Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved collecting. Collecting is fun. For me, it is a wonderful reminder of life’s positive experiences. I also love collecting because it is an opportunity to learn new things, which is always one of my favorite things to do!
Another Silver Lining of collecting is that it’s personal. Anyone can collect whatever they feel like collecting and buy whatever they feel like buying, wherever and whenever they feel like buying it, for whatever reason they decide to buy it, and for however much (or little!) money they feel like spending on it.
The HOTY and I love to collect art. Our home style tends to be traditional (cue the tufting, pleats and florals!) balanced by contemporary art. Now, that’s not to say expensive art. Why is it that art is often synonymous with expensive? Hmmm….that doesn’t make any sense to me! Art is in the eye of the beholder. Truly. It is.
I believe that anyone can buy and collect art intelligently. That’s right; I said anyone. No previous knowledge of the art business, experience collecting art, or degrees in art history are necessary. All you need is a love and appreciation of art, a desire to collect, and a willingness to familiarize yourself with a few simple techniques that will allow you to evaluate any work of art dating from any time period by any artist of any nationality.
The HOTY and I like to cluster our art, i.e., tightly group an uneven number of pictures together to give a statement or a focal point. This works on either large or small wall spaces, depending on the look you want. Below are some examples from around the web.
Atlanta Home Magazine
JK Hotel via Lonny Magazine
How about you? Do you collect? If so, what do you like to collect?
* Images not identified are from tumblr. If you know the source to whom I can give credit, please let me know!