When we moved into our current home, I had one decorating goal in mind...to fill the space with a variety of different (affordable) art. Pieces that I really loved. A good variety of things that were inspiring. Somewhere in between reality and a perfect world, I wanted to expose my little guy to art not only by going to galleries, but by having pieces to appreciate at home.
I've been following Tobi Fairley since watching two of her great interior design courses on Creative Live. In her courses, I learned a lot about making thoughtful decisions about interior spaces. She recently posted a Tobi TV episode on her blog called Being Smart with your Art. Her post really hit home to me...she was explaining exactly what I have been trying to accomplish. How amazing is it when you have some validation that you're on the right track!
My condensed version of "Tobi's Top Tips for Using Art That's Smart":
1. Use a mix of media and art types
2. Bring in things that have meaning- even children's artwork!
3. Buy original- take note to up and coming artists
4. Mix in some "decorator art"
Make sure to read her post in more detail and watch the video. Great stuff!
For me, I'm enjoying a mix of things like artists I've discovered through blogs or Etsy, DIY art, my own art pieces, kid art, student art, some fine artist prints, and a few pieces of "decorator art." It's a nice eclectic mix, and all pieces that I love looking at every day. I have things scattered all over our home, but I thought we'd take a look at the living room.
I love these pieces...none of which will break the bank...so I wanted to share them:
The rest of the wall prints are family photos, a small oil painting I bought on a trip, and a spin art Ethan created from melted wax at the Crayola Experience.
If you want to seem more about the living space, you can take a peek at Living Room Mood Board. Also, gotta mention how much I adore my Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan. It's so lovely.