It’s no secret that I am a serial decorator, whether that be through designing and implementing a whole new scheme, or making more subtle changes like altering the colour of a wall, re-arranging furniture, or adding/refreshing artwork.
It is important to me that our home evolves, adapting to our needs, incorporating new seasons and trends, and always feeling fresh, exciting and full of items that bring us joy. Even if that does involve having a job almost always on the go!
Most of the walls in our home display artwork; from the huge gallery wall on the top floor landing, to pairs of complimentary prints, and stand alone pieces which are statements in themselves.
One of my favourite art stores is King & McGaw, a UK art manufacturer who aim to bring aspiring and affordable art to everyone. They stock artists work from Picasso to Henry Clarke, Warhol to Van Gogh, and make everything by hand at their 30,000 square foot workshop near the south coast. They also specialise in rare art which they frequently supply to the world’s greatest museums and galleries.
I recently visited their offices and factory, really enjoying the tour of the design and print rooms, where Tracey Gilmore took us through their products and gave us a sneak peek of their very special rare and limited collections. I also loved watching the huge printers in action! It gave me an amazing opportunity to hear the story behind the brand, witness the processes behind the designing, printing and packaging, and also see the studio space they provide for budding artists to use to develop their skills.
One of the founders, Gyr King explained how he started the business with co-founder Bruce McGaw in 1982 using a second-hand screen press in the basement of a large house in Brighton. Now, 37 years later, it is one of the UK’s leading art suppliers, with over 8000 beautiful artworks available to purchase from their recently revamped website.
I admire their ethical ethos – they use sustainably sourced wood for their frames, and blown corn bags for their packaging, and are focusing on using as much recyclable material as possible. Their passion was infectious, especially when they discussed sourcing rare pieces. As well as art, they stock a handful of extras, such as limited edition bowls and mugs, espresso cups and platters. Even skateboards!
Choosing art for your home can be daunting. Retail giant John Lewis apparently conducted research into how people buy and display art in their homes, and found that people lack confidence when choosing pieces, and deciding where to hang them, as it is such a personal addition to the home.
The great thing about King & McGaw is the huge variety of artwork on offer – there is something for everyone, with art prints to suit every style of interior décor. When they contacted me and asked me to choose a couple of pieces for my home, I jumped at the chance, and I have been so happy with the choices I made.
First, I chose ‘Just One’ by Ingrid Beddoes. I loved the muted colours, and the sense of calm it evoked, which I thought would suit our bedroom perfectly (which I like to think of as a little haven away from the hustle and bustle of family life.) It looked beautiful against the little Greene ‘Roman Plaster’ paint which was on the wall behind the bed at the time. I created a cohesive scheme, tying in the green and brown hues of the artwork with pendant lights and cushions.
When I re-painted the wall in Little Greene ‘Livid’ I was thrilled that the painting looked even better against the rich green. Dark walls are always a good backdrop to set prints against as they really make the colours pop. Teemed with some pale green knit cushions and monstera leaf bedding, I couldn’t be happier with my bedroom décor.
The second artwork I chose was ’Tiree Cottage‘ by Ron Lawson, a simple painting of an isolated cottage in dark muted colours, set in a Scottish landscape inspired by the area in which he grew up.
I thought this would look lovely in my dining room, which is also decorated in soft tones of white, grey, pink and black. I have surrounded the artwork with things that I love in similar colours, such as white vases, plants and candles and I am thrilled with this corner, it’s a great focal point in the room.
If you would like some new, inspiring artwork for your home, you can visit their website here, and get 15% off between Sunday 21st July and Saturday 27th July (excluding rare and limited artwork) with the code KAT15.
Until next time,
(AD) This post is part of a paid collaboration with King & McGaw, however all opinions are my own.