Instagram Inspiration // ArtlexaChung

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Instagram for me is an endless source of inspiration (okay and sometimes a little frustration), but currently I am in LOVE with the GENIUS behind @ArtlexaChung. Combining ART & ALEXA CHUNG = serious genius. Two Spanish sisters, Sisters María and Beatriz Valdovín, are the masterminds behind this incredible combo. They describe their initial idea in an interview stating, “We are both educated on art and it’s easy for us to combine her photos with the well-known masterpieces of Goya or Matisse. Sometimes it’s so easy we have to wonder if Alexa was maybe copying their poses!” They are spot on with their combinations. SO beautiful and perfect, right?!

I’m hoping to get to the Art Institute this weekend! Spring is here to stay, I think! FINALLY!!! xo

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For the walls // black and white photography

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I’m thinking about printing some large black and white photographs for our walls. I love the simplicity. Did you know you can get black and white architectural prints made at kinkos for $4?! Maybe I’ll print off a big picture of Bingley to make us smile? :)

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Sculpture in your home

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I recently spotted this lovely gold horse head on The Coveteur. Even though part of it is cut off in the picture, it still caught my eye! This past weekend I bought a lovely marble sculpture at the Brooklyn Flea. I haven’t taken any good pictures yet, but she’s a beauty! :) Hopefully, I’ll get around to posting a few pictures from our trip soon and I’ll show her to you! She’s right out of Pride & Prejudice and she’s about 5lbs! Nice and solid. I didn’t want anything plaster. :) Sculpture adds so much to a room. Random fact: Did you know Patrick Dempsey’s wife is an incredible sculptor? I was blown away when I saw their home in last month’s Architectural Digest. See the slideshow here.

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Aren’t these colors the dreamiest? This is a Degas gallery room in the Met. Grant and I are moving into an apartment at the end of the month and I’ve been thinking a lot about paint colors.  I plan on painting a small wall black. Our current downstairs bathroom (shown here) is painted black and I love it!! Have you seen Jenna Lynon’s master bedroom? The walls are black and amazing. Dark walls are my favorite. We’ll probably only live in the apartment for the next year, so I’m not sure if I’ll paint any other walls. Vaulted ceilings make painting a little tricky. The picture above was from last year’s spring break when I visited my sister in NYC. I went back to NYC/NJ again this year for spring break with my friend, Jane. Her family is from NJ so we were able to spend time in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Jersey! It was the best weekend…More to come…

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To the CREATIVES…fight your way through

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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

― Ira Glassa

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via: September issue