Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn's Romance with Purple.

Plum Pretty!
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt ...
Decorating Idea with Teal and Purple
Casual style can be yours with a coat of Benjamin Moore paint, romantic dried flower arrangements, a white garden stool, purple throw and original artwork. In this relaxed and refined living room, designer Jim Howard chose to paint the walls an azure blue and used two coats of clear high-gloss varnish. White trim and rope-backed chair keep the room relaxed. Walls are Benjamin Moore's Shenendoah. The rope-backed Orkney Island chair from Phoebe Howard who has a personal shopper interior design blog. Touches of phlox purple are in the flowers, artwork. and cashmere throw. The photo originally appeared in House Beautiful

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Original Artwork 
Fall Purple
Size: 22x29.5" watercolor on Arches paper
Nature appears nearly abstract when simplified as a color field painting. Original mixed media collage tree art depicts an abstract landscape with bare trees in a forest. In the distance the sky is a light orchid, with a golden band of sunshine beneath. The mountains and the deep forest beyond make the next band that ranges from deep teal to phlox purple.The collage elements are torn pieces of painted pieces of sheet music. The painted piano sheet music represents the bark of trees. This stunning large wall art will look great with many decorating schemes. Dominant colors in this artwork are lavender, phlox purple, lilac, teal and a band of golden yellow. The idea of creating color fields with trees in front were inspired by the oil paintings of Wolf Kahn. This painting is done entirely in watercolor including the collage pieces which are tinted with watercolor. Buy this artwork online from etsy.
Detail of Tree Art with Yellow Sunset
Mixed Media Collage has Plum and Cedar
White Ceramic Garden Stool
Garden Stool by Lush Lemonade Stand
Hand painted ceramic garden stools are timeless and look great inside the home as a side table or stool.  Lush Lemonade Stand has a number of these stools in various colors as well, and  can also paint them to order.The price is very budget friendly.

Romantic Flower Arrangement
Flower arrangement by Hopeless Romantic
Add a romantic, soft colored, arrangement to your home decor. This one is just right for the bedside table, foyer, coffee table etc. The container is a pretty aged ceramic in a neutral color. Get two to flank a mantelpiece as shown in the decorating inspiration.
Hand Knitted Throw by MimosaWorks

Lilac Throw
Cuddle up with this large shawl and throw over a chair for style and comfort as autumn turns cooler.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Scarsdale Village Halloween Style

The City of Pumpkins
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Scarsdale Village Original Watercolor Painting
The town came alive on Sunday with children painting store windows with washable paint. High school art clubs sold baked good and painted pumpkins. Children lined up to parade around the streets in their costumes and then eat donuts in the park.

This original watercolor landscape painting features a street scene of Scarsdale, New York. The village's distinctive architecture is represented by the tudor buildings at Boniface Circle. Beautiful pink impatiens are in bloom next to a bench where shoppers take a break to gossip. The cityscape artwork is painted with archival quality watercolor paper using highest quality watercolor paints and signed by the artist.

Scarsdale Village Fine Art Print for Sale
This fine art print from a watercolor painting also features a street scene of Scarsdale. A patriotic flag flies high in the blue sky. The town had a fundraiser where artists painted chickens and one is still on display under the flag pole. 









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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Painting cats on a Lazy Sunday Afternoon...

Who ever said cats hate water?
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt


original Tuxedo Cat Art
This watercolor painting is of my black and white tuxedo cat Ebony who we adopted from an animal rescue shelter. This kitten is fascinated with running water so here she is perched on the edge of my bubble bath watching my red painted toes. She likes to dip her paws in the water and the soap bubbles. When I am done she splashes in the last two inches of draining water and then lies down for a nap in the warm cast iron tub. This painting would make a fantastic present for the cat lover in your life. If that cat lover is you, then you will love owning this original artwork.
 You can buy this work online in my etsy store: Cat Art

Detail of Cat Painting
Detail of Red Painted Toes in Watercolor Painting

I love cats and all their funny faces, don't you?
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Home is where the Art is

A Home doesn't have heART without the ART
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Completed House Painting from Photo
A few days ago I talked about how the most popular holiday gift so far this year has been the house portrait. In this blog post I want to take you behind the scenes from start to finish to show you how I create my house portraits.

The first step always starts with the love of a house. In this case, a couple just purchased a new home together. Obviously, the husband takes as much pride in this home and knows he will also be able to share the joy of the house portrait he plans to give his wife. While she is away on business, he secretly takes some snapshots of the home. I was impressed that this husband started his holiday shopping way before Halloween ( I hope my husband is reading this!)

Reference Photograph for House Portrait
He sent me this snapshot as well as two other angles and also a photos of their two small dogs. Normally, I recommend that the pets be a separate portrait but I thought they would look just right nestled at the stoop. I love the flag in the front of the home,. the pumpkins and the blooming hydrangeas. I suggest to my client that we add more flowers to the front of the home which he loves.

