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Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Whoo Doesn't Love Owls? Owl Themed Art for Kids

    What more can the wise old owl provide us with than eating those pesky bugs at night and educating us on how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Owls provide delightful decor and design for our living spaces. From chic to quirky, we LOVE decorating with owls - especially in kids' bedrooms, playrooms, and nurseries! A theme that seems to get better with age, there is no shortage of adorable owl decor. Scour yard sales and flea markets for unique owl accents that will look fabulous with your new owl themed art for kids.

    Sticking with our method of choosing your wall art first, we recommend you spend a little time hunting through our collection of owl themed art for kids to find your perfect style and color palette. Your chosen artwork will help determine if you'll be heading in a mod, shabby chic, urban, or vintage direction with your child's bedroom or playroom. Nurseries are also a perfect place for owl themed art and we've got adorable options to keep the nursery decor traditional or give it a modern twist. With our owl themed art for kids collection consisting of artwork from over 30 artists, you're bound to find a style you give a hoot about.

    Our girl's bedroom featured above has an owl motif that isn't too matchy-matchy, but gives a girl the perfect amount of owl to love. Hot pink, brown, and orange give the room a mod, quirky feel with so many options. Rachel Taylor's Owl Art Collection is a vibrant grouping that provides all the design inspiration needed to pull off a bright and fun bedroom where a girl will love to hang out.

    Other owl themed stretched canvas art options for girls' bedrooms:

    Pretty Owls by Lesley Grainger 2 Olivia the Owl by Stacy Amoo-Mensah 3 Coral and Blue Owls on a Branch by Steve Haskamp 4 Forest Owl by Annette Tatum

    Some of our owl themed kids' wall decor that would be perfect in a boy's bedroom:

    Owl in the Woods by Liza Lewis 2 Mr. Hooty Hoots by Carter Carpin 3 Be Wise by Shelly Kennedy

    Just a few of the pieces of owl themed art that would look adorable in a nursery:

    Olga the Owl by Meghann O'Hara 2 Hootie Owl by Sally Bennett 3 Owl Friends and a Bird with a Hat by Creative Thursday by Marisa 4 Owl Perch by Vicky Barone

    So, don't deny your love of owls - embrace it! Fill your walls with our fine feathered friends, and remember what a wise old owl once said. "If you don't give a hoot, whooo will?" Be sure to follow our Pinterest board "Who Who Loves Owls - Owl Themed Artwork".

  • Bee Things Interview

    Buzzzzzzzzzzzz! Prepare to be joyfully stung by the whimsical art of Shay Ometz and Jeff Barfoot, better known as Bee Things! We had the esteemed pleasure of sitting down to interview these two zany characters recently and we got to discuss what all the buzz is about. This dynamic duo has partnered up, in more ways than one, to bring us a delightful collection of art that is nature inspired and ultra colorful. Here's what we found out:

     

    OD: Can you give us the scoop on the story behind your name – Bee Things?

     

    BT: (Jeff) My nickname for Shay was always “bee,” and neither of us can remember why. That’s what happens when you have kids: you forget things like baseball stats, what actors played in what movies, or what it was like to eat in a restaurant that isn't “Chili’s”. Anyway, Shay is an extremely talented art director and stylist (she’ll deny it but it’s absolutely true). For years, she’s always brought props from her shoots home, everything from little milk jars for flowers to Nelson lamps and would rearrange the house accordingly to make a home for the new thing. It seemed like every week there would be another something in the house and I would jokingly say, “There’s another bee thing!” When we started to actually collaborate on things (aside from our relationship that is), I surprised her for Christmas and had done our logo, stationary, and packaging for our new studio we were starting and named it “Bee Things.”

     

    OD: When and why did you guys decide to create art together?

