East Coast vs. West Coast: Designers

The stereotypes of East Coasters and West Coasters have been around almost as long as there has been a right and left side of the United States. Folks from the West Coast say East Coasters are uptight, unfriendly, and stressed out. Meanwhile people on the East Coast tend to think of West Coasters as flakey, peaceful, and, maybe, healthier. East Coasters, so the story goes, are more prim, proper, and conservative in their dress—lunch at the country club anyone?—and social attitudes. In stark contrast, West Coasters have a more free-flowing, casual, and hippy-style—don’t forget your Birkenstocks!—and liberal in their beliefs. Really though, is there any merit to these generalizations of the attitudes and behavior of people living on the opposite sides of the country? What about the design industry? This infographic prepared for MightyDeals sees the main differences between the coasts in the design industry. Pretty interesting breakdown of culture, attitudes, work styles and even fashion preferences. So pick a side – are you East Coast or West Coast? via MightyDeals.com

DUVET TUESDAY! DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway Contest

With all of these super sweet blogs doing giveaways lately, we felt like we wanted to join in the fun and create DUVET TUESDAY!

We want to give anyone and everyone who participates the chance to win their very own DENY Designs duvet cover.  Nothing beats curling up under the covers after a long day. And what better way to unwind than to surround yourself with gorgeous, fantastical artwork? We think that’s pretty rad, it’s a $190 value! And who doesn’t want to snuggle up in something that is free?

It’s pretty simple, to enter, just follow DENY Designs on both Facebook and Twitter and then fill out this very, very short form (you only have to enter your name, email and your fave DENY Designs artist) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:


We will announce the winner next Tuesday, March 5th at 11AM EST. Good luck, and keep on designing!


DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Clara Nilles

The DENY Designs Featured Artist of the Week this week is Clara Nilles. Clara brings a bright and playful touch to the DENY Designs family with her work. All of her vibrant designs feature exotic animals that have become favorites of DENY Designs customers (like this Jellybean Giraffes shower curtain).  No matter what age you are, Clara’s work can definitely transform any boring room into a fun, colorful oasis!

Learn more about Clara Nilles and her inspiration for her work:

Art is my absolute passion in life. 

Primarily self-taught, I have been drawing and painting since I can remember. I LOVE exploring with bright colors and using intense brilliant hues.  Animals are my favorite subjects; from owls to ponies to buffalo.

I believe color is the universal language that brings a positive energy to people and communicates strong emotions and mood. I also think that animals bring out the goodness and feelings of being with the earth. It’s a combination that has timeless appeal for children and adults alike.

My paintings are bright and happy and according to one of my collectors……”PURE FUN”!  I want people to laugh, love, smile, and be charmed when viewing my works.

My artwork can be seen at: www.claranilles.com

To see all of Clara Nilles work featured on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/clara-nilles-all-art

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Rosie Brown

The DENY Designs Featured Artist of the Week is Rosie Brown.  Rosie’s abstract style, bright blooms and seascapes instantly take you on a tropical getaway. DENY Designs customers are loving the way Rosie’s work can transform any dull room into a gorgeous paradise. Check out more about Rosie Brown and her work on DENY Designs products:

Rosie Brown has been painting in different mediums her entire life. She originally came from Cuba at the age of nine and knew the importance of having a steady job. This experience prompted her to obtain a business degree from Florida International University. Rosie’s true passion centered on painting and continued to flourish throughout her successful business career. After retiring, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion to create.

Rosie’s love of art extends out to organizations in the community. She is a signature member of the Miami Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society and a docent at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Rosie recently completed two “art in public places ” pieces in Coconut Grove and South Miami.

The subjects of her paintings are varied, but they all reflect Florida living: vibrant colors, gorgeous seascapes, luscious fruits, tropical birds, exotic blooms, great light and awesome shadows.

 To see all of Rosie’s DENY Designs products, head over here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/rosie-brown-all-art

Valentina Ramos – Colorful Duvets & Bath Essentials From DENY Designs

For only one more day, Joss & Main, an online home decor and accessories sale website has Valentina Ramos duvet covers and shower curtains by DENY Designs on sale! Get a steal of deal on some amazing products – but don’t wait, it will be over before you know it!

Here is what Joss & Main has to say about the Valentina Ramos DENY Designs products:

“Inspired by the animal kingdom and adorned with infinite detail, the vibrant bedding and bath essentials from Valentina Ramos offer eye-catching style. Intricate spirals and endless lines transform regal elephants, inquisitive songbirds, blooming flowers, and proud peacocks into irresistible art for your duvet covers and show curtains. Add beauty to your personal oasis with this charming collection of bright hues and elaborate designs.”

