Art Deco & Vintage Design Style at Roberta e Basta Milan

Carmen NatschkeTimeless Style: Antiques & Vintage

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Roberta Tagliavini’s eponymous antiquariato on via Fiori Chiari in the heart of the Brera Design District in Milan, was one of the several antique and vintage shops we had the pleasure of exploring on our Antiques Diva  shopping tour led by the firm’s CEO Toma Clark Haines. As eclectic and fashionable as its namesake, the Roberta e Basta shop caters to high-end luxury buyers … Read More

Editor’s Choice: 9 Best of Show Art Miami

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

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Few things are more subjective than art and beauty. And even fewer things evoke emotions on the level that art does.   One piece of art can engender a broad range of emotions spanning the spectrum from love, peace, and joy to anger, hate and disgust. And there are times in which a singular artwork can set off a roller-coaster of widely … Read More

Maarten Baas

Carmen NatschkeInside Design

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German-born, Dutch bred design prodigy, Maarten Baas, has captured the attention of the design world with his boundary-less approach to design – refusing to accept a clear and distinct demarcation between what is art and what is design. The multi-award winning Baas,the most recent design honor bestowed upon him was “Designer of the Year at Design Miami 2009”,  believes that … Read More

Resplendent Neutral Color Scheme Inspired by Rubens Marchesa Brigida Spinola

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

Splendid Neutral Color Scheme Inspired by Rubens |

A neutral, yet elegant color palette inspired by Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ portraiture Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, radiates royal splendor with cool grays, warm grays, and earth tones accented with rich red, copper and metallic gold. (Pantone color guide inspired by Ruben’s artwork: Pantone Warm Gray 1 C, Pantone Cool Gray 1 C, Pantone Cool Gray 6 C, Pantone Metallic … Read More

Inspired by the Romantic Color Tones of Verspronck’s Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer

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Romantic Color Scheme Dutch Masters |

Johannes Cornelisz Verspronk’s Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer inspired this romantic decorative color scheme that is an artful blend of warm earth tones, pinks and blues. (Pantone color guide inspired by Verspronck’s artwork: Pantone 698 C, Pantone 7605 C, Pantone 453 C, Pantone 5773 C, Pantone 7561 C, Pantone 551 C, Pantone 7546 C and Pantone 6 C.) Artwork … Read More

Modern in Murano: The Sisters Sent’s Wearable Glass Jewelry

JoAnn LocktovGlamorous Gallavanting, Inside Design, Tileista


When Venice was an island of wooden structures in the thirteenth century, glassmakers were confined to the neighboring island of Murano. Because of the threat of fire, it was too dangerous to allow them to remain in Venice. The foundries moved in 1291, all the better to isolate the craft and the artisans that revolutionized the alchemy of silica and … Read More

Pop Color Scheme Inspired by Warhol’s Green Marilyn

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration


A near-neon pop color palette of violet-blue, blue-greens, yellow, magenta, red, and black purple inspired by Warhol’s Green Marilyn.  (Pantone color guide inspired by Warhol’s artwork: Pantone 605 C, Pantone 3232 C, Pantone 7465 C, Pantone7682 C, Pantone 0521 C, Pantone 199 C and Pantone 276 C.) Artwork Details: Green Marilyn (1962) by Andy Warhol silkscreened on synthetic polymer paint … Read More

Da Urbino’s Adoration of the Magi Inspired Color Scheme

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This vibrant color palette of blues, greens, yellow and orange is inspired by Nicola Da Urbino’s “Panel with the Adoration of the Magi”  (Pantone color guide inspired by Da Urbino’s artwork: Pantone 106 C, Pantone 144 C, Pantone 7526 C, Pantone 7737 C, Pantone 7734 C, Pantone 645 C and Pantone 287 C.) Artwork Details: Panel with the Adoration of … Read More

