november art show

What a perfect fall night for an Art Show! 

Karen Smidth’s abstract landscapes were a great welcome for everyone who entered the show. Local artist Brenda Bogart brought new collages and a series of cowboy portraits. The walls of Robert Rea’s room were filled with colorful abstract pieces of all sizes, and Joyce Howell’s new work hung beautifully on the gray walls of our dining room. 

Thanks for joining us last night! We are already looking forward to the next one! 

November 12, 2016

art show – november 10th

you’re invited! join us for an art show on thursday, november 10th from 5:00 – 7:00pm! stop by and meet the artists – joyce howell, karen smith, brenda bogart & robert rea! we’ll have sips, snacks & valet! see you soon! 

November 1, 2016

holiday gift guide

From holiday gifts to hostess gifts, Blue Print can be your one stop shop for every gift on your list! Here are a few of our favorites! We are unboxing new items daily, and we can’t wait to wrap them back up – just for you! 

That’s not all! Blue Print is participating in Partners Card again this year! Only gifts and home accessories are included, so stop by and stock up! 

October 21, 2016

kappa tablescapes

We were so happy to be a part of Kappa Tablescapes this year! 

We designed our table with a mix of antique accessories and flowing fabric. We started with a tablecloth of beautiful blue and lavender fabric designed by Megan Adams Brooks. Antique rose medallion boxes and vases added a layer of elegance to the table, and a large crystal bowl served as the perfect vase for overflowing blue and white hydrangeas. Our padded white chairs were a great place to take a seat during the luncheon and enjoy a meal with friends. Our table was completed with monogrammed linen napkins by Leontine Linens.

A special thanks to all of those that helped make it happen!

October 18, 2016

art show – october 13th!

Blue Print is hosting an art show for Megan Adams Brooks, Selena Beaudry, 
Joey Lancaster, and Carolyn Evans on October 13th from 5:00 – 7:00pm! 
Come meet the artists and take a look at all of their amazing new work. 
We’ll have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, so come grab a drink and a bite to eat! 
 We can’t wait to see you there!

October 3, 2016

all the way from the UK

Not only do we represent artists from across the country, but we also represent three artists from the United Kingdom! From Stephanie Ho’s small figures to Selena Beaudry’s large piles, each artist’s style varies creating a beautiful gallery at Blue Print. 

Here is a little more about each artist! If that’s not enough, you can see more of their work on our website at  

Stephanie Ho 
Ho continues to develop her highly recognizable Lowry style paintings of tiny human figures. Based mainly on photographs, sometimes she paints what she sees & other times she choreographs the picture. 
HoBaywatch HoFrozenPlanet27

Selena Beaudry 
Beaudry creates paintings, work on paper & installations. All of her work is created by a series of marks or perhaps lack of marks. Color has always been central to her work & she uses it in a number of ways. 
beaudrylarge2 beaudrylinedrawing8
Henrietta Dubrey 
Dubrey’s work covers both abstract & figurative elements, with a colorist palette & often striking line. With a developed language & always something to say Henrietta’s work is fresh, lively & often profound.
August 10, 2016

ready, set, FALL

You’re invited! Join us at Blue Print for a night of fun as we prepare for fall. 

We will be talking design tips and fashion trends with a few of the best. Sip, snack and shop with us from 5:00 – 7:00 on Thursday August 25th!
ready, set, FALL
August 4, 2016

artist spotlight: lisa lala

We are excited to welcome Lisa Lala to Blue Print! 

Lisa Lala was born in California to artistic parents who encouraged her instincts from an early age. Her mother allowed her to maintain a work table alongside her in her fiber art studio. She also accompanied them on humanitarian trips world-wide, which fostered her unique perspective and exposed her to many different ways of life. Lala now lives and works in Lake Lotawana, Missouri. 
Learn a little more about her and her process below!

Why Art? 
I often get asked the question “why” or “when” did you become and artist, but the funny thing is that I always felt that I just “was”. Growing up both my parents were artists. I had my own “art table” in my mother’s studio and I spent countless hours there. It was peaceful, my mother working at her loom, and me working with all the scraps of art supplies she often added to my area. Then in second and third grade I had a very special Montessori teacher who had a way of encouraging each child in their own directions. For me this was art. She told me I didn’t have to do any of the class worksheets as long as I made art for her and wrote her poetry every day.  But on the flip side, we all make decisions every day to stay or go. I am not a leaf floating down a river with no ability to adjust my course, so I have surely decided to stay.  I remain an artist because it feels in balance to do so. When I make art and share it with the world, I send the best of my energy out, and then I have that positive energy echoed back to me by others. And I think “this is right”, and “I am glad I am an artist”.