     

    BT: When we were first married, we lived in a little duplex apartment. When we found out we were going to be having a baby, I made her a little Kraft snack bag every day. And since we’re both designers/illustrators, I just couldn't send her off with a blank lunch sack – sacrilege to our profession. So I would draw a little different something on there every day with crayons, a bird, a little animal, or a silly visual pun. People she worked with would see the bags, and many suggested (rather strongly, in some cases!) that we should sell them. When the baby was close to coming, we decided to upgrade to a house. The one we found (and were lucky enough to get!) had a small back-house in the yard, not as nice/big as a guest house, but nicer than a shed. We were wondering what to do with it, and Shay suggested we turn it into a screen printing studio. Neither of us had ever screen printed, but we just went for it. I finished out the shed over the spring (put in walls, a ceiling, and power), and researched screen printing. We started, as planned, by screen printing snack bags, birds at first, and selling them on Etsy. I thought that since we were going through all the trouble of making printing plates and printing on bags, we should print a few extra images on paper and see if we could sell the images as prints. Six years and over 6,000 prints sold later, here we are!

     

    OD: Describe some key elements of your style or technique – you don’t have to give away any secrets!

     

    BT: We love color. Lots of color. I think we’re both pretty good at working with it, which sounds weird, but other designers and illustrators will know what I’m talking about. We’re always trying new and unusual color combinations, and any chance to use bright color, we don’t hesitate. We also both love, love, love mid-century (60s) design. We love the products, chairs, lamps, fabric patterns, colors, whimsy, everything from that era. We even nerdily live in a mid-century modern house (built in ’61). We are in awe of designers and illustrators that were prominent in that period – Alvin Lustig, Paul Rand, Jim Flora, Max Huber, Disney Animation during that time was stellar, Otl Aicher, Charles and Ray Eames. We could go on all day.

     

    OD:  Birdie Tea Party has a very vibrant and poppy color balance to it. Can you tell us why you chose to mix those crazy colors?

     

    BT: Actually, that illustration is inspired by a real bird. The painted bunting (we’ve seen one only once – they’re endemic to southern Texas and Mexico, but wanted up here (we’re in Dallas) from time to time. If you’re reading this, you should look it up – it looks totally made up, like a bird from Avatar or something. It’s red, blue, yellow, green, gray and black. Beautiful! They remind me of Easter when I was a kid – I grew up in the stick in southern Colorado, and each Easter we would go to the feed store and get little chicks they would dye bright colors.

     

     

    OD: We noticed in your profile pic that you have 2 kids and 2 dogs. Do they ever help or inspire your creativity.

     

    BT: Quite the opposite – they are so much work! No, we kid. The Wiener dogs, no so much. But the kids do daily. The things they draw are amazing – rarely do they draw “something” (like a dog or tree or whatever) – usually it’s just patterns and colors. And kids have no inhibitions with their amazing little art – they mix whatever colors, patterns, on whatever paper is within reach. We bought them a pack of Japanese tape – tape in bright colors with dots and stripes and patterns. They draw and stick other bits of paper on with the crazy tapes. Most times, it’s bedlam. But sometimes, it’s amazing and delightful. We have several things framed. We’re inspired by those – we've actually tried to capture that inhibition, try color combinations and pattern combinations we wouldn't have tried before. And don’t get us started on picture books –we have a huge collection. Some of the most amazingly talented illustrators working out there are doing picture books. We are in awe every evening.

     

     

    OD: Another interesting piece of yours is Terns. Was your intention to create a feeling of symmetry and balance with the birds?

     

    BT: Yes! One of the few times the sketch and final illustration were exactly the same!

     

     

    OD: Do you have any quirky artist characteristics like painting in your PJ’s or only eating peanut butter sandwiches on the days you create?

     

    BT: Shay definitely has the best answer for this question. She carries with her at all times a smooth stone, a tiny little bean bag about the size of your thumb, and the cut-off top of a Ziploc baggie. She holds one of these things in her hand, and it helps her think (baggie: she loves to hold it, and zip it open and pop it closed with her fingers. Mine is, I love to create to white noise. I buy tracks that people usually get for sleep sounds – rainstorm, fan blowing, waves crashing. I put on noise-cancelling headphones and go to work. It’s weird – I like it better than music for thinking, but after the sketches are done and I’m just executing, I like music better.

