Friday, February 25, 2011

Sea Glass Inspired Lamps

When it comes to unique lamps, Style Key West is light years ahead of the rest! We have recycled glass lamps in dreamy shades of aqua, green, and turquoise; soft white, green, and yellow milk glass; and even whimsical seahorses and nautilus shells. Here are some of our best sellers:

Visit the shop to see for yourself! You can also call us at (305) 292-4004 for more information on pricing and shipping.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Paper Bowls?

Aren't these paper mâché bowls great?

The colors and lines are so simple and clean, and there is a very appealing organic feel to them. They'd look great in any space.

Made from recycled paper, each one is unique. The Etsy shop, etco offers different sizes and colors. See all of them HERE.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Obsession: Aboriginal Art

I've been reading Ish & Chi for a while now, and while I do enjoy seeing the outfits Viv puts together for her "Friday Fashion" posts, I'm far more intrigued by the large painting in the background.

Eventually, through her home decorating posts, I've discovered that it's one of three pieces of "Aboriginal art" that she has collected. Here are the other two:

I'm embarrassed to say that I had never before heard of (or more accurately, paid attention to) aboriginal art. But I was immediately taken with the color, texture and textile quality that each of her paintings - while different in technique and style - seem to share.

THEN, I read on Made by Girl, that inspired by Viv, Jen purchased a couple of aboriginal pieces for her own home.

Following the artist links that each blogger offered, I discovered the Aboriginal Art Coop site and spent an entire morning semi-ignoring my family while I poured over the galleries.

I grabbed image after image, planning to write SOME kind of post about them. Once I scanned through every painting (I'm not kidding - ALL 503 artists), I had to make some serious cuts. And even after eliminating about 2/3 of the images, I still have TWENTY FIVE in my picture file. I can't cut any more. They're too lovely. So here are some of my personal favorites (artist name below each):

Abie Loy Kemarre

Barbara Weir

Caroline Numina Pananka (above two)

Dolly Mills Petyarre

Evelyn Pultara (above two)

Gloria Petyarre

Jeanie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Petyarre (above two)

Julianne Turner Nungarrayi

June Smith Pengarte

Kudditji Kngwarreye

Lena Pwerle

Lorna Fencer Napurrula

Lucky Morton Kngwarreye (above two)

Lulu Teece Petyarre

Makinti Napanangka

Mitjili Napurrula

Rosie Goodjie

Sally Gabori

Sarrita King (above two)

Aboriginal art (also known as Indigenous Australian art), is based upon traditional culture and is made by indigenous Australians. The mediums used are far more extensive than the paintings I featured above: painting on leaves, wood carving, rock carving, sculpture, ceremonial clothing, etc. But it's the paintings that really speak to me.

As much as I can appreciate all art from an objective standpoint, I tend to really "love" the pretty stuff. And this is some PRETTY stuff. It would look fabulous with most interior decor styles as well (so you don't have to feel guilty about matching your art to your house). AND depending on the artist, the prices can be very affordable.

Art brings life to a room. If you are in the market for some new wall decor, don't dismiss fine art as too expensive. Even if you have to spend a bit more than you would for those prints at Pottery Barn, original art is an investment worth making. And it seems that Aboriginal art can be an attainable investment at that!

Do you have any affordable fine art tips or secret resources? We'd love to know!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday Color (on Tuesday): Sunny Yellow

With the shop sale announcement yesterday, we missed the Monday Color post (oh right - it will be a weekly thing now). So Tuesday Color it is!

How about some yellow?

Wishing you a sunny week!

Images via: Brabourne Farm, Martha Stewart Living, Robert Passal, Tranquil Townhouse

Monday, February 21, 2011

SKW White Sale This Week!

25% off of select bedding, sleepwear and rugs at Style Key West, Today through Saturday the 27th!

If you see something you like above, but can't make it in (say - if you live in Texas...), we can ship! Just call for pricing and inventory information: 305-292-4004.
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