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Getting creative with VETRO Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

VETRO Glassblowing Studio owner David Gappa with staff Lindsey Barker.

As a creative professional I am always looking to learn a new art form, and VETRO Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine, TX definitely delivered. You’ll be surprised by what types of hands-on creative outlets you might enjoy. The key is to get out there and try something new. Glassblowing proved to be extremely exciting!

VETRO Glassblowing Studio & Gallery is owned by artist and founder David Gappa, who interestingly transitioned from a career in architecture. David Gappa and his team not only assist visitors in blownglass creations, but they are also professional artists in their own right, creating a wide range of gallery art for the discerning eye. David Gappa’s architecture background has given him a unique approach to this art form, allowing him to construct the most advanced sculptural glass art that I have ever seen. This studio is definitely worth visiting.

During my visit VETRO’s team of expert glassblowers showed me around the studio and educated me on the history of glassblowing, which is a much older art form than I would have ever imagined. I learned that archaeologist have found glass creations as old as 5000 years old, and that today glassblowing still uses the same tools and processes that were utilized originally. Fascinating!

The Glassblowing Process

Here I begin the process of making my own stemless wine glass at the VETRO glassblowing studio. Their team assisted me in the process of making my own glass item step by step. With VETRO’s public workshops you can stop by to make a range of creations from a wine glass, to a glass flower, a bowl, and more. Sometimes they even offer wine nights where you get to create in their glassblowing studio (assisted of course) while enjoying a glass of wine.

One tip before you participate is to make sure that you wear close toed shoes and avoid wearing any synthetic fibers since you’ll be around fire and furnaces. There is no reason to be nervous though because the assistance provided is thorough and attentive. My VETRO tour guides for the day were amazing; great artisans and teachers!

I selected my custom color combination for my wine glass.

You would be surprised by how many tools it takes to create one blown glass product! It’s also generally a two person job! There is a lot more to glassblowing than you would expect. Just to create a single wine glass I feel like I went through nearly a 10 step process. Seeing this art form in person gave me a new appreciation of the skill and effort it takes to create the type of glass products we see at stores and galleries. Glassblowing artisans go to school to learn their craft and have to be aware of many formulas when creating various types of shapes and vessels.

I am looking forward to making another glass creation with VETRO’s expert staff. The glassblowing experience is really addictive!

Tools of the trade shown above.

If you happened to be wondering… glass blowing actually DOES involve blowing the glass.

VETRO also offers workshops for private groups where you create alongside a group of your own friends or co-workers, separate from their public workshop offerings. It’s a really great idea for a party or celebration or possibly for a team building activity, and everyone gets to take home their creation.

As far as the quality of VETRO’s glassblown products, I was truly impressed! The quality and heavy weight of their stemless wine glasses exceeded my expectations, and I didn’t lose out on any quality even though it happened to be a guided DIY. I have seen other glassblown wine glass products that are extremely lightweight and thin, the kind of product that would easily break, but VETRO delivers on aesthetics and quality every time. If you enroll in one of their wine glass workshops, your creation will look similar to this (see below).

Advanced Artisan Creations & Customization Options

Now for a look at one of the VETRO team’s more advance creations. Below you’ll get a behind the scenes look at them creating an artistic glass bowl with a really unique textured pattern. VETRO’s team of advanced artisans are capable of creating a wide range of custom options for your home or art collection. Being the design-lover that I am, I am always looking for home decor items with a more unique touch to them. VETRO will deliver on originality when it comes to their custom creations.

VETRO’s storefront offers a selection of ready made blownglass products and works of art that you can take home with you the same day. However, if you need inspiration for a custom product, browsing their storefront is sure to give you some ideas. I came home with SO many ideas for customizing my home with blownglass. The possibilities are endless.

From an interior design perspective, I love the idea of a collage of multiple sized glass bowls as a wall art feature like shown below. Perfect for a statement wall!

