Guest Post: Brian Patrick Flynn (aka the Decor Demon) of TBS’ Movie & A Makeover | ArtThatFits Blog


I was first introduced to Brian Patrick Flynn, lead on-air designer for TBS’ “Movie & A Makeover” and maverick behind the brand new {and totally awesome!} magazine-style Decor Demon blog, when doing a rare hand-delivery to the TBS’ studios for a project we were working on with popular home decor guru, Elizabeth Mayhew. I was immediately taken with his high energy and love for everything Jonathan Adler. He took one look at the framed pieces selected for the Movie & A Makeover segment with Elizabeth and expressed such interest in the Artaissance program – I think it was love at first sight!

I asked Brian if he would consider guest blogging for a day, and he immediately agreed. Then came the tough part… selecting a topic. There’s so much for Brian to share with us – his knack for working with quirky color palettes that turn out amazingly fabulous, or his love of all things mid-century modern. But, in the end, we landed on talking a bit about his appreciation of great art & framing – after all, he’s a Larson-Juhl fan too!

So, without further ado, I give you THE Brian Patrick Flynn & all of his glorious expertise:

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My work is all about the 1960’s, juxtaposed styles, graphic detail & unexpected color pairings. Art is a major factor in pulling all of these elements together. regardless of the particular medium, everything looks better in a frame.

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One thing I recognize is that color trends come and go, but one combination that will ALWAYS remain classic is Black & White. This goes not only for upholstery and art, but also for framing. This Hepplewhite Settee piece, from Art That Fit’s Biltmore Collection was perfectly finished with the black & white frame combination. Check out Larson-Juhl’s Gallery One custom frame collection for more clean-lined frames in pure Black & White finishes.

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At the Atlanta Humane Society I created a photo op area for owners of newly adopted pets. I wanted it to feel fun, but also warm and somewhat formal – the idea of formal mixed with fun and playful seemed like an unexpected pairing – it worked out quite well! We added a vinyl wall covering with a silk damask look, a newly upholstered Victorian sofa and modern graphic art, “Dogs III” by Soraya Chemaly, from Artaissance. Although people went bananas over the art, what made it truly unique and fresh was the wide, double-stacked, ornate custom framing from Larson-Juhl’s Sophia collection that completed it.

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A comment I get a lot is “your spaces are equally masculine AND feminine.” I think that the colors I select are the reason for those compliments. This office lounge is the perfect example. It belongs to the president of a hauling company, a female, who wanted the lounge of her office to feel chic and professional, but just “a tiny bit girly.” Notice the palette of gray, brown and taupe, made girly with just a few accessories. Some splashes of pink let you know that a female dwells here. The feminine lines of the Biltmore furniture artwork were ideal – without being too literal – especially with the clean, strong black frame. If and when she leaves the company, all of those girly elements of the room can go with her, while the office itself will remain gender neutral.

A BIG thank you to Brian Patrick Flynn for that unique look into his design aesthetic and appreciation of fabulous art & framing! Don’t forget to check out his new & amazing blog, Decor Demon soon!

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Filed under: Art, Artaissance, Artists, Blogs, Design, Inspiration, Interiors, Interview, Pop Culture, Style, TV on January 4th, 2010