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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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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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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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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Happy Duvet Tuesday! DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway

Yep. We know it has been awhile, but it is back! It is time for our favorite day of the week (except Friday) – DUVET TUESDAY!

We want to give anyone and everyone who participates the chance to win their very own DENY Designs Duvet Cover.  Nothing beats curling up under the covers after a long day. And what better way to unwind than to surround yourself with gorgeous, fantastical artwork? Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom – one that your friends and family will surely be jealous of.

We think that’s pretty rad, it’s a $190 value!  Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle up in something that is free?

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It’s pretty simple, to enter, just follow DENY Designs on both Facebook and Twitter and then fill out this very, very short form (you only have to enter your name, email, your fave DENY Designs artist and why you really want a duvet) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:

http://blog.denydesigns.com/duvet-tuesday-giveaway

We will announce the winner next Tuesday, August 28th on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck, and keep on designing!

              

Accessorize: Back To School In Style

School’s in session! Maybe not your favorite time of year, but if you have to go back, at least bring along some super fun accessories! We’ve run across so many great items that might make Summer ending a little less sad and doing schoolwork a little more exciting.

Here are our top 10 fave Back To School accessories we think you’ll love as much as we do:

1.  Guess Who Framed Wall Art:  $19
2. Grassy Charging Station:  $22
3. LCD Alarm Clock:  $10.99
4. Electronic Goldfish in Bowl:  $14.99
5. Dog Balloon Lamp:  $25
6. DENY Designs Nicole Martinez ‘Beaker” Throw Pillow:  $39
7. Face Mug:  $18
8. Ollie Owl Bookends:  $16
9. Honey Badger Floor Mat:  $50
10. USB Mini-Fridge:  $19.95

Too Cute: Photographer Captures Unusual Animal Pairings

Get ready to saw “awwww”!

British photographer Mark Taylor has an uncanny knack for bringing out the cuddly sides of his subjects’. Mark Taylor creatively pairs pets and animals like kittens and ducklings and then captures their interactions – some of which are too darn cute for words.

His photographs are a legacy from his late mother Jane Burton who pioneered the style so familiar on calendars in offices and maths teacher classrooms everywhere. His work has even graced the cover of National Geographic Magazine.

So far, he has had no cases of them eating each other.

 

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Forget Pumpkins: Amazing Watermelon Carvings

Can’t wait until Halloween to get your carving fix in? Well neither could artists from Sparks Fly Design.  Taking a break from their pumpkin carving sculptures (which are also incredible), these talented artists took a more summery approach and used watermelon instead.

Pretty impressive!

 

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Tuesday Funny: Honest Names For Our Favorite Famous Snacks

You have probably thought it at least once before, but humor website Smosh has “re-packaged” and created new names for some of our favorite snacks and treats – and they are funny.

From “Spray-Painted Styrofoam Peanuts” (Cheetos) or “Edible Miniature Yoga Mats” (Fruit Roll Ups) – after you’ve actually thought about these snacks, are you still as enticed by them?

 

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Fold It Up: Incredible Origami

A paper crane origami bird is one thing; but artist Won Park takes his origami folding skills to a whole new level.

Using dollar bills and other forms of paper currency from around the world, Won Park can fold just about anything your heart desires. We came across his brilliant foldings of some super cool miniature things like: a suit jacket, fish, a telephone and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower!

We wonder how many paper cuts he must have at this point in his career…

 

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Flipping Out: Giant Monkey Sculpture

So, can you guess exactly what this giant monkey sculpture is made of from the first few photos before getting to then end? We had no idea either, but were blown away by the talent of the art students who constructed this in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ready, set, guess!

And the survey says: FLIP FLOPS!

Designed for the Pixelshow 2010 this sweet sculpture was pictured lying innocently in a local park ready to amuse and entertain passersby on their daily strolls. Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman designed the structure, and the students involved in the project constructed it and appropriately named it “Fat Monkey,” just in time for Pixelshow’s 2010 conference, which showcases art with a pixelated look. Students built the monkey’s body out nearly 10,000 of flip flops because the sandals are a long-standing trademark of Brazil.

Pretty awesome! Thank you Rosie Brown for sharing this story with DENY Designs!

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Minimalist Posters of Pixar Movies

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We love this! Melbourne-based designer Wonchan Lee has created minimalist of Pixar’s animated films.

