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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:26 pm, Wed May 18, 2011.

Dear Claudia:

Finally, now that the weather is below 100 degrees I am hoping that my family and I will spend more time enjoying the outdoors, especially our backyard. I have a new patio set and a lot of greenery but it is missing art.

What kind of art would you suggest?

 

Answer:

It is an excellent idea to use art work in your backyard to give it that special touch. Certainly, all Arizonans are looking forward to the end of the long four months of triple digits to be able to enjoy our beautiful weather outdoors. This summer, especially, has been more humid and we are looking forward to fall when the weather is just perfect to enjoy many activities outdoors.

There are so many kinds of art work for the outdoors that we can definitely find something for the look that we want to create. I would first start by identifying how many pieces will be needed, how big and the style you prefer.

One kind of art that I would like to suggest is a 3-D sculpture. I was introduced to an artist that is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills, Kathie Kelly; she creates custom one-of-a-kind sculptures that are considered “Green art or Products.” For the most part these artworks have been made from materials and items that were intended for the trash.

It is certainly refreshing to see an artist with vision, who is creating along with the green movement. Besides, there is always a story behind each art piece that makes it unique and will give it that personal touch. Be creative and make the most of this beautiful weather to come.

 

Dear Claudia:

I have been thinking of buying art pieces for my house. I do not like looking at the blank walls, but I can never make a decision about what to buy. I want to be creative.

 

Answer:

The pieces of art that we use in our home definitely should be special to us. One simple way to choose art is if you will love it every time you look at it. Keep in mind that it should somehow be incorporated into your décor.

There are many ways you can be creative when choosing artwork. One of my favorite art pieces is to use art done by family members, especially kids’ art by framing it. If you have kids who are taking art classes they will love seeing their creations on the walls.

Do not be afraid of displaying the art you like. Keep in mind that some people change the artwork in their home every five or 10 years, but keep cherished pieces for a lifetime.

 

Claudia Dabdoub is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills and owner of D’amore Interior Design Studio. To ask a question for an upcoming column, reach her at (480) 751-9938 or www.damoreinteriordesignstudio.com.

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