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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Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

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Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

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The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

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When we talk about well-rounded artists, we think of things like different mediums or different avenues of art... but a well-rounded artist could also be a women who shares her artistic passion in a multitude of arenas. Leah G. Richardson is just that!

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Christenberry Collection is featuring a local artist for the month of March and could not get enough of her personality spunk and artistic abilities. Ashley Williams does it all, but most importantly she makes art that brings joy to the lives of so many. 
Ashley has been experimenting with graffiti recently and incorporating it into her “Babes in Baubles” series to give it an edgier flair.  Sometimes the juxtaposition of graffiti and a more traditional interior design is really just what a space needs. Ashley believes, "It’s ok to break design rules!"
Here is a piece Ashley worked on for quite a while- Graffiti Lady. (Available exclusively on ChristenberryCollection.com)
Christenberry Collection | Art
Ashley was born and raised in Columbia, SC where she lives with her husband, three children (Taylor 8, Rocco 6, and Brewer 4) and my dog/life co-pilot, Bruce. Ashley is an artist and shop owner ( 3128 The Collective). Ashley credits her mom with the main influence of art in her early childhood. Her mom was an Art major in college and  went on to Master in Art at USC, she was always sewing, painting furniture, murals, canvas, taking Ashley to estate auctions, antique stores, fabric/textile shops...

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New Artists & Gift Guides

Holidays are a time for family, friends, and gratitude. We are busy this season adding new artists and connecting with designers across the country for gift guides.

We recently partnered with a new artist Virginia Chamlee. Virginia is a Florida-based artist (and our December Artist Highlight) whose work is inspired by the colors and shapes found throughout her home state, and the power and beauty of the female form.

A writer by trade (she has written for Style and Beauty features for Buzzfeed and The Washington Post, among others), much of Virginia's work incorporates words into the overall piece. Her feminine style is a great present for a new collector who loves color and modern art.

The Christenberry Collection team also connected with Katie at the La Ti Blog to highlight a few perfect gifts for the holidays.

Katie fell in love with artist Ashley Williams "Babes in Baubles" collection and how unique each piece is.

Christenberry Collection | Blog

To see the full gift guide by Katie CLICK HERE including how she styled her "Babe in Baubles" piece by Ashley Williams. 

If you aren't following us on Instagram, nows the time. @Christenberry_Collection will be adding new art and...

Over the course of the business, Christenberry Collection has been highlighted on several media outlets and we want to highlight two of our favorite pieces:

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Have you ever spent a night at a Ritz Carlton?  If you’re reading this blog, then you most likely have an eye for design, an appreciation for art, and would react as I did just wandering the halls of the Ritz.  I lavished in all the beautiful extras in every aspect of the resort’s design; the grasscloth wallpaper and marble floor in each suite, the meticulously displayed flowers in the lobby.  But, the decor was just the beginning of my experience. Every single piece of art in the lobby, halls, and public spaces was original.  The brushstrokes were so expressive and the thick paint was palpable. Each piece, whether it was my style or not, exuded the discerning taste of it’s owner.

Art makes us feel good and original art does so much more.  It says something about its owner and enriches any space.  So, take a hint form the Ritz Carlton and bring some art into your life. 

  1. The Art Makes The Room

Not all homes can be the Ritz Carlton, but hanging just one painting that is special to you can truly make your home come to life.  Artwork ignites interest and invites your guests to ask questions about it. Where did you get it?  What drew you to it?  Who painted it?   

If you have a...

Christmas can be filled with laughter, presents, family, and sugary treats, but have you ever wondered about some of the Christmas traditions we celebrate? We found 20 interesting Christmas facts that might surprise you:

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New Artists & Gift Guides

Holidays are a time for family, friends, and gratitude. We are busy this season adding new artists and connecting with designers across the country for gift guides.

We recently partnered with a new artist Virginia Chamlee. Virginia is a Florida-based artist (and our December Artist Highlight) whose work is inspired by the colors and shapes found throughout her home state, and the power and beauty of the female form.

A writer by trade (she has written for Style and Beauty features for Buzzfeed and The Washington Post, among others), much of Virginia's work incorporates words into the overall piece. Her feminine style is a great present for a new collector who loves color and modern art.

The Christenberry Collection team also connected with Katie at the La Ti Blog to highlight a few perfect gifts for the holidays.

Katie fell in love with artist Ashley Williams "Babes in Baubles" collection and how unique each piece is.

Christenberry Collection | Blog

To see the full gift guide by Katie CLICK HERE including how she styled her "Babe in Baubles" piece by Ashley Williams. 

If you aren't following us on Instagram, nows the time. @Christenberry_Collection will be adding new art and...

Over the course of the business, Christenberry Collection has been highlighted on several media outlets and we want to highlight two of our favorite pieces:

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Have you ever spent a night at a Ritz Carlton?  If you’re reading this blog, then you most likely have an eye for design, an appreciation for art, and would react as I did just wandering the halls of the Ritz.  I lavished in all the beautiful extras in every aspect of the resort’s design; the grasscloth wallpaper and marble floor in each suite, the meticulously displayed flowers in the lobby.  But, the decor was just the beginning of my experience. Every single piece of art in the lobby, halls, and public spaces was original.  The brushstrokes were so expressive and the thick paint was palpable. Each piece, whether it was my style or not, exuded the discerning taste of it’s owner.

