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Art for the Home

Bokeh Photography

Bokeh” is a Japanese word for blurry or dizzy. And its my new favorite search term for Etsy and Flickr photo finds. This photography trend is weaseling its way into my heart and I wanna share a few examples with you!

Subject Matter often includes Nighttime Lights, Rain, Birds, and Florals and many times features focus on the object closest to the lens. The most important characteristic of the Bokeh photo is the blur happening within the light in the unfocused area, it becomes a fuzzy round spot, void of definition!

The best bokeh results for me evoke a dreamy ethereal feeling, and are especially desirable when the photographer has found the right sun ray to pour into the frame. Like this one by Etsy Seller KristyBee. I just wanna live inside of a photo like this.

The Estate of Things chooses Bokeh Photographer and Etsy Seller Kristybee

Here’s another that I enjoy by Etsy Seller Pretty Petal Studio

The Estate of Things chooses Bokeh Photographer and Etsy Seller Pretty Petal Studio

And who knew Nail Heads could be so cute, by Etsy Seller Helvetica Neue

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller HeveticaNeue

Please click on these beautiful thumbnail Images below from Flickr and enjoy as I have!!


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Kristen Szanto’s Design Blog

The Estate of Things chooses Design Blogger Kristen Szanto

I have the pleasure of working within the Los Angeles Office this week. (I usually work remotely from my home in North Carolina). Its good to be here with friends and I want to introduce you to one of those here today.

Mrs. Kristen Szanto is a Design Savvy Project Manager. When I was living and working here in the LA office I always made sure to introduce new employees to her and asked her to talk with them a little bit about Design Concepts and to share whatever she was working on at the time. I just really love her style.

I also asked Kristen to help The Estate of Things with our background image while we are working on a branding identity for our site. So you will notice the familiar style when you check out this post.

So, without further ado: here is the article that I want you to check out.
Kristen’s post about hanging artwork on the wall is excellent. Complete with photoshopped image guides and a sense of humor – she walks you through the basics of hanging artwork. Start with this post – but don’t neglect the other features of her site and keep it in mind as she adds to it.

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Etsy Seller of the Week: GooseGrease

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller GooseGrease

Sarah and I share an Etsy Account on which to mark our favs (as seen here in the right hand navigation column of the site). If any of you readers are loyally following – you know I have a little fascination with images of small toys. So I clicked on Sarah’s newly added Etsy Pick, an image of 3 dolls and thus arrived at: goosegrease.

Though the shop is all about selling these little hand painted dolls… I was immediately enjoying her marketing images as much as I was the idea of placing a symbolic Moyer Family up on my mantle. The photographs of these little families are so much fun to look at.

However, it is the actual little dolls that are for sale. Her latest note says that there is no more room for Hand Painted Custom Orders before Christmas time, but you can purchase ready-made little families on the Etsy site. On the other hand, goosegrease is also selling packages of unpainted dolls , so that is what I have purchased. I’m anxiously awaiting my 60 some wooden dolls to hit the front step so I can start playing around.

Here are some examples of the images that I liked. Click on them to visit the items for sale in the Etsy shop.

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy seller goosegrease

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller goosegrease

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller goosegrease

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller goosegrease

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ART: Find what speaks to you

I love imagery in the home, its an important element that can’t be forgotten and a wonderful opportunity to really personalize your space and fill it with meaning. It seems many of my posts on tEot tend to lean towards filling your home with art.  Recently I added a post about Etsy Seller Erin Tyner for her interesting depictions of little people in ethereal landscapes. I would like to state for the record that I’m not a photographer nor am I an expert in anything really. But I was impressed with what she had for sale in her Etsy shop. I’ve been interested in macro photography and have my eye out for images like hers and I want to use this post to explore that journey and to illustrate my path to this aesthetic.

As an Art History student at UNCG,  Andres Serrano was a point of study and his acclaimed piece: Piss Christ was something that we touched on lightly in the History of Photography class. This image spoke to me. I spent a short time as a Development Intern for SECCA (South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art). It was through that experience that somehow I came to learn of the controversy that surrounded a 1989 traveling exhibit organized by SECCA and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts…. There was a Congressional outrage at the subject matter and it came to question what vision Tax Payers were contributing their money towards when an artist photographed a small plastic crucifix immersed in his own urine.

The Estate of Things chooses Andres Serrano

I can’t personally deny the beauty of this image. We won’t delve into it any further than that… but I will say that it set the tone for an aesthetic that I’m not yet over. Fast forward……… Years out of college and feeling perhaps an era away from idealism – I rest myself in enjoying art more for its aesthetic value (love a reference here and then – but Bible-Belt outrage is no longer a requirement to get me hyped up). Now its more about my surroundings…. what will make my day to day life more enjoyable. I stumbled upon Etsy in late 2005 – a few images – photographs of Toy soldiers caught my eye. Can’t remember the artist, didn’t buy the prints… but the point – was that I felt inspired and I took that with me. I’m a DIY wannabe so I bought some toy soldiers to try my hand at some macro photography. I took them to work (a web studio full of photographers. My friend Eva Gronenthal , who writes for the blog – Parallels through Image took interest and we shared a few other artists that we both enjoyed. I still check out her blog). So instead of getting together with someone and learning how to properly emulate this macro style – I ended up pairing up with my photographer friend Bregan and launching them over the cubicle to the new guy with Shock and Awe tactic. How quickly I forgot why I ever bought them in the first place.

Bregan introduced me to another photographer to check out: David Levinthal . His depictions of toys and miniatures span subjects from Hollywood Glamour, to Hitler, to Blackface Memorabilia. For me, the image below evokes an Edward Hopper feeling.

Recently I’ve done some more searching for images that speak to this fun aesthetic in a different way. I’ve found some interest in an artist, Naoki Honjo. Study this image below. It looks like a Miniature – but this craziness is real. Honjo has a few tricks up his sleeve for creating these images (aerial, large format, tilt shift, narrow focus) – but what strikes me is that b/c of this the human brain perceives the image as a miniature set. What? Awesome.

So just this week, aforementioned friend Bregan surprises me and shows me some photographs that she took just recently of some gems from her toy chest. Look at this and tell me its not beauty. She’s sending over the files now so I can get them printed in large scale and soon they will be hanging on my newly painted purple wall. :) I’m so in love.

Conclusion:
I just wanted to share a little glimpse into how and why imagery can translate into a choice that you make for your home. An unabashed approach to filling your space with imagery that means something to you will have positive results no matter how hot your wall color is or how many duckets you dropped on your sleek sofa.

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