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 winnder for the quality of workmanship, neutral, sale-friendly color palette and smart closet addition.

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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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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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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!

DENY Discovers: MANDY HAZELL

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DENY Artist: MANDY HAZELL

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Mandy Hazell is a proud Denver artist who spent most of her childhood drawing and creating different forms of art. Completely self taught, she enjoys working with acrylics and creating pieces that are bright, vibrant and whimsical. Color is of the essence when it comes to her work. Mandy is also a tattoo artist at Bound By Design Tattoo and Piercing located in Denver. Mandy_Incar You can find her full collection of fun designs at denydesigns.com! pillow-blog blog clock-blog

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DENY AT HOME with: Pattern State

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Meet Sarah English, AKA Pattern State. She’s a fashion forward DENY Artist that is a master and lover of the repeat pattern.

Sarah English is Pattern State. With a background in painting, she works by day in the fashion industry and creates her custom patterns by night. Sarah lives in Texas where she draws from many inspirations and considers herself lucky to pursue her love of art, pattern and design. She loves the hand drawn line, gets a bit nostalgic, delights in the odd and can’t wait to watch it all repeat together in a super cool pattern. Read below as we get to know Sara English in a fun Q&A and get the tour of her home and studio!

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

Hand drawn.

Eclectic.

Color.

Pattern.

Transforming.

Love it! What experiences helped form your artistic style today?

I come from a family of artists, seeing my uncle and aunts create really inspired me and made me feel like creating was actually something I could do for the rest of my life. Going to graduate school to get my MFA was the best decision I ever made. The program pushed me as a person and pushed my work. I learned there how to find and continually search for who I am as an artist and attempt to define that. It’s something I’m constantly seeking and graduate school helped teach me to work hard….really hard…to just make. After graduate school I was part of an artist-run gallery in Dallas called 500X Gallery. That experience and the artists I worked with there really shaped me. When you’re around other people doing amazing things, you want to be amazing with them.  I don’t paint as much as I used to as my attention has turned more to creating patterns and prints. But I’m always hungry and always pushing and evolving.

How has your style evolved over the years?

My style has changed as my life and family have changed. Any home I’ve lived in has to be very functional and not feel like a museum. My style changed when I got married and blended both of our tastes. It changed again when I incorporated kids into our home. Toys came out and all my decor moved up out of reach. We’re constantly evolving as our needs change. Plus it gives me an excuse to keep updating everything, which I love to do! We’re actually in the process of moving right now into a new home, an old house built in the 60’s. I’m so excited to see how our style will change once we get settled. I’m currently laying awake every night dreaming of what to do with the new space. Best part…a room in the back with a wall of windows for a new studio space!

Oh that’s so exciting! We always love a chance to decorate a new space. If you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy? 

I wish I lived in a place where I said I went and took a hike in the mountains or sat on the beach and stared at the ocean. But in Dallas that’s just not an option. I’ve got to be creative in finding creative inspiration! I really do find so much inspiration from traveling. But day to day…I have to get out. I have to leave the space I’m in and go do something different. Sometimes I go shop…because we have no shortage of shopping in Dallas. I like to see what’s in stores, I like to look for trending colors. Sometimes I go to a museum or out to the galleries. Sometimes I just go sit in the park and people watch. I feel like I can find inspiration anywhere, even if I do the smallest thing to make my day different and unique from the day-to-day routine that it’s so easy to get stuck in. I find the best inspiration when I can go out alone and let my mind wonder. I write a lot.

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Pillows shown (from back): Chevy Rose, Arrow Night, and Pyramid Line West by Pattern State

What a great way to get inspired! Changing up routine is a great way to stay aware and inspired. Tell us about the story behind one of the designs you have on DENY.

If I wanted to bore everyone I could sit down and talk about every single piece. The Arrow Dawn and Arrow Night designs came after a trip to Europe. Traveling itself invigorates me. But I saw so many patterns everywhere. I came back and started drawing a lot of the shapes I had seen. I liked how the lines looked different once I drew them and layered them. In the end, the finished designs took on a much a more southwest kind of feel. For me the designs became this kind of mash-up of motifs that came from my Texas roots and my European travels.

