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The Amara Interior Blog Awards are back and I am excited to be honored again with a nomination. I truly enjoy creating content to inspire you and moments like this make the hard work so worth while. Let’s take home the win this year for Interiors by Jacqun! Your vote and support are greatly appreciated.

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If you’re new to the blog you may not know that Interiors by Jacquin was a Top 5 Finalist last year in this international blog competition. I attended their London awards event and met some amazing people, while also becoming motivated for the next year of competition. You can take a peek behind the scenes at the 2018 London awards event here. After years of working tirelessly to bring you inspirational blog content, this is an incredibly exciting opportunity to be recognized for my hard work. Let’s make it a WIN this year! Your vote makes all the difference!

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DIY Pressed Flowers Wall Art

Photography & DIY Craft by Taylor Hartlein – Interiors by Jacquin intern

While summer is quickly coming to an end, there is still time left to craft something that will let you preserve your favorite flowers of the season! This Do-It-Yourself pressed flower wall art will not only be fun to make, but will add a unique new decoration to your home. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own floral frame!

Materials

1) Wooden floating glass picture frame 2) Fresh flowers 3) Microwave 4) Paper Towels 5) Parchment paper 6) Microwave safe brick (could be exchanged for tile or ceramic) 7) Scissors

Step 1

Lay out parchment paper with paper towels on top. The parchment paper will protect the microwave; the paper towel will protect the flowers. Place flowers in between the paper towels.

Step 2

Fold paper towels and parchment paper over the flowers. Place the brick on top of the stack and put in microwave. Microwave for two minutes in 30 second intervals. Be sure to check the flowers each time so they are not getting burnt!

Step 3

Remove flowers from the microwave. Open paper towel gently to ensure flowers do not get stuck or torn.

Step 4

When the flowers are out of the microwave, use scissors to trim the flowers and leaves into the desired shape.

Step 5

Open frame and remove one piece of glass. Arrange flowers in any design that is desired on the remaining glass. When satisfied with the layout, place top glass back into place and secure frame.

Step 6

Display your new floral frame! These can be hung on the wall or displayed in the window.

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At Home with Artist Mione Plant

It is always a pleasure to see the home interiors of creative artists, and today’s exciting feature is no exception. I was thrilled when artist Mione Plant welcomed me into her home for a tour and discussion on her artistry. Mione Plant is an engineer turned artist with a whimsical, illustrative approach to painting. Her artwork is inspired by a childlike sense of wonder, and most surprisingly, an extensive collection of stuffed animals! Read on to see how these inspirations have come together in creating the home decor and colorful paintings of this artist. Mione’s style at home and approach to painting definitely highlight the heart and interests of this artist.

Mione’s living room in her Dallas home.

One of Mione’s primary inspirations when it comes to selecting subjects for her paintings happen to be stuffed animals. Mione is mom to a three year old son who influences her daily as she observes how he discovers the world around him, while getting so much joy out of his toys and stuffed animals. The real feat may be that Mione has even has managed to incorporate these furry toys into her home’s decor with style and ease. Mione’s interest in a more whimsical approach to life is a thread you’ll find tying together both her home style and art style.

Mione’s painting “Follow Your Bliss” (above) is the focal point of her warm and inviting living room. This artwork was inspired by a plastic, toy dinosaur, which makes a surprising appearance in this playful work. Mione’s living room is light and bright with loads of visual interest and creativity to capture the curious mind.

“Follow Your Bliss” painting

“I love to surround myself with objects and mementos that will catch my eye and evoke the feeling of childhood. Inspiration from these playful objects consistently find their way into my work. I strive with my paintings to connect us to the happy innocence of our younger days, while simultaneously telling the story of our adult pursuit of meaning and purpose.”

-Mione Plant

Don’t miss the lips on the wall in Mione’s kitchen! Her playful, contemporary art collection is continued into her kitchen as well. I also enjoyed the African inspired textiles in her kitchen and dining area. She has creative inspiration around every corner in her home, which is perfect for an artist who works from home. You’ll get a peak into Mione’s home studio as well.

As you continue browsing Mione’s home tour you’ll find that these playful stuffed animals make an appearance throughout. Below you’ll see two whimsical characters that appear in both stuffed animal form and in painted form in Mione’s guest room. You’ll definitely spot them on your own, but in case you need a hint, they’re a stuffed monkey and llama! I love how both of these paintings turned out. They both add the perfect pop of color to this sunny space.

“I Am the Proudest Monkey” painting
Mione standing with the stuffed inspiration behind her “Llama Crossing” painting.

