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Let It Be

1 Feb

Today I wanted to share how creating custom art from an existing piece is easy and affordable. I have worked with artist Chris Judy on commissioned pieces as well as recreations of his existing works.  You can see more details on his latest commissioned piece for one of my clients HERE & HERE.

Let It Be is one of my absolute favorite pieces from  Chris’ collection and it also happens to be the one most of my clients gravitate towards too.  Most of my clients are not looking to make an investment in commissioned art  but I think I have found a way to fill their need for “custom art” without breaking the budget. Chris is able to take a piece from existing collection, digitally change the colors and create a piece that is custom for the client. Each piece can be printed on canvas or archival paper and the sizes are made to fit the specified space.

Here is the original Let It Be

Here is the first custom piece we worked on. The client wanted to bring in a warm turquoise with pops of plum and lime green.

And a few images of it in the actually room it was customized for.

I am working on another bedroom in need of oversized art and turned to Chris for options. This guest bedroom has oversized furniture  and the teal, gold and ivory bedding look beautiful with the Venetian plaster and warm wood touches.  The room’s only blank wall is in need of a piece with rich color, bold scale and a contemporary feel.  We once again decided to work with Let It Be.

Here is the final draft, I can’t wait to see what my client thinks of the custom look.

My Style Formula…Via Sketch 42

6 Dec

Nicole from Sketch 42 is a freelance writer and amazing artist in NYC.   I first met Nicole on twitter and immediately fell in love with her pieces!  This one is my favorites…..

I have enjoyed seeing the posts about her apartment….can you say STUNNING!! It’s very Elle Decor and the fact that she rocks Kelly Wearstler has me sold!  Her use of bold graphics paired with the black & white color palette are gorgeous and ready for a super chic cocktail party!!!  The cornice board in the master reminds of me of a living room project I recently finished. The crisp white piece works beautifully with the black walls too.

Nicole describes her style formula as..classic masculine + bold neutrals+ a heavy dose of black + mixed metal hardware+ little bit of glam.  See her post HERE.

NOW IT IS TIME FOR ME TO REVEAL MY STYLE FORMULA.

Since I am no longer a single lady and have to consider my sweet hubby in MOST of our home’s design decisions, my style has changed quite a bit.  I actually love that my style formula has evolved into the Rustic Glam style that we live with now.  I have always loved a dash of  masculine touches in a space to balance out the girly glam I tend to gravitate towards.

My Rustic Glam style formula has two major parts.

The first part, Kelly Wearstler.  Pulling inspiration from her graphic rugs and bold accent pieces are elements that we can both agree on in our home.

The second part , Martyn Lawerence-Bullard.  Masculine elements such as natural stone, wood and leather are the perfect way to bring in the rustic element of the formula.

By adding a few elements of Tobi Fairly’s modern traditional flair, we can have a few classic pieces with great modern fabrics and colors.

It’s easy for me to add touch of glam,  Woodson & Rummerfield’s “High Style” is the perfect way to keep our home chic.

There you have it!  The Fenimore’s Style formula….let’s call it  Masculine Chic + Classic Comfort + touches of glam + natural elements + pops of bold graphic patterns = Rustic Glam!

You work on commission right?

26 Oct

Commissioned art  has been my latest obsession.  I have been working on a client’s home and we needed pieces that were contemporary and custom in size. We needed to specify the color, movement and texture of the piece for the space and were not finding anything that was perfect for the space.  My go to guy? That would be Dallas Contemporary artist Chris Judy.  Over the past few months I have been stopping by Chris’ studio to see the progress of these 5’x7′ beauties and the process has been fascinating.  I hope to add these lovelies to the Shop very soon!

I left Chris with fabric swatches from the project after discussing the likes and dislikes of contemporary art with my client. These two were created as a pair and will hang above the most amazing Ebanista buffet pieces!   Here are the pieces just before Chris puts the final touches on them.  They are being photographed this week and will be on their way to their new home soon.  I promise to share pictures once they have been framed and installed in the main entry!

Now for the details.  Chris’ use of metal & wax layered over the many levels of light and  texture are gorgeous.  Here is a close up of the metal drops.

Home Away From Home: First Impressions

20 Oct

Amanda contacted me for help with her newly updated entry and was ready for a major change.  After replacing the worn out carpet with espresso stained maple hardwoods, adding crown moulding and updating the paint she had no idea what to do next. She said the “boxy” entry felt cold and she was ready to add pieces that would make a “wow” first impression. She was ready to bring in statement pieces and go chic!

