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Featured Artist : Holly Young

Featured Artist : Holly Young

June 22, 2016

We’ve been stalking the talented artist, Holly Young on Instagram for some time now.  She’s a gal after our own hearts, with her abstract paintings full of colors and movement.  We’re trying to figure out how to get one of her beauties on our own walls.  If anything, we’d take just spending the day with her, thrifting, exploring architecture or chatting about mid-century design.  All things that make this women’s heart tick.  Just a few more reasons to love her.

 

Her artwork speaks to us, and we had to share with you.  We can’t quite figure out if it’s her color choices or the texture that’s grabbing us.  Take a look and maybe you can help us decide.

 

We asked Holly to share with us a little bit about herself, and here’s what she had to say:

 

My name is Holly, and I am an abstract artist living in Ontario Canada. My days are filled with painting in my home studio, looking for deals at consignment shops and raising two daughters age 4 and 6. I love mid century design, architecture and thrifting.

 

I was drawing and creating art since I can remember. My parents encouraged me to pursue my hobbies and one of the main ones was dancing. I was lucky as this allowed me to travel a lot in North America as a teenager, and I also began instructing as well.  My days were filled with decorating and styling my bookshelves with my favorite collectibles. My bedroom was tiny with a twin bed, not too much re-arranging could take place…but I tried. I would sit with my cousin for hours and draw various renderings of my dream home, those are my memories from childhood. I won the art award when I graduated high school, that really made me believe I had some talent and should go forward with art.

 

I graduated University with a BFA in Fine Art and then decided to go to College and study Interior Decorating.  I worked in several retail design shops throughout the years and only recently decided to make art a full time career. I’ve always wanted to share my paintings and last summer I finally got around to making a website and online shop. My husband is one of my biggest supporters, and without his help it would not have happened so quickly. Since that time I have also been writing a weekly blog to share my works in progress, inspirations, and love of interior spaces. For the past two years I have also enjoyed being a painting instructor for a local company in town. I usually teach in the evening which allows me to paint during the day while my girls are in school. I find that I have the most energy first thing in the morning.

 

I work with acrylic, latex and spray paint. They are not always combined, it depends what I feel like doing. My creative process in the studio is often unplanned, it’s a moment by moment evolving process. I mix a palette and the subject matter evolves. I just completed a large body of work for my first solo exhibit. Setting goals for myself and following through with them has been quite rewarding. In February our home was photographed for a house tour on Apartment Therapy,  one of my daily go to websites. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several artists and designers I’ve met through social media, I’m excited to see where my art takes me next.
 
My work is full of movement, pattern, texture and color. I am influenced by moments in my daily life, a cloud in the sky, chipped paint on a building, a song playing in the background. My paintings are my interpretation of these experiences. I make art that speaks to me, I can only hope that it connects with others as well.

 

We had a few exchanges with Holly  online and she has melted our hearts with her kindness and amazing sense of style.  This is someone to keep your eye on, folks.  She is not only creating amazing works of art, but we also see a house tour in the future!

 

You can see more of Holly’s artwork, here and here.  If it’s daily inspiration you are looking for then we suggest you add her to your Instagram feed.  Thank you Holly, your work is amazing!

 

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Todd Diciurcio

Featured Artist : Todd Diciurcio

May 20, 2016

Photo By: Melissa Dilger

 

We first met TODD DICIURCIO when he and his wife were passing through Bali visiting mutual friends a few years back.  We met this charismatic couple and we were instantly drawn to them.  Not only were they dressed to the nines in some fabulous gear, but their personalities and love for each other was attracting to say the least, and that night ended up with one too many, at last call…Or so we were told 

 

We quickly learned that Todd was quite the artist and had made a name for himself in the NY art scene, as well as the music and fashion world.  This is when we began following his career and our love for his spontaneous and vibrant works of art came about.

 

It’s an honor for us sister to introduce you to such a talent as Todd.   Todd lives a fast paced life in New York City and is often seen on the red carpet at the fashion shows, music gatherings, gala’s and charity events.  He’s kind of a big deal folks…The coolest part about him and his art is that he is known for his “Live Performance” .  Where he synchronizes his art method or art technique while a live band plays…The collaboration between artist and musician become something else.  He has worked with bands such as: The Rolling Stones, The Killers, The English Beat, Broken Social Scene, Bon Jovi and The Kings of Leon…Just to name a few.

