Thursday, April 30, 2009

Culture Clash...Mark Your Calenders


DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fight AIDS) DALLAS features it's 20th anniversary of raising funds and grants to those organizations which fight HIV/AIDS. An evening of fashion, art, entertainment and auction of more than 100 wearable works of art.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Hilton Anatole Hotel Trinity Ballroom
2201 Stemmons Freeway Dallas,Texas
The Hilton Anatole is the official hotel for Collection 2009. Special rates available by calling 800.955.4281


5:30 Champagne Preview
6:00 Silent Auction Opens
7:00 Seated Dinner, Pre-Show Entertainment
Introduction of Honorees & Style Council Live Auction
8:30 Utopia
Silent Auction - Closes 1 hour after the show ends
10:00 Join us for The Utopia Lounge After Party
Coronado Ballroom - Cash Bar
Complimentary valet parking & coat check

Attire: Black tie and vintage DIFFA jackets encouraged

Purchase tickets & tables at

Photos courtesy D Magazine & DIFFA

And a head's up....

Loooking to add some culture or some inspired inspriation to a project?

Check out the D Art Slam, scheduled for May 29-31 at the f.i.g.

As a way to promote local artists in the Dallas area, D Art Slam at f.i.g. is a juried exhibition of drawings, paintings, photography, and sculpture. More than 125 artists will sell and exhibit their artwork to be displayed on gallery-style walls at f.i.g.

Rhodes Art Delivery & Installation

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Artist Spotlight: Sam Jones IV

This weekend I ventured out to the Southlake Towne Square featuring it's annual "Art in Square" which is basically a much smaller version of the Fort Worth Main Street Art's Festival - less people, less traffic = more enjoyable experience, although there are a lot less art vendors I think it was well worth the visit.

I had visited in years past and remembered a certain vendor, thinking in the back of my mind if he was going to be exhibiting this year, as I had really fell in love with his work...I didn't purchase anything the time I went and if I had taken a card, it was long gone - don't you hate when that happens?!
As we made our way through the various streets and throughout the square I didn't see the work I remember loving so much, so after a scoop of gelato from Piccomolo we made our way back out to the car and right before we got to the exit , there it was...although I didn't have $7000 to drop on an original I did pick up some signed prints and got to chat with the artist, making sure to swap cards.

Sam Jones IV is from Houston originally and is now based out of Austin, noting that the he is directly inspired by his two favorite things...dancing and wine. I was drawn by the intense colors and passion that verbiates through his work, you are really drawn into the emotion and depth of his work - make sure you click on the link as some of my favorites are not pictured on his website and you can see them in much more detail. Pictured below are the two prints that I purchased. I had been searching for some original ink or charcoal nudes to go in my bedroom for months but hadn't found anything that really moved me and have been living with bare walls, but I would rather have nothing than something I don't absolutely love and am so glad that I waited.
Dancers in the Paint #5
(charcoal & acrylic)
Dancer's in the Paint #6
(charcoal & acrylic)
My next purchase will definately be the next one below, I will have to wait to purchase the Giclee so you can appreciate the brushstrokes and intense colors. I love the abstracted "prism" quality of it - very personal home is pretty monochromatic so this will be the pop of color that I need and a focal point where ever it ends up.
Dancer's in the Paint #2
(oil on textured canvas)
Golden Ballroom
(oil on textured canvas)
Sexy Circeled
(oil on textured canvas)
The Big Featherd Mask
(oil on textured canvas)

Featured below is Jones' ever popular "Dancer's in Wine" series, which I can't wait to select for a client's wine bar or a commercial bar project.
Dancer's in the Wine #3

Dancer's in the Wine #1

Also exhibited at the show where some architectual charcoals that I also have on my wishlist. I have emailed him to send over some jpegs of those and will post at a later date.
If you are in Austin next month, here is some information on his upcoming shows to see his work in person
May 2009
5/2 - 5/3 - “Pecan Street Festival", Austin, TX.
5/23 - 5/25 - “Austin Wine Festival”, Austin, TX.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ann Sacks & DHome Present Designer Michael S. Smith

Ann Sacks & DHome presented interior designer to the stars, Michael S. Smith for a book signing of his recently released volume, Houses, in their newly renovated Oak Lawn showroom in the Dallas design district. It follows his hugely successful previous endeavor, Elements of Style in which Smith blends classic European decor with an American modernism twist creating elegant & tailored spaces that are not too "decorated." His most recent claim to fame includes the most highly coveted address, Pennsylvania Ave where he is freshening up the White House for the Obama's.

Photo courtesy Michael S. Smith

Featured above is an Eaton Square townhome. I love the simplistic lines and colors of this bedroom. It is refreshing and calming at the same time - a great retreat to the end of a hectic day...

Photo courtesy Michael S. Smith

I love the play on symmetry in this formal den, the stained wood fluted pilasters contrast with the richly textured walls that look as if they are covered in a fabric or grasscloth wallcovering, bringing your eyes to the end of the adjacent room where the focal point is carved French Louis marble mantel.

Photo courtesy Michael S. Smith

Here he mixes the traditionalism of hand-painted wallpaper,what seems to be de Gournay or Gracie panels, with the clean lines of a mid-century modern console.
Although his is only 44, he has a long list of prominent clientale and also has signature designs for various manufacturers, including Ann Sacks, Kallista, Visual Comfort, Patterson Flynn & Martin, & Mansour, while also in his "spare" time produces his own furnishings, fabrics, and more with his Jasper line that is represented here in Dallas Design Center at George Cameron Nash.

Pictured above is a sconce designed by Smith for Visual Comfort

This is one of my favorites and I have actually speced it out on a job in the past, it is at once classic and modern.

Mansour Modern Rug Design

This reminds me the ink blocking technique using negative space to create a graphic two-tone design. I would use this in a room where not alot of other patterns are being used to create a great ground for colors to pop off of.

Labyrinth Collection for Ann Sacks by Michael S Smith (below)

Greek Key Border Concept Board


Maze Border

Key Border

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