DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Holly Sharpe

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Holly Sharpe.  New to the DENY Designs team just this last month, Holly brings a bright, bold and beautiful style that we can’t help but fall in love with. We are especially loving her ‘Tribal Girl’ and ‘Dreamer’ designs on DENY Designs products – surely to transform any home space into a dreamy fantasy-land.

About Holly Sharpe:

“I am a printed textile designer, artist and illustrator from Edinburgh, Scotland. I currently live in London, but hope to travel again sometime soon and soak up some more worldwide inspiration! I absolutely love drawing and have done for as long as I can remember, it really is my passion.”

“The motivation behind my work is something I canʼt quite put in to words, I just know that it has always been inside of me and the more I do it, the more inspired/ motivated I become. Ultimately I do hope to be able to use my work to engage, provoke and inspire others. The long term goal is to somehow portray a positive message about how we live our lives and to spread an awareness about important issues. I am inspired by all things beautiful and slightly infatuated with color.”

Check out a few of Holly Sharpe’s artworks on DENY Designs products below – pretty gorgeous right?

To see all of Holly Sharpe’s designs on DENY products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/holly-sharpe-all-art 

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Friday Interesting: Most Popular Fashion Brands By City

Not exactly design-related, but we stumbled across a recent article from Lucky Magazine that profiled the most popular fashion brands by city and were inclined to share.

Shop It To Me—an online personal shopping assistant that tracks discounts on your favorite brands—crunched the numbers and analyzed the brand preferences of their users in 23 major U.S. cities and ranked the most popular brands 1-50 in each of them.

Check out the images below –  and tell us, do you stack up with your city’s preferences? Or is your wardrobe in an entirely different zip code?

MIAMI

Top Brands: Victoria’s Secret, BCBG, Nine West
Shopping Forecast: Out of all cities, it’s where Michael Kors is ranked highest. Maybe it’s all the neon pink and electric green he’s been using lately?

 

SAN FRANCISCO

Top Brands: Banana Republic, Marc Jacobs, BCBG
Shopping Forecast: It’s the only city where comfy-casual brand Ella Moss makes the top 50. (Lightweight cotton dresses might make trekking up those city hills a little easier.)

SEATTLE

Top Brands: The North Face, 7 for All Mankind, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: North Face is #1. Rain gear that’s tough but not overly sporty— like this military green slicker— is probably why.

BOSTON

Top Brands: J.Crew, The North Face, 7 For All Mankind
Shopping Forecast: J.Crew’s really popular, but it only ranks #1 in Boston. Is it all the college kids? The industrious, adorable outerwear? Those chunky striped sweaters?

CHARLOTTE

Top Brands: LOFT, BCBG, Nine West
Shopping Forecast: Betsey Johnson makes the top 50 in each of the cities we analyzed except Charlotte. It’s a little surprising, considering the designer’s Southern belle-friendly dresses like these.

MINNEAPOLIS

Top Brands: Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, J.Crew
Shopping Forecast: At #8, Express ranked higher in Minneapolis than anywhere else. Maybe it’s the on-trend pieces like these printed pants?

PHILADELPHIA

Top Brands: UGG, Michael Kors, Steve Madden
Shopping Forecast: It’s one of only two cities where UGG made the top 10. (The other one’s Boston.)

PHOENIX

Top Brands: Guess, Juicy Couture, True Religion
Shopping Forecast: It’s the only city where Guess makes the top 10. (Maybe locals play up the Southwestern vibe in concho belts and faded jeans like these.)

NEW YORK CITY

Top Brands:: Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Gucci
Shopping Forecast: It’s one of only three cities where Louis Vuitton makes the top 10. Which means New York shares some common ground with LV-loving Houston and Miami, two cities with styles that seem really different than typical NYC looks.

BALTIMORE

Top Brands: BCBG, The North Face, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: At #50, Tory Burch barely made it on Baltimore’s rankings, unlike more Tory-friendly Boston and Los Angeles (which rank the brand #31 and #36, respectively).

SALT LAKE CITY

Top Brands: Express, Nike, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: It’s the only city where Old Navy made the top 50. (We hope everyone there stocks up on boots like these: so versatile, and even less expensive than a movie date.)

CHICAGO

Top Brands: DKNY, Banana Republic, J.Crew
Shopping Forecast: Along with Detroit and Atlanta, it’s one of just three cities where DKNY makes the top 10. (This trench would be good for braving windy days.)

HOUSTON

Top Brands: Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Steve Madden
Shopping Forecast: Although it might seem like a New England brand, Ralph Lauren only ranks in the top 5 in two southern cities: Houston and Atlanta.

LOS ANGELES

Top Brands: Free People, Juicy Couture, Steve Madden
Shopping Forecast: Along with San Francisco, it’s one of just two cities to count Miu Miu in the top 50. (We would’ve thought New York would be in there too. Although, sorta interestingly, Prada ranked in the top 50 for all cities analyzed.)

DETROIT

Top Brands: Victoria’s Secret, The North Face, Nike
Shopping Forecast: Detroit may be famous for brutal winters, but it still ranks Victoria’s Secret’s little lingerie as its #1 brand of choice.

AUSTIN

Top Brands: Nike, 7 For All Mankind, Ralph Lauren
Shopping Forecast: Along with Houston and New Orleans, it’s one of just three cities to rank BCBGirls in the top 50. (Perhaps because floaty dresses like this one would work so well on humid summer days.)

NASHVILLE

Top Brands: LOFT, Steve Madden, Nike
Shopping Forecast: At #15, Kate Spade ranks relatively high in Nashville, compared to Houston and Miami (where Kate Spade is #30 and #39, respectively).

