DENY at Home with artist Joy Laforme!

DENY at Home with artist Joy Laforme

There’s something beautiful about peeking into someone’s life behind closed doors. You get to see their personality truly shine through in their home decor selections and tastes, while also getting a glimpse into their inner workings.

In this edition of DENY @Home, we’re introducing you to one of our DENY Artists, Joy Laforme. Learn about this classically colorful beauty and see the home she shares with her husband and beloved cat!

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Hi Joy! We’re beyond thrilled to have you as a part of the DENY Artist Family. If you had to describe yourself as a color, what would it be and why?

I would be a faded orange-pink. Sometimes girly, sometimes fierce, always bold, and I go with everything. (ha!)

Love it. Describe your style for us.

I love classic designs with a little bit of an edge. Most of what I create is a twist on something classic I saw or once created that I turned into something bright or bold. 

We can see that reflected in your beautiful art! Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?

Hopefully designing textiles all the time. I love making homes and wardrobes brighter and happier with everything I create.

That you do! Let’s learn more about you. What songs would be used in the soundtrack for a movie about your life?

Honeysuckle Rose – Django Reinhardt

In the mood – Glenn Miller

Si Tu Vois Ma Mere – Manu Dibango

That’s Life – Frank Sinatra

The Best is Yet To Come – Michael Buble

Changing All Those Changes – Madeline Peyroux

Classic! Favorite season?

Autumn.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Vanilla (with M&Ms)

Favorite designer?

I have a lot of favorite designers! I think my favorite right now is Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.

Great choice! Hot color of the moment?

Gold

Last meal?

Flounder + fresh veggies

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Alright, let’s talk about your home. What do you love most about your neighborhood?

All the biking and hiking trails.

Which house most accurately reveals your dream style?

A. The classic 4-story New York brownstone from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

B. The cozy and private home in the English Countryside featured in “The Holiday”

C. Or, the ultra modern, shall we say…glass house, from “Iron Man”?

A!

Favorite room in your house? 

My office

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Favorite item in your house?

The Tiffany lamp in my office.

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

A blanket, a good lamp, and a window.

What’s the story behind the oldest heirloom in your home?

The pen on my desk was my great-grandfather’s. It sat on his desk!

SO cool! What was your biggest splurge (in home decor)? What was your best bargain?

The biggest splurge was the chaise lounge in our bedroom. The best bargain? The living room lamps! They are thrift store finds that I wrapped in sailor’s rope, and I painted the shades. Voila!

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We love the lamps. Great DIY! What is your most cherished home accent piece? Why?

The photo of the Brooklyn brownstone homes. My husband bought that for me from a local photographer after I moved out of my NY home into my first “on my own” home. It was a scary transition, being in a new place on my own, and every time I look at it, it reminds me of my years growing up.

Such a sweet guy!

DENY at Home with artist Joy Laforme

DENY at Home with artist Joy Laforme

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

I usually either head to Pinterest or get away from my computer.

We LOVE Pinterest too! What is one of your favorite pieces of art?

Anything and everything by Monet.

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 you compose the space?

Any colorway of the piece “Sunfaded Ranunculus” would allow me to indulge in anything classic, country, modern or feminine that I want for that room!

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We absolutely love your style and home! It’s very reflective of you and the classic, yet punchy colorful artwork you create! Why do you love DENY?

I really love how DENY empowers everyday artists to do their thing. So great! It’s great to see so many different kinds of artists housed under the DENY name.

Shop Joy Laforme’s designs on DENY! 

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Joy Laforme is an award winning designer and illustrator residing in Philadelphia, PA. She loves blurring the boundaries between timeless and modern designs with her unique aesthetic. She works with multiple mediums and her designs are inspired by flora, fauna, and the places she visits. She recently joined the DENY Artist Family and you can find all her designs perfectly adorning DENY bedding, pillows, mirrors, clocks, rugs and so much more!

Summer Reading List | 10 Fab Reads to Get Your Hands On Now

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We love us some books. Some to get lost in, some to learn about our favorite hobbies and passions and some to secretly indulge our inner super powers. And what better time than the summer to find a new read? Something about being in a hammock in the cool breeze makes for the perfect reading environment.