Lee’s reworking of popular movies such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and so on features simple yet iconic vector graphics.

“Because it has really broad demographics, in terms of age bracket and cultural background, it was very challenging to come up with something that pleases such a wide audience whilst satisfying myself as an artist and as a fan of Pixar, too,” says Lee.

 

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Friday Fun: PANTONE Cruiser Bikes

Happy Friday! How about a super stylish weekend cruise on a PANTONE bike? Count us in!

Thanks to Italian Designer ABICI, you can now cruise in some serious style. ABICI has recently launched a super cool collection of bicycles called the ‘Pantone Universe Bicycles’.  The bicycles come in your choice of four PANTONE colors: Green 627C, Ruby Red 186C, Turquoise 15-5519, and Mimosa 14-0848.

         

The bikes not only look stylish, but feature: fully-enclosed chainguards that display the PANTONE color codes they take after, leather saddles, metal mudguards, back-pedal rear brakes, manual front brakes, and battery-powered lights. The bikes can also be customized for men and women and customers can even choose different speeds and accessories to fit their cruising needs.

The bikes look awesome, but do come with a semi-hefty price tag. The prices for these sweet bikes start at $1,181.  Worth it?

So would you splurge on a PANTONE bicycle for yourself?

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Craving Sweets: Really Realistic Paintings of Dessert

We could not get enough sweets following yesterday’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so we thought we would share the increible work of a talented painter.

Mary Ellen Johnson is the artist behind these PAINTINGS – not photography – of the most delicious looking desserts. Can you believe it? Because we did not at first either. Pretty incredible right?

Eat your heart (and eyes) out:

Did these leave you drooling too?

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Anderson Design Group

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is the Anderson Design Group. The Anderson Design Group is new to the DENY Designs family just this past month. We are absolutely loving their colorful retro designs – sure to transform any space into a fun one.

More about Anderson Design Group:

Anderson Design Group, Inc. founder Joel Anderson graduated from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1986. He was recruited straight from college to work as a staff illustrator and designer at Carden & Cherry Advertising in Nashville, TN. While at C&C, Joel won an Emmy Award for his work on a CBS show, Hey Vern, It’s Ernest. Joel worked at C&C for 7 years, learning the art & science of advertising (and how to talk like Ernest.) In 1993, Joel and his friend David Thomas founded Anderson Thomas Design, Inc. The firm focused on CD package design at first, and quickly grew into a diverse print & web design company with a client list that included Universal Studios, DreamWorks Pictures, Golden Books, Thomas Nelson and more.

In 2007, the partners decided to pursue different interests, so Joel reorganized the design firm as Anderson Design Group, Inc., narrowing the studio’s focus to specialize in illustrative design, branding, and product development.

Check out some of their designs on DENY products:

To see all of Anderson Design Group’s work on DENY Designs products, just head over here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/anderson-design-group-all-art

So, what do you think? Pretty fun right?

Edible Art: Cupcake Cherry Blossom Tree Mosaic

This is surely one project that I don’t know I could finish entirely without eating it first. But one group of very dedicated artists from London-based bakery Crumbs and Dollies created the most incredible looking Cherry Blossom mosaic made using only cupcakes. And not just “some” cupcakes – the bakery group got together for Japanese TV show ITTEQ with Laura Hadland and the Morisanchu Group and baked and iced 10,000 whole cupcakes for the mosaic. The installation took place last and was put on display at the Highcross Shopping Centre at Leicester.

How the installation was not eaten upon hours of debut is beyond me, but it looks amazing. My compliments to chefs!

 

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That’s One Big Bunny

Artist Florentijn Hofman has once again left us in awe with his “Big Yellow Rabbit” art installation that he created last summer in Orebro, Sweden – Floretijn Hofman was the same mastermind behind the big yellow Rubber Duckie that floated its way down the river in France.

The Big Yellow Rabbit was a temporary 13 meter high sculpture.  The rabbit was created as an enlarged cuddle toy made out of swedish products thrown against the statue of Engelbrekt.

Hofman’s work often deals with simplistic happiness – his signature oversized installations serve as diversions that ease the tension of modern life.  His work often gives onlookers a moment of serenity amidst times of economic and political turmoil. We can’t help but appreciate this.

 

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Randi Antonsen.  Randi’s work is so unique, bright and wild – we just can’t help but to fall in love with it. Learn more about Randi and her inspiration:

Randi says , “I have a carefree but fully engaged approach to life and art.I find inspiration in the smallest of things because I ‘see’ with these inquisitive and always looking for magic eyes.My work incorporates many approaches and mediums all in one; but then so doe’s life. I am always willing to flow with new life and change my art with it.Overall I bring to my work one consistent phrase and that is this energy of the mixing of life’s varied forces; as in nature, as in life, as in art.”

Check out a few of Randi Antonsen’s artworks on DENY Designs products:

 

To see all of Randi Antonsen’s work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/randi-antonsen-all-art

  

Friday Funny: Woody Comes To Life Through Instagram

There is not much to say about what we have recently stumbled across while cruising Instagram, except user @shamwoww has some of the most clever, creative photos that will leave you laughing until it hurts.

Instagram user @shamwoww simply takes photos of a Toy Story doll – Sheriff Woody – in situations (some not so G rated) that bring him to life in the real world. The outcome: some of the funniest pictures we’ve seen in ages.

We had to share these with you – because we all can appreciate a genuinely creative individual when we see one.

Enjoy:

               

 

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Lunchbox Awesome: A Lunch Way Too Good To Eat

Graphic designer, Mom (and maybe aspiring chef) –  Heather Sitarzewski made a decision to stray away from the typical “brown bag” boring school lunches,  and create unique ‘bento’ lunch boxes for her son every day. Her ‘bento’ lunch box project is appropriately titled “Lunchbox Awesome”.

However, unlike your usual bento boxes, she manipulates the food into various shapes and patterns to form characters from cartoons, games and movies – which are shockingly recognizable, and look way too good to eat!

Sitarzewski has created over 120 different bento lunch boxes for her son, featuring characters such as Spongebob Squarepants, Harry Potter, Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty and Angry Birds – we wonder how popular her son must be at school now (he must never want to trade his goods for the coveted Snack Pack).

She keeps a Tumblr account of her masterpieces, which can be viewed here. But here are some of our all time Lunchbox Awesome faves:

Way to go Heather – these are incredible!

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Friday Interesting: Most Popular Fashion Brands By City

Not exactly design-related, but we stumbled across a recent article from Lucky Magazine that profiled the most popular fashion brands by city and were inclined to share.

Shop It To Me—an online personal shopping assistant that tracks discounts on your favorite brands—crunched the numbers and analyzed the brand preferences of their users in 23 major U.S. cities and ranked the most popular brands 1-50 in each of them.

Check out the images below –  and tell us, do you stack up with your city’s preferences? Or is your wardrobe in an entirely different zip code?

MIAMI

Top Brands: Victoria’s Secret, BCBG, Nine West
Shopping Forecast: Out of all cities, it’s where Michael Kors is ranked highest. Maybe it’s all the neon pink and electric green he’s been using lately?

 

SAN FRANCISCO

Top Brands: Banana Republic, Marc Jacobs, BCBG
Shopping Forecast: It’s the only city where comfy-casual brand Ella Moss makes the top 50. (Lightweight cotton dresses might make trekking up those city hills a little easier.)

SEATTLE

Top Brands: The North Face, 7 for All Mankind, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: North Face is #1. Rain gear that’s tough but not overly sporty— like this military green slicker— is probably why.

BOSTON

Top Brands: J.Crew, The North Face, 7 For All Mankind
Shopping Forecast: J.Crew’s really popular, but it only ranks #1 in Boston. Is it all the college kids? The industrious, adorable outerwear? Those chunky striped sweaters?

CHARLOTTE

Top Brands: LOFT, BCBG, Nine West
Shopping Forecast: Betsey Johnson makes the top 50 in each of the cities we analyzed except Charlotte. It’s a little surprising, considering the designer’s Southern belle-friendly dresses like these.

MINNEAPOLIS

Top Brands: Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, J.Crew
Shopping Forecast: At #8, Express ranked higher in Minneapolis than anywhere else. Maybe it’s the on-trend pieces like these printed pants?

PHILADELPHIA

Top Brands: UGG, Michael Kors, Steve Madden
Shopping Forecast: It’s one of only two cities where UGG made the top 10. (The other one’s Boston.)

PHOENIX

Top Brands: Guess, Juicy Couture, True Religion
Shopping Forecast: It’s the only city where Guess makes the top 10. (Maybe locals play up the Southwestern vibe in concho belts and faded jeans like these.)

NEW YORK CITY

Top Brands:: Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Gucci
Shopping Forecast: It’s one of only three cities where Louis Vuitton makes the top 10. Which means New York shares some common ground with LV-loving Houston and Miami, two cities with styles that seem really different than typical NYC looks.

BALTIMORE

Top Brands: BCBG, The North Face, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: At #50, Tory Burch barely made it on Baltimore’s rankings, unlike more Tory-friendly Boston and Los Angeles (which rank the brand #31 and #36, respectively).

SALT LAKE CITY

Top Brands: Express, Nike, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: It’s the only city where Old Navy made the top 50. (We hope everyone there stocks up on boots like these: so versatile, and even less expensive than a movie date.)

CHICAGO

Top Brands: DKNY, Banana Republic, J.Crew
Shopping Forecast: Along with Detroit and Atlanta, it’s one of just three cities where DKNY makes the top 10. (This trench would be good for braving windy days.)

HOUSTON

Top Brands: Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Steve Madden
Shopping Forecast: Although it might seem like a New England brand, Ralph Lauren only ranks in the top 5 in two southern cities: Houston and Atlanta.

LOS ANGELES

Top Brands: Free People, Juicy Couture, Steve Madden
Shopping Forecast: Along with San Francisco, it’s one of just two cities to count Miu Miu in the top 50. (We would’ve thought New York would be in there too. Although, sorta interestingly, Prada ranked in the top 50 for all cities analyzed.)

DETROIT

Top Brands: Victoria’s Secret, The North Face, Nike
Shopping Forecast: Detroit may be famous for brutal winters, but it still ranks Victoria’s Secret’s little lingerie as its #1 brand of choice.

AUSTIN

Top Brands: Nike, 7 For All Mankind, Ralph Lauren
Shopping Forecast: Along with Houston and New Orleans, it’s one of just three cities to rank BCBGirls in the top 50. (Perhaps because floaty dresses like this one would work so well on humid summer days.)

NASHVILLE

Top Brands: LOFT, Steve Madden, Nike
Shopping Forecast: At #15, Kate Spade ranks relatively high in Nashville, compared to Houston and Miami (where Kate Spade is #30 and #39, respectively).

DENVER

Top Brands: 7 For All Mankind, J.Crew, Nine West
Shopping Forecast: Banana Republic ranks #1, which means Denver shares sartorial taste with Austin, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.

PITTSBURGH

Top Brands: Nike, Express, Banana Republic
Shopping Forecast: Along with Salt Lake City, it’s one of only two cities to rank Tommy Hilfiger in the top 50.

NEW ORLEANS

Top Brands: Gucci, Nine West, Ralph Lauren
Shopping Forecast: At #15, New Orleans ranks Kenneth Cole higher than in any other city. (In Boston the brand ranks #39 and in L.A. it ranks #40.)

WASHINGTON D.C.

Top Brands: The North Face, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret
Shopping Forecast: At #7, LOFT ranks relatively high in D.C, where political types might wear blazers like these.

ATLANTA

Top Brands: Steve Madden, J.Crew, DKNY
Shopping Forecast: Atlanta is one of only two cities to exclude Urban Outfitters from the top 50— NYC is the other— even though the store has really cute things like this.

DALLAS

Top Brands: Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren
Shopping Forecast: Coach makes it in the top 50 in Dallas, along with Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. It must be a non-coastal thing?

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Oversized Rubber Ducky Bringing Oversized Smiles to Onlookers

You cannot help but to smile when seeing these images – and that is just the reaction that artist Florentijn Hofman wanted.  Sometimes it is the simple things in life that mean the most, and to tap into those feelings, Hofman created his giant yellow duckie with the mission of simply bringing people together through the presence of art.

Treating the Loire as a giant bubble bath, as The Rubber Duck cruises, it brings a message of joy, without political or sociological connotation. Hofman’s work often deals with simplistic happiness – his signature oversized installations serve as diversions that ease the tension of modern life.  His work often gives onlookers a moment of serenity amidst times of economic and political turmoil. We can’t help but appreciate this.

