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

Summer Reading List

Shop the design above here!

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

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

“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!

DENY at Home with Rebecca

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.

DENY at Home with Rebecca

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

DENY at Home with Rebecca

Shop the designs: Clock, Pillow, Pillow

DENY at Home with Rebecca

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.

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

Oh have we got a treat for you.

Every month we’re taking you behind the scenes of the DENY network and into the homes and studios of the most creative people we know…our artists and in-house staff!  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.

To kick off our DENY At Home series, we’re giving you an intimate look into the wonderful world of one of our DENY Artists, Kal Barteski. Learn about her intense love for polar bears and why the color black is her knack. So, sit back, grab your beverage of choice and prepare to be inspired by this rad artist!

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First things first, Kal. If you were a superhero what would your catchphrase be?

Making letters awesome!

And you sure do! How would you define your unique style?

I’m bold, but painfully simple.

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What do you love most about your neighborhood?

I’m super lucky to live in an old, established and extremely conscious ‘hood. It’s walkable. It’s social. It’s community based with farmers markets and ‘walking school busses’ (that’s a real thing!) and family-run corner stores. Our neighbourhood is centrally located, full of parks, massive old houses, 100-year old elm trees, artists and a pretty outspoken commitment to the environment. I love it here.

Sounds like bliss! Favorite room in your house?

I love our main floor. It’s kind of a living room/kitchen/dining room combo.

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

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

Oh man. I need light, a throw blanket, and ART.

We couldn’t agree more! What’s the story behind the oldest heirloom in your home?

Besides the house itself, I have a pair of old trunks from a boat that came to Canada from Europe around 1910. That’s around the time our house was built. I like to think that that journey was an adventure that started here and carries on. (Plus they are big, black, weathered and fabulous.)

Wow! We love the story behind vintage finds. What was your biggest splurge (in home decor)? What was your best bargain?

Splurge: we had an extra long dining table made from reclaimed grain elevator floor boards. I love that. Bargain: I made a dining room light out of wire I found in the garage.

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

LOVE that light. What a great DIY! And speaking of that beautiful dining table: You can invite 6 people (living or dead) to a dinner party.  Who made the list?

Maya Angelou
, Kelly Slater, 
Charley Harper
 ,Barack Obama, 
Tina Fey and a polar bear.

Ha ha. You sure do love your polar bears! 5 things you can’t live without?

Black leggings, apples, Bensimons, big sunglasses, white t-shirts

Favorite item in your house?

The house itself. It’s OLD. It turned 100 last year and it’s a beast. But, the character cannot be beat.

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?

The WHEN YOU LOVE painting is one my personal favourites and I HAVE built a room around her.

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And you did it well! Now, let’s talk about YOU. Where do you see yourself as an artist in 5 years?

I’d be really happy if I was still here. Still painting daily and riding along with this rad adventure.

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

Black. Steady, mysterious, versatile.

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

We love your studio workspace. It looks so fun to create in! If you’re running low on creative inspiration, what’s your remedy?

PLAY. I have three fantastic daughters under five and two insanely adorable French bulldogs. Seeing life through the eyes of those five balls of creative energy – fills me up in the best of ways.

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ADORABLE!! Speaking of pets, what are your pet peeves?

People who are LATE. Image theft online. Clutter. Excuses. Unreliability. Also super annoying to me: dogs barking.

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

Banksy. Totally.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?

Colours. I think about paintings I want to do. I think about polar bears and what to get for groceries. Really exciting stuff!

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

Running man. Definitely.

That’s why we love you. Why do you love DENY?

Easy, bold, fabulous.

DENY at Home with Kal Barteski

KAL BARTESKI is part of the DENY Artist Family. You can find all of her designs on her artist page and pick your favorite for a shower curtain, duvet, throw pillow, wall mirror and so much more! She is a professional artist who specializes in painting, writing, design and staying inspired. She sells her work globally and keeps a daily journal online. An award winning designer, sought after script artist and winner of a Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award, she is a creative powerhouse and inspiration living her dream in Canada’s wonderland. When she is not elbow deep in paint she is busy speaking about art, inspiration and creativity. And maybe a little magic.

Shop all of Kal’s art here at DENY! 

It’s Our Birthday and We’ve Got a Treat for You!

DENY 2nd Birthday and a Free Throw PIllow!

We’ve turned 2! Our present to you?

A free 16″ Throw Pillow with every purchase!

