Decorate For Fall! 35% Off Sitewide!

Fall is here! Oh the Feels!

Are you anticipating Autumn? Well wait no longer, it’s here! And we’re excited about it! The crisp feeling in the air! Bobbing for apples, apple cider, and pumpkin spice lattes are just the tip of the Autumn iceberg! We’re so ready! We’ve been ready for this since last Fall ended! This is the time of year where the air is cool, the leaves change colors, and we get to bundle up in our warmer clothes. Fall fashion has arrived, and Fall Styles are taking over! How to prepare for Fall is buzzing in the air and, we’re giving you the low down on how to decorate your chateau for this Fall season. Make a decorate date, plan ahead, try a DIY, and show off your style. Decorating can be time consuming, and you need this time to think, experiment, and create! Not only that but why not decorate on a budget? Take 35% Off Our Entire Collection! Decorate without worrying! So read on and we’ll give you the scoop on how to best Decorate Your Space for this Fall Season!

Pick your Date/Time:

Plan a day to Decorate! Set a day on your calendar that you can devote enough time to let your creativity flourish throughout your space. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your life is hectic, we know! Nearly everyone has a schedule, a job, something that takes up the majority of their time throughout the day. So, it’s easy to let decorating your space slide out the window, instead of letting that creativity go by the wayside, plan ahead! Pick a date this month that you know you can keep clear. Devote an entire day to just letting your creativity blossom. We’re sure this is something that’s been on your mind since summer started to sizzle out. So, instead of just dwelling on what you’d like to achieve in your mind, give yourself the time to get it out. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish once you set aside the time to take on the task!

Choose a Theme/Color Set:

It’s important to remember what color scheme you’re going with this season. You can keep it in the Pumpkin Spice area, or you can travel to more of the majestic Maple! This is all your choice! Remember to keep in mind that colors evoke emotions, they can bring excitement into the air like with red and other vibrant colors. Or your color palette can create a calm soothing feeling, such as using neutrals and browns. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that you’re comfortable with. Yes, it’s only for a season, but it should be something that makes you feel best. There are all sorts of color schemes you can work with. Take a look at a few of these to gain some inspiration:

      

  Use References-But Let YOUR Creative style be the biggest influence:

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with the right idea. As soon as you feel like you’ve gotten it right, something makes you change your mind and you scrap the idea completely. It’s no problem, these things happen to the best of us! Take a minute to breathe, you’re just creating a stylish space. There’s no pressure, this is all fun! If you’ve got some inspiring magazines laying around take a look through them. Get inspired by anything! If you’ve got a favorite Fall outfit or scarf, use that to inspire you! Everything can be an inspiration, so try not to stress out if something isn’t quite feeling like you wanted it to in the beginning. Just remember that this is YOUR style, this is your creative flow, and don’t let it be squandered by doubt.

Down to Try a DIY?

Check Out Our New Pinterest Board! We’ve pinned lots of different DIY projects for you to try this Fall! There are also some gorgeous images available that we’ve highlighted! Get Pinspired!

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Don’t Forget! Send us images of how you’ve styled your space for Fall! We’d love to see your style!

The Great Frame Sale! 30% Off All Framed Items!

Ain’t No Shame in our Frame Game!

We’re hosting The Great Frame Sale! 30% Off of all Framed Items! So, for further elaboration, any item that you throw a frame on is now 30% Off. What a deal, right? Let’s take a minute here to think about this no brainer. Almost every print, and canvas piece looks more complete with a frame. The frame is the accessory that finishes the outfit! It’s the cherry on top of your awesome sundae! It’s the final piece to the puzzle! Frame it! You’ll thank us later!

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Have you ever tried to tape an image to your wall? Thumb-tacked that image up? (That’s so Tacky!!! Insert Pun laughter here) Glued it? Whoa, buddy! That’s where you should take a step back and think about framing! An interesting frame not only protects the image that you’ve purchased from fading, it also protects it from wear, or even damages. This is something that you should invest in, if there’s something you enjoy looking at everyday, then why not protect that special something?

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Frames in History:
Art and framing go hand in hand. Frames date back even further than the 12th and 13th century in Europe. In the 14th and 15th century is when Frames started to flourish more within churches. They became part of the architecture of many churches around Europe; the frames were immovable. It wasn’t until the later 15th century that we began to see frames enter homes of nobles. From that point forward it became more and more common to see movable frames, and changes to the art that occupied them. It’s been an evolutionary process that continues to change to this day. There are multitudes of frames, styles, and artistic ways to represent art. But one of the key foundations has been The Frame.

