bucktown holiday art show today

kate zitzer art 11Just a reminder that the Bucktown Holiday Art Show is this weekend. Please stop by to see my work plus shop several other talented makers and brands. The Bucktown Holiday Art Show is located at the Holstein Park Fieldhouse at 2200 N. Oakley in Chicago. It starts at noon and closes at 5:00. Please come check it out! You can find all the details plus free admission passes here.

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chicago’s bucktown holiday art show this weekend

art, art studio, painting, artist, kz by kate zitzer, bucktown holiday art show, chicagoart, art studio, painting, artist, kz by kate zitzer, bucktown holiday art show, chicagoart, art studio, painting, artist, kz by kate zitzer, bucktown holiday art show, chicagoThe Bucktown Holiday Art Show is here this weekend, Saturday, December 13th through Sunday, December 14th from noon-5 at the Holstein Park Fieldhouse in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. One of my favorite parts of the season is the holiday markets and I’m so happy to be taking part in one this year. I am always honored to set up shop with other amazing artists. Check out all the show details here and come support your local makers!

As you can imagine with only a few days to go until the show plus holiday orders it’s been crazy here in my studio. My to do list seems to only be getting longer. This time of year is wildly busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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studio update + cyber monday sale

art, art studio, painting, artist, kz by kate zitzer, cyber monday, saleart, art studio, painting, artist, kz by kate zitzer, cyber monday, saleart, art studio, painting, artist, kz by kate zitzer, cyber monday, saleIt’s here, the last month of 2014! I am popping in with a few updates that I would like to share with you. First, today is the last day to take 20% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop. Here’s how it works – go to my Etsy shop, select your items, and enter code holiday20 in the coupon code box at checkout (you will see the savings reflected upon checkout and when paying via PayPal). Offer good through midnight tonight. Thanks to everyone who has already purchased something! Also, make sure you are following me on Facebook and Instagram. I will be announcing more holiday sales over there throughout the next couple of weeks! Lastly, it’s been non-stop in my studio. I have a few custom orders to finish and I’m still producing new art for Etsy and the Bucktown Holiday Art Show – more details coming soon. It’s that time of year when working weekends seems unavoidable. I have to admit the chaos makes me excited and seeing snow this past weekend definitely put me in the holiday spirit.

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kz by kate zitzer black friday and weekend sale

art for sale, paintings, kz by kate zitzer, etsy, acrylic, artistJoin me today through Monday to kick off the holiday season and take 20% off everything in my Etsy shop – all artwork and prints. Here’s how it works – go to my Etsy shop, select your items, and enter code holiday20 in the coupon code box at checkout (you will see the savings reflected upon checkout and when paying via PayPal). Offer good through midnight December 1st.

I have 24 original pieces in my shop, so if you are interested in original works, now is the time to purchase. I will also be announcing holiday sales on Facebook and Instagram throughout the next couple of weeks so make sure you are following me over there too! I’m so grateful for all of the love and support you have given me and my art these past few years. You have no idea how happy that makes me so thank you for supporting my small creative business!

As a reminder for holiday shipping – delivery in the U.S. should be mailed no later than the second week of December and International Mail should be mailed as soon as possible. If you have any questions, want something in a different size or color or are curious if I can make something special for you, just email me or send me an Etsy convo. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

interior inspiration | studio

artist, studio, den, office, interior design, inspirationIf you’ve been following along on our home renovation, you know that we’ve done (and are still doing) a lot to make the space our own. I am still not quite settled into my new studio (although it is doing much better than the rest of the house right now). I had a few ideas about the feeling I wanted to achieve in this space – white walls, lots of natural light, plenty of storage and since this is KZ headquarters I wanted to make sure to get a little color in there too. These photos are roughly what I have in mind – artist, studio, den, office, interior design, inspirationMy dream has always been to do more than just art, but also to host events, collaborate with other creatives, set up photo sessions and create without limitations. This space opens the doors to many of those things. Still left to do in the studio – replace the light fixture, install shelving, hang bulletin/mood board and purchase/hang curtains. To see more of my inspiration, check out my Studios & Work Spaces Pinterest board.

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setting a fall table + entertaining tips

Setting the table ranks right up there as one of my favorite holiday activities. This year I wanted to create a comfortable and carefree vibe that felt fresh and modern yet had enough fall tones and autumnal motifs to make it season appropriate. Instead of the usual warm reds, oranges, tans and taupes, I was inspired to switch it up with plum purple and yellow. I also paired natural materials like wooden bowls and trays with shiny elements like polished silverware and mercury glass votives.fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party Forget the fancy centerpiece and try a fresh floral garland instead. It feels festive and fun, and it will last throughout the holiday season. Nestle smaller floral arrangements, white pillar candles and wooden candle holders with white tapers around the garland. Scatter acorns to fill in the gaps. Incorporate seasonal fruit or vegetables when possible. This time of year I love persimmons. They add an outdoor vibe and a pop of color.fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party Use a variety of sizes, textures and colors to decorate your table. Create layers. Use napkins, place cards, napkin rings, silverware or any little decorative elements. A name card topped with a few sprigs of wheat is a one minute DIY that makes it feel like a party. Mix and match. I used two types of glasses (goblets and vintage coupes), two different sets of cloth napkins, three types of dishware and a combination of crisp lines and curves to offset one another. Pay attention to every last detail. Consider whipping up a cocktail that fits the color scheme. For this one, I mixed equal parts ginger beer and pomegranate juice. Add a splash a whiskey if you’re feeling bold.fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner partyfall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party fall, autumn, thanksgiving, decor, tables cape, dinner party Every party needs a cheese plate. The perfect one has a lot of variety and textures. Here I used harvest fruits and vegetables, smoky almonds and broken up bits of Taza dark chocolate. Olives are contained in small bowls to keep things separated. Artisan bread is torn into pieces and there are several different cheese options (soft and hard). I used Frisian Aged Gouda, Delice de Bourgogne Brie and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar all served on a big wooden board. You could also add dried fruits, honey or fresh figs. The more pairings, the merrier! wood cutting board, tumblers, napkin, cheese knives, holiday, moodboardrecipe, holiday, autumn, cheese plate, fruitrecipe, holiday, autumn, cheese plate, fruitWhat ideas did you take away from this organic modern holiday table? Will you be recreating any of them in your home? I hope you are feeling inspired for the upcoming holiday months!

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I wish these ladies below were actually something so I could be one of them for Halloween. I haven’t decided what I am going to be yet! Have you? A few years ago we dressed up as Wayne and Garth and it was one of my favorite costumes ever! Tonight we are going to a friend’s Halloween party, and we’ll be bringing a pitcher of this apple cider sangria. I hope everyone has a safe, but fun and creepy, weekend!

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