One is the loneliest number. And two? Well, everything’s better in pairs. Think about it…

Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bert & Ernie, Batman & Robin, DENY & You… You get the point!

To celebrate our terrific 2nd birthday, we’ll be pairing your order up with a complimentary throw pillow! Make a purchase on DENY Designs today only (3/26) and receive a free 16” throw pillow of your choice with your order! It’s our way of saying thank you for two incredible years, while also giving your order a stylish companion.

DENY 2nd Birthday and a Free Throw PIllow!

Simply add the 16” throw pillow of your choice to your shopping cart and use the following discount code at checkout to receive your complimentary throw pillow with purchase: terrifictwos

HAPPY SHOPPING FROM DENY DESIGNS!

Free pillow is good for 16” throw pillow size only and only valid with a purchase on 3/26/2013. Not valid on fabric sample purchases. In the event of a return, pillow must be returned with order to receive full monetary refund.

Spring Has Sprung and the Hunt Is On! [It's giveaway time]

Spring Has Sprung and the Hunt is On! It's Giveaway Time!

By now, you’ve come out of your winter hibernation and realized that the first day of spring officially happened yesterday. We here at DENY have been counting down the days, anxiously awaiting the sunshiny rays where we can dust off the ol’ bicycles and ride them to work!

Fun DENY fact: Did you know that 80% of the DENY crew lives close enough to ride our bikes to work? Yay! We love being so neighborly. Here’s a graph to illustrate our awesomeness:

Spring Has Sprung and the Hunt is On! It's Giveaway Time!

Okay, okay, on to the giveaway. With the coming of spring, means our next celebration – Easter! And what kind of Easter Bunny would we be if we didn’t leave something for you in the spirit of the holiday?  Not a very good one, right?

Spring Has Sprung and the Hunt is On! It's Giveaway Time!

Sooooo, we’ve put together QUITE THE TREAT for you.  We’re not talking about an Easter basket with some Cadbury eggs, a chocolate bunny and marshmallow Peeps (although we may or may not be noshing on those items for breakfast all month…).

We’re upping the ante and offering our readers the

MACDADDY OF ALL EASTER BASKETS

with stuffers so glorious, we’ll have you jumping up and down like a five year old again!  So, here we go!

One lucky DENY fan will receive this amazing Easter basket filled with the very best spring options that DENY has to offer:

Here’s what’s inside:

Little Birds by Valentina Ramos Queen Duvet Cover

Make My Day by Nick Nelson 16″ Throw Pillow

Windmill by Budi Kwan 16″ Throw Pillow

Reflections by Lisa Argyropoulos Small Quatrefoil Mirror

Spring Has Sprung and the Hunt is On! It's Giveaway Time!

So how do you win? Well, let us tell you.

Spring Has Sprung and the Hunt is On! It's Giveaway Time!

Yup. The DENY Easter Egg Hunt is on. We’ve strategically placed several colored Easter eggs throughout denydesigns.com and it’s your job to find one of them! The first person to find an egg and post its location link to our Facebook post, wins the loot*!

Good luck and Happy Spring!

*Valid for U.S. residents only.

Colors: What Do They All Mean?

ROYGBIV. Black, gray, white, red, yellow, green, purple and brown—some of your favorite colors, and the colors of your clothes. But who knew that those same colors also signal what kind of person you are, according to online retailer Starfashion.

To help you bring across the personality that you’d like to for various occasions, Starfashion created an infographic ‘Meaning of Colors’ to help you narrow down what colors you should and maybe should not wear.

So what do you think – will you be following these tips to guide your future wardrobe choices?

via Starfashion

Wednesday What?! Looking At Pictures of Cute Animals Makes You More Productive

Oogle away! A Japanese study has just been published that claims that looking at pictures of cute animals improves your mood and increases productivity in the workplace. So now your 27 minutes spent on Daily Puppy at work when your boss isn’t looking are totally legit.

According to the  study lead by Japanese researcher Hiroshi Nittono for Hiroshima University, looking at pictures of puppies and panda cams and grumpy, grumpy cat videos at work is great for both you and your boss.

Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images. This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing.

For the study, Nittono and his colleagues studied a group of 48 students as they completed a task similar to the American board game “Operation.” The students attempted the task three times; the first after looking at a series of pictures of baby animals, then after seeing adult animals and finally after seeing pictures of delicious foods.

