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Featured Artist: Brian Tull

Happy New Year everyone! Wow, wasn’t 2013 the craziest year ever? The Julians went through a whole year of constant change, and it seems many of my friends did as well. While I’m happy that 2013 is done and over, I will say that I will always be grateful for the change (sometimes forced upon us) that will transform our lives for the better.

One of my new year resolutions is to take time to finish unfinished business, and that starts right now with a post I promised weeks ago. Do you remember the glimpse I gave you of my Chanel painting? Here’s a better view.

My friend, artist Brian Tull, painted this for me. Brian and I go way back, and in fact he was the first person I ever hired off the street to work for me at the publishing company. His full name is Brian Lee Tull, and I affectionately call him BLT.

Brian has been painting professionally for many years and is now represented by Tinney Contemporary Gallery here in Nashville, TN. His preferred painting style is photorealism, although he has been known to create the occasional abstract piece. The scenes he creates are often from the 50s and are cropped in ways that create tension, leaving the viewer wondering what is just beyond the edges.

for-we-walk-by-faith For We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight | oil on panel | 60″ x 36″
1635_miles 1,635 Miles | oil and acrylic on panel | 40″ x 40″
we-talked-about-love We Talked About Love | oil on unprimed birch panel | 42″ x 25″

Aren’t his works amazing? I swear I could just reach out and dial that old rotary phone. I love his compositions and I’m a sucker for photorealism. It’s no wonder his paintings sell before he can even hang them in a gallery.

I have always wanted an original BLT, so when we signed on the dotted line to build this house, I asked him if he would consider doing a special painting for the new place. A majority of my career has been in advertising and I’ve always loved the iconic Chanel ads, especially the line of Warhol prints. I did a search and found the poster I remembered hanging in the ad agency where I worked years ago, tweaked the colors to my color palette, and handed it over to Brian.

I was so excited to see the progress that he sent me regular progress photos. He’s such a good friend!
changel-stage-2 And here’s Brian, all smiles as usual.
brian-tull I have a pair of jeans that look just like that. Don’t we all?

I picked up my Chanel the week we moved into the new house and found the perfect place for it.

I just love the bright colors, the faceted bottle and the iconic brand of Chanel. And I’m so grateful that I have a piece of art from a close personal friend that means so much to me.

So do you guys have any cool art you love? Was it a gallery purchase, a thrifted find, or something you painted yourself? I’d love to hear your stories!

The Great Room (in progress)

We’ve been here two months and it seems like we’ve been here only two weeks. So much to do and so little time! I can’t complain too much, though. We are thoroughly enjoying this new house and I am enjoying the decorating process immensely (when I find time to actually do it, that is).

I’ve shared a few terrible photos of what certain parts of the house are looking like, and have apologized a thousand times over for crappy photos. So today I thought I’d share some better photos of the great room that I took with the Canon Rebel this morning. Despite the colder temps it’s a bright sunny day outside. I may as well take advantage of it while I can.

Great Room from Hall This is the view of the great room from the main hallway. The painting over the sofa is entitled Beyond the Limelight and it was one of the paintings my aunt created for her series Rock Gods. She was kind enough to let me give him a new home for a while. You’ll also notice my Chanel No.5 painting to the left, and I promise I’ll post more about that piece soon. It’s a huge painting that needed a large wall and I think it fits that space perfectly. I can see it from the kitchen and also from where I sit on the sofa. I think it’s important to place art you really love in places you’ll see it often.
Great Room from Kitchen And here’s a view of the great room from the kitchen. It’s sparse, but it’s getting there. The sputnik chandelier was an design choice I made over the summer, and I love how it adds major sparkle to the room when it’s on at night. My fiddle leaf fig (aka “figgy”) has been temporarily propped up on a chair so he can get some light to those lower leaves. Once I get my cable box situation sorted out near the fireplace, figgy will inherit the antique brass faux bamboo table so he can have a chic perch.

And let’s not avoid the elephant in the room…can you say HUGE BLANK WALL? I obviously need to get my ass in gear and get a gallery wall together, but it seems like such a daunting task. It would help if I took stock of all the art I have around the house. Maybe I’ll drag everything out today and see what I can whip up.
Coffee Table And here’s a little close up of the coffee table. Just a jumble of books, boxes, a tchotchke and an orchid all corralled in a tray or two.