DENVER

Top Brands: 7 For All Mankind, J.Crew, Nine West
Shopping Forecast: Banana Republic ranks #1, which means Denver shares sartorial taste with Austin, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.

PITTSBURGH

Top Brands: Nike, Express, Banana Republic
Shopping Forecast: Along with Salt Lake City, it’s one of only two cities to rank Tommy Hilfiger in the top 50.

NEW ORLEANS

Top Brands: Gucci, Nine West, Ralph Lauren
Shopping Forecast: At #15, New Orleans ranks Kenneth Cole higher than in any other city. (In Boston the brand ranks #39 and in L.A. it ranks #40.)

WASHINGTON D.C.

Top Brands: The North Face, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: At #7, LOFT ranks relatively high in D.C, where political types might wear blazers like these.

ATLANTA

Top Brands: Steve Madden, J.Crew, DKNY
Shopping Forecast: Atlanta is one of only two cities to exclude Urban Outfitters from the top 50— NYC is the other— even though the store has really cute things like this.

DALLAS

Top Brands: Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren
Shopping Forecast: Coach makes it in the top 50 in Dallas, along with Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. It must be a non-coastal thing?

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Pinterest Inspired: Romantic Home Decor Style

Extravagant, exaggerated, wild, imaginative, fantastic.

Romantic decor is a style that appeals to the senses through patterns, lace, painted furniture, crystal, light filtered through sheer curtains and aromatic flower arrangements – one of our favorite home decor styles right now.

We wanted to share some of our favorites from Pinterest, because they are too good to keep to ourselves:

Now, if we could only find a mansion to put all of these ideas in…and a big wad of cash.

Someday….

Life is Beautiful: A Cutting Edge Art Installation

Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri has created a beautiful (and ironic) art installation using only kitchen knives stabbed into the walls.

His installation, which features the words ‘Life is Beautiful’ – is supposed to touch upon how common household items can serve as lethal weapons, lending a sarcastic undertone to the upbeat statement. Definitely a thought provoking piece of work – we love finding gems like these!




So what you do think?

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Oversized Rubber Ducky Bringing Oversized Smiles to Onlookers

You cannot help but to smile when seeing these images – and that is just the reaction that artist Florentijn Hofman wanted.  Sometimes it is the simple things in life that mean the most, and to tap into those feelings, Hofman created his giant yellow duckie with the mission of simply bringing people together through the presence of art.

Treating the Loire as a giant bubble bath, as The Rubber Duck cruises, it brings a message of joy, without political or sociological connotation. Hofman’s work often deals with simplistic happiness – his signature oversized installations serve as diversions that ease the tension of modern life.  His work often gives onlookers a moment of serenity amidst times of economic and political turmoil. We can’t help but appreciate this.

“The duck itself is a durable vessel, made from an inflatable plastic shell, a pontoon boat, and a generator to help propel it forward downstream. It gently moves throughout the environment without disrupting the nature of the marine life in the river below. Rising 82 feet by 82 feet wide, the bath time toy conjures up childhood memories and nostalgic narratives, undeniably creating smiles as it passes through each town.”

The Rubber Duck traveled a 40 mile stretch from Saint-Nazaire to Nantes, France as part of the Loire Estuary art exhibition. The Rubber Duck has already delighted the shores of both Osaka and Sao Paulo, and it will likely continue its journey to other waterways around the world, surely spreading joy and smiles everywhere it floats.

We hope this ducky makes it’s way across the pond to visit us sometime soon – what an incredible sight!

Absolutely brilliant.

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Sweet Murals (Literally)

Believe it or not, what you are seeing is artwork made of sugar. Using sugar cake icing, artist Shelley  Miller replicates the images of historical Portuguese tiles, azulejo ceramic tiles, and even street art – creating one sweet piece of art.

Inhabitat says, “Inspired by calligraphy, arabesques, ancient mosaics, mosque architecture, temples, and textile design, Miller gives the styles of these architectural elements new life reimagining them in a water-soluble medium.”

“Miller’s use of sugar goes beyond just the novelty of a using a confection in an outdoor art installation.  The artist also uses sugar to draw parallels between the history of the sugar industry and its remnants. For an ongoing project in Brazil, the artist decorated several dilapidated buildings with faux-Portuguese tiles. Brazil, once a booming industry leader in the sugar industry, is now faced with extreme poverty in many areas and echoes of the slave labor that fueled the industry. Ironically, sugar is now considered a luxury in many of these areas, so local children have been known to break off samples of Miller’s art installations to nibble on them.”

“Millers azulejo style murals also reference the sugar industry, mainly its transport across the oceans, its history, and link to the slave trade. She has installed the sugar murals in several ports related to the sugar industry, in Brazil, Victoria, BC, and her native Montreal.”

Pretty sweet right?

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Ginette Callaway

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Ginette Callaway of Ginette Fine Art.  Ginette’s watercolor and oil pastel pieces are bright and beautiful, and with the wide range of subjects, you are sure to find at least one to fall in love with.

About Ginette Callaway: 

I am French born to a German Mother and a French Father and became a US citizen in 2008. I live in the United States and paint in Oil and Watercolors from my Basement Studio in Georgia. Besides my traditional paintings I also love to do fresh contemporary abstract in watercolor and ink, mostly very colorful. My inspirations life, life and life.

I paint every day because that is what I love to do. If I never leave my basement that is fine because in my head I’m somewhere else. Nature inspires me most, because nature is the biggest wonder of all. Animals, Flowers, scenes from around the world and places I have visited. I remember a fragrance of a flower or fresh squeezed limes and it triggers a painting.

Simply from sun up till sun down my head is in a creative vice.

 

To see all of the Ginette Fine Art pieces on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/ginette-fine-art-all-art#

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