Artist/Designer Spotlight: Lindsay Cowles

This month’s spotlight is on contemporary artist and decorative arts designer, Lindsay Cowles. Her work is so creative and unique, an artist who can seamlessly merge from canvas to textile without skipping a beat is pure talent. Her style is so fresh and brings major wow factor to anything it touches, even the walls! And that takes me to my obsession, her wallcovering designs. Utter perfection! I’ll let her work do the talking…

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AW: Tell us a bit about your background

LC: From my first memories, I have always loved art. I took art classes all throughout my childhood, but stepped away from creating art for about 10 years when I went to college and then to New York. I was in the fashion industry in NYC and worked in sales for Alberta Ferretti. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles that I got back into painting. From that point, I haven’t stopped! And I knew right from the beginning that I wanted to bring my art full circle and create wallpapers and fabrics to dress the home.

When I moved back to Richmond that I really focused on growing my company. I was able to focus 100% of my time on painting, product development and marketing.

My business is constantly growing and evolving. My next venture is rugs. Expect to see them in the next few months!

AW: What kind of creative process, routines or rituals do you have?

LC: Go go go! That’s my routine in a nutshell.

AW: What is integral to the work of an artist?

LC: To be in the right head space to create. Each part of what I do requires a different creative process— from painting; to building and editing patterns; to planning and developing colors; to figuring out which applications and scale would work best. I have to block out time for each of these creative processes and have to be in the right mindset to tackle each of them.

AW: Tips or advice you would give to someone trying to pursue a career in art and design?

LC: Never stop experimenting. It’s important to continue learning and pushing the limits on your creative process.

AW: Do you ever experience creative blocks? How do you overcome them?

LC: Yes! Everyone in art and design must have creative blocks! I find that sometimes its through these blocks that you push yourself past your comfort zone and learn something new. And sometimes, I creative blocks require a full break. A chance to reflect. I do my best reflecting outside— either riding my bike, going for a walk, or just playing with my dogs and family outside. Travel always helps too. Seeing new places and having new experiences always helps.

AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?

LC: Gerhard Richter. His use of color, layering and depth is so inspirational. Motherwell for his shapes, proportions and use of black and white.

AW: What are your everyday essentials?

LC: In the studio— empty glass jars for mixing paint. When in the office, my cutting board, electric stapler and printer get a serious workout.

AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

LC: I am typically an early riser. I work out of my house, so I usually go to the kitchen, get my cup of coffee and head to the office pretty early. It’s a really tough commute 😉 Then my son and husband get up around 7, so I stop and take a break with them and have breakfast. Once my son is off to school, I find that mornings are a great time to catch up on things. I usually like to head to the studio and get in a few hours of painting while I am fresh, then back to the office to work on sample requests, order processing, design work, etc. The end of the day is family time. We all have dinner together and then relax for a bit before heading to bed.

AW: When do you feel most inspired?

LC: When I come up with something new that I love or help someone create something custom that they love! Or when I see how a designer has used my wallpapers, fabrics or art in a unique and different way. I love to see how creative people are with design. Sky is the limit!!

AW: Your latest obsession?

LC: Small paintings framed with a big mat board and frame. I always love juxtaposition.

AW: What do you do when you are outside of your studio?

LC: I chill with my son, husband and two frenchies. My son is 14 months old, so my time off is really all about him. He is growing and changing so much each day, it really is so much fun to watch!

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Wonderful Wallpaper

 

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Follow Lindsay’s Instagram feed to stay visually inspired and up to date on her latest designs and installs… I dare you to not heart every image!

 

xoA

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Back to School: Redesigning Kids Rooms

It’s almost that time of year again – back to school! Another year down, another grade higher and another year older, where is the time going? Growing up naturally includes growing out, of clothes and shoes and their bedroom decor. Lets not forget our littles (and grown up) loves’ personal nests – where they sleep, play, work and host, it’s a space they get to be proud of and love being in. Who’s up for putting their personal project on the back burner and sprucing up your babe’s boudoir? Here are some tips and a little bit of inspo to get you on your way…

 

Room For More

Play dates and sleep overs are top priority in the life of a kid, so why not incorporate entertaining into your plans. Maximize all the space to make way for an extra bed, a play table or even a sofa!

