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CREATE | Artfully Crafted Gifts

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Watercolor painting by Traci Page. 

Watercolor painting by Traci Page. 

For the giving season this year I'm all about giving art. Art is something that can cost pennies to thousands of dollars, but whatever it may be, it's going to be personal and meaningful. More so than the next sweater or electronic.

Recently, a friend of mine, gave me one of her original paintings. I was so touched by the gift, especially after thinking about how she spent time creating this piece with me in mind. I had mentioned that I was interested in purchasing a similar one that she had created and was shocked when she made a new one for me to have?! I was so excited about the gift and the idea of hanging in on my wall, that on my way home from lunch I popped into a local framer. In less than two weeks I'll have it home with me.

In the past year I've met and began following several wonderful artists that I'd love to share with you. As well as a few new framing companies that take all the stress and effort out of having your own work printed, framed or both. 

ARTISTS TO FOLLOW

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TRACI PAGE

Traci began her career in advertising, then fashion specializing in product development, and most recently jewelry. Traci typically paints with watercolors and often journals her travels and experiences through the palette. Taking account her career path, Traci has a great eye for details and a passion for luxury, which lends itself well to my favorite series of her's, The Lines + Facets collection that include saturated, slightly abstracted jewels. She also accepts commissions on pet portraits, paints foliage and food studies. You can follow Traci on IG through @PageTraciWatercolor.  

DANI SCHAFER

Dani's abstract paintings are beautiful and boundless with expressive brush strokes. She combines strokes of opaque saturation with sheer shimmery metallics perfectly marrying masculine and feminine palettes within each piece. The love the abstraction of her work, and how you can see the movement and the freedom within her hands. She also partnered up with Design Love Fest for free computer wallpaper downloads [here]. I have one on my own desktop and love how it makes my computer look as though it's a part of the gallery wall that is hung behind it. Every few months I change up the image but it's always something similar. On my wish list is a canvas painting of hers, I'd love to have it framed in a white frame with a large matte to give the painting space to breath, hang it on a wall with a mix of modern and vintage artwork... I can see it now. Dani's IG account is @DANISCHAFER

I DREAM OF JEANNE

Jeanne has also recently shifted careers, moving away from PR and Marketing in fashion to illustration and painting. She chronicals her swoon worthy travels through watercolor along with translating instagram shots from her A-List of friends and bloggers. Her work can be found at Kennedy Waston in Seattle and online [here]. She also accepts commissions through her website. Jeanne's IG account is @IDREAMOFJEANNE.

DONALD ROBERTSON

If you haven't already heard of Donald Robertson, then you should definitely take to following his instagram feed. He is what the world is calling an Instagram sensation, having blown up within the past year. I first heard of him through Alessandra Branca, when we collaborated on the Branca hall at Bergdorf Goodman. She commissioned him to paint a vignette for an Architectural Digest feature. Within a year, I was telling my boss and boss's boss about him and trying to convince them to collaborate. Not long after I left, he did a collaborative window installation and just this past weekend had a holiday pop-up shop at the store. I can't say that I was the reason for his collaboration with BG but I can pat myself on the back for putting the bug in Linda's ear. His work is definitely up there in price, but if you're a fashion lover like myself, then you have to at least grab his book that was published this year or an ornament at the BG holiday shop. You can follow Donald @DRAWBERTSON.

INSLEE BY DESIGN

Inslee is an illustrator who has been commissioned by both private clients as well as major brands and retailers. She has collaborated with several companies to bring her original whimsical designs to print on phone cases, calendars, napkins (embroidered) and more. A few of my favorites include the French chic vibe paintings... the croissants, topless sunbather and the Time Out (print). You can find her here @INSLEE.

Gallery wall with new print, framed and printed by Framebridge. 

Gallery wall with new print, framed and printed by Framebridge. 

CREATE YOUR OWN

If you're thinking, none of these artists meet your taste or style, there are so many others out there selling gift worthy work. A different path would be to have some of your own personal work printed and framed. I decided to do just that for my family this year, with a series of personal photographs that I had printed into a calendar using Artifact Uprising. Parabo Press also sells custom printed calendars.  

