The Commissioned

March 9, 2016 | Art, Personal, Singapore

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with The Commissioned, however all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

For the longest time I’ve been looking for the perfect piece of art for my bedroom, and despite keeping my eyes open for.. well, years, I hadn’t found exactly what I was looking for. So when the lovely folks at The Commissioned contacted me about putting their fantastic website to the test and commissioning my very own artwork, I was thrilled! Honestly, commissioning an artwork had never really crossed my mind – I think I presumed it would be hard to contact the artists, would be crazy expensive, and I wasn’t even sure where you’d start. So I was pretty excited about giving The Commissioned a go :)

The first step was to make an account, then go through the pages of artist profiles and find one (or more!) that I really liked and might want to work with. The artists are from all over the world, and the work is so varied – I had about a million tabs open trying to narrow my options! In the end, I fell in love with the work of Australian artist Jessica Watts and could go no further. I mean, hello gorgeous florals!

The next step, once I’d decided Jessica was “the one”, was to send her a message through the website, introducing myself and telling her a bit about what I was looking for. I must say, it was pretty cool to be talking directly with the artist! Jess was so lovely and we messaged back and forth a few times, sending pics of my apartment (for style and colour ideas), discussing where the artwork was going to go, and the feeling I wanted to convey. We also spoke about the size I was after and the price (which you can get an indication of on each artist’s profile page so there aren’t any surprises). I’d had a look through some of Jess’ previous works and found one I really loved the composition of, but wanted to lighten the colours – so that was a good starting point.

Then Jess went away for a couple of days, and came back with quick sketches for me, so I could get an idea of the composition and colours. Then, after a few little tweaks from my side, I picked option 3 and she got down to work.

Initial sketches from Jessica Watts

In the meantime, I’d decided that this was going to be the catalyst for a full bedroom makeover, so I ordered a new bed frame, refurbished some old bedside tables, and bought new lamps.. Exciting!

Over the next few weeks I got updates from Jess on the progress of the painting, and kept an eye on her Instagram account too, for the odd sneaky little behind-the-scene. It was such a great experience, seeing the painting come together as it was happening. It made it so much more special and exciting to see the work and love Jess was putting into it.

Working images along the way

Then, about 3 months after I first spoke with Jess, my painting was framed (yes it even came framed!) and, with some help from The Commissioned, was delivered right to my door – all the way from Australia. All I had to do was unwrap it and hang it. Couldn’t be simpler.

So here’s the finished piece! I’m absolutely thrilled with it, and Jess and The Commissioned were a dream to work with. Both went out of their way to make this go as easily and seamlessly as possible.

The finished painting!

Isn’t it gorgeous?! And now so you can see where this lovely lady ended up… here’s how my bedroom turned out.

My bedroom before After!

Isn’t it a massive improvement?! I’m actually a bit embarrassed to show you all the before pic, but it just goes to prove how much better it’s looking now.

So a big thank you to The Commissioned for giving me the chance to live out a dream and have a painting custom created just for me! And to my lovely artist Jess – thank you! We adore our new painting, and it was such a pleasure to get to work with you :)

Loving… Becca Stadtlander

March 4, 2013 | Art, Loving...

Happy Monday all! I hope you had a great weekend!

I wanted to share some beautiful bright art with you this morning.. maybe it’ll get us in the mood for the new week? :)

Aren’t these gorgeous prints from Becca Stadtlander absolute perfection?! Nothing like pairing bright colours with folksy patterns to get me excited.. and, let’s be honest – plate walls and teapot collections, really?! Love.It.

I think my favourites would have to be the bowl of peaches above, or the bell jar below. What about you, do you have a favourite?

LovingBeccaStadtlander_2You can find prints (and even some original art!) over in Becca’s Shop, and if you want to see even more of her beautiful work, you can check out her website and blog.

Giveaway from Mariann Johansen-Ellis!

February 11, 2013 | Art

**This Giveaway has now CLOSED**

Happy Monday guys! And Happy Chinese New Year to all those celebrating!

What better way to start the week than with a giveaway – right?!

I received a really lovely email last week from Mariann Johansen-Ellis, a full time printmaker from Spain, introducing herself and her beautiful artworks to me. And I’m so glad.. they’re gorgeous! Just have a look at these bright and colourful etchings she does for kids…

Mariann Johansen-Ellis

 

I’m in love with those little elephants! Mariann also does etchings and linocuts for adults, which you can find here and here. And if that wasn’t enough, she also holds printmaking workshops from her studio in Spain! How cool would that be? It’s been put onto my to-do list :)

So – the Giveaway! Well, luckily for you guys, Mariann has very graciously offered to give one of her original etchings away to one of you lucky ducks! YAY! So today, you’ve got the chance to win either one of the two etchings below (your choice).. how great is that?!

**This Giveaway has now CLOSED**

The giveaway will only be held until midnight this Thursday, so get in quick! Here’s how you can enter:

PRIZE: 1 original etching by Mariann Johansen-Ellis (your choice between either ‘Caught a Star‘, or ‘Welcome‘ – see above)

TO ENTER: Head over to Mariann’s shop and/or flickr page, choose your favourite print, and leave me a comment below telling me which one it is! Be sure to use a valid email address when commenting, so I can contact you if you’re the winner! The winner will be chosen by random.org.

GIVEAWAY ENDS: Midnight (Singapore time) Thursday 14th February, 2013.

EXTRAS: Prize can be shipped worldwide. One entry per person only please!

Good luck! And a huge thank you to Mariann Johansen-Ellis for giving away such an amazing prize!
**This Giveaway has now CLOSED**

Question: What are your favourite iPhone cases?

February 5, 2013 | Art, Design

Late last week I had an email from lovely reader Kaela, wondering whether I had any favourite iPhone cases. Why yes, yes I do!

Quite a few it turns out. I thought you all might like to see them too, and so here we are about to see a rather comprehensive list of the iPhone cases that have tugged at my heart.

Most of these are from my go-to case shop – Society 6, but there’s also a gorgeous one from Fossil (of course), and another from Anthroplogie.

Florals: Into the Wild by Elizabeth Olwen . Painted Floral by Threequalsquare
Floral Heart by Anna Deegan

Animals: Fox by Landon Sheely . Bunny and Bird by Kerri-Ann Hulme
Key-Per iPhone Case by Fossil

Circles: Pebbles by Leah Reena Goren . Color Play 1 by Garima Dhawan
 Rain 2 by Garima Dhawan

Geometric: Moon Flower by Anna Deegan . Winter Stripe by Alice Rebecca Potter
 Atym by Spires

Feminine: Biscotti & Vanilla by CMcDonald . Sparkle Stripe by Social Proper
Scalloped iPhone Case by Anthropologie

Thanks for the question Kaela! And for everyone else – if there’s ever anything you’ve wanted to ask me, shoot through an email and I’ll do my very best to answer it for you (either privately via email, or here on the blog)!

Loving… Sanna Annukka

December 28, 2012 | Art, Loving...

Happy Friday everyone! I just wanted to drop in today to share a gorgeous shop I discovered a week or so ago..

Sanna Annukka is a designer and printmaker, and my oh my do I love her work! These gorgeous original screen prints are so bright and cheerful, I’d love to have one hanging in my house. They’re also quite large which just makes me love them even more! :)

Aren’t they great?! You can see all of Sanna Annukka’s work in her shop, and also on her blog.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season! x