Archive for December, 2014

Roomboard: Sharon Turner’s “Bohemian Warmth”

This cozy nursery features Sharon Turner’s “Giraffe Love” as the inspiration for its safari theme!  The piece presents so many colors that it easily fits into a variety of nurseries.  In this case, we decided to go with warm wood furniture to compliment the reds and yellows in the painting.  We threw in very small hints of the bold turquoise on the nose of the giraffe and topped it all off with busy bohemian patterns in all the fabrics!

Sharon Turner Roombaord

 

1. Faux Rhino Bust

2. “Giraffe Love” Wall Cling by BBP Artist Sharon Turner

3. Felt Animal Bookends

4. Throw Pillows

5. Honey Crib

6. “Traveling Elephants” Art Print by BBP Artist Cassia Beck

7. Anthropologie’s “Goodnight” wire script sculpture

8. Changing Table

9. Rocking Chair

11. Mustard Crib Sheets

12. Red Fabric for Curtains

 

Holiday Featured Artists

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BoomBoom Prints has an awesome selection of holiday styles to deck the halls of your house and deck out your family!  We chose a handful of BBP artists who have holiday designs to find out what about the holidays inspires them and how they celebrate this snowy time of year.  Be sure to read through the interviews below- they cover everything from their holiday decor traditions to their opinions on eggnog!

 

 treeAndi Bird: “The decor in our home is usually modern and simple, but at Christmas time those rules are out the window. We lived in Langley BC Canada for many years and before the holidays I would shop at a wonderful hospital thrift store called the Penny Pincher. I found a plethora of fun, funky and old fashioned Christmas items for as little as 10¢. I brought 5 giant bags of holiday items back…” Read more

 

 

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After February: ” It’s fun shopping for Christmas gifts both online and in-store. Christmas lights on streets, in malls and around the neighborhood…” Read more

 

 

 

 

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Melissa Held: “Designing artwork for the holidays is fun because there are so many motifs to make use of that are specifically holiday themed. I like that  themes from nature such as snowflakes and animals can be used without any religious significance and can appeal to everyone.  I also love looking through design and…” Read more

 

 

 

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Happy Fox Designs“I drew constantly as a child, and one Christmas my parents gave me one of those drawing kits, filled with pencils, pastels, and paints and I was so excited. I felt like I was one step closer to becoming a professional artist. And here I am now! I’m grateful…” Read more

 

 

 

Braceland Vancouver Island (3)Kathy Braceland: “I was born and raised in Canada and as a kid, I had a great time playing in the snow, tobogganing, skating, having snowball fights and building snow things.  Christmas was a bonus on top of all that fun.    I draw holiday cartoons because they make me smile and they bring back floods of pleasurable moments.  I hope it does the same for others and maybe…” Read more

 

Holiday Featured Artist: After February

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After February offers a classy and cozy take on the holidays!  From plaid reindeer to simple and clean Christmas tree prints, After February offer something for everyone.  Read about how this creative artist celebrates the snowiest time of year:

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BBP: What are your favorite holiday traditions?

After February: Buying new holiday ornaments, organizing holiday decorations that involve my children, listening to Christmas songs, shopping for Christmas gifts, not opening gifts until after dessert on Christmas Eve, building a snowman, and enjoying Starbucks holiday drinks (Starbucks red cups!).

 

 

BBP: What about the holidays inspires you to make holiday-themed artwork?

After February: New holiday decorating ideas, Christmas trees and ornaments, holiday gift ideas for the loved ones, neighbors’ outdoor Christmas decorations, snowfall (but only when I get to stay indoors), and most importantly, holiday lights!

 

BBP: Do you prefer colored lights on the house or white lights?

White lights (they look icy, snowy and just pure beautiful).

 

"Merry and Bright" framed art print by featured holiday artist After February on BoomBoom PrintsBBP: Do you find the winter holidays relaxing or stressful?

After February: Relaxing! It’s fun shopping for Christmas gifts both online and in-store. Christmas lights on streets, in malls and around the neighborhood are the best!

 

BBP: How do you like to decorate for the holidays?

After February: Definitely have to have a new Christmas (Disney) ornament and new holiday wall arts. Our Christmas tree décor theme must be snowy!

 

BBP: Real tree or fake tree?

After February: Fake tree (I’m not so good at taking care of plants).

 

BBP: Where did you typically spend your winter holidays as a child?