The students who looked at cute animals did far better at the game then did peers who observed adult animals or food, outperforming their peers by a “significant margin,” according to Gawker.

Why the improvement in mood and productivity? One reason was linked to a behavior tendency of adults to slow down speech when talking to puppies and kittens. These behaviors “may transfer to subsequent task performance,” according to the Washington Post.

Another reason may be connected to human nurturing instincts. “If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved,” the study stated.

So continue awwww-ing at your desk, because these little guys aren’t really a distraction.

 

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Hilarious Fingerprint Portraits by Artist Dito Von Tease

Recognize any of these fingerprints? Well you should thanks to the elusive Italian artist known only as Dito Von Tease.

Dito has embarked on a project called Ditology that features eerily familiar portraits of celebrities on the ordinary human finger. The faces produced on each solo finger range from the well-known public personality (Steve Jobs) and political figure (Che Guevara) to the fictional icon (Mr. T) and religious guru (Dalai Lama). There is no person that is off limits in this lighthearted, comical series. Every “person” in the presented portraits is intricately adorned, costumed, and given an appropriate backdrop.

In addition to the ongoing project’s humorous nature, the artist behind the work adds another level of playfulness through his entirely appropriate chosen name “Dito” that translates as “finger” in Italian, which would also mean that Ditology translates as Fingerology. What’s perhaps most ironic in all of this is that we often use fingerprints to identify people, yet Dito Von Tease has managed to retain some anonymity by only exposing his fingerprints.

 

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Friday Bright: Amazingly Colorful Art Installations Made with Thread

It is truly incredible how something so basic like a piece of colored thread can be turned into a glorious masterpiece. Artist Gabriel Dawe does just that. Originally from Mexico-city, the Dallas-based artist has been continually creating these jaw-dropping installations that pop up places around the work like Belgium, Canada, Barcelona and the UK.

Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms. “His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.”

All we can say is WOW.

 

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Mirror, Mirror: Artist Uses Reflections to Create Amazing Artworks

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Photographer Daniel Kukla who has a background in both biology and anthropology has a new series of work called The Edge Effect where he photographed square mirrors propped on easels in locations around Joshua Tree National Park to catch the reflection of the horizon behind him.

The resulting images create the bizarre effect of looking at a paintings sitting in the middle of the desert. Of the work Kukla says:

In March of 2012, I was awarded an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.

Check out some of the photos below, and you can see his website for several more photos.

 

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Surf’s Up: Amazing Wave Photography

Surf’s up! At least for Hawaiian-based photographer Kenji Croman it is. Kenji Croman is the mastermind behind these amazing photos of waves seen in ways that most of us can only dream of.

Not only a master of his trade – his work has been featured on CNN Travel and the cover’s of various surfing magazine – but also extremely passionate about showing the world his point of view in the water through his work.

He says “The reason why I enjoy photographing the artistic wave from my point of view is because it’s so hard to describe what i see when I’m in the water. For years before I got into wave photos, I would be bodysurfing these beautiful perfect waves in the morning, the colors would be amazing and I wanted to share it with others. No one in their right mind would wake up at 4:30am to watch the sunrise, and even if they did, they wouldn’t be in the water experiencing what I am. So with my background in photography, and many, many years of practicing, I learned the art of wave photography.”

Do these make you want to go to the beach too?

 

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Typography Thursday: Artist Creates Typeface From Bubble Wrap

If you are anything like us, the second you get your hands on a piece of bubble wrap, it’s a goner. Not sure if there has ever in the history of our office been a piece of bubble wrap that entered without being squeezed. This is precisely why we are so impressed by artist Lo Siento. 

The Barcelona-based artist is the mastermind behind creating some lovely typeface designs using only bubble wrap, colored dye and a syringe. Lo Siento carefully injects each bubble to create a gorgeous 4-D typeface that can be seen from any angle.

“[Each typography] is always inspired by a study of the grid,” Lo Siento said. “Each existing grid can hide a typographic character and thus, an alphabet.” In other words, rules were meant to be broken. And then rewritten in bubble wrap and food coloring.

Check it out:

 

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Brilliant Color: RGB Colorspace Atlas

Color lovers rejoice!

New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach has beautifully created an 8 x 8 x 8-inch hard-back cube atlas that effectively documents every variation of RGB color possible!

