How to Find Art for Your Home

Right In Your Own Backyard

by Mari Robeson

Let’s hit the design road again with Mari Robeson, as she helps a client find the right artwork for her decor. Mari—Interior Design expert and Contributor—takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.
 

I love fall, not only because it’s a beautiful weather time on the Central Coast, but because it’s when many local artists open their homes for a brief glance at their studios where they create beautiful art all year round. As an Interior Designer, I find these “Open Studios Tours” are a great opportunity to unearth one-of-a-kind pieces for my client’s homes, and to support the arts.

Open Studios Paintings

A couple weeks ago I took a client of mine and we visited eight different studios in a span of about four hours. Luckily, the tour is on three separate weekends so you can really take your time viewing the local studios. This year the Tour offered a free guide and map that allowed you to preview the studios that would best fit your needs.

In this case I was looking for wall decor for my client’s home and I knew she liked watercolor, pastels, and oil. It was an opportunity to educate my client in the different mediums and the time involved in creating a piece of art.

Jackie Bradley Silk Painting

It’s also important to look at the style of a piece and why it may or may not work with a home’s architecture and furnishings; that’s one of the reasons why I bring along the binder I created for the client’s project. Inside the binder are fabric swatches, paint chips and furniture layouts. These are helpful items to have with you when searching for a piece of art for your home.

I’ve noticed when I design a home that there are two types of people. Some people want everything completed top to bottom immediately. The other type of person wants the design process to evolve. What I mean is they don’t mind if a wall is bare for a year while tracking down the perfect piece that speaks to them. This may be an item discovered while traveling—that evokes the memory of that place—or it may be on an Art Tour such as this, where they can meet and chat with the artist, and learn about their inspiration.

Of course, the most important element of buying art is how it makes you feel when you look at it. It’s always fun to watch how different people respond.

Jim Tyler Beach Pastel

This time, my client really liked the work of Jim Tyler and will most likely ask for him to create a commissioned piece for her (yet another option that most artists offer).

Personally, I FELL IN LOVE WITH the pottery of Heidi Petersen. I bought several pieces for gifts but when I brought them home they looked so good I may just decide to keep them for myself. I love the Pears! Her work is gorgeous!

Heidi Petersen Pear Pottery

More Heidi Petersen Pottery

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your weekend, I highly recommend attending your next nearby Open Studios Tour. Most cities offer one. In San Luis Obispo County, the tour is put on by ARTS Obispo. In your community you can contact your local Chamber Of Commerce, which will most likely have all the information.

You’ll be amazed by the treasures you will find!

 

Designer Mari RobesonMari Robeson — an Interior and Product Designer, and a published Illustrator — strives to bring beauty into the world whenever she can. Mari shares with us her Interior Design tips and advice, and makes learning design concepts fun. With her fresh, creative projects, Mari spreads her love of color and beautiful textiles.

Mari has designed everything from restaurants to children’s rooms. She recently launched her own line of home décor accessories and textiles. She and her husband own WM Design Consultants on the beautiful Central California Coast.

Most days you can find Mari working up her latest designs or teaching Interior Design Workshops in her colorful studio nestled in the countryside.

 
What’s your favorite artwork at your home — and where did you discover it?

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