black friday? beautiful jewelry

This Black Friday weekend, Artful Home is giving you the opportunity to treat yourself with savings on exquisite jewelry sitewide. Whether you look for simple and elegant, something more colorful and whimsical, or over-the-top statement pieces, there is something for you to fall in love with.

Personally, I’m more on the minimalist side. Here are a few of my favorites:

I am a huge fan of natural shapes in jewelry; things with a floral or animal silhouette strike me. This Aeonium Pendant by Moira K. Lime is so beautiful and feminine.

Aeonium Pendant by Moira K. Lime

She also creates these stunning Long Stacked Leaf Studs. I feel like they’d be a perfect addition to a little black dress for the holidays, with a flowing line to frame the face without distracting from the overall look.

Long Stacked Leaf Studs by Moira K. Lime

I’ve been absolutely drooling over Nancy Linkin’s work since I first joined Artful Home. Her forms are inspired by nature — new growth of plants, flowers, and leaves. I think they’re positively enchanting.

I love these Wrap Rings by Peg Fetter. I currently have one, and I find the contrast of the oxidized steel and shiny gold so striking and dramatic. Worn alone or in multiples, it’s a fabulous piece that can dress up or down.

Wrap Ring by Peg Fetter

Dagmara Costello’s work has been on my wish list since the first time I saw it. I can’t decide which of her amazing rings I would choose!

Between You and Me by Dagmara Costello

I think Gustav Reyes‘ wood jewelry is incredible. His bracelets are so light and comfortable to wear but still create a bold look. They definitely turn heads and catch people’s attention, even though they feel effortless.

Signature Series Organic Coil by Gustav Reyes

Melanie Casey‘s dainty stacking rings appeal to me. I would absolutely love one with a birthstone for each of my children, although a gorgeous stack of coordinating colors and stones would be beautiful as well.

Stacking Rings by Melanie Casey

I imagine this Large Wave Necklace with Diamonds by Lori Gottlieb looking incredible over a cream-colored cashmere sweater. Because who doesn’t need more diamonds in her life?

Large Wave Necklace with Diamonds by Lori Gottlieb

The intricacy and detail of Julie Powell’s beadwork is masterful. Her Delphinium Cuff is a gorgeous garden to wear on your wrist.

Delphinium Cuff by Julie Powell

 

I am a huge fan of turquoise, and if I’m going to add a pop of color to my outfit I will most likely add a piece of turquoise jewelry. These earrings by Hannah Blount are such a cheerful color, and would be perfect for everyday wear.

Teardrop Turquoise Vanity Studs by Hannah Blount

Jewelry is such a lovely way to add a little sparkle, a little personality, a little something special to any outfit or occasion. It’s a way to let yourself shine and express your inner beauty. I’d love to know — which pieces of jewelry are on your wish list this season?

By |November 28th, 2014|artful home for the holidays, events|0 Comments

giving thanks

In this time of gratitude, we find ourselves feeling so incredibly thankful for both our artists and our customers, without whom our business would not be possible. When we set out, we had a pretty simple goal. “Our mission is to bring ease and accessibility to the ownership and enjoyment of beautiful things, art to live with.”

Art is an expression of the soul that artists choose to share with the world — and we’re so grateful that they do. The artists we represent at Artful Home are wonderful individuals who put their work out there to be enjoyed by all, and who we are honored to associate with.

(Video of David Patchen courtesy of Olivari)

On the other side of the equation are our valued customers. You lovely people find connection with the work you purchase. And each piece you purchase supports the artist(s) who creates it — and fills the world with just a little more beauty.

We thank you, our artists and our customers, for supporting us and adding something rich and sweet to your lives, every day.

Redware Pie Pan by Nathan Falter

By |November 25th, 2014|artful home for the holidays, articles|0 Comments

lighting the menorahs

Many years ago, a friend invited me to her annual Hanukkah party, a party of more than 50 people. In addition to the pot-luck nature of the gathering, my friend’s one request for the party was that the attendees bring their own menorahs and candles for a group lighting. Although I had celebrated Hanukkah all my life, I had never been at a gathering like this, and when we all stopped and lit our menorahs at once, the effect was both moving and dazzling. In that one house, in that one instant, there was an immediate feeling of connection to the families worldwide who were participating in this same ritual. At the same time, it was visually dazzling, with menorahs from the most humble to the most glamorous, with candles galore lighting up the house.

Image found on Flickr

Image found on Flickr

I have since borrowed my friend’s tradition on a much smaller scale and the effect remains powerful and beautiful. And now I am starting a new tradition of collecting one menorah a year so that my home can always have the look of my friend’s tradition.

Here are a few that are on my list to collect or give:

Created by a furniture maker, the graceful minimal lines from the branch fit the modernist aesthetic that is calling to me lately.

Menorah by David N. Ebner

Menorah by David N. Ebner

I lust over this menorah every year and perhaps this is the year I will spring for it. My desire today for recycled materials mixes with the enjoyment of the symbolic use of olive oil cans.

Menorah by Jenna Goldberg

Menorah by Jenna Goldberg

Rather than adding to my collection, I think I’ll give this menorah to a young family I know, celebrating their first Hanukkah with their young child. It has such a joyous feeling to it.