 

He has collaborated with fashion house such as Rag & Bone and The GAP, he has been selected as “Artist Residence” in hot spots like, The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and had a kitty cat named RHYTHM THE CAT who left us a while back…but based on his love for the furry guy, you would think this cat still roams the earth. RIP Rhythm.  It’s shit like this folks, that makes this human a real down to earth, rad and talented mother fucker.  Excuse the language, but there really is no better way to explain this talented human.

 

We asked him a few personal questions…Take a read. Take a look.

 

Photo By: Melissa Dilger

 

Photos By: John Robinson

 

Sisters: Give us some insight into your childhood, upbringing and when you discovered your love of art.
TODD: Creating was always a way for me to show something that felt important.  I remember the effect of television as a kid- tracing right on the screen to Michael Jackson when he performed at The Grammys, football games, Sesame Street, Kung Fu movies, The Three Stooges, cartoons, car ads…just reacting. When MTV hit,  I was still doing this.  It was like connecting to the static of the world off the static from the tv.  Music became the fuel & I was the vehicle. That energy combined with growing up bouncing from suburban to farmland Pennsylvania shaped my world quite a bit.  Dysfunctional family arrangements & the loss of my Mother to brain cancer when I was 14 launched me into my own headspace, a headspace full of freedom that craved to experience things for itself, with autonomy, abandon, & love for all adventure. That freedom certainly tuned my periphery to seek what I believed was the unexplored, the ultimate zenith of the darkest reaches, the underground.  And I was going to draw just that.

 

Sisters: When did you really start committing to you artwork?
TODD: I attended fine art school at Kutztown University.  This juncture found me creating & swimming in work all hours of the day & night. Sleep was just a word.  The drugs were free (or close to it) & I was deep in the exploration of mark making thru psychedelics.  So much so that I would actually choose from tens of works to turn in for final drawings, retrofitting them to the required syllabus. This was a bit toxic being that I was seemingly getting further away from what my professors wanted,  but I was way down the mineshaft by then…there was no turning back.  That said, I was hugely inspired by my professors as a result- they helped me to understand the tools needed to structure this cervasse filtering upwards into my sky- I felt reciprocated in reality, an altering that would bring great benefit to my new understanding of composition. This became my foundation.

 

Sisters: How would you describe your art?
TODD: It’s anybody’s observation.  I’ve heard it called post-modern expressionism. I guess my name is in that hat to some degree.  It’s just how I express myself.

 

Sisters: What inspires your art?
TODD: Humanity, relative synergy, infinite possibilities, music & all its incarnations, dark dreams- the ones I remember.  The rest just happens when I see, (mis)read or (mis)hear something, break it all apart, & let it come out onto the surface. 

 

Sisters: What medium do you use? How did you discover your love if this medium?
TODD: I’ll draw with anything that will make a mark just to see what I can get or see out of it,  what I feel from it.  Drawing is the truth. I love ink- to abandon the notion of capturing the appearance of something for the pursuit of its spirit is where my projections lie- that’s the zenith status in my book.

 

Sisters: Where do you currently live? Do you have a studio?
TODD: For almost 15 years now, I’ve lived & worked out my studio in Brooklyn NY with my wife Megan, who heads Entertainment PR for Tommy Hilfiger.

 

Sisters: What are your hobbies outside of art?
TODD: I would say traveling & Surfing are the top of that list for Megs & I- always trying to get home to the beach.  The rest of the time we’re herding two cats, Buddy Miles Davis & Ella Fitzgella. 

 

Sisters: Where has your artwork taken you? Shows? Buyers? Collaborations? Etc…
 
Collectors are what keep this ship sailing,  & most are private. Honestly, I couldn’t list one name of a supporter without 500 others coming to mind so I will say you know who you are!

 

Photo By: Melissa Dilger

Photo By: Ashley Costello

 

Thank you TODD for opening up and letting us share you with our followers.

 

To see more of his work you can find that here.  And for daily inspirational post you can follower him on Instagram.

