Design Trends



“There is a Way” by Lee Munsell, Ruby Beach, Olympic Peninsula, WA

“Look deep into nature,
and then you will
understand everything better.”

–Albert Einstein

Lee Munsell is a West Coast resident, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. His work graces the walls of corporations, churches and private residences throughout the United States. His life is a balance of church, family, art, surfing…in that order.

Munsell is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and its under tow in the tidal current.

The art critic William Havlicek wrote: ” Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult.

He may approach a silent mountain terrain where clouds and light are as much the subjects of the work as are the peaks, rivers and strong pines. Munsell explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back-lit waves. Taking effects of light is his way of expressing a belief in a supernatural origin for the natural universe.” 


 New arrivals in mouth blown glassware reflect the fall hues in arctic neutrals, misted lavendar and amber.

 Sharing a “doing good works” story…

Lee Munsell’s daughter and her husband live in India part-time working for a humanitarian group called Embracing the World. Over the years they have built a beautiful relationship with us offering fine silk shawls. It is a pleasure to see the art work of her father’s art  on silk shawls and we are delighted to offer them for the fall season!

For more info go to Munsell.

Full shot bunny table

Floral art by Marga Stanley, textiles by Mary Schulnegger, mouth blown lamp work by Linda Ryder, oil by Beth Collins and table design by Denise Fairweather, Allied member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.


Easter trestle table

Art by Jan Shield.  Table design by Denise Fairweather, Allied member A.S.I.D.

For more about the artists, please go to artists

For more about Denise Fairweather please go home

Q:  What is A.S.I.D., you ask?
A:  The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people — designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers.

ASID promotes the value of interior design, while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships. The Society’s nearly 13,500 interior designers work in all areas of commercial and residential design. Members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards, including a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience.

ASID March 2016:  It’s Not a Small World… It’s an Interconnected One

“The challenges facing the design industry affect us all, whether we work locally, nationally, or internationally. ASID participates in global conversations with organizations such as the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers because we are all connected. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, the design community is concerned about the same issues, which include: sustainability, social welfare, economic viability, resiliency, and health and wellness.”



Celebrating 30 years as an Allied member, A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.

For North coast interior design service please call  Fairweather Gallery at 503-738-8899.

Color it Winter

“Color it Winter” by Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

The common house finch has a cheerful rosy red head and a long, twittering song, which can now be heard in most of the areas North America.

Proceeds to support NCLC.

Please visit Neal Maine for more information.


Please plan to  visit Fairweather House and Gallery at 612 Broadway, Seaside Oregon soon. You’ll be tickled pink!

spring window

Pink abstract art by artist Carmela Newstead in the front window.

What is seen right now: pink sunrises, pink spring accessories, pink jewelry and, too, a new book arriving all about pink!

Pink...trending now.

Just in! House Beautiful PINK


Editorial Review
Library Journal
House Beautiful provides a look at a wealth of interiors showing how pink can be used to advantage in the hands of professional interior designers. Accompanying the more than 150 color photographs are captions in which designers describe their use of color in every room of the house, including entryways, family rooms, home offices, and patios. Included are two-page spreads depicting a room with a more in-depth explanation of the design and mood boards in which a designer puts together the furniture, fabrics, and colors for a project. The paint splotches with the name and manufacturer present a vivid display of the assortment of hues. A revealing look at the ways this color can be harmoniously incorporated into any décor.

Passing storm.

18 x 24 oil on linen. Aptly named “After the Storm” by Michael Muldoon.

Please visit Muldoon for more information.

And, so too, what’s trending…captivating patterns in winter sunset hues. See we’ve virtually accessorized the new art arriving!!!

Embroidered linen pillows with down inserts!

Patterned front and back, so rare to find in today’s textile market!!!

“Since 2006, our mission has been simple. We search the markets to bring you fresh ideas, unique colors, trending flavors, and we only work with resources who share our belief in high quality.”

“Ocean Staged, the exhibition, has been six months in the making and over that time I had the privilege of consulting a number of artists  and friends, all of whom added valued insights and inspirations. Thank you: Paul and Lana Jane Brent, Victoria and Rich Brooks, Neal Maine, Cindy DuVall, Jan and Dee Shield, Beth Collins, Lonnie Feather, Dianne and Robert Widdop, Joan S., Kathy F., Kathy B., Carl and Shirley Yates, Linda Trexler, Penelope Culbertson and Neal Maine, among others. 

I would also like to thank the artists’ galleries who generously provided assistance with shipping and images, sometimes multiple times: Paul Brent Gallery, Victoria Brooks Gallery, Dancing Trees Sanctuary and PacificLight Images.”  –Denise Fairweather

Please continue to visit for more information or http://www.fb/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

OCEAN STAGED. June, 2015. Indeed. Well-played!

Sterling silver viking knit bracelet

Q: What is Viking knit jewelry, you ask?

A: Lovely handmade chains have been found in Viking treasure troves. Made from melted down coins turned into fine wire, these chains were made using a loop in loop technique. These same techniques can be used today, though we don’t tend to use coin silver anymore. Sterling silver and copper in a fine gauge is often used today.


Q: What are lamp work beads?

A: Lamp work Beads are handmade glass beads. Glass beads are crafted using a centuries-old process called lampworking. Rods of colorful glass are melted in a special torch and the molten glass is embellished using a variety of techniques and materials, creating unique and one-of-a-kind beads.


“I use Sterling Silver, hand crafted lamp work glass beads, semi-precious gems and gemstones, Swarovski crystals and much more, combined with a little love and passion to create Viking knit jewelry that is truly unique. “ –Robyn Hall, jewelry artist


Shopping independent local businesses is a consumer movement whose time has come.

Close To Heart. And Close To Home.

A winter table scape of  accessories.

A winter table scape of accessories.

We, those that are sometimes called “coasties”, love winter. ‘Tis the season that sweeps us off our feet, with fabulous party invitations arriving, finding whimsical displays of wonderlands in windows and shops and attending heart warming once-a-year gatherings of friends and loved ones at doing-good community affairs.

Be seen reigns supreme and every moment seems to be sprinkled with sparkle and delight.

INDULGE. Shop like a local.

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