On the brain: ART

Well, that looks familiar...

Denise Prince's Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed

Denise Prince's Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed

Ever since I drove down Burnet Road a few weeks ago and saw an art piece I own (Denise Prince'Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed) plastered up on an Austin Art Board billboard, I've had art, in general, on the brain. I started college as an art major, but as an interior designer, it's the one thing I always hesitate to recommend to clients. Why? Because to me, art is extremely personal and what might strike me as brilliant may fall flat with someone else. And I kind of feel like the options are limitless. In the context of interior design, I don't believe art should match a space. I actually like it better when pieces are bold and striking and demand their own attention. Of course they should still make sense in the space and "coordinate" in some tiny way, but please don't match the colors in a painting to your sofa, rug or throw pillows. 

Here are a few artists I'm currently obsessing over... How would these look in your space?

Ashley Woodson Bailey's Rest in Jessica Alba's newly redesigned bedroom (photo by Justin Coit from Domaine Home)

Ashley Woodson Bailey's Rest in Jessica Alba's newly redesigned bedroom (photo by Justin Coit from Domaine Home)

I think this high contrast print from Ashley Woodson Bailey makes all the difference in this room! Is it striking, or what? Be sure to check out her other pieces- I love that her online shop is broken down into light vs. dark moments.

I must be having a floral moment, because I'm also currently obsessed with these Stephen Eichhorn pieces, which I first discovered when I was in Chicago last winter and saw his work as part of an exhibit across El stations.

Stephen Eichhorn's Orb III and Eulogy just arrived last week from Zioxla. Can't wait to get these framed and up in my house!

Stephen Eichhorn's Orb III and Eulogy just arrived last week from Zioxla. Can't wait to get these framed and up in my house!

I'm hoping to get a print of this one, too:

I love everything about this.

I love everything about this.

These on exhibit with the Johalla Project through October 11th are simply stunning

Maybe I'm not having a floral "moment," because, come to think of it, my longest artist crush (going on at least 10 years) has been on Kate Breakey (sadly, I don't own any of her pieces-- yet!). Her hand-colored photographs and photograms of dead animals and plants are hauntingly beautiful.

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Las Sombras (The Shadows) series

From Kate Breakey's Las Sombras (The Shadows) series

Another current artist obsession: Xochi Solis.  Xochi layers found papers, images and translucent paint gestures to create her collages and produces both small pieces and large scale wall installations.

Xochi Solis' I Wasn't Born to Follow (2014)

Xochi Solis' I Wasn't Born to Follow (2014)

For Mother's Day this past spring, I got a studio tour AND these two beautiful abstract collages (the grainy, awful photography doesn't do these justice, but I still want to share):

Pieces by Xochi Solis

Pieces by Xochi Solis

I'm always up for telling a story with your interior, so why not take a little time to discover some great artists whose work will elevate your home? Start locally by attending your local fine art festivals and stopping by galleries! 

xo, Becca