Also, consider some of their other decorative selections for enhancing your home’s decor. The works shown below are advanced creations by VETRO professionals that you can purchase or have custom made for your own home or real estate project.

Custom items to consider having VETRO create for your home or business:

(1) Wall sconce light fixtures or pendant lights

(2) Figurative sculpture art (like the incredible dinosaur head shown below) – Created by VETRO owner and artist David Gappa.

(3) Custom chandeliers – of any shape or size you can imagine!

(4) Abstract glass panels as sculptural art (shown below)

(5) A collection of oversized glass bowls for a statement wall installation

Special thanks are in order for Jorma Rahja and Shannan Shumate for showing me the ropes at the VETRO Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. I will definitely be back again! My plan is to create a matching set of stemless wine glasses and serving platters for the dining table. What will you create with VETRO Glassblowing Studio? Schedule your visit today and let them know that Interiors by Jacquin sent you!

VETRO glassblowers Jorma Rahja and Shannan Shumate with Jacquin Headen

Photography by Zoe Martinez

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Remodeling Your Home To Sell

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If you’re trying to sell a home, you don’t have to accept your home as it is before you sell it. Much like with vehicles, the work you put into a home creates additional value and raises its price, and there are many smart ways to get the most impact for a limited investment. There are a spectrum of upgrades available ranging from minor fixes and patches to full-on renovation of the entire house. You don’t need to invest a lot to get a good return, however. Here is a list of one or two-day remodeling projects that can still add a sizeable boost in property value before you sell your home. 

(1) Faux Wood Beams in the Master Bedroom

Faux wood beams are all the rage right now. They provide a natural, looming beauty to whatever room they are placed in. So, where better to have them than the master bedroom? Upgrades to the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms rank as the most profitable, so by installing some gorgeous wood beams, you can help give it that air of elegance and superiority that a master bedroom is supposed to have. They also look great in the kitchen as well. Check out this great faux beam installation tutorial from Jenna Sue Design blog here.

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(2) Outdoor Upgrades

Adding a deck to your backyard can increase the resale value of your home a great deal, attracting a wider group of prospective home buyers. Remember to properly calculate deck size to maximize your outdoor space and use hidden deck fasteners to get that clean, perfect deck look that will attract home buyers.

Furthermore, Adding areas of shade and cover to your deck or other backyard gathering areas offer relief from changing weather conditions and the glare from the sun. Gazebos, modern pergolas, awnings, umbrellas, and canopies add style and character to your outdoor areas and can increase your home’s attractiveness to potential buyers. Installing a patio ceiling creates an additional living space that will appeal to homebuyers and add value to your home. 

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(3) Garage Remodeling

Garages serve a variety of purposes nowadays, and upgrading yours will have an impact on property value. You might consider some shiny, indoor stained concrete floors, perhaps. Concrete is another trending material right now and by going with the stained variety, you’ll be ensuring long-lasting protection as well as a sheen that will leave an impression on anybody who stops by to visit. A properly polished and colored concrete garage floor is known to draw bigger numbers on the market, and is very likely to draw a good return on your investment. 

(4) Butcher Block Countertops

Wood is really popular right now, so it’s no surprise that butcher block kitchen countertops made their way on this list. The remodel is a small one, usually not taking more than two days. Adding butcher block to your kitchen gives it a more down-home feel, and as long as the wood is properly stained and finished, these countertops will stay looking great for a long time. Butcher block is the perfect way to spice up a boring kitchen.

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(5) Update Your Light Fixtures

Updating your lighting to something that looks a bit more luxurious will elevate the look of the entire space and will give your home the appearance of greater value when it comes to selling your home. Consider upgrading the lighting in the living room and kitchen for greatest impact.

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Small Projects Can Add Big Value

Just because you aren’t doing any large-scale renovations on a home, doesn’t mean you can’t significantly raise its property value. By doing any of the remodels on this list, or combining them, you can achieve a significant boost in property value, despite not investing a huge chunk of money. Try one or more of these projects and see for yourself how easy it is to get more than you ever imagined for your current home.

