31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 17, Collection of Books

August 17, 2015 | By and | Comments (31)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own.  Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde

Courtesy of Les Yeux du Monde

Attention art lovers! Enter to win a collection of books ($230) courtesy of Charlottesville, VA gallery Les Yeux du Monde. This collection is full of work by artists and galleries from around the country.

How to Enter: 2015 Idea House designer Bunny Williams recommends buying art that isn’t trendy, but instead interests you. What other wisdom is important when buying timeless art? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. Kimberly

    My favorite art pieces are things that transport me emotionally. Whimsical for a smile, ethereal/magical for a sense of peace and restfulness, and bright and bold to energize me and let the creativity flow.

    August 19, 2015 at 7:48 am
  2. Patricia Caradonna

    I believe you should buy a piece of art that inspires and that you thoroughly enjoy. Price is a factor for me.

    August 18, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  3. Elizabeth tuminello

    Recommend space saver items which are sold at most stores at reasonable prices,such as Walmart or target.

    August 18, 2015 at 6:11 am
  4. Angela sublette

    To find timeless art, I like to hang my memories on my walls. One of my favorites is a door knocker that we saw when on our honeymoon that hung on every door in Seville, Spain. It hangs in our master bathroom, yet every time I see it, it transports me back to those cobblestone streets, with the warm Mediterranean sun on our newlywed faces. Make the art that surrounds you be truly timeless by choosing pieces that evoke all types of memories.

    August 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm
  5. Kimberly

    Buy what speaks to you and moves your soul. That’s what you will love seeing in your home everyday. Buying at small art shows or galleries is wonderful, often you get to meet the artist and hear about what inspired them and learn about their technique.

    August 17, 2015 at 10:56 pm
  6. Steve

    My recommendation with regards to purchasing timelless art is to buy a piece that inspires your senses and that touches your soul.

    August 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm
  7. Martha Demarco

    Something that speaks to you or has a special meaning…price doesn’t matter.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm
  8. Mary H

    Define what is art to you and buy what you love whether it’s watercolors, oils, ceramics, modern, contemporary, original or a copy. If you love it you’ll always have a place for it in your home.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm
  9. Megan

    Knowing the history of the piece is important to me. It’s not just the piece itself that attracts me, but the story behind it; the people that have loved it and known it before me.

    August 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm
  10. Barbara Marta

    If Possible, Acquire Art That Is Both Generational – Can Be Passed Down & Between Family Members. Even More Important , And Usually Not Thought About At The Time A Piece Of Art Is Purchased, Is The Simple Concept Of Multifunctionality, Simple- Can A Piece Of Art Multi Task In Any Or Most Rooms Of A Home . Painting Go In The Foyer, Bedroom , Interest And Rare In A Bath Or Dressing Area. Thank You.

    August 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm
  11. amy williams

    Make sure you are buying an original from a reputable dealer or gallery.

    August 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm
  12. Mary Z

    I live in Fredericksburg, VA which has a wonderful art and music community. I’ve been educated by several friends who are artists about what makes a piece of art “good”. I’ve also learned that one should only buy art that “speaks” to them. The art I now buy reminds me of people, places and times in my life that have brought me joy and happiness. Art is very individual and should transport you to your happy place or make you think, ponder or bring you joy and peace.

    August 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  13. Laura Gee

    Buy art that you can enjoy from near and far. Work that is entrancing or engaging from across the room, and then up close calls for study of texture and design.

    August 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm
  14. Kim H.

    I like to buy a piece of art work on every family trip we take. The collection serves as a reminder of where we have been and are beautiful souvenirs in our home.

    August 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  15. Beverly Renee Harl

    I have one print called “Ocean of Dreams” by Christina Wyatt. This is the only thing that hangs on the wall in our Florida retirement home. This work of art spoke to me like few paintings ever have. I saw this painting at an open house and it felt like it was speaking to my southern roots, with all of the pearls, and my love of the sea. I was only able to afford a print, but I spoke to the artist on the phone. Can you imagine that she answered the phone when I called the number on her web site! I was thrilled to actually speak with her and to tell her how much I enjoy this work. I love art that seems timeless and says this means something to me personally.

    August 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  16. Kathy

    You should buy it because you love it not because you think it will be more valuable later.

    August 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm
  17. Cathy

    Close your eyes. Can you recall the details of what you saw? Do you want to take the time to stare at it again? If so, it’s art that has impacted you and you won’t tire of it. Take it home and I promise you will find a space for it.

    August 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm
  18. Kathleen

    Antique prints & engravings are beautiful & much more affordable than original artwork. Vintage posters are great, too.

