08/25/2014 § Leave a comment
One of the most common questions I get asked by friends and family is where to find good quality art at reasonable pricing. For some reason most of the art I see readily available is either really boring stock photography, tired beaten down reproductions (like Starry Night by Van Gogh or Water Lilies by Monet), or are just plain bad. So then where do normal individuals with good taste and limited budgets find decent unique pieces for their homes?
Many clients want beautiful pieces but don’t necessarily have the interest or pocketbook to acquire a serious collection*. So what do I do? Yes, I peruse the shelves of popular vendors (like West Elm, Anthropologie, Williams Sonoma, Horchow, etc) as well as some local showrooms but I also have a growing list of online resources that I turn to. Art is very personal so finding that one piece that speaks to you and that works well within a given space is sometimes a tricky affair. You might have to spend a good amount of time searching for that perfect piece but it definitely helps if you are looking in the right places.
These online shops are good places to start: Good luck with your search!
Prints are modern & abstract. Most start around $350 for smaller sizes and go up to about $1,500 for larger pieces. (medium – high price range)
Founded by designer Cynthia Rowley, the pieces are contemporary, edgy, conceptual and avant garde. Signed limited editions by contemporary artists. Most sizes are very reasonably priced starting around $200 and reaching $500+ even for the larger prints (low – medium price range)
“It’s Art for Everyone”. As they claim, this is REAL fine art at affordable pricing. Pieces are conceptual and intellectually engaging but are also easy on the eyes, balanced and modern & work well within many different interiors. Prints are signed limited editions signed by the artists. Smaller formats are very affordable (ex: 16″ x 20″ $240) and larger formats quickly jump to typical fine art pricing (30″ x 40″ $2,400). (medium price range)
If you are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces without the gallery prices this is a great resource. Though the overall aesthetic seems to be more commercial than the other shops I’ve listed here, if you dedicate some time you can find some great original pieces directly by the artist. Smaller formats can start as low as $100 and can go upwards of $3,000 depending on the medium and sizes. You must remember these are original pieces though, not prints like the others. (low – high price range)
If you’ve planned an event like a wedding or a baby shower you’re probably familiar with Minted.com for their beautiful and affordably priced stationary. Turns out they now also sell art prints! Beautifully curated (like their stationary) the site conveniently offers very affordable pricing, a wide range of sizes and the option to purchase framed or unframed. Starting at about $20 for 5″ x 7″ prints and around $325 for framed 30″ x 40″ prints.
Sells smaller prints at very affordable pricing. Pieces have a contemporary/psychedelic/hipster vibe. Not for everyone, but if you sift through the collection you’ll find some quirky unique gems. (low price range)
* For those interested in fine art collecting (or window shopping), The Drawing Center‘ s Viewing Program (estab. in 1977 in SoHo, NYC) is a spectacular online Art Registry of curated works by emerging artists. Be prepared to be impressed & intrigued.
08/06/2014 § 2 Comments
Hello World! So it’s been a long yet extremely fast and fruitful two years since my last post here on Trace Blog. It’s amazing to look back and see how much has changed and to observe what has remained constant.
In this time I worked as project manager for Valeria Lopes, a Brazilian designer based in Miami, FL. I spent a year going to The Setai once a week for a remodel of a beautiful penthouse with North to South ocean views over Miami Beach. I also spent about half a year going to the Icon Brickell to completely finish a 2 bedroom apartment from the bare concrete slabs to final accessorizing. I was ID project manager in a design team collaborating with STA Architectural Group (as well as many other consultants and engineers) on a 17,000 SF new construction home in Star Island. I also managed and assisted with numerous other projects at the firm.
In the meantime, I opened the doors to Trace Design Studio to begin to fulfill the requests of personal clients that had come knocking on my door. First, was a young Brazilian couple that had purchased a vacation apartment at the Trump Towers in Sunny Isles. Then a renovation for a young family with a Mid-century modern aesthetic. Then a professional grade minimalist kitchen for a personal chef. And, luckily, it goes on and on…
I also took a creative hiatus the latter half of last year to experiment with display design and installations as a Display Coordinator at Anthropologie in Merrick Park. The company (part of the Urban Outfitters Group along with Free People) is truly amazing and having the opportunity to take a peak behind closed doors, even if just briefly, was truly inspirational. It gave me a glimpse into the corporate retail world as well as the foundation of their compelling visual merchandising and story-telling.
Finally, (woof – I didn’t actually realize how much I’ve been up to!) I decided to open The Studio full-time and focus all my time and energy into synthesizing all this experience and information into Trace. I hope you will stay along for the ride.
