I’ve been using Art.com as a source for specifying art for client projects and using on client concept boards to convey how art selections will fit into a room setting. I recently had the opportunity to experience a new app from Art.com: the SwitchArt app. A fun app that allows you to upload images (your pictures) to the app, select to be printed, & easily switch out with a magnetic backing for an ever changing art look.

The SwitchArt app from Art.comSwitchArt is the simplest way to change out prints, often and easily, in the same frame. Watch a tutorial here to see how it works. The great thing about SwitchArt is if you want a new look, simply peel off the print and replace it with a new one in seconds. No hammer required. No need to buy a new frame.

The new Art.com SwitchArt App makes things even easier and allows you to bring your photo stream straight to your walls. Simply download the app, buy a pack, and begin uploading personal photos from their camera roll, Instagram feed or Facebook page. Each pack includes a SwitchArt™ Magnetic Frame in the color and size of your choice, and a number of prints you select.

Art.com’s line up of mobile apps for art selection and ordering.

  

  

One tool that is a great feature on Art.com is the ability to view different frames and mat features for art pieces. I use this for client project selections and screenshot the images for my concept boards. It’s such a great way to incorporate the right look into a room design – or helpful for the consumer trying to select the best frame option.

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Incorporating art ideas and selections into a gallery wall concept board for a client.

Have fun playing on the Art.com website! And if you ever need design advice laying out a gallery wall with your selections from Art.com please feel free to contact me!





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Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, will bring its spectacular array of products, conference programming, and many show floor features — all for FREE — to Orlando, Florida this year. Taking place April 14 – 17, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center, registrants can check out over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world, refine their skills and and learn more at over 75 free specialized training and education sessions.

To get excited for this year’s show, Coverings has shared their top tile trends of 2015 to be on the lookout for at the show. Want to see it in person? We’re giving a way a free trip* to Coverings, including round-trip transportation and accommodations at the show. To win, share a photo on Twitter or Instagram of your favorite stone or tile inspiration with the hashtag #Coverings2015, and be sure to follow @MaterialGirls, @Coverings, and @CoveringsShow (Instagram) to qualify as a winner. (Contest is open until March 6th!)

Here are some of the latest trends to expect at this year’s show:

 

Once considered a more “retro” design, hexagons are now making a huge comeback, adding a unique element in designs modern to traditional. Hexagon tiles are available in sizes from small to large, with a 10-11” size among the most popular. You can find it in porcelain, ceramic, stone, and exteriors, as well as 3-dimensional and even paired with the other trends – including wood.

 

A suitable choice for both interior and exterior, wood porcelain has become very popular over the past few years. Seen as an attractive and easy-to-clean alternative to real wood, digital printing techniques have allowed the wood tiles to look as close to the real thing as possible. Manufacturers are now adding additional style and design by printing patterns on top of the “wood,” such as damasks and other bold prints.

 

 

The emergence of pop art-themed tiles has been quite prominent across design trade shows, including Cersaie 2014. These tiles are designed with bold colors and often incorporate the use of 3-D, a technique Alena has seen across many emerging trends. Artist collections are also hot, as Alena highlights collaborations with Keith Haring and inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein.

  •  ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of any one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older at time of entry. Current Coverings exhibitors are not eligible to enter.
• PRIZE: Giveaway includes round-trip transportation from anywhere in the continental U.S. to Orlando, Florida, as well as accommodations throughout the show (April 14-17, 2015, 3 nights, 4 days.) Transportation to not exceed $400.
• CONTEST PERIOD: You may enter the Contest between 12:00:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time (ET) on February 23, 2015 and 4:59:59 pm on March 6, 2015.
• TO ENTER: Share a photo of tile or stone that inspires you, and include the hashtag #Coverings2015, as well as follow the appropriate accounts: @MaterialGirls and @Coverings on Twitter, @CoveringsShow on Instagram.

Guidelines and Restrictions

• Submissions must be primarily in English
• All submissions must be received by 4:59:59 pm on March 6, 2015
• Each individual Entrant is allowed a total of one (1) submission
• Limit of one (1) Winner Prize per Entrant




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I like black. While I love color too, there is something about black being basic, classic, elegant, and perhaps a basis for a neutral. Plus when used in a specific way, can become high contrast. It stands out. It is, of course, all the colors mixed together.

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Come on in. Nothing like high gloss black doors.

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Black kitchen cabinets: Classic, timeless.

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Yet contemporary too.

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Black exterior siding on a house.

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Some black with white contrast and pops of color.

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Black + White = Simplistic + Minimalistic.

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Black furniture: vintage chic.

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This black bathtub is the epitome of luxe.

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I am sure this black matte refrigerator would be a conversation piece in any kitchen.

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Graphic tiles with black.

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Natural wood “almost black” cabinetry.

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Black becomes very masculine in this bathroom.

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Black framed glass shower doors: chic.

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Coveting these black sconces.

{All images via my Pinterest boards}





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Lauren Conrad’s chic and colorful Beverly Hills penthouse was recently featured in InStyle magazine. Pictured above Lauren sits in her home office on a punchy orange tufted sofa and an area rug seen on the floor made from recycled silk saris.

