Monday, July 21


Two weeks ago I went by myself on a beautiful trip to Seattle to visit with friends. It was going to be a much longer, different kind of trip, but plans change don't you know. I decided to keep my trip booked and shorten it so that I could see some people who I have been wanting to meet for some time now!

My friend Katie is an internet friend. Meaning we made friends by emailing and calling each other even though we had never met. I just love her. She is so sweet, has such goofy energy and is so freaking talented. I got such a good vibe off of her and I am not the only one, she just attracts talented, wonderful people to her like butterflies to a vine. I was so lucky to get to meet her in person, along with Jenny, Lydia, Dorothee, Jenn, Theresa, Brian (check out his talent here and vote for god's sake) and many more dear, sweet, funny, movers and shakers. Dorothee is a photographer and thank goodness that she was able to be there to capture so many moments so that I can remember the night so fondly. (I have an adorable photo of her, but since she prefers to stay behind the camera, she goes undocumented except for her exceptional eye).

We gathered at Theresa's adorable apartment affectionately called The Hacienda for its rad Spanish style architecture and Katie made the most beautiful arrangement of flowers and food. She is so chic, she can't help but make things beautiful just by being involved! I know, its getting sickly sappy, but I love her, what do you want from me? Check out Katie's beautiful (temporary) space on Apartment Therapy recently. I love her style, and I love that even though they are not in their forever space right now, she still makes a beautiful, homey spot for her family.

Anyway, I thought that you might like to see our sweet little party.

Jenn is such a looker isn't she? Plus she just radiates joy, she is a rare find. I really wish I could have spent more time (move to) in Seattle.

Theresa is endlessly chic. She just has great taste, and its effortless. I wish I could be like that!

Katie, Emily, Lydia, and Jenny. I love this picture! Hi sweet friends.

I am so hungry now for those delish potatoes Katie!

Can you tell how happy I am here? Having a freaking blast!

Thank you lovely ladies so much for making me feel so welcomed, for sharing your joys with me and for embracing me so lovingly! I miss you guys.

Tuesday, July 15

July 17th, Rosemary Beach Florida New Modernist Show!

Featuring yours truly. My paintings will be hanging at the Hidden Lantern Gallery in beautiful Rosemary Beach starting this Thursday, the 17th, for a few months (until October). I will be there opening night, huge grin on my face, swanky dress on my arse, and high fives for everyone. Seriously though, I wish I could see all of your sweet faces there.

Who: Michelle Armas

What: Abstraction Solo Show featuring canvas and paper paintings

When: 5-7pm Thursday July 17th. (Show will be up until October)

Where: The Hidden Lantern Gallery // 84 N. Barrett Sq. // Rosemary Beach // Florida 32461

The imprints that Michelle Armas’ abstractions leave on the psyche are long-lasting. An interplay of adventurous line + form results in compositions that seem to have sprung from hidden places in the imagination. It is a mode of expression that integrates abstraction, movement + an exceptional range of color – and it is unabashed color that is infectious + exciting, almost to the point of being fantastic.
In many ways, this is an exhibition about paint itself – how it drips, pools, stains + runs to the edge, how the artist masters + employs it. Armas takes up the Modernists’ call of the mid-20th century that paint should declare the surface on which it is painted. Armas answers with intense visual sensations that offer a direct + evocative summoning of paint. The results are like visual symphonies of punctuated bursts, gorgeous swaths + plumes, intermittent with frenetic lines or scribbles.
Armas, whose star is on the swift ascent in the worlds of art + design (she now counts four galleries that represent her work nationally), works from intuition + instinct, producing an extraordinary output that is both vital + ever-changing. Known for her brilliantly-hued, sprawling canvases, some of the best examples featured here, this show also debuts Armas’ explorations in oil + oil pastel on paper.

It is in this new paper series that Armas’ treatment of color on the two-dimensional picture plane is brought to its most dramatic effect. Palpable + active, this definitive new collection deems Armas, above all, a wildly inventive  + exceptional colorist.

Maybe you don't care about art? Hm? Maybe you just wanna go to the beach?

