Hello old friends,
I’m dropping in to talk a bit about adorning your walls with fun finds and lovely art.
I am an art lover. I was an art history major in college with plenty of museum experience and exposure that would make the task of collecting art for my home seem easier. Alas, it has not. In fact, I sometimes wonder if it has done the opposite.
See, I have this silly issue that you may or may not grapple with too.
HOW DO YOU SELECT ART FOR THE PURPOSES OF DECOR?
Now that I’m a grown-up lady, in a more permanent homeplace, where I can really devote the time and attention to decorating for the long term lifestyle that I want to live, I am ready to loosen up a bit. My art endeavors need only to satisfy a few rules for me.
I like for my art to evoke a sentiment, tell a story or serve as a memento.
They don’t have to do all 3, just one of these is fine. Now, I don’t mean to overthink it. Evoking a sentiment can be as simple as stumbling upon a lovely canvas or print of a pretty thing and thinking “ooh, I really like the colors, or the subject matter.” Telling a story can be something like “Remember that time that we were at the Rose Bowl Flea Market? Can you believe I deliberated for 2 hours over whether or not I should pick up this midcentury abstract hanging here? And then when it came down to a basket of garlic fries or the painting, you talked me into the painting.” That’s fun! I love stories. And in the same vein, I also love to pick something up for the walls when I travel. I don’t always do it, but when I do, it helps me to keep a piece of those travels with me on my day to day. This is especially great for those of you that become struck with wanderlust or get antsy between adventures!
Color-wise, I also prefer that the art piece jive with the rest of the room?
This is merely responsible decorating. But its important to consider because sometimes your perusing the hand painted Mayan bark along the streets of Tulum and you’re so excited by the many options that you forget what your house looks like and you just want the memento. Well, in this case you should get it anyway, and find a spot that it works in, but if its not particularly special then I dunno, mind the colorwheel. I almost talked my self out of that one. I have an old canvas leftover from Oil Painting 101 at UNCG and the study was a still life in monochromatic colors. I chose a particularly sunshiney yellow known to painters as “Cadmium Yellow.” At 36×48, this large dose of yellow on the walls can work wonders for a room. I think its okay to select a piece of art 100% b/c it will infuse your room with some color that you love.
Lastly, I constantly remind myself that there aren’t really any rules.
We say it all the time around here, but fill your home with the things that you love and you can never be wrong. Following that mantra, if you love it, go for it! You will find a place to work it in. This goes to stand for family photographs as well, though we do encourage you to think creatively when it comes to those. Injecting one or two among a framed memento, an inexpensive print, a leftover college art project, this can work swimmingly in a gallery wall. One of the many reasons why I believe the gallery wall is so ubiquitous, is because its an opportunity to group a lot of small and easy pieces for one big statement. This is a really great way to start.
Below, Sarah has gathered a few great examples of the gallery wall at play, plus a few TEOT pieces that we’ve collected along the way. We picked these up because they evoked an emotion in us, and we hope that they’ll do the same for you!
Our vintage 1970 lithograph by Andrew Shunney would like right at home in a colorful interior like Anna Spiro’s place.
In celebration of all this art talk, we’ve decided to mark all of our art pieces at the shop waaaay down so that we can move out the old and bring in some new exciting pieces for our shoppers.
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a collection of faces, Vanquish print
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