Late October, I spent ten days in London immersed in an intense cultural adventure. I found refuge sipping tea with Lisa's sister, Steffanie Brown, in her gorgeous Notting Hill flat. Despite the distance, Steffie & Garvin have built up a solid collection of work from Canadian artists. I personally adore Toronto artist Lizzie Vickery's large photograph of London in miniature - the focal point of their living room. You would hardly notice the rainy London days in their cheerful space, filled with colourful, contemporary pieces.
Graphic and playful artworks animate the walls in Lisa and Shira's sons' bedrooms. Animal and transportation themed pieces and bright abstract works create a wonderful environment for homework and play. (And play we did. After shooting Shira's house early this week I found myself losing terribly to her son in an intense toy car racing game…)
I would have dreamed to have grown up in these rooms, surrounded by pretty paintings, silkscreens, antique etchings, and bright abstract works. Art Interiors' owners Lisa and Shira have filled their daughters' bedrooms with original artworks that are sweet and whimsical. Far from childlike, these pieces will eventually find their way on dorm room walls, and in first homes.
It is incredibly refreshing to witness how certain clients view art as an essential part of their everyday lives. Heather and Peter's passion for art and collecting challenges the notion of art as the “finishing touch” in the decorating process. Paintings are the main focus in their home, and with tons of artworks in storage, and leaning against the walls, their space has the air of a gallery (though much brighter and cozier).
Chelsea and Adam have been collecting art at Art Interiors for over ten years. Despite being amidst renovations, Chelsea gave me a tour of her beautiful home, and her eclectic collection, while her excited puppy trailed behind. What resonated the most was her belief in the importance of living with and growing up with art. Numerous works hang in her daughters’ bedrooms, while a dedicated craft room inspires creativity and enables her girls to draw on the walls.