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September 2014

Creative-Problem-Solving in Serene Blue

Dear :

A favorite part of decorating (and framing) is the creative problem solving aspect. It's the new visual challenge with each client that makes this job exciting. We find ourselves asking, "Can we do this? Yes, but how will we make it work?" Fortunately, Natalie and I revel in this type of challenge. It excites us to explore, to understand, and to create the look that will bring our client joy and contentment.... what lay-out will allow for ease-of-use for the client-family's activities... what beauty can we imagine and create working within our client's budget... what shopping/ treasure hunts will yield decorative gems and prizes??? And, upon completion of the job, it is truly a joy to see both the finished interior and the happy client!

A long-time décor client and all her family (including two teenage daughters) love the color blue. Always a favorite color of ours, Nat and I were tickled with the challenge of creatively using lots of blues to decorate most of their home. This is not as easy as it sounds: too much blue could become dark and depressing, or just plain boring. In our client's light and airy home pale blues could look washed out. Baby blue was a "no go" as it felt too juvenile, definitely not right for sophisticated folks who host a wine study group and do tons of entertaining. Our client wanted a serene feel that was also sophisticated, beautiful, comfortable and family-friendly. We decided to use lots of light, cool greys and greens for the walls. These became the serene backdrop for simple, neutral furnishings accented with elegant blue and white fabric prints. Here too, our choice of pattern had to veer towards "rich and sophisticated" and away from "country" or "shabby-chic" (also common looks in blue and white fabrics). The blue and white patterns in the window treatments, accent pillows, rugs, and accent pieces set a running theme throughout the home. One room flows easily to the next with no jarring color changes... no bold and startling unpleasant surprises. There are bright pops of color in the canvas-wrapped art, in the gorgeous blue and white china collection, and in blue glass set in front of natural light sources. Our client's home boasted existing stained glass details in the dining room and living room windows, mainly cobalt blue and Kelly green glass set into clear glass, and this became the inspiration for the soft green dining room walls.

As you can see, in working with our client's favorite color we were able to mix comfort, beauty, and personal taste. And, we can do the same for you! Call us for pinks, purples, and oranges... for garden greens... for interesting neutrals... for sophisticated black and white. The best part: if you have no clue what you like we know the right questions to ask to help you figure out "your look"!

Call Deb at 314-544-2555 to set up an appointment.

Favorite Finds

I was so taken with this Land Of Nod email advertisement that, even though I have no little ones to shop for, I did go through and look at all the art in their on-line catalog. They have a darling collection! In addition to pre-framed art and custom-frame-able poster art, there are wall decals, 3-D wall "sculpture" and poster-prints that can be personalized with the child's name, creating a very special memento of their childhood. I hope you enjoy the "shop" as much as I did! When you go to the Land Of Nod website select Decor and then Wall Art, click the link below to take a look.

For more information: http://www.landofnod.com

Upcoming Events / Classes


All About Framing Artwork
Saturday October 25, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
St. Louis Community College

Learn what's new as well as framing design basics. Learn how to place artwork to beautify and protect the work. Students will learn what is important for their needs - how to best prep their work for a show, how to prep art so it will look good for a long time, how and where to hang art (and where it should never be hung). Some traditional and nontraditional custom framing and DIY ideas will be presented.
Bring questions and photos of your rooms and art or bring your art! Students may bring a lunch to eat during the Q&A portion of the class.

See page 40 of catalog
ARTS:765 | $30
680 Sa 10am-1pm Deborah Weltman
Oct. 25 MC - HE, 134
Register on-line at: www.stlcc.edu/ce or call: 314-984-777



Constructed Visions: Sculpture and Fine Craft Exhibition
Contemporary Textiles and the Art of Stitchery
Andy Van Der Tuin, Lesser Parts of the Vine

Opening reception:  Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Exhibition dates:  September 12 - October 26, 2014
Show is free and open to the public

#2 Oak Knoll Park (off Big Bend, just north of Clayton Rd.),
St. Louis, MO 63105

Come to the St. Louis Artists' Guild for a vastly different textile art experience. If you think of textile art as medieval tapestry or counted cross-stitch you are in for a surprise! This is sophisticated needle-art... a whole new level of art....paintings made with thread, deep impasto of fiber, and outrageous detail!

Don't you just LOVE all the good things to do in St. Louis for free?!

For more information: http://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/new/


Back Lot at the Big Top

Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 2014 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Exibition: September 19 - December 31, 2014

In His Eye - Ann Aurbach Camel - Leslie Faust

If you love Circus Flora, or even if you've never been, you will love this art show!

Many daydream of running away with the circus, and some even do - if only for a day or two. This exhibit presents artwork created during the 2013 and 2014 Artist Day at Circus Flora. Enjoy this special glimpse of the back lot at St. Louis' own magical one-ring theatre, interpreted through the visual arts.

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Metered parking on street
Free parking behind The Pageant

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information: racstl.org
                                                                                               Circus Triptych 2014 - Staceey Cassmeyer

Contact Us

Deborah Terra Weltman ~ Natalie Pinson
Phone:  314-544-2555
Email:  terraartframe@sbcglobal.net

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