Color Palette Inspired by Renoir’s Mademoiselle Sicot Painting

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

Decorating Color Scheme based on Renoir

This decorative room color scheme is inspired by Auguste Renoir’s famed portraiture of Mademoiselle Sicot which offers a rich and feminine color palette of soft purple, verdant green, and warm gray, accented with touches of black, gold and wine. (Pantone color guide inspired by Renoir’s artwork: Pantone 7445 C, Pantone Warm Gray 8 C, Pantone 112 C, Pantone 554 C, … Read More

Visual Movement in Limoges Piece Inspires Rug Pick

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Limoges Bowl Inspired Modern Decor Rug Pick |

Artwork Details: Round Dish with the Wedding Feast of Cupid and Psyche (1562) by Leonard Limosin, Limoges, France. Enamel painted in grisaille on copper. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Home Décor Details: Aadi Black & Gold Curve Rug at Chandra Rugs. 00000

Having Fun: Indulge Your Creativity

Carmen NatschkeInside Design


What Inspires Me: “We have a lot of fun in our studio coming up with a variety of finishes and patinas for mirrors.  One company that inspires us is Modello Designs – they create amazing patterns and typography that lets us run rampant with our creativity for our clients and their one-of-a-kind mirrors.  From a clean, contemporary graphic to an … Read More

Home Decoration: Inspired by Travel, Books, and Art

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What Inspires Me: “Inspiration for interiors can come from a variety of sources but travel, books and art are are always high on my list. Photographer Candida Hofer captures all in her amazing work. Her visual studies are not only stunning but reminders of spaces accessible to us all as places of beauty and learning. I love how designer Timothy … Read More

Meaningful Inspiration: A Room with History

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What Inspires Me: “My inspiration piece from home is this portrait of my grandmother, an amazing woman I was lucky enough to have in my life. Every day from this portrait she encourages me to work my best and live life. Personal items with meaning can inspire us all. Every room should have something with meaning, a part of your … Read More

Alejandro Vigilante: Artistic Intersection of Pop Culture & Internet Communication

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration


“Art is communication,  Internet is communication” – Alejandro Vigilante, Founder, i-Art Movement Alejandro Vigilante, the Argentine-born, banker turned jet-setting artist, is the driving force behind an exciting and vibrant art movement called “i-Art” that melds iconic pop culture with the fast and ever-changing world of Internet communications. Alejandro at work in his studio. Renowned design author, Saxon Henry describes his … Read More

Julie Richey: The Places We Love

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Julie Richey’s “La Corrente” (The Current) ( 2010). Size: 29 x 22 x 22 in.  Italian and Mexican smalti, marble, 24K gold smalti, seashells, chalcedony. It is easy to get swept away to the sea by Julie Richey’s “La Corrente”.  Since the sculpture won the prize for Best 3 Dimensional at the 2010 Mosaic Arts International, “La Corrente” has been … Read More

Lynne Chinn: Life As We Could Know It

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Lynne Chinn’s “Winged Geode” (2007). Size: 9 x 29.5 x 13 in.  Smalti, 24K gold smalti. Lynne Chinn’s mosaic sculptures immediately bring to mind the possibility of new life forms.  The Texas-based artist is a master at making the hard materials of mosaic look soft, yielding and animate. In her breakout work, “Winged Geode”, Chinn uses the metaphors of feathers … Read More

Contemporary Mosaics In The Home

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration


I live for contemporary mosaics.  As the editor of Mosaic Art NOW, I am constantly discovering artists who use the medium to express themselves in striking new ways. I also live with contemporary mosaics; they reside in my home right alongside the paintings, prints, textiles and sculptures my husband and I have collected over the years. Like any other art … Read More

Betsy Youngquist: A Sense of the Fantastic

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration


Betsy Youngquist’s “ Androcles and the Cat” ( 2010). Size: 12 x 22 x 8 in.  Glass beads and stones, antique porcelain doll parts, vintage prosthetic eyes, urethane foam, unsanded tile grout, sealer. Mixed media artist Betsy Youngquist is definitely in the business of creating new life forms.  She starts with carefully sculpted shapes (often made by collaborator R. Scott … Read More