Pick Pieces that Bring You Joy

Pick Pieces that Bring You Joy

I was out shopping yesterday when I came across several little trinkets and a framed portrait. I wanted to buy them, I didn’t know where to put them. I was thinking about this all day yesterday, I really loved these little pieces, but didn’t feel like I had a place for them. This is something, that I’m sure a lot of us have experienced. When picking pieces that go into your home here are some metrics for deciding what makes the cut, and what doesn’t.


  1. Is it beautiful?

Sometimes utility, space, or budget are more important than beauty. But if you have the option to choose something for your space, you can almost always find something that is both beautiful and within price range. The real question in my opinion is, why wouldn’t you pick something beautiful if given the chance. If the art or décor doesn’t speak to you, if it doesn’t sing, if it doesn’t move you or remind you of something good or important in some way than it’s not work your time, or a place in your home.


  1. Is there space?

When picking art or décor this is a question I often ask. Nothing stressed the body or mind more than a cluttered room or house. And just because there isn’t space right now doesn’t mean you can’t make space. Ask yourself, is this piece of art, or décor better than what I already have some place else? If it is, then consider getting rid of something to make room for the new décor. But adding a new piece of art to an already cluttered space detracts from the art, and stresses your space. Make room for what’s important in your life and in your space.


  1. Does it add to the mood?

What is the general mood or feeling you are trying to cultivate in your space? How do you want others to feel when they are in your space? How do you want to feel when you are in your room? These are important questions that need to be answered. Where we live and where we grow changes and shapes the way we see the world, and how we live and create in our spaces. If you’re trying to cultivate a calm, peaceful mood, consider if the art adds to that or detracts from that mood.


I do not think that we as people think enough about the spaces we spent most of our time in. If it’s your cubicle at work, what are you seeing every day and how do those items affect you? Is your space clean and does it help or impede your tasks? Does it bring you joy and does it lift your mood, or would you say you don’t think your space affects you? If you think you are unmoved by your surroundings then consider changing somethings in your space, little things and see if it doesn’t change your perspective.

Photoshoot with  Klaire Dixius

Photoshoot with Klaire Dixius

I won a branding session with Klaire Dixius and boy was it fun! Klaire came to my home, where my in-home studio is, and we spent the morning together.

Over a glass of LaCroix we chatted about our personality types, our enneagrams numbers and so much more. Klaire was so easy going and fun to chat with I immediately felt comfortable with her. She captured my space and my process in such a lovely way, I can’t thank you enough, Klaire, for these gorgeous photos, they are such a bright spot! Check out her beautiful, ethereal work here:www.klairedixius.com and enjoy the some of these fun photos she snapped of me and Olive (the cat) in my studio!

Christine Olmstead Klaire Dixius photoshoot





Ok I’ll stop being self-indulgent, I’m a huge fan of Klaire’s work and so appreciate how she captured me and my space. You can follow Klaire here on Facebook, Instagram, and of course, at her website.

You can shop these pieces and other like them in the shop! 




My Birthday Gift to You!

My Birthday Gift to You!

It’s my Birthday next week. To be honest I’ve kind of been dreading it. Birthdays used to be my absolute favorite. My mom always made them so special when I was a child growing up. But the older I get, the less excited I am.


With each passing birthday I can feel myself getting more contemplative, thinking more about the expectations I have for myself, and feeling anxious about becoming all I want to be in the next year. Birthdays have changed.


This year I’m going to try and focus outward instead of inward. To be more intentional with the outside world and with others instead of on my inner dialogue that tends to take over.


In focusing more outward, I’m hoping to minimize my anxiety about age and become more excited about how others are being served. 2018 is the year of intentionality for me. Being more intentional about relationships and more intentional about trying to bless others. More intentional about who I am and who I’m not.


In the pursuit of focusing outward and being more intentional about blessing others, for my birthday I’m marking all originals 40% off February 2-4 with code “happybirthday” at checkout. May this birthday discount be a blessing and add a little joy to your February.



Picking a Palette

Picking a Palette

I am in the habit of evaluating my palette every few seasons. When I say palette I mean the colors that I am painting with most on a regular basis. It is very easy for artists to get stuck in color ruts or rely on the same colors over and over. While familiarity is good the question I want to always ask with each new work is, “are these colors portraying the feeling and the mood I’m seeking with this piece?”