After February: At home with a heater on and a cup of hot cocoa that was made by mom.

 

BBP: What was your favorite gift you received as a child?"Have Yourself A White Little Christmas" framed art print by featured holiday artist After February on BoomBoom Prints

After February: Holiday theme stuffed animals!

 

BBP: What is your favorite holiday food? Who usually cooks for the holidays?

After February: Christmas decorated desserts and all things chocolatey! I enjoy eating out on Christmas Eve, so no one has to cook.

 

"Merry and Bright" iPhone case by featured holiday artist After February on BoomBoom PrintsBBP: Eggnog or hot cocoa?

After February: Hot cocoa (with lots of cream on it).

 

BBP: Which of your holiday designs on BoomBoom Prints is your favourite?

After February:  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – I love everything about red plaid, reindeer and typography!

 

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" wrapped canvas print by featured holiday artist After February on BoomBoom PrintsBBP: Do you like the cold and the snow or do you prefer to stay inside by a fire?

After February: I prefer to stay inside and enjoy snow fall through a large window.

 

BBP: Snowmen or snow angels?

After February: Snowmen (easy enough to build for my children – a four-year old and a two-year old).

Featured Holiday Artist: Happy Fox Designs

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Angela, owner designer of Happy Fox Design, is a freelance illustrator dedicated to creating beautiful prints for your home, office or nursery.  With adorable pictures of animals all bundled up in the snow, Happy Fox Design is undoubtedly inspired by the holidays.  Take a look at Angela’s thoughts about the year-end festivities:

 

"Christmas Fox" wrapped canvas by featured artist Happy Fox Designs on BoomBoom PrintsBBP: What are your favorite holiday traditions?

HFD: Besides spending time with family, it would have to be helping bake and decorate all the wonderful sweets. It’s not Christmas if my house doesn’t smell like cinnamon and cookies!

 

BBP: What about the holidays inspires you to make holiday-themed artwork?

HFD: Everything about it really, the general atmosphere and mood of it all.

BBP: Do you find the winter holidays relaxing or stressful?

 

HFD: I try not to get too stressed out by the holidays, but everything is usually hectic around that time. A hot cup of tea usually helps calm me down.

BBP: Do you like the cold and the snow or do you prefer to stay inside by a fire?

HFD: Definitely stay inside and snuggle by the fire.

 

BBP: If you do go out, do you like snowmen or snow angels?

HFD: Snowmen!

 

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BBP: How do you like to decorate for the holidays?

HFD: Usually a tree and lights around the house, I tend to stick with a minimal and simplistic look.

 

BBP: Colored lights on the house or white lights?

HFD: I’m particularly fond of both, but colored lights are so pretty!

 

BBP: Where did you typically spend your winter holidays as a child?

HFD: My family would usually spend the holidays at our grandparents’ house. We’d help finish decorating the tree, have Christmas dinner then open our presents.

 

BBP: What was your favorite gift you received as a child?

HFD: I drew constantly as a child, and one Christmas my parents gave me one of those drawing kits, filled with pencils, pastels, and paints and I was so excited. I felt like I was one step closer to becoming a professional artist. And here I am now! I’m grateful my parents were always so supportive of me.

 

BBP: What is your favorite holiday food? Who usually cooks for the holidays?

HFD: Any type of sweets! My mom makes the most wonderful nutmeg cookies that my sister and I would help decorate (rather horribly I might add) when we were younger.

 

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"Christmas Moose" wrapped canvas by featured holiday artist Happy Fox Design on BoomBoom Prints

 

 

 

 

 

BBP: Pumpkin pie or apple pie?

HFD: Definitely apple pie

 

BBP: Eggnog 

or hot cocoa?

HFD: Hot cocoa. Yummy!

 

BBP: Which of your holiday designs on BoomBoom Prints is your favorite?

HFD: I’m quite fond of ‘Christmas Deer’. Deer are one of my favorite animals (next to foxes, hence my shop name). They are particularly goofy looking animals, and the idea of one wearing a scarf makes me giggle.

 

BBP: Favorite holiday movie or story?

HFD: It’s a Wonderful Life. Somewhat cliché answer, but it’s a classic!

 

BBP: The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol?