Since Amanda send me pieces from Shop Ten 25 as inspiration and requested our “home away from home” online design service, she will receive a discount on any purchase she makes from the shop!

So, here is what I have come up with! A space that is classy, chic and full of statement pieces! I’m in love…

Here are a few of the requests that Amanda gave me for the space and the breakdown of the pieces:

* “I’m open to a console table, but really have my heart set on a large piece that can also be used as storage.”

This espresso lacquer and mirrored buffet piece is from World’s Away. It brings in the sophistication and chic feel that Amanda was wanting. We have also resolved the storage concern that she has. This AVA buffet will be the perfect place for anything that Amanda needs to tuck away.

* ” I am open to bringing in art as long as it’s something bright and abstract. I’m really not a landscape / floral type of girl”

Silver Lining from artist Chris Judy is simply stunning and the colors will give us plenty of options when selecting the accessories!  With four sizes to select from, Amanda can work with the scale that fits best in the entry. I  have suggested the 36″x54″ on canvas and if framing the print is not a priority, it will be gorgeous just stretched.

* “As for the walls in the entry, I really really really want to bring in a wallpaper. Something with a pattern but simple, I don’t want to spend money on something that won’t look good if I change things up down the road.”

Simple, classic and something that works with everything……can you say Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis in Alabaster?! This classic pattern is perfect for Amanda’s entry! The warm alabaster color will compliment the new hardwoods and create movement without overpowering the room.

” I know I’ve asked you to help me with the entry but the dining room is just off of this space. Would you be able to suggest a basic dining chair that will blend with my entry? I plan to place the extra dining chairs by the entry console piece, it’s a look that I have been wanting for a while now.”

Amanda did include pictures of her dining room to help me with the selection of the dining chairs. These ivory leather Marilyn chairs work perfectly with the the pieces in the entry and finding a dining table to compliment these beauties will be easy!

I also love these Trina Turk Shanghai pillows in black and ivory too! They bring in a little pattern without creating a graphic over kill!

* “I must have a starburst mirror! I love them and really want to bring one into the space.”

Check!  How about two of them in a warm iron finish to frame out that stunning piece of art?!  I love the way they look over the dining chairs too, very chic!

*”As for accessories, I am really open to anything. I must say, I have been obsessing over the two ceramic parrots at Shop Ten 25…hint hint!”

Now we need a little bit of color to tie in with the painting, I love these Paulette lamps from Arteriors Home!

The finishing touch, the two white ceramic parrots!

Know what you want but not quite sure how to pull it all together? Let our home away from home online design services inspire you to finish your room!  We are adding our home away from home services to Shop Ten 25 very soon! Any online design services will receive a private discount code to use on all purchase from Shop Ten 25!!

Where can I get that…

12 Oct

Today’s post was inspired by the many phone calls & emails about the feature in the Dallas Morning News this past weekend.  The font image in the article is of our sitting room and received the most “where can I get the…?”. So I decided to share the details of our sitting room.

We living in a 1950’s ranch style home with a rectangular room as the entry. We really don’t use the sitting room but I knew I wanted it to be stunning at first sight. We do have dogs but this ivory velvet should be okay since it’s not the main sitting area in the house.

My favorite part of this room? The custom sofa of course! We will be adding a custom version to Shop Ten 25 soon!  The piece can be custom made to fit your space and you only have to wait 3-4 weeks!

Some of the items are no longer available…boo.

This area had to compliment the adjacent formal dining room without looking matchy-matchy.

 

Sofa: Custom / Average Cost $2500 Ivory embossed croc velvet with circle nailhead pattern along the front.

Accent Chairs: Pre-Marriage / Find similar style here

Art: Chris Judy’s Stairway to Heaven 48″x60″ archival paper / here

 

Accent Tables: Left/ Zgallerie (no longer available)  Right/ Arteriors Home (one of a kind) I fell in love with the rustic iron finish and bring in the circles to compliment the sofa made this piece perfect.

Pillows: Kelly Wearstler’s Fern Tree with velvet backs (Look for them in the SHOP next week!)

Mirrored Accent Tables: West Elm’s  Faceted Side Tables.  You know I have to get in my mirrored furniture.

Accessories:  Left/ Allie & Arlo Glass Decanters, they bring in just a tiny bit of color and don’t over crowd the small end table.    Right/ Barbara Barry Luxe Organizer. This piece keeps the space modern and chic.

Table Lamps: Global Views Banister Lamps / No loner available. These lamps are huge and were the perfect scale for this room. I snagged them on clearance a few months ago!

All Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography