We invited our exclusive artist Andrea Costa onto the podcast to speak to us about art, getting an artist, and how she began her career as an interior designer.

What You will Hear on this Episode:

  • Andrea starts by telling us how she started her profession as an interior designer just before transitioning into art
  • She talks to us about how she gets her inspiration for a new painting and her preferred size canvas to paint
  • We ask her about how she functions with interior designers to produce art for a particular area
  • She tells us about decorating her new space and how typically she mixes up her decor
  • She talks about why she loves to hang other people’s artwork rather of her own
  • We speak about the pros and cons of possessing a separate studio space rather than a studio in her basement
  • Andrea tells us about how her music playlist impacts the look of her canvas
  • Andrea coaches us on selecting out a piece of art — she suggests initial deciding on a price range
  • Andrea likes to commence a space with her piece of art, then developing a space about that piece
  • Andrea tells us about her very first massive art piece
  • We ask her about gallery walls and how to place one particular with each other
  • Andrea tells us how to mix different colors, designs, and sizes of art in one particular area
  • Karen talks about why she loves accessorizing her dining area
  • We talk about feedback, seeing her pieces in real properties, and operating with expectations for a commission
  • Andrea talks to us about how lengthy it takes her to paint a piece and why painting abstract pieces requires so much longer
  • Andrea offers us a lesson on paint mediums and why you may prefer functioning with 1 versus one more
  • We talk about how she began functioning with Ballard and why she wanted to sell her prints by means of us
  • We speak about our Exclusive Artist plan and why we adore getting this choice for our buyers

Decorating Dilemmas:

Hello Ladies!

I love listening to your podcast! I feel like you could be my very best girlfriends that also take place to be wonderful decorators. J So, I’m looking for some advice.

I reside in a two story transistional style house built in the early 90’s. The foyer is two stories with a staircase major to the second floor. When we moved in the home had super shiny light oak wood floors, which we’ve because replaced with a darkish hand-scraped maple floor (slightly distressed but not also much). We also replaced the narrow oak baseboards with far more substantial white ones and replaced all the doors with white wood doors. I’m loving the changes. My dilemma is what to do with my stair railing. It is nonetheless the shiny light oak and appears genuinely disconnected to the rest of the residence now. It is not in my budget to replace the railing, so I believed I’d paint it and was questioning what color to paint it. Must I paint the posts and the railing all white, or should I paint the posts white and the railing black, or must I try to stain it to match the floors? The stairs are carpeted a beautiful soft beige. The rest of the initial floor is decorated in cream and tan neutrals with some cranberry and navy for accents.

Thank you so considerably!

Nancy Olmsted

Nancy, this is a tricky query and certainly anything you want to think about so you do not have to repaint! We suggest painting the posts white to match your baseboards, then paint the railing black. We don’t mind the concept of white, but it’ll almost certainly get smudged with fingerprints! Black will be classic and will echo the dark stain of your floors. Excellent luck and thanks for listening!


Hello ladies,

I’m loving your podcast! Want it was weekly. ?

My dilemma is the 1st area you see when you enter the front door. This 1945 residence was remodeled by the earlier owners (we moved in last July) but this room’s dimensions are so unbalanced. It is driving me crazy to figure out the furniture layout. I want to chunk all of my furniture except the leather couch and go a lot more transitional, much less nation. The fireplace does not function and it is not centered on the wall or with the windows. Must I paint the stone white or at least tone down the red brick?

Thanks for any help!

Rachel, we all have differing suggestions of how to address your living room. Personally, I wouldn’t paint the granite. It’s a detail that is exclusive to your home and tends to make it stand out, plus you can very easily decorate about it. For instance, possibly you paint your walls a dark navy. It’d make a fantastic balance to the stone.

Karen’s living space is quite similar to yours in layout. Like yours, her fireplace is not centered on her wall. She’s placed a huge, wide bookcase to the left of her fireplace which has a bigger wall than the appropriate. More than the bookcase is a big piece of art and an oversized lamp. To the proper of the fireplace exactly where the wall is skinnier, Karen placed a far more colorful piece of artwork hanging more than an x-bench. 

Embrace the asymmetrical nature of your fireplace wall by generating a balanced wall. Then, across from the fireplace, use a more symmetrical space layout, like Karen has completed.

Andrea suggests pulling your sofa a tiny closer to the fireplace and placing a sofa table with two lamps behind it. We all also agree that your other wall with the console table – make that wall a lot more of a statement. It’s a tiny also weak to total with the other elements in the area.

To tone down the country, bring in much more metallics and maybe more light pieces.

We speak about her rug circumstance and all disagree. Your present rug is also modest. I consider maybe you could get one particular rug that covers both your entry and your living space, rather than chopping it up with two separate rugs. Taryn likes the notion of getting two separate rugs, so it is genuinely up to you. There are lots of way to make the space work.

Karen suggests maybe replacing the pots that your plants are in. The terra cotta is producing the area feel a little far more nation, and because you’d like to pull back on that, think about swapping to anything more modern and sculptural.

Andrea suggests painting the white moulding over the fireplace the identical colour as the wall. The thick moulding accentuates how off the proportions of the wall are.

Show Notes:

Shop Andrea’s exclusive prints for Ballard Designs, tour her studio space, or tour her condo in Atlanta.