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Arrow Dawn by Pattern State and Arrow Night by Pattern State

We love that! If you had to choose a piece of your own artwork and build a room around it, which piece would you choose and how would the space look?

What a question! I’m actually asking myself this every single day as we prep to move. At the moment I’m thinking about the large red and silver painting I have hanging above my couch. It was done by my friend, Jim Burton, when we were in graduate school. His studio was next door to mine and I actually got to see him create this piece through the whole process. We did a painting trade…which is how I’ve gotten a lot of the art in my home. It’s a great thing when you have a lot of friends who are amazingly talented artists! The painting is so bold and strong. I’m thinking of how it will work in a smaller room? I go back and forth with keeping all the furnishings around it totally neutral…grays, black,and white. Or, just really going for it and putting it above a bright colored orange couch and doing a color overload in the room.  You’ll have to check back with me in a few months and see the final verdict! Either way, I know there will be lots of pattern in the room.

We can’t wait to see what you do with your new home! Especially if you go with a bold orange couch. Speaking of your home, you have so many great treasures and finds in your current space! Tell us the story behind a few of your favorites.

So nice of you to say “treasures”! I often feel the hoarder in me bubbling up when it comes to decor in my home. I like to think of a lot of the pieces in my home as collections. We have a lot of art, vintage pieces, and family items. Almost every piece reminds me of something.  I hope friends get a sense of who we are as a family when they come into our home. A feeling of comfort but also personality, with a dose of nerd thrown into the mix. I tend to have an emotional connection to a lot of objects…see there it is…hoarder alert! I’ve been collecting bluebirds over the last few years. My son was born with these amazing blue eyes. I have a blue bird tattoo on my shoulder for him. Friends started giving me little blue bird figures when they would find them and it’s stuck with me. I also love the old first aid kit we have hanging. I found it at an antique shop in Austin.  My husband is in medical school, so we’ve always got our eye out for cool medical items. I would love to have a library one day with old medical posters hanging.

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We say when collecting is intentional, it’s not hoarding. :) We love your gallery wall. Can you describe some of those pieces? 

It’s quite the mix. I’m sure you notice the DENY Designs wall letter E in my butterfly print.  That was a happy package to get in the mail!  The wall is a mix of art pieces from friends, prints we’ve bought, and some of my own work. The painting of the house is one my uncle, Jack Maxwell, did. It’s the old Texas home of my great grandmother.  The smaller paintings on the wall that have a lot of color and pattern are mine. I used to have a minor animal obsession in my paintings…lots of birds, deers, and cows. I’m really drawn to prints where I feel like designers have created something really clever, especially out of a theme you’ve seen a lot of. For example the Kamino and Bespin posters from Star Wars, designed by Justin Van Genderen. Or all of the Game of Thrones sigils designed by Darrin Crescenzi. Sometimes I’m really drawn to minimalism in design, because I find it so difficult to do myself. And I love looking at the photograph I took of Prada Marfa. It’s not a great photograph in itself, but I love being reminded that I got to go see it.


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BUTTERFLY TAIL by Pattern State Wall Letter “E”

What is your most cherished home accent piece and why? 

My most cherished pieces are ones from my family.  I have a few pieces from my grandmother’s house that I remember always staring at when I was a kid.  Like her brass candlesticks.  The old “phone” sign I found while rummaging in the back of her garage.  I think it’s so cool.

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

Confession: craftiness is not my strong suit, like I kind of hate it.  I could paint all day but ask me to decoupage something and forget it, I’m terrible!  Thanks to Pinterest, I was inspired to learn to sew. I kept seeing all these great projects I wanted to try. A couple summers ago I bit the bullet, I got a sewing machine and took classes.  The last Pinterest project I did was sewing DIY burp cloths using some of the fabrics I designed.  Let’s just say that I don’t do well making straight lines and I’m really thankful they’re only going to be used for babies to throw up on!  Lucky for me I have great friends receiving these burp cloths that let me get away with “its the thought that counts!”