Thank you for reading my lengthy explanation of what I’ve been up to. I did feel I needed to explain why I had been too busy to post but hopefully now you’re convinced and will forgive me for my absence. I will post about my latest projects but will mostly continue focusing on that which inspires me, excites me and informs my designs.
I’m glad to see you here. Let’s continue the conversation!
12/09/2012 § Leave a comment
Every year I focus on the main event at the Convention Center, so this year I thought I’d mix it up:
Thursday I went to Peace on Earth, an art fundraising event by For The Cause Events benefitting Planting Peace @ FIFTY in The Viceroy. I decided to do my part by bidding on and actually won a photograph that’s already up in my living room!
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at Design Miami (the sister event to Art Basel with a focus on collectible design) and today I’m dedicating to Scope (a large fair in Midtown for emerging contemporary artists and galleries).
I’m about to get out the door for an early brunch to prep me for another day of art. So, the news will come first, the photos will follow in a few days time!
Check back for:
Design Miami/2012 HIGHLIGHTS
Scope Miami 2012 – Emerging ART
11/26/2012 § 1 Comment
It was first year, first week of studio, when my professor suggested I research the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Off I went to the silent Richter stacks to begin an exercise that would lead me, four years later, to the actual orange courtyards of Andalusia.
I didn’t know then, but I was to soon fall in love with the romanticism of this place and the past it represented.
Of course, the illustrations I found from numerous 19th century Orientalists didn’t help at all! These artists depicted exotic (and at times erotic) notions of what life would have been like in the Alhambra when it was still inhabited by the Nasrid rulers (around 889 – 1492). Claude Debussy wrote songs for it & Washington Irving wrote a collection of stories while living in the complex, called the “Tales of the Alhambra“. There’s no wonder I got this romantic notion about the place that could only be satiated by a flight to Madrid, a rental car, and a road trip South to Andalusia.
What follows is a collection of the 19th century illustrations alongside photos from my trip of the same spaces being depicted. For the most part, they are in consecutive order that I walked through the palace and shot them.
There is so much history and legends surrounding this palace complex I thought it’d be best to leave them to the experts and just wet your appetites with photos. If you’re intrigued and would like to know more about the history of the Alhambra, please visit: Alhambra.org
11/22/2012 § Leave a comment
11/15/2012 § Leave a comment
A few weeks back, when in need of a little graphic design inspiration, I found Work by e Bond – a web and book designer who’s spent several years designing for Anthropologie. You’ll see her site has beautiful spreads with tactile visuals filled with paint sploshes, cardboard, and handmade typography. I’ve always wondered how they actually created these graphics…
I had spent all day Saturday shooting the apartment of my lovely and talented designer friend, Lisa Whyte*, and woke up Sunday still in “the zone”. One thing led to another, and I began shooting letters using a long leaf I cut from my garden. I then used a little Photoshop magic to create the above logo.
So here’s my first shot** at what I like to call “handmade graphics”!
The possibilities are endless. The only drawback I foresee: I’ll have to make some extra space to house my growing collection of ribbons, rocks, branches, paper, fabrics, and other beautiful things I’d like to photograph.
* I’m currently finishing up these photos and will share them here in the very very near future!!!
** Click on the logo image to see it more up-close-and-personal!
11/05/2012 § Leave a comment
I find, when picking colors, it always helps to have a little inspiration. It really is all about finding what colors you are naturally drawn to and then choosing the best shades for your room.
First, let’s start with the inspiration part. Art, textiles, photography, fashion, anything colorful that you consider visually attractive can serve as an aid for establishing a palette!
The lighting in a particular room also affects your perception of the color and the mood. North-facing windows don’t receive direct sunlight and bring in a cool light that casts a slightly bluish light. South-facing rooms tend to be much brighter and receive warmer light. The color temperatures of the lightbulbs in your light fixtures also affect the overall mood and colors in the space.
Once you’ve chosen a color palette decide which colors you will use as your main colors and which will be accent colors. Normally, it’s safest to choose the boldest hue as the accent color. You can then paint your walls one of your main colors and use accessories, like pillows or a nice vase, to bring in those pops that will complete the palette.
Go to the home store with your palette inspiration and buy 2 or 3 samples that you find the closest to your main color. Paint small squares of each on the wall (around 5″ x 5″), let dry, and look at it in different lighting conditions (morning, afternoon, night with lights on) to pick your favorite one. Fight the urge to skip this step because it could save you a lot of time & money – Trust me, you will regret not doing it if you commit too quickly and decide the shade is “too this” or “too that” AFTER the job is complete!