New ARtwork

LUSH – 36 x 36 x 1.5″ Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Recently, my paintings have been inspired by the idea of reinventing themes for nurseries or kids spaces. That’s not to say the finished pieces can only be used in those spaces. But i have been thinking a lot about how more “grown up” art can really work for kids. This piece was my take on a room with a jungle, animal, rain forest…even pirate island theme. i’d hang it over the crib as a statement piece. Wouldn’t stuffed monkeys and elephants look right at home with it? But yet, its not so obvious and literal that it couldn’t translate into other rooms of the house.

Here are some detail images of the painting:

You might remember another piece i did a couple months back, titled BALLERINA? Same idea there. A complement to a ballerina themed room, but in a subtle, abstracted way : )

What types of art do all of you like to use in kids spaces?

Tweaking Baby Rooms

i wanted to share some guest post content from a while back where i gave my thoughts on tweaking nursery and kids room decor. This one was featured on urban infant.

Do you want to create a modern baby room – something that is full of style and isn’t your typical “blue or pink?”

Here are some tips to help you create a beautiful room for your baby that also has a lot of style:

Try Pale Lilac, Instead Of Pink – I think a pale lilac is uber-feminine and fragile/dainty without being the standard requisite pink.

Grey Is An Awesome Neutral – Greys look sophisticated and “intelligent” to me. Greys are a beautifully soft, and a chic alternative to cream or tan in a modern kids room. Plus, bold colors look fantastic on a sea of grey.

Go With An Inky Blue – I think inky, violet-blue is a rich alternative to standard navy. It’s impossible for that color to look saccharine. It is serene and full of power at the same time. An inky room, with all soft pastels and frothy textures layered in, is like the baby room version of a power suit with a soft silk blouse underneath!

Make A Statement- I always like to choose one truly spectacular centerpiece for a space. That could be a great textile, a pillow, a family heirloom or toy. Its your “wow” moment. Every room can benefit from a “wow” moment and it has to be something you and your child LOVE.

Add Some Artwork – Adding a piece of artwork is a very simple and easy way to transform a room. Choose the biggest piece you can afford for the scale of the room, and you won’t have to do much else, as far as decorating goes.

Finish With A Personal Touch – Your finishing touch should be something personal. Add a family photo or a piece with your child’s name or initials.

coming to an organic baby onesie soon!

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i’ve been working my little fingers off lately! Here are 2 designs recently sent off to Green As Wee Grow for screen printing on their organic baby tees and onesies. You may recognize these pieces from their original appearances in larger artworks in my etsy shop. GAWG has licensed these two excerpts and i also have one original design in the works for them as well. Hint: it’s and animal with a lonnnggg neck interpreted in swirly stephanie style! Just a few more ways to give a darling baby gift of a nursery print and a onesie or tee with the coordinating design.

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Happy Sunday Everyone!