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Meet Jenny Grumbles. She’s a fun-loving DENY Artist, owner of Uptown Country Home in Dallas, the star of A&E’s hit series, Storage Wars Texas and the queen of all things salvage.

Jenny Grumbles grew up in Southern California and spent her summers and college years living in Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Since obtaining a degree in journalism and studio art from Southern Methodist University in 2002, she has devoted her time to painting. Jenny has been represented in galleries and shops in Atlanta, Dallas, Newport Beach, Palm Springs, Laguna Niguel, San Diego, La Jolla and Balboa Island. She also shows her paintings in her very own shop in Dallas called Uptown Country Home. Since realizing her passion in painting in 1994, she has created an impressionist style with loose brush strokes and an emphasis on light and color. Her subject matter includes everything from children on the beach, home interiors, florals, and commissioned work. She is also a buyer for A&E’s hit series, Storage Wars Texas.

Hey Jenny! First, let’s start with the basics. 

Describe your creative style in 5 words.

Colorful, impressionistic, uninhibited, recycled, carefree

Bungee jumping or sky diving?

Sky diving!  The cord freaks me out in bungee jumping.  I’ve been sky diving. It’s the best.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Pink Sherbet?

Describe one thing not many people know about you.

Unless it is a black and white painting, I NEVER use black paint in my paintings.

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You have so many great finds and treasures spread throughout your home! Tell us the story behind a few of your favorites – where/how you found them and any ones that you DIY’d.

Thank you!  Almost everything in my house is fixed-up found junk or a DIY project. Some pieces are literally from a dumpster diving outing.   I love the little glass cabinet in our kitchen.  It has a perfect mint green color peeling through.  I try and try to get my refurbished pieces looking that perfectly chippy and peely, but it never quite turns out that way. My husband actually said this piece is the one furniture piece he can’t part with.  I also really like the bed I made-over in the guest room.  I like upholstering boring old beds with funky fabric.  That bed came from a storage auction when I was filming Storage Wars Texas.

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How has your artistic and home style evolved over the years?

I never used to like modern.  I used to be turned off by it but now I love mixing it in with the rusty and shabby in my home – and even started doing some abstract paintings.

Tell us about the story behind one of the designs you have on our website.

Hope” was actually one of my first more modern, more abstract paintings. I painted it during political season and the circles reminded me of the O for Obama, so I called it “Hope”. That painting actually ended up being a math problem for me with all of the circles and shadows.

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 Shop HOPE by Jenny Grumbles

Love it! What is your most cherished home accent piece? Why?

My most cherished accent pieces are the two antique chairs in our living room I painted and covered in white.  They were my great, great grandma’s and I have a framed picture of them in her house.  My grandmothers were all very stylish so I know they wouldn’t mind that I gave them a makeover and updated them.  People always get mad at me when I paint antiques.  I only have two pieces of unpainted furniture in the whole house and I want to paint them every time I walk by them.

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We vote for paint! We believe in making your home happy with the truest expression of you! In your craftiest of adventures, tell us about your greatest Pinterest success and/or fail.

My greatest Pinterest fails are any time I attempt a recipe.  They look so good and pretty and easy in the pics, but turn out gross and unappetizing and painstakingly hard to make when I do them.

We’ve definitely been there. Tell us the story behind the “man cave”/sports room and what inspired it. 

My husband hates the term “man cave” so it is definitely “sports room.”  He has been a collector of vintage sports memorabilia since childhood. When we were dating he always talked about how he wanted his own room to display his collections.  Once he got all his stuff out, I tried to come up with creative ways to make it look stylish and not cheesy.  I found him a shadowbox coffee table, painted an old lawyers cabinet, and looked for interesting vintage frames and displays.  Then I decided the whole room needed to be painted a dark color to make his collections stand out.  Then we had to take the doors of the closet because there wasn’t enough space to display everything that needed to be out.  It’s like a little museum.

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It’s amazing! How do you change up your home for different seasons? Any tips/tricks to make it feel fresh?

