Portland Decorator

"Local" Artists on my Radar by Kevin Twitty

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes....Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.” ― Arshile Gorky

I have always had a love for abstract art. I feel like it can completely bring a design together by tearing down the normal expectations of what art should be. Sometimes it is a beautifully seamless canvas that ties in all of the colors from the designed surroundings and other times it is the contrast in the room. 

Since starting my design business and moving to an artsy city like Portland, Oregon, I have been keeping an eye out on local artists from around the country. I loving having a resource to go to in order to infuse some personal pieces into my client's homes which will afford their homes to have a more personal touch with a commissioned work of art. 

Here are some fantastic artists I have been following recently that are giving me so much life! I have even had the joy to work with a few of them and the ones I haven't, keep an eye out for me using in future projects.

Lana Nguyen

Originally from Kiev, Ukrane, she now travels around the United States drawing inspiration from her fascination with nature. Her current works us the medium of Alcohol ink on Yupo. The movement makes me want to get up and dance! She is currently in Phoenix, AZ and has had a studio in Austin, TX. [Get to know Lana more]

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Lana working on a commissioned piece for a project

Lana working on a commissioned piece for a project

Paulette Insall

A southern gal living in Portland, Oregon, Paulette is a a contemporary abstract painter expressing her visual language through pure color and an expert eye. She creates one-of-a-kind original works and commissions.  [Get to know Paulette more]

Paulette Insall

Paulette Insall

Current original work of art "Joyous Beginnings"

Current original work of art "Joyous Beginnings"

Lisa Jensen

Lisa is a stay at home mom in Portland OR who found her voice in art. She is drawn to calming and relaxing landscapes and reimagines them in a modern way. There is a true freshness to her work and I am in love. Exciting news for Lisa is that she is going to be a new WEST ELM artist starting August 2018. [Get to know Lisa more]

Lisa Jensen

Lisa Jensen

Collection of works bu Lisa Jensen

Collection of works bu Lisa Jensen

Jose Trujillo

Jose is a self-taught artist originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, now living in Tucson, Arizona. Heavily influenced by impressionist artist. He blurs reality with saturated colors, movement, and uses his artists sight to take liberties on out view of the world around us. [Get to know Jose more]

Josa Trujillo

Josa Trujillo

Couple under and umbrella

Couple under and umbrella

Kyra Kendall

Base in Toronto, Kyra does all affordable original works of art and commissions. She has made a name for herself with her superb water color skills which trail outside of the lines in the most beautiful way. My cousin has one of her pieces and it it one of my favorite things. [Get to know Kyra more]

Kyra Kendall

Kyra Kendall

Rainbow of Lips

Rainbow of Lips

Original Portrait

Original Portrait

Accent Wall Ideas by Kevin Twitty

Adding an accent wall can drastically elevate the design style in a space. Because it is just a single wall, it can be the easiest way to direct focus, create depth, and even take an "outside of the box" risk. Check out my favorite five accent wall ideas you can do!

1. Paint

This is by far the simplest and most cost effective. I am a huge fan of using highly saturated colors to create a statement when painting an accent wall. Challenge yourself to a bolder color and if you hate it, it's easy to change!

I love how just the back wall of the staircase being painted creates depth.

I love how just the back wall of the staircase being painted creates depth.

Feeling like a pro, try making a design with your painted accent wall.

Feeling like a pro, try making a design with your painted accent wall.

2. Molding

Putting molding walls got a bad reputation when so many builders decided to put a single piece of molding around the room called a chair rail (literally one of my least favorite things). However, molding on a wall can look super sophisticated. From the traditional picture frame molding to the more contemporary box molding. 

Traditional picture frame molding makes this ball and clawfoot tub feel right at home.

Traditional picture frame molding makes this ball and clawfoot tub feel right at home.

Taking a traditional molding and turning it into something special with this geometric designed wall using molding.

Taking a traditional molding and turning it into something special with this geometric designed wall using molding.

Contemporary box molding give this space a real sense of scale. By painting it, it draws the eye.

