A Still Life

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Canadian contemporary photographer Laura Letinsky is best known for her elegant but slightly off-putting images.  Letinsky’s work is reminiscent of a Dutch Golden Age still-life, often a perfect replication of local produce, but presented as an act of realism - the aftermath of such perfection.

We chose this color photograph as the focal artwork for a Chicago concept store and cafe because of both the inherent subject matter, and the artist’s unique vision. We like that this print, while a true complement to the space and environment in terms of color, brings additional life to this already bustling restaurant.

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Glazed and Pearlized

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This Glazed and Pearlized silkscreen print by Damien Hirst is the perfect contemporary juxtaposition within this historically modern home.

Reaching nearly 50 x 50 inches in size, this colorful silkscreen titled St. Peter’s (from Hirst’s 2007 Cathedral series) presides over the dining room mantel. A kaleidoscope of yellows, blues and soft lavenders, this artwork is part of the artist’s varied practice that explores the complex relationships between art, religion and science.

With this project we hoped to achieve a lighter and more playful interaction between the artwork and the butterfly fabric on the chairs, while satisfying our client’s desire for a harmonious blend of old and new. 

Interior design by James Thomas Interiors

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Fun House

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Selecting playful artwork for this Park City playroom was both fun and challenging.  The fun part was the youthful and colorful subject matter, and the challenging part was making the installation look chic.  

We selected affordable posters that were similar in size, and custom framed the pieces in white matte lacquer.  We omitted the border to keep the style contemporary, and the look cohesive on a patterned wall-covering.

Wall covering and interiors, in James Thomas Interiors’ effortless and elegant style, gave us the perfect platform to show that fabulous design can be the perfect kind of affordable. 

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Big Personality Entry

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The entrance to your home is the perfect place to add personality and style with colorful artwork and objects.

We styled this entry foyer with a painting by artist Mary Abbott titled Self-Portrait and a gold metal leaf salvaged brick from artist Amanda Williams' installation at McCormick Gallery titled It's a Gold Mine/ Is the Gold Mine?, 2016.  

Additional layers of books, objects and lighting makes for good looks and great personality.

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Starry Night

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Illuminating like Stars at Night, we love how Clarissa Bonet's photography series titled "Stray Light" illuminates a room. Best displayed against a white backdrop, or even in an entirely black and white setting, this photograph will draw the observer in to view Bonet's carefully constructed collage of multiple photographs.

Of her work, the artist said, "In the stark light of the day the buildings appear a unified front, revealing physical beauty, dominating the environment. As the sun goes, the city is transformed, allowing a glimpse into the life that resides inside. " 

While our city's architecture is Magnificent during the Day, it's now Heavenly at Night.

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White Done Right

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When an all-white bedroom is done right, it is anything but boring! 

We selected a work on paper by Francine Turk that reminded us of a disappearing To-Do list.  We float framed the artwork, giving it interesting, three-dimensional depth.  By complementing tranquil, neutral interiors with an equally peaceful piece of art, we were able to turn our Hyde Park client's master bedroom into a dreamscape.

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Wow Room

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This  ageless and preppy "screened in porch" at the Merchandise Mart's 2016 Dream Home is made current with Lucia Engstrom's Flora photography.  Working with James Dolenc and Tom Riker of James Thomas Interiors, we successfully sourced artwork that made the above vintage inspired sunroom look and feel modern.  Engstrom, a NYC photographer with a fine arts degree from Georgetown, combines her love for color and obsession with light to create this glowing photograph that makes this room shout WOW!

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Surround Yourself With Nature

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Everyone loves beautiful things â€“ art is no exception.  Take, for example, the large scale digitally composed panoramas created by artist and photographer Ysabel Lemay - they are all things beautiful and natural.  By individually photographing and then hyper-collaging real life images of the physical world (flowers, water, plants and birds) the artist creates a composition of resplendent beauty.  

We are WOWed by the impact this talented photographer's art makes in a home. 

Oh, the power of beautiful things.

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Heavenly Stairwell

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Contemporary photography adds liveliness to sophisticated living on Lake Shore Drive.

By mixing historic elements of architecture and design with contemporary art, you can achieve a creative, collected look.  Here we added a superreal color photograph titled Deco Stairwell by Michael Eastman to a masculine space rich in history and culture to reach just the right design note.

Interior design by James Thomas Interiors.

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A Family Affair

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Play Rooms can be Fun and Fabulous with the addition of affordable, colorful art.  

In this happy, child-filled Lakeview home, we had a ball working with Jessica Lagrange Interiors placing a series of colorful Last Leaves prints, by Doug Fogelson, above the sectional sofa.  With the right mat and frame, an affordable print can make your family space look like a million bucks!

Interior design by Jessica Lagrange Interiors.

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Take A Dive This Summer

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This slow spring warm up will soon lead to summer and we'll all be spending a lot more time in our outdoor spaces.  

Consider a whimsical wall sculpture to add a little surprise; it can provide the perfect amount of fun and funky.  We took a dive and chose this swimmer we found at a small antique shop in Three Oaks, MI for the screened in porch of our client's family. Art need not be too serious it can often be decorative, light and easy.

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The Versatile Bookshelf

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A beautiful library with custom built shelving provides a comforting retreat on cold winter days.  Creating an inviting space around bookshelves can be achieved by hanging your art in new and unexpected ways. Try hanging a painting or photograph on the shelving framework - this is an interesting way to exhibit a special work of art.

 Whether you're a book lover or an art collector, well organized bookshelves become more impactful with the addition of layered art.

We've installed a 1948 oil on canvas by an American artist inspired by the early 20th century avant-garde art movement Cubism.  We chose this piece because we felt it truly enhanced this already warm and inviting library.  A perfect retreat.

Interior design by Jessica Lagrange Interiors.

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The Power of Color

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The framework above your fireplace is the perfect location to showcase a work of art. 

There is something about a beautiful painting that makes your home feel complete.  

We have chosen this Abstract Expressionist piece for a client’s entry foyer specifically to enhance the room by adding color, proportion and design through a fine work of art.

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