“The duck itself is a durable vessel, made from an inflatable plastic shell, a pontoon boat, and a generator to help propel it forward downstream. It gently moves throughout the environment without disrupting the nature of the marine life in the river below. Rising 82 feet by 82 feet wide, the bath time toy conjures up childhood memories and nostalgic narratives, undeniably creating smiles as it passes through each town.”

The Rubber Duck traveled a 40 mile stretch from Saint-Nazaire to Nantes, France as part of the Loire Estuary art exhibition. The Rubber Duck has already delighted the shores of both Osaka and Sao Paulo, and it will likely continue its journey to other waterways around the world, surely spreading joy and smiles everywhere it floats.

We hope this ducky makes it’s way across the pond to visit us sometime soon – what an incredible sight!

Absolutely brilliant.

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Ginette Callaway

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Ginette Callaway of Ginette Fine Art.  Ginette’s watercolor and oil pastel pieces are bright and beautiful, and with the wide range of subjects, you are sure to find at least one to fall in love with.

About Ginette Callaway: 

I am French born to a German Mother and a French Father and became a US citizen in 2008. I live in the United States and paint in Oil and Watercolors from my Basement Studio in Georgia. Besides my traditional paintings I also love to do fresh contemporary abstract in watercolor and ink, mostly very colorful. My inspirations life, life and life.

I paint every day because that is what I love to do. If I never leave my basement that is fine because in my head I’m somewhere else. Nature inspires me most, because nature is the biggest wonder of all. Animals, Flowers, scenes from around the world and places I have visited. I remember a fragrance of a flower or fresh squeezed limes and it triggers a painting.

Simply from sun up till sun down my head is in a creative vice.

 

To see all of the Ginette Fine Art pieces on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/ginette-fine-art-all-art#

Thanks for reading, and please visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest too!

      

The 72-Room Bohemian Dream Home

Abandoned building? Nope, actually only three people live in this building (and no, they are not squatters).

A few years ago, New York Magazine revealed that this graffiti-covered old bank on the Bowery (that we all probably thought was abandoned or filled with bums) is in fact a single-family-home. Yes, you read that correctly. Single-family home.

The old 30,000 square foot, bank was bought in 1966 for a mere $102,000 by photographer, Jay Maisel – who still occupies the  now 72-room dream home with his wife and only daughter. Today, real-estate brokers estimate it’s worth at least $50 million.

New York Magazine was given a peek inside the Bohemian dream home, here are some of the incredible photos from the tour:

The Master Bathroom
Originally office space. Maisel designed it, putting down a plywood floor and installing a marble shower stall.

The Dining Room
The bankers had their meals here. It’s at one end of the open living room. The pressed-tin wall is original.

Amanda’s Bedroom
Maisel built the platforms so his daughter can look at the skyline while lying in bed.

The Kitchen
The Maisel kitchen is on the site of the bank’s original kitchen, where staff cooked for the bankers.

The Kitchen

The Maisels on the Roof
Linda has a small garden in one corner; this year, she grew tomatoes, basil, peppers, and parsley. The building’s copper trim is still intact.

The Fifth Floor
The plastic tubing runs along the ceiling and carries cold air. Part of Maisel’s collection of curiosities lines the hallway.

The Elevator
Maisel used mirrors to enclose the original copper elevator cage for safety.

The Third Floor
Once bank offices, now gallery space. The original door frames are oak.

Maisel stores his work in the original safe-deposit vault.

Pretty incredible right?

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Child’s Own: Bringing Art To Life

Usually the artists that we write about on our blog are a bit older than 5 years old, but we came across the most incredible website today and felt we had to share.

Child’s Own Studio takes any drawing that your little one brings home and can turn it into a real-life stuffed animal.

Child’s Own Studio is a place where your child and a craft artist, together, can create a keepsake to be cherished for a lifetime.”

So say goodbye to just keeping the masterpiece taped on the fridge – keep it forever! How amazingly creative is that? Also impressive is the accuracy – the duplications of the drawings are so spot on it is scary.

Why didn’t we think of that? BRILLIANT!

To see all of the work of Child’s Own Studio , you can check out their website: http://www.childsown.com/