More importantly, I love the hunt.
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The challenge is taken to a whole new level when mixing these pieces with new furniture
and/or more modern interiors
We finished it off with vintage books. Another one of my Go To finds!
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I have had people ask me to be on the lookout for specific things.
Bottles are another item that are easy to transport and store and are affordable.
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So I spend a decent amount of time scouring the city (and the internet) for wonderful art. No big deal, right? Whateva.
Ok, honestly I spend a LOT of (personal) time looking for art. A lot. It’s bad. I buy book after book after book. Whenever Amazon or Oprah says “read this book,” I buy a copy. You may ask, “And how many books have you plowed through recently?” Answer: Zilch. HOWEVER…I have had some amazing art finds cross my path. Picture it: me finding a vintage, scribbly, black-and-white ink drawing on eBay, showing it to a client, buying it, and finding that the signature reads “Pollock, 1954.” A good deal? Maybe. A fake? Quite possibly. A rad piece of original art?? TOTALLY.
Check out said art below…
I promise I’m making a point here, and it is this: Some people will spend a respectable amount of money on original art. Others will spend a…somewhat less…respectable amount on their art. Either way, with proper curation (and some helpful, awesome styling tips) your featured art can look simply stellar, no matter the size of your financial investment.
So let’s mix things up. Let’s tweak our frame of reference and enlarge it to include what I’m dubbing “humble art.” What is humble art, you ask? Hmmm. Let’s see…..Etsy prints, student projects, flea market treasures, phone pad doodles, Sunday afternoon craft time, magazine clippings, framed personal collections, friend art, prints of famous originals, eBay auction items, estate sale scores, kindergarten masterpieces, finds from your grandma’s closet….to name just a few.
You understand, we’re being somewhat polite here–“humble art” does not encompass those spectacular “splurge” pieces. We are not talking about that fabulous painting you proudly and preciously hang in your entryway (the one you saved up to buy after telling the kids Santa wasn’t coming this year).
Take another example, in this case a flea market treasure: four vintage lithographs of soldiers in various uniform.
No signature, no series numbering—nothing to make these categorizable as “fine art.” And yet, the coloring of the uniforms and the jaunty posing of the soldiers is undeniably interesting. Now take these pieces, pair them with gold leafing and navy blue and…wham!
Kinda great, right? The key is taking interesting art (in all it’s semi-pedigreed glory) and, with good styling and color pairings, make it stand out and work within a space in a new way.
A few other examples…
Not just a zebra doodle, friends. Nay. When paired with trophy urns, found feathers and weathered metallic accents it becomes the ultimate statement in bachelor pad chic.
I’m almost positive this black-and-white art was homemade. But accompanied by brazen mustard-yellow lamps and simple tablescaping it strikes a wonderfully austere-yet-playful chord. And what a pretty chord. One of my favs.
Lastly, take this dining room. Underscaled but elegant. Dark and moody, glamorous and inviting. If my life story ever gets turned into a movie, this would be the film set. And Ryan Gosling would be the lead star. And Lindsay Lohan would finally get her life back on track…. But I digress.
Now consider the art: expertly hung on the wall, amidst glowing sconces, radiating taste and sophistication. I can honestly tell you that while some of those life sketches are probably valuable, several are eBay finds! And through classy framing choices it all works towards a charming conclusion. Just melts my heart.
The moral of this tale: don’t be afraid of art with a questionable pedigree. Buy pieces that you love and are likely to love for years. The best pieces are the ones that speak to you, the ones that tell you a story. And remember, a murky history just makes the story all the more appealing. Cheers!
Active in the Little Rock design scene since 2006, Joshua Plumlee is passionate about reimagining elegant interiors with a focus on original artwork and an unconventional approach to luxurious style.
Homeowner Bill Hardin came back to the neighborhood where he grew up to find this historic Fayetteville home, which he renovated with the design guidance and expertise of Dale Trice of Florida. In the living room, pleated linen draperies recede against the soft white walls. A pearlized paint finish highlights the room’s original millwork, which was also left intact during the renovation. The French painting of a jazz musician is from Boswell Mourot Fine Art. “Mr. Hardin has a very keen eye for design,” says Trice, “he wanted the interiors to feel updated; not necessarily modern or traditional, but somewhere in the middle.” Find more before photos of the rest of the home and read the full story online here or find a copy of the May issue on newsstands.
Fayetteville-based wardrobe stylist Lynlee Critz is a featured fall fashion expert in our October issue (more here). Ever the fashionista, Miss Lynlee also put together this inspirational collage with some of her favorite looks. And, scroll down to hear more about her own wardrobe this fall–frilly socks, oxford flats and all!
Recently, I had the privilege of dishing about my favorite fall accessories with a gal at At Home in Arkansas and we truly had a ton to discuss. When she asked me about my fall must-haves, the first item that came to mind was shoes, of course, which are always an obsession of mine. This season, I’ve truly been inspired by the boyish charm of oxford flats. And, there’s nothing like the edginess of a black mid-calf boot paired with a frilly, girly frock! I’m also a big fan of rocking the socks…I wear my J. Crew bright neon ankle socks with my muted ensembles and they give them just the pop of color they need. Being the accessories maven that I am, I have to tell that you that one mustn’t live without a bold, collar necklace with mixed gold and silver metals. This piece can make the simplest white tee come alive. And lastly, every girl needs a fur vest…it will make any silk blouse and skinny jeans look soo Kate Moss!
