Month: September 2016

ART FOR THE HOME

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| The first image shows the initial stages. The second + third image are the final piece. |

Apart from blogging, filming and renovating, I have been working behind the scenes with a local artist named Kichael Bonofiglio from Toronto to create a custom piece of artwork for my new home. For years I admired pieces that were ‘almost perfect’ that needed a bit of personalization or other times were too expensive. You could imagine my excitement when the opportunity arose to create my own art and bring my vision to life! Art to me is an investment. It should be a reflection of yourself, your home and should equally invoke inspiration to complete your space.

While working together with Kichael, my number one vision for the artwork was a minimalistic style combined with neutral tones and touches of gold. These colours would compliment the planned colour scheme in the living room. After going back and forth through emails, the piece was finished within 4 days. I couldn’t be more than happier with the end result and know it will be a favourite for years to come.
As I recently moved into my new home, you’ll have to wait and see it up in my space as I am undergoing renovations and waiting on furniture to be delivered.
Stay tuned. xoxo
In the meantime here’s a Q + A with Kichael Bonofiglio so you can get to know her and her work.
Tell me about yourself and how you started as an artist.
I am a self taught artist; that means I have no formal training. My training comes from the people and things around me. I find experience to be a firm and effective tutor. I started at age 11 by experimenting with different colours, textures and mediums. I couldn’t have anticipated that I could interpret so much of life into my pieces or that people would relate to it. The more I allowed myself to explore different styles and ideas, the more my work took flight.
How would you describe your style and what types of mediums do you work with?
My work is very modern and I am driven by inspiration. My style is ever-changing, but I currently love experimenting with colour and  how mixed media works together. I enjoy playing around with expression, movement and eliciting emotion in my pieces. Colours have a way of conveying emotions through art and I like to incorporate that as we are people driven by our emotions.
Where do you find inspiration or ideas from?
Everything: nature, a conversation, a quote, current affairs, people I talk to whether that be a stranger or people I’ve known my whole life etc.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I get to do what I love. When a client gets the final image of their work and says something like, ” It took my breath away”…. that’s the greatest reward for me.
Which of your art pieces is your favourite?
Impossible question. But I will say, I tend to favour pieces that have meaning behind them (thankfully each piece means the world to me) lol.
Where can we purchase or view more samples of your work?
Check out my website or follow me on instagram to see more of my work. I can also be emailed at kichaelshamoofineart@gmail.com
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STEP INTO FALL

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Cami | Distressed Denim (love these) | Strappy Heels | Crossbody Bag

Fall is slowly creeping upon us and as the temperatures slowly drop I find myself transitioning my summer basics into fall. These girlfriend jeans were a quick wardrobe edit and are a definite must-have if you’re looking to update your closet for the season. As cropped denim is very much in trend I was happy to find these, especially since I was on a long search for that intangible yet perfect-fitting pair of jeans. Truly adore these. They have the right amount of distressing and the slightly loose fit is so comfortable; I can definitely see myself wearing these again and again.

This cami (also in black) is also a great staple and will easily take you from day to night and I’ve always loved these strappy heels from Schutz. They pair well with anything as does this stunning gold and black crossbody bag from Chloe (last seen here and here). One thing for me is that I definitely love being able to wear my favourites in different ways with items that are currently trending for the season. It creates that timeless uniform that showcases your own style.

How about you guys, how are you transitioning for fall? Do share. xoxo

 

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FALL FAVOURITES

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When it comes to fall fashion, basic pieces are what I tend to stock up on the most. Easy, comfortable and versatile items are what I normally purchase first as they never go out of style and can match well with items already in my closet. From there, I look for standout pieces that can be mixed into the basic staples. These can be items that are in trend for the season.

This fall I am currently on the lookout for a new utility jacket. These ones (here + here) are gorgeous! Also loving this stunning maxi shirt dress from Banana Republic which would be such a lovely piece to have this fall. It’s versatile and can be styled with over the knee boots or heels depending on the occasion.

What are your must-haves for this coming season? Do share. xoxo

| Some more of my favourites for fall |

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