In light of our society’s increasing awareness of the power of being woman and all things feminism, we’re going to be honoring one woman each month who’s killing it at life. We’re talking movers, shakers, and tastemakers that took a leap for what they love. The first chick we’ll be bragging on is Kristine Chien, the heart and brains behind Two Palms. Based in Miami Beach, Two Palms Art Collective believes that “art is the poetry of sight and every wall deserves a good piece.” We couldn’t agree more. We also really dig their collection and for obvious reasons … check out our favorite pieces.
We scored a few minutes with Kristine and picked her brain for answers to a few of our burning questions. The verdict? Kristine is just as inspiring as her art selections.
Give us the elevator speech for Two Palms. Ready, go!
“Every wall deserves a good piece.” Progressive design and a celebration of visual delight is the core of Two Palms. We design, curate, and make fresh, gallery-quality art prints that will perfectly polish your blank walls and give your space the character it deserves. We source artwork from a global community of independent artists and incorporate our innovative finishing touches throughout the collection to make beautiful combinations unseen in the traditional market.
Having 30 years of art-printing experience, we know how to delivery a quality print. We print on a range of plexiglas (acrylic), metal (aluminum), wood, canvas, and photo paper. All of our products are made in the USA and assembled and inspected by hand in our Miami Beach studio. Because we manufacture everything in our studio by the palms of our two hands, we guarantee everything is made with quality and care.
What did you do prior to starting your business and what inspired you to branch out?
Prior to starting Two Palms, I was in the healthcare industry but the art and design world had always had my eyes and heart. A few years into my healthcare career, I found myself day dreaming more and more about the possibilities of a new art company offering innovative designs and finishing that I found to be lacking in the current landscape. I really love the effect a piece of art has on a room – it’s one of the most defining characteristics of a room.
What qualities do you look for in the artists you select?
We consider Two Palms to be very eclectic. With that said, there are certain overarching themes we look for in the artists we partner with. Firstly, we look for artists that have something new or refreshing to offer. Although the topics or trends explored in their work can sometimes be traditional, there will be a new technique or perspective that piques our interest. We really enjoy artists who can appreciate and intuit the finishing techniques we bring to the table to pack an extra punch in the print.
Favorite piece currently?
Diamond Moons on Plexiglas. It’s a great remix of a traditional subject with a modern finish.
Word of advice for other business women in the early stages of start-up?I have a mantra that I always keep in mind: “The more you know, the less you need.”What it means for me is, be the most knowledgeable in your field, always learn so you can be an invaluable resource to your industry.Check out the collection at Two Palms by visiting their website here. Follow them on social media for even more inspiration.Stay Inspired,AContinue Reading
Going green seems to be the expectation across all industries as of late. It’s no surprise that Pantone has selected “Greenery” to be the color of the year in 2017. It’s fresh, inspiring, and totally livable – my favorite design attributes. Nothing stokes the design fire like a browse around Pinterest after something has caught my eye and this green movement is totally killer! Here are a few rooms I stumbled upon that had me seriously considering re-painting my brand new (and freshly painted) town home.
If those pictures made you green with envy (see what I did there …) never fear. Here are some of my favorite green finds to incorporate into your own home!
- “Feather Wallpaper” by Serena & Lilly
- “Alaina Velvet Sectional, Emerald” by Lulu & Georgia
- “Banana Leaf Print” by Crate & Barrel
- “Brickmill Ivy Twin Bed” by Target
- “Satya Rug” by Lulu & Georgia
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2016 is coming to a close and the gratitude I feel for the past twelve months is surely something I can’t convey adequately in a blog post. Anne Rue Interiors began nearly twenty years ago in my own home and now, our ever-evolving design firm has outgrown its quaint Lake Mary office and taken root in a custom-designed commercial space in Sanford, Florida.
As the demand for inspired design grew, so did we. Kelly Lofgren, NCIDQ licensed Interior Designer, CAD genius, and mom extraordinaire joined our team and we truly couldn’t be happier about it.
We rocked five high-end residential installations – some of my favorites to date! One of our most recent projects included an Ashton Woods model home in Longwood, Florida.
We filmed two Travel Channel Hotel Impossible episodes: “Tiny Horse, Big Problems” in Cody, Wyoming, where I met Cookie the mini horse (seriously – see below), and “Anchorless in Anchorage” in Alaska.
We designed a fabulous vignette for Design On A Dime in Miami (DOAD). DOAD Miami is a charity event organized by Housing works, a non-profit organization whose mission is to cure AIDS and end homelessness in the United States by 2025.
We even welcomed an ARI mini!!
And even more priceless captures of ARI’s 2016!
That’s a wrap! Thank you SO much to everyone who made this year possible. Here’s to another year of health, happiness, and inspiration.
Just came across the new Isla collection from Waterworks & am so in love with it’s sleek, modern look! The “gem like” knobs were created in collaboration with jewelry designer, Jill Platner, with each piece’s design beginning by hand sculpting a model out of wax into its unique, geometric shape. They then used a new process using 3D scanning to convert the model into CAD format & from there were able to create cast molds to bring the collection to life! It’s design brings such a beautiful new look to the bathroom! To see more of the gorgeous collection, visit HERE.