Let’s hear it for the pups.

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We LOVE our dogs. Like, a little TOO much. With dogs in the office almost daily, we get to have our fur babies nearby to make every day extra fantastic!

And they happened to dress up for National Dog Day today:

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We love to pamper our pooches with stylin’ accessories that scream “I’m the artsy-est dog on the block”.

So, in honor of National Dog Day, we’re highlighting some of our favorite picks for our furry best friends:

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 SHOP THE PET COLLECTION

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 SHOP THE PET COLLECTION

 

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENY.

Ever wondered what a day in the life of DENY was? Well, come on in! We’re giving you a little virtual tour of our home away from home. Sit back, get to know us a little and we hope you enjoy it!

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Photo credit: 5280 Magazine Summer 2014 Issue

It all started in a hospital room. Yes, you read that right.  Husband and wife team Dustin and Kim Nyhus cofounded DENY Designs by ignoring the phrase, “perfect timing”.  Pregnant with twin boys in the spring of 2010, Kim was hospitalized and put on bed rest for two whole months.  It was during that time that the couple decided to pursue their dreams of owning their own business. With a degree in Industrial Design, Dustin knew he wanted to build furniture and immerse himself in home décor.  He also wanted to share his love of art with the world, while also making a difference.  Boom…a business was born!  DENY Designs officially launched a year later in the spring of 2011 with the company’s signature (and highly requested) product, The BlingBox, a hanging jewelry armoire solution that marries art on the wall with an organized home for all your precious sparkles.

A few months later, DENY saw an absence in the marketplace for truly unique home furnishings and launched duvet covers, shower curtains and throw blankets followed by throw pillows.  In three short years, DENY has evolved from that single product offering featuring the work of approximately 10 artists to an entire line of 30 products boasting over 7,500 pieces of art from 150 hand picked artists all over the world!  Wowza!  And the best part?  We’ve been able to fulfill our mission to help support art communities all over the world and spread the creative love!

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Fast forward to July 2013, we officially started looking for a bigger, better space where the brilliant minds of the DENY employees could run rampant each and every day.  After viewing just about every available space in the great city of Denver, Colorado, we were close to sealing the deal on another space when Kim went out “one last time” to see if there were any last locations to consider.  The realtor made a location suggestion but warned her that it was still very rough. Having no conception of what he was really referring to, she agreed.

Upon entering the lobby, she quickly figured out that it was on the second floor, with no way to get up there except for the 20 foot ladder that stood before her.  In a dress and completely scared of heights, she sent the boys up first, hiked on up while praying for her life and laid eyes on a dusty, disgusting open space that she immediately fell in love with.  It took months and months (and months and months) of work, but finally in November 2014 after walls were put up, a garage door installed, wood floors refinished, new HVAC and windows put in and last but certainly not least, stairs and an elevator added, we were able to set up shop!

With a building four times the size of our last space and an attached showroom to share with customers, we’re in heaven here.  It’s only four blocks from the baseball park, close to several yummy lunch destinations, is housed directly over a brewery (go visit Jagged Mountain Brewery if you haven’t already!) and has so much space that surely we’ll be here for a while!

Come on in! We’d love to have you.

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Shop the designs:HELLO DARLING by Allyson Johnson // GO AWAY by Leeana Benson

Why have normal elevators? Really, we just want to find a way to put art on EVERYTHING. It’s kind of our thing.

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Welcome! We’d love to convince you that we’re a well-behaved office…

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But, it’s just not the case.

(HINT: The guy doing the headstand may or may not be the founder.)

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Get to know the DENY team here. We’re from all over, near and far. Every person brings their own unique style that makes DENY what it is today!

When you come into our office, you get to see the fun showroom of rotating designs and rooms! We have over 7,500 designs on the website to choose from, so the possibilities really are endless. Mixing and matching artists and designs is something we love to do and can help you do the same. And, of course, the best part is that every time you purchase a piece, that artist earns part of the proceeds! Win, win, win all around.

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SHOP OUR GALLERY OF ARTISTS

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SHOP OUR GALLERY OF ARTISTS

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Gallery wall de Inspiration.

Now, with working at a company where creativity is encourage, we thought we needed some colorful spaces to do our magic making.

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Shop the artist featured: Garima Dhawan

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Shop the artists featured: Garima Dhawan // Three of the Possessed

We love to brainstorm crazy ideas right here and see what the world will think.

