ARTISTRY

Artist Caro­line Chriss makes win­ter whimsy a giftable mo­ment.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JICKIE TOR­RES

Look­ing to in­ject your Christ­mas spirit

with pops

of color and quirk?

Artist Caro­line Chriss prob­a­bly has just the ac­cents and ac­ces­sories for you. Known for her sea­side land­scape paint­ings, which she’s also trans­lated into silk scarves and sta­tionery (of­fered at Ser­ena & Lily), Caro­line has cre­ated a spe­cial hol­i­day col­lec­tion, where she brings her sea-in­spired style, or­ganic coastal vibe and fresh brand of fun and hu­mor to the Christ­mas party with cards, gift wrap and or­na­ments.

“I wanted my hol­i­day line to echo the play­ful de­tails that come across in my seascapes,” Caro­line says. “It’s about bring­ing a breath of fresh (salt) air and a win­ter-at-the-beach-bun­ga­low aes­thetic to your home, while also maybe bring­ing a laugh to friends and fam­ily.”

That whimsy isn’t just an af­ter­thought in Caro­line’s own

Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing style; it’s kind of the point. “You are bound to find coastal-in­spired ac­cents with bright whites and pops of col­ors in my home dur­ing the hol­i­days,” she says. “The in­spi­ra­tion for me both for my home and for what I cre­ate is that awe of the magic of Christ­mas. It’s part of my in­ner spirit that trans­lates into an al­ways col­or­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the hol­i­day sea­son. One of my fa­vorite parts of the hol­i­days is the art of gift giv­ing. I be­lieve that the pack­ag­ing it­self can be just as fun as the ac­tual gift, and so pre­sen­ta­tion is key! For me, the hol­i­days are not just a day, but a cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence of laugh­ter and warmth that al­ways needs to be shared with fam­ily and friends.”

[1] The artist sits in her stu­dio sur­rounded by her sig­na­ture sea­side coastal paint­ings.

[2] She strives to take the com­fort, calm­ness and bliss that beach me­mories bring us and cap­ture them in her work. Caro­line hopes to recre­ate your “happy place” in a piece of art that will shine serenely in your home.

[3] Caro­line uses art for what she be­lieves is one of its great­est strengths: the abil­ity to trans­port view­ers’ minds to a mo­ment, scene or feel­ing they may never want to for­get. These wreath or­na­ments filled with beach scenes re­flect her fa­vorite mo­ments.

From llama gift wrap to fun and funny hol­i­day cards (“I’ll be Ham for Christ­mas”), Caro­line’s hol­i­day col­lec­tion is about color and whimsy.

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