The Personality of Art

I love using original art in a room – it brings so much life and personality into a space. So I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Sofa Project. It was an exercise meant to show that even with the most utilitarian gray couch, you can create a room that’s full of life, just by adding original art and some fabulous accessories!

 Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

Four interior design firms in Houston took part in the project and we each had our own theme. Mine was coastal, so I knew I wanted to select a gray sofa that had a bit of blue in it so I could bring in gorgeous blue accents. The sofa I chose was a great sectional from James Craig Furnishings. I accented it with rattan chairs, coral, and a pair of fun white palm trees from Found, a great store here in Houston.

 Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

We were able to choose original works from Sawyer Yards, one of the largest creative communities in the country. I chose a stunning piece from Katherine Houston to hang over the sofa – it’s soft blue palette looks like both the sky and the sea. The two pieces of artwork are Acrylic on Plexiglas

 Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

For the space over the console, I selected Ripple in Time from Angela Fabbri because I loved the color and the texture. And the gorgeous little glass boat on a stand is called Voyage and is by artist Deborah Ellington.

It’s part of my business’s core to support local artists, and one of my favorite design aesthetics is to combine modern art with classic furnishings in a home, so this was a project that really spoke to me.

 Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

Gray Sofa Project, photo by Buburuza Productions

If you’re choosing original art for your home, remember to select pieces that really speak to you. Those are the ones that will showcase your own personality and tastes. If you like it, that makes it a great piece of art!

Warmly,

Beth