So, we asked around the office, “What’s your favorite summer read so far?” It not only confirmed that DENY is filled with a bunch of unique individuals, but also opened our eyes to some new ideas for great new books to look forward to! So, here are our best suggestions, just for you and your reading pleasure.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Summer Reading List

“If The Hunger Games and The Bachelor had too many lime-a-ritas one night and got it on, this would be their sad little bastard child. If you’re picking up this dose of YA fiction it’s not to improve your IQ, but for a trashy beach read you really can’t go wrong. Best enjoyed on a Kindle to cut down on judgmental looks.”

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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“Gotta recommend “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. This is not one of those feel-good books, nope. This is a seriously demented, crazy read, but so well written with the most intricate of details. Like how did Gillian Flynn come up with this stuff?! I read the book in a matter of days and could not put it down!”

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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin

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“This story is told through the eyes of a struggling 15-year-old boy named “Charley” who yearns for a loving family life. The expression of his raw emotions really tugs at your heart. He finds a companion in a quarter horse and the love and care that he expresses for this animal is just beautiful.   Let’s just say that if I could plunge myself into this book and bring this sweet little boy under my wing, I would do it in a heartbeat.”

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

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“Well, for starters, funniest book I’ve read so far in life. But before you pick up a copy, you should know that it’s totally crass and full of language. But, it’s also totally relatable. So much so that you may or may not be laughing so hard that you’re ugly-crying in the middle of a coffee shop with people staring at you simultaneously wondering if they should give you CPR, call a mental institution or just plain order “whatever she’s having”. (No, I do not have a personal experience of this…) My favorite chapter involved a cat rapist, overdosing on ex-lax and passing of notes under the bathroom door when you’re completely alone in the house. You’ll find her recounting a crazy childhood filled with dead squirrel puppets, a loony taxidermist for a father, plenty of references to her vagina, and some helpful tips on burials. Basically, Jenny takes the mundane of life and turns it into a crazy whirlwind of what happens when you let your brain go unfiltered and fancy-free with a pristine sense of humor as fuel. It’s safe to say this book will make your troubles go away, or at the very least give you really, really tight abs.”

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The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward

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“I am loving trashy vampire books for great mindless reading. It is also part of an ongoing series which is fantastic because you know what book you’re reading next.”

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The Sun Literary Magazine

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“I am not great at committing to reading an entire book. I tend to lose interest and it becomes more of a chore in my eyes. This has short stories, articles, poems, excerpts from novels, and (best of all) a readers write section. I get a perfect dose of whatever I am craving.”

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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“I just started What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Happily married, a child on the way, her life perfectly fulfilled, she slips and has a concussion and wakes up to discover the last 10 years of her life have passed. The story draws you in as she tries to untangle the web of new “norms” in her life that previously were completely foreign to her. She’s a completely different person trying to figure out why her relationship has gone down the tube, why she doesn’t speak w/ her bestie anymore, etc. A constant battle of whether it’s possible to start over or if forgetting the past is a blessing is a reoccurring theme. Enjoying the book so far, but haven’t finished it yet.”

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The Help by Rebecca Cope

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“I’ve read it before and it’s that good I want to read it again. Next in queue: Goodness and Mercy a new novel by Patti Hill.”

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Bait Casting With A Thermometer by Frank Steel

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Summer Reading List

“Great insight about certain habits of fish depending on the season and water temp.” (Editor’s Note: This ain’t no joke. Darrell is totally a master angler!)

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Anthology Magazine

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“I have a subscription to the quarterly magazine, Anthology, which I love to read. It is always exciting when I open my mailbox and find the newest publication. The magazine feels great, the paper quality and print are fantastic, and includes many different articles. The latest spring issue is all about food – yum! I have many pages flagged so I can try out the suggested recipes. Sitting down on a lazy sunday morning with coffee and a snack is the best way to read this publication.”

