All Things Art
Both Lisa & Sara have always had a deep love and appreciation for art. Lisa and her husband started collecting art when they lived in Kansas City and decided to take part in the burgeoning art scene there. Personally, she loves art with color and expressive style, and has quite a diverse collection of folk art and mixed media procured over the years.
Now especially, with Sara’s background in art business, Lisa Queen Design is striving to make sure art is at the forefront of design. With educational roots from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, she worked with a fellow Sotheby’s alumna, Pauli Ochi, when Pauli was first launching her namesake gallery, Ochi Projects. This is where Sara was first introduced to Zio Ziegler, the artist that inspired her continuing passion around what she calls “street to studio” artists, and where she personally acquired her first work of art. Sara has travelled to Mexico City, Hong Kong, NYC and Miami to explore artists, galleries, and collections around the world. She brings her deep passion and knowledge to LQD by deepening the value of art as an integral part of the design practice.
Whether you have an existing art collection you want to design around and integrate, or if you are new to the art scene and would like to tap into our knowledge of emergent artists, LQD will help you fill your walls and your home with art that is meaningful to you.
Browse some of our art projects below.
The artwork you see here is by Damian Elwes. Our client had already acquired several of his works when we were hired to completely remodel the house. In a situation like this, the art is considered from the beginning of design and construction. As Lisa is laying out the space, deciding where walls go, doors go, windows go, how high the fireplace surround should be - all of this is considered with the ART IN MIND to ensure that special works of art like the one in this photo have a thoughtful place to live in the home.
In another scenario, we had a client who wanted to work in their contemporary collection including works by Banksy & KAWS, into a traditional Georgian home design. We completely transformed the home with elegant moldings, marble, and other Georgian-style finishes, and with the art helping to tell the story, the end result was a playful yet elegant mix of tradition and trend.
We had a friend of a client call us and say, “I hear you girls are good at art!”. Yes! Art is such a personal touch to a home and aesthetically speaking, it can really make a space speak! We love helping source, procure, and place art for our clients.
For this client in particular, we placed a bright beautiful work by artist Kimber Berry in the dining room, and a classic Slim Aarons print in a bedroom. We also created two gorgeous hallways like the one in this photo. The walls were flat and blank when we came on board. We added applied molding panels, paint, furniture, a long runner, lighting, and all the art you see here, plus more.
This plain hallway was transformed into a “gallery hall” and was truly transformational. We created a similar effect downstairs but with all black and white family photography.
Working in tandem with Tappan Collective and one of our favorite artists of the moment, Kelsey Shultis, we created a custom art pairing for a client who shares our love for Shultis’ work.
These two works, both oil on paper, are such a gem. You experience them every time you enter the master suite and as you pass through to the back bedrooms. It’s not easy to see in this photo, but the works have so much texture and life, they seem to leap right out of the frames.
Especially with the works being a commission, they feel so genuine to the energy and color of the space.
Sara is a personal fan of commission work as she recently spotted a statement piece for her bedroom. At LQD we like to find an emergent artist that you love and commission them… of course guided by our assistance along the way.
Care for a Collection While Under Construction
This project is just in the beginning phases of design development. We haven’t even started construction. It’s the perfect example of the kind of care we take to ensure each piece of existing art is carefully considered in the design plan from integration into the design to proper care and storage during construction.
In this case, especially since the client has many valuable artworks by artists like David Hockney & Roy Lichtenstein, we connected them with a professional art storage, packing, and crating company to help manage their art collection while the house is under construction.
During our intake, we measured and photographed each artwork, adding it to our inventory of the home, and as we design the house we make sure there is a special place for each work of art. In this project, we are creating a gallery hall similar to the one in the first post on this page, where each piece of art will have a spot in a frame of applied molding.