Please kindly go away I’m introverting.
Just want to cozy up and watch my new shows this weekend.
Although it’s rather slushy in Boston, it is indeed late March and there are signs of impending springtime. Buds on the magnolia trees along Commonwealth Avenue, crocuses pushing up in front gardens, street sweeping (well actually, that was cancelled today due to the weather).
If you need a bit of a lift on this less than sunny day, how about some spring art? Here are 15 artworks that depict springtime, from birds to green trees to pastel hues.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak • Amy Jean Porter • 20×200
Muffin Top • Britt Bass Turner • Artfully Walls
Flowers on a Table • Daniela Orlev • Artfully Walls
City Park • Susan Spangenberg • Artlifting
Animal Hybrid Series (Deerfly) • Abby Goodman • Uprise Art
Spring • Disparity By Design UK • Society6
Grey Murmur Two • Kal Mansur • Uprise Art
from SPRING • Jenna Bauer • Saatchi Art
Butterfly Chair • Karen Barbour • 20×200
Fennec Fox On Blue • Catherine Ledner • Green Box Art
Decor • Sarah Eisenlohr • Society6
From the Flora series • Tess Atkinson
Green Branches • Tod Seelie • 20×200
One Spring Day • Yukari Kaihori • Saatchi Art
Adagio • Ellen Levine Dodd • Serena & Lily
It used to be that you needed an armoire or built-in cabinetry to house your TV. With the advent of the flat screen, armoires became obsolete and shelving didn’t need that bump-out. Of course, lots of people were (and still are I suppose) hanging flat screen televisions above the fireplace. I’m just going to leave that at no comment.
The current craze seems to be incorporating the TV into a gallery wall. This can work if you don’t mind the busyness, and if it doesn’t distract you when the television is switched on. Sometimes though, a TV hung on a wall can seems to float, even when surrounded by artwork. I think it looks better hanging above sort of shelving, credenza, or media unit, which grounds the space.
The 14 spaces below are a mix of approaches to hanging a television above a cabinet. One uses a dark wall to help camouflage the TV, while others incorporate the TV into a gallery wall. Some just have the TV hanging solo, with plenty of space around it, over simple shelving. I think all of these approaches of hanging the tv above a unit, whether the wall is left bare or decorated, work quite well.
If you are on the hunt for a cabinet, have a look at my past post 53 Credenzas, Sideboards, and Buffets, which I hope to update soon with additional options and new sources I’ve since found for purchasing TV units.
Skona Hem • Photo by Ragnar Omarsson
This contemporary green media unit offsets the black rectangle of the television and colors in the artwork on the gallery wall nicely in this Brooklyn loft. Using artwork as large as the television itself helps the television blend in.
Amber Interiors • Photo by Tessa Neustadt
This wood and white living room designed by Amber Lewis is perfectly restrained without being boring. The TV floats above the white and wood credenza. There is little embellishment, save for the dual finish of the furniture itself, the wood bowl, and plant, but the vignette looks beautiful.
Stylist Susanna Vento • Photo by Petra Bindel
Stylist Susanna Vento went with the minimalist white with some color pops theme in her own home. She incorporates the TV into a gallery wall using an asymmetrical arrangement of fun prints and family photos around the television. That there is a turntable below adds balance.
Here the television hangs above the arrangement of artwork leaning against the wall on the credenza rather than hanging around it. That is probably the result of the slanted ceiling, but in any case, it works.
A simple floating open shelf acts as a base for the television, while three simply framed pieces hang around it, plus some antlers for three-dimensional earthy interest.
Lonny March 2012
The TV seems to be a bit of an afterthought here, but it works above the dark chest, with a vibrant gallery arrangement stealing the spotlight on the adjacent wall.
L.A.-based blogger Anne Sage goes for a narrow plain cabinets below the TV, with colorful artwork around it, and a mod brass light fixture above.
Stacey Kouros Design
The television is large but the niche in which it hangs is larger. I love how the cabinetry runs all the way across, and stays simple and low, giving the television plenty of breathing room.
Creative Director Christina Loucks • Photo by Heidi Geldhauser
The beautiful Danish modern credenza and fun articulated brass table lamp steal the spotlight in the lower half of the space, while the shelves above the TV draw the eye upwards.
Simplicity reigns in this Nordic room with low white cabinets topped with a nice slab of oak. The TV hangs just a few inches above it. The leggy floor lamp and branches provide movement, drawing the eye to either side.
Lonny • Photo by Jessica Sample
In Jessica Alba’s office at The Honest Company the TV has been framed in wood. I’m not sure that was necessary—it may be drawing more attention to it than acting as a camouflage.
This neutral living room belonging to the bloggers behind New Darlings has a lived-in feel with a Danish modern vibe. The neutral colors and clean lines mean the TV can hang where it needs to. The plants, wall hangings, and patterned rug take the focus off the expanse of black.
By painting the wall a deep, dark blue, the black television blends in. Incorporating the TV into a gallery wall with artwork hung practically level above and beside it keeps things on an even keel.
Lindye Galloway Design • Domino • Photo by Jasmine Star
Orange County California interior designer Lindye Galloway skips the fanfare and simply mounts the television over a snazzy chevron credenza. The room is tailored and neutral, so the large black rectangle isn’t much of a distraction.
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S H O P the L O O K
I seem always to be researching lighting for one situation or another. (Currently I’m choosing lights to brighten up and modernize our Florida condo.) Luckily sites like Lumens make choosing modern lighting easy, from basic fixtures to on-trend statement lighting. This StyleCarrot affiliate has asked me to create a post on its modern lighting sale, going on now. (This post is sponsored, but I am a devoted Lumens customer.)