There are definitely a few things I’d love to change about the room. For starters, I need better pillows. These black and white Ikea pillows are getting us by, but I really need more variety, color and texture. Over the summer I had this idea that I would use some massive 24×24 pillows I had gotten from ZGallerie, but that dream has since faded when I realized that they would slide and fall down on my leather sofas. Anyone else have that problem? It’s super annoying. For now all I can do is drape a throw over the arms of the sofas in hopes that the pillows will have something to grip and stay in place. I know, #firstworldproblems, right?

Aside from that, I still have to hem my drapes, and I’ve been thinking of taking the builder blinds down for now since we never seem to use them at the back of the house. I have a swivel glider chair in the garage that is just waiting to be brought into the great room, so that will be added in the corner near the kitchen.

So that’s all for now. I’ll do my best to post up more pics soon. Who knows… maybe I’ll have a gallery wall to show you in the near future!

My latest Craigslist find

Well guys, good ole craigslist has come through for me again. I’ve been on the hunt for a set of barstools for my kitchen island, and after sifting through pages upon pages of nasty, trashy, old-worldy-looking barstools I finally found these:

barstools Shut. Up. They are bold, beautiful 80s brass my friends. I couldn’t help myself. When I got to the seller’s house she informed me that she also had two sets of pristine condition backs and seats in the original upholstery, which she kindly threw in the deal for free.

seat-cushions I’m normally not crazy about vintage upholstery, but something about this tone-on-tone swoosh pattern reminds me so much of my childhood, I just love it. And they’re perfect – not a speck of a stain or a stitch out of place on these babies.

Not your taste? That’s okay. I’ll bask in the glow of these brass beauties any day. You might also notice the painting hanging out behind the barstools in the top photo. I’ll share more about it at a later date, but for now I’ll say that it was painted by a very dear friend of mine and I will treasure it always. You just can’t beat personal art for your home.

While we’re on the topic of hunting craigslist, I must admit that it’s also a source of great amusement for me. Ever seen a listing for “rod iron” barstools? Yep. Can’t beat some good rod iron to spruce up the house. So what’s your latest craigslist find? Got any nuggets of good spelling or grammatical errors to share?

Art and a fabulous surprise!

Hello all! I’m so excited I just have to spill the beans on the good news first! I entered ZGallerie’s 34th Anniversary Giveaway on Facebook and this week I received an email that I was one of the daily winners of a $100 gift card! The giveaway is running through June 30th so there’s still time to enter if you haven’t already. Just “like” ZGallerie on Facebook and click the 34th Anniversary Giveaway icon to enter. I can’t remember the last time I actually won something, so I’m totally beside myself right now. I should probably go buy a lottery ticket while I’ve got this good juju going on. :)

So back to the original reason for this post… ART. I’ve been really looking forward to displaying some art I’ve collected over the years, possibly even creating a gallery wall in the long hallway the runs down the center of the house. There were a few pieces that didn’t quite fit the gray/neutral vibe of my last house, so this time I’m bringing them out and displaying them proudly, along with some new prints I just picked up. Get a load of this deliciousness:

Blackpool rock Blackpool rock by Joël Penkman

Fab Fab by Joël Penkman

Are those not the most yummy paintings you’ve ever seen? This art is right up my alley – still life food art has always been a favorite of mine and those colors just make me smile. You can find these and other amazing pieces on Joël’s Etsy store.  I knew they would be perfect for the new nest and bought a signed and numbered giclée of both to frame up. And you know what these would look great with? More food art!

Hot Tomata Hot Tomata by Cat Seyler

This piece was a gift given to me from my mother and father-in-law many years ago. The amazing Cat Seyler painted this piece for the annual Tomato Festival that is held every August in East Nashville. The colors are so vibrant and saturated, I just love it. I’ve purchased several of Cat’s paintings over the years and you can buy her art on Etsy here. Many of her paintings are gorgeous florals like this one:

Hibiscus by Cat Seyler

Hibiscus by Cat Seyler

Well that’s a sneak peek into some of the art that will be going into the new Julian home. I realize it’s a lot of color and these pieces will definitely be tempered with some neutral objets d’art. Did I mention I can’t wait to display all these goodies? If all goes as planned, we’ll have drywall up by the end of this week. Woo-hoo!