Dec 29, 2014

Happy New Year folks, and a Roundup of (blog-year) 2014

Wish you a sparkling new year 
filled with positive, creative energy! 

Spread love and cheer as you go, 
and may your dreams have wings!


And Thank You, from the bottom of my heart, for hanging out with A Sunny Yellow Window every now 'n then. 
I promise to bring you the best of what my right-brain can conceive and curate in 2015 and the years to come :-)

Here's a round-up of 2014 with a few old posts you might still find relevant and useful:
An ode to the Leather and Fabric duo

And in case you are planning your travel to these places and need ideas on artisan visits:
A Bohemian Home Tour - a gem of a place to stay in Colombo

Signing off for the year,
ambika.

Dec 20, 2014

Designing a room around Artwork

Am pleased to share with you folks a challenge that I attempted, that was too good to resist, and one that I've not tried before. Picked three lovely paintings from Invaluable.com, and imagined a room around them.

Invaluable is an online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate sales. The live online bidding platform allows collectors to bid in real-time on auctions held around the world.

I devoured the site, and here are three pieces I loved for their colors, richness, and stillness in anticipation of beautiful movement.

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I dig huge paintings, and so my ideal size would be anything above 36inchx36inch each.
Striking and would definitely serve as conversation starters in any room!

Now how do I do justice to these works of art?
Let me take you through my idea. Imagine...
this dark color palette: Blue, green, black, grey, red. Let's assume there's this room blessed with loads of natural light streaming in through tall French windows facing a small green patch outdoors.
To start with, I'd bathe the walls in this lovely blue, and this exact texture:
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Throw in one black Vicenza two-seater from Urban Ladder, and three of these armchairs from 1stdibs (three instead of two to create a more informal trio). 
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This beautiful round grey rug in the center... a huge one
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This Esquelet chandelier from Fenton & Fenton, again in a nuge grey in order not to take much attention away from the artwork...
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Now for the corners:
A deep-brown tower-shelf, displaying pottery in shades of blue, green, jade like this one (I'm talking colors like these)
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with this tall buddy next to it
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Would pump in some poufs in neutrals for that added texture
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And a succulent group on the opposite corner to balance it out. I'd pick this Gilmore table from Urban Ladder and cover the tabletop entirely with succulents potted in silver cups and containers...
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Done! Now let's bring these ideas together:
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This would create enough interesting points of interest in the room. If it were me, I'd be struck by these paintings first, my eyes would then dart around to take in the accent pieces and plants, and my attention would eventually come back to these huge, beautiful works of art! What do you say??

(Click on the pictures to go to their rightful sources)

Dec 6, 2014

Transforming Spaces with Art: 8 Creative Ways to Display Art

Art transforms, and how!

Walls (the obvious), get an instant facelift with artwork on them. But let's try breaking some norms... knock some of your art off the walls and see if you agree with me.

Read on. A few of these are brilliant ideas especially for those staying in rented homes, where hammering nails on the walls is equivalent to drilling holes into your landlord's chest ;-)

Plonking them against the wall, on the floor
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Chalkboard art behind ledges! Let's call it interactive art.
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Putting them back where they came from... where else, on an easel :-) I admit having a secret crush on this one.
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Position it in unexpected spots, say in your kitchen 
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or your bathroom, above the sink, above doors, or above a shoe rack

Inside or in front of bookshelves
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On Stools/Chairs that are seldom used


Or just plonking them on shelves adding character to your vignettes
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And there, you have a fresh way to add that element of surprise and interest to your home. And more so to honor the artist whom you bought the piece from.

And, I hope you haven't missed this popular post on how Aradhana Anand has transformed her home with her art collection.

Do tell me if you've done something radically different showcasing your art collection, I'm all ears! 

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