William Rankin McLure IV

I will be the first to admit that I am not in any shape and form an ART expert or connoisseur – but I do enjoy Art. I have learned to appreciate it more.

Now, my love and appreciation for art is sort of the same as with music genre – I am all over the place, I love so much – different styles, high and low, modern as well as classic.

With that said, thanks to that thing called – Instagram, I came across one artist that I truly enjoy following – so I thought I’d share it with you today. You might already be familiar with his work but in case not – let me introduce you to William.

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William, his full name is actually, William Rankin McLure IV. Sounds almost a little royal, right? He is a young guy, that apparently started showing signs of talent already in kindergarden – when the rest of us where messing around and painting princesses, I am sure he was already on to the more advanced stuff and his talent has just grown from there. He is based out of Alabama, and a part from his art, he also works with interior design.

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I would NOT mind getting my hands on one of his larger pieces, like this one above. Absolutely love this one! Obviously – so many right things about this pic’, the concrete floor, the cool modern black lamp and the color tones are just my kinda thing! William has a few different collections and styles, some with more color -but I am showing my picks and they tend to be the larger pieces and the one’s that go in the more neutral tones. The more calmer one’s are my favorite, since I am not that bold – I often chicken out when it comes to color or patterns.

Here is another series, if I may call it that – it includes more black accents and they have more drama in them, but with the right interior – cool pieces to add.

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And the fact that we share the same love for Weimaraner dogs – well, that just makes me like William more. Best of all, his beautiful dog goes perfectly with the paintings – the colors and tones he uses. I can just see how well a Weimaraner would fit in to my interior as well.

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LOVE everything about the image below – so right up my alley’.

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Here he is in person. To find out more and see more of his work, check out his Instagram – @William_mclure or  website 

All images – are from his website.

Sorry for EXTREME long blog pause, but I am drowning in that thing called work. Hope to have more time from now on – so I can show you all the new stuff happening with our darling summer place. Stay tuned for that.

Enjoy your weekend my friends & thank you for checking in to read my blog. Love it.

Hugs P

 

 

 

 

Art is an Art itself

A few days ago I did a post on how decorating with mirrors makes heads turn and creates special effects. Art in my opinion has the same effect. Today I thought I´d write down some ideas on different art styles.

First, a quick background on my own little “art collection”. I have always appreciated art and loved adding art to my walls. Never been a fancy art collector, or maybe I should say that the art I really love is just always above my budget. Instead I have had fun buying more affordable art and like many others I have followed whats “in-style”. However, over the years my taste has changed so now I am sort of going through what I have.

I own a mix of sketches, quotes, black & white prints, trendy maps, museum posters, inherited art, fun photographs and a few one of a kind oil paintings. In other words, “all over the place” when it comes to art. I have always enjoyed mixing art and styles but I feel more and more the desire to rinse and clean up my walls a bit, ad more quality than quantity or perhaps its just a matter of adding quality in my case. Maybe start to invest in the “large art pieces”, the more mature, “sophisticated” and less on the playful/trendy art. Does that make any sense?

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This is one of those “big pieces” found here that I find interesting and resembles nothing I have at home. Fits in her home perfectly. Not so sure it will necessarily go with my interior, but I still like it. By Willem Andersson.

After some time I try to move the art around in our house, place it in different rooms, all to create a change and something new. For example, as our girls have gotten older and left the “pink years” I have created fun art wall collections in their rooms with the black&white art/prints that has been hanging too long in other rooms. Some art that I see as trendy and seasonable I have moved from main rooms to hallways. In my opinion a good way to still keep the art alive. Other art I plan on bringing over to our summer house in Sweden.  Obviously, today’s post doesn´t focus on art for our summer place, I just have art in general on my mind. Its one of those days.

Who doesn´t love big oil paintings? The beauty when choosing real oil paintings is that they only exist in one edition. There is just that ONE! Its not like prints, that get reprinted X times. Oil paintings make it very personal. Just make sure it gets its space to shine!

Creating art collections on walls or on shelves is a smart way to gather left overs or place your favorite mix of art, books, objects and photos in one spot. You don’t need a big wall and its perfect for hallways or office. Painting the shelves in the same color as the wall is the way to go!

I certainly enjoy all old Therese Sennerholts prints I have, especially since not many people have them here in Seattle. They always get attention so they are extra fun to place in hallways and guest bathrooms.

