Designer Spotlight: Alexis Lane

Alexis Lane is the founder of Lane Design Studio in Austin, Texas. Alexis began her interior design career in San Diego designing residential spaces and model homes. After two years of hard work, she packed up her belongings and returned to the city she loves. Alexis has been creating amazing interiors that reflect the unique spirit and culture of the people of Austin ever since. Her designs can be found in Austin Monthly Home and have been featured in design competitions.

Q: As a designer, what inspires you?
A: I love going to funky shops that sell random finds like Uncommon Objects out here in Austin, or Anthropologie. They have such unique pieces and displays that I always walk away with new ideas that I want to try out. I am always looking for ways to work fun or funky accessories into an interior to help convey the owner’s history and personality. Without that, the space will feel staged and empty and won’t ever feel like a proper home.

Q: What is your process for selecting art, and what advice do you have for someone buying art for the first time?
A: Art is a very personal thing. It should speak to you and provide a place for your mind to rest when you sit down and take some time for yourself. I look for pieces that I really enjoy looking at and give me a sense of joy when I look at them.

If a piece of art was selected simply because it was cheap and matched the color scheme of the house, then it is just going to fade into the background of the home and won’t add any personality to the space at all. It will just be filler.

Q: For those having trouble transitioning from winter décor, what design tips do you have going into summer?
A: I don’t necessarily design with the seasons. At Lane Design Studio, I try to create designs that reflect the personality of the owner of the space. With that in mind, though, I keep the main furniture pieces like the sofa pretty neutral, so that when the mood strikes, the owner can switch out the throw pillows and area rug and create a whole new look in that room fairly easily.

For a look that is more summer inspired, I would add a natural woven fiber rug, some throw pillows with a white base color and a bright geometric pattern on them, and some accessories like a table lamp in that same bright color.

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 love how light and bright interiors are getting. Painting walls a brilliant white or a soft gray, and pairing it with vintage furniture covered in modern lush fabrics and textures is getting very popular. In Austin, the vintage and retro look is huge, and I adore it. I could happily spend all day hunting in our vintage furniture stores along Burnet Rd. I predict that we will be seeing a lot more décor with the shapes and bones of vintage pieces updated with modern colors and prints.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: Antoni Gaudi is one of my all time favorites. He was an architect, but everything he created was beyond anything anyone could imagine. His spaces have a clear and distinct voice that are still just as relevant today as they were back in 1898. Not many designers today have that same beauty and impact.

Curated by Alexis:

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How to Customize Canvas

We think art should be what you want it to be, which is why we put customization tools at your fingertips. You know about our designer moulding and matting options, but we’ve taken customization to another level.

On, you can now specify bar depth, side colors, and wrap style on all canvas art. What are brushstrokes and linen liners? We’re going to walk you through our canvas options right here, right now.

1) Museum vs. Gallery

With museum wrap, the canvas is wrapped with your option of side color. All canvas items are perfectly suitable to be hung without a frame, and there are seven side color choices.

Gallery wrap adds a contemporary effect by mirroring the outer border of the image onto the sides of the wrapped canvas. This premium option is perfect for abstracts, florals, and landscapes.

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2) Bar Depth

Stretcher bars are used to build the wooden inner-frame that the canvas is stretched around. The depth is the distance from the back of the canvas to the face of the canvas. We offer the option of deep or regular bars.

Our deep bar depth is 1 ½” and is a terrific option for a contemporary feel.

Our regular bar depth is ¾” and is the ideal option if you plan to frame your canvas art.

3) Linen Liner

Linen liners are a sophisticated and premium addition to a framed canvas. Our liners are wood mouldings wrapped in pure white cotton linen. They provide a transition from the image to the frame much like matting does in a framed print.

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4) Brushstrokes

This enhancement to our canvas product creates a visual and textural depth to the canvas by replicating the brush strokes that would be found in the original work. Because brushstrokes are hand-applied by our talented artisans, the finished product is a true custom piece.

Click here to download a PDF version of How to Customize Canvas.

Featured Artist: Jan Weiss

“I create with a variety of material – paper, glue, gel medium, acrylic paints and somehow I keep making new stuff. I get bored easily and can never make the same thing twice.”

Born and raised in Northern California, artist Jan Weiss has a love for mixed media and is inspired by textures in the earth, multi-cultural colors, patterns and handmade paper. Her talent is the ability to transform this inspiration into an original thought.

In addition to mixed media, Jan works in the digital medium, creating illustrations with layers of watercolor effects in rich and compelling hues. To those who still find themselves stuck with fall wall decor, Jan’s work can lend brightness to any space.

Click here to check out the entire Jan Weiss collection.

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New Artist: Najah Clemmons

Najah Clemmons attended College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated with a B.F.A. Developing a new love for mixed media and cut paper, her works began to reflect the marriage of paper textures and painterly strokes. Recently she has started to explore the boldness of color in the graphic design medium.

“As an artist, I am true to myself when I utilize all that I’ve learned and all that I am in my work.”

Click here to check out the entire Najah Clemmons collection.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Simple beauty in nature. If you look hard enough you can find some pretty amazing shapes and patterns in the grand design of little things.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of yours and why?
A: “Bright Mosaic Flower” – I love the colors… flowers amaze me, how God takes the time to hand craft each one, and how after a cold dead winter, somehow they always manage to push through that and grow. The piece reminds me of the hope in new beginnings.

Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Bright, Bold, Simplicity.

Q: How did you learn to paint and draw?
A: I just always did. My earliest memory is at 3 years old, laying on my stomach on the floor and coloring, designing my own Sesame Street monsters!

Q: What can we expect from you in 2012?
A: I’m really looking to explore some of the bohemian style – although, somehow you can’t completely stray away from what is already inside you. I think I’ll begin to introduce it into my current style (under a microscope).

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
A: Be true to yourself but don’t be afraid to learn or make a mistake. You are who you are, but the more you learn the more you have to expound on. And mistakes are often masterpieces in disguise.

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Interested in having your work licensed for fine art reproductions? Email us at curator [at] for submission guidelines!

5 Rules for Framing Art

You found the perfect art and love our custom frame studio on, so now what? With dozens of designer moulding options and hundreds of matting combinations, the process of framing your art can seem daunting. Fear not! We’ve established 5 fail-safe rules to guide you.

1) Consider the content

Chances are that you will frame an Impressionist painting differently than you would a vintage advertisement or a historical map. You may consider a more ornate frame for a classical piece while preferring a sleek frame for a contemporary abstract. What do you want your art to say?

2) Consider the message
If your art is meant to be a conversation piece, going big and bold with your frame will serve you well. Getting creative with matting and experimenting with proportions are easy ways to make your art stand out. Remember that the frame does not necessarily need to be elaborate. Sometimes a large simple frame can make a big statement.

3) Consider the space

How you frame your art will also depend on the space your art will call “home.” Will the piece be displayed in a conservative corporate office, a modish wine bar, or a family room? Take into account the big picture, but don’t neglect the details like the wall space you have to work with. Plan for the amount of real estate available for your art.

4) Consider the trends
When in doubt, trends are a great resource for inspiration. If you are stumped for direction, explore the blogosphere and see what others are doing.

5) Overwhelmed? Throw out rules 1-4.
The most important rule in art is that there are no rules. Art is personal. When framing your art, think less about what you should do and more about what you want to do. Whether you like what’s trendy or not, great! Whatever you do, follow your heart and your walls will thank you.