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Finding The Best Pieces for Your Dining Room

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With the holidays right around the corner, tis the season for lots of celebrating and entertaining guests. No matter how big the guest list, hosting takes a lot of work and can require a long to-do list.  While there is a lot to remember, one way to elevate your hosting game is with your décor.  As the dining room takes center stage during the holiday season, wall art and décor can help set the perfect ambiance for socializing and indulging in a delicious feast.  We wanted to share some tips and tricks for finding the perfect pieces for your dining space, any time of year!

Multiple Images

Install of two Liz Jardine pieces

If you have a large wall to cover, adding multiple images is a great way to utilize the space.  Diptychs and triptychs make it easy to
hang multiple images and keep the wall cohesive, or you can break up one image in multiple pieces.  Gallery walls are also a great option for showcasing artwork, family photos, and decor items all on one wall.  Large pieces of art can help expand a small space, especially one without windows, so don’t be afraid to go big!

Make A Statement

Go bold in your dining space and make an impact!  Adding a wallcovering of a print or pattern to your wall(s) is a great way to make a statement.  Create depth in your space with contrasting colors and textures, and mixing in wood or metal accents can add natural elements to your space. When deciding your dining room colors and design, think about how it can complement your entertaining style.  Rich and warm reds can activate your space (and appetites) while incorporating gold or silver can add drama and elegance.

Work With What You’ve Got

Each dining space is unique, so work with what you’ve got!  Find wall decor that fits within your windows and enhances any architectural details.  If you have shelves or a mantle, you can use them to display art and decor without any hanging. You can also use your tableware and the details of the room to help guide your art selection. If you change your décor to get into the holiday spirit, switching out your artwork can be a great way to help make the room feel festively cohesive. For Thanksgiving, adding autumnal themed paintings and photographs can get you and your guests ready for a turkey feast.  As winter approaches and you break out your Christmas decorations, try switching out your wall art for winter-themed images to match the season!

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Decorating In Black And White

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Black and white is a timeless color combination that will keep your space feeling both classic and modern. The contrasting tones can add sophistication and drama to any room, not matter your design style. From bold stripes to matte black walls, there are a lot of great ways to decorate with this chic color trend. Whether you go for a complete monochromatic look or just want to add some black and white accessories, hanging black and white artwork on your walls will help complete your stylish look!

If your room is light or white, adding black accents can create a stunning contrast that will never go out of style.  Painting a wall black, even if it may seem scary, can help your room feel more cozy and intimate, with crisp white accents and warm woods creating a perfect balance. 

featuring “Subtle Glam” by K. Nari

If you want to start with smaller doses, incorporating the striking color combo in your trim, patterned upholstery, or artwork can elevate a space and emphasize different aspects of the design.  And hanging black and white photography on your walls is always a classic way to bring these timeless tones in to your space.

Guaranteed to create a sophisticated and classic aesthetic, this color combination has proven time and time again that it is here to stay. And did you know that we are able to customize and recolor our imagery to fit your design needs? If you see an image you’d love in black and white, we can help!

The images featured here are available in our Print-On-Demand collection.  Some areas of our website are password-protected. If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website,, please contact us at

From The Studio of Nancy Ngo

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We would like to introduce you to our newest artist at Third and Wall, Nancy Ngo!  Born in Chicago but transplanted to Arizona as a young child, Nancy grew up learning an appreciation for contrasting landscapes. She developed an eye for the difference in the way light reflects on different terrains in the country.  Nancy returned to Chicago after high school and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Painting and Art History from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  And once again, she moved back to Arizona where she currently resides with her culinary artist husband and their three daughters.

Nancy’s awareness of the play of light and shadow and its effect on color plays an important role in her work today.  The dichotomy of the natural desert landscape of Arizona versus the urban downtown environment of Chicago led her to a certain “no rules” style of painting.  Her paintings are highly textured and raw, sometimes with an unfinished quality in which the work holds a kind of potential energy and freedom.  Nancy continues to explore new avenues in her work, even with new materials.  She is fascinated by the discoveries made while creating each new piece of art, allowing her style to change often in order to keep her painterly freedom.

What do you first do when you get to the studio in the morning?


It depends on the day of the week… ship day, prep day, planning day or painting day.  Obviously, my favorite days are when all the canvases are prepped, then I get started painting right away!  If nothing is prepped, I like to take care of regular business stuff, checking emails and updating my planner and goals for the day or week, and then I can get to work.

How many paintings do you work on at a time?

Too many!  If I have an order, I will work on a painting start to finish with no interruptions.  More often though, I have so many ideas, sometimes I prep too many at once and have them sprawled out all over the studio.

Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on?

Anything extremely large scale.  I love to work BIG.

featuring “Light Into Shadow II”

If you could paint with anyone, who would it be?

Oh my gosh, alive or dead?  I’m inspired by artists of all genres… Kandinski, Egon Schiele, Michiko Itatani, Judith Godwin, Agnes Martin, David Hockney, Christine Tarkowski, Mike Kelley, Susanna Coffey, Bruce Nauman, Wolfgang Laib, James Turrell, Bill Viola… I could go on and on and on.

What’s your favorite way of generating ideas and inspiration?

If I am away from painting (on vacation) for a while, I usually come home and paint in a frenzy.  I also like to look at magazines of all kinds.

How has your art evolved over time?

My work is ever changing.  It’s often reflective of, or in response to, what’s going on in my life.  I think it’s definitely become more complex.  I’m trying to simplify it again.

What do you like most about your work?

“First Flight I”

The layers and heavy textures.

What is one word that best describes your style?


Is there an idea you would like to explore?

I’ve been wanting to explore figurative work, but it doesn’t come to me as easily as painting abstracts.

What is your favorite time of day to paint?

Any time I can get in the studio.

Do you ever get “stuck” on a piece? If so, what do you do?

Yes!  If I think a painting becomes overworked, I paint over nearly the whole thing with white and leave only my favorite moments.

What is up next on your easel?

A few abstracts and a portrait… maybe.

The images featured here are available in our Print-On-Demand collection.  Some areas of our website are password-protected. If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website,, please contact us at