Fayetteville resident Lynlee Critz is wardrobe stylist and personal shopper for Not a Thing…to Wear, with offices at Maeâs Emporium in Fayetteville.
Cooler weather calls for hot tea, comfy clothes, a cozy couch…and beautiful decorative pillows. Here are a few on our style radar.
1. Thomas Paul linen pillows, available through V.S. Mobley’s General Store in Fayetteville
2. Thomas Paul cotton pillow, available through V.S. Mobley’s General Store
3. Floral embroidered pillow, available at Pottery Barn
4. 1901 pillows, available at Yves Delorme in Little Rock
Rounding out our week of style tips, Sharon Mosley has prepared a Top 6 list, so to speak, of her favorite (and surprisingly affordable) holiday pieces. They’re for the woman who wants to stand out from the bunch, who wants to put a unique twist on how she dresses for those special occasions. After all, who doesn’t mind being the center of attention every now and then? (See more of Sharon’s tips here.)
Great ideas, Sharon. Personally, we can’t wait to get our hands on those red shoes……
1. Editor in chief Diane Carroll reads Little Rock resident Jerusalem Greer’s blog because “she has a real-life perspective. It’s not about perfection, it’s about enjoying the small moments.” Diane’s pick of the week is a lovely example of that.
2. Art director Mandy Keener always has some sort of project going, so it’s no surprise she is an avid reader of Design Sponge, where these DIY printed burlap chairs caught Mandy’s eye. She says, “Iâm a sucker for anything with typeâ¦and I have the perfect chair waiting at home.”
3. Paulette Pearson, associate editor, loves the food blog Cannelle et Vanille and will be picking up the ingredients for these Sweet Potato, Yogurt and Hazelnut Cakes this afternoon. “Cannelle et Vanille is pure eye candy, with unique recipes and beautiful photos to match.”
5. Lauren Strother, our marketing coordinator, says she will definitely be using this peppermint bark recipe from The City Sage for Christmas treats!
6. Account executive Kathy Condrey has a new baby girl, and looks for inspiration on Kelly’s Korner, a popular mom blog. Kathy says, “These handmade ornaments are really cute and would make a great gift idea.”
8. Northwest account executive Shannon McMasters kept it local to northwest Arkansas with her choice of the Riffraff blog, founded by interior designer Kirsten Blowers.
This month’s Friday Favorites, from the At Home in Arkansas team to you. Happy Friday! (Click on images for links…)
Kelly Fraiser is following interior designer Beth Davis on her buying road trip, which you can check out too: http://blog.bethdavisinteriors.com.
Stuck inside in the snow in northwest Arkansas, Diane Carroll has outdoor living on her mind thanks to Things That Inspire. She says, “My pick for this week…because it’s so cold here in Fayetteville, and sun sounds wonderful…and we’re now about to begin working on our Outdoor Living issue, and I need inspiration.”
Paulette Pearson’s Friday Favorite is a recently discovered blog called Mrs. Lilien. “Mrs. Lilien is a hoot, and her blog pure eye candy with mouth-watering fashion and home design images.”
Laura LaRue has the winter blues, so her Friday Favorite is a post about yellow! She says, “Absolutely love all this yellow! So cheerful and my house could use some cheering up this winter. Also, love this picture. We featured that home by designer Tobi Fairley in our magazine.”
Kathy Condrey’s current crave is white, Swedish-style…lots and lots of it! Kathy says, “I love this style! I wish I could use more white in my house; it is so crisp and refreshing!”
Katie Rawlings loved this fabric tutorial, which she found on the home design blog of interior designer Beth Davis. Katie says, “My new addiction: fabric! I am like a kid in a candy store these days! I want any bright colorful print that I can get my hands on. I especially love mixing prints to make a statement. Some much fabric so little to cover!”
Don’t forget to enter your home in our 2010 Arkansas’ Best Contest for a chance to be featured on the pages of At Home in Arkansas magazine!
Kelly Fraiser says her closet could use a boost from the Closet Factory. “My shoes are in need of some serious organization.”
Spring is in the air, and on the table, thanks to this inspiring post Diane Carroll found on Young Designs. “A wonderfully green way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next year. Could up the ante from green beer and bagels to a beautiful spring party.”
Paulette Pearson thinks lemon yellow, especially as interpreted on A Life More Fabulous, is one of the happiest colors. “I once heard you should have an element of yellow in every room, and I think there’s some truth to that.”
Laura LaRue fancies this space featured on Delight by Design. “Love all the open space…helps me to justify to my husband that we need to knock down a wall!”
Lauren Strother is looking forward to spring when she can don some of these pretty, feminine skirts, which she found on The City Sage.
New Orleans-based designer Tara Shaw (center) is debuting her Maison line to be sold exclusively at Cobblestone & Vine in Little Rock, and Kathy Condrey couldn’t be more thrilled. Check out Providence Ltd. Interior Design for details.
Check out Katie Rawlings’ Friday Favorite on the Beth Davis Interiors blog. “Mirror, mirror, on the wallâ¦ I want them all! I have a wall in my dining room dedicated just to mirrors, all shapes and sizes. Would love to add one of these!