New Artist: Karen J. Williams

A self-taught artist, Karen has loved creating art in any form since early childhood. Karen’s artwork is a combination of her artistic passions – photography, graphics and usually a hands-on added element. Many of her pieces are inspired by personal experiences or those of friends.

Karen is diverse in both her subject matter as well as her approach to creating, constantly improving her techniques and finding enjoyment in her work.

Click here to check out the entire Karen J. Williams collection.

Q: What inspires you?
A: So many things, my family, nature, people and emotions. This sounds cliche, but truly it is the world around me. I find inspiration in everyday things.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating?
A: Traveling to new places with my family. Even if it is a weekend getaway. I love seeing new things, going to new places, and meeting new people. Getting to do that with my husband and children is always a bonus.

Q: Whose art can we find displayed in your home?
A: Mine, Toulouse-Lautrec, Wyland

Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Decorative, themed, varied.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
A: Don’t give up, Push yourself, Trust yourself.

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Designer Spotlight: Catherine Engelmeyer


For over twenty years, Belle Maison founder Catherine Engelmeyer has created interiors with an aura of elegance. Catherine’s French heritage inspires her work without limiting her options. A complete mastery of the decorative arts combines with a highly developed sense of empathy to create inspired solutions for discerning clients.

Q: As a designer, what inspires you?
A: My clients inspire me. The chemistry I develop with them inspires me to fulfill their dreams in ways they can’t possibly imagine. In terms of design, I can be inspired by everything from a color, fabric, accessory or piece of furniture. The smallest detail can inspire a complete design.

Q: What is your process for selecting art, and what advice do you have for someone buying art for the first time?
A: I work closely with clients to determine their style and interests and choose art that fits their character. My advice is buy what you like, not what you think will fit in a color palette. You want the art to inspire you, not just fit into the design scheme.

Q: What was your favorite project last year?
A: A recently finished compound on Lake George. The signature themes of this dream residence include stepped back beaded board ceilings, birch bark veneer cabinets, and impeccably carved local limestone. My aim was a sophisticated, idealized version of Adirondack style, using color, texture, weight and pattern to harmonize with the brilliant wood and stone work. An easy, relaxed elegance suffuses the space, perfect for intimate reflection or boisterous family gatherings.

Q: Are there any current trends you love or hate? What are some of the new trends you expect to see in 2012?
A: I am not a fan of Victorian design. I like clean, simple design, and current trends seem to be moving in that direction – clean lines, simple design and bright colors.

Q: Who are your favorite artists?
A: Annie Meyer, Joanne Rafferty, Aubril. Favorite classic artist is Monet.

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Welcome to the Blog!

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