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We have over 20 different frame options, you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for your piece! So, why are you still sitting here reading this? Go out and find that perfect Frame! This sale only lasts until September 21st. Time is ticking away, so you better hurry!

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Latte Art That Will Perk You Up

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Meet Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto.  The 26-year-old resident of Osaka creates ephemeral works of art in espresso and foam. From whimsical monsters crafted from milk froth to adorable homages to favorite childhood cartoon characters, Yamamoto’s art makes you regret the need to consume the canvas.

Latte Art Monster

Yamamoto has made a name for himself on Twitter, where more than 82,000 followers receive daily tweets with images of his latest creations.  Yamamoto does regular latte art updates, so if you like his creations, he’s definitely worth following: @george_10g

Scream Latte Art

Latte art started out in the 80’s and 90’s and was popularized by David Schomer, owner of Espresso Vivace in Seattle.  Schomer credits the development of microfoam to Jack Kelly of Uptown espresso in 1986, and by 1989 the heart pattern was established and a signature at Schomer’s Espresso Vivace. The rosette pattern was then developed by Schomer in 1992, recreating the technique based on a photograph he saw from Cafe Mateki in Italy.

Latte Art Rosetta

How to make your own Rosetta style latte art:

When you are ready to pour, hold the cup on a slight angle, with the back of the cup being raised up and the edge of the cup closest to you sitting slightly lower. This fans the coffee out in the cup and helps in the development of the leaves for our Rosetta.

Pour starting in the center of the coffee, especially for small cups. Just start pouring straight into the middle of the coffee. I like to keep the edge of the pitcher resting on the edge of the cup at this point.

With the cup about halfway to 3/4 full give the pitcher a little side to side shake and you should start to see the leaves of the penumbra begin to form.

Continue the shake, continuing to pour in the center of the coffee. The leaves should move away from you on the surface of the espresso. After about 4-6 shakes you will need to begin moving the pitcher back towards you, continuing to shake side to side with a little bit of a tighter oscillation.

This movement is slower than what many people attempt initially. Don’t get nervous and try to rush things. It won’t work. Slow, steady, almost “natural” slow beat metronome movements are your goal.

As you near the edge of the cup having created lots of leaves or delineations in the surface of the espresso you want to then draw through those leaves with the pour of the milk. Do this slowly, and also elevate your pour just a bit to keep the center stem slim and complimentary to the leaves.

Do it too quickly and it will pull the leaves up tight making your Rosetta look like a Christmas tree that hasn’t had its branches come down yet.

Last bit of advice: Practice, practice, practice.

Want to see more Latte Art? Check out this site dedicated to latte creations: http://baristajam.com/

 

Decorating 101: Art of Compromise

Congrats! You’re college-bound and will soon be sharing a 10’ x 20’ space with another person for an entire school year. And then it happens: you meet your roommate, and the two of you could not be more unalike. You’re a finance major, and he’s studying theater. He’s a strict vegan, and your vegetable of choice is the French fry.

Or maybe you and your significant other are moving into your first place together. You are a night owl, and he’s an early bird. The differences don’t end there, because as it turns out, your decorating preferences are starkly dissimilar, too.

We’ve all been there, and guess what – there’s hope! Class is in session at Global Gallery, and today’s lesson is Decorating 101: Art of Compromise. Here are Global Gallery’s top three tips for decorating your college dorm, or any home, when opposing tastes are at play.

1) Have an Open Mind

Sure, your initial reaction may be to dump your significant other’s decade-old brown recliner. You probably want to throw a sheet over your roommate’s leg lamp. And just for the record, no one is crazy about your cat trinket collection. You’re merging two households, and it’s undeniably a daunting task. Just remember to take a deep breath and heed our advice: have an open mind.

2) Divide and Conquer

Your roommate exclusively buys abstract paintings, and you are, well, not a fan of abstract art. You can still peacefully coexist. Perhaps you can decorate the kitchen area while your roommate takes on the living room. Divide and conquer: choose a space in the room and make it your own.

3) Combine the Best of Both Worlds

If you want to make your home really interesting, decorate together. Bring together your love of vintage with your husband’s love of all things contemporary. Place an abstract sculpture in the traditional study. There’s no reason that van Gogh can’t adorn the wall over your roommate’s bright orange sofa. You both win when you combine the best of both worlds.

Designer Spotlight: Heather Blue Harkovich

Named to Austin HOME Magazine’s list of “Who to call for interior design help,” Heather Blue Harkovich’s style is described as “Classic, Serene, and Chic.” The wonderful marriage of Heather’s analytical and business skills, an extensive knowledge of art history, and her exquisite design sense helps Heather create rooms that are as uniquely beautiful as they are functional and organized.