Besides glittering my home out for Christmas, I just add small touches for the other seasons.  Maybe a funky easter wreath on the door, some white pumpkins scattered on the dining table, some pink candy around, different plants or flowers – I don’t do much traditional seasonal decor.

What’s your best secret to entertaining?

A helpful secret to entertaining in this house is that we have all white dishes and serving pieces.  I can use them on any occasion and mix them in with more festive pieces.  You can’t go wrong with all white. I love antique silver so I try to use it as much as I can, even if we are having people over for burgers.

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Go-to recipe that’s always a party hit?

I cannot cook, but my sister makes a great party hit that I have been successful at re-doing.

Party Rye Pizza

  • 1 package of party rye
  • 1 lb. mild sausage
  • 1/2 lb velveeta
  • 1/2 lb mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 12 oz can tomato paste
  • Romano cheese

Brown the meat, drain, add spices, cover with cheese, cover with lid, heat on low until cheese melts, smear bread slices with tomato paste, top with meat and cheese mixture, sprinkle with romano, bake in oven at 300 for 8 min!

YUM. If you had to choose a piece of your own artwork right now and build a room around it, which piece would you choose and how would the space look?

It would be fun to do a room around “Study in Stripes“. Maybe an all white room with one giant piece of furniture painted Kelly Green and some hot pink pillows.

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Shop STUDY IN STRIPES by Jenny Grumbles

That would be SO CUTE. So, if you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy?

I get most of my creative inspiration when I am calm.  I like to take a break at my step-dad’s ranch house or my dad’s mountain house to get away from city life and let my mind wander for ideas.

That sounds lovely. Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?

I think I will be painting a lot more in 5 years.  Right now I focus so much more on my shop, Uptown Country Home, and interiors that I don’t make as much time to paint.  I’d like to slow down and change that some time in the future.

You can invite 6 people (anybody! Living or dead) to a dinner party.  Who made the list and why?

Barack & Michelle Obama because we would have so many interesting things to talk about and they inspire me.  Jay Z & Beyonce to entertain us, and because they are the ultimate power artist couple.  And maybe Van Gogh and Rachel Ashwell to talk shop with?

Ha! That would be fun! Things you can’t live without?

Paint & french fries.

We get that. What experiences helped form your design/artistic style today?

My mom helped me form my design style – she has been turning trash to treasure in front of me since birth.  The woman who had the most influence on my painting was the artist Claudia Hartley, http://hartleyart.com.  Her lessons are what turned me into a real painter.

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What great influences! What is one of your favorite quotes?

“I believe in pink.

I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.

I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.

I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.

I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn

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Love that quote. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional…with whom would that be?

I’d like to be Elmo for a day. Did you know he’s an artist too?

We’ve never thought about that! What would we find in your refrigerator if we looked right now?

Port wine cheese, pineapple, yogurt, red bull and capri suns.

Tell us an interesting/fun fact you recently learned. 

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch tv for 3 hours.

Woah! If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?

Beach, Spa, Steak Frites.

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If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

I’m happy in Dallas because I want to live close to my family, but if family wasn’t an issue, I would probably live in Southern California or Hawaii because of the weather and the ocean.

Describe one of your pieces of art on DENY and tell the story behind it.

My crayon pieces are inspired by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  It is a magical place I chair an art auction for every year to raise money.  The annual event is called “Summer Colors.”  Crayons are kind of a symbol for TSRHC.

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SHOP CRAYONS by Jenny Grumles

What a wonderful cause! So, tell us, why do you love DENY?

DENY is such a fantastic company because it is so about thinking out of the box.  Artists and decorators and business people all benefit from that line of thinking.  Deny takes one piece of art and pulls it out of the box over and over again.

Thank you, Jenny!! 

See all of Jenny Grumbles’ colorful art here!

