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Monthly Archives: December 2012

  • National List of Best Neighborhood Light Displays

    Thank you, Redfin! We searched and searched to find a compilation of the best holiday light displays out there across the country, and Redfin has delivered. We know our loyal customers reside from sea to shining sea, so we wanted to spread the word of nearby neighborhoods that would be worth the trek this holiday season to take in some festive light-seeing! We luckily stumbled upon Redfin's national list of best neighborhood light displays.

    If you're like us, you view the holiday season as a fleeting time where you want to cram in all the fun and holiday happiness you and your brood can stand. Putting up your own traditional holiday decorations is a fun project that can take up the better part of a Saturday, and also a lot of your blood, sweat, and tears. Celebrate all your hard work by enjoying others' efforts. Heck, enjoy others' efforts with no hard work this year if you don't feel like it! There's no rule that says you must outdo your neighbor in the holiday decorations department.

    These are simply the "top" five neighborhoods, decided by Redfin, the neighborhood gurus:

    1. Brooklyn, NY - Dyker Heights

    2. Baltimore, MD - Miracle on 34th Street

    3. Portland, OR - Peacock Lane

    4. Austin, TX - 37th Street

    5. Philadelphia, PA - South 13th Street

    Check out Redfin's blog, or simply Google "light displays" with the name of your city for a good place to start! It's fun for the whole family, and a great distraction on these winter nights when it gets dark so early, you want to head to bed at 7:00 PM!

     

  • Giving Art as a Gift

    Few holiday acts make a statement as bold as giving art as a gift. It's bold for a couple reasons: one, the giver is gifting something that is meant to be displayed, and two, the giver is telling the recipient something about how he or she views the relationship and the recipient. If you give a painting of a dog to a person who can't stand dogs, for example, what does that say about how well you really know that person?

    But giving art as a gift is a creative and personal thing to do, and it's nearly always appreciated. And it does not need to be a daunting task. Here are a few tips on finding the perfect piece of art for someone else's wall:

    1. Make a list. Describe the recipient with a few words. Funny? Serious? Stylish? Traditional? When you look at an individual piece, determine whether this same list can be used to describe the piece of art. If so, you're on the right track.

    2. Visualize. What does this person's home look like? Lots of reds, or tons of antiques, or Danish modern furniture? How would a particular piece of art fit into that decor?

    3. Size it up. There are many, many options for canvas size. Here at Green Box Art + Culture, pieces are available in a variety of sizes (24x24, 39x39, 48x48, 36x72, 60x45...you get the idea), and there are square pieces, horizontal rectangles, verticle rectangles--a whole lot of choice. So, do you want to go with one large piece? Or one small? Or a combo or grouping? You can be as creative with the sizes and shapes as you can with the pieces thmeselves.

    4. Search. Our website is set up for browsing. Start with color, or subject matter, or your price range, or find an artist whose work reminds you of the recipient and discover the variety of pieces he or she has created.

    5. Click. Do it! Our fine art canvases are custom-made, hand-stretched, packed and shipped ready to hang. It's our goal to share the gift of fine art, and it's our mission to give you the tools you need to give a gift that will be cherished for years to come.

    Happy Holidays, and Happy Shopping!

  • Getaway Decor for a Woodland Cabin Retreat

    Vacation homes are intended to be inviting retreats where you escape the daily grind. This makes it essential to decorate your vacation home with pleasant decor that will make you feel at home, but away from home. Decor for a woodland cabin should fit in nicely to its surroundings, while still representing your taste and style. Is it possible to maintain your contemporary style with rustic accents? Can a “classic cabin” be pulled off in a non-traditional way? Sure! Think of the possibilities...

    We've taken some inspiration from Sunset Magazine where they show that wood is the word when outfitting a vacation cabin. Plywood paneling provides a feeling of warmth, is easy on the wallet, and provides a backdrop that can accommodate modern to traditional styles. Design Shuffle shows us how to bring sleek, contemporary furniture into a cabin without sacrificing the comfort you seek on your getaways. For color palette inspiration, we've touched on decorating with the power couple color combo of red and green that goes beyond holiday decor. What better place than a wooded cabin retreat to use this perfect color scheme? Regardless of the time of year, red and green warms a room.

    When it comes to the fine details of your haven's surroundings, start by bringing the outdoors in. Trek around your cabin, gathering sticks and greenery to work in simple glass vases; and stones that have unique qualities to use in the base of the arrangements or to fill decorative clear containers. Next, consider wall decor that mimics your wooded setting. Of course, we've got wall art that features trees to mirror the style of the forest out your window, or more modern representations. Oil painter Eli Halpin has a vast collection of wall art inspired by life in the woods that has a dark quality - perfect for the winter months in a cozy den. Intricate Deer by Valentina Ramos is a classically modern custom canvas art piece that is a perfect fit for a neutral color palette in a comfy cabin, while Todd Clark's bird artworks fit in flawlessly with a forest themed cabin.

    For a fun and harmless twist on the traditional wall decor of animal head trophies many hunters admire, we love the faux taxidermy look for a quirky and peaceful addition to the hunting lodge feel. White Faux Taxidermy has whatever you need in whatever color tickles your fancy. A hot pink stag on the wall could be the missing piece you've been looking to add to your modern retreat. Just remember that your home away from home is ultimately there to make you happy and conjure the relaxing feelings that are imperative for a tranquil retreat, so decorate how you've always wanted to and throw caution to the wind!

     

     

     

  • Personalized Ornaments

    Have you ever noticed how often the word "ornament" is preceded by the word "treasured?" One particular ornament can bring us back years, even decades, to the time when the treasured ornament first came into our lives (see? We just did it too!). Here at Green Box Art + Culture, we're always on the lookout for ways to bring both art and a personal, treasured touch into your home. That's why we love these personalized ornaments--

    they combine two of our favorite things.

    Each ornament is personalized with the recipient's name and the year. The holiday icons give them a timeless feel, while the combination of prints and coordinating colors is decidedly modern. Which adds up to an instant heirloom--one that's appreciated in the short term and gains meaning as time goes on. Check out the new baby ornaments, which are a lovely, artistic way to commemorate a little one's first holiday.

    These of course look great on a tree, but we have seen them used in other terrific ways, like as napkin rings, place cards and, adorably, as gift tags. If you have other ways to use these little gems, er, treasured ornaments, please let us know--we love your creativity!

     

     

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