The Lumens lighting sale offers 40+ modern lighting brands at up to 40% off. I’ve combed every lighting category in the sale for my favorite picks for modern chandeliers, modern pendant lights, modern sconces, flush mount fixtures, table lamps, floor lamps, and more, from brands and designers including Artemide, Tom Dixon, Muuto, Sonneman, Flos, and others.
Some of them I have been coveting for years, others I am lucky enough to own. I helped a friend choose #1 for the playroom in her Manhattan apartment and it looks fantastic —clean, curvy lines with some shine. I really wanted to install #3 in our house on the Cape, but had to go with something less expensive; I still love it though. I’m a sucker for anything resembling gray flannel or concrete so #4 is a fun fave (plus I got to visit the Muuto offices on a press trip to Copenhagen).
Speaking of Danish Design, the matte black sconce (#13) by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen is a longtime classic. And I’d definitely label #7, Tom Dixon’s copper pendant, a newfound classic lighting option. And one more… I included #8—spare brass sconces with a white glass globe— by contemporary lighting design master Michael Anastassiades in a design mockup for my family room makeover (see “related posts” at the bottom). This could be the perfect opportunity to purchase a pair.
Here are my 15 favorite modern lighting styles from the Lumens lighting sale.
S H O P P I N G
1 Model 2097/50 Chandelier by Gino Sarfatti for Flos
2 Solo Pendant with Disc by Intueri Light
3 Logico Mini Triple Linear Suspension Light by Artemide
4 Under The Bell Pendant by Muuto
5 Molecular 15-Light Chandelier by ELK
6 Orb 5-Light Pendant by Sonneman
7 Copper Pendant by Tom Dixon
8 IC Wall/Ceiling Light by Michael Anastassiades for Flos
9 Puck Slim LED Flushmount by Sonneman
10 Fiori Flushmount by ET2 Lighting
11 Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide
12 Elise Floor Lamp by Pablo Designs
13 AJ Wall Sconce by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen
14 Muffin Table Lamp by Brokis
15 Lina Diamond Wall Sconce by Rosie Li Studio
I had a social day on Friday, meeting a new friend for coffee in the morning and architect Mette Aamodt of Cambridge-based modern architecture firm Aamodt/Plumb (I wrote about their transformation of a mid-century barn for Boston Globe Magazine last summer) for lunch at Tatte Bakery in Beacon Hill.
(In between I happened to run into a friend and we stopped into two of my favorite Boston boutiques Good and December Thieves. A few Instagram photos here.)
Currently Mette and her partner (and husband) Andrew are working on a project for the founder/curator behind online gallery The Road Gallery. I hadn’t been familiar with The Road Gallery, but upon returning home promptly looked it up. I loved it and must share.
The Road Gallery represents a small, highly curated selection of emerging and established but lesser known contemporary artists. There are a handful of artworks by each artist, plus guest artists, and pieces start around $100 and go up to $7,000.
Here is abstract artwork by eight artists from The Road Gallery, and a little bit about them.
Liz Barber • Summer 8, 2015
Mixed media on panel
Atlanta-based artist Liz Barber, who holds a degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, grew up in coastal Massachusetts. She paints watery abstract works on which layers of materials are built up to create depth and movement, and reflect her emotional attachment to the ocean.
Kelly Neidig • Braddock, 2014
Flashe on canvas
Artist Kelly Neidig, who was born in Pittsburgh and studied Landscape Architecture and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University, lives and works in Vancouver, Washington. In the studio, Neidig relies on her memory and imagination to reinvent scenes of places she has traveled to show the experience of time and its effect on the memory. She is more interested in the overall feeling of these places than their details.
Kyle Utter • The Captain, 2013
Oil on canvas
Brooklyn-based figurative painter Kyle Utter, who hails from Michigan and once lived in Montana, earned his B.F.A at the Pratt Institute in 2011. Utter paints personal spaces, imbuing them with human needs, desires, and yearnings.
Haylee Anne • Mademoiselle Deux, 2011
Digital Archival C-Print (Limited edition of 5 per size)
Photographer Haylee Anne, who travels between Atlanta and New York, was inspired at an early age by lush National Geographic landscapes. She photographs women and water, employing special processes, to enhance and support feminist and bodily dialogue.
Susan Klein • Peering Through, 2013
Oil on Panel
Charleston, South Carolina-based artist Susan Klein earned an M.F.A. in 2004 from the University of Oregon and a B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 2001. Her paintings combine elements from separate places and times into one image. Usually, she begins with a landscape painting, upon which she layers representations of architecture, nature, and urban materials, which coalesce into a dense visual obstacle course.
Emily Zuch • Garden of Boxes and Balls, 2011
Oil on paper
Brooklyn-based artist Emily Zuch received an M.F.A. from the New York Studio School in 2011 and a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. Zuch paints from installations she creates in her studio. The set-ups involve objects she makes, childhood toys or those she has recently acquired, and various other curiosities. There is an element of narrative in her work, and she is interested in imagery that connects to fantasy and folklore.
S.W. Dinge • Hit My Head on the Ice, 2014
Gouache and watercolor on canvas
Artist S.W. Dinge lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He is drawn to aged materials such as rusted metal, discolored newspaper, weathered wood, and other aged objects which are, along with acrylic paint, the foundation of his work.
Charlotte Lethbridge • Sorry I’m Late (Go Ahead Without Me), 2014
Oil on linen
Manhattan-based artist Charlotte Lethbridge studied painting at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2014, Lethbridge concentrated on a swimming pool series titled “Sorry I’m Late.” While pools evoke nostalgia of swimming lessons and suburban summers, left alone they have a compelling stillness. Absence is key component of the series.
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