And, sometimes you just need a giant Wall of Wonder to map out those creative sparks. Hence, the Wall of Wonder.

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 Shop the artists featured: Rebecca Allen // Brian Buckley // Bianca Green // Three of the Possessed

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Shop the artist featured: Mareike Boehmer

And sometimes you need to follow a Wall of Wonder session with a heated tournament of Galaga. It’s part of the creative process, you see.

You’re probably wondering, “Hey! That’s a lot of creative thinking, so how’s my DENY Tray or Wall Art being made?” Well, the office may look pretty, but we like to get our hands dirty too. You could say our warehouse is where the REAL magic happens!

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When you order something from DENY, it is printed on demand just for you! And many of our products are handmade from start to finish right here in Denver, Colorado. We don’t believe in inventory. Nope! Instead, we print each product after it’s ordered so that it’s 100% custom-made for each and every customer. How is the finished product created? It would be boring if we printed our products like every other company out there, so being the forward thinkers that we are, we’re one step ahead of the curve using a dye printing process. Bet you’re wondering what the heck that is! In a nutshell, the ink is dyed into the fibers of the fabric or the coated surface instead of the traditionally used direct print. This gives DENY’s products a huge advantage, as our colors stay as fresh and vibrant as the day the product is received! Fade-resistant products make for happy customers!

We’re happy you go to join us for a little behind the scenes peek at DENY. Stop on in if you’re in the Denver neighborhood. We’d love to have you!

 

 

DENY Duvets Make A Statement in HGTV’s Flipping the Block!

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Did you catch the premier of the new HGTV show, Flipping the Block? Here is what you’re in for:

“In the eight-part series hosted by Josh Temple (“House Crashers”), four teams will transform identical run-down condos and then sell them to the highest bidder, in hopes of taking home a $50,000 prize. Of course, things wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a catch and this one is a doozy — the teams have no idea what they will be doing on the show or anything about the prize money when they arrive on the scene. Tune in to see how each team reacts to the news they will be renovating condos for seven weeks. Each week Temple, along with HGTV staples David Bromstad (“HGTV Design Star”) and Scott McGillivray (“Income Property”) will help guide the teams as they are responsible for designing, renovating and furnishing a different section of the condo.  First up — the master bedroom.”

Check out the full gallery from Episode 1 where teams compete to makeover the Master Bedrooms.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, luckily two of the teams decided that DENY Designs would be the PERFECT place to find that pop of color and personality to inspire their Master Bedrooms around! And, we think that was a GREAT decision because guess what? One of those teams was the winner! Scroll down to see the ugly befores and the breathtaking afters of these duos’ hard work! Congratulations Team Red!

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We loved how the Holli Zollinger’s ANNAPURNA DENY Duvet Cover was front and center in this winning room. The dark walnut floors and the clean lines are the perfect backdrop to set this citrus pop of a master bedroom in play! It’s so cheery and bright that we can’t help but get bedroom envy. Great job Team Red! HGTV Scott chose this room as the winner for the quality of workmanship, neutral, sale-friendly color palette and smart closet addition.

Shop ANNAPURNA by Holli Zollinger

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Even though Team Black didn’t win, we still think they deserve the spotlight with this ocean inspired bright boudoir. Social Proper’s MINT OMBRE DENY Duvet Cover really sets the dreamy mood with its ocean-like gradient and soft turquoise. And don’t forget Cori Dantini’s Turquoise Scallops DENY Throw Pillow to tie it all together. We think the team did an amazing job adding in a trendy pop of sunny yellow and those super hot Moroccan Poufs to the room. We love it!

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Shop MINT OMBRE by Social Proper

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Shop TURQUOISE SCALLOPS by Cori Dantini

Tune into more episodes of Flipping the Block to see how these DIY renovators get things pretty!

DENY AT HOME with: Cayenablanca

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Meet Maria, AKA Cayenablanca. She’s a lover of nature, is inspired by antique botanicals and lives for vibrant colour explosion.

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Maria Virginia is an artist / graphic designer specializing in textile design. Cayenablanca comes from finding a personal creative space to explore new styles and trends. Originally from Venezuela, Maria currently creates in Madrid, but much of her influence comes from Latin America, with its vivid colours and organic textures. However, the Iberian metropolis also defines her work with its organized chaos and neon signs. She has several years of experience in the field and with clients originating from Venezuela, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, among others.

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Shop all of Cayenablanca’s designs

Hey Maria! First, let’s start with the basics. Describe your style in 5 words.

