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Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Artistic touch dominates this year's spring decor choices

  • Sky Bird embroidered pillow covers from Pottery Barn look like vintage postcards.

    Pottery Barn

    Sky Bird embroidered pillow covers from Pottery Barn look like vintage postcards.

  • The print "Boat Reflection" is by Lupen Grainne.

    Lupen Grainne / Pottery Barn

    The print "Boat Reflection" is by Lupen Grainne.

  • A dramatic rendering of a blue egg makes a beautiful statement on a wall.

    Wisteria

    A dramatic rendering of a blue egg makes a beautiful statement on a wall.

  • A Monet-like painting is digitally printed on the Myrtle pillow at Crate and Barrel.

    Crate and Barrel

    A Monet-like painting is digitally printed on the Myrtle pillow at Crate and Barrel.

  • A Parisian bistro is depicted on Pottery Barn's Bon Appetit print by Cindy Taylor.

    Cindy Taylor / Pottery Barn

    A Parisian bistro is depicted on Pottery Barn's Bon Appetit print by Cindy Taylor.

Visiting this spring's decor previews was like exploring an art gallery. There was an artistic vibe to everything from dinnerware to drapery, art photographs to textiles.
Manufacturers are now able to reproduce artwork with impressive detail and precision. Originals that may have been painted or inked retain evidence of brush and pen.
Computer-generated designs have greater depth of color and pattern than in the past. And photo prints are even more striking.
Zara Home has a bouquet of lovely throw pillows for spring with vintage prints or botanical ones reminiscent of paintings by the Masters. "Mariposa" features a flock of Edouard Travies-esque exotic butterflies on a white background; "Lula" evokes a Renoir still life; "Spring" has a sweet cottage floral; "Lannion," "Hawaiana" and "Hojas"' tropical motifs have a retro vibe. (www.zarahome.com).
A spring walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden inspired artist Matthew Lew to create an exuberant burst of white and tan blooms on a bright orange background, rendered at CB2 on a hand-tufted rug.
The retailer's got another modern rug featuring a graphic brush stroke of linen white on tonal carbon gray. And artist Katherine Finn-Gamino's colorful multimedia geometric pillow is abstract art for the sofa. (Botanical rug, Swoosh rug, pillow, www.cb2.com).
Watercolor paintings of many popular dog breeds, including Labs, golden retrievers and little terriers, are available from Pottery Barn on linen throw pillows with personalized monograms. The needle arts are showcased, as well, on linen lampshades stitched with tonal ikat or floral motifs, and a pillow depicting a vintage bird postcard in finely detailed embroidery. (www.potterybarn.com).
Photographic art is an excellent way to bring a creative or unusual element to your room. Pottery Barn continues to expand its wall-art series this spring with a coterie of photo artists who have made intriguing works at a price point not easily matched in the market for great photography.
California photographer Lupen Grainne creates imagery that combines a pensive Instagram quality with professional composition. She captures dreamy San Francisco street scenes and beautiful still lifes that draw you in.
San Francisco-based Ana Ramirez' shell photographs in stark black and white highlight the sculptural beauty of nature. And Prague-born photographer Michal Venera's expressive black-and-white Tanzanian animal prints depict the textural grace and beauty of the natural world.
At Crate & Barrel, there's the Monet-like watercolor floral of the "Myrtle" pillow, while the dramatic "Landscape" pillow, featuring a winding road through wild countryside, brings Turner to mind. (www.crateandbarrel.com).
Bird's eggs writ large -- in fact, 32-inch-square large -- are the powerful focal point of a series of wall art at Wisteria this spring. The eggs themselves are softly hued, but the scale of the photographic imagery is so remarkable that one or more would be a central feature in any room. (www.wisteria.com).
Story tags » Interior decorating

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