Start Interior Design with the Soul of the Home

Below is an excerpt from an interview that Janet Eastman did on me and my clients feelings about purchasing art.

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."  – George Bernard Shaw
What’s on your walls? Like many people, Deen and Julie Cummings didn't pay too much attention to art. They appreciated paintings and sculptures in museums, but never considered investing in original pieces themselves. They hung two sentimental paintings up in their home and filled other blank walls with colorful, framed pieces.
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Silverton aritst Barbara Bassett offers five reasons to own and display art. It's good for you, good for the arts community.But when the Cummings moved into a house in Lake Oswego and asked interior designer Kimberlee Jaynes to help them select a color palette for the interior, Jaynes made them first do their home design homework.
She asked them to spend time looking at quality art and then find works that evoke emotions and reflect their taste. Rather than matching art to the sofa, she said, the decor would be inspired by the hues, style and mood of the art.
Now, after successful purchases on a budget, the Cummings have contemporary abstracts to talk about in almost every room of their house and they plan vacations around visiting art museums.
Deen says it's fun to shop for art. Julie says it's easier and less expensive than she expected.

“I didn't realize that I could afford a piece of quality art until we were introduced to several galleries and we connected with individual pieces,” says Julie who, with Deen, own private career colleges. “Purchasing artwork does not need to break the bank.”
Fun? Easy? Inexpensive? Really?
Buying art can be daunting. Rococo to Russian Impressionism? Who wants to be judged by a steely eyed art dealer or feel pressure to buy in a split second? It's no wonder most people decorate their house and then take on the difficult task of trying to find art to match the furnishings, a reverse order that makes artists and designers wince. 
But Jaynes and other experts shrug off the anticipated fear factor. Art, you see, is the soul of a home and requires your attention.
“Art is the most dynamic tool for personalizing your space,” says Jaynes. “Art pieces send a powerful message about who you are and what you want to communicate about yourself.”

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