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There you have it. We hope you find a new story to get lost in for the summer months!

Tell us, what read are you currently digging right now?

DENY at Home with our Artist Relations Manager, Rebecca!

DENY at Home with Rebecca

There’s something beautiful about peeking into someone’s life behind closed doors. You get to see their personality truly shine through in their home decor selections and tastes, while also getting a glimpse into their inner workings.

This month, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the DENY network and into the home of one of our very own…our Artist Relations Manager, Rebecca! See why the intricacies of PINK describe who she is and how she always be workin’ it on the dance floor.

Let’s start off with a really important question. Would you rather have Dorito breath for the rest of your life or nostrils the size of quarters?

Dorito breath, no doubt.

Interesting. Alright, let’s get real fashionista. How would you define your unique style?

I’m all over the board on style. I don’t know how best to describe my style – i have a love for the beautiful!  Classic and yet rustic and a bit rough. Lots of DIY. A little contemporary mixed in. Overall- I love color. I love black and white. I don’t know how to describe my style. I love it all!! :)

Animal prints…yay or nay?

Definitely a Yay. I may or may not be known for my love of animal prints (mostly cheetah and zebra,.. ok, and a little snake) but I primarily only wear the designs or have accessories in animal print. I’m not a big decorator in my home with animal prints. I like to wear them (especially on my fingernails and high heels).

Yeah, we definitely knew that! 5 things you can’t live without? 

Family, BLUSH, my Cuisinart Food Processor, high heels and I hate to be this dependent on technology, but.. my iphone (camera!!, music, tele). Okay, I could live without high heels… however, i kinda have a thing for them!

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Editor’s Note: That bamboo lithograph was done by Rebecca!

DENY at Home with Rebecca

What do you love most about your neighborhood?

The overgrown trees that line the streets. I love the shade they bring and the birds that sing their happy songs. Since I just moved – it’s a way better sound than the lightrail and city sounds. I love how close I am to shops and good eats in Cherry Creek!

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

A clock, scissors and chapstick.

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If we came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would we find?

Oh, about 7 different kinds of homemade jams that I’ve canned, along with some sweet-dill pickles and canned dilly beans. Plenty of fresh veggies, fruit, almond milk, and freshly sliced pepperoni from the deli. And some kind of mild cheese.

Just a reminder, feel free to bring any of those homemade jams into the office. What’s the story behind the oldest heirloom in your home?

I would have to say my Grandpa’s camera that he used in Italy in WWII. To have that (and it’s leather case!) and to see photos that he took with it is pretty incredible. It represents a lot to me as I love photography and capturing memories (I’ve got 17 scrapbooks). I cherish that camera as it is a tangible part of my heritage that makes me who I am.

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Shop the design above: Cori Dantini “Green”

What was your biggest splurge (in home decor)? What was your best bargain?

Splurge: My couch/sofa from West Elm. I love it because it’s a bold pattern and not something you see everyday. I love that my home tells a bit about me and my personality. It’s funky, and I am always changing up the pillows/colors for a fresh look (I sewed a lot of them on my couch, now!).

Bargain: I guess I would have to say my heirlooms – they are classic pieces and they were F-R-E-E.

We’re loving all the pattern mixing going on in that sofa! Okay, you can invite 6 people (living or dead) to a dinner party.  Who made the list?

Marie Antoinette, MacGyver, My Great-Grandma, Duchess of Cambridge, Tim Tebow & Harriet Tubman

At this moment, if you had to choose a piece of DENY artwork and build a room around it, which piece would you choose and how would you compose the space?

Choose ONE piece of DENY artwork? I seriously have a problem because I really love everything at DENY. We have SO many incredibly talented artists and I have the priveledge of looking at and curating all the artwork that we put online. My style varies so much between styles of art and artists – lately I’ve been obsessed with Vy La’s Unwavering Love design. And I’m completely hooked on Chobopop’s Geometric Tiger (it’s on my business card!). And I think If You Love by Kal Barteski is pretty wonderful, too.

LOVE it. Favorite room in your house?

