For a while now I've been thinking about this Picasso-esque print done by my aunt in the 1970s, and soon I'll probably have it freshly matted and framed for a grouping in my guest room. It's a cliché I know, but personal art often is what gives a home soul. Southern Accents editor, Frances MacDougall, says that meaningful pieces in a bedroom let us know we aren't in a hotel.
Above, the highly eclectic and personal art collection of writer Frances Schultz speaks adventurous spirit. She and her designer-friend John Oetgen bent the rules a bit by hanging works directly over, and under, her dining room chair-rail. These photos were taken by Langdon Clay, I think in the 90s. Click to see details.
Albert Hadley's iconic New York apartment is filled with smaller works on paper given to him by dear friends (very talented friends.) His collection almost serves as a scrapbook of an incredible life.
The Costello loft, above, is also filled with a mix of interesting photography and drawings. Nearly all appear to be black-and-white or neutral, working so well with the room's palette of sea-foam blue, split-pea green, chocolate and maize yellow. Photo by Paul Costello for Domino, November 2005.
BTW: Small works are very versatile and are a great way to begin a collection. Suzanne Rheinstein recently told Domino she's a fan of student art "framed simply but not cheaply."