Hanging the art is always one of the first things I do when moving into a new place.
Your art and photographs but they tell a story of your own journey, of the home you are creating, of the life you live and invite others into.
What are you celebrating or commemorating? A new home or promotion? Perhaps it is a season of life where you are infusing your home with confidence and color as you go in a new direction.
I remember when I bought my first piece of original art.
I knew it had to come home with me, partly because it sang to me the instant I saw it. It was at an art show in Palo Alto, California. My grandfather was showing his art there and I was visiting him and having lunch with him. He'd recently returned from Italy and painted several of the scenes he'd encountered on the trip.
I remember stopping even before I said 'hello.' I've always been biased towards his work (it was my grandpa afterall), but this piece seemed to strike me in a deep place. The turquoise waters and color-filled city scape against the green mountains of La Cinque Terra seemed to call my name.
I knew if I didn't buy it, it would sell, and I would forever regret losing it. You know when something sings out to you. I had just started my professional career, making "real" money and this was my first purchase of an original piece.
"Are you sure?" he asked me, raising his eyebrows ever so slightly.
I hardly said what I felt about it. The words, "oh, yes," fell out of my mouth as my hand simultaneously reached for my checkbook.
It's been on my walls ever since, to every place I've lived in the past 19 years.
Adding to your collection of art isn't simply about decorating the walls.