    August 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm
  19. Joan

    When you see any art work (object or picture) that instantly speaks to you and you can’t take your eyes off because of its beauty or what it means to you as an individual, buy it if possible then and there, or later you will say to yourself if only. You will always find a place in your home for something you fell in love with at first sight, and you will forever enjoy it. And your loved ones you leave behind will find it to be a treasure of their own.

    August 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm
  20. Griffin Nelson

    As an art history major in college, I fell in love with the city of Flogence, Italy, the works of the Italian Renaissance, but also the up-and-coming graffiti artists that were doing their best to make a new statement in an old city. My suggestion would be to put a chosen work in a place where it has the opportunity to make the biggest statement. I once new a man who’s father commissioned a funky portrait of himself from Andy Warhol and then hung it in his bathroom. A weird work of art necessitates a weird location.

    August 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  21. Lynn Welch

    Buy art that reflects your interests. We love the outdoors, so we’ve purchased some of Don Balke’s wildlife prints. Buy art with a personal connection. Since we’ve lived in South Carolina almost all our lives, we enjoy buying art with a South Carolina connection. We have a piece of pottery and a metal sculpture by a local artist. We lived in Maine for one year and bought a mustard-colored bowl with a beautiful fluted edge by a potter from Ellsworth, Maine; the bowl holds some of nature’s art: beautiful Maine seashells. My last idea is the least expensive (free!) but the most meaningful: Choose art created by people you love. A piece of pottery made by our daughter while she was in college holds feathers my grandchildren and I have found. A basket made by our son to earn one of his badges on his journey to become an Eagle Scout sits atop a collection of favorite books.

    August 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  22. Vicki Hopper

    The piece has to be one that really sends me to another place. The place could be a garden, or a color that stands out that makes me feel good, or another part of the world.

    August 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  23. Sandi Poreda

    If you can’t stop thinking about a piece, you need to get it. Once it gets under your skin, it’s got to be yours.

    August 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm
  24. Kaethe

    I think it’s important to choose art based on the mood it evokes in you; art should be visceral.

    August 17, 2015 at 11:52 am
  25. melikegarfield

    I suppose unless you are really loaded and buying on the high-end, trying to buy as an investment “on trend” must be very difficult.

    Since I’m nowhere in that league, I buy art for three basic reasons: for the pure joy and beauty I find in the piece (usually something more like a landscape, play of light, or other aesthetic reason); the inspiration or imagination it evokes (I would say Dali and Picasso do this for me — replicates of course — in that I love to have them in my working and writing space to kickstart ideas); or just for the pattern of colors and style — essentially to fit the style and decor of a room, not ignoring but lessening the importance on the pure “art” of the piece(s).

    August 17, 2015 at 10:43 am
  26. Linda

    I like to buy art from local artists if I’m on a trip. It might not be highly acclaimed, but if I enjoy the image, it serves as a beautiful reminder of the experience. Plus, it’s satisfying to know I’m supporting artistic expression in some small way.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:59 am
  27. Dylan

    I think when you buy art, it is important to spend time and get to know the artist. When I was in college I bought my first art piece for $100 from Mose Tolliver. It is very likely that the piece was pained by one of his family members as this was the era when he was doing that, but I visited with him from the bed where he painted. He was perched like a peacock surrounded by a rainbow of paint strokes fanning out from his seat. This is how he would clean paint from his brushes in between strokes. The self portrait now hangs in my kitchen and each morning my 5 year old and 3 year old say “Hi Mose” as they pass by on the way to the breakfast table. My experience with him keeps the art timeless and alive to pass on to my kids.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:56 am
  28. leslie

    I buy art that I like, and speaks to me. It will always be timeless if you really enjoy looking at it.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:41 am
  29. Nancy L

    I think that art that has meaning to you when you look at it and reminds you of a trip or an experience is the best to hang in your home. It is always great when you can meet the artist, that leaves a memory also.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:35 am
  30. Julie L

    Many colleges sell reasonably priced art created by students, often with the proceeds going towards scholarships or other community charities. I enjoy buying timeless art that has a personal connection to me, often of a favorite city or rural landscapes. It’s meaningful to me to buy from students (every famous artist has to start somewhere!) while helping a good cause!

    August 17, 2015 at 9:33 am
  31. margaretc2014

    Even when I was a penniless college student, I preferred buying art from artists at a street fair or whatever than buying a poster of a well-known painting…. Now I just mourn the art I didn’t buy.

    August 17, 2015 at 9:14 am

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