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Continuing with puncy colors is a custom rounded banquette in her breakfast nook complemented by an Eero Saarinen table.

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Her high ceiling living room with graphics and a black and white theme is remiscent of an airy New York loft, which she wanted the room to have a feel for.

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To add visual interest to the living room, she added moulding and brick veneer, then had it white washed to look more aged!

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Her dark mirrored bar includes a black laquered ceiling.

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The dining room table and chairs are vintage complemented by a contemporary light fixture.

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A classic looking kitchen in all white with open shelves for stacking white dishes.

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And the grand finale! Her dressing room closet: A full walk-in wardrobe.

All images via InStyle





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Supermodel Karlie Kloss shares her first NYC apartment, located in the West Village, on a quiet street just a few blocks from the Hudson River. She enlisted interior designer Nate Berkus to help her create the chic look go her very first home.

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The goal was to create a look that reflects her style, in relating to fashion, to mix and match the same way she does with clothes.

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One of her favorite spots, she says, is the kitchen – where she has a passion for baking cookies. I love the multi-level / stairs to kitchen with the paned glass and tiny dining banquette.

All images via Vogue.com





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Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the crisp whites, the pretty yet vibrant colors, and the trends: florals are showing up in both fashion and interiors. Here are some great finds in you’re thinking of incorporating a little flower power into your home or wardrobe.

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Floral Pillow via Etsy

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Monogrammed Plate via Layla Grayce

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Regina Andrews Mod Floral Accent Table

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Rose Knob from Anthropologie

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Floral skirt from JCrew

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Coveted Louboutins

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Poppy Day wallhanging by Alexander McQueen for The Rug Co





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Mixing It Up!

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 15, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Fashion, Trends

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In both interiors and fashion, sometimes it’s fun to break out of the norm and mix things up a bit, be it color or pattern or any mix of eclectic styles. These rooms evoke a balanced harmony despite a mix of colors and pattern – try mixing it up!

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{A bold graphic rug with a pattern toile bedding.}

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{A color combo seen in the area rug above.}

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{Mixing color: greens and greens, moss and emerald.}

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{All kinds of great color and pattern…and art.}

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{Mixing it up in fashion too, color and graphics.}

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{A mix of furnishings, area rug, and window treatment – creates a visual interest.}

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{A muted background with a splash of color.}

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{Adding an unexpected splash of color to an outfit.}

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{A shared girl’s bedroom with two distinct color and pattern palletes, that harmonize so well together.}

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{Bold colors that pair so well together.}

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{Even bolder.}

All images via Pinterest.





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Lamps Plus just released an online lookbook of their Color + Plus lighting collection (featuring a range of over 100 designer colors with custom-coordinated shades, bases, and finials). It was fun to be featured in the lookbook with several other designers, bloggers, and television personalities. To view the full lookbook, click here.

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My niece, Alyse, already has a favorite color: Purple! (And she’s just two year’s old, having been adamant about purple being her favorite color even before.) Coincidentally, I like purple too and my very first apartment was filled with purple accents (bedding, chairs, ottomans). So in honor of Alyse, here’s a little purple!

Deeply painted purple walls in this children’s playspace. {Image via Pinterest}

A purple lucite chair – just for kids. {Availabla via 5Rooms}

Putting the purple on the ceiling with wallpaper makes this closet ultra glam! {Image via Pinterest}

A high gloss painted built-in in a variant shade of purple. {Image via Pinterest}

I recently came across these purple leather trays. {Available here}

How fun is this purple outdoor cocktail chair and table set! {From Society Social}

Even purple carpet can be pretty! {Image via Pinterest}

Love this bathroom! And the lavendar wallpaper is a nice juxtapose! {Image via Pinterest}

Chic bedroom with purple upholstered walls! {Image via Pinterest, via Elle Decor}

Pretty purple painted accent wall in a dining room. {Image via Pinterest}

“Grapecicles” artwork featuring various shades of purple. {Available at ZGallerie}

A pretty entry in a soft shade of purple. {Image via Pinterest}

Taking purple from the ground up! {Image via Pinterest}

 A living room bathed in purple. {Image via Elle Decor}

And if you like purple enough – consider starting at the front door! {Image via Pinterest}

Whether you are two or twenty, thirty, forty – purple is a fun, eye-popping color!





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Color Blocking

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 12, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Art, Color, Design Inspiration, Fashion

{original artwork by Jen Ramos of Cocoa & Hearts and Made by Girl}

I was out shopping the other day with a friend, when we came across these Kate Spade handbags (below) and noticed the use of color blocking, a trend I have seen making a comeback in fashion. I think it makes an interesting use in architecture, art, interiors, and fashion!

Loving this Kate Spade handbag!

When I see color blocking, I always think of the artist Mondrian.

The work of artist Piet Mondrian.

And also the work of Le Corbusier, which I blogged about before here.

A feature in modern architecure.

A crossover into fashion.

The Fall 2011 LookBook on ShopBop.com features an entire collection dedicated to color blocking.

I had also seen this shirt at ZARA.

And these ballerina flats, too.

Now I miss my Color Theory class I took year’s ago in design school!

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