Initial Drawing for Custom Portrait

The next step is I have to carefully reproduce a line drawing of the house and our discussed modifications onto the watercolor paper. Since my collector knows he wants the name of the street on the bottom of the painting I add this now in pencil just to make sure I get the spelling right. Then I scan my drawing and email the client for his review. He likes the addition of the dogs and the daffodils but is a little concerned about the sides looking sparse, but I know once the paint goes in everything will be as he imagined so I am good to go.

The whole painting comes to life in watercolor. When I m done I send a scan again for him to review. Just one small request is to darken one of the two dogs. I send him a revised scan of that detail and get the package ready for shipment. For portrait I prefer to include a mat as this adds to the visual presentation. I wrap the painting in an acetate sleeve with my business card slipped in the back. Then I create a box that is the right size for the matted painting. I don't want anything too large so the painting doesn't have room to bang around inside the box. Whew! That was a lot of work, but this painting will be a part of their home for many years and a treasured heirloom for their children and children's children.

Detail showing charming dogs on stoop.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Decorating a Dark, Moody and Sensual Bedroom

Mahogany Forest
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

decorating Idea using Mixed Media Art

Moises Esquenazi designed a little L.A. house with a lot of California cool. This bedroom was featured in House Beautiful. You can mix high and low end design resources to copy the look yourself for your own space. I decided my new exuberant mixed media tree art was perfect for the rich colors of this bedroom although it will also complement many decors. I was also able to find many similar home decor items on etsy such as the hot pink shams, plum shams and pink ikat pillows. Etsy seller Rogers Brothers can make you a similar upholstered headboard. Curtains, a lavender throw, cedar stools and an abstract oil painting finish the room. Not shown in the picture, is a blue dresser on the opposite wall.

Get the look: The master bedroom is dark and cozy, with walls painted in Farrow Ball Mahogany No. 36. Interior designer Moises Esquenazi designed the mohair velvet headboard; curtains are Donghia's Uma Black Print. Leather Saigon stools are from Bourgeois Bohème. Moroccan rug from Mosaik.


Scanned Close Up of Tree Art

Artwork: Original mixed media collage tree art depicts an abstract landscape with bare trees in a forest lit up by the exuberant red and magenta leaves of autumn.

Watercolor Painting with Framing Idea
Detail of Tree Art



This stunning large wall art will look great with many decorating schemes. Dominant colors in this artwork are teal, turquoise, orange, red and burnt sienna. The color fields with trees in front were inspired by the oil paintings of Wolf Kahn. This painting is done entirely in watercolor including the collage pieces.
 


The collage elements are torn pieces of painted pieces of sheet music. The painted piano sheet music represents the bark of birch trees .




 
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Decorating with Masculine Burnt Sienna...

Fall Classic.
by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt
Decorator: Steven Gambrel artwork: Schulman
Taking orange in a more masculine direction, Burnt Sienna serves as the standard, fall classic. Accent pieces for the home such as pillows in this warm orange are a must or go really bold and paint your whole house in it.Pantone predicts this is a hot color for men for home and fashion. A close cousin to persimmon orange, this color is more muted.

In this room decorated by Steven Gambrel, the colors range from burnt sienna to coffee. The lamps are vintage and the carpet is from Carini Lang. Buy the mixed media artwork online from my etsy shop. The birch trees are created with piano sheet music and vibrant colors are executed in glorious watercolor.
Sonatina Forest, Mixed Media Watercolor

BENJAMIN MOORE WARM SIENNA
Paula Perlini recommends using burnt sienna in the kitchen. "Might as well make it cozy. Everybody comes in anyway, you can't beat them out with a spoon. Plates would look great on the wall against this warm cayenne, and I'd do teak countertops and cork on the floor — very soft and warm to bare feet." 
  
FARROW & BALL MENAGERIE
Some designers draw color inspiration from their travels. New York interior decorator Susan Zises Green says "We were driving in the countryside outside of Delhi very early in the morning and saw all these women out in the fields in their exquisite saris, in every shade from yellow to gold to this luscious melony terra-cotta. I can still see the material wafting in the breeze."

@etsy finds in burnt sienna
mentioned in this article:@benjamin_moore, @pantonetrends, @farrowandball, @schulmanart

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Muted Greens and Warm Tones of Gray

Green + Beige = Greige 

by Miriam Schulman



Bedroom decor | Greige | Green | Grey | Read more on http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2011/10/muted-greens-and-warm-tones-of-gray.html
Dreamy Decorating Scheme with Dragonfly Art


















Turning Green

Many Interior designers often praise how easy it is to be green with dreamy shades of greige. In this month's Traditional Home, Lee Jofa's creative director Stephen Elrod explains that greenish gray works well in homes because its extremely versatile scheme can be expressed in setting casual or formal, modern or traditional, quiet or bold, urban or county.

