Have you ever thought about how sculptures can serve multiple purposes? Today on home&heART, Karen Christoff talks about her one-of-a-kind Walter Neill jewelry/ornament display.
What drew you to this piece?
This was a commissioned piece that my husband arranged for my birthday. I wanted something attractive to display my Swarovski annual Christmas ornaments. It was an interesting process - something I've never done before. Walter clearly wanted to get create something that I'd love. (He succeeded!) He came back a few times with sketches. The base is quarter-sawn red oak finished to show beautiful natural grain. The "tendrils" supporting the crystals are hand-drawn from steel rods. The piece is a gorgeous product of Walter's blacksmithing and cabinetmaking. It actually looks more impressive without the ornaments, but I have to hang them somewhere!
What memories or emotions does it elicit?
It reminds me of my loving husband.
How do you choose where you put art in your home?
I like art on full display, easily seen by guests - so I can tell them the story behind the pieces. The stories can be as good as the pieces themselves.
Why is collecting art important?
Life without art would be gray and dull
What advice do you have for people looking to buy art for their homes?
Be sure to visit Walter & Vivian at their Treehouse Gallery.