Friday, September 26, 2014


Yesterday, We took a visit through Arteriors Too. It's one of those un-advertised hidden gems that you might find on an underground list of 'secret places to find amazing goods'.

The lighting, always a favorite for me, was quite inspirational as I walked through each room. 

But then…

I went into the lamp room!
Wow! I was suddenly in a lamp dream.
Oy! What to choose…what to choose…There are only about 50 must haves on my list.

As I drooled over the lamps, I joyously hear music…I mean… someone behind me say's….there are chandeliers in the cottage out back. I was already in a bit of heaven in the lamp room…

…but then….I entered the Chandelier Cottage! 

I gasped with glee as I opened the door. 
Do I sound a bit like I may have a chandelier obsession? Well, I do.

Every corner was filled with something to smile about.

A unique chandelier for every taste. 

And, even a few great pieces of furniture as well. 

Clearly I was in Chandelier Heaven.

That little cottage looked way different on my way out.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Just when I think I may have found every great home furnishings shop within a 34.8 mile radius… Eureka!

A new hidden treasure has been discovered.

I read an old post in a Dallas Design District blog about Arteriors opening a new place, and that's when I discovered that they had an old place… as well as their already existing place of course.  I've been in their Atlanta showroom, and have admired, and even ordered for a great store I once helped design and start up, their dream-worthy merchandise.

But, this gem of a store (Arteriors Outlet) is where anyone can walk in and get their hands on a great treasure, and best of all… at a very reasonable price. So…I've been inspired to add a few new treasures to my home.

Only, I haven't decided on the exact items yet, because there are too many to choose from. I'm like a little kid that has a list of what they want to buy, but then when they have some money in their hand ready to purchase, there are so many possible choices in front of them that it makes it nearly impossible to choose.

I really like those gold tree stumps, and those mirrors, and…

That groovy brass and glass bowl…filled with the parts of a porcelain doll (a bit creepy!) that I'm quite sure I will not add to my"What to put in the bowl list." 

That's a great stand-up lamp, and I'm even inspired by the stylish decorative bars on the window. I probably passed by this little shop a hundred times, but thought it was just a little lamp shop.

It's easy to miss. There are actually 3 separate little cottage-like homes, on Lovers Lane in Dallas, that this great treasure is housed in. Every little room was jam-packed with new surprises.

I'm going to have to add this new found gem to my list of monthly pop-and-drop-in's. 

So many great little tables, and the lighting…oh my! I already have a lamp and chandelier obsession…this place is going to turn my obsession into addiction if I'm not careful. 

But wait…there's more….
Tomorrow's post "Chandelier Heaven!" will feature,my obsession, the lighting at Arteriors too. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


When I see something that inspires me, I immediately see all the possibilities.

(Ambition glazed porcelain vases found at JANUS et Cie)

Sometimes I see where I might place it in my home, but more often these inspiring objects give me ideas of how to create something. I don't like to copy stuff, but I do like to put my own spin on what inspired me. These great vases fill my creative side with many unusual ideas. 

Yesterday, a friend and I checked out a place called NAPA HOME in Dallas. We discovered several great items of inspiration. 

Like these large colorful striped vases.

I'm often inspired by the display fixtures just as much, and sometimes a bit more, than the actual merchandise on display. Take for example…these cool circular shelves.

There were several fabulous slabs of petrified wood in this store that fascinated me. The whole…wood turns to stone…thing, is quite amazing.

This groovy glass object would be a lovely chandelier. 

This is no velvet Elvis, but it is indeed a painting on velvet. Love it! 

And of course, a day of inspiration could not lack at least one giant sized object. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I accidentally, but delightedly, happened upon the MADI geometric art museum in Dallas.
(Cosmopolis V 1946)
This, both concave and convex, piece 'Cosmopolis v' was created by Carmelo Arden Quin, the Madi movement primary founder. 
What is the Madi movement? Well, You will get a pretty good visual idea as you view the following works.

A work by Martin Blaszko, a friend of Carmelo, who also helped found this creative art movement.
What does 'MADI' mean? Well, apparently there are a few different possible answers to this question, but the most popular is… 
Movimiento Artistico De Invencion.  

When we (my youngest son and I) walked in, we were amazed by all the shapes and colors. Our eyes didn't know which way to look, because there was so much to see.

In the car on the way to this destination, my son was not very pleased that he was chosen to tag along with me. As we began to walk around and take in all the great shapes and colors, my son asked if he could have my iPhone. "Seriously! We're in this space filled with all this inspiring art, and you want to sit and play games on my phone?" He looked at me like I was a bit crazy and said, "No mom, duh! I want to take some pictures."

I'm glad we both took lots of pictures because now I have some serious visual inspiration for my next few masterpieces. 

This one is one of my favorites. I want to hang this in my house. I think my next masterpiece will have to be an interesting irregular shape rather than your standard rectangular canvas.

There was more art than there was space to show the art in this engaging museum. On every wall, down every hall, in every corner, every square inch seemed to be covered by art. 

Speaking of space, I would love to see any of these artists studios. I can imagine they would be filled with amazing splashes of color…spilt out on the floors and walls. 

The piece above and below were created by Ricardo Paniaqua. I'm thinking he would like one of my latest pieces… "The Color of Inspiration."  I especially like the dripping stripes above, which is also very much like another piece I had a lot of fun creating. I bet Ricardo's work space is something quite inspiring to see. 

These triangles of color by Ricardo Paniagua are fantastic. 

These inspiring mixed media pieces are by Milan artist, Pergiorgio Zangara. He specializes in cubes and semi-circles combined with plexiglass. This piece looks like a lovely abstract butterfly.

I like a nice 3-d work of art.

And there are many to be seen at the Madi museum.

Along with several great framed two-dimensional pieces as well. 

I assume that you figured out a bit of what the Madi art movement is about from these many inspiring works of art.

Oh, and let's not forget about the fascinating sculptures.

Even the gift shop was filled with inspiring works, like Pamela nelson's great sequin art.

And some small masterpieces by Beti Bricelj.

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely…Inspired Yet Again!