Giveaway :: DENY Designs

Thursday, June 13, 2013


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Since we are spending this month focusing on the bloom that is inherently a part of June, it only seems appropriate to talk about art. There is nothing more personal, emotional, or engaging than art that speaks to you, don’t you think? Personally, I find that surrounding myself with art I love is a surefire way to keep the gloom at bay and to make sure my day always starts off on the bright side.

DENY Designs is a company that speaks to the very core of what we are all about. The concept is simple: you choose the home furnishing product you love, you add artwork from the DENY Art Gallery, and you have a functional statement piece of your very own. Dustin and Kim Nyhus head up the small and dedicated team over at DENY Designs to ensure that your life is one that is well lived and well decorated. (Bonus fact: a portion of the proceeds goes to the artist themselves.) Aside from the thousands of designs (seriously, click on the artist you like and a whole new world opens up) of throw pillows, duvet covers, and other home goods, DENY Designs has created what I think is absolutely the most genius storage solution ever: the Bling Box. I may or may not have just spent an hour virtual shopping through the entire gallery. That is what is known as full bloom, folks.

DENY Designs is giving away one pair of 18″ Outdoor Throw Pillows (winner to choose from over 4000 designs!) to one lucky winner. That’s two pillows of your choosing, friends! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, June 20th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit DENY Designs and tell us: Who is your favorite artist? If you don’t have one, describe the kind of art that draws you in.
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 1st, to see if you’ve won!
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    rachel says:

    I like Ryan Rice Fine Art’s work.

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    Kate B says:

    In my home decor, I tend towards very geometric or graphic patterning (the example pillows by Heather Dutton and Jane Kathryn Kolles both caught my eye, though when I clicked on them to inspect more of their work, I got an error page). Therefore, if we can refer to Frank Lloyd Wright as “artist” for the purpose of this discussion, he’s who I would choose. I have a background in architecture and have always loved his work regardless, but when my husband and I started redoing our century-old house, a lot of FLW touches have been working their ways in. In particular, I love his spectacular window designs and we had a local glass company create a window for an interior door in our home in the style of one of his pieces. It’s my favorite thing in the house and I’d splash those patterns everywhere if they were available on more house wares!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    I love Miro’s paintings. abstract, but not TOO abstract.

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    Courtney J says:

    One of my favorite artists is Tom Phillips, a British artist who created and published an altered book titled “A Humument.” I learned about the work when I was in college and I love that each page is treated differently with ink, collage, paper, drawings, etc. It’s very inspiring, and on each page, Tom has left certain words visible so the old book creates a new narrative. If only I could have large prints of his work in my house….but I’m really drawn to artwork that contains text, not necessarily readable though.

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    Aleta says:

    My favorite artist of all time is Sabrina Ward Harrison. Her art is autobiographical and so inspiring! 

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    Jessica says:

    Renoir. I adore everything I’ve ever seen by him. The first time I saw one of his paintings la danse à la ville in the Musée d’Orsay I just sat transfixed in front of it for the better part of two hours. He’s been my favorite since that day.

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    Emma says:

    My favorite artist is Dana Stewart. She has made a series of amazing sculptures for the Grounds for Sculpture in NJ and I spend hours every summer admiring and studying each of them. The sculptures are fantastical and whimsical animals with enormous teeth, hugely long tails, and bizarre expressions. The are imaginative like nothing else and express a sense of freedom and creativity that is unparalleled in modern sculpture.

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    Natalie says:

    I love Tauba Auerbach.  The whimsy, and craftsmanship displayed in her work is outstanding.

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    Regan says:

    My favorite artist is Salvador Dalí. His surrealist paintings look practically computer-generated–he painted with such precision and genius. 

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Bird Wanna Whistle seems to make me so happy. Beautiful photos with a hazy dream-like feeling. Just beautiful!

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    JJ Keith says:

    Oh my god, I love these! Like Society6 but with PILLLOWS! And that bling box is insane. I’m going to leave the bling box page up on my husband’s computer and see if he gets the hint. I have a thing for wacky patters, so naturally I love Pattern State, but I’ve been ogling all of Valentina Ramos’s stuff on Society6 forever. I’ve already decided that whenever I move and have cash, I’m going to get a bunch of her prints. But maybe now I’ll get them on pillows instead. 