Head to Joss & Main now to grab your Valentina Ramos product by DENY Designs: https://www.jossandmain.com/Valentina-Ramos~E558.html

Happy Friday: Terrifying Images Of Dogs Diving Underwater

At DENY Designs we are always on the prowl for new unique artists and photographers to add to our family.  While on our latest search on the world wide web, we across the very “terrifying and bewitching” work of photographer, Seth Casteel. Casteel is a Los Angeles-based pet photographer and owner of Little Friends Pet Photography.  A majority of Casteel’s work is cute and cuddly, but he can also make your best friend look like your worst enemy with his recently-discovered way of photographing dogs diving underwater – which is what really caught our eye.

Casteel first started shooting dogs underwater only about 18 months ago when he was asked to do a portrait of a King Charles spaniel who wouldn’t stay out of his owner’s pool.  Now he has created a way to snap a photo of your dog with the look of determination and intensity as it fetches objects from the pool. Using a snorkel mask and sinking chew toys, Casteel holds his breath for 90 seconds and sits at the bottom of the pool to wait for the right moment.

“The near-weightless conditions, coupled with the drag of the water, do odd things to a dog. Lips go flying. Fur and ears lie flat. Eyelids are peeled back. Most of all, they reveal the intense determination that dogs bring to having fun.” The result: a terrifying, hilarious and “bewitching” photo of your best friend.

Since last week when a selection of images went viral, Casteel has been getting calls from all over the world requesting his underwater doggy diving photo services -and we can’t say that we are surprised. We think his photos would look fabulous on DENY Designs shower curtains and duvet covers, right?

Source: Business Insider

Home Decor Style Report: Mardi Gras

Bold colors, vibrant patterns, lively designs, and hints of classic elegance showcase the decadent thrill of Mardi Gras. This captivating Carnival-themed collection blends stylish panache and social flair, brimming with luxurious chaises for comfortable entertaining, eye-catching pillows to dress up your bedroom, gold-toned chests and tables for flowing splendor, and sleek serveware for a New Orleans-worthy soiree. The key ideas here are flamboyance, vivid color, and a carnival-like atmosphere.

Check out some of our favorite Mardi Gras-Inspired home decor pieces that we have run across today:

You can find more here at Joss & Main: https://www.jossandmain.com/Design-Report~E566.html 

How Google Created Its Epic(-ish) Valentine’s Day Doodle

from TechCruch:

For Valentine’s Day, Google has created one of its most ambitious Doodles yet. When you click on the Google logo today, you get to watch a one-minute animation showing the highs and lows of young love — and illustrating that Google can’t solve everything.

I’ve embedded a video of the Doodle below, and if you like it, much of the credit goes to Michael Lipman, an animator whose past work includes Happy Tree Friends, and who was hired by the Doodle team to turn their animatic storyboard into a full-length animation. Lipman told me that it was definitely an intense project — an animation of this length would normally him take nine or 10 weeks, but when Google approached him in mid-January, they gave him three.

“When Google calls and says, ‘Drop everything, we want you to create something that’s going to be seen by hundreds of millions of people,’ you heed that call,” Lipman said.

The idea of weekends, or of a 9-5 workday, went out the window. Instead, it was constant animating. Lipman said that while Google’s artists (specifically Willie Real) had already come up with the designs and the story, they were also collaborative, allowing him to add his own flourishes. For example, the moment when the balloon animal pops about 30 seconds in? That’s Lipman.

He also pointed out that the song playing underneath the animation is Tony Bennett’s cover of “Cold, Cold Heart” — a nice touch, because Bennett is supposedly a fan of the Doodles and wanted to get involved.

Long-form Doodles from the past include those celebrating John Lennon’sFreddie Mercury’s, and Charlie Chaplin’s birthdays. (Of course, “long form” is relative, but a 1- or 2-minute video is certainly more ambitious than a standard Doodle.) Lipman said he hopes Google does more like this in the future — and, of course, that they hire him to do the animating. In some ways, he said the job reminded him of the tech scene a decade ago, when there more companies willing to show “patronage” for digital animators.

“The coolest thing, after having worked in online games for the last 10 years, is it was a wonderful return to storytelling,” Lipman said. “It felt like a Valentine for me.”

Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WTGUjRJiqik

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Robin Faye Gates

The DENY Designs Artist of The Week is Robin Faye Gates. Like Robin describes, her work makes us smile. Her quirky sense of design and her characters that “look like your best friend after a gust of giddiness” add such a unique style to the DENY Designs family of artists and photographers. If these works like, “Cheeze It Thank You” and “Sylvia Needs Eggs” don’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.

