Interesting Fact: A true southern belle, Lulie lives and works in Charleston, S.C. She was recently featured in Southern Living magazine as one of “12 Southern Artists to Buy Now”. And did we mention she has more than 36K followers on Instragram?
Lulie Wallace is an up-and-coming artist and textile designer with southern influence. As a young and prolific designer, her work ranges from fine art to textiles, which are sold at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and other high-end retailers. Read on to get Lulie’s insight into how color effects design, juxtaposing design styles, and pairing furniture with art…
Lulie’s Design Influence
Q – How did you get your start in design and art?…
A – I went to College of Charleston and majored in Studio Art – I graduated with a B.A. in Art. I decided after school I was going to give full-time painting a shot and try to become a professional artist. I took the three months after graduation and painted out of my garage. I told myself after three months if it was encouraging then I’d continue with it, but if it wasn’t, if I didn’t see it going anywhere then I would go back to school for graduate school for graphic design. It progressively became more encouraging. As interest grew I became more confident that it’s the job that I was supposed to be in.
Q – Your pieces are colorful, whimsical and full of personality. How can someone integrate these characteristics into their home and interior design?
A – I love seeing my art in a lot of different scenarios. I feel like it appeals to a broad age group, too. I’ve seen it within a traditional home, a really clean and modern home, and in colorful homes like my home.
I always like it when a room’s décor is pretty neutral, and to see art as pops of color I think is usually where it shines. It can really add a lot to the personality and character of a room.
Q – How can someone integrate these characteristics into their home and interior design?
A – Make bold decisions with artwork.
Q – How should someone set up a room to complement a nice piece of artwork?
A – A lot of the times, I feel like artwork now is added as an afterthought. People choose art to take up space – like they have to fill a blank piece of their wall. My approach is to buy art that moves you – that you’re attracted to and feel connected with – and then you’ll find a place for it.
Q – What type of furniture are you drawn to and why?
A – I have pretty eclectic taste. I really like a lot of different types of furniture. I like modern. I like traditional. But I really think some of the most successful rooms blend the modern, traditional, and eclectic – all kinds [of design] in one.
Q – Where do you draw inspiration from when you are designing your art and textile collections?
A – Really, I’m looking at a lot of different things. I’m looking at historical references. Like with my latest collection that’s kind of in the works, I’ve been looking at old-school botanical drawings. That has kind of been the inspiration for this.
Also, I just love looking at other contemporary artists. I feel like I’m super inspired by what just people are doing in the creative world now, for sure.
Q – How can someone balance a loud, colorful, abstract furniture item or piece of art with other items in a room?
A – That’s a hard question. There is a lot of color done right and a lot of color done wrong. Really, I’m attracted to a really minimal room where the colors are perfect.
I also am attracted to a room that is eclectic with lots of different accessories like crazy chandeliers when the colors are just right. In both scenarios, either clean or just a warm-filled room, I feel like color plays a huge role in balancing the room’s design.
I like using a mood board and to display colors that go together. When you start with kind of a mood or a specific color palette that you’re drawn to and you stay within that color palette, I feel like is where a lot of successful interiors come from.
Q – You’ve been doing a lot of interior landscapes lately. What inspired you to transition into this subject matter?
A – I work in patterns a lot. Part of what I do is creating patterns for fabrics. Lately I’ve been looking at so many interiors of rooms because [I want to look into] what type of fabrics would I be drawn to put in a room.
And, looking so heavily within the interior world, I thought it would be interesting to create patterns in rooms and paint it on the canvas. So that’s pretty much what got me started on painting interiors.
Q – Love it or leave it, what piece of furniture could you not live without?
A – I really love chairs. I feel like I’m always drawn to good, like, kitchen chairs and chairs in my living room. I love chairs and lamps… accessory pieces.
To check out Lulie’s art, fabrics, and designs, visit www.luliewallace.com.
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