Kerri Rosenthal – Give Away!

IMG_0029-1I first met award-winning artist, Kerri Rosenthal, in 2011. At that time she was painting and painting and painting! She was on something of a creative roll and I could sense something special happening. You can read my first article on her here. A lot has happened in the ensuing years. Kerri continued to evolve her craft and her art began to reflect new styles, new subjects and to include photography (her new Le Biblioteque series is one I love), as well as interior design.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.50.22 PMHer work had always been admired and used by interior designers, so it was no surprise that her art began appearing in At Home, Domino, Luxe Interiors & Design, CTC&G and Traditional Home. Her “Drippy Heart” is a favorite of many and went stratospheric when it appeared on the walls of Amanda Nisbet’s office in Domino Magazine.thumb_KR.Domino_1024Fast forward a few years.

Kerri evolved from an artist into a full blown brand. Last year, Kerri knew the time was right and opened her namesake Concept Shop in Westport, CT where she extended her original art into a home and lifestyle collection, XOKR. She has already released 40 designs that she incorporated into fabric, wallpaper and an exclusive line of furnishings.

But, that’s not all! In addition to Kerri’s own XOKR designs, she has curated items from her favorite brands, so that you are walking into a shop of her “favorite things”. Lines that you’ll find include: Clare V, Kule Stripes, Figure Love, Current Elliot, Ace + Jig, Jess Brown Design, and her own XOKR Bijoux collection.

Everything is blended into a visual color package. Stacks of stylish books are mixed with art, jewelry, clothing and home accessories which create a serious style vibe that you might find in St Barths or Venice Beach’s Abbott Kinney. It’s everything you never knew you needed, but don’t want to live without. And, if you find that you want/need more….Kerri has a team dedicated to bringing this vibe into your home through her interior design firm, Space + CO.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.57.36 PMxokrIMG_0093IMG_0559HEART BRACELET_02 (GOLD_SILVER)IMG_0507-1024x768 IMG_0524-e1478051367255-768x1024 IMG_0129Even more important….it’s a happy place. A place you want to visit often, as I do! (You can read a post I did in on her shop here.) With each new collection, Kerri hosts a Pop Up event, creating a party atmostphere and one where fun and art collide. You can visit the Concept Shop at 10 Sconset Square in Westport, CT!IMG_0674But, today is a celebration of our shared love of tulips! And, one lucky reader will win 1 Tulip Nouveau pillow (100% linen and cotton blend, down filled with white linen backing), pictured below. The give away is actually happening on Instagram (@prettypink2lips) and will run from today through 10pm Sunday, May 7th. Winner will be announced on the blog and Instagram on Monday, May 8th!IMG_0030TULIPS NOUVEAU PILLOWScreen Shot 2017-05-02 at 9.38.58 PM

IMG_0618It has been my great joy and honor to watch Kerri soar with creativity and boundless energy, as she inspires me not only with her art but with her vision of creating a beautiful and meaningful life for herself and others!

Visit her in Westport or on her webite! And, visit often, as Kerri and her shop are constantly evolving!

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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

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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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