So far, most of my blog has been all art oriented, which is a huge part of my life, but I would also like to start sharing other aspects of my lifestyle. Sharing what I do for fun and health, and I love fashion, particularly high heels :) I think it will be fun to get a closer peak into my life and see how I incorporate my creative side into all aspects of my life.
Art absorbs at least half of my waking hours, sometimes all of them!! We recently moved into a new home that needs to be completely remodeled and I ended up with a fabulous space for my studio, with it's own full bath and walk-in closet, although we are currently using the closet to store our clothes...and my shoes, while our other closet is being rebuilt. Here is a sneak peek of what I'm doing with my studio, more photos and video's to come to show you my "Happy Place".
Since I do spend such a large portion of my time in the studio I'm usually in a pair of shorts or sweats with a t-shirt, and a sweater nearby. Not very glamorous or fashionable! But, whenever my husband and I go out to eat, to the movies, with friends, etc. it's my chance to dress up a little. I tend to lean towards a chic, classy style with button up shirts (obsessed with the Express Portofino shirts), white jeans, blue jeans and a few accent pieces of jewelry, or on a rare occasion I will even wear a dress/skirt and even have this cute polka dot romper hanging in my closet. Since I live in Florida, the summer's require mixing it up a bit with shorts or capri's, tank tops and sandals. But, my one go to is pretty much to always wear heels, with sandals as a quick go to if not feeling to dressy. There is nothing like a pair of heels to instantly dress up an outfit, even the simplest tees and jeans, and I actually prefer to walk in heels, it's more comfortable for me, I have a very tall arch. I will be taking more fashion photos, and posting on this blog and Instagram. I felt inspired to add the fashion aspect to this blog and social media after taking photos of my daughter Aroon Melane for her fabulous fashion blog! It's so much fun, it's like playing dress up, takes me back to my childhood :)
A natural extension of being an artist for me is I LOVE interior design! And with this new home that has almost 4,000 square feet of living, four bedrooms, five and a half baths, all of which need to be completely redone, I have so much opportunity to really delve into it. I've been creating mood boards to inspire me, and you, to follow our creative paths within our homes, and I will be doing more of those and sharing the design process as our new home comes to life. Here is a before photo of the house, it needs an insane amount of work inside and out! Basically every inch of the house and property have to be cosmetically redone, but nothing my husband and I aren't used to, I was a
Mood Boards for inspiration, click on images to see where to purchase all the products shown.
I LOVE to travel! There are just so many amazing and natural man made places to see in this world, that a whole lifetime could never see them all. But, I hope to spend a little more time traveling in the next few years and take in as much as I can. One of the places I regularly visit, and never gets old, is my home state Alaska. We have a cabin in the remote Alaskan fishing village where I grew up and I visit several times a year. I will be heading up there soon to get out of this crazy Florida heat and humidity!! I will sharing photos and stories of my adventures, and hope you enjoy and are inspired to create your own travel adventures.
And finally I will be sharing my journey on being as healthy as I possibly can! Without our health everything else in life becomes unimportant and difficult to enjoy. I've struggled with a low immune system most of my life, so I try to be as healthy as I possibly can, through food, exercise, minimizing stress, etc. Several years ago I had some major health problems, since been fixed, and shortly after that I broke my foot in three places mountain biking, still out on the trails, I didn't let some broken bones stop me, and had to have two surgeries. It was a frustrating period of my life that really made me be thankful for when I am healthy. I gained about 25 pounds and it's been a difficult process losing that weight, but this year I am making a truly concerted effort to get back down to my most comfortable weight. So far I've lost 11 pounds!! I will be sharing more about my healthy habits, recipes, exercise, etc. and hope it will motivate all of you to be the healthiest YOU!!
My newest mood board "Tropical Persuasion" is all about putting out a summery, coastal vibe, featuring the ever popular seahorse and on trend pineapple and flamingos. The color scheme of soft aqua and shades of pink add to the coastal mood and will compliment any home decor design incorporating a beachy, summery theme.
There are so many different products to choose from with these designs, from shower curtains and duvets to phone cases and rugs, there is something for everyone to enjoy with these fun, colorful MADART Designs! Visit Deny Designs to see all of the products shown below and much more.
