Art Inspired Design: Modern Reflections

11 Jul

I love art.  I love design.  Why not put the two together on the blog?  There was a time in my life when I thought my career path lay ( Thank you, Suzanne Decuir for the grammatical help ) in Interior Design.  I took courses, devoured design and shelter magazines.   As often happens in life,  circumstances got in the way and the path detoured.  But that’s a story for another time.  Let’s focus on the fun stuff today!

One of my absolute favorite things while designing ( OK, it was THE absolute favorite thing ), was creating moodboards.  To begin with an inspiration and build a room or facility around it was thrilling to my color, texture and pattern lovin’ soul.  And for me, it always began with the artwork.  While doing project management/art consulting, I worked with a lot of designers and many ( but by no means all! ) viewed the artwork for a design as an after-thought.  Like adding sprinkles to a cake.  Still a cake without the sprinkles, but oh, if we add them, won’t that be pretty!  But if we don’t have sprinkles, it’s OK.  It’s still a nice cake.  Instead, I think of the artwork as the frosting– not just smoothed across the top, but spread between the layers and all over.  It is what holds the cake together and gives it the extra texture and sweetness that keeps us going back for more.

( Wow, anyone else craving cake now? )

So you’ve purchased this beautiful painting by Christina Foard.  You love it, it speaks to your heart and reflects your style and everything you love about life.  But maybe you live at the beach and are unsure how to design a room around it.  Aren’t all beach houses supposed to be full of palm trees & seashells?

Seaside Reflections by Christina Foard, oil on canvas, 60x48

This piece to speak more to the feeling of being on the beach just after a storm, while the skies are still a bit gray but the sun is beginning to peek through, warming up the sand to both the eye and the touch.  So let’s take our cue from that and begin with soft, grayish tones, layering on the warmth of the sun in our accent chair, rug and window coverings.  An important component in Christina’s work is texture, so we’ll make sure there are plenty of interesting surfaces to draw our eyes in, just as Christina’s painterly build up does in her work.

Modern Reflections, a beachside home for a contemporary art lover

Have you ever designed a room around a piece of artwork?  Or bought a piece of artwork not knowing where exactly to hang it in your home but you couldn’t live without it?  Have a beloved piece of art sitting in a closet somewhere because you don’t think it “goes” or can’t figure out how to incorporate it with your current furnishings?  Um, yeah, me too. 🙂

Sources:  Painting:  Seaside Reflections by Christina Foard; Paint color ( board background color ): Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball; Sofa: Charlotte Collection by Mitchell Gold Bob Williams; Chair & Ottoman:  Rhys Chair & Ottoman by Anthropologie; Rug:  Festival by Anthropologie; Coffee table:  Monarch Coffee Table by Anthropologie; Lamp:  Malaya Large Coral & Zinc Lamp by Arteriors Home; Round side table: Riveria Side Table by Ralph Lauren Home; Mirror:  Venus Mirror by Anthropologie; Square side table: Duotone Side Door Table by The Painted Cow Furniture Co. on Etsy; Window covering:  Coqo Floral Curtain by Anthropologie;  Bowls:  Tatara Zukuri Bowls by Ashes & Milk      

10 Responses to “Art Inspired Design: Modern Reflections”

  1. Suzanne July 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    I also really like this piece by Christina Foard and will now start looking for more of her work online. Glad to have found your very interesting blog (due to a mention in Susan Melrath’s newsletter). I will be subscribing in about two minutes. As for the help you probably only facetiously asked for, it would be “my career path lay” and “hordes” instead of hoardes.

    • Lesley July 12, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks for visiting the blog, Suzanne! I’m thrilled that you like Christina’s work. She is incredibly talented and one of my favorite people. Thank you for the grammatical help– which I do appreciate!

      All the best,

    • Lesley July 12, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      PS– Suzanne, I just took a quick peek at your website. You may have already discovered Christina’ site and noticed that she also paints aerial landscapes!

  2. Rene July 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Great blog, Leslie! I linked to your blog via Christina’s Facebook post, and will subscribe. We met in a painting workshop last year and her work is wonderful.

    I also have a dual nature – Interior Design degree, worked in the field for a while, then taught, but painting is my true love. I agree that artwork should be one of the first considerations or sources of inspiration. I always advised clients not to buy a piece to match the sofa, but collect what you love and build the space around it.

    Keep up the good work! Rene’

    • Lesley July 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by, Rene! Glad you enjoyed the blog. I love how the art & design worlds tie together so closely. Isn’t Christina’s work amazing? I loved it from the first time I saw it. She is one of my favorite artists and people– a truly giving, open, generous spirit. Looking forward to see you ’round these parts! 😉

      PS– I took a peek at your website, your work is lovely! Have you done any work with art consultants in the healthcare field? I think your floral work would translate well to healthcare settings. And your use of sealing the aquaboard is a very smart move, as it allows more flexibility when framing your work. I’m officially a fan. 🙂

  3. Gary Einloth December 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Great Blog! I share many of the same thoughts on Art and Design! I actually started a company based off the thought of combining Art and Design… Please check out my work if you get a chance and let me know what you think!


    • Lesley December 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      Interesting work, Gary! Glad you enjoy the blog, thanks for stopping by!


  4. Brenda Hope Zappitell September 8, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Being a painter, I totally agree with this perspective!!! I have had several people buy my work and design a room around it and that is a REAL compliment for sure!!! There have also been a lot of instances where rooms have been sort of neutral and then my work adds the color to the space. Art is not meant to match a room…but more to create an experience with the viewer!! One of my collectors had an amazing collection of the original abstract expressionist painters, Joan Mitchell, Hans Hoffman, Helen Frankenthaler just to mention a few and she invited me to her home to see my work within that collection. There was absolutely no concern with whether any of the work matched the couch as you would imagine. Honestly, it definitely did not matter…..

    • Lesley September 8, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      What amazing company your work was among in that collection! Your work would of course look beautiful in any setting. 😉

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