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Adventure Toile Duvet Cover by Pattern State and Triangle Marine Pillowcase by Pattern State

Tell us about your son’s bedroom. The Adventure Toile Duvet Cover looks amazing with the Triangle Marine Pillowcase!

Thanks! Pairing the toile and the triangle pattern is a great example of how I like to mix patterns.  I designed this Toile print specifically with my son in mind.  He and I sat down together and I started drawing all of his favorite things.  A lot of times when I work it’s very solitary.  It was cool to be able to let him be a part of it.  I get excited when it works to take a traditional pattern and reinvent it. Designer Dan Funderburgh is the master of this.  In this case, I gave the toile a kid spin.  I think it’s really fun.  The curtains are an Alexander Girard print….what an amazing textile designer!

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What’s the story behind the three nails on the wall?

Last summer my friend, fellow artist and designer, Jen Gassiraro, and I took a trip to Marfa.  It was amazing. AMAZING.  I had been drawn to Marfa for forever, really obsessed with it.   And the experience of traveling there and being in the space was even more than I had hoped for. What an inspirational trip!  I designed so much work after coming back.  Everyone…GO TO MARFA!   We spent a lot of time roaming and discovering the landscape, just getting lost along the road.  At one point we pulled over and hadn’t seen another car or person for miles.  I walked along a railroad track and picked up a lot of these old railroad spikes.  I brought a few back and keep them out to remind me of that space.

Let’s all go to Marfa! If you had a day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?

I would want to drive to the airport in the morning.  Hop on a random flight. Spend the afternoon exploring a new place and finding my way with no plans.  Then come back on the last flight out.

Describe one thing not many people know about you.

I don’t like to call and order pizza over the phone.  I’m really glad we have the internet and online ordering.

What would we find if we looked in your refrigerator right now?

Please don’t! A lot of leftover pizza and kid juice boxes.  Lets pretend I said organic fruits and vegetables that I picked up at the local farmers market.

Ha! Deal. Tell us an interesting/fun fact you recently learned about anything in particular.

Ok, here is a history fact that blows my mind: The years Cleopatra lived are closer to our present time than the construction of the pyramids.

Wow! 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 feel like you’re wanting a really design inspired response here, but if I’m keeping it real….I’m totally TV obsessed.  I definitely want to be Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones…I mean that hair, and she gets to be the “Mother of Dragons.”  Or Claire Underwood in House of Cards…she is so bad, she’s good…and really I just want her wardrobe!

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Totally great answer! Do you always create on the floor? It looks so laid back and comfy!

Most of the time I do. I like having all the space to spread out and see what I’m working on. Plus I like to move around a lot when I draw.

Tell us about the inspiration wall in your studio!

I LOVE this wall. It’s always changing. I just pin up anything I think is cool. I look at this wall every single day, even if it’s just in passing. It keeps my ideas fresh and somehow I see something new every time I look at the wall. My favorite part is when I get to pull down the “old” ideas or ones I feel like I’ve already worked through and pin up some new inspiration. Every time, I feel like I’m about to embark on a new discovery that’s going to take me somewhere awesome.

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

I wish I could flash forward in time 5 years and see what my designs look like. I hope I would blow myself away and not believe I was able to create the designs I see. I want to see my work on more products, more places. I fantasize about walking into someone’s home I don’t know, or seeing a pic on a blog and finding one of my prints at home in someone else’s space. That would be a thrill! I want more and more of that in the next 5 years. As an artist I want to be painting more and more. In 5 years, I want to be working in my studio covered in paint.

We love hearing stories behind the art. Tell us another.

One day, when I learn to sew a straight line and decide to take on the challenge, I’m going to make a quilt. I have a great friend, and former college roommate, who quilts. I was always fascinated with her process and patience. She actually took me to my first quilt show which opened up the world of fabric and surface design to me. I had never seen quilts as art before she showed me. My design “Nomad Quilt” is an homage to that, until I do the real thing!