Mione also has some interesting family heirlooms on display in her home. She has included these small pieces of history within her home’s decor which represent various members of her family from her parents and beyond. It was a treat to see the black and white fashion illustrations her mother created hanging in Mione’s bedroom alongside African artifacts brought back from beloved relatives. As you continue to browse you’ll spot an original Mac computer on display from her Father-in-Law, which is another whimsical pop alongside artwork by Mione’s son.

Heirloom fashion illustrations from Mione’s mother showcased in her bedroom.
And an original Mac computer throwback!

Mione’s decor and artwork selections all contribute to a space that provides constant inspiration as she creates her playful art. Mione works from home and has created an in-home studio where she creates her large scale paintings. I also had the opportunity to tour Mione’s studio space, while learning a bit about her creative process.

Mione worked as an engineer for over 10 years for a Fortune-500 tech company before transitioning to her creative passion. Mione’s engineering background is definitely present in her artwork, which utilizes precise angles and formulas while maintaining a childlike, whimsical feel. It turns out that Mione’s engineering background was the perfect secret weapon as she launched her artistic career!

“The Best is Yet to Come” painting
Mione working in her home studio.
“The Sweet Smell of Success” paintingPhotography by Julianna Carl

If you are loving Mione’s artwork, you can find her paintings for sale on her website in addition to at the Maestri Gallery. Maestri Gallery is a fabulous art gallery in Dallas that is definitely worth visiting, not to mention, your visit provides a great opportunity to see Mione’s artwork in person before making your selection. Be sure to subscribe to catch our next home tour and artist spotlight features. Thank you to Mione Plant for showing me around her lovely home!

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Art Hotels – The Trending Phenomena

If you have ever had a destination vacation, you have probably done your fair share of hotel research. Normally, people look at hotel reviews on its cleanliness, service, and location. However, these days travelers want more than just an average lodging option, they want an experience, and art hotels are the perfect answer to this.

The Ellerman House – Capetown, South Africa
The Ellerman House – Capetown, South Africa

Art hotels are an up and coming phenomena around the world. For those who are not aware of what an “art hotel” is exactly, to put it simply, they can be described as luxury hotels that have chosen extravagant artwork to decorate the interiors or exteriors of their rooms. However, the term “art hotel” could mean several different things. For some hotel businesses, it means that they invest in a collection of original artwork to showcase in their lobbies, bedrooms, and bathrooms. For other hotel businesses, it means that they showcase installations of different up and coming artists in their spaces. Both of these takes on art hotels allow travelers to have a unique experience while traveling. They are not just staying at another ordinary hotel with ordinary artwork that you could find at Ikea or Target; they are visiting a one-of-a-kind uniquely decorated hotel, and that is something to write home about.

The Ellerman House – Capetown, South Africa
The Ellerman House – Capetown, South Africa

One of the most luxurious art hotels in the world is called The Ellerman House. This art hotel is a five-star, internationally acclaimed hotel located in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the home to a collection of original art pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also tell the rich historical story of South Africa. Personally, I think it is important to know about the culture and history of the place you are visiting. With this in mind, I found it extremely commendable that this hotel offers patrons a personal tour guide for the collection of artwork displayed. This allows their travelers to have a full understanding of the extensive history from the mid-nineteenth to twentieth century of Cape Town. The Ellerman House is definitely a luxurious art hotel that you should check out if you’re in the area!

The Ellerman House – Capetown, South Africa
The Ellerman House – Capetown, South Africa

Now, South Africa might be far away for most of you, and you should know that you don’t have to go far and wide to find a fun and exciting art hotel. The Hotel Des Arts is art hotel in California with a different take on the meaning of an “art hotel”. It is located in the heart of San Francisco. As many of you know, San Francisco has a copious amount of street artwork that is pertinent to the city, and this hotel reflects the culture of street artists inside each room. There are thirteen tourist rooms and 38 residential rooms, each decorated with a different permanent mural or installation created by rising artists from around the world. When it comes to the design of each room, the artists had full artistic freedom for the murals and installations that covered the walls of the bedrooms. The floor-to-ceiling paintings create a unique interactive experience for each patron, bringing the culture right into the room with them. The hallways contain temporary artwork that can be purchased, and this artwork is switched out every few months. This is one out of many art hotels located inside of the United States that offers a unique lodging experience for each guest.