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Meet Robert Farkas.

robert-farkas_smallRobert Farkas is a digital artist currently based out of Budapest, Hungary. He comes from a family of creative talent, beginning with his grandfather, famous film director Tamas Fejer. Robert’s great-uncle, Kasmer Fejer, is also well-known for his invention of fluorescent ink. Robert’s mother went on to become a photographer, encouraging Robert throughout his childhood to exploit his talent for painting and to follow in the artistic footsteps of his family. Robert currently works throughout the weekdays as a broadcast animator and a web designer. He spends his free time working on his personal projects, which spice up his everyday life. Combining his talent for painting and watercolors with digital manipulation, Robert has created a diverse portfolio filled with an ample amount of one-of-a-kind works.

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Hey Robert! First, let’s start with the basics. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Orange.

Describe one thing not many people know about you. 

I’m a drummer, but can’t find a good electro-pop band here in Hungary where I could play…

That’s awesome! We wish there was a Hungarian electro-pop band now too! Tell us 5 things you can’t live without.

1. My wife

2. My family

3. My friends

4. Traveling

5. Music

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Love it! You can invite 6 people (anybody living or dead) to a dinner party. Who made the list?

1. Robert Capa (I believe he was an incredible funny guy),

2. My grandfather’s brother Kasmer Fejer (he was the inventor of fluorescent ink and I’ve never see him)

3. Bruce Willis (to have a great cigar together)

4. Einstein (just for practice my german language)

5. Frank Miller (I admire his works)

6. My wife Lili (without her I’m lost in a party:)

That would be a GREAT party. Ok, if you could trade places with any other person for a week (famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional), with whom would that be?

It’s so easy. To be Marty McFly for a week, what sounds better than this?

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Shop “EMETT” and “MARTY MCFLY

Ha! We LOVE your designs that are inspired from Back to the Future! If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?

I would have a Coffee, watch a dozen of zombie films, have a burger in my favorite place in the city, and at night have a walk in Budapest with Lili.

What experiences helped form your design/artistic style today?

Good and bad criticisms are helpful. I try to learn from my mistakes and improve my design skills to make fresh art to the industry.

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We love how that freshness comes through in your art! If you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy?

If I’m low on inspiration I can’t do nothing, it just happens. In the dark days my wife helps me a lot, because she laughs me out when I say to her: ”I’m totally burned out, I never gonna make a new artwork again!”. Sometimes a film, or an exhibition ignites my brain. Taking a bath or even doing the dishes can help too. When my brain has just a little rest, there are colours and shapes appearing in front of my eyes.

What’s your favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created?

That’s a hard question, I love them all! Maybe “The Wolf of the City”, and “Rorschach” are my favorites, but that’s changing always.

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Shop “THE WOLF OF THE CITY” and “TWIN PEAKS MAP

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We see some superhero art scattered around your home, so we must ask, who’s your favorite and why?

I’m a big fan of American comic books, I’m also a maniac collector. Captain America is my favorite character, I can’t really tell you why, he’s just the right guy:)

What is your most cherished home accent piece? Why?

We’re collecting bunnies, and and many crazy things, it’s hard to say that this or that is the most loved one. I really like our Flip-Flop style clock, which always reminds me of the film called the Groundhog Day, or the 3D paper cat statue which I’ve done for Lili who admires our cat Jean-Luc:)

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What’s the story behind the vintage typewriter?

My wife Lili is a journalist, photographer, blogger and also a poet, so it was a perfect birthday gift from my mother. Originally it was my grandfather’s (on my father’s side) typewriter, he bought it from the Hungarian Army after he quit from there. It was made around 1910.

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Give us a synopsis of what your Hungarian letter says and why it’s important to you.

It’s a poem by my father-in-law, he’s also very talented guy like everyone in this big family:) He wrote this letter to my wife’s 30th birthday. The first few rows would sound like this:

Thirty summer
Thirty glowing angel wings winter
Snow crunching

Thirty promising spring and autumn
Cunning light of the October sunshine

Thirty pearls in a row on a cord, long enough
It also fits a lot of them
I hope
I believe 

Wow! You are surrounded by a talented family! Pick one of your pieces of art and tell the story behind it.

Elegant Forest: During our holiday in the US in 2011 we lived in a forest in New Jersey for 2 weeks. We went to a bicycle tour and we saw a few deer. They were just stand there about 3 steps away and watching us like: What the hell they doing here?:) Before and after this I never were closer to a wild living deer, and after we arrived from the US back to Hungary I made this artwork immediately:

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Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?

