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December Sparkle & Light

LuminARTZ Boston

Downtown Boston was recently treated to a four-night light show on the front of the Boston Public Library. Projection towers were set up on Copley Square (just across Dartmouth Street from the library’s facade) by tech group LuminARTZ, with a new show starting every 10 minutes. By coincidence, I found myself near Copley Square Sunday evening and got to view the two different displays – one a simulated fireworks show and the other an illustrated animation of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” set to music. Really nice, Boston!

Other December news:

Christmas tree

Our holiday tree

We haven’t had a tree for the holidays in over 15 years! I regret to say I grew weary of the trouble. But the remembered pleasure of relaxing in the glow of warm colored lights in the evenings never left me. Nor did the memory of the invigorating scent of evergreen in the house. I’ve been dreaming for several years now of putting up a tree again in December. But it hasn’t happened yet, either due to space constraints or to holiday travel plans making it impractical.

I seriously entertained the idea of a tree in our condo this year. We were going to be home, so why not? But we were also having our first party in seven years, and once again space became an issue. Instead, I opted for this simple and elegant metal tree after seeing it in a catalog. I dug out the few ornaments I had saved and bought a few new ones. To get the scent of real pine in the house, we bought a freshly made wreath for the wall. That, and wrapping some white holiday lights around one of the drapery rods, made for a satisfying solution!

We also decided to paint our great room (living, dining, kitchen) for a total change. We went from a pale citrus-y olive to this rich Caribbean blue. The color is Tropicana Cabana from Benjamin Moore. It’s a color I contemplated for at least a year! It was hard to take the plunge. A professional painter friend came in and, with some assistance, completed the two-coat job in a day. I could not be happier with this beautiful color!

Tropicana Cabana

Our new wall color

In these darkest of days, a little light and sparkle is comforting. If you haven’t done much to add holiday sparkle in your home, maybe you can use some low-commitment ideas. Apartment Therapy has a post of 10 Simple & Beautiful Last-Minute Holiday Decor Ideas.

Suppose you find yourself reeeeeally pushing it to the last minute. Apartment Therapy also has 5 Extremely Last-Minute DIY Holiday Decor Projects.

Lastly, and speaking of interiors, many of the licensed designs I have on DENY Designs home accessories and furniture are on some new items. Like these round and square floor pillows:

floor pillows

Seafoam floor pillow

floor pillows

Seafoam floor pillow

floor pillow

Flower Power square floor pillow

floor pillows

Flower Power round floor pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite fun new furniture piece through DENY Designs is the credenza with metal hairpin legs. It offers a great artistic twist on Mad Men era design. Here are a few examples of this new piece with my art on them:

modern credenza

Seafoam credenza

modern credenza

Mad for Plaid credenza

Here’s where you’ll find the whole selection of designs and accessories.

However you most like to spend the holiday season, may you enjoy the warmth of good company and lovely surroundings.

Cheers!
Paula
Paula Ogier Artworks

 

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Hi there. I’m artist Paula Ogier. In this blog I write about about new works, projects in process, life as a working artist, life in Boston, and inspirations and challenges in growing an art business. I live and work in Boston's South End neighborhood. I'm fond of big cities, architecture, great imaginative spaces, talking to cats, food & drink, gardening, wandering around on foot, binge-watching well written shows, and of course, making art. Artist website: PaulaOgierArt.com. Twitter: Paula Ogier Artworks My studio is in Boston's SoWa Arts District at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 203.

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