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist : Jai Vasicek of Ahoy Trader

Featured Artist : Jai Vasicek of Ahoy Trader

February 12, 2016

 
I first met Jai a few years ago in Byron Bay, Australia for a mutual friend’s birthday bash. We spent a few days together celebrating our friend and over that time, I instantly fell for Jai’s amazing energy. Not only is he so sweet and refreshingly genuine, he’s so much fun to hang out with. The man knows how to have a good time and he’s a great conversationalist. I visited his shop, Ahoy Trader in Byron Bay, and wanted to buy everything. He’s an incredible artist and visionary and has fabulous style.
I am most attracted to his incredible tile installations and daydream about commissioning him to do a project for us one day. His carefree spirit really comes through in his art and I love the way he uses color and imagery to bring his pieces to life. I especially love the way he interprets the female spirit. He has such a beautiful vision of what a true goddess looks like.

 

 
From his site, Ahoy Trader— “Jai’s Colourful Crosses And Wall Tiles Have Become Highly Sought After, With An Eclectic And Expressive Character That Allows Them To Be Displayed In Groups Or Used As Stand Alone Decor Pieces.  Nowhere Is His Signature Style More Apparent Then In His Stunning Large Tiled Wall Murals, They Dominate Any Space And Can Be Custom Made To Suit The Client’s Personality And Decor. Many Of Australia’s Most Stylish Home Decorators And Savvy Interior Designers Commissioning Him To Create One Of A Kind Artworks Making For A High Impact Focal Point In Any Room.
https://youtu.be/-tu3dwQ83KY
Favorite bits: the Malachi painting, the tile installation at Miss Margarita, his shop Ahoy Trader, his decorated crosses and his pillows.

Love, the Sisters

Currently Pinning : 002

Currently Pinning : 002

February 10, 2016

 
How about a tiled floor to ceiling shower with a greenhouse vibe? Sign us up for pops of yellow and sheepskin… that room is like instant sunshine every time you walk in! We’ll take that light fixture, with this geometric piece of art, hung over a metallic sofa. Oh, and don’t forget this tropical bouquet for Valentine’s  Day (or Galentine’s Day!) this weekend.

Love, the Sisters

Trending in 2016

Trending in 2016

February 07, 2016

 
Geometric Patterns //


They add instant visual interest, which is great for a quick and easy change or WOW piece. When using geometric shapes, you don’t need to do much else since they speak for themselves. Options are endless. We love seeing these patterns in bathrooms and kitchens!

 

 
Neutrals //


The most relaxing combo out there! t’s hard to go wrong when working with neutrals, which makes them great for layering. We love to have large, key pieces in neutral colors and add color with accessories!! It also helps that Benjamin Moore chose Simply White as their 2016 color of the year.

 

 
Jungalow Style //


The most fun trend this year! It’s been up and coming but it’s here to stay in 2016. Think plants, plants, and more plants! Miss-matched pattern and colors, then top that with more plants! The beauty of this trend is that there are no rules!!

 

 
Rose Gold //


Brass came back, and last year copper came back into the spotlight and this year Rose gold will be taking center stage! A softer and more feminine brass, what’s not to love? Metallics are always hot and we are happy to see rose gold come in to play in 2016.

 

 
Pantone’s Rose Quartz + Serenity //


PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919. On the topic of rose gold, or the color rose or as we like to call it, Blush, is making a huge appearance this year. And we love it. We’re bringing back femininity into interiors with colors like rose quartz and serenity. Mixed with neutrals these two colors are sure to keep you inspired and feeling fresh. Using pops of these colors in your home or wardrobe will keep you up to trend with this years colors.

 

Love, the Sisters

Currently : Pinning

Currently : Pinning

January 11, 2016

 
Ever get sucked in to the Pinterest hole , unable to escape it?? We do! Here’s a round-up of a handful of things we found this week.
We are loving the blush and dusty blue trend that is happening– we think there is going to be a PLENTY of beautiful rose, blue, and green colors going around town this year and we aren’t mad about it. As always, loving brass accents. We’d take that powder bath in our home any day, and that cacti window garden too.
What are you pinning? Let us know your username  in the comments so we can follow you, or find us HERE.

Love, the Sisters

Featured Artist: Okiino

Featured Artist: Okiino

January 07, 2016

 
I first met Angeline my freshman year at Berkeley. For me it was a love at first sight. I knew I wanted to be friends with her as she has this amazing energy and incredible spirit. Our friendship grew fast and before long, we were spending all our free time together. We went on to be roommates in two different houses in Berkeley where we would throw the most amazing parties and have incredible dinner feasts with all of our friends. Angeline had a way of making incredible and exciting things happen. I’ve been watching her manifest every dream of hers since those early days, morphing into a successful entrepreneur. Whether she’s throwing down beats as A-List, consulting high-powered executives, or buying up real estate or flying across the globe to surf she’s an inspiration to me.