HGTV / Photographer: Suzanna Scott Photography / Designers: Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow

Architectural Digest / Photographer: Thomas Loof / Designer: Miles Redd

 

Work, and then play

As they get older, the homework book gets thicker and the days get longer. Create a functional space they will be motivated in and inspired by.

Domino / Photographer: UNGANO + AGRIODIMAS / Designer: Lauren Wills

Domino / Photographer: Brittany Ambridge / Designer: Sally King Benedict

 

Storage, storage, storage!

When their beloved belongings look like nothing more than clutter, it’s time to get creative with your choice of storage.

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Art of Choice

Why not make this project extra special and ask for some guidance from your client – what artwork would they choose?

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Architectural Digest / Photographer: Scott Frances / Designer: Michael S Smith

 

Let Them Grow

This time of year will come and go, and come and go, but it doesn’t require a makeover every year. When you are ready to get your hands dirty with this labor of love, think of a space that allows them to grow. Classic colors or gorgeous fabrics that will stay current, swap out the bunk beds for a “big kid” bed – think guest room down the road (ok, maybe not that far down the road!) or add a sitting area for some alone time.

House & Garden UK / Designer: Katharine Pooley

 

Elle Decor / Designer: Megan Winters

 

Are you planning on making some decor changes before the school year commences? Please do share your ideas and inspirations!

 

xoA

Happy 4th to you!

This week is a time for friends and family, freedom and gratefulness, and a time to embrace everything red, white and blue! From cookouts, cocktails, sun soaking and gathering on hillsides for fireworks, I am wishing you all a fun, safe and special weekend.

In the meantime, I am going to take a moment to celebrate our patriotic color palette! This bold trio stands out in the classiest of ways in decor – I’m not talking streamers here, think fun tablescapes, handsome living rooms and stately art. I have compiled a few of my starry-eyed favorites…

 

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Hester & Cook

This table has me wishing I received an invite! I adore the crab and lobster placemats from Hester & Cook – paper placemats! Convenient and classy for your backyard soiree.

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Jennifer Robin Interiors

Leaning against a neutral background, these red and blue wingback chairs pop like WOW!

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Pottery Barn

Our flag has the freedom to look good anywhere! 🙂

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1. Round Turkish Beach Towel by Turkish T / 2. Jute Floor Cushion by CB2 / 3. Geometric Throw from Joss & Main / 4. Indoor/Outdoor Pillow by Fresh American / 5. Indoor/Outdoor Pouf by Fresh American

This month’s Wachs Mix is all about cool comfort, whether you’re throwing down a blanket at the park or pulling up a pouf in the garden, ditch the chairs and get comfy!

The July newsletter was filled with some fabulous entertaining tips, a refreshing cocktail recipe, the place to vacay and more. And, of course, a bonus Wachs Mix! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, join in on the fun and be ready August!

xo A

The Wachs Mix: Just for Dad

Father’s Day is almost here and it’s time to shower our Dads with love and gratitude… and a gift or two! If you are still scratching your head and empty handed, that’s totally normal, I think we can all agree that shopping for our beloved boys is a tough one! So, I have curated another Wachs Mix for all of you default gift card givers. Let’s surprise him with a gift to remember!

 

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  1. Who needs a recliner when this handsome seat exists? Chair & Ottoman by McGuire Furniture
  2. Dad will love setting the table with these Laguiole mixed bone steak knives!
  3. No man likes a warm beer! Yeti’s Colster is sure to keep his brew cold.
  4. Let Dad join the “it” crowd club and subscribe him to Bespoke Post! Fancy grooming kit, a Humidor filled with cigars and a set of trendy ties. He’ll be the coolest Dad on the block!
  5. If he’s a watch guy, this is the case for him. Matches Fashion has some dapper gift choices!
  6. Gone are the days of clunky wallets stuffed in back pockets, thin and sleek is the new thing! I love this leather card case from Jack Mason.

 

Get shopping! And a Happy Father’s Day to our guys!

xo A

Artist/Designer Spotlight: Zoe Pawlak

Welcome to Wachs This Ways’ new feature, Artist/Designer Spotlight. There are so many wonderful and talented humans out there and I believe they need a shout out, so I’m here to do just that.

