Bringing our clients’ unique personalities to their spaces requires us to be always searching for new sources for our design elements. Artwork plays a large role in our designs and is a highly personal decision. So, we are excited when we run across local artists like JD Naraine. An artist all her life, after years off from painting JD found her way back to her gift when she became a young mother. She began painting children’s portraits on commission, but when her children became high school age and were looking at college, she decided to expand her work. She studied with artists all over the country, in particular Carmelo Blandino, who helped JD take her traditional background into a more contemporary approach. She works quite a bit from the figure, taking inspiration from models. Her subjects are either male or female, though she often masks gender and ethnicity by creating her figures in movement with color and shape. We are fortunate to work directly with JD on behalf of our clients, and chose the pieces pictured here as options for a current client’s living room. We are bringing an elegant feel to the space and felt that JD’s pieces exemplified the look we are creating.
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As we discussed in our recent blog post, Adding Non-Art to Your Walls, we are always looking for unique items to compliment more traditional forms of art. We recently framed some interesting intaglios for one of our clients to include in her eclectic living room design. These small three-dimensional pieces are similar to cameos in that they are carved in relief. Our intaglios are made out of plaster and feature both the typical female bust motif and scenes from ancient warfare. We grouped the collection, had them professionally mounted and framed.
Our client tends to favor impressionistic or contemporary art, and the historic nature of the intaglios offer a lovely contrast to the rest of her collection. They will be combined with a mirror and blue and white porcelain into vignettes set on either side of a fireplace. The intaglio have enough presence to stand on their own, yet do not offer confusing detail that could overwhelm the grouping. The pieces add to the elegant sophisticated look we are creating for our client.
An important part of any interior design project we undertake is bringing the personality of the homeowners into the space. For them to enjoy it, a space must reflect not only our clients’ desires for style and functionality, but who they are as well. We take the time to discover their interests, hobbies, activities, etc. This allows us to think creatively about how to bring those aspects into the design scheme. For the basement remodeling project pictured above, we discovered that our clients love to travel and had a lot of beautiful pictures of their trips. Although they displayed these images in their home to help them remember those adventures, the pictures were small and hard to appreciate. We decided to have some blown up to 24″ x 36″, framed simply in the same style, and arrange them as a grouping on a large wall in the basement. The affect is stunning, and fully highlights this important part of who our clients are. The large size also provides the added benefit of allowing the pictures to be appreciated from an adjacent seating area.
How have you brought your personality into your home? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or send us an email. Thanks!