How cool kids do home style. Profile Amaren & Luke!
When you profile a home where 2 artists live, you know you are going to find some cool shit. Am & Luke are good friends of mine, and I've been dying to profile them for you guys because they are such a good example of easy, cool decor without trying so hard! Just low key style, I hesitate to say hipster because how sick of that word are you? But they are in the best way possible. Amaren Colosi is a super talented photographer. I have had the luck to work and collaborate with her for many years. Luke Clements is all the cool professions rolled into one. He is lead singer and guitarist in a punk band called Sleeptalker, illustrator, graphic designer, set designer, actor, model, and when he has spare time if you are very nice, he will photo assist if you beg, which I do on a regular basis. Usually I get turned down because he's like, touring with his band!
See what I mean about their house? It's full of art one of them has made, or collected over time. The painting above the mantel was Amaren's first art purchase. In her 20s she found herself at a well known bar called the Night Light pretty regularly ( like every night because 20s ). She would always stare at this painting. Even though it was $100 and she had never spent that on art before, she finally did it. And she still loves it today. The artist is David Kilpatrick.
The plates are newly aquired from Amaren's mother who recently moved and didn't have a place for them. Am says these are in transition, she doesn't know where they will land yet, but for now this works. I love this easy fluid stance on art. Nothing has to be perfect. Or final! One common thread I see over and over again in homes with style is that people move things around a lot. Another example of this is Luke and Am's art wall.
They like the idea of having a curated wall, but it's a work in progress. That doesn't mean that everything is in a box somewhere until every piece is figured out. They put things up and live with them.
That's how you figure it out. You look at it everyday. Then you find new things and they fall into place because it's always in your mind.
The white drawing at left is by Amaren's mom who drew that of Am at 16. She is an artist who works mostly in watercolors now, but used to do colored pencil botanical drawings. Am grew up around art. It was always art classes and summer school.
It's easy to do art when you've done it your whole life.
One thing I noticed all over the house were these little love cartoons Luke draws. I mean, come on!! It's so freakin romantic! To my knowledge he does not write punk rock love songs to Amaren, but prefers to leave these amazing gems lying around which I vastly prefer and I think she does too.
One of Amaren's ongoing projects is this Polaroid art. Her process is to shoot the polaroid, then cut out images from Life or Playboy magazine from the 60s-70s. She finds random friends who could cut wood down to size. After glueing the polaroid then cutout down, the key step is to Mod Podge over the top to protect it. The final stage is a resin coating. When she tried the resin directly on the imagery it ruined the cutouts.
These guys have an extensive record collection. It's there because that is how they listen to music at home, and I have never been over when records are not being played. What I love is that records make sense in this home because Luke is a musician, and they have made the records a focal point in the living room. Records get a lot of living room real estate, and that is a tip anyone can use. Whether books, magazines, records or anything else that is your thing - put it on display! It becomes art in itself. It also says a lot about you and is a conversation starter every time. Another collection that is everywhere are antique cameras, which make sense because Am is a photographer. In this case they are there purely as art.
This beautiful image in the couple's hallway is by Luke's longtime friend. An amature photographer who's work Amaren always loves. He took this photo of his daughter and gifted it to the couple which they love for many reasons.
I want to thank Luke and Amaren for being a part of Art Fare and sharing their cool style. Maybe you see yourselves in them and are newly inspired to add art into your homes this year! When you do, I hope you will share with us!