XOKR – Kerri Rosenthal

img_0499Something new and exciting is happening in Westport, CT!

Award-winning artist (perhaps known best for her iconic Drippy Hearts)  and interior designer, Kerri Rosenthal, has recently opened Kerri Rosenthal, a flagship concept store which will serve as a working art studio, gallery space and curated shop of everything Kerri lives in, loves and swears by. As with most things, Kerri does….this isn’t your typical shop. The moment I walked in and saw the paint splattered floor you see above, I knew it was from her former art studio. That floor has been turned into a textile pattern that now graces chairs, pillows and more.

The shop will have 5 “concepts” each year. Now, you’ll find Holiday, which will be followed by Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, so the colors and the offerings in the shop will constantly be changing. Kerri has already designed the patterns for the upcoming seasons, so if you are looking for more color than what is in store right now, you can visit the website!  If you want to try something on apporval….take home a pillow, see if it works and if it does…she’ll have it ordered and to you in 2 weeks. Instant gratification!

Among the curated items you’ll find pieces from her new XO Bijoux collection, her favorite perfume, Clare Vivier clutches, her favorite candle, striped shirts by Kule and nubby knitted hats. A little bit of everything that she loves! 64a60a_50db42396ace42cd9d6759e0324b1cac-mv2_d_5520_3680_s_4_2img_0524img_0500 img_0505 img_0506 img_0507img_0523 img_0509 img_0511 img_0513 img_0514 img_0515 img_0516 img_0517 img_0522 img_0530 img_0533 img_0535 img_0537The website contains much of her collection, but the best way to really understand the creative energy of Kerri’s new concept is to visit in person. This weekend she’s hosting her debut of Holiday 2016, so I encourage you to stop by this Saturday!screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-10-07-55-pmThere are a lot of original and special shops out there, but I really can’t recall anything that was so vividly reflective of it’s creator. I’m so excited that the shop will be evolving with each concept…giving me the perfect excuse to go again….and again!

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Artist Spotlight – Casey Matthews

0eb778708c6b56e1f2452d93a8a921c5The artwork of Casey Matthews has always spoken to me. I love her approach with mixed media and the energy that her paintings exude. A Texas native (that might have a little bit to do with my attraction) now resides in Florida and I’m sure the beauty and light influence her work.

Casey says of her painting, “My intention is to create layers of information through my technique, and combine the bold structure of graphic design and pattern with spontaneous painting; leading your mind’s eye on an aesthetic journey through the process of emotion and contradiction.” I couldn’t say it better.3b761402885c53b3449612c37c97b5b6 4e9741810ba99d2b00d1400c4a840ebb 83e3965853d8cbc4482b6b6aff08c0f0 673ba1c363d49058580874483badd1c7 240622751f3f81fcbb6747e86147eae8 a2e371d39678b0c176cbd9643e6630a2 b2386fc423baf143c698e75a88e3e6c8 d762c38e3ed3e5dd2f75b29fce898082 de82c8fff72b9c7b350069e637804c62

I just love the journey that my mind’s eye takes when looking at Casey’s work. I’m drawn in and then I want to step back and take it all in.

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Art Show Pop Up: Wizzie Broach

If there is anything this long, cold, gray winter has taught me, it’s the need we all have for color. The difference between a cloudy sky and one that is bright blue, regardless of the temperature, can make a difference in your attitude, your mood, your feelings and your energy.
So, today, I am treating you to a mid winter Pop Up Gallery Show! All of these established and emerging contemporary artists are represented by art consultant and interior designer, Wizzie Broach of Norfolk, VA. 

As art goes, there is a color, size and a price for every collector!!! Some of the paintings above are under $500! So, grab your coffee or tea and take a virtual stroll through the gallery and see if anything catches your eye or speaks to your heart!

What color makes you happy?