TEXAS Artists

We are now pretty much settled in at my in-laws and I’m just in awe of their gorgeous art collection.  They have been collecting for decades and have a number of beautiful pieces throughout their home.  It’s hard to decide which are my favorites but I am drawn to some of the pieces they have by local Texas artists such as Vernon Fisher, Kirk Hayes & Lance Letscher.  Below are the works of these artists as they appear in their home followed by some info on each artist and some of my favorite pieces.

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Vernon Fisher

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Kirk Hayes


Lance Letscher (thie piece is made of book bindings)

Vernon Fisher is from and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas and is known for his blackboard pieces and collages in which he pairs narrative text with images in his abstract paintings.


 “Not Listening”



Kirk Hayes is another Fort Worth area resident.  Hayes creates illusory pieces of art using a trompe l’oeil technique.  You believe you are looking at collaged items like tape, plywood, or cardboard but his work is all expertly done in paint.  Below are two works of Hayes I really enjoy, I couldn’t find an image of my favorite piece “Elephant, triumph on the dung heap” but you can see it here if you are interested.


“The Artist Declares Victory”


“The Long Sigh”

Lance Letscher is an Austin, Texas native who creates playful collages out of various print media.  From book bindings to album covers he has a keen eye for color.  I love his use of color in the two works below:


“Big Ear”



Anyone have other Texas artists that they love?


DIY Carter Kustera Silhouettes

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I spent most of it packing up our house as our big move out day was Sunday.  We have now officially arrived at my in-laws for the next three months (eek).  My husbands parents have impeccable taste and their home is amazing, filled with stunning works of art – I will be blogging about it soon!

I knew our move was happening on Fathers Day and that we wouldn’t really be able to celebrate properly so I wanted to make sure I had something special for my husband ready that morning.  I decided to go the sentimental route this year and since I love a good DIY project I decided to tackle silhouettes of our two boys ala Carter Kustera.

Carter Kustera is known for his hand painted silhouettes is bright cheery colors accompanied typically by witty quotes and text.

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Here is my silhouette attempt of my oldest son, its passable at best.  Clearly I need some work!  Sorry about the picture quality, as soon as the big reveal occurred the silhouettes were quickly shuttled into storage until we move back home.

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I used Shel Silverstein quotes to accompany the silhouettes, the one above says “Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect – but tell me the truth.”

And speaking of telling the truth it was later revealed to me that my husband actually was really hoping for a pair of new jeans…  looks like I might be doing some shopping.  Any suggestions?

Hope you all have a great week!


Have you seen these super chic, minimalist maps of great cities around the world? I love the way they look on their own or as part of a gallery wall. I wish I could get my hands on a Boston version of one of these maps!






Bright & Bold Interiors

Hello dear readers….I apologize for my month-long sabbatical, but I do have an excellent reason for taking so much time off.  On July 22nd, my beautiful son was born and I have spent just about every second of the past 31 days getting to know everything there is to know about him.  One thing I have found particularly amazing is how I can love someone so much that I have known for such a short amount of time.  Being a mom is truly an indescribable feeling and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I am so happy to be back and I am feeling more vibrant and alive than ever before.  I am craving bright, bold colors and rooms that are filled with energy and life!

Modern Art

Yesterday, I took a spin through the Metropolitan Museum of Art…I assumed I would be in and out, but ended up staying almost all day.  Regardless of the museum, my favorite exhibits are always Asian Art, European Paintings (especially Spanish) and Modern & Contemporary Art.  I typically skip American, Egyptian, Greek, and African exhibits although yesterday I did browsed through and really enjoyed every minute of it – particularly the Egyptian tombs.  Anyway, the Modern & Contemporary Art collection at the Met is fantastic.  I could have spent my entire day just taking in this exhibit alone!

I especially loved the Bridget Riley Op Art collection…


It kind of reminded me of Villa alle Scalette

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I literally couldn’t take my eye off the work by Roy Lichtenstein

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Could you even image having a Lichtenstein-esque painting of a living room in your living room? I’m obsessed.


I have always admired the work of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollack, but James Rosenquist is a new favorite of mine. I died when I saw this painting

Modern art certainly holds a special place in my heart.  I like it because it looks so spectacular inside just about any room in any home. A relatively simple concept can pack a major punch.  Everytime I visit a museum, I face the same dilemma… I want to buy every single peice of artwork that I can get my hands on.


Modern Art definitely isn’t for everyone. How do you feel about it?

I Married Adventure

I know that a lot of designers love this fabulous vintage zebra covered book “I Married Adventure,” but has anyone actually read it? Personally, I couldn’t tell you the first thing about this book, but I am still dying to own it.  I think it would make the perfect addition to my current coffee table book collection!



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A Feminine Touch

My husband would never agree to anything this feminine…still I can’t help but dream about one day owning a piece of oversized pink furniture or a gallery wall of Chanel fashion prints!

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