Named the RGB Colorspace Atlas, the book is a digital offset print on paper with airbrushed cloth cover and book edges create a colorful reference volume of all the colors in existence. The special binding was co-designed by the artist herself in collaboration with daniel e. kelm, and were printed at Wide Awake Garage, an independent bookbinder, with help from Leah Hughes.

Pretty gorgeous right?

 

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Daydreaming: Aerial Photos of Beaches From Around The World

I need a vacation! The talented photographer Gray Malin is the creative genius behind this series of breath-taking aerial photos of beaches around the world.

Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

In his incredible ongoing series titled À la Plage, À la Piscine, Gray shoots from doorless helicopters, capturing life on the beaches below. His project has taken him around the world and the results are simply stunning. From such heights, people and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape—and summer bliss, leaving us daydreaming of a beach, a towel and some sun.

Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia

Brazil

Coogee Beach – Sydney, Australia

East Hampton, New York

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Malibu, California

Marouba Bay – Sydney, Australia

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Montauk Beach – East Hampton, New York

Nude Beach

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sagaponack Beach – Bridgehampton, New York

Santa Monica, California

St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

Tiki Umbrellas

Be sure to check out: http://www.maisongray.com/collections for the complete gallery of this wonderful series.

Happy Daydreaming!

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Friday Forecast: PANTONE Reveals Top 10 Colors For Spring 2013

It’s that time of year again!  With New York Fashion Week in full swing and designers showcasing their newest looks for Spring 2013, PANTONE has just revealed what colors you will see the most next year.

Now you can plan that Spring wardrobe ahead of time – just make sure it includes something that is ‘Monaco Blue’ – PANTONE’s top color for the spring fashion season of 2013. According to PANTONE Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, she describes Monaco Blue as a “wonderful, calming and anchoring color” to the rest of collection.

What other colors can you expect next Spring? PANTONE’s other top 9 colors include ‘Dusk Blue’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Grayed Jade’, ‘Linen’, ‘Poppy Red’, ‘African Violet’, ‘Tender Shoots’, ‘Lemon Zest’ and ‘Nectarine’.

So, do you love or hate these color choices?

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Would You Like Fries With That? The World’s Largest Burger

Would you like fries with that? We don’t think you’ll have room after this one… The Black Bear Casino Resort in Minnesota just set the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest burger on September 2, 2012.

This record setting beast weighed 2,014-tons, and consisted of 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onion, 40 pounds of pickles and was topped off with 40 pounds of good ole’ American cheese.

While on the grill, the massive burger required a crane to flip it over – and took about 4 hours to cook in a special outdoor oven, while the toasted bun took 7 hours to bake.

“What I saw today was a feat of remarkable teamwork that resulted in a world record burger that actually tastes really good,’ said Guinness Records representative Philip Robertson.

After the record was confirmed, the burger was sliced and diced for the crowd to enjoy — for free! Yum!

 

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Light In The Dark: Long Exposure Shots using LED Lights

Janne Parviainen is the creative genius, artist and photographer behind this series of shots where he “paints” a room with LED lights and captures the images using a long exposure setting on his camera.

According to Parviainen, no post-production editing was done on the photos and the results came directly from what was captured on the camera – pretty awesome right?

Paviainen said that it took him about 30 minutes to create each shot – by running back and forth through the room, tracing each of the objects with a colored LED light.

Check them out:

 

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You Think This is A Photograph? Well It’s Not.

So you think this is a photograph?

Well it’s not. Yes, you read that correctly – this is not a photograph, but actually a portrait – a real-live hand-drawn portrait by Portugal-based lawyer and hobbyist,  Samuel Silva.

Pretty incredible right? Samuel Silva uses nothing but paper and standard ballpoint pens – yes, the pens that you doodle stick figures with in your meetings. His hyperrealistic portrait uses eight different colors and it took him about 30 hours to complete.

When asked if he’s a professional artist, he replies, “No, I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours to finish each drawing.”

He should really consider quitting his day job as a Lawyer.

The first picture above is Silva’s hand-drawn portrait, while the one directly below is the photograph.

But wait! There’s more! Check out some more of his absolutely stunning works below, once again, using ONLY pen:

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Incredible: Tiny Sculptures Carved from Crayons

When you think of Crayons, what usually comes to mind? Probably something along the lines of Kindergarten and coloring books right? Well not for the talented Vietnam-born artist Diem Chau. For Chau, a Crayon is not used to color, but is just the start of some of the most amazing detailed carvings and sculptures.

“Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau’s current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.”

Check them out:

 

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