let the art dictate...part one

For most designers, placing an inspired piece of art on the wall comes at the eleventh hour—the last item purchased just before completing a project. Lately, I’ve tried the opposite with stunning results: That’s right, I pick a piece of art—from a gallery, an auction, or a flea market—that the client delights in and that makes my heart sing. Then, I let that piece inspire the room.

Client's artwork, lamp by Arteriors, rug by West Elm, table by Redford House, chairs from All Modern

Client's artwork, lamp by Arteriors, rug by West Elm, table by Redford House, chairs from All Modern

You’d be amazed how flipping the process on its head actually works to inspire. Most recently, I worked with a client who only had his art, his record collection, and his clothing and asked that we do the rest. I used his existing art to inspire the project. Might sound crazy, or just plain impractical, but truth is, it’s worked beautifully for me, in part because if you love each piece of furniture, each accessory, each fabric in your room, it always works together. There is always a through line!

Client's artwork, console by Redford House, table by Brownstone, host chair by Lee Industries

Client's artwork, console by Redford House, table by Brownstone, host chair by Lee Industries

Next time, room compositions that start with artwork for every budget...stay tuned.