January is Art Month!

January is Art Month!

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 22, 2007

We've got more reader's interiors and artwork to show this week and we'll be highlighting more galleries, artists and sources to help you get a grip on what to put on your walls. Keep sending your tips.

Over the weekend we were working on the AT House Tour Book, which is due out later this year, and were impressed all over again with Tyke and Jon's Topanga Canyon Casa, particularly because of all the art on display. This is what we wrote:

Of particular note is their art collection. While you will be hard pressed to find it all in our source list, the art on their walls makes a big difference in setting a tone...

Every piece is colorful curiosity and comes with a story of a friend or store or of having made it themselves. And there's a lot of it for a small home. If you stripped the rooms of their artistic contributions, this house would be extremely bare.

Art is usually the last thing on our list when it comes to setting up a home, but without it, a home is not complete. What is it that art does? It isn't practical. It isn't functional.

Art speaks to our highest selves. After we've eaten and done the dishes, we want our home to also nourish our spirit. Good, healthy pieces of artwork, whether by friends, children or strangers, do just this.

So, again, we ask you: What do you have on your walls?

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