Ave Mariabell Designs Blog

  • Designs Just For You

    My art is a series of minimalist, city skyline designs. Inspired by the geometry and colour palettes of the traditional shoji screen, my designs look fabulous in an interior setting with Japanese or Scandinavian inspired home décor. The simplicity of it, has allowed me to explore not only different applications, but has also made my […]
  • Ave Mariabell Designs – Top 10 Highlights in 2017

    In the lives of successful entrepreneurs that I have studied, there is one recurring practice that has also made a huge difference in my own life. This practice is the act of being grateful – Every. Single. Day. I make it a daily habit to note down the things that I am most grateful for […]
  • Bigger Purpose. Larger Mission.

    With Christmas fast approaching, we often get caught into the heavily commercialized, hyper-consumerist culture that we live in. This year, I have resisted and bought only a total of 2 gifts. Both items was even bought at an amazing discount from a friend who runs a local business! This year, rather than spend a ridiculous […]
  • Love Toronto and Friends

    I have been fortunate to meet many talented artists and designers in Toronto. In this blog, I’d like to share a few artists in particular. Together we made the first ever #LoveTorontoandFriends pop-up Art Show; a market place showcasing ALL-TORONTO merchandise. MADE by Torontonians, FOR Torontonians! Next month on December 3rd, we are back for […]
  • Project City Love: Volunteer Trip for April 2018

    In case you haven’t already heard; Ave Mariabell Designs is fundraising for a volunteer trip to help build homes in villages around the globe!! We are an online retailer, and an advocate for life-changing travel and volunteering abroad. When you purchase a skyline memento from Ave Mariabell Designs, a portion of all proceeds go to our #ProjectCityLove campaign. […]
  • The Journey of an Artist – Part 2

    Dealing with FOMO and the subtle art of not giving a f*ck. I make it no secret. I dream that one day I’ll be an internationally recognized artist. Although I have no idea of how I will get there, I know that I am on my way. **I aspire to be someone that someone aspires […]
  • The Japanese Effect

    Have you heard of the butterfly effect? The butterfly effect is the concept that small causes can have large effects. This blog illustrates why my interest in Japanese architecture has eventually amounted into the aesthetics within my art, Ave Mariabell Designs.  As an architectural graduate, I have come to appreciate well designed spaces, in particular minimalist interior design […]
  • The Journey of an Artist – Part 1

    The truth is, I have no idea what I am doing. I’m making this all up as I go; life, art, love, and even my daily routine is fragments of what I think ‘adulting’ should look like. But honestly what is the fun in life without some unpredictability?  How boring would life be if you […]
  • Make Good Art

    Life is messy. Unpredictable. Beautiful.  And sometimes our best work can be produced in times of struggle. No matter what life brings to the table, you should always make good art. I often seek solace in the wise words of poets, artists & entrepreneurs who get their butt kicked everyday putting their work out into the […]
  • The Shark-Tank of Toronto

    Business development program for local creatives. Recently Ave Mariabell Designs was selected to compete in the #nookStart competition; a “Shark-Tank style,” 10-week program to win retail space with The Nooks Toronto. The Nooks is not only a boutique retailer selling handmade, vintage, and locally made goods, but is also a creative hub for entrepreneurs. Image courtesy […]
  • Live Inspired

    To live a creative life, I often ask myself; who inspires me today? There are many inspirational women whose life work I admire, and follow. Here are four in particular I would love to share with you today and here is why. Marie Forleo – Her Wisdom  Kristina Karlsson – Her Story Elizabeth Gilbert – Her Words […]
  • 1 Year Ago Today

    March 5th marks the day we began to share our art with the world, and the day we made our online shop live!  Although we have a following that is largely based in Toronto, through our online shop we have been able to connect with customers in Australia, America, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, The Netherlands and France. This is […]