Art makes us feel good and original art does so much more.  It says something about its owner and enriches any space.  So, take a hint form the Ritz Carlton and bring some art into your life. 

  1. The Art Makes The Room

Not all homes can be the Ritz Carlton, but hanging just one painting that is special to you can truly make your home come to life.  Artwork ignites interest and invites your guests to ask questions about it. Where did you get it?  What drew you to it?  Who painted it?   

If you have a...

Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

More

Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

More

The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

More

Christenberry Collection is featuring a local artist for the month of March and could not get enough of her personality spunk and artistic abilities. Ashley Williams does it all, but most importantly she makes art that brings joy to the lives of so many. 
Ashley has been experimenting with graffiti recently and incorporating it into her “Babes in Baubles” series to give it an edgier flair.  Sometimes the juxtaposition of graffiti and a more traditional interior design is really just what a space needs. Ashley believes, "It’s ok to break design rules!"
Here is a piece Ashley worked on for quite a while- Graffiti Lady. (Available exclusively on ChristenberryCollection.com)
Christenberry Collection | Art
Ashley was born and raised in Columbia, SC where she lives with her husband, three children (Taylor 8, Rocco 6, and Brewer 4) and my dog/life co-pilot, Bruce. Ashley is an artist and shop owner ( 3128 The Collective). Ashley credits her mom with the main influence of art in her early childhood. Her mom was an Art major in college and  went on to Master in Art at USC, she was always sewing, painting furniture, murals, canvas, taking Ashley to estate auctions, antique stores, fabric/textile shops...

Have you ever spent a night at a Ritz Carlton?  If you’re reading this blog, then you most likely have an eye for design, an appreciation for art, and would react as I did just wandering the halls of the Ritz.  I lavished in all the beautiful extras in every aspect of the resort’s design; the grasscloth wallpaper and marble floor in each suite, the meticulously displayed flowers in the lobby.  But, the decor was just the beginning of my experience. Every single piece of art in the lobby, halls, and public spaces was original.  The brushstrokes were so expressive and the thick paint was palpable. Each piece, whether it was my style or not, exuded the discerning taste of it’s owner.

Art makes us feel good and original art does so much more.  It says something about its owner and enriches any space.  So, take a hint form the Ritz Carlton and bring some art into your life. 

  1. The Art Makes The Room

Not all homes can be the Ritz Carlton, but hanging just one painting that is special to you can truly make your home come to life.  Artwork ignites interest and invites your guests to ask questions about it. Where did you get it?  What drew you to it?  Who painted it?   

If you have a...

Christenberry Collection, founded by Meredith Christenberry, is committed to giving back to the community through not-for-profit months. Meredith thought through many avenues of giving back to her community before deciding to make a percentage of sales each month go toward a cause and group that is making the world a better place.

Art brings beauty to our homes and passion to our days, but it can also be an avenue for supporting organizations that support our community. Having a home is a luxury that not all Americans have. Children especially are burdened during this difficult circumstance, and Project Night Night has a heart to help children in need of a sense of home.

More

Working in the art business has taught us one definite thing: Art can be displayed in more than one way and look phenomenal. Gallery walls are one way to display multiple pieces of art in an organized fashion. We recently put up a gallery wall in a local Columbia shop and it turned out exactly how we envisioned- Organized and Stunning. 

If you are new to our blog or new to the art world, you most likely haven't formulated a gallery wall before. We pulled together the best tips we have for creating the flawless gallery wall and hope to inspire you to create an art collaboration in your very own home.

More

The art shopping experience can be confusing and oh so stressful if you don't know what you are looking for. Shoppers often go into a store and say "I like that picture," buy it and never find the right place for it in their home. (Anyone else have rogue art laying around at their house?!)

Some shoppers take the opposite approach to find art, they see the space lacking color at home and set out to find the perfect piece to fill it. This turns into weeks of indecisiveness and stress, but buying art should not be stressful at all. 

We have FOUR locations all over North and South Carolina that can help you find the perfect piece of art!

More

Christenberry Collection is featuring a local artist for the month of March and could not get enough of her personality spunk and artistic abilities. Ashley Williams does it all, but most importantly she makes art that brings joy to the lives of so many. 
Ashley has been experimenting with graffiti recently and incorporating it into her “Babes in Baubles” series to give it an edgier flair.  Sometimes the juxtaposition of graffiti and a more traditional interior design is really just what a space needs. Ashley believes, "It’s ok to break design rules!"
Here is a piece Ashley worked on for quite a while- Graffiti Lady. (Available exclusively on ChristenberryCollection.com)
Christenberry Collection | Art
Ashley was born and raised in Columbia, SC where she lives with her husband, three children (Taylor 8, Rocco 6, and Brewer 4) and my dog/life co-pilot, Bruce. Ashley is an artist and shop owner ( 3128 The Collective). Ashley credits her mom with the main influence of art in her early childhood. Her mom was an Art major in college and  went on to Master in Art at USC, she was always sewing, painting furniture, murals, canvas, taking Ashley to estate auctions, antique stores, fabric/textile shops...

