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Roomboard: Emily Mercedes’ Dino-rific Big Kid’s Room

RAWRRRR! This week’s roomboard features artwork by the wonderful Emily Mercedes. With dinosaurs everywhere, a beanbag chair, and ample storage this is every aspiring archaeologist’s dream. Check out all of the items in the roomboard by clicking on the links below.

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1. “Blue and Brown Stegosaurus Dinosaur Watercolor and Ink Art” Framed Art Print – Emily Mercedes, BoomBoom Prints

2. “Purple and Brown Dinosaur Diplodocus Watercolor and Ink Art” Framed Art Print – Emily Mercedes, BoomBoom Prints

3. “Green and Brown Triceratops Dinosaur Watercolor and Ink Art” Framed Art Print– Emily Mercedes, BoomBoom Prints
4. Circo Dino Comforter Set – Target
5. Dinosaur Kingdom Bookends – ABaby.Com
6. Navy Border Chenille Rug – Pottery Barn Kids
7. Sapphire Big Joe Kids Chair – Bed Bath & Beyond
8. Circo Dinosaur Lamp – Target
9. Dinosaur Party Personalized Boys Growth Chart – The Boys Depot
10. Espresso RiverRidge Kids 6-Bin Storage Cabinet – Walmart
11. “Dinosaur Pattern” Fleece Blanket – Emily Mercedes, BoomBoom Prints
BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Emily Mercedes

photo-thumbThis week’s featured artist is Emily Mercedes, an amazing illustrator currently living in Austin, Texas. Read below to learn about her passion for art that led to the website theBERRY, her favorite story about her childhood, and more!

 

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Emily: Whimsical, effervescent, colorful, nostalgic, and detailed

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Emily: My son, Ryland, is a huge reason I created a nursery line of art. I made most of the paintings in his room while I was pregnant with him.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Emily: I went to Indiana University and studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Studio Art. I practically lived at the art building. LOVED it there!

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Emily: Art has always been a huge passion of mine. It started in high school and heightened in college. I moved to Chicago after University and painted during the winters to cure cabin fever. During my stint in the Windy City, I started a website called theBERRY, the sister site to theCHIVE. Over the years I would feature artists on the site and each of their images motivated me to keep creating my own.

Nostalgic Green Army Man Throw Pillow by Emily MercedesBBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Emily: A lot of the pieces I created early on were for school projects. Now that I have the flexibility to paint what I want, I am constantly trying new techniques. I am always evolving, practicing and getting better.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Emily: Prague, Czech Republic. It’s magical there.

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Emily: My husband got me the coolest antique drafting table. It’s where I complete a lot of my work.

BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Emily: We have a son named Ryland. He turns two in February.

 

BBP: How is his room decorated? 

Emily: Above his crib there are four of my original acrylic paintings of animals with two patterned paintings in between. There is simple white wainscoting around the bottom half of the room and gray paint fills in the rest.

BBP: What is he into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?

Emily: He loves being outside! He stays entertained by collecting rocks and sticks. He’s such a little dude.

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Emily: I taught my mom how to paint when she was in her 50s. She had no idea that she had a random talent locked up for so long. She’s an amazing artist!"In the Woods" Tote bag by Emily Mercedes on BoomBoom Prints

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?

Emily: I loved putting on ridiculously long plays with my neighbor. We had wardrobe changes and everything.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Emily: My older brother, Leo, got his wisdom teeth out years ago and my dad got out the old VHS camcorder. Leo said some funny things but my sister and I weren’t too far behind on that goofball train. We were doting on him and helping him out in our cute geeky way. It’s just the funniest video ever!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up? 

Emily: Pink wallpaper everywhere! When I got to High School, I made one entire wall a picture collage. It was like a giant scrapbook. I saved everything.

BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Emily: My husband, Brian!

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Emily: Take a photography class.

BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

Emily: Milk chocolate (with hazelnuts!)

BBP: Sunglasses or hats?

Emily: I live in Texas, so both.

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Emily: Sweet.

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Roomboard: Cassia Beck’s Eclectic Modern Living Room

This week’s roomboard features artwork by the talented Cassia Beck. With a hint of old mixed in with modern taste, this living room creates its style from a broad and diverse set of sources. Click any of the links below to see the items that make up this roomboard!

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1. “Wings” Framed Art Print – Cassia Beck, BoomBoom Prints
2. “Walking With Dinosaurs” Framed Art Print – Cassia Beck, BoomBoom Prints
3. Dark Grey Hektar Floor Lamp – IKEA
4. Atomic Red Emory Upholstered Love Seat – FROY
5. Jet Black Pillow Cover – Etsy
6, Beige & Black Helgonort Cushion Cover – IKEA
7. Electric Light Blue Persian Area Rug – Amazon
8. Dracaena Marginata (Dragon Tree) Potted Plant – IKEA
9. Brown Catel Lounge Chair – FROY
10. Hand-Cut Agate Bookends – Anthropologie
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Roomboard: Sam Nagel’s Bubbly Bath Time Bathroom

This Bubbly Bath Time Bathroom features artwork by Sam Nagel. With a deep sea, aquatic theme this bathroom should please all little swimmers. You can even teach during the bath with a book by Jared Krosoczka.