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Construction Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

AOI Home – Shopping the antique treasures of India

If you’re looking for luxury architectural features that are truly unique you will be impressed and inspired by AOI Home, formerly Art of Old India. This company travels throughout India reclaiming architectural elements from historic Indian buildings and structures. This ranges from antique doors, to ceiling tiles, to mirrors and furniture. I had the pleasure of touring their Dallas store, filled with one of a kind treasures of both large scale proportions and small.

While touring AOI Home I learned that they also sell beautiful rugs, ikat pillows (shown below) and other modern day designs with the traditional Indian aesthetic in mind. I loved their intricate bone inlay furniture (shown above) and their large selection of oversized antique, carved doors. Most importantly, you do not have to live in Dallas to take advantage of their selection of Indian architectural elements. They ship across the United States. Get in contact with AOI Home to learn how your can purchase antique architectural elements for your next remodeling project.

Which architectural element would you want most in your home? Visit AOI Home to browse their collection.

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Luxe Gift Guide – Interiors by Jacquin style!

Check out these inspiring gifts for yourself or a friend – All handmade and found on Etsy!

Graphic layout by Somi Kwon

Which Etsy find from our roundup is your favorite?

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Artist Spotlight – Shayema Rahim

‘Latin Lover” by Shayema Rahim

Creating art is a wonderful way to express one’s emotions and artist Shayema Rahim has truly mastered self-expression through painting. There is a depth and soul to her painting style that will capture you at first glance. Take a look at my recent interview with artist Shayema Rahim.

How did you get started creating abstract artwork?

I started with basic sketches, watercolor, oil pastel etc. I initially painted landscape and floral studies, later moving to Abstract Expressionism, which I simply explain as capturing real life situations in an abstract manner. I feel that it’s more powerful because I can speak from deep within through the work of my Art. I try to explore a wide range of subjects. I never try to leave any room for half-truth. I am always willing to challenge myself. This wide and constantly evolving curiosity makes me search for more inner happiness through my Art.

What has been your favorite artistic creation thus far? Why?

It’s hard to mention one piece of work, as most of my works are close to my heart, but if I have to mention one it would be “Ukiyo”. Ukiyo is a Japanese word that means detached from the bothers of life. (shown below)

“Ukiyo” by Shayema Rahim

Tell us about your process for creating your artwork.

I do work with Oil and Acrylic. However, for the last few years my  main media is Encaustic. It’s an ancient 3000 years old Egyptian technique that is done with wax and resin. 

“I am Alive” by Shayema Rahim

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Well, I had to double check with my son Arbaaz what is a fun fact about me, he very confidently said, Ma you cry when you see lizards”.

Who is your favorite artist right now and why?

It is very hard to mention “ a name” as I have several fellow favorite  artists. I would say, Brad Ellis (Brad Ellis Abstract Artist) as well as Tamara White, Bonny Leibowitz, and Rick Griggs.

What would be your dream project to work on?

My dream project should be painting next to a ocean without any time or mental pressure with some good music on. My other dream project is to paint with Alzheimer’s patients.

“Fire in the Ice” by Shayema Rahim

How has being an artist brightened your life?

My Art is my Savior. I can’t imagine my life without my art. It’s very therapeutic to me. It helps me to talk with myself, my soul  within my own little world. The other very rewarding matter about Art is that I feel very content when I can make others happy through my work. I think art is as natural as sunshine. My art is my adventure and I never want this adventure to end.

Learn more about artist Shayema Rahim here.

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6 Ways to Use Dark Colors While Still Achieving a Bright Space

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Spaces that consist mainly of dark colors are becoming more and more popular and provide a different feeling than the usual white or neutral spaces. But what if you were able to achieve both with a discerning blend of dark and light? With a few tips you can cleverly use dark accents while still being able to enjoy a bright space, and it’s mostly done by pairing well-selected home décor. Your darker space doesn’t have to be dreary. Here are six ways to still achieve a bright space while decorating with dark colors! 

