This week with ART IN THE WORLD OF INTERIORS article I’m taking you to the Peak District – famed for it's spectacular landscapes and peaceful walks.
Here in a rural village just outside the picturesque market town of Matlock lives Susanna, owner of independent interior and gift retail business Bow Boutique.
In Susanna’s own words:
Our house is a detached 1930’s house and we have recently added an extension to give us more living space in the form of a large kitchen. I would describe my style as crisp but quirky, with a love of vintage finds and use of colour and pattern.
- What inspires you when decorating your home and what has drawn you to your style?
I have always had a love of art and completed a first class honours degree in printed textiles and surface pattern design at Leeds College of Art. So not surprisingly, I have a love for colour and pattern! I love interest too- I love items that remind me of days out, things I've collected over the years, things with memories! I don’t follow a particular style- if I like something I just like it and that's sort of that! LOL. I suppose organically it does create a style of my own.
-Would you like to share few tips on how you choose art for your home?
With an art background, I think its fair to say I appreciate many different styles of art! Whether they be period paintings, Dutch inspired oils of florals, or quirky new illustrations - again I would have to say I buy things I love then make them work somewhere! They don’t always have a place straight away but they always find one eventually!
- Do you choose art to go with your home décor or other way round?
I think buying things you love is important rather than buying things to fit 'an interior style’ as interior styles change, but your love of something, or the aspect you were originally drawn to will always remain.
- How do you arrange your wall galleries
Always by eye! but then that's just my style - and I'm not saying getting a tape measure out isn’t a bad idea for some people!!
- How do you chose a frame for the art and where you get your frames ?
I always get my artwork framed from a local independent framer called Peakland Arts. Jonathan provides a great service and has a huge selection of frames and colours mounts. I chose a mount colour usually based of the artwork itself and frame style to compliment the style of art.
- Any other tips when it comes to styling art in interiors?
I think every space can be a mini gallery - it doesn’t necessarily have to be an obvious area - I love a bit of art in the downstairs loo or utility room for example! and even the smallest cubby holes, or little wall spaces can house a little piece of art.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed your 19th visit with Lush Eclectic Art into the world of interiors and that you found the above tips and ideas inspiring.
If you are looking for more inspiration take a look around Bow Boutique, where Susanna offers a carefully curated collection of design-led products, with a hint of quirky charm that create a look that is as unique as you and your home. www.bow-boutique.co.uk
Next time I’m taking you to all the way to Mangalore in India!
Have a lovely day x
Shop Susanna’s Lush Eclectic art here:
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