolution Rainbow Ripple 
Rainbow River Rainbow Swirl
Pink Shockwave Pink - Kinky
Orange Eclipse Orange and Yellow Feathers

Finally, art doesn’t of course just mean painting! Photography is making a big comeback at the moment and a well chosen piece will be equally as impressive in the right setting. As well as the well trodden ground of nature and landscapes, consider abstract photographic art. Whatever you choose however, good lighting is essential to bring a picture to life. Budgeting a little for that will make a huge difference.

So before you hang the old pictures back up, ask yourself whether they need to move on too. After all, you’ve spent a lot of time updating your home to reflect your current lifestyle and life choices and fresh art should be an important consideration as part of that renewal.

Art for Interior Designers - Lifestyle Themes



•Basic Beliefs – redefining a sense of solidarity with simple muted shades and natural influences. Reminiscent of herbs and medicinal flowers, these colours feature earthy pigments, making this theme relaxed and timeless.

Basic Beliefs Fluid Fantasy
Free Spirit Silent Space
Sweet Memory



•Free Spirit – symbolising optimism and individuality, this palette is all about reclaiming possibilities. Featuring an unexpected mix of colours to challenge perceptions of ‘the norm’, this theme represents those who dare to be different.
•Silent Space – reflective, calm and neutral, these subtle and understated tones reflect a need to reclaim serenity. Dusky blues and mineral greys provide a backdrop for silvery greys which stand out like stars against the night sky.



•Fluid Fantasy – dynamic and vibrant, this palette features colours which are fizzy and futuristic. Saturated reds and purples combine with luminous yellows and turquoises in a way that radiates a zest for life.



•Sweet Memory – this theme doesn’t dwell on the past, but hopes to take the best of it to understand where we find ourselves today. Revisiting our design heritage, this palette is warm and familiar, with added touches of elegance from its bronzes and golds.


•Basic Beliefs – redefining a sense of solidarity with simple muted shades and natural influences. Reminiscent of herbs and medicinal flowers, these colours feature earthy pigments, making this theme relaxed and timeless.


•Free Spirit – symbolising optimism and individuality, this palette is all about reclaiming possibilities. Featuring an unexpected mix of colours to challenge perceptions of ‘the norm’, this theme represents those who dare to be different.


•Silent Space – reflective, calm and neutral, these subtle and understated tones reflect a need to reclaim serenity. Dusky blues and mineral greys provide a backdrop for silvery greys which stand out like stars against the night sky.


•Fluid Fantasy – dynamic and vibrant, this palette features colours which are fizzy and futuristic. Saturated reds and purples combine with luminous yellows and turquoises in a way that radiates a zest for life.


•Sweet Memory – this theme doesn’t dwell on the past, but hopes to take the best of it to understand where we find ourselves today. Revisiting our design heritage, this palette is warm and familiar, with added touches of elegance from its bronzes and golds.

Friday, February 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day: Leprechaun Tricks on Tees



The Leprechaun 
The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow." In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They are a class of “faerie folk” associated in Irish folklore with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical peoples said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.

Get into the spirit this March and don one of these fun and festive Leprechaun t-shirts. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on the seventeenth of March.
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Happy St Patricks Day  (Green) Happy St Patricks Day - Green shirt Happy St Patricks Day - Green shirt

Irish You A Happy St Patricks Day! Happy St Patricks Day shirt Happy St Patricks Day shirt

Leprechaun (Blank) Green Leprechaun shirt Green Leprechaun shirt

Irish Leprechaun Silhouette Green necklaceIrish Leprechaun Silhouette Green throwpillow
Leprechaun (No Message) Leprechaun shirt Leprechaun shirt

The Dirty Young Elf  Limerick shirt Limerick apron

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While it began as a religious holiday and remains so for some, a lot of folks see it as a day of celebration when we're all Irish. 
On March 17th you have no excuse other than to go green!



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Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. Leprechauns usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief. Popular depiction shows them as being no taller than a small child. .Their trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairiesThough only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure. 
According to legend, if anyone keeps an eye fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the gaze is withdrawn, he vanishes