1. Try to plan your space around natural light

If you’re able to, place your dark colors and furniture in a space with a good amount of natural light. This will cause a natural contrast, especially when it is bright out. The natural light will also have a similar effect as greenery or foliage by opening and warming up the space. 

2. Focus on your wall color

You should use your wall color to bring out the contrast in the room if you’re looking to use dark furniture. The color white will always work on walls. It’s important to play around with different shades of white however, to find what fits best in your space. A completely different approach that will also be successful is darkly colored walls with light furniture, like the fabulous deep green kitchen!

3. Add greenery and foliage 

Placing greenery and foliage, even if it’s fake, is one of the easiest ways to still achieve a bright space while using dark colors. The greenery helps to make the space appear more open and welcoming. The green will add a nice pop of color as well if there is not a lot of color in your space.

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4. Let accessories brighten up the space 

Accessories can help a lot in a space that is more dark than light. Adding accessories that contrast with the darker furniture can help brighten the space by providing small pops of color and uniqueness throughout the space.

5. Utilize lamps versus overhead lighting

You should place lamps around darker pieces of furniture. Lamps will add a warmer feeling than overhead lighting can provide, and will also be able to spotlight your key pieces of furniture.

6. Use contrasting rugs and textiles around dark furniture 

By placing a rug in front of a dark piece of furniture, it will add texture and color to the whole space. Adding textiles or throw blankets to a sofa or chair will help break up the dark colors. Both can add additional contrast to the space. Alternatively, try a dark colored rug to bring dimension into a space.

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Dark colors give a sense of mystery in a space and can be used successfully, but they do best if you can still achieve a bright and welcoming space. The tips laid out above are simple fixes to a space that just feels a bit too dark. Now decorating with dark colors can be a game changing asset to enhance your space with style.

Article by Lydia Berge – Interiors by Jacquin intern

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At Home with Artist Sue Yu Petty

Artist Sue Yu Petty is a vibrant painter with a love of color and texture. I met Sue last summer where I learned about her dynamic artwork and I knew that I had to share her creative passion with my readers. Her path to becoming an artist was quite unique in that she transitioned from working as a chiropractor with her own practice. However, Sue always had a passion for art since childhood. She ultimately sold her chiropractic business and devoted her attention to painting and homeschooling her children full time. I was especially interested to learn that Sue created her own backyard art studio utilizing a shed. I asked Sue for some guidance on how to best create a safe artist space out of a shed, and she gladly shared a few details and resources for our artist readers out there, which you’ll find later in this article.

“Abundance” 18×24, Oil Painting, Sue Yu Petty

Sue’s preferred painting technique is 3-D oil sculpting for a textured, dynamic look. I love that she paints subjects that bring joy to the viewer like butterflies, hearts, flowers, colorful birds, sunsets, or bold abstract works; perfect for brightening a home. It is important to Sue that her paintings are created with purpose and that they evoke a special meaning and feeling in each individual viewer. Observing and owning a painting is experiential in nature, and I agree that the best paintings evoke feelings and emotions.

Sue Yu Petty’s Home Decor

Sue’s home is decorated in a serene natural palette, ideal for showcasing her colorful artwork. She has given us a look at some of her favorite spaces in her home.

Now onward to the details on Sue’s backyard artist’s studio shed. As a mom who homeschools her children, it was important for Sue to have an adequate work space at home for painting and creating. Building a backyard shed was a perfect solution. I was curious about what it took to customize her shed for oil painting. Sue has been kind enough to share 7 great tips for building your own artist’s shed at home.