In my opinion, colors, shadow, and depth communicate mood and feelings more than almost anything else. With each new season, and each new development of a theme, I should ask “are these the colors that represent these ideas?” What colors on my palette are adding to my mood, detracting from it, or merely are stagnant on my palette?


This coming season, I feel that white is a color that portrays the moods I’m seeking. A mood of purity, a mood of thoughtfulness, a mood of openness.


I think choosing paint palette colors extends to the colors in our lives, our clothing, our homes. I think when choosing palettes for our lives cultivating and being thoughtful of the mood altering energy of each color is important.


In 2018 I what this to be a year of deeper intentions. When picking the colors of my works as well as the colors in my life, each color will be selected for its inherent beauty and what it means to me in my life as well as the feelin it evokes.


What color would you say 2018 is for you? And what does that color mean to you? Tell me more below!

Merry Christmas 2017!

Merry Christmas 2017!

Christmas 2017 baby!!! Are you bored sitting on Aunt Sheryl’s couch? Let this give you a smile and something to scroll while you wait to chow down on her delicious fruit cake 😉

These holiday photos show a montage of Christmases past as well as this years Christmas pictures. ANNNDDDDD….while she hasn’t officially be introduced on the blog or social media. Joel and I adopted a kitten a few weeks ago from a high kill shelter here in Northern VA. Her name is Olive and she’s brought so much joy to our little home.

Let’s start this Christmas tour, with some of my faves.


Never been a fan of the big guy. You’ll be hard pressed to find a photo of me smiling with Santa.


This was my first Christmas. Yes, I know I could have taken flight with those ears. Yes, I’ve grown into them (I hope… at least noby has made comments in years…).


Matchy Matchy with my Granny, with sass to match too. We still have matching sass, we do not have matching vests anymore.

Those who know me, know it is unwise to wake me when I slumber. Hey, how about instead of gifts you let me sleep. k thanks.


My exact words were, “Look mom, skiing is easy.” Those skis were also about one foot long.


This was the first cat we had, “Frisky.” Don’t let these seemingly docile faces fool you. Frisky and I were mortal enemies until the day he got hit by a car. Good riddance.


I still remember decorating those Christmas cookies. My smug smile tells you that I know what I’m doing.

And because I seem to have no Christmas pictures from toddlerhood on, we shall skip twenty-something years to today’s Christmas pictures!

TADA! here is our Christmas picture this year. This is Olive’s first Christmas. I’ve grown up with cats. Frisky, my enemy, died age 3 by way of car. Fluffy, age 3 months, died of a heart murmur. Ginger and Buster, my little bffs for life. Buster died at 15 years old from cancer. and Ginger died at 17 years old from Cancer as well. I have been catless for several years now and so because I couldn’t contain my excitement, Joel indulged my crazy cat lady and let me do a Christmas shoot with Yetta Reid Photography! I don’t plan on doing this annually (watch me do it next year….) but I thought it was important to at least document baby’s first Christmas. If you’d like to follow Olive’s antics you can follow her @OliveOlmstead

Joel & Christine-8

Joel & Christine-19

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope you got a smile out of this festive post. Now back to that fruitcake…(question for realsies… does anyone actually like fruit cake?) tell me below.

Madewell Pop-up Show Dec. 16

Madewell Pop-up Show Dec. 16

Don’t have any plans this weekend? (who am I kidding, it’s the holiday season, of course you have plans). But!!!! If you’d like to swing by one more holiday party I’d love to party with you!

My sister-in-law, Talia Olmstead owner and creator of The White Hearth and I are hosting a pop-up show in partnership with Madewell in Reston Town Center this Saturday from 1-3pm.

Stop by to check out Talia’s pottery, my paintings and ornaments, and Madewell’s always gorgeous clothes and accessories.

There will be sips, snacks, pretty things, familiar faces, laughs and a general good time. Bring a friend or two or stop by and make new friends! Talia and I can’t wait to see you there.

The address to the Madewell is 11928 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

RSVP to the event so we know how much food and drink to have on hand. RSVP to: rsvpreston@madewell.com

See you there! #giftwell