These words are music to my ears when I am designing for clients. Customization is one of the ultimate benefits of working with a designer and we are always looking for new sources to add to our bag of tricks to bring our client’s visions to life. At the WCAF Fair in January, I was astonished by the capabilities of the World Art Group. Special thanks to WCAF and Jill and Steve McKenzie for making this trip possible!
Art is always the starting point for my inspiration. This organization works with over 100 artists around the world and 8 full time artists on staff to create their collections. The art work can be any size up to 60 inches and custom colored on a variety of papers from fine art watercolor paper to canvas. They provide a way for artists to share their art with the world on any level. I cannot wait to incorporate these into future projects as a series of works filling an entire wall or an over-scaled work to anchor an interior. Check out some of my favorite works…
World Art Group is a leading art publisher located in Richmond, Virginia. We have been producing wall décor for over 40 years publishing a comprehensive line of imagery ranging from very Traditional to highly Contemporary. With weekly releases, covering every subject matter and every price range, we produce over 4,000 images a year. In addition to collaborating with artists from around the world, World Art Group has its own in-house design team Vision Studio.
Our Design Directors, Designers, Graphic artists and Embellishment Artists are the creative engine for World Art Group with advanced degrees in Painting, Printmaking, Illustration, and Textiles. Working in every medium from digital illustration to oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, encaustic, printmaking, and pencil, they have the breadth and flexibility to fulfill the diverse needs and custom requests of our varied customers. Spanning genres from traditional and transitional to contemporary, their work encompasses Hand Embellished designs, Signed Limited Edition fine art prints, Open Edition prints and Printed in Color images.
I am obsessed with details. Finishing touches such as the trim on a drapery panel to how a work of art is framed can make or break the overall design. As a self professed art addict, I especially love working with clients, artists and my local framer to showcase the works of art to make them shine.
Later this month, I head to Las Vegas (my virgin voyage!) to attend the West Coast Art & Frame Expo as part of a Design Blogger Tour organized by Steve and Jill McKenzie. We will be seeing the latest and greatest introductions in framing as well as a variety of new forms of art reproduction.
See below for some works from my personal collection and client portfolio on how the variety of framing elevates the art.
A client’s colorful interior in Birmingham features large-scale works on paper by Windy O’Connor. The champagne toned metal frame pulls out the brushstrokes in the painting and still anchors the space. Dark oil rubbed bronze picture lights tie in with the stair rail and door hardware. A bold 19th century rug brings out the orange in the paintings and introduces the palette for the house.
In my library, a commission by Favorite artist Amanda Talley through Hidell Brooks Gallery provides a a focal point for the fireplace wall. A dark floater frame punctuates the darker strokes in the painting. The interior of the bookcases are painted to repeat this color.
This is the beginning of a gallery wall in my living room. A variety of watercolors and small paintings collected from our travels tells the story of our treasured memories. The wall has grown and been rearranged to include other paintings seen here…
A contemporary collageby Brad Thomas is placed in a gilded frame with a block motif to play off of the curves in the artwork. The work is floating on a linen mat in order the appreciate the intricate detailing and writing along the edges of the work.
Several of my favorite works have been found through Gillian Bryce who shows at 214 Modern Vintage in High Point as well as Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta. This oil painting by Bernard Segal is in a vintage gilt frame and enhanced with a linen mat and fillet to make the work larger. The empty space of the linen mat gives the viewer a chance to appreciate the small compact bursts of color in the painting.
Another work by Bernard Segal, this is one of a pair of watercolors. I framed the works in a simple gold frame which pulls out the gold in the painting and floated them on a linen mat in order to appreciate the deckled edge of the paper.
A “pile” by Selena Beaudry (also through Hidell Brooks) is floating on a white backdrop and framed in a deep modern white frame giving the work a shadowbox effect. Our dirty pink entry hall walls enhance the pinks found in the watercolor.
One of my prized possession is an interior rendering by the Dean of American Design, Albert Hadley. A charcoal mat enhanced his pencil rendering and make it extra special.
I found this abstract encaustic at the Marche Biron in Paris. Maurice Morel came to Paris in 1927 to pursue his double vocation of artist and priest. He found a mentor in Artist-Poet Max Jacob, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, who was a close friend of Pablo Picasso and other artistic-literary notables of the period. In 1933, Morel helped stage a ground-breaking sacred art exhibition, Art Moderne d’inspiration religieuse, which included works by Picasso, Andre Derain, Tsuguhara Foujita, and Georges Rouault, who would become the priest’s lifelong friend and supporter. I fell in love not only with the work, but in the way it was framed….a frame within a frame. An ingenious way to add importance to a special work.
The starting point for the entire design scheme was this pastel confection by Kate Long Stevenson at the beloved “Pink House,” a center for breast cancer survivors herein Charlotte. She donated the work in honor of her friend. Again, we used a floater frame to set off the painting from the brick backdrop while pulling out some of the darker tones in the painting.
Be sure to follow along as we take in the sights of Vegas with my fellow design blogtour pals… Holly Phillips of The English Room, Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz of Cloth & Kind and Vicki Bolick of The Ace of Space. We cannot wait!
I was over the moon to get a sneak peek of Julia Buckingham’s new collection for Global Views on The Editor at Large this week. It has been amazing to see this dynamic designer and innovative company bring this collection to life and to hear about the process. The number of craftsman and artisans alone that execute the vision is beyond extraordinary. I cannot wait to see the collection in person. If you are going to any of the summer markets in Dallas, Atlanta or Las Vegas, don’t miss it!
To read more about this talented designer, click here to read my “Creative Minds” interview with Julia and here to read an article I wrote for Peachy Magazine about one of her favorite Chicago projects.
Replete with more than 100 pieces of furniture, lighting, rugs, tabletop and home, interior designer Julia Buckingham’s collection exudes the spirit of what she calls a “curated, creative journey” and is comprised of materials as diverse as metals, woods, ceramics, glass and textiles.
“The unexpected spirit of my new collection offers ease and inspiration to design enthusiasts everywhere, reducing the angst associated with making a ‘correct’ interior design decision,” explains Buckingham. “The collection is based on taking a curated, creative journey and creating an ongoing relationship between people and their homes.” Select lighting pieces include the Fragment Sconce, designed with Italian Murano glass that casts colorful light, and the boho-inspired brass Tea Light Chandelier; while the collection’s array of vases, bowls and vessels and objects like the Hex Ice Bucket, Decanters and Glassware convey a certain vintage charm.
“Bubbles – Pink,” a decorative glass piece from the collection
In tandem with the Global Views Summer Brand Book, a preview of the collection will be released during summer markets in Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York, while the full unveiling will take place during October’s High Point Fall Market. The retail price points range from $49 to $4,499. Learn more about Buckingham’s firm, Buckingham Interiors + Design, and Global Views.
Selected goods from Buckingham’s new collection with Global Views
Join Julia Buckingham in the showrooms this summer for a meet and greet. With her signature style, Modernique®, Julia seamlessly combines the old with the new to reveal the beauty and delight in unexpected pairings, creating warm and energetic spaces, relevant to how people live today. Learn how her style translates into her debut line Julia Buckingham for Global Views which is simultaneously contemporary and heirloom-inspired.