Wednesday, June 25

Guest Pooper Re-do

You may have seen some pictures on instagram of our gutted guest bathroom. Its a bathroom that we never really use, but when we have a new human in the house its gonna get constant use. Our 100 year old home was remodeled about ten years ago, during the housing boom and it was done very sloppily. You know that we already changed some of the flow of the house, and pimped our kitchen a little bit. But aside from that and some basic things like installing insulation we haven't done too much. (Well, we updated the facade, and created a deck off of the bedroom, so I guess I lie).

I thought I would show you my ideas that I have for the space, since I kind of like to decide things as I go. I chose 4" white tiles, to be laid in a brick pattern like this because it was like practically free.

My very favorite feature is the blue grout! I saw yellow grout somewhere recently and it really got my wheels spinning. I decided that since this bathroom has no tile accent colors, that I could kick in some  colored grout and it would be playful and fun! I chose Ocean Blue grout from Custom Grout. but of course that might change b/c I haven't actually seeeen it yet.

So, blue grout on the walls, and then very dark grey grout on the floor. I bought these same hex tiles. Also because of how cheap they were: like 3usd a square foot from Floor and Decor. I went to a fancy kitchen and bath place that wanted 13usd for the exact same tile per square foot. C'mon Son!

I had bought an Ikea vanity b/c I thought I had to sacrifice what I wanted for more storage. But then I realized screw it. I wanted a pedestal sink so I bought one, and returned the ikea sink/faucet. You know what? I have learned that I regret decisions that I make because I think its what I am supposed to do. Instead I have decided to do what I want and trust myself. I got a medicine cabinet to go over it. (I have no.freaking.idea why med. cabinets are so expensive. I really don't get it. )

I bought this faucet.

Yeah, I just bought all chrome hardware. I didn't really want to deal with trying to match finishes and all that crap. I like the brass look but its a bit too allovertheplace right now for my taste. 

PS. My dream shower curtain. I can't bring myself to spend this, but dude! Where else am I gonna be able to use this fabric? I am like yearning for it! I should probably use it somewhere when I don't need 3 yards of that shit. Dayum, that is expensive! The price has gone up at Just Scandinavian too :(

Tile is happening today! They assure me that the bathroom will be finished by Friday but I don't believe that! They will have to put back the pooper and the sink and all that noise. We are having a party for O's 40th on Saturday, and I suspect that our friends will be peeing all over the place in our bathroom. It will be like college again I guess. Why does everything have to happen all at once? There is never a convenient time to do a remodel at your house, its just a freaking mess! But its worth it for the end result. I am just dreaming of the day when it is all done, and clean and I get to just bask in the glory of many good decisions. Send me positive energy though cuz lordy I need to just be at the beach right now!

Sunday, June 22

They Don't Have Any Proof

New painting in the store today! 48x60 "They Just Don't Have Any Proof." 

I had so much fun painting this, my friend Erin says its a perfect synthesis of my abstraction style and geometric style. Y'all know how much I love geometric, linear and graphic shapes. Sometimes I try to be restrained and just make clean shapes but then I can't control myself and I have to scribble or I will scream! Its a metaphor for life peeps. I just am having a lot of fun having this painting in the studio. I will be sad when she sells.

Saturday, June 14

Ashley Westrich Wedding with my Wise Math painting

So like two years or so ago, a graphic designer named Ashley Westrich contacted because she wanted to use my Wise Math painting for her wedding invites. I said sure thang, she made super pretty invites and collateral for her super cute wedding, pictures were taken then New York Magazine Weddings picked it up, and now I am blogging about it. Circle of life friends. 

The rest of the wedding is super pretty too! Love her dress, and the table settings too. How cute are they!

I wanna go! pouty face.

Beautiful dress, looks like she chose the perfect silhouette for her shape and style. I can see from this pic that she chose the Wyeth Hotel to get ready, loooove that wall paper.

I officially need to get my mitts on a gold cake now! Also three piece suit, way to go Mr. husband. Also also, that bought has anemones in it: bonkers. Thank you Ashley for doing Wise Math proud, thank you for being such a great client, and for keeping up with me and showing me how your wedding turned out!