Hotel Des Art – San Fransisco
Hotel Des Art – San Fransisco
Timothy Paul Myers’s “Alizarin” on display in the lobby of The Peninsula Hong Kong. Photograpy: Simon J. Nicol

All in all, art hotels provide an exciting, one-of-a-kind experience for patrons, whether that may be from the unique room designs or from the original collection of artwork hanging on the walls. Art hotels can make a vacation so much more interesting, enriching, and memorable. So, for your next destination vacation, I suggest researching an art hotel to stay at!

Check-in lobby at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City. 21c also has locations in Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, and Lexington, KY,

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Chic Chandelier Roundup – 16 Top Picks!

These contemporary chandeliers are seriously showstoppers! Try adding one of these chic selections to your dining room, kitchen, living room, or bedroom. A dramatic chandelier would also be a nice touch for a stylish office. Visit the links below to learn more about each of these lighting options. And I’d love to know which chandelier is your favorite in the comments below!

1. Melt Smoke Mega Pendant System – Tom Dixon

2. Perivolos Rattan Pendant Lamp – Carlyle Avenue

3. Wormhole 6-Arm Ceiling Lamp in Black & Gold – Horne

4. Elk Lighting 18″ Incandescent Chandelier in Matte Black – DecorPlanet

5. Headlands Bell Pendant – Serena & Lily

6. Hammerton Studio 62″ Gem Chandelier – Bellacor

7. Cyprus Point Chandelier in Antique Silver Leaf – Signature Hardware

8. Elmira Polished Nickel 6-Light Pendant Chandelier – Signature Hardware

9. Beat Brass Range Linear Pendant System – Tom Dixon

10. Elegant Lighting Madison Gold Iron Chandelier – Bellacor

11. Sorrel Chandelier – Serena & Lily

12. Capiz Long Chandelier – Serena & Lily

13. Seychelles Chandelier – Serena & Lily

14. Melt Large Range Round Chandelier – Horne by Tom Dixon

15. Pescadero Tiered Chandelier – Serena & Lily

16. Clifton Pendant – Serena & Lily

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Oak Cliff for Design Lovers – video

If you’re new to our “Design Lovers” video series, it’s definitely something you’ll want to keep up with! Within this video series I’ll travel to different neighborhoods and cities to showcase the best locations to visit there for design lovers. We’re starting off showcasing various parts of Texas, but we’ll be featuring cities throughout the U.S. and will ultimately showcase international cities as well. This edition of Design Lovers brings us to Oak Cliff, an artsy neighborhood in South Dallas filled with boutiques and creative small businesses. This creative nook within Oak Cliff is called the Bishop Arts District and it’s centrally located outside of downtown Dallas. When you’re next in Oak Cliff, I recommend visiting Ellison Valencia Gallery, Oasis Plant Shop, Oil and Cotton, Home on Bishop, and Harkensback boutique. These locations happen to be walking distance from one another and will definitely peak the interest of design and art lovers. Continue on to see just why these places are so great. Your time in this neighborhood will not disappoint!

Ellison Valencia Gallery

Our first stop in Oak Cliff is the impressive Ellison Valencia Gallery on Bishop Avenue. The owners, Cody Ellison and Ken Valencia, are incredibly friendly and are committed to showcasing a broad range of contemporary artists from Dallas and international destinations. When decorating your home or business I always remind people not to neglect decorating their walls with eye catching artwork. Ellison Valencia gallery makes selecting a bold piece of artwork easy with their unique collection. I loved practically everything in this gallery! If selecting the right work of art for your space makes you nervous, remember that Interiors by Jacquin offers artwork advisory & selection services. Ellison Valencia gallery is located on the main street in Oak Cliff, on Bishop Avenue, which is the small business hub of this creative neighborhood. Stop by and say hi to Ken and Cody! 408 N. Bishop Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208

Manuel Herrera’s Frida Kahlo inspired painting at Ellison Valencia Gallery.

Oasis Plant Shop

Just adjacent to the Bishop Avenue shopping strip you’ll find Oasis Plant Shop. A fabulous, women owned business that has turned a historical Oak Cliff home into a multi-room plant shop. Store owners Bethany and Hannah have arranged this home into a low-light plant room, a medium-light plant room, and a bright sunlight plant room so that you can find a plant that will fit into your own home’s setup more easily. At Oasis Plant Shop you’ll find a wide range of plants from the smallest air plants to potted trees. Don’t forget to check out their backyard area! There are more plants and greenery there too. Subscribe to their email list to learn about there in-store events throughout the year. 416 W. Eighth Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Oil and Cotton

If you love doing arts & crafts then Oil and Cotton is a must visit! Oil and Cotton offers hands-on workshops for both adults and children, in addition to selling art supplies. They bring in professional artists to guide students in learning new techniques and creating unique, artistic projects. One of Oil and Cottons’ expert teachers is artist Delaney Smith! Delaney happens to be an Oak Cliff resident and she was kind enough to show me around Oil and Cotton and a few of the other favorite locations in the neighborhood. Oil and Cottons’ offerings range from 1-day workshops to multi-week courses. Visit their website to learn about their upcoming arts & crafts events. 817 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208

The artwork on the left is from Delaney Smith‘s workshop at Oil and Cotton.