Heather opened her Austin, Texas design firm and retail store Heather Scott Home & Design with her husband Scott in 2007 where she combines her talents and cultural experiences to create trend-setting retail vignettes and classic custom interior design for high profile clients across the United States. She recently appeared on TLC’s TV show “Four Houses” and was hired by HGTV’s new show “Buying & Selling With the Property Brothers” to assist in behind the scenes design work for multiple episodes filmed in Austin.


Q: What inspired you to pursue interior design?
A: I have always been interested in the arts, but did not think about becoming an Interior Designer until I became involved with creative advertising in my corporate job (I have a degree in Fine Arts and an MBA). I realized I wanted to pursue a career which allowed me to be more creative. I loved reading home design magazines, so initially I decided to take an Interior Design Certificate program to see if I liked the field. Within 1 week I knew it was the career for me.

Q: What is your process for selecting art, and what advice do you have for someone buying art for the first time?
A: I usually find an artist which I think reflects the style of my client. I think art is very personal, so I try to select pieces which I think will not only look best, but also be something the homeowner is enthusiastic about. I then look at sizes, then colors. I do not think art has to ‘match’ the décor, but it is important, for me as a designer, that the art selected to be cohesive with the design scheme.

I would suggest someone new to buying art take some time to familiarize themselves with different styles. See which styles will appeal to them over time. When I first started studying art I liked impressionism, but I had an Art History teacher that taught me to appreciate contemporary art. Although my decorating style is not contemporary in anyway, that is usually the art I am now most drawn to. So, over time I think you can refine your tastes and learn more about what you like and why you like it. If you invest in a lot of art before you have defined your style, you are not making a wise spending decision, and I do believe art is a very good investment.

Q: What basic design tips do you have for anyone decorating a space from scratch?
A: If you are decorating a space from scratch the most important first step is to find an inspiration piece. For me, that inspiration piece is most often a piece of art or fabric. This can define your color scheme for the space. Many designers believe in starting with a rug. Unless your budget for a rug is $15,000 and your rug is an art piece in itself, I don’t agree with that philosophy. I think it is more important to find an element you love, such as art which is emotional, and use that as the foundation for your color scheme and style.

Q: What are some of the new art trends you expect to see this summer and fall?
A: I expect to see art which is more vibrant and fun. The past few years have been a bit muted and restrained when it comes to art and decorating. I believe homeowners are starting to feel more confident and wanting to feel happier in their homes.

Q: Who are your favorite artists?
A: My favorite artists are Elizabeth Stockton, Mallory Page and Cy Twombly. I had wanted a piece of art by Elizabeth Stockton for over 5 years before I was finally able to acquire one. I recently purchased 2 pieces from Mallory Page, one for my home and one for my office. I recently saw a Cy Twombly piece which sold for $15 million. Regrettably, I don’t have any plans to purchase a Cy Twombly piece in the near (or far) future!


Interested in being part of our Designer Spotlight? Let us know at curator [at] globalgallery.com!

Art Picks: Man Cave

There is no denying it. Creating the perfect man room is a challenge. After the pool table is delivered and the home theater is installed, it’s time to decorate and let’s face it: prehistoric pictographs don’t cut it in a modern man cave. We understand, and we’re here to help.

Here are Global Gallery’s top art picks for the man (cave) in your life.

1) A Friend in Need, 1903 by C.M. Coolidge

Featuring anthropomorphic dogs playing poker, this image is perfect for the man with a sense of humor. Perhaps Coolidge’s most famous painting, dog lovers and poker players alike will appreciate this piece.

2) Historical Maps

One need not be a historian to recognize the significance of our comprehensive collection of historical cartography. Not only do these maps serve as a means to explore the past, they also make classic wall décor for the scholarly gentleman.

3) Lounge and Libations by Aaron Christensen

The title of this hip collage says it all, but there’s more art to go around. Check out Aaron Christensen’s other collages, like American Adventure, Cowboy Collage, Rock n’ Roll, and more.

4) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

An art piece can express a love of racing, a childhood dream of flying a plane, or a memorable family boat trip. What better way to transform a room than to pay homage to man’s beloved automobiles?

5) Norman Rockwell Collection

Norman Rockwell’s warm illustrations pack a little humor and a lot of heart. From his sporting images to his family scenes, there is an image for everyone.


Need some more guidance? Our art consultants are at your service. Contact us at curator [at] globalgallery.com or call us toll-free at 1-888-456-2254. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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 globalgallery.com, 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.

5 Rules for Framing Art

You found the perfect art and love our custom frame studio on globalgallery.com, 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.