Line Dancing Menorah by Boris Kramer

Line Dancing Menorah by Boris Kramer

A piece of sculpture as well as a menorah, this piece by a Tennessee furniture maker celebrates tradition in a most untraditional way, a combination that speaks to my mind and spirit.

Blue Green Jagged Menorah by Kimberly D. Winkle

Blue Green Jagged Menorah by Kimberly Winkle

Happy Hanukkah!

By |November 20th, 2014|artful home for the holidays, articles, events|2 Comments

it could have been kindling exhibition – tom loeser

When a couple of us saw that there was to be a major retrospective of Tom Loeser’s work, “It Could Have Been Kindling” at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, WI, we didn’t hesitate to make the long drive to visit the show – and Tom – as a collection of so many of his pieces in one setting is a rarity not to be missed. Tom is well known to us at Artful Home, a master artist and teacher at the University of Wisconsin. We have known him well over the years, and continue to represent talented artists like Sylvie Rosenthal who have come through his program here in Madison.

Loeser’s work is a clear example of art that can draw you in at a surface level for one reason and then twist your brain around and force you to think at another level entirely. Much of the work is quite colorful and can bring a smile when first glimpsed based on what appears to be its cleverness, but beneath the initial whimsy is both curiosity and precise engineering.

I am particularly drawn to Loeser’s double chairs, chairs which both represent and beg for conversations. When two people sit in one of the rockers, the behavior of one person has a direct effect on the other. As in a conversation, it takes a back and forth to make these rockers work.

Double Rocker Back to Back by Tom Loeser

Loeser is interested in conversations: what starts them, what keeps them going, isolation vs socialization, and his chairs allow us to explore Loeser’s interests and make them our own. That the chairs are beautiful and interestingly balanced is almost a given, such a given that in some of his later work he abandons completely making the chairs and instead the entire pieces are about the placement of found chairs to create conversation-making places.

In addition, Loeser’s boat forms fascinate. After working with two master boatbuilders to learn the craft, Loeser used the techniques to create boat-forms which answer the question: What might a boat look like if it could swim on its own? If a boat could move all by itself with no help from mankind, what might it need to look like?

Geodesic Aerolite Whitehall 12′ by Tom Loeser

These sensuous forms challenge our notions of movement while defining the spaces around them, forcing us to acknowledge how little we know of these forms which help us move across water like a fish.

The full range of work at the exhibit has been made public in a free downloadable exhibit catalog in case a trip to West Bend isn’t in your plans.

By |November 13th, 2014|articles|0 Comments

lisa’s holiday wishlist

It is a fairly common practice in businesses to ask the CEO to put together a wishlist of favorite pieces for the holidays, with the expectation that they will write about what the marketing department wants them to write about (if, in fact, the CEO is doing the writing at all). When I was asked to do so, I decided to look for pieces that I really really really wanted, pieces I would love for someone to give me. While they may not represent the broadest assortment of the Artful Home collection, they all would be loved and worn or used immediately!

I keep noticing women wearing stacks and stacks of bracelets and I’ve been wanting to try this look. It seems like The Year of the Bracelet. I know I would want a few versions of these stacks and so my wishlist has two different ones.

With John Siever‘s long wrapping bracelet, “Rectangular Strips with Round Beads“, the look of multiple bracelets is there yet the silver art created by John is not lost in the mass. I love that he mixes his art with African beads, creating a look that is not instantly identifiable but is all clearly handcrafted.

Rectangular Stripes with Round Beads by John Siever

 

I also love the mix of Christine MacKellar‘s “Circle Line Bracelets“. They are elegant and simple, feel like air when worn, are incredibly clever to clasp, and I might just never take them off. And who doesn’t need a few diamonds for everyday?

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Most of my wardrobe is black, grey, and white. It’s a simple way of dressing for someone who travels as much as I do. I’m always looking for accessories to take solid black to something more interesting, and this cozy, textured scarf by Jeung-Hwa Park is perfect for wintry days.

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I love to entertain and almost everything I eat on or serve with is handmade. These days, I’ve got two sets of dishes, one wildly colorful and the other in shades of black, white, and brown. These “Nested Servers” by Nathan Falter would make a great addition. I’m imagining bright red pomegranates in the largest dish on my coffee table, a mélange of roasted root vegetables in the medium one, and pumpkin mousse in the smallest one. Yum.

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Considering buying glasses is an interesting challenge when my husband is a glassblower and has filled the home with his work. However, these glasses rolled in gold leaf are begging to join the family. They are sophisticated and modern, with a stemless design that makes holding a holiday glass of wine an absolute pleasure.

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This outrageous box of chocolates is my final wish as a gift. I have given these chocolates several times to others and luckily, I’ve been able to taste them as a result. They are gorgeous. They are original flavors. And the quality of the chocolate is outstanding, which is a statement this avid chocoholic doesn’t make lightly. But I have never had a box to call my own, never indulged myself.

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And a great gift is that, isn’t it? Something that you would like, wish for, never consider getting for yourself, something purchased with YOU in mind. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to tell anyone what I want as a gift, but a little hint every now and then can’t hurt! Happy Holidays!

 

 

By |November 6th, 2014|artful home for the holidays, articles|4 Comments