It's an oil entitled "She and her Sister."
So, as you guys know, I'm thinking about redoing my office. (Remember all my talk about dark green paint?) Nothing is set in stone yet, and I haven't even started moving the furniture around, but I'm already thinking about art. I found a midcentury painting of a boat at Value Village recently (it's a massive oil, and I wish I could make out the signature, because I think it might be worth something), so I'm definitely going to be using that. I'm also considering a small salon wall with paintings of the ocean (since I have a few already). At the same time, I might want to go with new, rather than salvaged, art.
I was recently told about this company called Saatchi Online. It's one of those artist/buyer networking sites, where artists can list and sell their work and buyers can search and buy direct. It's a bit like Etsy for paintings and fine artworks (as opposed to crafts). Here are a few works from the site that I thought were interesting:
Own a painting for sale from Saatchi online, like this one by Alena Adamikova.
It's an oil entitled "She and her Sister."
This is a pencil drawing by Canadian Mark Liam Smith. It's called "Nemesis Beetle."
Vincent Van Gogh print by Tadao Cern from the "Revealing the Truth" series.
This last one might be my favourite. Remember Tadao Cern? The dude who did that amazing series of photos, inspired by famous paintings? He's on Saatchi! You can get a print of his famous Van Gogh "photograph" which was made by Photoshopping a painting, with the result as shown above. Want to see how it's done? Here's a video.
So basically, all you have to do is visit the Saatchi site, look around, and click a bit to buy. It's easy. What do you think about my choices?
Remember Sarah Richardson? She of the statement necklace? She of the white jeans? Well, she's back with another new show called Real Potential.
Back in 2010, I was invited to a preview sort of thing about Sarah's then-new show, Sarah 101. Sadly, I did not like the show much, and said so in my blog about it in early 2011. I haven't been invited to a Sarah Richardson event since. Haha. I can't say this bothers me much. So much of PR and Journalism is bullshit, and if I'm no longer in the loop, that must mean I'm not part of the bullshit, and that makes me happy.
Anyway, Sarah 101 wasn't good. It just wasn't. It wasn't horrible, but it was a disappointment. The show seemed to dumb down everything that had been appealing about Richardson's past shows. It was so banal. And it didn't last long. Whether by design or because someone or (many someones) on the team realized it was a bust, it seems to have ended after only two short seasons.
Now, however, Sarah is back. And I'm happy report that Real Potential is a lot better than Sarah 101. A LOT better.
The show is three quarters about real-estate shopping. Sarah helps a house-hunting couple shop for a place, gives them three options, they pick one and buy it, and then, finally, she helps improve the chosen home by renovating one room or area. The show is 22 minutes long and in my opinion, is a little light on the design and decorating side of things, but considering how much the masses seem to love real estate, the format was probably a smart choice. It debuted a couple of weeks ago and several episodes have already aired. I watched them online, though the HGTV website.
The design work is a lot more aspirational than the work on Sarah 101. It's much more in-line with the stuff done on Design Inc., which I was happy to see. Sarah uses a lot more colour than she used to, and the rooms she's done on Real Potential reflect that. I'm not sure how I feel about this change. Colour is good, but sometimes, the blues Sarah highlights, in particular, feel a bit grating to me, but different strokes for different folks and all that. More colour is probably not a bad thing. (I just really hated these chairs, below.)
My final verdict is this: Real Potential is okay. Good, even. The real estate bit isn't that interesting to me, personally, but you might like it. And if you like Sarah, you will probably enjoy the show in general. So far, Tommy hasn't been seen, and I'm sure some fans will be bummed about that, but Richardson herself is there in all her statement-jewellery-wearing, sarcastic glory. Give it a try.
I know. I haven't posted in ages. The chic blog has been effectively dead all summer. It's not my fault. It's just that my apartment is small, and it's done. AND I don't really have the money or desire to redecorate over and over again. So, lately, I just haven't had much to say.
Then, the other night, I decided my office/guest room isn't working for me anymore. It's most often a trash-room, where we put things that we are hiding from guests. We sometimes have one person stay over, but rarely two, so the twin beds, while great in theory, haven't been all that useful. And finally, we need some more storage, and this room could easily house some if it was reconfigured.
Mostly, though, I want to change the colour. I want to paint the room green. Dark green. Maybe sage green. I'm not sure. Here's how it looks right now.
It's cute. Very white and serene and country-ish. But I want to go in a completely different direction. Here are some inspiration shots.
I think this pic is from Atlanta Homes Magazine. If you know anything more about the source, please let me know.
This one is apparently a room in a cottage in the Hamptons by Fox Nahem.
Annoyingly, I was not able to find credit info on this photo. Found it here.
Unfortunately, here's another with no credit. Found it here. If you know the origin, please comment.
Am I crazy? Green might not be an easy colour to work with. Have I lost my mind? Should I go for it? Is green the best idea anyone's ever had? Please comment. I need your help.
Jen Selk Chic is one of those annoying, hard to classify blogs that's about a bit of everything to do with style. Mostly it's about interior design, vintage junk, collecting and my Goodwill addiction. It's about the things I love (the chic things, not the weird things). I hope you love them too.
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