Folk Art Meets Design

A.Clore Interiors was so excited to be asked to participate in the “Folk Art Meets Design” exhibit at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art. Each designer was given the opportunity to select an original Folk Art piece to design a room setting. The overall space uses key design elements like color, scale, and proportion to create a well functioning space. With the mix of quirkiness, eclectic pieces, and neutral hues, our team decided to showcase an “Updated Traditional” scheme.

Guinea Fowl Artwork

The showcase features the work of John “Cornbread” Anderson. He is widely known for his representation of animals, especially guinea fowl. This particular painting was fittingly picked  with its vibrant, energetic, and bold palette to represent our firm. This art is repeated for emphasis throughout the entire design, from the napkins to accent pillows on chair.

Plate Settings

When looking at the plate settings, you can immediately see the proportionality of it all. Each plate seamlessly transitions to the next, for a layered effect. Take special notice in the feathered placemats, matching the emphasized art of Cornbread. The gold utensils are a traditional color, but updated with unique handles and a bubbled glass effect in the cups. The intertwined nest napkin holders with delicate bird eggs in them give a special touch of focus to the painting’s background.

Materials

From wood to ceramic to feathers to burlap, you’ll find many materials used in the vignette. They all work together to tie in traditional touches with modern finishes. The decor was locally sourced and even custom made to make this dining set truly one of a kind. The quirkiness of the pea pod base floor lamps.

Seating

There are large host and hostess chairs on each side of the table with pillows of the painting printed on them. Their large presence add depth to the design and balance out all the smaller pieces on the table. They are paired with simpler, wooden chairs that match the dining table to add some unity and have a solid base to the design.

Want to see for your self?? Head to Downtown Sanford this weekend and visit Jeanine Taylor Folk Art on 1st Street!! Exhibit is open until 5pm on Sunday the 9th!

 

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How to Maximize a Small Space

Living on a small space doesn’t have to feel like your living in a cramped place! Here, we will give some clever suggestions on how to take advantage of your tight space.

Choose Furniture that Serves Multiple Purposes

Choose furnishings that offer maximum functionality in minimal square footage. Choose a chaise-end sofa to add extra seating space. This is also perfect when you have relatives or friends over who are going to spend the night at your place. These cubed floor lamps provide extra shelving for sentimental pieces. An ottoman or bench have liftable lids to sneakily store pillows, blankets, or anything else from your guests!

This coffee table is not only pretty but also serves as a place for storage!

Create a Clever Floor Plan

Measure the spaces for your furniture to assure you have ample sized walkways. It is important to be selective and aware of your needs when getting furniture. Ironically, consider that small furniture doesn’t always work; it serves less of its purpose and allows room for more unneeded pieces. Don’t be afraid of use large pieces; as long as they do not appear out of scale.

Install Floating Furniture

Save space by installing floating shelves as a TV console or in your small bathroom. If you do this, you will have more room to walk and move around. Mounting your TV on the wall instead of placing it on the console top will regain that necessary table space. This leaves space for cute storage baskets or a dog bed underneath if high enough!

This leaves space for cute storage baskets or a dog bed underneath if high enough!

Shrink Your Dining Table

Purchase a table that comes with extra leaves that can be inserted for those occasional large get-togethers; then take them out when not needed. This allows for needed walk pathways.

Trick Your Eye

It’s the oldest design trick: Mirrors will make your space feel larger and lighter. They add dimension to a room.

This mirror help to expand the perspective of the real size of this bathroom.

Take Advantage of Every Closed Door

To maximize every centimeter of your house, use hanging racks on backs of doors for bags, scarves, belts, etc.! This tactic also opens up drawer space for other items.

Declutter

We feel the need to fill a room with furniture a lot so it looks furnished. Avoid this!! The most important step to maximizing your space is to purge! Sometimes it can be hard of get rid of your belongings, we understand. Always keep this question in mind: Do I REALLY need this? Be honest with yourself, and get rid of those unnecessary items. You can do it!!

This design looks organized because is declutter and every items has a specific place for storage!

A small space can be challenging in terms of decoration and design. However, we hope that with these tips, you have a better idea of have to maximize your space and take advantage of your furniture and materials!

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