After some serious creative soul surfing on the web recently I discovered Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak. Her contemporary artwork is so refreshing and moody – in all of the right ways. She makes contemporary take on such a diversity – figurative, floral and landscapes – each with its own flair of personality. From canvas to floor, I love it all! Yup, you heard me correctly, floor – her rug collection is a show stopper!

Top of my list, if I must choose one, Rising

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I couldn’t stand to not share both of these beauties! Oh! The floors I can envision them on.

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If you’re still stuck on the commitment process when it comes to purchasing art, head back to my Designers Tips post ‘Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art‘.

xoA

How to: Mix Old & New

I don’t know about you, but I am a firm believer in bringing personality into your home. Walking yourself into your living room does not count as “adding personality.” No, I’m talking about a piece of furniture, an artifact or a piece of art – something that has a story and only you can tell it. Antiques and special collections passed from generation to generation top the list of items that tell a story and add personality. But how do you use that piece in your home – where do you put it if you have created a beautiful modern space or a rustic aesthetic? Here is your answer:

You use it by using it! Put that piece you love so dear in that beautiful modern space or rustic aesthetic. Yes, it will make a statement, but when mixing old with new that is the exact idea you are creating. It doesn’t necessarily need to become the focal point, but believe me, it has its place in that room.

Let me say one thing, mixing old and new does not necessarily mean it has to be an antique or generational sentiment… it can be an old piece you discovered at a local estate sale or on a trek to Timbuktu (what?!).

Some of my favorite ways to incorporate the old with the new and add personality to your home:

– An ethnic sculpture brings a lot of masculinity to this sweet space, and the bold piece of art creates the perfect bridge between the two.

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– A beautiful 19th-century elm-wood altar table. What a gorgeous addition to an entry way.

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Luxe Magazine / Interior Designer: Andrea Goldman Design / Photographer: Michael Robinson 

– A unique, carved bench creates the perfect anchor in this large, airy bedroom designed by the talented Mary Flanigan.

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Mary Flanigan Interiors

I would love to see how you have incorporated old with new in your home, antique or recently discovered, please share! If you haven’t quite yet found that piece of old, 1st Dibs is a great place to start, or continue your search. Some of my latest loves…

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  1. Carved Wood David Bust / 2. Pair of Blue and White Chinese Jardinieres / 3. Pair of French Giltwood Chairs / 4. Antique Marble Table / 5. Carved Bone Calligraphy Brushes on Stands

xoA

Designer Tips: Add Texture to your Space

Happy Tuesday to all! I love Tuesdays, the second day of the week and the chance to set your week off on the right foot… just incase Monday wasn’t so fantastic!

I also love Tuesdays because I get to share some Designer Tips with you! Today’s tips are all about texture. What is a space without some texture? For me, texture is an opportunity to add warmth to a room and a chance to add more. More is more!

If you are a reader of the newsletter or have recently signed up, you will know all about my 5 tried and true ways to add texture to your home and feel the need to (x) out of this post… please don’t, I have something for you too! Today, I am adding 3 more tips to that list because there truly are so many ways to add a little “oomph” with texture. And for those of you who haven’t signed up – 8 ways is better than 3! 🙂

Lighting: In addition to the general lighting add mood lighting. Add a small lamp or two to bring in a different shade of light and cozy up the space. Let’s call this layered lighting.

Andrea Wachs Interior Design / Formations Lighting

Formations USA / Interior Design: Amy Morris

2. Wall decor: Whether you hang one piece of art, or 5, you are adding dimension with contrasting colors from the art and a contrast of materials with a frame.

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Interior Design: John De Bastiani

 

3. Textiles: This can be a bold, or subtle print fabric as window treatments, or a woven throw to add an extra layer to a sofa or chair.

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Luxe Magazine / Interior Design: Brant McFarlain, R Brant Design / Photography: Nick Johnson

 

Progress

Coming down from the vacation high was a lot easier to bear when I visited a job site last week! I love to see progress and my designs come to life. I have to say it’s one of the most rewarding facets of my job.

This project is a custom home in Tucson that I’ve been working on since 2012. A labor of love. My clients have been involved in the design process every step of the way and have allowed me the creative freedom…to an extent, of course…to express my aesthetic. Every designer’s dream, am I right?!

Just insert tub, please!

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Zebra wood cabinets. I swoon!

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Guest bath wainscot. Ugh! I mean!?!

xo A

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