Home on Bishop

Oak Cliff’s Bishop Avenue is also home to lifestyle boutique Home on Bishop. This store focuses on selling one-of-a-kind home decor, fashion accessories, clothing and more. Their inventory is constantly changing and there is always something unique available for design, fashion, and art lovers. This store never sells the same accessory twice, so you’ll be sure to stand out with anything you find at this amazing shop. Tell them that Jacquin sent you when you stop by! 502 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208

Home on Bishop also sells amethyst stones in both smaller and large sizes.

Harkensback

Rounding out our inspirational Oak Cliff store recommendations is sustainable fashion boutique Harkensback. Their handmade clothing and accessories are locally made and have an artistic vibe to them for any creative who wants to look the part. Harkensback decor is moody with a cool seventies and urban noir aesthetic. They also sell a stunning collection of leather goods that I’m sure you’ll love. Harkensback is also located on Bishop Avenue making it easy to walk all of these destinations in a single afternoon. 401 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208

Artist Delaney Smith twirling in this fab Harkensback coat!

Ready to hop in your car and visit Oak Cliff’s Bishop Art District? This up-and-coming neighborhood is a creative persons dream! Stay tuned for more in this “Design Lovers” series as the year progresses. If you missed our last edition, head over to the Fort Worth for Design Lovers feature to see my top picks for design lovers visiting Fort Worth. Remember to subscribe above to receive the latest blog articles and event invitations!

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Photography: Kendall Zapoli // Video Editing: Nikhil Clayton

Exploring the Loloi Rugs Showroom

Loloi Rugs has a reputation for quality and luxury in the design community and after a recent visit to their showroom I am reminded of how unique their product is. Their rugs are handmade in India with great attention to detail and color, and their brand offers hundreds of design options to choose from. They have truly created a rug to suit every aesthetic. Their newest collections on display will suit the color enthusiasts and traditional tastes alike.

Loloi’s showroom is quite large so when Jose Ramos, visual merchandiser for Loloi, offered to show me around I gladly accepted. He explained that one of Loloi’s theme’s for the newest collections are shades of French Blue. They are currently offering stunning ice blue rugs in traditional motifs, which have an unbelievable sheen to them. Then on the other end of the spectrum, the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines rug collection showcases deep blues on neutral backgrounds, which were equally impressive. There are also boldly colored rugs available from Loloi’s collaborations with Justina Blakeney (above) and Rifle Paper Company (below).

One of the more surprising collections at the Loloi showroom were the rugs and throw pillows from their Rifle Paper Company collaboration. This collection is based off of the illustrated artwork from Rifle Paper Company and translated into textile format. This collection was definitely different from the other selections in the showroom, showcasing just how broad Loloi’s offerings are. There is really something for everyone!

Loloi has also succeeded at creating bold and expressive rug designs showcasing neutrals and earth tones. Above you’ll find a small sampling of their neutral colored rug offerings, all of which provide major impact. On the far right, the linear rug design showcased is from the Magnolia Home collection, and it’s one of my favorites! Has Loloi peaked your interest? If so, visit www.LoloiRugs.com to browse all of their fabulous offerings!

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7 Ways to Decorate with Orange

If you perceive orange as a difficult color to decorate with, then this blog post is a great opportunity to change your mind. The color orange is very versatile and always adds the perfect pop of color. The key is pairing orange with the right colors and in the right proportions. Read on for my tips for decorating with orange stylishly.

1. Mix orange with purple

via Suakoko Betty from Design Sponge
via Plascon

Orange actually works well with several colors. One of the more unusual color palettes worth trying are orange and pink. This atypical color combination is sure to turn heads, especially for those wanting to make a bold statement with their decor!

2. A pop of orange with white

via Concepts and Colorways from Pinterest

Paring orange with white simplifies the process of finding the perfect color palette to pair with orange… and this color combination always looks fresh and contemporary!