Christmas can be filled with laughter, presents, family, and sugary treats, but have you ever wondered about some of the Christmas traditions we celebrate? We found 20 interesting Christmas facts that might surprise you:

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New Artists & Gift Guides

Holidays are a time for family, friends, and gratitude. We are busy this season adding new artists and connecting with designers across the country for gift guides.

We recently partnered with a new artist Virginia Chamlee. Virginia is a Florida-based artist (and our December Artist Highlight) whose work is inspired by the colors and shapes found throughout her home state, and the power and beauty of the female form.

A writer by trade (she has written for Style and Beauty features for Buzzfeed and The Washington Post, among others), much of Virginia's work incorporates words into the overall piece. Her feminine style is a great present for a new collector who loves color and modern art.

The Christenberry Collection team also connected with Katie at the La Ti Blog to highlight a few perfect gifts for the holidays.

Katie fell in love with artist Ashley Williams "Babes in Baubles" collection and how unique each piece is.

Christenberry Collection | Blog

To see the full gift guide by Katie CLICK HERE including how she styled her "Babe in Baubles" piece by Ashley Williams. 

If you aren't following us on Instagram, nows the time. @Christenberry_Collection will be adding new art and...

Over the course of the business, Christenberry Collection has been highlighted on several media outlets and we want to highlight two of our favorite pieces:

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If you haven't see the new rooftop spot in Columbia yet, you're missing out! Hendrix opened in February and has been buzzing Main Street ever since.

When you visit Hendrix, you will see art throughout the venue that was curated from our very own Meredith Christenberry! The collaboration came from a friendship between Christy Davis (Owner and Designer of Hendrix) and Meredith. The two have been friends and working together on successful local projects for five years, and Hendrix is no different.

*Robert Clark Photography

We sat down with Christy Davis to ask her about how she developed the design concept for Hendrix and her thoughts on design trends. Here is what Christy had to say:

I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and attended The University of Georgia, where I got my degree in interior design.  I have always wanted to be an interior designer since I was in middle school.  I used to babysit for a designer, and that is where I caught the design bug. I began my interior design career in Houston, Texas.  I moved there right after graduating college, and worked for a large high end design firm that specializes in new construction and remodel.  Houston is where I began to...

It isn't that often that Meredith Christenberry, out very own Founder and Owner, is interviewed by fellow art experts.... but this week Whitney Forster of Art for the Home did just that.

Whitney and Meredith met by coincidence and have been friends ever since.

You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes with Christenberry Collection and give our girl Whitney some love too.

You can read the full article HERE.

Christenberry Collection is featuring a local artist for the month of March and could not get enough of her personality spunk and artistic abilities. Ashley Williams does it all, but most importantly she makes art that brings joy to the lives of so many. 
Ashley has been experimenting with graffiti recently and incorporating it into her “Babes in Baubles” series to give it an edgier flair.  Sometimes the juxtaposition of graffiti and a more traditional interior design is really just what a space needs. Ashley believes, "It’s ok to break design rules!"
Here is a piece Ashley worked on for quite a while- Graffiti Lady. (Available exclusively on ChristenberryCollection.com)
Christenberry Collection | Art
Ashley was born and raised in Columbia, SC where she lives with her husband, three children (Taylor 8, Rocco 6, and Brewer 4) and my dog/life co-pilot, Bruce. Ashley is an artist and shop owner ( 3128 The Collective). Ashley credits her mom with the main influence of art in her early childhood. Her mom was an Art major in college and  went on to Master in Art at USC, she was always sewing, painting furniture, murals, canvas, taking Ashley to estate auctions, antique stores, fabric/textile shops...

Christmas can be filled with laughter, presents, family, and sugary treats, but have you ever wondered about some of the Christmas traditions we celebrate? We found 20 interesting Christmas facts that might surprise you:

More

New Artists & Gift Guides

Holidays are a time for family, friends, and gratitude. We are busy this season adding new artists and connecting with designers across the country for gift guides.

We recently partnered with a new artist Virginia Chamlee. Virginia is a Florida-based artist (and our December Artist Highlight) whose work is inspired by the colors and shapes found throughout her home state, and the power and beauty of the female form.

A writer by trade (she has written for Style and Beauty features for Buzzfeed and The Washington Post, among others), much of Virginia's work incorporates words into the overall piece. Her feminine style is a great present for a new collector who loves color and modern art.

The Christenberry Collection team also connected with Katie at the La Ti Blog to highlight a few perfect gifts for the holidays.

Katie fell in love with artist Ashley Williams "Babes in Baubles" collection and how unique each piece is.

Christenberry Collection | Blog

To see the full gift guide by Katie CLICK HERE including how she styled her "Babe in Baubles" piece by Ashley Williams. 

If you aren't following us on Instagram, nows the time. @Christenberry_Collection will be adding new art and...

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."