Guide to the artful home

From the book The Artful home by Toni Sikes

A truly artful home nourishes our soul and satisfies our psyche. This life-size work in progress is a place of repose and stimulation, comfort and inspiration. Art lives on the wall above the sofa… as well as in the linen closet and under foot. The glass vessel on the coffee table is a beloved and valued piece of art, but so is the table itself, when created by a skilled furniture arttist. In the artful home, the ordinary takes a turn for the extraordinary.

/The glass vessel on the coffee table is a beloved and valued piece of art, but so is the table itself, when created by a skilled furniture arttist./

Think of the rooms of your home as three-dimensional compositions. Your furniture and furnishings are your materials. From the stage-setting entrance, to private sanctuaries like the bedroom and the bath, to the pure delight of children’s rooms and outdoor living spaces, each room reflects different facets of who you are and what you value.

As you work to create home rich in beauty, consider all of its rooms, first and foremost, as a complete whole. Then, look at the way the room relate to one another. Next focus in on individual rooms. Use furniture to shape rooms within rooms and control the flow within each space. Finally, overlay art and objects that are meaning to you. When your cherished belongings work in harmony with dialy rituals and family life, your dreams and efforts receive their richest reward.

From the book The Artful home by Toni Sikes

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