Large horizontal wall art
Who lives here: Sandra Russell Clark, a New Orleans-based fine art professional photographer, and Evert Witte, a Dutch abstract artist
Place: Riverbend neighborhood of New Orleans
Size: 2, 000 sq . feet (186 square meters); two bedrooms, two bathrooms and three studio spaces
Year built: Late 1800s
Clark and Witte cite their art collection — which contains their own pieces and the works of others — as the key inspiration for their home design. Witte’s Ra, the acrylic on canvas above the sofa, acts as the centerpiece for
the living room, while Clark’s Chihuahua adds vibrant color and charisma on the right wall.
The few like thinking of their home as a little private gallery, with artwork that is lived with and liked every day to increase the atmosphere and quality of the space.
AFTER: “The family room is the most eclectic room in the home because we decorated it with things found, given, inherited and purchased, ” Clark simon says. The black sofa and ottoman from Ikea were the first parts chosen for this room;
then the assortment of furniture grew following that.
Next to the sofa is a 1930s-style marble table with a metal base that they found at Renaissance Interiors, a local consignment store. On top of the table are two white bone china urns from Calypso St Barth in New York and a bird’s
nest off their old home in Bay St. Louis.
A small Large horizontal wall art depicting a saxophone that Witte found out at a thrift store sits on the desk. Witte painted the present dark frame of the little artwork in a high-gloss white, adding to the kitschiness of the piece.
The white midcentury credenza and TV console is a curbside find. Clark and Witte had just finished lunch at a favorite restaurant when they noticed a couple putting this piece and two others in the set out for trash pickup around the corner.
“Against Evert’s desires, I dragged everything to the van, and, once home, this piece fit flawlessly, ” Clark says. Another two pieces were came into the bedroom.
On top of the credenza are brightly colored vases from the neighborhood Salvation Army, together with one of Witte’s original black-and-white art pieces.
The living room at first recently had an outdated gas heating unit in the center that was used in the colder months. The couple replaced it with a quirky birch log ceramic gas heater that their friends Kathy and Tobey maguire White were discarding. That this