Time for a new Mood Board! As I sit here listening to my husband and his helper tearing down walls...literally, I'm kind of excited to be getting that much closer to actually being able to decorate our new home. We are doing a complete cosmetic redo and removing some walls, making door openings larger, etc. So lot's and lot's of work to be done before we get to the decorating stage, but...I can certainly do my research in the meantime, hehe :)
I LOVE everything beach inspired, and at the same time everything contemporary, so I thought it would be the perfect combination to create a little sitting area with a sophisticated coastal theme based off my sea shell and starfish prints; and I actually have a space in my home that might just be perfect for this board. I hope you like it and it inspires you to create your own little "beachy" haven within your home :)
WHERE TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS:
FINE ART AMERICA: "Sea Shore" & "Sea Shells" Prints and other products
OVERSTOCK: Zoe Cream Leather Chair
SHOP.COM Silver Starfish Table Top Decorations
WAYFAIR: Pillows - Turquoise Corals & Tide Pool
RUGS DIRECT: Jaipur Cape Cod Throw Rug
LUXE DECOR: Starfish Plate
ALL MODERN: Arteriors End Table
ALL MODERN: Stainless Steel Cubes
PIER 1 IMPORTS: Conch Shell on Stand
WAYFAIR: Mirror Accents
One of the nice things about this color combination, and the items I selected to work together, is that it can be for either a man or a woman or both! It has a manly and feminine feel at the same time that will appeal to just about anyone. The items I chose are also a combination of high and low price points for a chic, contemporary styled bedroom to give an idea of what works well together. It's always fun to mix patterns and even throw in a little eclecticism such as the vintage styled clock, that creates personality and interest, along with the very trendy faux deer head.
I hope you enjoy my latest finds for a contemporary "Teal" themed bedroom, and it inspires you to create a unique style for your own bedroom. Stay tuned for more Mood boards to Inspire Your Life!
Teal goes with just about everything! And I am currently obsessed with this color in my paintings, whether it's the focal point or mixed in as a contrast color. My most recent painting that I completed today for my "Morning Art Challenge" is all about teal with some shades of golden yellow and aqua's and turquoise. I decided this would be the Perfect abstract, PoP Art painting to create a Mood Board around and chose to set up an entire bedroom with this theme. I love how well all of the items work together, so much, that I may have to consider this for my own bedroom once it's remodeled :)
WHERE TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS:
MADART: "Teal Dreams" Original Painting
FINE ART AMERICA: "Teal Dreams" Prints and other products
TARGET: Chevron (Zig-Zag) Chair:
SWEETPEA AND WILLOW: Clock
SWEETPEA AND WILLOW: Faux Deer Head
CRANE AND CANOPY: Bedding - Duvet Set
ALL MODERN: Night Stand
ALL MODERN: Vases
WAYFAIR: Metal Art Sculpture
Everywhere I look I'm seeing "The Blues"!! Blue is everywhere right now, especially the stunning combination of cobalt blues and white, whether it's in fashion, art, home decor, you name it it's all about blue.
Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are blue, and I just recently completed a blue and white abstract PoP Art style painting, my subconscious must have been talking to me. And then my dear friend Lisa brought me the MOST Beeeeeauuuuutiful blue Orchid!! I had never seen a blue one and it just takes your breath away, the colors are unbelievable, I could just stare at it for hours on end. And then to top it all off I received the most sparkly blue and gold necklace imaginable from Rocksbox, this is a statement piece for sure, and can be worn with jeans or dressed up for a night out on the town. I need to get my husband to take me out so I can wear it, otherwise I will just have to put it on to go to the grocery store, haha...it NEEDS to be worn!!
With all this blue coming at me from every direction, I knew it was the perfect set up for a new mood board, of which I included some of my "Deep Blue Sea" pixel designs from Deny Designs and found these lovely patterned blue pillows from Wayfair, one of my go to shopping sites for all things home decor.
See below for details on where these items can be found/purchased online.
ROCKSBOX: Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service for jewelry, they send new items monthly after you send back the previous month. They pick selections based on your personal style, and their jewelry is gorgeous!! Use code: aroonxoxo at checkout to get your first month free, courtesy of fashion & lifestyle blogger Aroon Melane.
Deny Designs MADART Collection: I have over 100 images to choose from on a variety of Deny Designs Products, including the trays and mirror shown above, here is a direct link to the "Deep Blue Sea" products.
"Blue Depths": The Original painting "Blue Depths"© is currently available through this site, and Limited Edition prints will also be coming soon!
Wayfair: Here are links to the two throw pillows shown above - Rizzy Home Print Pillow & Haestingas Pillow