Art

Bright Idea

Have I ever told you the story about this unusual art accessory? Well, if not…here goes. When David and I moved into our first apartment in Fort Worth, we decided to change out all of our light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent lights. Less energy, less heat, and lower electricity bills! But what to do...

Waiting Patiently

As I continue to arrange the contents of my life into our new home, it seems as though my artwork and wall decor are taking a back seat in the process. Of course, that makes sense…I can’t know for sure where each piece will reside until I have organized the furniture. So, they wait, patiently,...

Botanic Study

In my recent browsing I came across another lovely Etsy shop, Pretty Little World Vintage, that reminds me of Ms. Herrera’s Spring 2011 line…full of vintage elegance and classic beauty. I love the way Nikita styles her cheerful selection of botanic prints and vintage decor into charming vignettes. I would arrange her entire collection on...

Ambassadors of Style: Episode 1

I am so thrilled to announce the latest venture from Hilary Inspired…a new series of style interviews from a few of my favorite design experts…the “Ambassadors of Style”! In this series, I will have the chance to pick the brains of those individuals who are forging the path of excellent design and style and then...

Chihuly!

Not long ago, one of my readers (thanks for the comment Shaylyn!) commented on the inclusion of some Chihuly inspiration in my Hilary Inspired birthday post. (Sharp eye!) I mentioned my recent exposure to the glass artist during a visit to The Frist Museum in Nashville over the holidays…I was awe-struck by the exhibit! Then, just...

Perfect Mix

I love Etsy! It is a treasure trove of beautiful and unique works from artists and craftsmen around the world…all simply clicks away from my digital portal (aka the laptop). I can’t visit very often, otherwise, several hours later, I will find myself in the same spot still digging my way through more and more...

Jazz It Up!

By now, you are all probably aware of the fact that David and I enjoy supporting the local arts scene and expanding our experiences with music, dance, art and the like. Since our transition from Tennessee to Texas, we have been thrilled to discover a diverse and vibrant arts community in Fort Worth (how lucky...

Home as a Work of Art

I ran across this awesome shoot of Marie Olsson Nylander’s home last week and absolutely fell in love!! I can’t tell you much about Marie (because my source is an article written solely in Swedish and sadly my only current language is English 🙁 ) but I can tell you that she has a keen eye...

Step Inside

Wednesday’s post featuring Julianne Moore styled in the spirit of master pieces from the past century made me wonder about a similar interpretation of abstract art. What would it look like to jump “inside” a piece of contemporary artwork? Discovering the work of Kate Long Stevenson inspired this idea and shortly after Lyn Devon‘s classic...

Portrait of a Lady

Continuing with the theme of art and museums, although I’m not much of one for celebrity style or hollywood culture, when I saw THIS editorial that begins with a styled interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” (one of my all-time favorite artists) and “starring” Julianne Moore, I knew it couldn’t be bad....

A Day at the Museum

While visiting family for the holidays, David and I made a trip to The Frist museum in Nashville, TN with my parents and grandmother. It was a lovely day spent absorbing stunning works of art. (If you’re in the area, you have got to see the Chihuly exhibit!) For those of you that aren’t familiar,...

Hot Off the Press

Joyful holiday celebrations with dear friends and family…DONE. New Year’s resolution…DONE. Un-Goal list…also DONE! So what am I forgetting? Oh yes, of course. My yearly purchase that gives me something special to admire throughout the year as well as keep me on track throughout the week….my wall art calendar! This is something that I look...

My Friend the Modern Muse

I love blogging! And do you know why? Aside from the obvious thrill of self-publishing about a subject I happen to love (design of all sorts), I get the opportunity to connect with inspiring people from across the country! People like my new friend Michelle, who contacted me after learning that we both had something...

Fresh Angle

Architecture meets fashion design…that is exactly what I see in the young designs of Charles Youssef’s latest collection for the Fall/Winter season. The surprisingly mature decorative artist was recently featured HERE. The thrilling thing about design is that its all related! I find these pieces to offer just as much inspiration for interior and product design...

I Read My Magazine!…Rue Review

Shocker…I know. Who reads magazine articles anyway? Don’t we all just flip through the pages to capture the visual candy between the paragraphs? Not this gal apparently! After completing my article for Rue Magazine Issue 2, I became a tad more interested in the stories behind the spreads. So, at the earliest chance available after...

White Elephant…Part 2

I told you there would be more! By now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that White Elephant is a treasure trove of gorgeous antiques. Here is the last installment of my Antiquing After Dark photos: I am also a huge fan of the silver screen antics of Laurel and Hardy (a favorite watch...

White Elephant…After Dark

Whew! What a crazy last few days! Much apologies for my unannounced departure from daily posts. I will have some very exciting news that I can share with you next week…and it will help you understand my brief absence. But for now, you’ll have to wait in eager anticipation. Until then, let me fill you...

A Cote de l’Art

The work of Jacques Grange was unknown to me until a few hours ago yet in these past few hours, I have fallen completely in love with the individuality, grace, humor, intelligence, and sophistication of Monsieur Grange’s portfolio. Via a name I am much more familiar with, Todd Selby, I happened upon Grange’s stunning apartment...

Moon Impressions

Photography is a relatively new interest of mine. Ever since I purchased my Nikon D5000, I have taken up the hobby for blogging purposes and personal enjoyment. Now that I have had the chance to see things from behind the lens, I can appreciate the immense skill and incredible knowledge it takes to produce photography...

Mondrian Inspires…

…Balenciaga! The innovative French fashion house showcased a stunning collection of cubist style shoes for the current Fall 2010 collection that very clearly referenced artists and designers from the De Stijl movement such as Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld. Vibrant colors, geometric blocking, attention to proportion and shape relationships…it’s all there! Art and architecture expressed...

Why Don’t You…

…Learn to See the Silver Lining… Rain, rain GO AWAY! We know you’re an absolute necessity but our silly roof  is leaking again and you are the reason!…Promise you will only visit semi-regularly and in light spurts of misty showers….Ok, never mind, I understand your duties and will agree to be pleasant. (sigh) Although you...

Power of the “Picture”

Black and white photographs have always held a mysterious ability to evoke drama and intrigue in the viewer. I can’t explain why except that the desaturated colors seem to remove the audience from a sense of attainable reality.  Today’s interiors display some of the power & impact that well chosen black and white art can...

Deco City

    The Art Deco and Nouveau movements have long been favorites on my list of art and architectural periods. I love the layered use of pattern, classically inspired shapes, exotic textures, and relentless use of geometry. And its popularity amongst the decorative arts and fashion design make it all the more interesting to study....

Still Loving…

…Paul Smith! And the beautiful environment he chose to set his Spring 2011 collection to on the runway. I loved creating last week’s post about his work and have found myself referencing it in thought several times since then. In this case, it only makes sense that I share a few interior scenes that I...

Larger Than Life

This week has had an unintentionally underlying theme of design principles and craftsmanship. I can’t think of a better way to end that kind of a week than with a feature on the larger than life textile & costume designer, Nick Cave, who exemplifies all of the above. I am still learning about Nick’s design...