Have you ever looked around your space and felt like it was missing something? We learned this little secret from an interior designer: If a room seems a little cold or boring, it's missing texture.
The best way to add texture is with earthy accent pieces in ceramics, wood or textiles. Choose something from a local artist and you'll also add a conversation piece and a whole lot of soul.
We love these wooden bowls from Lloyd Mandell. They can be decorative on a bookshelf, console or dining table, or they can be function on an entry table (keys, dog leashes, mail) or on open shelving in a kitchen.
Ceramics are another great way to warm up your space and add some energy and movement. Check out these colorful, functional pieces by Terri Friday:
You can't go wrong buying local art to liven up a less-than-inspiring living space: Buy what you love, add texture to add depth, and you'll create a welcoming place that truly expresses your personality.