save vs. splurge {artwork for your home!}

Artwork can really make or break the overall feel of a room. And, many of our clients have told us, artwork can sometimes break the bank. In some cases, splurging for original fine art is a great idea, especially if you can save in other areas of your home. And on the other hand, sometimes you can't splurge for original art, and that's okay, too. 

Since we opened last April, our featured local artists have been a favorite of our clients, and has drawn in many new faces, all searching for great art that fits their budget. 

Today we'll look at a few splurge and save options Cathy has recently styled, in her own home and with clients. 

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

Both pictures here (above and below) depict how an "upscale" original piece of art can truly transform a space. The cow painting below, which seems even larger in person, really sets the mood for this chic farmhouse. And, the glider, painted from a true-life scene on South Congress in Austin, brings vibrant colors into the living room. Because the space is not huge, Cathy did not need much to fill the walls, so a few select pieces really set the tone. Instead of buying numerous "cheap" pieces to fill the walls, in this setting Cathy can use a small number of original pieces of artwork to make the home unique, memorable, and personalized. In this case, the artwork really tells a story about the homeowner. 

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

SAVE

Pictured here is a bedroom in the same farmhouse seen above. The artwork is not original, nor expensive - this giclee from Ballard Designs still makes a great statement, adding tranquility to the room. What do you think? Would you use something similar? 

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

houstonian genie thompson mack

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

In the cabin at Cathy's farmhouse outside Houston hangs an original by Genie Thompson Mack. (find more of her work at her etsy shop or her website.) 

To know Cathy is to know she has a thing for bears - she once hired an off-duty park ranger in Canada while on a work trip with her husband Tom to help her try to "see" a bear in the wild.  

A friend gave her the large stuffed-animal bear, seen here. Genie's artwork adds the perfect touch of whimsy to this bunk room, while still keeping it stylish. 

Houston artist kellie morley

Our clients LOVE Kellie Morley! This Houston mom-of-two can hardly paint fast enough to keep up with the demand for her beautiful, yet not-outrageously-priced, originals. Below, a bright abstract piece completes this guest bathroom. (we love the stenciled ceiling, too!)  You can find more of her work in our studio and on her instagram feed @kelliemorley

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

Below, Kellie's work is styled in the alcove leading to the guest bathroom at a client's Rice Military town-home. 

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

Another look at Kellie's work placed in a home, this time a dining room. We love! 

photo courtesy of Kellie Morley

photo courtesy of Kellie Morley

SAVE

Recently, Cathy suggested a Ballard Designs giclee for a client's living room. These high-quality digital prints on canvas do not look inexpensive, but they won't hurt your budget, either. For a large project like this one, where the client needed new furniture, new accessories, and was spending quite a bit on the project, a giclee was the right solution to fill the large, empty space above their mantel. We could curl up on their sofa and stare at this painting all afternoon, couldn't you?! 

photo by C. Prochaska

photo by C. Prochaska

As you can see, when it comes to interior design, there are a variety of ways to incorporate artwork in your home, and whether your taste is bright, muted, neutral - there's artwork out there to suit your taste! If you're looking for artwork from a local artist, we currently feature four local artists in our studio. Come and see for yourself! (Need directions and hours? click here.)

Where's your favorite piece of art in your home? Does it have a story? Leave us a comment, we love hearing from you! 

thanks for reading!