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1. Toile Print Shower Curtain – Curtainhomesale
2. “Bath Time Octopus” Framed Art Print – Sam Nagel, BoomBoom Prints
3. Crazy Genie Long Bath Brush – Amazon
4. Deep Steep Tangerine Melon Bubble Bath – Walmart
5. Glossy White Schon Bathtub – The Home Depot
6. Yellow Rubber Duck – Amazon
7. Sea Isle Baskets – Anthropologie
8. Bronze Lyra Floor Towel Stand – Bed Bath & Beyond
9. Violet Kassatex Bambini Rug – Target
10. Bubble Bath Pirates by Jared Krosoczka – Barnes & Noble

 

BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Sam Nagel

SamanthaNagel_picThis week’s featured artist is Sam Nagel, an illustrator from South Florida. She enjoys creating lush, beautiful watercolor paintings of marine life and various animals. Read below to learn more about her favorite childhood story, the coolest place she’s ever visited, and more.

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!

Sam: Colorful, splashy, quick, lively, fun!

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!

Sam: I can’t pick only one, so here are my top three favorite artists right now… Audrey Kawasaki, Jenny Saville, and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. They’re all female artists who are successful in their own styles and subject matter.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?

Sam: I studied Illustration at Ringling College of Art & Design, graduated in ’09 with my BFA. But I didn’t start painting in watercolor until after I graduated, so I consider myself self-taught in that aspect. Really, every artist is self-taught. School is just a special environment where you are encouraged to practice, practice, practice! It was like a four-year boot camp with little sleep, hours of critiques, always surrounded by a ton of talent, and a pile of assignments to build your artistic muscles.

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?

Sam: I was always drawing as a kid. There was one particular art assignment I had in first grade where we made a crayon drawing of an animal in space. I drew the planets and stars, and I thought the coolest thing ever was a frog in a space helmet. My teacher then painted a wash of black watercolor over top of the crayon to show us how wax repelled water. She hung all of the paintings on the wall and everyone especially loved mine… it might sound silly, but that was the first time I realized I had a knack for art.

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?

Sam: Immensely. In high school I drew a lot of super detailed, anal-retentive graphite drawings. I didn’t like paints back then, so I tried chalky pastels to begin learning how to use color. It turned out to be the best thing because I honed my drawing skills before I ever attempted to paint. While in college I mostly painted with oils in a completely different style than how I paint now. For a while after I graduated I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so my style was all over the place. But one thing always remained the same… I love using color, and I mean, every single color. I saw how watercolors could produce pure vivid colors and decided to try it. I purchased a set of Dr. Martin liquid watercolors, and tested them out with a couple of simple sea creature paintings, then a mermaid and here I am!

 

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BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?

Sam: I just took a trip to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. I am from South Florida, so the mountains of Vermont is a complete change for me, it was absolutely beautiful! I might become a mountain girl someday!

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?

Sam: I have my own studio inside my home. I create everything there.

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BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?

Sam: No children yet, maybe someday

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Sam: No, pets are not allowed where I live, but when I move I’m getting a cat!

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?

Sam: My mom is an artist. Today she works primarily as a stained glass artist, but when I was younger she mostly did graphic art. Back then that included a lot of hand drawn ink, and marker illustrations, so I grew up ogling at her marker set … all those amazing colors!

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid? 

Sam: Drawing and swimming. I was on a swim team for many years.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?

Sam: The time I watched my dad walk into a huge spider web. He stumbled back and I saw a ginormous banana spider hanging from a piece of web attached to his mustache. He screamed and rolled on the ground like he was on fire! I was also on the ground laughing hysterically!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up? 

Sam: I shared a room with my little brother until I was in third grade. We had bunk beds and my bed sheets were Care Bear themed when I was really little. My mom sponge painted a colorful pattern all over the wall. She kept it fairly gender neutral because we were a boy and girl. Then I got my own room and chose a sunflower theme with blues and yellows… it was really springy and girly.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?

Sam: Landscape design… I love gardening. I want to create a secret garden of my own.

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?

Sam: Pool. It reminds me of my swim team days.

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?

Sam: Skiing! I’m a Florida girl, so any snow sport is foreign to me… I’ve barely ever seen snow!

BBP: Sweet or savory?

Sam: Savory

BBP: Dogs or cats?

Sam: Cats! Cats are the coolest! :3

 

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