Inspiration in the Studio

Tips and Tricks...Art and Photography Displays

Another new series? As part of the design process, I find myself researching trends and ideas every day! I’ve started to save photos for inspiration and often review them for a common theme.

In the past few weeks I’ve been faced with the challenge of filling large wall spaces. If you know me, you know I have a passion for original art (maybe that comes from my design school days where we were required to complete many classes in fine art). Sometimes the budget does not allow for original artwork, but I still believe what hangs on your wall should have personal meaning and bring inspiration.

One way to fill a large space, but still keep a unified design element, is to use a collection of framed art or photography. This botanical collection becomes a focal point in the dining nook.


A calming collection of shell prints add interest to this bedroom retreat.


Try a shadow box collection….this one is a collection of real shells.


To reflect your personal interests, try a collection of old maps in a study.


One of my favorite ways to personalize a home is to add a collection of photography, especially black and white photography. If you have children, take the time to capture the every day moments….it doesn’t need to be staged or formal. Keep it simple and playful. A local photographer who is progressive in her photography work is Aimee Laine. We recently met to brainstorm the concept of photography as art collections. ┬áCheck out her recent blog post on the topic.

I love how this collection brings a simple hallway to life!

Black and White Photos In Hallway

Gather your collections, get out your camera (or call your photographer) and visit your framer! Before you know it, you’ll transform your home into something visually interesting and personal! ┬áHave fun!

Images from Traditional Home, Southern Living, Veranda.