Here is more about Robin Faye Gates and her designs on DENY Designs products:

Although I consider myself a part-time artist (my tax return says I’m a graphic designer), creating, crafting and cultivating on canvas is my true bliss. I love to throw down color, patterns and textures that stir a memory, a tune, a haiku or a need to find some really great sushi. I like to create characters that look like your best friend after a gust of giddiness, laugh attacks and/or perfectly buttered pieces of raisin toast. Then I’ll throw in an element of confection and ridiculousness, just to hopefully make you smile.


To check out all of Robin Faye Gate’s art at DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/robin-faye-gates-all-art#

New Additions To The DENY Designs Artist and Photographer Family

We are thrilled to announce that our DENY Designs family of amazing artists and photographers is growing, and we wanted to make sure that if you had not stopped by to see the some of the new artists and artwork now offered on our website, that you did – because it is good.

Since the new year, we have expanded our selection of artists and artwork to provide a wider range of unique colors, patterns, images and styles and we think they all look pretty rad on DENY products, but you will have to be judge on that. We have many more artists and photographers that are being added- this is just the beginning!

So here they are, we hope you love them as much as we do!

Brandon Dover

To view Brandon Dover’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/brandon-dover-all-art

Clara Nilles
To view Clara Nille’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/clara-nilles-all-art 

CityFabric, Inc.

To view CityFabric, Inc.’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/cityfabric-inc-all-art

Cori Dantini
To view Cori Dantini’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/cori-dantini-all-art 

Deniz Erecelebi
To view Deniz Ercelebi’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/deniz-ercelebi-all-art 

Gabriela Larios
              To view Gabriela Larios’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/gabriela-larios-all-art 

Jacqueline Maldondo
          To view Jacqueline Maldondo’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/jacqueline-maldonado-all-art

Kent Youngstrom
To view Kent Youngstrom’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/kent-youngstom-all-art 

Lara Kulpa

To view Lara Kulpa’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/lara-kulpa-all-art 

Nicole Martinez

To view Nicole Martinez’s entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/nicole-martinez-all-art

Ruby Door
To view Ruby Door’s  entire product collection on DENY Designs, visit:

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Rebekah Ginda of Rebekah Ginda Designs

The DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Rebekah Ginda of Rebekah Ginda Designs. Known in the DENY Designs world for her Mod Girls and Lovely Damask patterns, Rebecca brings both traditional and modern styles to her pieces, that customers are loving, and so are we!

Check out more about Rebecca Ginda and some of her work on DENY Designs products:

Rebekah has always had a passion to create. After getting a degree in Apparel Design from Seattle Pacific University, Rebekah began working as a textile designer which opened her eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Now a full time freelancer in the world of textile and surface design, Rebekah loves being able to add beauty to products through the use of print, pattern, and color. Originally from the East Coast, Rebekah lived several years in Seattle and is currently living in Germany where she spends her time creating artwork and enjoying her family.


Shop more of Rebekah Ginda Design’s products here:  http://denydesigns.com/collections/rebekah-ginda-design-all-art

The Gift of Love

With just 11 days left until Valentine’s Day, we’ve got LOVE on our minds (or at least some sweet gifts). What better way to spoil your Valentine than with a unique home decor accessory from DENY Designs? Your love will be on display all year long with a bright shower curtain, a vibrant duvet cover or a fab modern clock.

Here are some of our “love-inspired” designs that may be perfect for your someone special:

Don’t like what you see here? Check out all of our amazing artists and their designs here:
http://denydesigns.com/collections/shop-by-artist and spoil that someone special this year!

Playing With Food: Judith G. Klausner

Judith G. Klausner’s Mother never told her not to play with her food – and we thank her for that. We ran across Judith’s creations and were stunned at the creativity and uniqueness that her work embodies.  Artist Judith G. Klausner is a Massachusetts-born artist who loves to play with her food, “recreationally and professionally.”

We were particularly drawn to her “Oreo Cameo” and collection, where she only uses toothpicks and straight pins to create Oreo artworks like the ones pictured below.  Each piece takes up to six hours to make; when they’re not being displayed, they live in Klausner’s refrigerator.


Her project entitled “From Scratch turns pre-packaged foods into beautiful and creative works of art. Because cooking for the family is traditionally a job that is given to women, Judith is highlighting that fact that pre-packaged food has, in a sense, given women some freedom from this characterization. Her use of Victorian handicraft transforms modern packaged foods into pieces of art.

Check out more about Judith G. Klausner and her delicious art here: http://jgklausner.com/work/ . We need a snack now.