Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Work Featured on Houzz

Remodeling and Home Design

Outdoor Patio Summer Party Art Direction

Create a summer party with the feel of Mexico, Spain or sunny California! Outdoor patios can be transformed with bright summer colors. I decorated with festive tableware, place mats, dishes, glassware, napkins, place mats, candles and pillows from Pier One. Handmade pottery by Dorothy Dhont gives a unique look to the setting. The succulent arrangement was created from the garden to make the table become part of the background. Lights strung from the ceiling fans give a festive flare to the party. The patio architecture, interior design, landscaping and art direction were all done by Amy Vangsgard.

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Above all, have fun
Regardless of all else, a Mexican-inspired style should be playful, celebratory and full of life. Bright colours, pretty patterns, a love for well-crafted artefacts and a generally laid-back atmosphere are at the core of any Mexican-inspired d├ęcor. Spend as much time as possible outdoors, bring as much nature as you can inside and make sure to celebrate and play with your style.

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Succulent Garden and Art by Amy Vangsgard Featured on Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour

Succulent Garden by Amy Vangsgard

Featured in the 9th annual Los Angeles Garden tour and Party presented by the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society. Proceeds will support the greening of local schools.

The home of artist Amy Vangsgard  was built in 1922 and remodeled in 2007. Amy has lived here since 1985 and every detail of the house and succulent garden were designed by her. She graduated from Art Center College of Design and taught at Otis Art and Design School. She is currently a painter, photographer and sculpture.  Her garden is laid out in a traditional Mediterranean style with a fountain that creates a focal point for the center of the garden. The pathways and circles are made from original Simon bricks from her chimney that fell down in the Northridge earth quake.

Amy is fascinated by succulents as they have a sculptural quality and their foliage has hues that span the entire spectrum of colors. She uses succulents as paints and the garden as her canvas. The red bricks, terracotta pots and red rocks serve as the under painting. The succulents are juxtaposed against each other to maximize the intensity of their colors and textures. Patterns are created to keep your eye moving around the composition.  Throughout the year different succulents bloom, creating a performance of dancing blooms. Inspired by her succulents, Amy has created a series of Digital Art that will be displayed in the garden. Website:

Garden Photos

Succulent Digital Art

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Succulent On Blue
Aeonium "Cyclops"

Backlit Afterglow SucculentOne

Sunburst Succulent
Aeonium "sunburst"

Succulent Pond
Echeveria, sedum, sempervivum

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Paddle Plant
Kalenchoe luciae

Rainbow Succulent Garden
Aloe arborenscens

Larchmont Chronicle Neighborhood Volunteer

Join LVNA, get perks from area businesses

For the past year, Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association board member Amy Vangsgard has passed out welcome bags to new area residents. “It’s my Midwestern roots,” she said with a laugh. “My parents were meeters and greeters and so am I.”
Vangsgard was brainstorming with other LVNA members about ways to increase membership to the 250-person group when the idea of membership cards came up. “I went to a few Village store owners I knew, and they were so enthusiastic. In fact, Filis, the owner at Chevalier’s, said ‘we want it and we want it in time for Christmas.’”
The goal is to get everyone in the neighborhood to join, come to the Association meetings and have a better sense of community, said Vangsgard, an illustrator who designed the welcome bag and membership card and is currently redesigning the LVNA brochure.
The cards will offer new residents as well as existing, dues-paying LVNA members discounts, gift or punch cards or discount days at participating local stores. “I’m just letting businesses make their own deal,” said Vangsgard. “They can come up with whatever works for them, or if they’re stumped, I tell them what other store owners are doing.”
So far, the idea has been met with nothing but enthusiasm, and the LVNA is getting ready to roll out the cards.
But it’s only the beginning for Vangsgard, the mother of two grown daughters who resides on Beachwood Drive with husband, Charles Klasky, a founding member of the LVNA. “I’m working on putting together a Larchmont Village kids’ club… wouldn’t a parade though the neighborhood be great?”