5 Steps to Realize Your Decor Dreams

One of my favorite things to do after I’m finished with a painting is to imagine where it will live!

It’s fun to think about the different homes and lifestyles these paintings will inhabit.

And, of course, I have a few ideas of my own on how to decorate with these works of art! You may have seen these recommendations on the other blog posts, but here I decided to bring them together and talk about how I go about compiling a room.

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1. First things first! …Pick a mood. In other words, how do you want to feel when you walk into the room? Tranquil and serene? bold and historic? Bright and light? It’s important to consider this right off the bat. Once you have a “mood” then it’s time to …

2. Pick a color scheme. Consider the vibe you are looking to create…what colors come to mind? For instance if your mood is tranquil, then you would likely pick colors that are muted, calmer and don’t “jump” out at you when you walk into the room. Make sure you pick colors that go well together. Look at a color wheel. Each color on the wheel looks best with the two colors on either side of it and/or the color opposite it.

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For instance, blue looks great with green and yellow but also pairs well with orange and red, which are opposite it. I recommend choosing three colors and focusing on those, but do what looks best to your eye….which leads me to design step #3….

3. Look at the whole picture! It’s important that you view your room in it’s entirety and not get hung up on one piece of art or furniture. All the pieces in the room should come together to create a beautiful living space much like notes in a song come together to form a melody. If the notes don’t sound right next to each other, you’ve got a bad song… and some bad decor! Begin selecting furniture and hardware within your color scheme but keep in mind how your pieces play together. Also, it’s good to pair a neutral color with your color scheme ( i.e. black, white, gray or brown).

4. Consider style. As you select your furniture and accent items, consider style. What do I mean by “style”? I mean what style movement you are selecting things from….are you choosing mostly “traditional” style items? Or do you lean towards the “contemporary” in your style selections? It’s not a bad thing to mix styles, but I would do it in small amounts. If you’re looking for advice on decor styles, these articles offer some insight: Update Dallas, Froy Blog

5. Take your time and pick meaningful pieces. Don’t get so hung up on picking things that work together that you don’t pick things you like. Remember, good decor is worth searching for and that may take sometime, but it will be worth it in the end.

Passion Peony

PASSION PEONY 11″x14″ Acrylic on Stretch Canvas This peony is blooming in a swirl of passion and energy! Lush vibrant brush strokes encircle this gorgeous flower. And the peony just shimmers with all this attention….literally! Well, if I’m being honest, it’s due to the metallic copper paint that makes it shine…but still check out the close up picture to see how the light plays on it. The peony just jumps off the canvas!

This artwork is available for purchase in the Aphiemi29 Shop

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Passionate Peony – Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas, 11″x14″

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Grace, she carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips
She carries a pearl in perfect condition

What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things

U2 – Grace, “All that you can’t leave behind” Album

One of my favorite songs and set of lyrics. This painting represents grace coalescing in mid air and creating beauty in the process.


16″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas

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Love Never Ceases

Was thinking about love today…. I know what you’re thinking….cliche right? Well, then so be it! The people we have loved – whether close or far, alive or passed on – have left that feeling of love tangibly with us. I can feel it as strongly as if the person is right here with me…I’m sure you can too sometimes. And so I believe this imparted love exists in it’s own space, close to us. When I think about it, I see it floating free on the air, encircling us. And that’s what this painting is about. LOVE NEVER CEASES Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas featuring thoughts on love in pencil, 18″x24″

View this artwork in the Aphiemi29 Shop

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If I could decorate a room that felt like this painting, it would be a peaceful oasis with these fine things…

1. One Bella Casa Solid Pillow in Ballet Pink, $49, WayFair, http://www.wayfair.com

2. Threshold Ceramic Tortoise Decorative Dish in Gold, $15, Target, http://www.target.com

3. Jordan Bone Inlay Table Lamp, $179, PotteryBarn, http://www.potterybarn.com

4. Pastel Succulent Garden, $90, Window 27, www.etsy.com/shop/Window27

5. Terrace Side Table, $249, West Elm, http://www.westelm.com

6. Quinn Sofa in Canvas Twill, $1,350, SocietySocial, http://www.shopsocietysocial.com/


When you stand alone, and things around you are dark and stormy, and there’s no visible signs of change on the horizon….that’s when you need strength.

Strength to stand firm.

Strength to stand tall.

Strength to still let light shine through you and your life despite the difficult times you’re going through. That’s the strongest kind of strength there is.

View this artwork in the Aphiemi29 Shop

“Strength” Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 30″x30″

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1. Victorian Whale Bookends, $68, Anthropologie -http://www.anthropologie.com/

2. Irwin Lamp from Arteriors, $1,174, Decor Interiors – http://decorinteriorsus.com

3. Dorsay Ocean Pillow, $35, Crate&Barrel – http://www.crateandbarrel.com

4. Ridgeway Trunk Small, $229, Pier1 – http://www.pier1.com/

5. Driftwood Gray Woven Sphere, $5, Pier 1 – http://www.pier1.com/

6. Charlotta Sofa in Charcoal/Black, $2,500, Ethan Allen – http://www.ethanallen.com/

7. Mosaic Armillary, $100, Pier 1 – http://www.pier1.com/


Loving this new artwork I did. I’m calling it “thankful” because that’s what it started with…a feeling of being thankful for today and all that is good in life. By focusing on the good and giving voice to it, you can change the way you feel about things and I think the very air around us changes when we speak positive things.

So I started out writing in pencil on the canvas some of my favorite ponderings about thankfulness. I then applied pastel colors that I thought represented thankful words in the atmosphere……and voila!


24″x30″x.5″ Acrylic on stretched canvas. For sale in the Aphiemi 29 Shop

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6_10_2015_Thankful Style Pairings

If I could have my own room to design, I would have these fabulous things:

1. Vera Wang Wedgewood Vera Hue Tray in Lavendar, $159, at Bed Bath and Beyond www.bedbathandbeyond.com

2. Woolen Tweed Throw, $128, at Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com

3. Colorblocked Suset Pillow in Sun Yellow, $20, http://www.westelm.com; John Robshaw Dogon Pillow, $228,  www.anthropologie.com

4. Marco Sofa in Chenile Tweed, Feather Gray $1,099 – $1,199, www.westelm.com

5. Surya Pyrus Table Lamp, $333, Target www.target.com/