Art for Your Eyes…

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Brilliant Austin designer Chris Lambe astride iconic Jackalope in front of Blue Genie studios.

“Art for Your Eyes!” Local Austin artist Rory Skagen cracks me up with that tag line. His work is retro-humorous and beefy, with a seamy darkness lurking about the edges. He works in 2d and 3d, as well as producing art for interior and exterior spaces – love his versatility. Check out Blue Genie Art to see more…

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Eye for your Art… okay, I’m obsessed with the public art movement. I visited this object in July, titled Eye by artist Tony Tasset, which is on display til October in Chicago’s Pritzker Park. Over 8,000 lbs. of fiberglass and 9,000 lbs of steel went into making this 30′ diameter homage to the artist’s son’s eyeball. What do you think of it?

For public art that is lyrical, elegant and thoughtful, look to Seattle artist Ann Gardner. I currently have a crush on this piece she did for the City Court of Atlanta, titled Ring of Water.

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The each of the drops (covered small glass tiles) seem to correspond to a terrazzo spot on the floor. Gorgeous! What is your favorite design/art obsession right now?

~ sue lambe, your Spark exterior stylist

Seen Around Town

Seen Around Town

Curlin and I moseyed over to Uncommon Objects for a hit of South Congress happiness last week and we were not disappointed. Inspiration can be had at any price point in this phenomenal store – some of my favorite discoveries are below. I’m drawn to glass in the garden, especially when it has watery hues [...]

The House That Grey Built

The House That Grey Built

Later that same blog,  the color grey is still my current crush. For the final post in this series, take a look at this lovely home. Featured in Canadian House & Home magazine, “Emily Walker, a designer in House & Home’s merchandise department, and her partner, Mark Holden, turned the interior of their rundown, 900-square-foot [...]

Grey, swing your partner…

Grey, swing your partner…

It’s tempting sometimes to think of the color grey in formal terms, but don’t get stuck there; Grey is a very versatile fellow. Here’s a perfect example of grey hanging loose with the sweatshirt and sneakers crowd.  This cheeky mix of blue and orange look turbo-charged in this image from Living Etc magazine. And for [...]

The Old Switcheroo Redux

The Old Switcheroo Redux

Switching it up gets you noticed! Switching the stone that makes up this retaining wall really made me look at it, and had me admiring the artistry involved in building it. It’s a modern take on an old standard. Note the small holes in the photo with vertically (another switch!)  placed limestone… those are weepholes, needed to let water drain [...]

More Welcome Thoughts!

More Welcome Thoughts!

When you walk up to your front door, what is the little voice in your head saying about what you see? Unless it’s “ahh, lovely”, consider adopting one or two of these sweet little somethings to support that all important sense of welcome! More Color. It’s the easiest thing to add, possibly the least costly [...]

Welcome From the Outside In

Welcome From the Outside In

Being one of the fresh and zesty new Spark designers, this is my first post for Spark Interior Style. As Spark’s Exterior Stylist, here’s where I’d like to begin, with the idea of welcome. I’ve been thinking about it so much lately. Some homes are pretty bland at first glance, while some just look so [...]

Happy Folk Art Created By An Elf…Really

Happy Folk Art Created By An Elf…Really

Shari Elf is the wonderful artist who creates these one-of-a-kind treasures in her little studio in Joshua Tree, California. By combining bits of, found objects, assorted junk & jewelry, Shari makes what she likes to call “Good and Sturdy Art.”   Her witty titles and captions elevate each piece into a combination of folk art and storytelling. [...]