I LOVE to be in my kitchen cooking. But I also love relaxing on my couch, or writing in my journal on my amazingly comfortable bed. Food trumps. Kitchen!

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Shop the designs above:

UNWAVERING LOVE by VyLa

SHOTGIRL TANG by Pattern State

ARROW CANDY by Pattern State

CHEVRON FLORA 2 by Bianca Green

CHEVRON FLORA 1 by Bianca Green

DENY at Home with Rebecca

DENY at Home with Rebecca

What is your most cherished home accent piece? Why?

When I was traveling in Europe, I brought home this awesome silver lizard. It has no representation of Europe per se, but of my hometown of high desert Colorado and moving to the Mile High City. It’s a representation of where I come from and where I’ve been. It’s very special to me and it looks super cool, too.

Awesome. We love those little things that make a home special. Now, let’s talk about YOU. What songs would be used in the soundtrack for a movie about your life?

A good mix of country and hip hop. Upbeat and something to dance to. Line dance or booty shakin’ – either way, I’ll be workin’ it!

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

I would be bright pink! Not florescent because I’m not too crazy. And, definitely not a pastel pink, because I’m not that subtle. I’m pretty bold and pink represents being a woman and yet a lady. Bold pink because it has a deeper hue and I’m not a shallow person. And I think pink for a few reasons. 1) I LOVE blush. It’s one of my favorite things in the world :) 2) I love pretty things and pink represents beauty (to me!). 3) Pink also has the ability to represent funk and spunk – so that’s why I pick pink!

That was deep. But, we totally love it. What is your favorite daily wear attire?

Jewelry.  The more the merrier. And the bigger the better. Also, I do love scarves. They are so versatile and change the appearance of the outfit so easily.

Agreed! Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Butter Pecan

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Shop the designs: Clock, Pillow, Pillow

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You’re the dancing queen of the office. If you could only do one dance move the rest of your life, what would it be?

The Dougie!

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Shop the shower curtain above!

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

I would want to have drinks with Leonoardo DaVinci.

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(Editor’s Note: She’s literally SEWING a magnificent shirt as she answers our interview questions. Even more impressive? She does it all free hand with no patterns and WORE THE SHIRT THE NEXT DAY TO WORK. Freakin’ prodigy!)

Best city in the world for design inspiration?

I absolutely LOVE Madrid. I love the architecture, the gardens and flowers, parks, art and color, the fashion scene (can we bring back the personal fans?!), and of course the dancing/club/night life.

We should totally bring back personal fans! If you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy?

I love me a good scroll through on Pinterest. It’s a good place to have “digital dog-eared” ideas to go back and look at and getting creative juices flowing again.

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You know we love you. Why do you love DENY?

I love the idea of what DENY represents – being able to support artists all over the globe… and actually working directly with our artists to see how much DENY positively affects their lives. That is really cool. And getting to know our artists! I love looking at art everyday – it’s an inspiration to be surrounded by so many creative-minded indivuduals in our office. And, of course.. I love home decor.. so working in this industry is pretty awesome. .. for obvious reasons!

We gave you a quick-fire question sheet to doodle on. Show us whatcha got!

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Rebecca is a fifth generation Western Coloradan who has a passion for the arts, hence why she oversees the Artist Relations department. Rebecca loves a good arts and crafts project and has all of us in the office oohing and aahing over the cool headboard she made from scratch for her bed. But that’s not all. She sews, knits, scrapbooks, paints, photographs and is totally into woodworking. Yep, “Crafty” is her middle name. With a BA in Mass Communication and a Minor in Art from Colorado Mesa University, Rebecca has a background in Broadcast and Cable Television (even though she doesn’t even own a tv…what?!). Now she’s bringing her experience full circle again and diving into the world of the arts here at DENY. Rebecca works with all of the amazing DENY artists that you see on our site, keeping the lines of communication open and ensuring that our artists are represented in the best possible manner with the highest quality of art. And in her spare time, she’s always on the hunt for new talent to grace DENY’s Artist Gallery so that we can give our customers a fresh place to shop.