Some where in Western Europe or in the States. I really like to challenge myself not just as an illustrator but like an animator too.

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Why do you love DENY?

It’s a great place for artist because if you need a little spotlight to reach your potential fans, their site give you this great feature. Also I like that behind every DENY email there are real people who are very kind and they help me if I have any problem.

Thank you, Robert! It was so fun chatting with you and learning more about your awesome creative brain. We’re so happy you’re a part of the DENY Artist Family! 

See all of Robert Farkas’ colorful and fresh work here!

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Check out the JAN/FEB issue of HGTV Magazine and you’ll find tons of fun budget friendly decor inspirations for your living area and kitchen! aimee

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Yeah, we’ll definitely take the Low List! Love the pop of color in the chandelier mixed with Aimee St. Hill’s design!

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So bright and fun! We love the Arcturus pillow mixed in with these gorgeous primary colors. Perfection in the kitchen!

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Meet Kent Youngstrom. This DENY Artist has been with us since 2012! He’s a no-excuses renegade of an artist that pulls out spectacular designs full of depth and character.

As an artist, Kent Youngstrom enjoys the struggle as much as he does the end product.  He mixes color, typography, a bit of faith, sentimental imagery and a laugh now and then to take you on a journey with him.  Kent prefers to start with an unknown and let it pull him to completion.  The ultimate challenge is to convey emotional transparency with each stage.  Many times he takes the wrong road and has to double back to find the right path.  The final image is often a simplification of a journey full of unexpected twists and sharp turns along the way.

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Hey Kent! First, let’s start with the basics. If you were a superhero, what would your catchphrase be?

I get more done than you.

Ha! What song would be used in the soundtrack for a movie about your life? 

 It’s All Been Done by Barenaked Ladies

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Describe your style. 

Movement and texture.

We can definitely see that reflected in your work. Hot color of the moment? 

Black and white.

Can’t go wrong with that! What’s the best city for design inspiration for you?

Chicago.

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Tell us 5 things you can’t live without.

1. Running shoes

2. Protein bars

3. A blank canvas

4. A Macbook Pro

5. Confidence

You can invite 6 people (anybody living or dead) to a dinner party. Who made the list?

1/2. Martha Stewart and Oprah: So they can try to out impress each other.

3. Richard Brandson: So I can pitch my work for any of his projects.

4. Alton Brown: So he can cook the meal.

5. The Mayor of Charlotte: So I can tell him the roads here suck.

6. Some bigwig from HGTV: To tell him/her that they made a big mistake by passing me up.

You tell ‘em! Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?

Doing the same thing but hopefully more people have been introduced to it.

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If you had to choose a piece of your artwork and build a room around it, which piece would you choose?

Ha. I think that’s about every room in my house. I prefer to work large, so the entry way gives me the most space.

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What are 3 necessities that you feel are needed in every room? 

1. Chair

2. Piece of art

3. Potential for a soft breeze

Amen. If there’s one artist (dead or alive) that you would want to have drinks with, who would it be?

Jackson Pollock. I think he drank – right? Ha.

If you could do one dance move the rest of your life, what would it be? 

The wall lean.

A crowd-pleaser. Ha! What’s your signature daily attire?

Jeans, T-shirt.

If you had to describe yourself as a color, what would it be and why?

Grey. I’m good at adapting to different environments.

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Shop SHUT UP here!

If you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy?

Exercise. Shower. Sleep.

It’s all about the basics, right? What are reading right now? 

Greater by Steven Furtick.

You’ve been with us for a while and have shared some great statement-making art along the way. Why do you love DENY?

Mostly, I love your eagerness to jump off the diving board and plunge into the world of printed goods – but with an emphasis on items for the home which is severely lacking.

Thank you, Kent! We loved the chance to chat and get a glimpse into your creative haven. We’re so happy you’re a part of the DENY Artist Family! 

See all of Kent’s amazing work here!

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