Wrap It Up

il_570xN.1151928041_1pcjI’m always on the look out for unique, pretty gift wrap….as it’s always good to have some on hand. The packaging is such an important part of any gift. It telegraphs the thoughtfulness of the present before it’s even opened. And, it can elevate the simplest of gifts.

I stumbled upon these adorable prints by A Thing Created….you can guess which is my favorite. But, I think they are all worth adding to my gift wrap station!il_570xN.908473079_kn9r il_570xN.908691928_acpjil_570xN.1217651448_gn9w il_570xN.1209266313_ipc6il_570xN.1135929394_glb3Now, I just have to find the perfect gifts and wrap them up!

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Artist Spotlight – Wayne Pate

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You know when you keep seeing something or being drawn to something that it is a sign that it is “speaking to you”. Well…that’s the way I feel about the artwork of Wayne Pate.

Classical and whimsical at the same time, there is a Matisse-like vibe to his artwork that just pulls me in. Originally from Texas (you gotta love those Texans), he has lived in New York since the 1990’s, and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, fashion designer, Rebecca Taylor, and their 3 daughters.

Largely self taught, Pate begins his work in his sketchbook, concentrating on lines and imbuing his work with a sense of movement. A favorite of interior designers and collectors, you may have seen his work in Lonny, various galleries or One Kings Lane, which is where I picked up 2 of his pieces (Tulips and Garden Scene, No 1).Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.07.39 PM wayne_pate_studio_tour_painting Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.01.48 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.05 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.20 PM

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.03.18 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.36 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.03.52 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.56 PMRecently tapped to lend his take to the 2017 Tory Burch Resort collection….I think we may be seeing more of and more colloborations with Wayne Pate! He’s definitely one to watch!

Here’s to an artful week ahead!

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Friday Flowers – The Flower Guy

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 9.59.30 PMDid you happen to notice some Springtime blooms adorning the latest J.Crew catalog? I’m completely charmed by them and wanted to learn more.

Two years ago, Michael De Feo, aka @theflowerguy, decided to doctor a J. Crew ad at a bus stop in NYC and instagram it. He thought they would be upset. J.Crew regrammed it. And, then….they invited him to collaborate with them on their latest collection. Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.04.05 PMThe ad that started it all.Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.12.26 PMScreen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.12.41 PMScreen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.15.26 PMThumbScreen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.04.21 PM Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.05.01 PM

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.05.25 PMAnother lesson in following your heart, even when everyone else might think it’s crazy. Here’s to the artists…they see things where the rest of us don’t!

Wishing you flowers where you don’t expect them and a very happy weekend ahead!

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