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    Peyton says:

    I really like Duane Hosein! His art is very surreal, like Dali. I have always had an attraction to odd, surreal things.

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    Jacqueline says:

    These are awesome!!! I would love to have some of some of Rachel Taylor’s or Julia Da Rocha’s patterns on some pillows in my new apartment 🙂 They would really brighten up the place! 

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    Heidi says:

    I love the work by the Anderson Design group! For the last few years we’ve been going on National Park road trips each summer- we see how many we can visit in 3 weeks time- and I always purchased the postcards done in the vintage poster style. I have quite the collection now! It would be soooo cool to have a pair of pillows with a design of my favorite city or National Monument!

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    Liz K says:

    Seurat. As far as modern artists I’m not sure but this pillows would help!

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    Sydney says:

    After walking through an endless amount of art galleries, my favorite artists are the original and quirky – mostly by the sides of the road: the hand-knitted headband in Peru, the old currency silver bracelet in Ecuador, or the mountain alpaca artwork made entirely of Argentinian leaves. These are the ones that deserve our praises. 

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    Lynda Del says:

    I really like Sophia Buddenhagen’s art. Her designs are beautiful!

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    Henria O. says:

    Don’t really have a favorite artist…I’m so art-illiterate but I do love watercolor florals!
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    sam says:

    Love anything bright or bold – 

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    Nikki Elkins says:

    I love Valentina Ramos. I am a huge elephant lover and just love all the different elephants!!!

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    Jessica Caulboy says:

    Valentino Ramos for sure! 

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    Kate Cook says:

    Oh it’s so hard to choose.. I love colors.. (as you probably see me say many times on Fb!)..  I guess if I had to pick..  I would pick Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson.  This is a tuff one.. 

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    alisa says:

    i like nature art and art that is abstract too and anything that has animals, one of the artists I kind of like on Deny designs is Lisa Argyropoulos

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    Nikki says:

    Right now my favorite artist is Phoebe Wahl.  Each medium she creates in totally sings to me.  I can’t even list all of my favorite pieces of her’s but I definitely want to mention “Night Lullaby” and “Heidi” and “Birth Sculpture”.  I want to commission a painting from her!

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    tamara priddy says:

    I love anything animal print or bright, cheery, happy.

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    Manou says:

    I really love works of the artist Kris Tate ! everything are really beautiful, colors and technique! love love love ! 🙂 

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    Angela Miklos says:

    Irena Orlov!

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    Jo Ann Slate says:

    I love Rosie Brown’s colorful designs. I have lived all my life (many years) in the northeast and am moving to south Florida in September. I would love to display some of Rosie’ s art in my new house to reflect the warmth and color of the area.

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    Emily B says:

    When I was on study abroad in England, I spent hours upon hours in the Rothko room at the Tate Modern. The emotion of the color affects me so powerfully. In my home décor, I try to inspire happiness in the colors/patterns I choose.

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    Tracy P says:

    I love Lisa Argyropoulos!

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    Monique says:

    My favorite is Jose Luis Guerrero!

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    nadya kotik says:

    i don’t have a favorite artist but i love bright patterns like boden and joules as well as stripes, polka dots.

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    Redding says:

    I love these pillows..  My favorite artist is John Singer Sargent .

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    cindy says:

    I love Eric Zener! His pieces give me such a sense of escape and serenity and make me feel the water. Amazing.

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    Erin says:

    Art is my background and my career, and I love and appreciate art – fine art, craft, artisanry…I have really eclectic taste, but as far as what I want surrounding me in my daily life, I want pretty colors and natural motifs and texture and positive vibes.

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    Jennifer says:

    I don’t have a favorite artist, but I’m drawn to locally produced folk art. I would much rather have a piece of art that i love from someone unknown, than something expensive with a name on it. 

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    Trisha says:

    Van Gogh, definitely. 

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    Brittany K says:

    i love clean, simple lines. it brings me structure when my life gets crazy!

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    Rachael says:

    I don’t have a favorite, since I say I love everything I like. I love bold patterns, simple designs, bright florals, subdued geometrics, nature-inspired images, whimisical/fantastical imagery as well.

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    Krissy says:

    I’m loving Leah Flores’ work!

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    Susan F says:

    I came across a local artist many years ago and unfortunatly don’t remember his name,  He uses bright colors with very whimsical style.  I also paint and have based some of my art on what he has done