Creating Beautiful Spaces with Art and Design

Recently, Art Aspen invited Anne to be part of a panel discussion with three other experts in design, art and rugs. Due to the amount of interest in our topic, we were invited to present again at the Aspen Business Luncheon. Both talks focused on personal expression through art in interiors. Unless you’re a curator, gallery owner or designer, chances are that buying art does not come very naturally. It doesn't have to be difficult, though. A great way to personalize your space is to surround yourself with artwork that speaks to you. Most importantly, we recommend incorporating art and other design features into your home that are meaningful to you and enhance your well-being. This quote by Thomas Jefferson summarizes our belief in the transformative power of art: "That which we ... Read More »

Current Affairs: Hair on Hide

Hair on hide is no longer being confined to the living room floor. Currently, it is making an appearance on ottomans, benches, cubes, chairs, accent pillows, and even walls. Take a look below at some examples of how we will be using this favorite trend of ours for upcoming projects.   Love this patchwork rug design   The rug in context   Strips of hide are used to create this cubic rug design   This creates a great focal point for a room with simple furnishings   A versatile bench These simple cubes make great ottomans, entry benches, or extra seating tucked under a coffee table.   Natural hair on hide is always best and humane ways are being used to obtain the animal hide that would otherwise go ... Read More »

Art for your Walls

A great way to personalize your space is to surround yourself with artwork that speaks to you. I like to reflect the beauty of the outdoors inside the home. I prefer a local context. Today I'm highlighting the work of one of our local artists in the Roaring Fork Valley, Jim Paussa, who has been a photographer for over 20 years. Some examples from his portfolio: Jim says, "I have been a photographer for 20 years. Primarily I’m a portraitist. My other passion is fine art photography. I like to be outside when the weather is raging because, as Francis Ford Coppola said, it's free special effects. I also love to photograph in the urban landscape because of the textures, shapes, and lighting I find there." "I really enjoy the intimacy and interaction of  ... Read More »