3. Try an orange rug!

Caitlin Wilson’s home tour via MyDomaine
Orange and Pink Geo Wool Gillian Rug – Great deal! ($199-$399)

Choosing a rug with a pop or orange is a low maintenance way of giving orange a try at home. If you aren’t ready to commit to an entirely orange accent wall, or if you’re feeling nervous about an orange upholstered piece of furniture, you’ll find that a rug with orange tones will be a welcome addition to add warmth to your space.

4. Be bold with an orange sofa!

Lauren Conrad’s home tour via InStyle, Photography: Douglas Friedman
via MyDomaine designed by Night Palm studio

If you want to go full bold, then having a piece of furniture upholstered in a luxe orange fabric will meet your design needs. I suggest a rich fabric choice like velvet or linen for your orange sofa. Your sofa will definitely become a conversation stater!

5. Pink and orange are fab!

via House Beautiful

Orange and pink together is another fun color combination that adds a youthful touch to a space. This House Beautiful bedroom shows how this color palette can add a fresh perspective to your home.

6. Paint an orange accent wall

via Coco Lapine Design
Essential Home via Pinterest

Choosing a specific space in your home to paint an orange accent wall can be very gratifying. I actually had a deep orange accent wall in my previous living room for years and received so many compliments. It was an unexpected yet sophisticated addition alongside my decor and furniture.

7. Buy an orange arm chair!

via Architectural Digest
(Left) African Beaded Chair in Tribal Orange // (Right) Sketched Safari Tillie Chair

Lastly, an orange arm chair is a high-impact purchase for your home or office’s decor. This addition will add a bold punch to your space, without the commitment of an entirely orange sofa or accent wall. An orange arm chair is almost always a stylish addition!

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The Best-of-the-Best in Silk Plants – Robert Lawrence Designs

Robert Lawrence Designs’ moss wall showcased in their Dallas studio.

As a lover of plants, I know just how difficult it can be to keep certain varieties of plants alive, and I also know how disappointing it can be when it’s time to throw away an intricate live floral or plant arrangement you’ve purchased that has come to the end of its lifespan. Luckily, there is a stylish solution for both of these problems! The solution is silk flowers & faux plant arrangements, and Robert Lawrence Designs is at the forefront of the industry.

You may have noticed silk floral arrangements or faux trees while shopping at stores like HomeGoods, but the reality is the quality just isn’t as life-like as those of us with an eye for design would prefer. I was incredibly impressed by how realistic Robert Lawrence Designs’ floral arrangements looked! Their arrangements are fresh, chic, and will last forever. The perfect combination when investing in floral arrangements and house plants, especially when your arrangement happens to be more elaborate.

These tulips are truly stunning! Robert Lawrence Designs’ quality in silk plants is unmatched.

One surprising element at the Robert Lawrence Designs’ studio is their rotating collection of fine art on display. They have created a curated showroom of their faux plants and arrangements, each complemented by colorful, contemporary art. Their unique approach of selling floral arrangements and plants alongside artwork, allow studio visitors to get a sense of what their plant creation could look like next to home decor and beautiful artwork. Not to mention it adds an enjoyable, experiential element to visiting their shop.

I truly enjoyed the Texas-based artists on display during my recent visit!

During my visit to Robert Lawrence Designs, I met Thomas Flynn who personally created my own custom arrangement using driftwood. He is incredibly talented and has a great aesthetic eye for creating timeless floral and plant designs. Here you can see him in the middle of the creative process constructing my original driftwood arrangement, which turned out beautifully. It was really exciting to see it come together!

Thomas Flynn II… the man with the glue gun! Fantastic job, Thomas!

Thomas and I worked on the design for my plant arrangement together, and decided that driftwood would be a fresh and exciting element to work with on this project. I love that the finished product is truly a 360 degree design, that looks attractive and colorful from every angle. You can see the finished arrangement below. I am thrilled with how it turned out, and as mentioned before, it will last forever! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new faux plant arrangement!

Driftwood and succulents combine in this 360 degree plant arrangement.

Robert Lawrence Design’s creations have been showcased in homes across the United States. Here are some of their arrangements and faux trees in luxurious interior settings. All of Thomas Lawrence Designs’ pieces have found great homes!

Robert Lawrence Designs is located in the Dallas Design District, providing their floral and plant design services to customers across the United States. Be sure to reach out to Robert Lawrence Designs when you next need a special floral arrangement, or perhaps are looking to add a large-scale potted tree or even a green wall to your space. They will meet your needs with style and creativity. Special thanks to Thomas Flynn for working with me to create a beautiful and original plant arrangement. (Robert Lawrence Designs: 214-748-2222)

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Photography & Videography: Julianna Carl // Video editing: Nikhil Clayton

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