Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Loving the Art of Allison Cosmos

Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all having a great week so far.  

We are beginning to feel a touch of autumn weather, believe it or not!  Our weather really only warmed up in July and already we are winding down for the cooler temps.  Also, I was out doing errands today and Thanksgiving decor is on display at Homesense and the summer items are all gone!  It's only August!

In late June I featured a home decorated by Summer Thornton (here).  In describing the chinoiserie panels as seen below, I referred to them as framed wallpaper.  

A few days ago, I received a lovely note from the artist, Allison Cosmos, letting me know that they were actually handpainted canvases.  

I was more than happy to have this brought to my attention and I updated that post with the correct information and the link to Allison's site.

Naturally, I went directly to Allison's site to look at more of her art and discovered she had also provided some of the artwork for Megan Winter's home, which I featured yesterday.

So, I wanted to share her versatile work with you and she generously shares how she came up with the chinoiserie triptych shown below.

Remember this beautiful foyer?

The finished canvases are 100" high with the middle canvas 36" wide
and the two narrower panels are 18" wide.

A close up detail she used as a sample for the designer and 
homeowner.  She used matte acrylic paint on the 12" x 16" canvas to reflect 
the look of wallpaper.

A closer look at the crane.  Allison was inspired by the artwork
of John James Audubon.

And the same for this shorebird which appears in the triptych, 
also inspired by John James Audubon.
Her detail is exquisite.
To see more of this triptych and other work of Allison's, click here.

Below is the Sumi-e Japanese artwork commissioned by Megan Winters for their home office.

These 8" x 12" canvases were later matted and framed 
by Megan for the office.

What a beautiful mix of art and decor.

A vignette from Megan's living room.

The diptych as it was painted together so that the strokes flowed together.

A close up of the textural detail on above canvases.

Another sample of Allison's creative work is this handpainted (not stencilled) 
damask door that was commissioned by designer Marjorie Skouras for her own home.

This is just a sampling of Allison's work, so you must check out her site to see more........painted floors, chinoiserie wall murals, children's wall murals and decoratively painted furniture.


Monday, August 08, 2016

Megan Winters Interiors II

Last week I introduced you to some colorful rooms by Megan Winters here.

Today, I wanted to share Megan's own home with you.  Some of the rooms I posted last week were from this home, but I wanted you to see the whole house in context.

As you enter the foyer, you will see a lot of black and white. Upon entering the living room, gilt accents appear in the mainly black and white interior in the form of artwork, mirror/picture frames, antlers, lamps, etc.

Bright color doesn't really appear until you reach the black, white and hot pink den.

And then it really stands out in the private rooms - the bedrooms.  

All in all, a most striking home with such high contrast colors with a splash of gold and the bright tones strewn throughout.

Allison Cosmos artwork.

Love the two-tone settees in the dining room.

Just a touch of red here to accent the black and white.

Family room.

I love this black, white and hot pink room.
Notice the Hermes throws on the chairs.
Megan loves Hermes as you will see.

Gorgeous bedroom!

Daughter's room?

So pretty!

Here are more Hermes pieces in their signature orange.

Interesting hallway with Hermes boxes.

Allison Cosmos artwork.

Hermes orange on the patio.

Black and white terrace furniture.

To see more of Megan's interiors, click here.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Moodboard Monday - Hen Party

Good morning, Everyone!

I am hoping this week will not be as busy as last week.....I did well to get my posts up.

I went to Halifax, NS, last week to pick up our granddaughter who will be working in Charlottetown for the rest of the summer and, of course, staying with us.  She just returned from two weeks in Basel, Switzerland, where she was part of the Canadian Highland Dancing contingent for the Basel International Tattoo, so she has had a very busy summer.  She also danced in the Halifax Tattoo during the first week of July, so she's been going pretty much nonstop.  

While she is here, I hope to spend some time with her taking in a few events here on the island......

She will be celebrating her 17th birthday here this week, so her parents and younger brother were over on the weekend and we had a celebratory dinner out on the weekend.......after spending the day at Basin Head beach, which was recently named one of the world's 10 best beaches!!  It has singing sands.......if you haven't heard of it, you must google it.

So much about what is going on here.  I hope you have all had a great week, too!  I'm going to try and watch some of the Olympics this week, as well.

Now, back to the business of blogging.

Nearly every week, I think that Moodboard Monday will soon be coming to an end.  And then I find a new moodboard and get inspired all over again.

This week's Hen Party was a bit tricky at times, but I think I found a few different things and naturally had to throw in a few roosters (they couldn't be avoided) - so I hope you enjoy!

Have a great day!

Town & Country

Love this hen with baby chicks vignette.
All of the above are in a New York farmhouse.
Country Living

Beautiful bed!

Infuse with Liz

Kitchen tile

My Serenity

Charles Faudree's kitchen with hen collection.

French Country Cottage

Hydrangea Hill Cottage

Stone Gable Tablesetting

Pier 1




Painted Furniture

Ceramic figurine

Rugs USA


Linda Floyd Interiors

Grant Wood

Feeding the Chickens
Walter Frederick Osborne

Farmyard Fowls
John J. Audubon

Faberge gold charm

Pale pink agate hen with ruby eyes and gold feet.

West Coast Weathervanes

The Fuller View

No one loved their hens, or hen collection, more than the late Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah (the last of the six Mitford sisters).  When she passed away in 2014, her hen collection was sold through Sotheby's. 

Some of her beloved items are shown below:

Chick brooch

Pottery hen

Duchess' kitchen hen collection

Chatsworth House kitchen

Chatsworth House breakfast room

Chatsworth House living room

The Duchess was also a big fan of Elvis!

Duchess of Devonshire surrounded by her beloved hens.

And last, but certainly not least, a bejewelled hen!
As she should be!