Another company that prints, and has a ton of frame options is Framebridge. They offer free shipping of your goods both ways, that means if you have an original or print of something that you want to have framed they cover the shipping fees to have your artwork shipped to them, and back when it's framed. They also print photographs that you can upload direct to their site. 

I decided to print and frame a few of my favorite photos that were shot on my phone. Half expecting the quality to be meh, they ended up turning out beautifully. I chose one from our vacation to France when we road the Camargue ponies, I snapped it while on horseback - one of my favorite places to be on earth. The other is of our dog Max, chilling on the sofa. I love his coy expression because he's actually not allowed on the sofa.

As for the frames, I purchased one simple, modern black for the Camarague image and for the framed picture of Max, an antique silver leafed frame. Both frames are a nice quality. 

One more place that has a number of favorite go to frames is West Elm. they carry polished, and brushed brass and silver toned frames that come with mats. For a recent Union Adorn commercial project, we bought several of these and framed various look book prints within them. 

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I hope I gave you some ideas for gifts, that are a little out of the ordinary. I think it's so important to celebrate people's talents, and this is an easy way to do so! Happy Gifting! 


 

All images are from the artist's website, or taken by myself.

July In Pictures: Better Late Than Never

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All Photos by: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2013 Looking back on July I can see that it was another busy month. Even though it was sandwiched between our wedding month and August, which is the beginning to my very busy season at work. We spent time with friends, took as many beach days as possible and traveled to New England a few times for various reasons. It was a month about being outside and enjoying life to it's fullest.

Hope you're enjoying your summer and can take a moment to appreciate the beautiful things in life. Thanks for reading. My best, Lauren

 

If you like what you see, follow me on Instagram for many more snapshots of my daily life.

 

Taking a Short Break

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I have been away for a while and will be until mid-June. My wedding and honeymoon are  only a few weeks away and I have such little time to devote to the site. I hope you will all understand and follow along my daily activities through my Instagram account (4thfloorwalkup). Happy Spring and soon to be Summer! I'll be back soon, I promise!

 

Thanks for reading. My best, Lauren

Through My Lens: February In Pictures

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February Happy March! The month when we can welcome Spring and say goodbye to winter! Although February was a short month, it was a productive month. Beginning with furniture for the wedding being sent to the upholsterer, my bookshelves getting a final coat of paint to ending it with paper being hung in my entryway. In between there were snowstorms, birthday parties and romantic evenings - remember Valentines was smack dab in the middle of the month? My how time flies. Let's hope March is just as productive. I still have a very long to-do list!

 

How was your February? Were you able to mark anything off of your to-do lists?  My best, Lauren

 

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Through My Lens: January In Pictures

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Happy New Year! I know it's now February but I am beginning this month with a series of photos I snapped during the month of January. A start to a new series entitled, "Through My Lens" Each month in pictures. This month began a new year, a year that will be huge for me with the wedding coming up in June. It was also my birthday month! Which is of course my favorite month. My fiancé gave me a very special cake from our favorite ice cream place, Ample Hills Creamery in our neighborhood of Prospect Heights. It was several layers of sweets with fudge brownie, salted caramel sauce, 'Salted Crack Caramel' ice cream, and a molasses and bourbon infused ice cream named the Hungry Fox. Work didn't let up after the holiday as the Christmas Decorations had to come down and the newest designs had to go up. We were also knee deep in designing for the upcoming Fashion Week in February (which is next week?!). Of course, a flu came on through all of the craziness which forced me to stay at home for several days. Good books were read and I was inspired by the Parisian lifestyle once again. The weather was bitter on some days and can believe it, reached 60 on another!

Here's to a busy January and hopes for a productive February. If you enjoy looking at these pictures, you can also follow me on Instagram and soon Vine, my name is 4thfloorwalkup.

Thanks for reading. My best, Lauren