Jan 29, 2015

Artist Awesome: Satoshi Kawamoto, garden stylist, chalk artist

'Garden stylist'
'Chalk artist'.

Sounds utterly delightful, 
Got me "curiouser and curiouser", 
And I took a deep dive in...

Satoshi Kawamoto a botanical artist from Tokyo who conceptualizes and builds beautiful living worlds using plants, illustrations, and handwritten typography. He founded Green Fingersa lifestyle-oriented plant and design brand based in Japan.

His garden styling is far, far from neatly manicured lawns, trimmed hedges or a ton of flowering plants. 

And that's what draws me in... even though he works with potted plants, they seem to be out on their own, wild.
You see what I mean?

Are you bowled over yet? 
Here are pictures of the stores/cafes/homes he has styled. 




Here's Satoshi's instant industrial + botanical makeover of a lampshade... how cool's that!

If you too love the way his garden styling sounds, and if you ever visit NYC or Tokyo, don't miss out visiting his Green Fingers stores. I definitely won't! :-)

Satoshi's book "Decorating With Plants" also promises to be a treat, with ideas galore for all of you with a green thumb!

(All pictures are from the artist's website.)

Jan 22, 2015

Creating Gorgeous Gallery Walls

A tad late into the new year :-) 

Nevertheless here I am with a guest-post useful to anyone who's looking to spice up their walls or dress up a nook in their home... 

Modernize is a US-based firm giving homeowners all the inspiration to create their dream home. It also helps you connect with a professional who will make your dream home a reality.
 

The concept is interesting, and I am happy to have Jane Blanchard of Modernize talk to you readers with some fresh, interesting tips to work around a common idea... Creating Gorgeous Gallery Walls!

Over to Jane...
Visiting the local art gallery inspires you to create your own masterpiece, but where to begin is the question. If you're like many people, you have hundreds of photos saved in a computer somewhere or stacked in a storage box. Start sorting those favorite pictures and give them a chance to shine. Gorgeous gallery walls are possible when you adhere to a few loose rules.

Mix or Match?

Strike a chord with visitors using matched frames. This decorated living space uses the black frames to accent the leather couch below. White margins surrounding the photos give each image a visual punch as you walk in the room. You want to take a look at these photos because of their prominent role. Alternatively, try mismatched frames for a more eclectic look. Mixed frames are more appropriate for a casual living room with a bright color palette. Frames often complement unusual furniture in the room to bring all the elements together, for example

Pick the Right Wall

If you have a narrow hallway, don't hang your gallery where it could be struck down. Pick a wall that is prominent yet away from major traffic. This decorator chose a back wall in the living room for their gallery. As you enter the sitting area, you enjoy the pictures without ever needing to physically walk past them. You can always get up for a closer inspection, but it's not usually necessary because of the close proximity of the seating.

Go Big — or Go Small

This decorator has the right idea with a small gallery collection in the corner of this room. The display is simple and makes the space feel comfortable and quaint. It's a great example of a small gallery, but you can definitely go larger.

For those long hallways, try to cover most of the wall space with a big gallery. Each display type should match the room and available space. Trying to add two or three framed items to a huge wall with a vaulted ceiling doesn't have a cohesive look and can make the space feel unfinished.

Stick with a Theme

You don't want a hodgepodge of photos gracing the wall so choose your theme carefully. This room has a black-and-white theme, but you don't have to limit yourself to just color matching. Your theme could be a subject, such as flowers or horses. Stick to this theme to make the wall tell a story. Your guests will respond well to a themed wall rather than a collection of random thoughts across the space.

Change it Up

Once you create the gallery, you don't have to keep it as a permanent fixture. Art museums are constantly rearranging and adding new artwork. If you have a huge collection, swap out some pictures every season, for instance. This process refreshes the wall's appearance and encourages visitors to view the gallery again for all its changes. You want to be excited by the gallery to keep it updated as much as you like.

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Thanks for these pointers, Jane! 

So, bring out all those paintings, photos or posters which are lying rolled-up in your cupboards, and treat a wall or two in your home to a dramatic facelift!

(Click on the pictures to visit their sources)

Dec 29, 2014

Happy New Year folks, and a Roundup of (blog-year) 2014

Wish you a sparkling new year 
filled with positive, creative energy! 

Spread love and cheer as you go, 
and may your dreams have wings!


And Thank You, from the bottom of my heart, for hanging out with A Sunny Yellow Window every now 'n then. 
I promise to bring you the best of what my right-brain can conceive and curate in 2015 and the years to come :-)

Here's a round-up of 2014 with a few old posts you might still find relevant and useful:
An ode to the Leather and Fabric duo

And in case you are planning your travel to these places and need ideas on artisan visits:
A Bohemian Home Tour - a gem of a place to stay in Colombo

Signing off for the year,
ambika.

Dec 20, 2014

Designing a room around Artwork

Am pleased to share with you folks a challenge that I attempted, that was too good to resist, and one that I've not tried before. Picked three lovely paintings from Invaluable.com, and imagined a room around them.

Invaluable is an online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate sales. The live online bidding platform allows collectors to bid in real-time on auctions held around the world.

I devoured the site, and here are three pieces I loved for their colors, richness, and stillness in anticipation of beautiful movement.

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I dig huge paintings, and so my ideal size would be anything above 36inchx36inch each.
Striking and would definitely serve as conversation starters in any room!

Now how do I do justice to these works of art?
Let me take you through my idea. Imagine...
this dark color palette: Blue, green, black, grey, red. Let's assume there's this room blessed with loads of natural light streaming in through tall French windows facing a small green patch outdoors.
To start with, I'd bathe the walls in this lovely blue, and this exact texture:

Throw in one black Vicenza two-seater from Urban Ladder, and three of these armchairs from 1stdibs (three instead of two to create a more informal trio). 

This beautiful round grey rug in the center... a huge one

This Esquelet chandelier from Fenton & Fenton, again in a nuge grey in order not to take much attention away from the artwork...

Now for the corners:
A deep-brown tower-shelf, displaying pottery in shades of blue, green, jade like this one (I'm talking colors like these)
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with this tall buddy next to it


Would pump in some poufs in neutrals for that added texture

And a succulent group on the opposite corner to balance it out. I'd pick this Gilmore table from Urban Ladder and cover the tabletop entirely with succulents potted in silver cups and containers...
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Done! Now let's bring these ideas together:

This would create enough interesting points of interest in the room. If it were me, I'd be struck by these paintings first, my eyes would then dart around to take in the accent pieces and plants, and my attention would eventually come back to these huge, beautiful works of art! What do you say??

(Click on the pictures to go to their rightful sources)
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