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This article was written by Lawrence Karol for Houzz, and features a room I designed for a Showhouse

There are many reasons to include a landscape painting as a focal point or an accessory in any room.  Some designers highlighted here, featured work by artists they know personally.  One – in a find worthy of a segment on Antiques Roadshow – came across a valuable piece tucked away in a back room.  Personally, I find that landscape art adds a sense of calm to a space.  So prepare yourself for a soothing journey

Multiply and divide.  This vignette was done by Robin Muto for a designer show house.  “It was a study for a male artist, so I wanted the room to be masculine and filled with interesting objects that he might have collected on his travels or just walks in nature,” she says.

“My husband, Rick Muto, who is a decorative painter and fine artist, was the inspiration for the room.  He did the dark-green oil glaze on the wall, to feel like you were in the woods, and all the paintings are from his regional plein air series of locations that are within a two-hour drive from our house in upstate New York.”

Here are some other images of the room that are not featured in the article:

This image shows a large painting that I commissioned Rick Muto to do for this wall over the daybed.  This is a scene from our hike in Kaaterskill Falls which was a favorite destination of the Hudson River School of painters

To read the full article click on this link: Expert Talk: Have a Field Day With Landscape Art


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Lighting for Dark Corners

July 7, 2011

I am thrilled to have a “Guest Blogger”  today.  This post on Lighting for Dark Corners has been written specifically for my blog: Smart Design for Inner Spaces. I have read many of the blogs written by the staff at Design Shuffle and have found them to be highly informative.  I hope you enjoy this […]

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The Perfect Shade

May 14, 2011

Lamps are not only functional lighting, but also an important interior accessory.  They provide a sense of character that can set the mood for any room.  Lamps and lampshades come in so many styles and materials that it quickly allows for personalization.  Though trends come and go, well chosen lamps will remain a timeless piece […]

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Tid-Bits: Up on Down

January 18, 2011

As times goes on, I find that I desire fewer things….but the things that I do desire I have become much more selective about.  First I became a “coffee snob” then I became a connoisseur of olive oils and my latest fanaticism has to do with pillows. Down pillows are the best.  That is the […]

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