Contemporary box molding give this space a real sense of scale. By painting it, it draws the eye.

3. Wallpaper

Yes, wallpaper is still in, in fact, it never left. I have used wallpaper in no less then 100% of my recent projects and with the endless possibilities of patterns and styles wallpaper can work for everyone. It really does make me overly excited. 

Sometimes just one wall is all you need for wallpaper. This creates the perfect layer for this living room.

Sometimes just one wall is all you need for wallpaper. This creates the perfect layer for this living room.

The perfect nursery wallpaper. It's bold and beautiful and it only needed on the feature wall.

The perfect nursery wallpaper. It's bold and beautiful and it only needed on the feature wall.

4. Tile

I love a tile accent wall! I use them frequently in bathrooms, bars, and even in bedrooms and other spaces. There are some really amazing tiles that will wow you and create huge impacts in a home. 

Having fun with a wall of accent tile in a bathroom brings so much style to your home.

Having fun with a wall of accent tile in a bathroom brings so much style to your home.

Wavy wall tile used to create a contemporary feature wall in this home.

Wavy wall tile used to create a contemporary feature wall in this home.

5. Wood

I tend to lean more towards the modern use of wood as an accent wall, but for clients who love that "farmhouse" style, you can also use reclaimed wood. 

Taking traditionally rustic reclaimed wood and flipping it on it's scrip by using in a more tailored pattern.

Taking traditionally rustic reclaimed wood and flipping it on it's scrip by using in a more tailored pattern.

Dimensional wood accent wall. This is my dream.

Dimensional wood accent wall. This is my dream.

Wood used in a more contemporary fashion.

Wood used in a more contemporary fashion.

Walkthrough of a Glamorous Mid Century High-rise by Kevin Twitty

There is a real resurgence of downtown living. People are wanting the ease of walking out of their front door and having everything at their fingertips, which is one of the reason why we moved to Portland, Oregon. To celebrate this shift in lifestyle preferences, I wanted to revisit a project of mine from a few years back.

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Outdoor Patio Design: Summer in the Hamptons by Kevin Twitty

The weather is so beautiful this time of year and it has inspired me to get summer ready! Over the next few weeks I am going to share with you some of my favorite outdoor patio designs that you can get right now to spruce up your space. Today I am keeping it classic with my "Sumer in the Hamptons" inspired color pallet.

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Using a Mood Board for an Office Makeover by Kevin Twitty

In the designs I create, my goal is to always bring to life a feeling that reflects the client's personal style. To help me convey this feeling to clients, I make mood boards. I have found it to be the easiest way to visually show my clients how everything in the design is going to talk to one another.

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Potty Mouth by Kevin Twitty

As I was enjoying coffee with a client of mine, we both started laughing about the realization that we talk about toilets entirely too much! Since branching out on my own, the number of remodels and new builds  I have been working on has skyrocketed and with that comes a lot of decisions on the perfect throne for their bathrooms. 

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Is it okay to have a wall of family photos? by Kevin Twitty

When I decided to tackle the age old question of doing a family photo wall, my gut reaction to the question was much the same as yours would be "Yes...but no." To start, I believe a home is the place you enjoy with the loved ones in your life that you call family; whether that means four-legged fur babies, another human or two, your parents, roommates, best friends, and even memories of places you have traveled.

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Color Crush: Shades of Pink by Kevin Twitty

Pink is in the house! I haven't seen an interior color trend take over so quickly since shades of grey and I have to admit, I am on board! Shades of pink even made me Top 5 things I just can't get enough of for Spring. Here are some of my favorite examples of pink being used in todays interiors.

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Inspired by Portland, OR by Kevin Twitty

It's no surprise that in a visual profession such as interior design I am influenced and inspired by my constant surroundings in Portland, Oregon. This city is full of history! New styles like modern and industrial blend seamlessly with historic styles like traditional and stately, all while keeping nature's beauty in mind. Today I want to share with you a visual story showing you around the city that inspires me on the daily. 

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