As Vice President of Retail Product Development, working with artists and creative folks everyday is a big part of Robin Y.’s job. Her personal love for art and creativity has naturally spilled over into her home. Today, Robin shares with us how she uses her beautifully curated art collection to decorate.
For Robin and her family, art is a passion they all share. Robin and her husband Dan are artists, and both of their children are designers. Dan has created several sculptures that the couple displays in their home. In addition, their shared passion for collecting figurative art, everything from paintings to limited prints to sculpture, is evident throughout. Folk art from Mexico is a particular favorite and makes up a good portion of their personal collection. Some of their favorite pieces are deeply symbolic Santos (Saint) figures originally created for religious purposes.
When we bought this house three years ago, the first thing we did was completely gut the inside so we could arrange the walls and rooms to create an open floor plan. Here are some of the things we thought about when it came to displaying our collection that you may find helpful:
Start with the walls and work your way out.
With an open floor plan we used white or neutral grey paint on the walls so that the art could be the star. Then, when it came to placement, we planned for the large pieces first. We created one wall size just to accommodate a favorite piece.
Group pieces that look good together.
When we started arranging, we first considered if the mix of colors looked good. Next, were the sizes and shapes interesting together? It’s not always immediately evident what will work well together so it helps to be bold and try different arrangements, knowing you can always move things until you get the look just right.
Buy things you never get tired of looking at.
Because we love folk art, we’re drawn to it when traveling to other countries. Over the years, we have created a collection we love for many reasons, including the rich array of colors and the memories. Your unique passions and tastes that draw you to particular pieces make your collection that much more meaningful.
Most importantly, have fun displaying your art.
People always comment on our art by Scott Gobber that highlights the phrase: You will have a party. It’s a happy surprise for them when they spot it above our glass door to the back yard. Art brings personality and energy to your home, so I encourage people to think about how it can also add a touch of fun when they’re thinking about how to display their own collections.
Photographer: Jane Kortright