DENY Daily Digs: Exotic Bathroom

Getting tired of that boring white tile in your bathroom? We are too. Today, our inspiration comes from a bathroom filled with vibrant colors and patterns, reminiscent of the bustling souks of exotic Morocco, where bright turquoise is EVERYWHERE to be found. Take a look! If you like what you see, shop the collection!

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LABOR DAY GETAWAY

Who doesn’t love a relaxing vacation? This Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the end of the summer season and the beginning of crisp air. And what better place to relax than a bright, spacious lakeside sunroom! Whether or not you’re able to get away this weekend, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite nautical designs inspired by a classic lakehouse space, letting you enjoy the look wherever you may be.

 

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Let’s hear it for the pups.

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

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

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

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

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Valentina Ramos

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Valentina Ramos.  Her bright and playful artworks have been a consistent hit with DENY Designs fans Рwe love working with her!

About Valentina Ramos:

“After 15 years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Ramos started to create other arts and crafts. From these creations, Valentina Design was born: her world of fantasies and dreams; where her uplifting drawings and designs took shape.”

“In her Miami studio, this Venezuelan artist spent countless happy hours playing with her paints and her Rapidograph Pens. She enjoys working with different materials, but black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with little intricate details are a signature of her own drawing style.”

 

To see all of Valentina Ramos‘ artwork on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page here:¬†http://denydesigns.com/collections/valentina-ramos-all-art

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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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Jacqueline Maldonado

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Jacqueline Maldonado. Jacqueline joined the DENY Designs team in early 2012, and we are so happy to have her! We were drawn immediately to Jacqueline’s vibrant (an incredibly unique) designs. As the year moves on, she is constantly surprising our team with new artworks – making her profile truly standout in the art community!

More about Jacqueline Maldonado:

Jacqueline Maldonado is a New York City native currently residing in Southern California. She spent most of her adult career in various facets of the fashion industry, all the while nurturing her artistic talent through higher education in visual art and developing a discipline in her artistic practice. In her recent move across the country, Jacqueline took a leap of faith to pursue her art as a full-time endeavor. Equipped with sharp focus, ambition, determination, resourcefulness and innate talent, in a very short time, she is beginning to see success as a professional artist. She sells her works as prints and originals and also partners with several retailers and manufacturers who print her work on various products. She is proud to be partnering now with DENY Designs!”

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“Jacqueline works in a variety of media and explores many styles and modes of artistic expression; including but not limited to: watercolor, oil pastel, photography, digital imaging, graphic design, textile and surface design. Often, she combines several of these media, inventing unique and modern forms of art. She creates compositions derived from many sources and amalgamations of inspiration: imagination, emotion, nature, memory, and music. When asked to comment on her work, Jacqueline states, “I think about what can be communicated through line, form, tone, composition and the relationship of these elements to each other. I aim to create imaginative work; work that holds mystery, work that is poetic, and work that is luminous with color.”

Check out some of her fabulous designs on DENY Designs products: 

To see all of Jacqueline Maldonado’s amazing art on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page here:¬†http://denydesigns.com/collections/jacqueline-maldonado-all-art