The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

Christenberry Collection is a gathering of contemporary artists who use abstract art to convey the beauty they see in the world. Many of our artists use color, texture, and brushwork that creates whimsical pieces that can be either neutral and understated or bright with a pop! We are bringing together emerging and established artists to give our followers a wide range to choose from, so the prices in this gallery range. Please follow our links to read about our established artists and their accolades and then switch gears to our emerging artists to discover something new! We have included bios of our artists so you can learn about their background, families, and inspirations. We also have our pieces broken down into genres including acrylic, oil, mixed media, originals, and giclees. We hope you enjoy exploring Christenberry Collection! 

Ten Local Christmas Gift Ideas:

Christmas is only 7 weekends away. Can y’all believe it?

Your shopping time is limited- so to help you we’ve combined a list of 10 of our favorite gift items for the 2016 Christmas season from a few local businesses in the Columbia area!

  1. Gold Circle Earrings| Pixie Belle Jewelry

These earrings are one of a kind as they are handcrafted here in Columbia! These are made with 14k gold fill and could pair so well with any outfit! To purchase these earrings or to see other jewelry that’s available this holiday season, be sure to visit the Pixie Belle Jewelry website or stop by 3128 Collective!


      2. Lulie Wallace Lunch Boxes | LaRoque

Lulie Wallace is an artist from Charleston, SC and she has incorporated her floral designs onto these adorable tin lunchboxes. They are perfect for your little girl so she can take her lunch to school in style.  To purchase these, stop by LaRoque, located at 2700 Devine St. in Columbia where you can also find other beautiful items for the fashion lover in your life.

  1. Travertine Pillows

With a timeless design and modern function you can't go wrong with a beautiful Travertine pillow or two. These would be the perfect...

For those of you who love oysters as much as we do, know that it’s best to eat them during the months with the letter “R” in their name.

Being the middle of October, we’re currently in the heart of the oyster season. It’s not only the perfect time of year for oysters in the food industry, but it is in the art world as well. We’ve just recently added some beautiful new pieces to the inventory that have tastefully incorporated the shells of these sea creatures!

 

We love these new "Panhandle Pearl" pieces from Amy Christenberry! In these distressed wooden boxes, lie four authentic oyster shells- straight from the coast. Each oyster is lined with touches of gold, emphasizing the shell’s natural beauty and uniqueness. Check out our inventory to see the other unique ways that Amy has incorporated oyster shells into her artwork.

 

        

 Next, we have these beautiful abstract oysters by Ashley Williams. The bright harmony of coastal blues and greys, with subtle touches of pink, really makes these pieces stand out. Having these will bring a little taste of the coast to your home, all year long. They are available in both 4x4 and 16x20 inch canvases that complement each other so...

Finding the Perfect Piece of Art- An Interview with Erin Carroll

We have all had one of those moments. You know…the one where “when you see it, you just know it’s the one.” Finding the perfect artwork for your home can be one of those moments, especially if you know what you’re looking for. The key to selecting the perfect piece of art is having an idea of what type of art excites you and having a plan on how to style and display it in your home. We recently chatted with local blogger and interior designer, Erin Akin Carroll, about her experience finding the perfect pieces of art through Christenberry Collection, for both her own home and the homes of her clients.

Here’s what we learned about Erin and her recent art selections:

“I have been blogging since 2007. When my husband and I were newly engaged, I started my blog. It began as a daily blog for our families and I really enjoyed it. It became more of a place for me to write what was on my heart during that time…”

“In addition to blogging, I now have an interior design business, The Golden Egg. My mom had it, and she always had. My mom recently passed away in December, but before she passed away, the flood happened. Some of...

Adding a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork to your home is a great way to add uniqueness to your favorite room …but it can be so difficult to choose which piece will work! Here are some tips to help make that decision a tad easier for you!

  • Color is key.

The colors in the artwork are extremely important to consider when choosing the right artwork to display in your home. If you are looking for a way to really pull all of the elements of a room together, it would be effective to select art that uses the same colors as other decorations in the room. Say you’ve used cool tones to decorate- blues and greens- you can choose a piece of art that incorporates similar shades of these colors to tie the room together. Or, if you’d like, you can be a bit more daring and try to find a piece that contrasts the colors in the room. This will give a more dramatic look. For example, it may be that you used more neutral tones in your room- beige and greys- but by adding a bold and colorful piece of art to the room, this contrast will give your room the “pop!” you may be looking for!

  • Know where the art is going to be placed.

As you’re browsing for the perfect piece of art, it’s best to start...

Check out this amazing article by Whitney Forstner all about Christenberry Collection!  We are so grateful and humbled to featured on this amazing online community!

http://styleblueprint.com/everyday/meredith-christenberry-collection/

 

How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."