When interior designer Ashley Hanley called her friend and regular collaborator, Liza Pruitt, to enlist her help in placing art in a project she was working on, she had a vision but needed help sourcing local art that would fit the client’s budget. The house was a 1939 Colonial Revival in Richmond, Virginia, so the overall aesthetic leaned traditional. With that said, the client had a bubbly personality and a fondness for color, so Ashley wanted original art that wasn’t too dark or stuffy. The client also frequently entertained guests from out of town and was looking to create a peaceful, relaxing ambiance - “almost like a boutique hotel.”
With a color palette in mind, Liza turned to a perennial favorite, landscape artist Carson Overstreet. Liza mentioned, “Carson’s landscapes make you want to take a deep breath and put your feet up. Her use of color so exactly replicates those you find in nature that you actually feel like you are in a sun-dappled meadow. Perfect for a master bedroom!”
The other artist that instantly came to mind was Erin Tice. Erins’s abstracts are contemporary, but her colors are fresh and calming. “They remind me of a spring day, but are abstract enough to become whatever the viewer wishes to see. The small scale of the painting was a perfect finishing touch on a bedside table. The thin gold frame made the painting stand out in the pastel tones of the room.”
Ashley's vision came together so well that House Beautiful recently featured the entire project! To see more of Ashely’s beautiful work, check out “Designer Ashley Hanley Creates a Home to Make Guests Feel Like They Are Staying at a Boutique Hotel” through housebeautiful.com.