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 :)

Inspired by Jessica Day’s Bedroom

February 19, 2013 | Inspired by...

Have you guys watched New Girl? And if you have, did you take any notice of Jess’s bedroom? Do you like it? I do!! I am completely IN LOVE with her quilt!! You can see it here and here in case you’ve never watched it before.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been scouring the internet from top to bottom, left to right and in every dusty corner to try and find that quilt (or even just the fabric) without any success, which made me so sad!

UNTIL, one day last week completely out of the blue, I actually found the EXACT fabric (also here)!! I couldn’t believe it! I’d lost days of my life in pursuit of this elusive fabric… victory was sweet.

Just as a side note – my eventual success was due to the discovery that there is actually a NAME for this style of fabric (as opposed to ‘floral’ or ‘paisley’ which is what I was searching).. it’s called Jacobean. I’d never even heard of it before, but it turns out it’s a style I adore! Way to learn new stuff! ;)

Aaaanyway. Now that I’ve found the fabric, my idea was to buy some and make my own quilt with it.. however, I’m now second-guessing myself. See, to order the fabric in that quantity and have it shipped to Singapore won’t be a cheap exercise, and I’m a bit worried that a black bedspread will turn out to be a bit garish and heavy in my bedroom. Now that I’ve looked back at photos of Jess Day’s bedroom, I also worry that the quilt looks so good because her room is all awesome and industrial. Our apartment isn’t even close to industrial, so I’m just not sure anymore.

I also should mention that I’ve never made a quilt before either. Minor detail.

Help?

Because I’m a visual person, I put together a collage of products that I thought would be great with the black fabric. I found that they needed to be quirky, fun and bright to balance the black:

Bedroom1. Yee Ha! Screen Print by Castle   2. Lyle – Fox in the field Print by Amber Alexander   3. Antique Primula Print by 1001 Treasures   4. Burlap Headboard from Target   5. Wild Oak Table Lamp from Anthropologie   6. St. Thomas Ebony by P. Kaufmann from Hancock’s of Paducah or HouseFabric.com   7. Hemnes Nightstand from Ikea   8. Yellow Spot Pillowcase by Castle   9. Dandelion Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co.   10. Handmade Fox Plush by Sleepy King   11. Chevron Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co.

Then, to get even more of an idea how it might look, I took a photo of our actual bedroom.. then photoshopped the fabric and cushions into it.

What do you think? Unfortunately we probably wouldn’t need the bedside tables (there’s a wide ledge behind the bed that acts as bedside tables at the moment), and we can’t hang any pictures behind the bed for obvious reasons.. but I think it still gives a pretty good idea of how it might look. I also thought some cool red lamps might work too, instead of the root-style ones.

I’ll definitely keep it in mind over the next weeks and maybe also look for other Jacobean fabrics, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)