Living Art

Living Art
A Green Wall

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Home Staging for Selling or Staying!"




Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Living Art - Baltimore's "Green Wall"

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It's March and Spring is in the air -- well it should be at least. The snow keeps falling outside, and it is hard to look ahead to warmer weather and design possibilities. We have all become indoor people, we spend on average about 90% or our time inside buildings (home or work) or cars- especially in the winter. It is well known that when we interact with nature, we are happier and healthier. Nature is so important to us, but we tend to spend the bulk of our time in the built environment.

I was in downtown Baltimore this past weekend and came across this Green Wall. It is a piece of Living Art that is also acting as advertising for the building. It was really something unexpected, something alive in a concrete environment. I did some research and this wall consists of different plants such as ferns, sedium, carex variegated, and heuchera. The wall will change with the seasons as some plants will change color in the winter or bloom in the spring.

This Living Art installation is an example of Biophilic design. Biophilic design seeks to connect our inherent need to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment. The emphasis is on intentional features that come from nature, so it goes beyond having a park or plants. It is incorporating nature into design so that the end result is seamless. This built environment meets the natural environment in a harmonious fashion.

It is really easy to take the concept of the green wall in Baltimore and incorporate it into your space. You can easily create living art by using certain plants in a vertical installation.

Framed Moss Art:   In the first picture, the main plant used is moss. Moss grows in clumps or mats making it perfect to be used as art. The moss is paired with some ferns, giving a bit of different texture. Moss can be found in several different shades of green, as well as a variety of textures. Using different types creates a visually interesting piece.

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Moss Graffiti:  Graffiti is often associated with negative images related to property damage, however moss graffiti is eco-friendly street art. Artists use bio-degradable ingredients to write messages, create art or enhance architecture.



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Succulent Picture Frame:  The variety of shapes, sizes, texture and color in succulents make them the perfect for the creative individual. These plants also grow slowly and need very little water, making them perfect for use in a vertical garden frame. You can create these by using a shadow box type frame and a little imagination. Follow this link for a how to: https://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plans-ideas/make-a-living-succulent-picture/#page=1

As always - Happy Decorating and have a great month!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

In Living Coral

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Pantone has announced the 2019 Color of the Year, and it is Living Coral. Pantone 16-1546 is a vivid, warmly saturated shade between pink and orange. While 2018 color of the year Ultra Violet focused on spiritual connections, the new color for 2019 definitely has a natural vibe.

The color experts at Pantone say “the shade communicates a vibe that embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE living coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

Pantone looks at a lot of different elements and influences to pick the color of the year, this year Nature was one of the leading elements in their choice. It is hard to not picture coral reefs and sunsets over blue waters when looking at this color. This color is vibrant, but also mellow, and really symbolizes the connection to the environment.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone color institute commented, 
“The annual announcement of color of the year seeks to provide strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone color institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands. Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral.  With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial, Pantone's Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

This year Pantone has created five different color palettes that feature Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral to help you bring this year’s color into your designs and illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations. You can see the color palettes here https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019-palette-exploration. By far my favorite of these palettes is Under the Sea. The colors in this palette call to mind the colors of the ocean and sea life.



Happy New Year and Happy Decorating!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Deck the Halls

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This past year my family room went through a major renovation. Furniture, colors, décor style and layout all changed. This left my Christmas Decorating up in the air since my first tree as a new family my tree has been decked in reds and gold. The decorations I have accumulated over the last 21 years are all traditional and worked with red and gold color scheme. Now my family room is a rustic modern space now with accents of teal and other shades of blue. The red and gold ornaments seemed too bright and lively for my calm relaxed room.

I found some great decorations for my rustic/ modern space, but if your struggling to match your Holiday Decorations with design style her are some tips:


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Rustic: 
The Rustic style is appealing because it has a connection to the past. Because of the natural overtones, rustic rooms often feel like an extension of the outdoors. Rustic style has unpretentious roots, organic textures and shapes, warm colors. It blends really well with the industrial style, both using metal, wood and other natural elements.

Rustic décor items are really trending at the moment, so this is probably the easiest style to decorate for. For this design you want to highlight natural elements and themes. Burlap, evergreen clippings and pinecones are the perfect accents for all your decorating needs. The rustic theme works well with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. The red truck delivering a Christmas tree is popular in décor this year.

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Coastal: 
Inspired by the ocean, coastal style evokes a light and breezy feel. Coastal style blurs the lines between indoors and out. Plenty of light, light colors, pale neutrals and natural materials. Although it is tempting to grab every beach themed item out there, go with more simple pieces that evoke the feel of the beach without hitting people over the head.

Dreamy blues and whites are the perfect color to decorate your Christmas tree, accent with silver pieces to give it a little sparkle. And bonus starfish are the perfect shape for the season.


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Traditional:
Traditional furnishings can hail from 18th century England, the French countryside or even India and the far east. From antique furnishings to floral fabrics, traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fussy and out dated. The design style is all about comfort and familiarity. This style is characterized by soft edges, rich wood finishes and mid tone color palette.

The traditional Christmas decorations follow the same rules, the rich reds and vibrant greens that are associated with Christmas blend well with this style. Wrought Iron lanterns make great centerpieces or outdoor decorations.

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