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Custom Tile Murals April 27, 2009

Filed under: Fun Stuff,Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 3:35 pm
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Hi, all!  I just met with Eric from Aamodt Companies in Spring Valley, WI, and WOW do they offer some unique options for tile!  Check it out at http://www.aamodtcompanies.com/index.cfm?event=oakdalegallery.

  They can offer a custom tile mural for any application – from kitchen backsplashes to showers to partition wall glass – with amazing resolution and durability.  The photos, of course, do not do it justice, but serve as a starting point.  Check it out!  If you would like a photo mural of your beloved pup, we can do that.  Would you like to install glass floor tile with photo-realistic grass (so you can enjoy that spring-time, grass-between-your-toes feeling year round) we can do that, too.  Or, how about tile “wallpaper” in your shower.   Very cool process and product.  Let me know if you would like further information, or would like to see samples!

 

Interview Posted April 9, 2009

Filed under: Announcements and Accolades,Fun Stuff — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 10:46 am

I need to toot my own horn a little – if I don’t, who will, right?  See the Ava Living website for an interview with me!  And, let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your comments!

http://www.avaliving.com

 

Art Along the St. Croix April 6, 2009

Are you searching for the perfect piece of art to grace your mantle?  Waiting to run into a vase the exact size and color you need to fill that huge void above your entertainment center?  Look no further!  The Hudson area has some fantastic art resources to take advantage of.

Seasons on St. Croix is located on Second Street in Downtown Hudson, and represents dozens of local and regional artists in all media.  From textiles to pottery, glass to paintings, you will find it here.  They have a brand new gallery, and an artist reception event on the first Friday of every month.  Visit their website at http://www.seasonsonstcroix.com/ for more information.

Kelley Galleries and Framing is located a little further down Second Street in Hudson.  They offer a gorgeous array of original works, as well as reproductions, furniture and home accessories.  To finish off your art selection, they offer framing services, as well.  Check their website at http://www.kelleygalleries.com/ for more information on their upcoming events, new artists and more.

Bonnie Rubinstein, of River Falls, is a fused glass artist.  She is amazing, and works on a very large scale.  Sinks, countertops, tiles, light fixtures, window panels – she can do it all!  View her portfolio and contact her to discuss your custom project:  http://www.rubinsteinstudio.com/.

Another local glass artist, Laurie Wilson, offers works in both stained and fused glass.  She is well-known for her custom architectural window panels, as she has worked with many builders in the area.  See her work at http://www.ilwacoglass.com.  I have had the pleasure of working with her on several past projects, and my clients have been thrilled with the results!

For a little something old, check out Abigail Page Antiques, also on Second Street in Hudson.  You never know what you may find; that perfect piece for your home may be hiding in the corner!  http://abigailpageantiques.com/

A wonderful array of home accessories, furniture, artwork and more awaits you at Etcetera on Second Street in Hudson.  I love browsing through their beautiful displays looking for a gift for someone special.  http://etchudson.com/

If you want to take an afternoon drive, head east to Roberts.  Color Crossing specializes in fiber arts.  Whether you weave, knit, crochet, felt or spin, they will have just the yarn, fiber or supplies you need.  They also just added a gallery, featuring pottery, rugs and more from local artists.  Check out this fun little shop at http://www.colorcrossing.com

Just another few minutes east, you will find a little gem of a gallery.  Stone Soup in Hammond is a great resource of local artwork.  Owner Jane Nicol features different artists than you will find in Hudson, making her shop well worth the drive.  I have found so many inspiring pieces there – check it out at http://www.stonesoupart.com.

Whether you are looking for an original piece of art, or a more affordable print, or something small or large to decorate your home, the Hudson area has everything you need!  You don’t need to cross the river to find high-quality, affordable gifts and artwork.  And, of course, stay for something to eat – it’s hard to beat the restaurants in Downtown Hudson!

 

Transformations March 10, 2009

Filed under: Fun Stuff,General — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 6:11 pm

I thought it might be fun to show you what can be done with a can of paint or two and a weekend. I got this bed for free, and thought it was great – just not girly enough for my little princess. So, I spruced it up with yellow-ivory tone, and painted on scolls in pink with apple green accents. Perfect for a big-girl bed! This spring I am working on the restoration of an old vanity for the same little girl. I will post pics when I finish it up. One tip: I always use oil-based paint to refinish furniture. It is more durable than latex, and it washes up well.

I love making the old new again – never underestimate the power of paint!

 

Wonderful Words March 6, 2009

Filed under: Fun Stuff,Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 12:17 pm
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I love words!  I love the sounds they make.  I love their forms.  I love their graphic quality.  And, I love the thoughts they convey.  My very favorite way to incorporate words into a space is the put them on walls!  My clients and I have used a great word company on several projects, including the one shown in the photo below.  These vinyl words stick firmly to the wall, and remove easily when you want to change the decor in your room.  And, the website makes designing your graffiti so simple!  Check them out at http://www.wonderfulgraffiti.com.  I have also put their words on a backer board, framed it, and hung it like a piece of art.  The possibilities are endless!  Go graffiti your walls!

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