Thanks Catherine for inviting me over! Guest blogging feels so official. Maybe I should have dressed up. Although, I suppose that’s why I blog (insert any old “my face was made for a radio career” joke here).
Jason, my husband, and I bought a fixer upper in Durham, NC last year (home of Duke Basketball, reigning Champions, What? What?, raise the roof). We tend to have bursts of renovating energy, followed by hiatuses filled with hemming, hawing and general indecisiveness about the next project. Our office is currently a catchall for everything that we’re too lazy to take all the way into the attached room over the garage which is our official
dumping ground storage room. The desk is a hand me down from my grandparents and my brother wrote song lyrics and other “inspirational” quotations on it during his teenage angst phase. My crafts are strewn about the floor. Our to-be-filed piles tilt dangerously towards our shredder. And this is after Jason’s grandma helped me put things away. At least we can walk into the room now. Keeping this picture of our office in your mind’s eye, dare to daydream with me about the possibilities.
While the antiques and designer fabrics are a pipe dream for me, great artwork is not. Since I majored in studio art (not my only major, but I like to see the looks in people’s eyes when I tell them that), I really enjoy hunting down aesthetically pleasing pieces for our home. I think that’s the key to art, to find and appreciate what pleases your aesthetic – there are no rights and wrongs in your own home. Art is meant to be enjoyed.
The inspirational pictures sum up my intended color palette (and are a nod to Catherine’s lovely wedding!): Yellow, black, grey and white. I like groupings of pieces so that the impact is multiplied. While I hunted for pieces I liked, I also kept in mind that I wanted the pieces to relate to one another. These three options feature four pieces each and revolve around a theme.
The botanical theme is fairly neutral and could be used throughout the rooms of our future homes. I particularly like the mixture of shapes and textures in this collection.
My time spent in England whilst studying abroad has left an immeasurable mark on me. And more than just enjoying tea time and using whilst randomly while blogging. As many young Americans do, I found pieces of myself there and my world started to make sense in a more global context. So you see, I’m quite sentimental about that little isle across the pond. I love these photographic prints and the taste of Britain.
While I think that photography lends itself to versatility across several decorating styles, I also like the juxtaposition of graphic art against period furniture pieces. I think that modern can meet Victorian and fall in love. Funnily enough, there are elements of the other collections here as well – we’ve got the crown as a nod toward the British monarchy and the branch botanicals. I suppose I really like those themes.
I decided to include only prints in these collections for the affordability factor. You can get a wall full of art, plop them in Ikea or thrift store finds, and admire your impromptu gallery for around $100. Make your own art and the cost is practically nothing.
How are you incorporating art into your decorating?