Catherine Richardson is a former editor at Architectural Digest with a penchant for interior design and decorative objects. Erin Lee Gafill is an artist from Big Sur who paints impressionist landscapes along the California coastline. When Catherine discovered Erin’s artwork at a gallery of the famed Nepenthe restaurant, which Erin’s family has owned since it opened in the late 1940s, a creative collaboration began.
“I wanted to incorporate beautiful works of art along with beautiful objects to place in people’s homes,” said Catherine, whose design business is called “For Love of Home.” (www.forloveofhome.net) When she came up with the idea to have seasonal shows in the backyard and tiny cottage of her southern California home, showcasing vignettes of antiques and vintage pieces she had collected, she called Erin for help.
“I told her my theme and the colors I was using and asked her if she wanted to send beautiful little artworks,” she said.
And that’s when the fun begins. Together, they place Erin’s work in groupings on tabletops or a ladie’s desk, for instance, “that best show the quality of her work and work with interior spaces and sacred vignettes we’ve created,” Catherine said.
With Erin’s paintings, she artfully arranges Chinese and French porcelain, mid-centery Italian artglass, special Buddahs and other decorative pieces. She invites her friends and clients, who often are so inspired they want to bring home the entire vignette.
“It’s joyful. We love what we work with,” Catherine said. “It’s a labor of love.”
(to see more of Erin’s work, go to www.eringafill.com Photos by Tom Birmingham.)
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