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Tennessee-Finds at Bliss Home!

Join Diana Fox tomorrow, April 16th, on Fox 43 during the 8:30 a.m. half-hour with Abby Ham.

Diana will reveal her absolute favorite furniture & furnishings from Bliss Home that have Tennessee-ties.

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Scroll through for a preview!

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Our Papier Mâchè Birds are Made-in-Tennessee.

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So is our Knoxville Pillow!

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Our Devin Chair features East Tennessee’s favorite color.

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Our Neighborhood Candles feature Downtown, Knoxville, Market Square, Sequoyah Hills, Farragut, Rocky Hill. $28.95 each.


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Our Lake clocks & trays are currently available in Douglas, Fort Loudon, Norris, Tellico & Watts. Clocks are $95.95 each & trays are $159.95 each.

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Our Monogram Pillows are also made in Tennessee.

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Our Vintage Knoxville Coasters feature old photographs of Knoxville.

Any questions about Bliss Home’s Tennessee inspired finds can be answered by calling 865.558.5677.

First Friday with Bliss Home & Jane Nickels Tomorrow!

Bliss Home is pleased to present Knoxville artist, Jane Nickels, for April’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Jane's art will be featured for the month of April.

Learn more about Jane in our exclusive interview below!

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Can you tell me a little about your background and what you are currently working on?


I grew up in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. attending high school in the Republic of Singapore.  I was interested in art for as long as I can remember. Loving to draw was my favorite childhood past time. In high school I studied with Mr. Teo Eng Sing and studied Chinese brush painting outside of school. At Saint Mary’s College I received a BFA. I have worked as an art educator at the high school, middle school and elementary levels. I love teaching and watching young people explore their creativity.

My current work is based on line study drawings some of which are made into foam prints and others ink drawings. I have a strong interest in ancient line patterns and motifs which occur globally and speak to a universal aesthetic.  I want my work to be void of cultural and regional bias, while tapping into the spiritual universal truths. The color patterns I work with are a result of my study of Johannes Itten’s books and the paintings of Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. I strive to bring a new insight to my work which reflects the reality of today.

Which piece are you most excited about for your upcoming First Friday exhibit?

The knot perfect series of paintings are a result of the marriage of the ambiguity series and the study of interwoven lines, which speak to the concept of journey and movement. I am always most engaged mentally with the piece I am currently creating. Elements of past work influence the current work. To me, it is a sequential exploration of visual vocabulary. Reflecting humanity both globally and individually, bringing forward concepts and melding them with new interpretations, each piece is its own entity.

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Can you tell me about the theme of your show?

Beauty, Joy and Searching. The paintings I create reflect the reality of my existence, looking for beauty and joy. 

What do you like/dislike about your show? Any frustrations during production?

I am grateful to Bliss Home for giving me this opportunity to showcase and sell my work.

What advice would you give young artists?

Be brave and make your art. 

Who is your favorite artist? How do they influence your work?

I love the work of artists throughout history; I am a visual art junkie. Egyptian, the Roman marbles, the Renaissance masters, I think of it as an evolution, a continuum in which all artists are part of contributing their insight and intellect to the conversation which is the search for human truths and a record of our journey.  The work of Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) on optical art has offered me inspiration and a touchstone in the representation of a technological society.  Vasarely, and the sculptures of Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Tony Cragg all use a visual vocabulary that I relate to and find relevant to my work.

“The art of tomorrow will be a collective treasure or it will not be art at all.” – Victor Vasarely

Diana’s Design Do’s & Don’ts

Join Diana Fox Wednesday, March 19th, on Fox 43 during the early morning 8:30 a.m. half-hour with Abby Ham. Diana will showcase her favorite in-stock items, while she reveals her latest do’s and don’ts for decorating your home.

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If you can’t wait until Wednesday, scroll down below to see why Diana chose the pieces featured in our latest photo shoot!

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*Skip the matchy-matchy theme by creating a collected and layered look.

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*Create a more interesting space by pushing furniture away from the walls. 

