Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Best Art Collection: Ashley Putman

I know, I know you've seen these images 2,598,058,430,958 times already.. but stay with me. Instead of looking at the big picture, I want you to look at the art.

All images of Ashley Putman's home in the Apr/May 2010 issue of Lonny:

It's obvious this family love art, and I am love with their art, too. There is no rhyme or reason... it's apparent they collect what they love and put it up so they can enjoy it everyday.

I LOVE this idea of art. To just buy a piece of art because you love it.. not wondering if it will match with your decor.

I'm trying to get better about this. Although I don't necessarily like this matchy matchy, I'm always wondering if things will "go". Same with art. I purchased these two prints for my living room not only because I love them, but because they had greens in them too:

But Ashley Putman has taught me to throw that out the window. Art doesn't have to match, you just have to love it.

In my head I've planned a gallery wall for our family room. It's something that will be organic - meaning easily changed. I've been slowly collecting pieces for it (like the two above).

Here are some pieces I've recently saved to my Etsy favorites:

campfire by groundwork

(I can't get enough of this marbled paper)
paper mojo

I've been wanting this print for like ever (he he)

This post reminds me of my short-lived black gallery wall in our apartment when we first moved here:


  1. I love this idea, but I'll have to admit, it makes me a bit nervous. I'm going to try it though. Step out of my comfort zone and buy what I love instead of just what goes!
    Thanks for the post!

  2. Thanks for this post! I've struggled with the same issue of wanting all my art to "go" together -- seeing these beautiful collections has encouraged me to follow my heart and use what I love, regardless of the colors, etc. Have fun with your gallery wall!

  3. Newly DomesticatedMarch 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Love this post, partially because I've been justifying my mismatched art to people a lot lately! We recently bought a very large painting, right after getting a very large print framed. The painting is of a woman on the escalator at the Pompidou museum and the colors are just wonderful; the print is a giant African-inspired hippo. Everyone asked if they would "go" together and I said, "Of course they will, because I like them both." Happy art collecting!

  4. I too have been trying to pull together a gallery wall and struggle with the pieces not relating in some way, but I think the advice to buy what you love is most important. In the end, no matter where your art hangs, you will still enjoy it.


  5. Kate {domestikatedlife}March 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Love the pictures you chose for your room -- where is that nude on blue from? The colors are amazing!

  6. I'd love to be an interior decorator - I don't know where to start though! Do you have to do a course at uni.. or sort of just go with work experience? I'd love to know.. what a dream job!


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