Another Key Ingredient to the showhouse room was the original art by local artists who belong to the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC . I was fortunate to have two incredible artists do special commissions for my Bunk House Bedroom! During the design concept phase of this project, I knew that I really wanted a pair of art glass lamps to give this room a fresh, updated feel. There was no question that I would turn to my friend David Goldhagen. David’s studio is in Hayesville, NC, very near my lake house and I have the luxury of visiting there often. David earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and enrolled in advanced glass studies at Penland School, and the Pilchuck School. He is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Carolina Designer Craftsmen, the Glass Art Society, as well as the Bascom. Using traditional glassblowing methods thousands of years old, David creates each piece individually (just as he did this lovely pair of lamps!), working with molten glass at temperatures in excess of 2000 Degrees! His pieces capture a palette that moves from subtle to bold by the incorporation of bits of colored glass made from various mixtures of metallic oxides and rate earth elements, such as silver, cobalt, gold, copper, and others. I gave David a piece of my print fabric and we discussed the color combinations that I preferred. I was thrilled to find shades of blue in the final product and even metallic gold!
After David finished blowing these incredible pieces, I took them immediately to my favorite lamp shop , Edgar Reeves , in Atlanta. An acrylic base and simple shades gave David’s work and perfect finish!
My other special artwork in the room were two oversized botanicals by Rosemary Clark Stiefel. Again, I was so blessed to be able to give Rosemary some of my fabrics and simply tell her that I wanted simple, colorful, and bold botanicals. And wow, did she ever do a perfect job! Rosemary is also a member of the Bascom and lives in Highlands, NC. The golden yellow iris and the blue hydrangea were of Rosemary’s choosing and I was thrilled with her finished canvases!
I love the chocolate background that Rosemary used, as it gives the image such a boldness. And I liked the images so much, I decided to use the canvases unframed, as not to detract from the work.
These botanicals make a perfect partner with David’s art glass lamps and both add so much to the design of this bedroom. I want to say a special thanks to both David and Rosemary for their incredible talent and hard work they contributed to thr showhouse effort.
More Key Ingredients to come!