These black and white prints and maps have been super popular in Scandinavia for years and I still like a few of them. My “Fruits de Mer” & maps are however sent off to coming summer home. Kept my NY edition here in Seattle though.

As you all know cool photographs have been in style for some time now and I have so much respect for good photography. Love it. My favorite in da house right now is my classic “Shaken not stirred” with Mr Bond himself! Goes perfect over the bar area. You can find this & more here.

Another site to look for fun photographs like the ones I have, is here

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I would love to get my hands on this “one big art piece” and hang on our wall. Made by Emma Bernhard, @Nordenhake Gallery. Below the art work in a home (via esny)

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I realize graffiti is something completely different and not for everyone, but I was introduced to this artist by my dear friend V, who lives in Amsterdam. She has impeccable taste and when you see how she added similar pieces by him in her townhouse and cool kitchen – you´ll understand! I don’t love all of his work but its picking that one or two unique pieces and placing it somewhere in the house which creates that cool unique  contrast. I will try to get her to guest blog and perhaps she can show you herself how it looks in her kitchen. To cool!

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Love this mix of modern Eero Saarinen table & chairs with the big old framed painting. It requires high ceiling, great stucco – its own wall and the white to go with that…oh mama!

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Another way of creating fun art is by framing for example your favorite scarf, a piece of fabric or it could just be some cool magazine covers you have laying around. We don´t all have a drawer full of Hermes scarves (like this image fr twwp). Art doesn’t have to be expensive. I have even framed and mixed my kids school art work into our walls & voilá  – it looks like a Picasso!

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Love how they hung this fashionable photo and how it accents the red in the room!

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Before I go, I need to show you this oldie but still fabolouse room and fantastic art.  Love all 3 but especially the one to the right! It took me a second to figure out that the middle painting was in the next room. Clever! Does anyone know where to get the one to the right, please do tell!

I could really go on & on about different art styles and artist I love but It would take for ever. As you can tell, I am all over the place when it comes to art and in some ways – I suppose it´s normal, or?  However, I feel its time to go through the pieces we have in our home (just as I do with my closet every now & then) to decide what to keep, sell and perhaps make a wish list -followed by a savings plan…

I promise to take pictures here once I am done doing with my rinsing an re-org of it all!

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs P

The secret is in the mix

Being a native Swede and from Scandinavia, design, trend and antiques is sort of in my DNA.  It just is. I blame /thank my parents for their interest and eye for antiques and details that was passed down to me and got me started on the hunt for treasures. In my beginning years my wallet size was limited so I scouted the thrift shops, flea markets (this was before online auctions existed) trying to find the hidden Picasso. Now, 25 years later I still obviously haven´t found the Picasso but a nice collection of furniture and things have found its way to our storage. I am excited to bring them all together to life.

As most Scandi´s I have gone through the minimalism design, the crispy white, the black & white, the Joseph Frank and of course the different shades of gray. The beauty now at my ++ age is the nice MIX of styles and furniture I can ad to our summer house.

Its become a mantra of mine, but mixing styles, antiques with modern, colors and materials that you perhaps would not think of pairing together “normally” makes things more interesting in my view, more relevant, unique and creates something totally new. Pick an antique furniture, a modern art piece – make it the focal point. The mix and match takes practice and time to get just right but as you can see in images below it works even better if you keep it simple. I am all for simplicity.

I´m extra excited to share today´s images, that show fabulous spaces where they in my opinion have nailed it, nailed the mix of styles. Yet keeping it simple & fresh. BRAVO!
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Images above Pinterest, all confirm you don´t need to over do it. Just a few things that stick out, very good pieces though!
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2 images above from Laserow Antiques, NY.  Simple and true Nordic beauty.

Now, Looove the 4 above – the old drawer, the desk with black accent/decor is just SPOT ON!
The old chair from Garbo Interiors, the rest Pinterest. Mama Mia – I want!

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Now this image I found at mynottinghill.blogspot and I totally agree with her, it shows a mature, intelligent mix and beauty. Just Fab!
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I could go on and on, show you image after image but Super Bowl is on now and I have to pretend to be a little interested and join everyone in the TV room. I just had to share this with you first!

Welcome to all my new followers, as always – I am honored!
Hugs P