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Art That Speaks Volumes: Positive Messages For Your Home

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To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, we wanted to inspire you with his words, as well as other positive messages that will help you to live your life in a spirit of love. In Dr. King’s words, taken from his 1964 Nobel Prize speech in Oslo, “When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response which is little more than emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”

 

 

We’ve rounded up 10 positive messages for your home, some of which can be attributed to Dr. King, and others which operate in the same spirit.

 

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Tips For Creating an Art Collection From One of Our Experts

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Have you resolved to add more artwork to your home in 2013? It’s an admirable resolution. Artwork adds personality to a home and reflects the homeowner’s sensibilities, style and passion. But if you haven’t yet begun an art collection, it often seems a bit intimidating to start. Luckily, we brought in an expert to help you discover the easiest way to add artwork to your home.  Alexia, one of Pottery Barn’s art buyers, has provided her favorite tips and tricks on starting a collection of art.

 

Artwork is Personal. “It’s an expression of who you are. It gives any room a personal touch as art often evokes a memory, emotion and certainly becomes the conversation piece of any room! I think the personal connection to art is what makes it so important to invest in and collect.”

Alexia’s biggest tip. “The biggest tip is to buy what you love and art naturally finds its place in your home. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match.”

Styling several pieces or art at once. “If a customer is trying to create a gallery or themed moment, here are some great tips.

 

When to decorate with calming art: “For a bedroom or living room space it’s best to decorate with calming art as those are the more peaceful rooms of the home – landscapes or images of nature work well here.

When to decorate with more frenetic art. “For the dining room or kitchen, which are usually the hub of bustle and conversation, I like to take more risks there with both color and theme – abstract art or pops of color are always fun in these rooms, as well as travel-inspired imagery.”

 Why you should invest in original art. “With original art you are truly investing in something that is one of a kind, and that makes it very special. It also creates a sort of relationship between you and the artist as an artist puts so much of themselves into a piece when a buyer responds to it and purchases it that bridge is built between them. I think Stephanie’s video on original art speaks to buying art you love well,  and the connection between artist and buyer is well said by Michal Venera.”

 

 

Why Alexia loves Pottery Barn’s artist partnership. “What is great about our artist partnership is that we are creating a sort of art community within our brand, providing a platform for both new and emerging artists and seasoned artists we love to share their inspiration with our customers and come together to create a really well curated collection of eclectic art for our customers. We span across multiple subject matters and mediums to hopefully provide a diverse and exciting experience!”

You can shop a selection of Pottery Barn’s current art collection, including original art from our featured artists, in the slideshow below.

 

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How-To: Turn Resolutions into Art

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Looking for a few good words to get you on the right track for 2013? You’re certainly not alone. Typographical art is all the rage, and for good reason. Beautifully designed and inspiring in sentiment, these posters are a great way to add new art — and motivation — in this new year. We’ve found a variety of great posters that, with proper matting and framing, would create the perfect new artwork on your gallery wall.

We’re not the only fan of Francesca Ramos‘s reinterpretation of Gandhi’s 10 fundamental principals — Oprah has also featured the poster on her blog, The Life List. This design is available for free download courtesy of the artist. Hang it above your desk or on your foyer wall to remind yourself to be your best self in 2013.

 

Artist Emily McDowell designed this intentions poster for 2013 from her original illustration. She notes that “Intentions are stronger than resolutions. They say to your subconscious, ‘This is how things are gonna go around here from now on.'” The Declaration of Intentions for the New Year poster is large, at 13 by 19 inches,  and Emily sees it as a collaboration between the artist and the recipient: write in your personal details  before framing your poster.

Another personalized resolution poster that caught our eye is this Custom Resolution Poster from Etsy seller Porcini Button. The poster can be customised to show your own goals, resolutions and ambitions with up to 15 lines of text between 2-5 words long, along with your custom color scheme. 


We also love the look of this 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Typographical Poster. It seems like the perfect addition to your cubicle wall or office space in 2013! Follow this link to learn how you can get a file of this poster free from the artist, Jake Huhn.

 

Of course, you can also make your own custom resolution posters for 2013 if you have skills in InDesign. Or perhaps, learning that program is a great goal for the new year — and in the process, you can create a lovely piece of art for 2013.