Art for Good

I am really excited to share this incredible site with you today (thanks to a reader who gave me the heads up about it!).  Art Lifting is a curated art site, but with a purpose.  It empowers homeless and disabled people by selling their works online (where 55% of the profits go to the artists themselves).  There are originals, prints and even cell phone cases.  Founded in Boston (yay!) by Liz Powers, a Harvard graduate who received a grant to create art groups in homeless shelters and through that saw the amazing talent of the people she was helping.  But the art they produces was tossed or forgotten- so Liz decided to start this company.  I absolutely LOVE this concept and wanted to share with you some of the work I thought was great in hopes that we can all spread the word about this resource and help get more art groups for those struggling across the country!!

Mike Gosbee creates his collages at Hospitality House which serves homeless and poverty stricken individuals in the San Francisco area. As someone who worked in collage in college I happen to think he is insanely talented!

Screen_Shot_2016-02-22_at_3.35.11_PM_1024x1024

Screen_Shot_2016-02-22_at_4.29.34_PM_1024x1024

An Art Inspired Room

There are many schools of thought about selecting art for your home. Many art purists shudder at the thought of picking art to match a sofa or wall color,  while many designers (myself included) see nothing wrong with that.  I’ve commissioned some great pieces from artists based on fabric swatches and paint chips in fact!   But what about decorating a room around a specific piece of art?  As a former art gallery worker I can tell you this- if you absolutely LOVE a piece of art you can and should make anything work- including basing your entire decorating scheme around it!

While sourcing some original art for a client last week I came across this piece by Daniel Brice I just loved.  It has such a Rothko vibe to it and the softly painted tones of coral, red and beige spoke to me.  So I attempted to design a bedroom based on it!
Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 2.23.27 PM

Here’s what I came up with:

ARTROOM

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. Farrow & Ball White Tie// 12. // 13. // 14. // 15.

What are your thoughts on art and interiors?

 

Framed Intaglio Art

I have long loved the classical beauty and intricate details of intaglios- but especially displayed in modern frames and hung in groupings on the wall.  Here are some awesome examples of a variety of settings using the traditional art in fun ways:

A simple pair looks awesome above this modern console and set against patterned wallpaper.
6c6fe8b238fff2d7c3fb05abef778abd

via

A close up of antique intaglios.

c47f1b9267a0f3c843da9fbf485ec248