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What is one of your favorite quotes?

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” Tina Fey, Bossypants

Why do you love DENY?

I love the opportunity DENY has given me as an independent artist. To see my designs on such a wide variety of products is a huge thrill., I mean HUGE.  A designer’s work is meant to be shared, that’s the whole point.  And DENY gives me a way to share the work on a platform far larger than I could ever do on my own.  And as a bonus, to see the work of so many other talented artists and designers is super inspirational.  I love how the DENY collection is always growing.  DENY makes me want to keep creating more!

Thank you, Sarah! We loved our chat and getting to know your awesome creative process and life. We’re so happy you’re a part of the DENY Artist Family! 

See all of Pattern State’s amazing work here!

Dress your Deck! 30% off all Outdoor!

Shop all things Outdoor!   It’s time to dress your deck! We’re sick of only having drab outdoor decor to work with. We want personality outdoors as well! Add some color pop to your deck, patio or backyard space with Outdoor Throw Pillows, Outdoor Seat Cushion (NEW!), decorative serving trays and coaster sets! Bonus: Get 30% off these items through May 31st, 2014 with code DRESSYOURDECK. Shop new Outdoor Patio Seat Cushions!

Introducing Outdoor Seat Cushions! Transform your bistro set or patio dining set into some serious color with Outdoor Seat Cushions. Water and mildew proof, these cushions are perfect for adding that personality in a pop!

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Who says palm trees are tacky! Lenay, our Creative Director put together a funky palm collection for her outdoor space that’s sure to leave you entertaining like a breeze! Shop the full collection

Shop the Funky Fresh Farmhouse Collection!

Deana, our Customer Relations Manager, loves to work with reclaimed items with character and fun. But that doesn’t stop her from injecting color and personality into her deck space! Shop the Funky Fresh Farmhouse Collection and see how farmhouse is the new funhouse that leaves a funky edge to your shabby chicness.

Shop the Botanical Brights Collection!

Katey, is the brains behind our Product Development department and she is into Flora, Fauna, Fruit and fun for her outdoor space! Shop the collection and get inspired by these Botanical Brights.

Shop the Punchy Prep Collection!

Lisa, our Artist Relations Manager may be the preppiest peach we know, but she won’t let that limit her from adding a color punch to her deck. Shop her Punchy Prep collection and get inspired to add the perfect classy pop to your outside oasis.

Shop the Fresh Squeezed Collection!

Abby is our Operations Manager rockstar and she sure knows how to keep it sunny and fresh! Her Fresh Squeezed collection leaves her patio always sunny despite the biploar Colorado weather. Shop the Fresh Squeezed Collection and give your patio the citrus touch.Shop the Bright and Bold Summer Patio Collection!

It’s all things bright and bold for KIm, our co-founder. She injected her patio with personality and bold color to leave her feeling sunny all day every day. Shop the Bright and Bold Summer Collection and get ready to have your color meter on overdrive.

Shop the Bubblefun Collection!

A little personality goes a long way says Rachael our Retail Relations Coordinator. She’s the queen of funky personality and her Bubblepop Collection doesn’t fail. Colorful animals and kitschy quotes, this patio collection will leave you with a sunny smile all year long. Shop the Whimsical Wonderland Patio Collection!You’re never too old to play outside and Sara is a firm believer in that. Classy color, patterns and colorways are taken to the next level with whimsical wonderness. Shop the Whimsical Wonderland Patio Collection for the perfect take on the kid at heart that loves bare feet in the summer grass.

 

DENY AT HOME with: JENNY GRUMBLES

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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!

DENY AT HOME with: ROBERT FARKAS

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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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February makes us blush in pink hues galore. We can’t help it! But just because it’s the month of pink, doesn’t mean you have to lose the chic. Tasteful, classy and glam, glam, glam are what define pink done RIGHT in the home. Check out our featured Chic Pink collection to start your pinker-than-pink home decor obsesssion!

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