Wednesday, June 11

New Paintings in the store right now!

Real quick, before I forget, I am sending out a newsletter tomorrow am with some discount codes because I have new paintings and prints for you to enjoy.

Runk Pock, 48x48 mixed media on canvas.

The Other Olivia is finally up in the shop. You will notice that the price for the watercolor style paintings is higher than acrylic paintings. The reason for this is because it takes a hella long time to make these paintings, and a lot of space too. Just in case you were wondering.

Flying Man. This one should be called "Evolution of how to cover up a giant blue Penis". Cuz thats what happend.

Got some new prints in the shop too!

Zap Zap, 13x19

Agatha, 13x13ish

Jasper, 13x19

Wednesday, May 21


I kept getting linked over to Chairish from other blogs like Little Green Notebook but I was too impatient to stick around and really see what was on offer. Since then I have wised up and I have bought some very nice things from there including a totally rad abstract folded paper on mirror crazy awesome piece of art, and a pair of perfectly colored, aged and be-tassled Moroccan ottomans that even the ol husband loves. Pictures to come.

I like to just take a mental break from answering emails or dealing with details to let the awesomeness wash me out between the ears. Lets see what I have found shall we?

Proportions, amazing. Color, stunning. Price, no brainer.

Martha Ceccio Signed Acrylic Painting- After Dusk. $850.

I love this for layering!

Grey Elephant painting by Joseph L. Klein. $2800.

Um, hawt. Maybe change out the feet. Pale blue pillows. No! Lavender, silk...

1970's Deco loveseat. $425

Also this, and this. Its nice when they don't match.

Lets see, what else? This sexy fucker for one.

Or this lovely rare blue persian... Why all the red folks? I like seeing softer colors, and this one looks like it has rockets on it. Nice.

I would put a plant on this guy sooo hard!

Seriously. Put him in a corner under a window and just put a huge plant on him, something crazy with wild arms and maybe do some googly eyes because you can never turn your back on a cactus folks.

Tuesday, May 13

Trouvé Magazine is here!

You can snag this sexy little magazine right here. This first volume is centered around the theme "beginnings." We are all in a state of beginning, all the time. At least I feel like I am. Always learning something new, and for me the very beginning of a new adventure is the tastiest. And its the rush that I always remember. Its a bit mushy for me because my home is featured in this volume, and its a nest that O and I are fluffing and readying for our own new beginning: parenthood. Thank you so much to Amanda talented, hard working editor, Paige my favorite photog both for her astounding talent and her deep soul, and Beth cute, funny, insightful, genuine, crazy talented!

Thats my sofa! I am on the cover! teehee. Annnnnyway. So. Follow Trouvé on instagram here.

***click on the picture, it will grow bigger, and you can read the text!***

But really the best news is that I have a gift for one four lucky readers! A free, beautifully packaged copy of volume one of Trouvé (you just hold down the option key, it makes an accent, then you type the letter, in this case "e"... I knew you were wondering. Your are welcome).

Leave a comment on this theme to enter to win a copy of Trouvé:

For me, my home is my experimentorium. I love to move everything around (in fact, since these photos were taken, I have changed quite a bit, taken down all of the art so that I might hang it all back up again! Its too much fun to do just once for pete's sake.) Its like a fresh new beginning every time I do, and I love how it changes the energy of our space, and watching how it makes us live differently is crazy fun and fascinating to me and probably only me :) Alas! What is your most important new beginning this year? It doesn't have to be about your home though. 

Ok, so please note that this post is very selfish, and its all about my house! HA! Please do check out more form the mag right here, you will be happy that you did.

Wanna see some more?

All photography by Paige French. You know what? Since these pictures were taken, we have changed a bit around in our house. Mostly b/c we are adding some to the kitchen, and we re-arranged the bedroom. Well, I did it, while O was at the gym, and he came home and surprise! Its all different. I will show you guys when its all done, mkay? Now. Enter to win a copy damnit.

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