Gothic Gathering Halloween Party

So yes, I’ve been now planning a Halloween party for about two months.  Why I don’t know.  Halloween is fun and all, though it hasn’t been a pressing, major thing in my life ever.  However, since we bought the new house I’ve wanted to throw a major shebang….and since we live in the spooky woods and all I really thought Halloween would be perfect.  (Not only that, it’s really a holday any one can celebrate–not matter their religion, persuasion, you name it…)

So for the last few weeks, I’ve been on decorating overdrive.  Though I must confess, for a supposed “art addict” I really haven’t been the best with hands on creations for this party.  I haven’t managed to create a self-playing piano, my bathrooms do not emanate with the famous “shower scene”, my ghost is as my husband calls it “umm…yeah, there’s a white trash bag hanging in the trees”, and my tombstones were all store bought.  Though I do think design-wise there is a certain ambience coming together.

I’ve been going for a gothic theme—not Hot Topic/Depeche Mode Gothic but old-fashoned gothic literature.  Think,  Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelly Frankenstein gothic.  So of course, red lights, simple skulls, ravens and gargoyles are the main idea instead of shocking gore.

Here’s a few teasers photos of the decorating so far.

Our Eerie Kitchen Lights

One of the Vignettes in the basement

The Raven in the Library….”Quoth the Raven…………….”


The Creation of my Jewelry Design Studio (part 2)

Well, the studio design is underway.   My floating shelves have been hung above the workspace and I added my fabric covered inspiration board next to the desk.  The supplies have all been reorganized, and the boxes cleaned out. I’m still debating lovely open jars of beads on those shelves.

The space is functional right now, though I think it’s lacking it’s character.  I’m going to have to add bits of decor, and ideas on the board and give the poor little room some life.

Lighting is another fun issue that needs to be addresses, as in…I really have hardly any.

The Creation of my Jewelry Design Studio (Part 1)

Well, the move is over—though there is a ton to unpack, organize, build and clean still.  I finally have a dedicated design space.  As you can see it’s pretty empty right now.

I’m planning on making it an organized and functional space, yet lovely and inspiring at the same time. I’m using a black and cream damask pattern for inspiration.  The pattern is on a variety of boxes I am going to use for storage. The studio eventually will have a damask/rococco look.   I think my favorite piece will be two black floating shelves with a raised damask pattern on the wood that will store my myriad of supply organizers. 

Inspired Design!

One of the best parts of the studio room is the view:

From TWO windows!

Such an inspiring view!

Of course, it’s going to be a lot of work to complete as evidenced by the beginning of the mess I’ve stowed away in the closet for now.  (Keep in mind—there’s a lot of stuff in the garage, basement, etc..that HASN’T been stowed up here yet!) It’s all going to need to put in organized bins, hung or placed in the appropriate place on my work table, and cleaned up!

What a mess!

The big chore will be to bring my work table/bench up from the garage.  It’s actually an incredibly sturdy old teacher’s desk that’s in fabulous shape.  It was given to me as a gift, and saved me a TON of money I would have had to spend on a new workbench.  Yet, it’s incredibly strong, durable and sturdy and has tons of work space. It’s going to have to be somewhat disassembled to get up the stairs though and is awfully heavy!

Work bench (back)

Keep posted as I plan on documenting the transition of this space from empty room to a lovely (hopefully!) design studio and workspace.  I’ll be documenting the construction and decoration of it as I go along.

Housewarming Time and Decor for the home

Well, the Art Addict and her husband have bought a house.  I cannot say enough how thrilled I am that we will now have some space, and I will no longer be doing jewelry design from or dining room table, a borrowed garage, or  all over our condo.  No longer will I have to be writing up Art Addict from a laptop on the couch (well maybe I’ll still do that).

What this means though, is that I now have several other projects to do in addition to the usually long list of projects I like to give myself.  (Why don’t I know how to relax?)  While the house is mostly move-in ready, it’s relatively a blank slate as well.  Decorating options abound!  We also have a small collection of furniture seeing as we’ve essentially more than tripled our living space.

I suppose you may now understand why I’ve been on hiatus a bit from writing.  That house hunt thing took quite a bit of time.  To get back into the swing of things though, I’d figure I’d make this posting a feature on entirely handmade furniture and decor.

It will be exciting to have a change of address.  As our new house is right near a major park reservation it may be nice to keep with the natural theme with a new address sign.  This Shelter Harbor sign from Pear Tree Mosaics ($60) is earthy and natural while at the same time rather sleek and modern.

Shelter Harbor, Custom Double Number, $60

I’m a dark wood fan myself, but I could see how someone would cherish this hand-crafted mahogany wood table by Chris Blake.  It’s beautifully clean and modern, with simple lines.  Those who truly love handmade items will delight to find that it comes accompanied with a hard bound book detailing the tables creation. Now there’s something to put on the coffee table!

Odell Coffee Table, $3,200

It’s rather amazing what some artisans can do.  Such I feel is the case with the detail in the Oceana Demi Lune by Paulus. It’s a gorgeous walnut with maple inlay, and truly has some amazing legs!

Oceana Demi Lune $1,790

I love sleek lines, and could really live with the DIversion Coffee Table.  The designer, Michale Yonke, shows off the lovely wood grain without adding fussy design elements. What I love even more about it was that is was made with “reclaimed and repurposed tropical forest true mahogany”.

Diversion Coffee Table, $3,400

I think the color of this loveseat attracted me the most as it’s a gray twill, but the styling is also very streamlined.  Considering work from Lunar Lounge Design is handmade and built to order, this was one of the most reasonably priced furniture items I found. It definitely has a retro feel, yet looks classy instead of kitschy.

Bokz Loveseat, $549