Art Studio Shed Tips – From Sue Yu Petty

(1) I would hire a local smaller builder if I could do this again. I used a larger company called Urlich. There was an online company called Studio that really impressed meif you have the budget. Searching for local independent builders through community Facebook Groups is what I would recommend.
(2) Go bigger than what you think you need…As an artist working on several pieces you will quickly run out of space and wish you had more.
(3) DIY for the interior finish out! Save money and use it for your art supplies…the inside material is going to get paint all over and messy spills…panels for walls and peel and stick floors will be just fine. 🙂
(4) Use heavy wire to string up high and create drying racks that keep the space open and have plenty of space to work.
(5) You will need electricity for this…a simple window AC/HEAT unit to keep your shed comfortable temperature wise throughout the year.
(6) Get a commercial grade air filter to help keep your workspace more breathable and safe.
(7) Lastly, I highly recommend a fan placed in one of the windows to push any chemicals in the air out, plus a ceiling fan, especially if you are working with oil paints.

Inside Sue Yu Petty’s artist studio shed.

Sue Yu Petty’s wall of inspiration.

Sue Yu Petty using her signature palette knife painting technique.

Sue’s signature style involves creating her bold artwork using a palette knife versus a paint brush, as photographed above. Her painting style was inspired and influenced by renowned Reflectionist Artist, JD Miller, who is known for his 3-D application of oil paint. After many years of painting Sue has mastered her own style of 3-D oil sculpting, crafting artwork created with warmth, purpose and love.

“Eternal Flame” 48×60, Oil Painting, Sue Yu Petty

Contact Sue Yu Petty regarding a commissioned piece for your space.

Impressive custom kitchens & more from Eggersmann

Eggersmann showroom – Photography by Julianna Carl

Eggersmann’s custom kitchens and home living solutions are a contemporary design lovers dream. I stopped by their showroom to get a better idea of their offerings and I received a friendly and informative tour from Eggersmann team member, Kegan Wilson. Eggersmann offers custom kitchens, custom closets, and custom built-in solutions for spaces like your living room and office. I was impressed and inspired by their unique, luxury designs. Read on to see just why Eggersmann is so impressive.

Eggersmann offers four distinct collections for their custom kitchens, and I must say that I appreciated all of them. The collections are called “Modern”, “Unique”, “Classic”, and “The Works”, each of which showcases a completely different style. Above is an example of one of their Classic collection kitchens and below is an example of their showstopping kitchen from The Works collection. One of the key elements of The Works kitchens is the ability to have everything in your cabinets at your fingertips and on display all at once, and then able to disappear fully for clean and minimalist look. The Works also showcases a sliding counter top system, which you can see in action in our video feature.

This counter-top expands! See how it works in our video.

Custom closets are another Eggersmann specialty. They go above and beyond in creating stylish, luxurious closets that will exceed your expectations. From the rich wood options, to the bronze tinted glass, custom jewelry storage, and the surprise addition of an espresso machine, Eggersmann achieves a complete luxury experience in your dressing room.

Home living solutions are another territory covered by Eggersmann and it’s all about the built-ins! Everything is customized for your personal preferences. I loved that they offer built-in lighted cubbies for displaying artwork and they also have compartments to hide your television or store a tucked away bar area. Finishing materials range from various woods to leather upholstered wall units, so you can be as creative as you like with your own custom unit. Eggersmann products are incredibly thoughtful and crafted with care, making this German company my top recommendation for custom home solutions.

Eggersmann offers a unique showroom that is absolutely worth visiting for better determining which of their collections is best for you. You can find Eggersmann’s showroom locations in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Florida, and Toronto. Their quality products will enhance your next home renovation project and help you to create a luxury sanctuary at home. Eggersmann receives five stars all around!

Visit Eggersmann showroom in the Dallas Design District – 1616 Hi Line Drive

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Art Deco Revival in Atlanta

This historic Atlanta home is known to be the city of Atlanta’s only Art Deco property in existence, and so when it came time to revive this piece of history the space got a contemporary update while preserving the home’s rich architectural history. Here’s a glimpse into this beautiful, art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes magazine. 

 Historic Atlanta art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes. Photography: Erica George Dines
Historic Atlanta art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes. Photography: Erica George Dines
 
To view the full home tour, head over to Atlanta Homes to learn more about this art deco beauty.
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