When someone walks into your show, what do you hope they will grasp or enjoy about your paintings? 
Show openings are some of my favorite nights of my life. I love the energy of people reacting to the work, you can feel it in the room. I get to meet so many people that I never would meet otherwise, and hear a tiny part of who they are, why they are there, how the work affects them. The truth is that if someone doesn’t respond to your work, they probably won’t come to the show. And if they were dragged there by someone else, they still probably would not spend much time other than saying hello. So the overwhelmingly filled with people excited to meet me or hug me, and it becomes a little over the top. It is quite a contrast. because as much as I love people, I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like, working alone in my studio.  Galleries are the primary way people see my work, and so I often don’t get to meet people that have my work, but I DO on opening night. And it is these nights that sometimes I hear wonderful and funny stories about the lives my art has had after it left my studio.  For example, a young couple that had gotten married told me a story about how they had each gotten the other a wedding gift, and they exchanged it the night before at the rehearsal dinner. There they were sitting there in front of each other and the whole group and they each had a package the same size – and when they opened them they discovered that they had BOTH given each other one of my paintings! Ha. What are the chances?

What is the best piece of life advice you’ve been given? 
When I was pregnant (a long time ago, our daughter is now 16), I had a lot of concern about how I would balance being a mother and an artist. Still to this day I have to recalibrate sometimes. But at the time I wondered, “Who am I even to work?” and “How can I raise a healthy child if I am also working?”. I remember sitting in the kitchen of Deanell Tacha and sharing this concern.  She was a federal judge, and one of the warmest and wisest women I knew. She had four kids. To this day, I don’t remember exactly what she said, but she put a question to me something like this: “What if every generation stopped for the next?” To illustrate, imagine if each generation had one daughter (my daughter is in fact a 3rd generation only child daughter). What if instead of each of us going out there to do OUR THING, we STOPPED when the next generation came, so instead of doing our thing, we didn’t, and then when our daughter had a child, she didn’t either, and so on.  And then she impressed on me, “What sort of an example are you setting?”  By not doing your thing?  And I realized, that I had to do what I did, both for myself AND for my child. And I have found that both inspiring and guiding.
August 3, 2016

biedermeier beginnings

Biedermeier. You hear the word a lot in design, but what does it really mean? 

The word Biedermeier refers to a set of trends that came about during the early to mid 1800s in Europe. The word is commonly used to describe the style of that time period. 
During that era in Europe, industry was growing rapidly and allowed for an upper middle class to be created. This created a new audience for art and design. This time period was also right after the Napoleonic wars ended, which created a much more stable environment for many. This new peaceful feeling prompted people to create a comfortable home for their families, which sparked a desire for beautiful interior design. 
Biedermeier furniture was made for the middle class, by the middle class. There are a few specific qualities that make something truly Biedermeier.

  • It is very simple and elegant. The furniture was made with clean lines. It’s not ornate like some styles from surrounding time periods. The style is more about function and comfort than complexity.
  • The grain of the wood is always highlighted. Walnut was a popular choice due to its decorative grain. Similarly, cherry and pear wood were often used as well.
  • Flat planes were celebrated and a key to Biedermeier pieces.

We have many Biedermeier pieces here at Blue Print. Take a look at some here and stop by the store for more!

July 27, 2016

Thank you for stopping into the Blue Print blog!

Five friends with a shared love for interior design brought Blue Print to life. Blue Print is a home design store specializing in antiques, custom furnishings, original artwork, contemporary lighting, and accessories.

On the Blue Print blog you’ll always find the very best design tips & tricks, our favorite artists and finds as well as the very latest around-the-shop news.

Our hope is that you can sit down and take a dreamy visual vacation here on our blog – maybe even learn a little something while you are at it. Happy clicking!


We love our Blue Print friends! Join our email list now and be the first to know about upcoming events, antique shipments and our annual sale.