     

     

    OD: How long does it typically take you to create a piece, or does it usually vary?

     

    BT: Sometimes, we love a sketch and it takes a while to get the final rending just right. I actually have a folder on my computer with illustrations that are still waiting to be “just right.” And others, like "Terns", took only a few hours to get just right. We never know, but that was a lucky one.

     

     

    OD: Is there any meaning or reason behind the placement of the symbols rotating around the bird from “Zebra Finch”?

     

    BT: I wish there were. Sometimes we just wing it. We knew we wanted some little bugs and seeds and things to complete the composition we have in mind, but sometimes we like to keep that loose, and just have fun once we start the illustration (after the sketch).

     

    OD: If you could go back in time and give your 10yr old self one piece of advice – what would it be?

     

    BT: Shay: I would tell myself to be myself. I spend a lot of time trying to fit in, sort of denying my true self. When you’re in high school, it’s hard to do that. I probably ended up being the same person, but it took me a little longer to get there. :)

     

    BT: Jeff: I would tell myself to be true to what you love. I actually have a degree in Marine Biology of all things, and although I don’t regret a credit hour of that, I always had design and art in my heart. I probably would've saved my parents a few years of tuition payments had I listened to that instinct (I was trying to be practical, with a “real job“), but I don’t regret it at all. I do love science, and I use it in my work every now and then. Plus, if I’m ever on Jeopardy! I’ll know what the tiny scales on the skin of a shark are called!

     

    Have a look at Oopsy Daisy's collection of art by  Bee Things

     

  • It's a Jungle In Here - Jungle Themed Art for Kids' Rooms

    We've all viewed our homes as a bit of a chaotic jungle at times, but aesthetically, a jungle is a fantastic base for a design theme! We're partial to jungle themed kids' bedrooms and nurseries, and have TONS of jungle themed art for kids' rooms! If you've imagined a fun room where your monkeys can swing on vines and take naps on a leafy jungle floor, figuratively speaking of course, go ahead and prowl around our extensive collection and find that perfect style of jungle themed art for kids' room that'll make your cubs roar!

    If you're looking for a jungle that is more modern and funky, maybe reminiscent of a "concrete jungle", look to Jennifer Mercede's collection seen here in this bright and fun nursery. Her graffiti style and electric colors create awesome designs that look perfectly hip in a baby's nursery, yet interesting and edgy in an older child's bedroom. Her plentiful selection of jungle animals will give you more than enough options to group your art in creative ways to make one wild feature wall.

    Another popular jungle themed art for kids' rooms option in the vibrant and colorful category is Melanie Mikecz's collection of safari animals covered in a rainbow of colors. Her artwork features whimsical safari animals  in a contemporary style that will give you loads of options in bedding and accessory choices. Mixtures of colors and patterns are a perfect match for this happy collection.

    We've also shown a nursery in a more subdued color palette by Meghann O'Hara. Her darling jungle animals bring sweet style to a nursery or toddler's room in their original neutral colorways or in their powder pink and powder blue selections! These pieces most definitely get even cuter as they're grouped together.

    We certainly have the lion's share of jungle themed art for kids' rooms! Our collages show an array of styles in both neutral and bright color palettes, so go ahead and get wild! Make your child's room an engaging habitat where your little one will love spending time and going on imaginary adventures. Be sure to follow our Pinterest board "It's a Jungle In Here - Jungle Themed Art" !

    colorfulHip Hippo 2 Intricate Zebra 3 Peeking Jungle Buddies - Baboon 4 Giraffe Color Wash 5 Eric Carle's Elephant Mother

    neutral 1 Exotic Elephant 2 Safari Kisses - Giraffe 3 Safari Swing 4 Hippo Grins 5 Nana Monkey

    (P.S. Don't forget to accessorize with our adorable kids' jungle themed table lamps and night lights!)

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