Bold. Organic. Intense. Honest. Personal.

We can see that! What experiences helped form your artistic style today?

When I was doing my Master Degree in textile design I won two big awards here in Spain, that helped a lot to my growth as an artist because it made me realize I actually could do it for myself.

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

Just walking around with my dog, Iggy, clears my head a lot. Usually when I come back home, I have new ideas in my mind. The crucial thing is not letting the fear or the frustration of not being creative enough run through your head.

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5 Things you can’t live without?

My brushes, inks, scanner, camera and laptop.

Describe one thing not many people know about you.

I am too hard on myself, always asking for more, looking for perfection, but art in general is so subjective it is impossible to know what perfection means.

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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? 

Coco Chanel

Bungee jumping or skydiving?

Skydiving!

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

A multicolored one, for sure.

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

I would ask some friends to help me and we would live paint a building.

Oh! An outdoor mural would be so beautiful from you. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

I would love to live on an exotic island. I just love to be surrounded by water the sea gives me such a peaceful feeling. And I can work from wherever I want so that would not be a problem.

Tell us about the story behind one of the designs you have in your gallery on DENY Designs.

I want to tell you about a recent design that is called Barcelona Geo. I live in Madrid for seven years and recently I moved to Barcelona and although I visited the city before living here, it has been such an inspiring experience. I was inspired by the texture on the buildings, the mix and match of Gaudí´s work and the vibe of the city.

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Shop BARCELONA by Cayenablanca

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We love your gallery wall. Can you describe some of those pieces? 

In my gallery wall you can find artwork that is very personal, that has my signature style all over with organic lines and splashes of colour and that evokes my childhood memories when I was living in Venezuela. There are a lot of patterns, experimental graphics and colour.

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!

My favorite treasure has to be a vintage chair I got at a flea Market near my home in Madrid. I bought it very cheap and and I sent it to an upholsterer with one of my printed fabrics I had at home, I loved the result so much that a while after I found another armchair in a very bad shape in front of my place and I recovered the wood and did all the upholstery work myself, I love it too! I also love a series of vintage botanical prints my dad gave me to me when I moved out, we share the love for flowers and nature in general. before-aftercayena2

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

I’ve always been very drawn to home styling and decorating, for me it is very important that your workspace and your home inspire you to create beautiful things or just to relax and feel safe. Living away from home in a foreign country makes it sometimes difficult to have everything in place and looking sharp, but I do my best!

In your craftiest of adventures, tell us about your greatest Pinterest success and/or fail.

I wanted to try the food styling and healthy recipes world, so I did one of my favorite summer recipes : vietnamese spring rolls and I shot all the process and I uploaded it on my pinterest profile, people loved it! It’s not my thing but I loved the experience. Another success is having designers contacting me to create custom made prints for their collection because they saw part of my work in my profile.

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

Here in Europe the apartments are so tiny! When I get bored, I change the distribution and create something nice, different, depending on the season. Summer time is all about bright colors and lots of seasonal fruits and flowers. In the winter I try to create an environment that keeps us away from the cold physically and mentally too. I think having a new art wall or even a new cushion can make a nice difference.

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We love that! We believe home decor can help with those winter blues too. What is your most cherished home accent piece? Why?  

I would have to say my plants. I have so many and different plants everywhere at home, I think they give a fresh feeling to the apartment is like the space is alive.

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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?  

I would choose to work with my psycho orchids collection, it is a personal ongoing project I’ve been working for a while now. The artwork is full of textures and depth, so the space would be full of layers creating new dimensions in where the designs will create different sensations playing with scale.

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Shop ORCHID 3 by Cayenablanca // Shop ORCHID 2 by Cayenablanca

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

William Morris, he was an amazing artist and establish the modern fantasy genre.

Andy Warhol, he really knew how to sell himself and his work.

Army Ratia, I would love to ask her so many questions.

Alexander Mcqueen, just because he was the best.

Bill Murray, some laughs will be great.

Grant Achatz, the way he created art with food is just amazing, hopefully he would cook for us!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

There is always calm after the storm.

Tell us an interesting/fun fact you recently learned. (about anything!)

Gratitude makes you happier!

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

I would love to see my work evolve and be prepared for new opportunities and projects.

We love it! Thank you, Maria. We’re so happy you’re a part of the DENY Artist Family! 

See all of Cayenablanca’s amazing work here!