Top 4 shades of greige are...



greige | green paint colors | brown paint colors | Discover some reasons to paint your walls greige at http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2011/10/muted-greens-and-warm-tones-of-gray.html
Sweet Caroline: "...Da-da-dah. Bet you're already singing the old Neil Diamond song. I'm a Southern guy, and it takes me back to summer days in the convertible with the radio playing. Cute name, but it's a sophisticated color — a crisp, pale green with a gray undertone. It makes everything else in the room come alive." David Mitchell Benjamin Moore



greige | green paint colors | brown paint colors | Discover some reasons to paint your walls greige at http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2011/10/muted-greens-and-warm-tones-of-gray.html
Vert De Terre: "The all-time best is Vert de Terre, which is just the right mix of green and gray. Earthy, yet elegant. It reminds me of a wonderful old potting shed or the 18th-century boiserie in some amazing Parisian town house that you've always wanted to sneak inside to see. It's also one of the only greens that looks equally good in bright sun or candlelight." Timothy Corrigan Farrow & Ball

greige | green paint colors | brown paint colors | Discover some reasons to paint your walls greige at http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2011/10/muted-greens-and-warm-tones-of-gray.html

Creekside Green: "Green is a soothing color. Traditionally, it's associated with healing. This is a sage green that stays muted, even with the sun on it. It makes me feel relaxed. It's not a color that is shouting to be noticed. It's calm and comfortable." Amelia T. Handegan Benjamin Moore


greige | green paint colors | brown paint colors | Discover some reasons to paint your walls greige at http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2011/10/muted-greens-and-warm-tones-of-gray.html
Aganthus Green: "This soft green has a wonderful mossy quality. It feels like a cool walk through a deeply shaded woods. I like the way it grounds a room. Anything looks good against it — blues, reds, corals, browns. How can you do better than a color found in nature?" Phoebe Howard Benjamin Moore

Where would you try greige paint in your home?


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shades of Jade

Decorating Ideas for Jade Green
by Miriam Schulman

Mixed Media Art by Miriam Schulman
Resting somewhere on the color spectrum between deep teal and cedar green is jade green.  As green has always been one of  my favorite colors in any shade, I used a relaxing and peaceful decorating scheme in my own living room. A dramatic large framed abstract tree painting hangs over a sea foam green couch with jade green and gold pillows. The walls are painted a soft ivory. A jade green glass bowl which was a find from Home Goods serves as the centerpiece of the coffee table. The artwork has bold jade green grass and the trees are made of a collage of sheet music that appear as the bark on birch trees from far away but you can see the piano sheet music as you draw closer. The artwork is available for sale from my website. The price on the website includes the frame as pictured, and is also available unframed for a lower price.

Silken Pine by Benjamin Moore
Elissa Cullman of the decorating duo Cullman and Travis says "Pale green is a kind of universal donor. Even our most beige clients seem to respond well to green, probably because it's a color we see so much in nature. This is a soft, celadony green, like a piece of the palest jade. I'll often use it in a master bedroom."
Oyster Bay by Ralph Lauren Paint

In my post about decorating with persimmon orange, a decorator suggested painting one side of glass to use as a table topper. Jade green is another strong color that also works on the back of glass for a jewel tone special effect. As Peter Dunham suggests "Take this incredible turquoisey blue-green, like you'd see on a cloisonné vase, and paint it on the reverse side of glass. Then use it as a tabletop. You have the effect of color, once removed — even the most color-phobic will usually go for it. And it looks so glossy and deep. Absolutely ravishing."

Check out these other etsy find in shades of jade...



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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mid-Century Modern Color Makes a Comeback.

Persimmon Orange
by Miriam Schulman


Thirty-Six Circles available unframed or framed
Persimmon orange is popping up everywhere. This mid-century color is making a comeback but unlike Brady Bunch orange, the modern take on this reddish zesty hues is lighter and more sophisticated than its ancestor.Persimmon is a color that is dominating the season for its warmth and jovial take on the traditional orange. A mix between red and orange, Persimmon gives inhabited spaces that “something extra,” or jolt of energy. I love the way it looks fresh and youthful on sofas, and bed linens. This color looks great with all the other colors in the fall 2011 Pantone trend report from cadet and quarry blue to phlox purple. Look left at the unexpected mix of orange with a plummy throw. The abstract circle painting jazzes up the room with shimmering metallic tones.

Abstract Teal and Orange Koi Fish Painting
In a bedroom, a painting of koi fish is executed with deep teal tones. The painting looks fabulous over a bed with light persimmon orange bed linens.

Persimmons Sofa only $633!
You can get this look at home with an affordable sofa from AtHomeUSA  and add pillows by etsy sellers pictured in the featured treasury. The orange pillows look equally fantastic on gray sofas too which is a great way to start with a neutral basic and change the accessories each season.


Orange is liquid happiness!
Benjamin Moore, Electric Orange
Ken Fulk in House Beautiful 2011 October issue has an exciting idea for incorporating orange into your home without major changes. He says, "Orange is a bold, sophisticated, unapologetic, classic and fresh. After years of trashing a terribly expensive Robsjohn-Gibbings dining table, I decided to cover the top in a piece of glass, reverse painted in orange. I now dine on liquid happiness. I'm convinced I have an entire orange dining room in my future, complete with a chocolate-glazed ceiling and zebra print rug"


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