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*Invest in your throw pillows by purchasing pillows that are down filled and overstuffed.

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*Details make the space. Note the nail-head trim & script on the dining chairs.

Surprise! This weekend is…

Tax-Free Weekend!

 

Bliss Home is so excited about our latest furniture arrivals that we decided to be spontaneous and have a surprise Tax-Free Weekend.

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Shop in bliss this Friday, March 14th through Sunday, March 16th and Bliss Home will pay the sales tax on all your furniture purchases.

 

Any questions about our surprise Tax-Free Weekend can be answered by calling 865.558.5677.

 

Browse through our new arrivals here.

March First Friday with Bliss Home & Rick Whitehead!

Bliss Home is pleased to present Knoxville artist, Rick Whitehead, for March’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on tomorrow, March 7th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Rick’s art will be featured for the month of March.

Richard Whitehead was classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in painting and drawing. Rick’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and in Antwerp, Belgium, and Murcia and Barcelona, Spain.

Learn more about Rick in our exclusive interview below!

Can you tell me a little about your background and what you are currently working on?

I was classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, but have continued a drive of experimentation and discovery.  Currently, I’ve been experimenting with compressed charcoals, also taking solarized photos of clouds, and am continuing a body of work inspired by aboriginal art.

Which piece are you most excited about for your upcoming First Friday exhibit?

I’ve picked pieces that I thought would go well with the ambiance and direction of Bliss Home, and of course I’m excited about all of them.  I’ll be curious to see the reaction of the people who come.   

Can you tell me about the theme of your show?

Certainly exploration would be the theme of this exhibit, if not my work in general.

What do you like/dislike about your show? Any frustrations during production?

I think this work will fit well in the Bliss Home space.  No real frustration,  of course there’s not enough space to show everything I do, but I’m not complaining.  I’m hoping that the owners will let me put some of my books of art on the table for people to get a better idea of the range of work I do.

What advice would you give young artists?

Starting a career as an artist, I really felt good after meeting with old artists that still carried all the enthusiasm for art and their own explorations.  They were not jaded in any way, and anxious to share their experience, they could have been kids.  We did not talk economics or practicalities, it was   only art.  No sense of competition, and I think that should be true.

Who is your favorite artist? How do they influence your work?

Too many to list, but I’ll give an abbreviated list of primary artists for different influences;   visionary;  Greco, Van Gogh, Kandinsky      technique;  Rembrant, Dali   composition;  Reginal Marsh, Bosh, Lautrec   color;  Arthur Carles

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Don’t Miss our Feb First Friday Artist: Christi Sheilds!

There is still time to catch or February First Friday artist: Christi Shields!

Visit Bliss Home at 29 Market Square for a glimpse at Christi’s latest exhibit and learn more about Christi in our exclusive interview below!

Can you tell me a little about your background and what you are currently working on.

I was born and raised in Knoxville and currently reside here with my husband and two children. I grew up in a family that provided many opportunities for exposure to a variety of cultural activities. My mother, being an artist as well, instilled a love and appreciation for the arts. I was inspired to paint at a young age and have been painting privately for years. Most of my techniques are self -taught. I studied and graduated from the University of Tennessee and received my masters in education from Carson Newman College. During my time in school, I took various elective courses in the fine arts.

In the past I have explored oils but more recently I have become intrigued by modern experimental acrylic techniques. This collection of artwork was inspired by the idea that we are “Living in Circles” and the movement to re purpose items in modern décor and art. I have integrated a variety of discarded items and mixed mediums into my pieces to add interest, texture and expression,

Which piece are you most excited about for your upcoming First Friday exhibit?

I think this is a difficult question to answer as an artist because I know, in my case, I make an emotional connection with all of my pieces. However, if I was going to choose, I would say that I am most excited about the series of four mixed medium pieces; “Seeing From the Inside,” “Good Pasture,” “Reminisce,” and “Below the Mountain.”

This series was very different from anything I have done before. I was experimenting with collaging in these pieces, which in the end opened a whole new world for me and allowed more expression to show within my work. I feel like I grew significantly as an artist while working with these pieces.