HFD: Christmas Carol

 

Holiday Featured Artist: Melissa Held

blog_header_holiday_artists Melissa Held is a graphic designer living in New York City. She loves pattern, color, and design from the 1960’s.  See how all these things combine with holidays to create her adorable greeting cards:

 

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Melissa: I guess like most people, our favorite traditions for the holidays involve being with family and cooking.  We also like to spend at least one night between Christmas and New Year’s at our favorite hotel in the mountains of upstate New York.  It’s a historic victorian hotel on a lake and is decorated beautifully for the holidays.  It’s my family’s happy place and something we all look forward to every winter.

 

BBP: What about the holidays inspires you to make holiday-themed artwork?

Melissa: Designing artwork for the holidays is fun because there are so many motifs to make use of that are specifically holiday themed. I like that  themes from nature such as snowflakes and animals can be used without any religious significance and can appeal to everyone.  I also love looking through design and craft books from the 1960’s.   I’ve been collecting them for years for inspiration.  It’s also really nice to work on holiday designs while it’s actually holiday season.  I’ve worked for years as a textile designer and often had to design holiday patterns during the summer – not very inspiring.

 

"Deer and Birch Trees" flat card by featured holiday artist Melissa Held on BoomBoom Prints

BBP:    Do you find the winter holidays relaxing or stressful?

Melissa:    A lot of my holiday stress is self-inflicted so I have to remind myself not to overdue it.  I don’t need to clean or cook nearly as much as I tend to for family get togethers.  I wouldn’t mind a little more time in between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.  I’m usually a little relieved when the holidays are over and I can get back to work and a normal diet.

 

 

BBP:    How do you like to decorate for the holidays?

Melissa:    We have a small apartment so we can’t get too out of control with decorating.  We  use lots of lights and hang paper snowflakes from the ceiling that our kids made when they were little. We still leave cookies and milk for Santa even though our kids have been over that for quite awhile now.

 

BBP:    Where did you typically spend your winter holidays as a child?

Melissa:    I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and spent most holidays with nearby relatives alternating Thanksgiving and Christmas between our home and theirs.  Also, being near NYC there were always trips to see the Rockettes at Radio City, the tree at Rockefeller Center, and the Christmas window displays at the big department stores.

 

BBP:    What was your favourite gift you received as a child?

Melissa:    My favorite gift as a child was definitely my Suzy Homemaker oven.   It was turquoise blue and I don’t think it had any safety features at all.  I still remember what those little cakes I made tasted like and how my parents pretended they were delicious.

 

BBP:    What is your favourite holiday food?  Who usually cooks for the holidays?

Melissa:    My favorite holiday foods are the side dishes that go with the main course like stuffing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce.  I could actually just skip the turkey entirely.  The last few years cooking has been a combined  family effort which makes it more fun and less work and  I always look forward to having leftovers to eat for the next few days when there’s no entertaining or traveling left to do. "Menorah" folded card by featured holiday artist Melissa Held on BoomBoom Prints

 

BBP: Which of your holiday designs on BoomBoom Prints is your favourite?

Melissa:   It’s hard for me to pick my favorite holiday design.  I love using deer in my work.  I think they are the most beautiful animal and are a great holiday motif that is nondenominational.  But I also love using mod graphics that say holiday just with the use of seasonal colors.

 

BBP:    Do you like the cold and the snow or do you prefer to stay inside by a fire?

Melissa:    I do like being out in the snow, especially if it’s sunny,  but will admit to being the first one wanting to go in and get warm with hot chocolate by the fire.

 

BBP:    Eggnog or hot cocoa?

Melissa:    Definitely hot cocoa. BBP:

 

Gloves or mittens?

Melissa:    Mittens are more comfortable than gloves and make it harder to use my cell phone while I’m out, which is a good thing.

 

"Birds on Christmas Tree" folded card by featured holiday artist Melissa Held on BoomBoom Prints

BBP:    Colored lights on the house or white lights?

Melissa:    White lights for decorating, colored lights for the tree.

 

BBP:Real tree or fake tree?

Melissa:    We always get a real tree.  We use lots of vintage ornaments that we’ve bought at yard sales over the years. Our cat manages to smash a few every year so we keep collecting them. BBP:   

 

Snowmen or snow angels?

Melissa:    I prefer making snowmen instead of snow angels.  Lying down in the snow  has never been appealing.

 

BBP:    Pumpkin pie or apple pie?

Melissa:    Definitely apple pie.  It’s one of the things I always make for the holidays. I’d have to say I bake a really good one.  

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