 

 
She has recently launched yet another dream of hers, the Okiino brand. This business venture marries some of her favorite things and as a result, her and her partners have created a beautiful brand selling high quality leggings that are designed by local artists. They will carry you through your surf session, your yoga class, or just an outing around town. They’re incredibly versatile, feel so great, and made with love and incredible attention to detail.
While there are a few surf and yoga leggings currently in the market, OKIINO’s product has the highest quality Italian 4-way stretch fabric technology, maximum UV protection, custom prints created by artists, and unique design features to truly be multi-functional in the water and on land. Plus, their products are locally made in San Francisco, and they donate a portion of the sales to non-profit partners that reflect their brand and values.
Be sure to check these ladies out on Instagram and Facebook!

 

Love, the Sisters

4 Corners X Swenyo

4 Corners X Swenyo

November 03, 2015

 
We were thrilled when Swenyo reached out to us to be one of four designers, picked to style a bedroom based around their products and our personal vibe. Swenyo is another awesome local company here in Southern California, their product offering is a combination of Swenyo-exclusive products designed by them as well as a hand-picked selection of curated products from a variety of brands around the world.
Swenyo gave us the challenge of mixing their modern and minimalist furnishings with a bohemian/eclectic look. The objective was to show how their unique furnishings could be used in different context or environments. Our inspiration was heavily influenced by our own bohemian style that we are known for, as well as throwing some jungalow style (yes, that’s a thing!! and it’s awesome, more on that later) in to the mix. The person who lived in this so-called “loft” of ours, Her name was Claire. This loft was located in NY. This was Claire’s first space out of college, all on her own. She is originally from California and studied photography at NYU. Now that she is on her own she wanted a space that reflected her free spirit and love of travel, and photography!
We had a blast styling this space with the help of the awesome Swenyo teamand are completely satisfied with how it turned out, a total boho loft oasis!

Love, the Sisters

How to Pull Off the Black and White Look

How to Pull Off the Black and White Look

August 06, 2015

We’re huge fans of the classic, chic vibe that black and white creates. It’s one of the true bonds between two colors, a love that never dies. Here are a few tips for pulling it off right.

 

 
1) This color combo works fabulously with all other colors and patterns. So, don’t be afraid to mix it up. Keep in mind that when you bring in the black and white, everything else will pop.

 

 
2) Go big and decide whether you want to throw it on the floor, the walls or the ceiling. A black and white floor, wall or ceiling is a great way to make a big statement. Our all time favorite kitchen we ever had was one with the classic black and white checkered floor. We’ll never forget that kitchen. In fact, we spent most of our time while living there in the kitchen, ha!

 

 
3) Decide on a pattern for the black and white. You can do checkered floors, an ornate ethnic pattern, walls with polka dots, ceilings with stripes and upholstery with all of the above. In other words, the options are endless and hard to get wrong.

 

 
4) Using black and white is a great way to marry the old with the new. If you have a lot of old or vintage items and you’re living in an architecturally modern space with lots of clean lines, then black and white becomes the glue that makes it all work and look amazing.

 

 
5) Don’t be afraid to layer a black and white pattern with ethnic and more colorful patterns. It always looks fresh and smart. On the contrary, sticking to a pure black and white look is never boring. Decide what suits you and just go for it!

Love, the Sisters

The Banana Leaf Trend

The Banana Leaf Trend

July 27, 2015

 
We always love bringing nature into the home. Whether it’s the real thing or the idea of it, it always adds flare to a space. Right now we’re loving the tried and true Banana Leaf.
You can throw it on the wall with some fabulous wall paper, upholster a chair or a sofa, wrap it around a lamp shade, weave it onto a pillow, or you can even throw it on the table and dine with it!
The shade of green in a banana leaf, to us, is the true color green. Its shape is tailored yet dynamic. When you see it, it reminds you of tropical bliss. Those times when you were down at the beach, with friends, away from any and all responsibilities. Why wouldn’t you want to be reminded of that on a daily basis by incorporating it into your home?
Used in it’s natural form is just as powerful. We love throwing banana leaves into a large glass jar. Or planting some in pots to flank a doorway.
The good news is this shape and color goes with so much it’s hard to get it wrong. So, just go for it and have fun!

 

Love, the Sisters