Can you tell me about the theme of your show?

“Living in Circles” As I look around, I find the world is full of circles and we are constantly moving within them. Our planet rotates as it revolves around the sun creating circles in time. Within the more obvious “circle of life”, there are many implied circles such as movements in culture, education, politics, art, interior design, and relationships. As we move through the circles, we may change and evolve, but remain influenced by the past. This collection of artwork was inspired by these circles and the movement to repurpose items in modern décor and art.

What do you like/dislike about your show? Any frustrations during production?

Most of the time when I paint it is “on a tear.” I have to get my mind in a place so I can let myself go. Sometimes this is extremely difficult in life. I, like everyone else, have people depending on me. I cannot always be absent. Another frustration during production is, just knowing when I am finished with a painting. It is harder than one might think to say, “yes this piece is complete.”

What advice would you give young artists?

If you are inspired and you want to create, then go and do it. It may not be what you want at first, but you will develop yourself over time. Do not be intimidated by other’s work because yours may not be the same or at the same level of development. Everyone is working at their own pace. Find your pace and move in it.

Who is your favorite artist? How do they influence your work?

I admire many different artists for various reasons. During this show, I found new inspiration in Pop Art through the collage works by Richard Hamilton. However, I am most influenced by the Expressionist Movement and Abstract Expressionist Movement. I love how Van Gogh’s work shows action through his use of brushstrokes. I love how Jackson Pollock has a simplistic yet impactful style and use of color. As for a more recent artist, and one that is not a painter at all, I am intrigued by the bold colors of Dale Chihuly’s installations. I love the way the colors mix together in his blown glass creations. This has been an inspiration for my experimentation with pouring techniques. It is a way to get the free flowing, untouched mixing of colors similar to what you might see in blown glass.

President’s Day Sale at Bliss Home!

The Bliss Home Semi-Annual Sofa Sale is Going on Now!

Bliss Home is also featuring a sale on their Hevea Grove Mattresses! The finest in latex linen are 20% off through the end of Feb 2014.

Any questions about our sale can be answered by calling: 865.558.5677!

New Year - New Design
Happy 2014!


I hope that everyone had fantastic holidays with family and friends.

Now put that flannel reindeer figurine back in the attic for another year and get on with your life!

In all seriousness, January is a time for new beginnings and new ideas. It’s a time for us to take a fresh look at our homes and the spaces we live in.

The truth is, you don’t have to make big changes in your home to get big design impact. It’s often the simple things that can instantly change the look and feel of a room: swapping out the pillows on your sofa, choosing a new piece of art, creating a space “just for you.”

Let’s take a few moments and explore some of my favorite, easy ideas that you can incorporate into your 2014 home.





Dress up an existing sofa or chair with our organic cotton and linen diamond crochet pillows. Go with all neutrals to create a look that is calm and understated. Mix and match for a more eclectic, layered design.



I’ll never forget a design client excitedly telling me that she just changed the entire look of her living room. Assuming she had just purchased a new sofa or painted her room a crazy bright color, I was amused to discover that the only change she had made was simply replacing her 20 year old lamps with something fresh and modern.

It’s true that good lighting can play a dynamic role in the way we feel about our rooms. Choose subtle but interesting shapes and sizes that can easily mix into both traditional and modern styles.

 



While it may be too cold yet to hit the trails, our new bicycle giclee packs just enough punch of color to jazz up those bare winter walls.



I love using classic materials in different ways. No longer just for rugs, these 100% jute poufs make clever nesting ottomans or extra seating for tight spaces.


Even the smallest additions can make your room feel new. Bring a treasure home from our unique selection of accessories and gifts.

Contributor: Brett Ware, CID

Tax-Free Weekend at Bliss Home is Back!

Now, January 10th, through Sunday, January 12th, Bliss Home will pay the sales tax on your furniture purchases!

Any questions about our tax-free weekend can be answered by calling: 865.558.5677.

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