A recent first-time visitor was befuddled while sitting down to tea and commented that my home was like “walking into a collage.” I laughed, but I came to realize that this sort of arrangement was what I had been doing all my life. I don’t like to follow “rules”, but I suppose I have a few guidelines.
I live in a Santa Fe-style house, which is local code for “hey, it’s small”. So like many locals, I learned to use every square inch to my advantage. I layer furniture and art vertically and horizontally, under and over.
1. Make it cozy and colorful.
Using only a few colors in a bold color palette, I echo color in the sunburst painting and the cushions; the green of the house plants harmonizes with the hue in the tall antique painting. Note the vintage wine baskets under the daybed (great for guests and quick naps!) I stow unused knickknacks and guidebooks and maps for visitors in these baskets.
2. Arrange things in ways that make you happy.
I use the mantel for display of precious items – my mother’s Venetian glass vase and my grandmother’s bronze statue. On the banco below, a beautiful glass mosaic (a Judy Steed original) and a dragonfly firescreen are layered behind candles and plants.
4. Discover you have a collection.
What was the outcome of all this rearrangement and thought? New energy! I have sent submissions to art shows throughout the country and made plans for new projects. New art! I started this one yesterday – let’s see where it leads me.
My two Etsy sites – are thriving: Every week brings new people who want to bring collage to their homes and who want to give meaningful gifts.
I invite you to take a look.
What Goes On:
Cutting Up at El Museo
Every weekend, cutting and pasting in my booth with lots of product to sell too!
To Honor the good ones on
Presidents Day, Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, Original Collage
"So Costly of A Sacrifice"
is on display in my booth all weekend - you can get close and read the detail.
Many other Original Collages on
El Museo Cultural
de Santa Fe
1615 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Saturday, February 15
8 am to 4 pm
Sunday, February 16
10 am to 4 pm
The Winter Market at El Museo features Great Food,
and dozens of Artists and creative Vendors -
You've got to see it!
New Etsy Shop:
greeting card sets, posters
blank book journals
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items
DECO//fine art collage
Collage items in the online store include these:
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters, journals, and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
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