Interior art in the U.S. is on the rise, and with it is a growing interest in the inside of the home.
Art Institute of Chicago interior designer Lisa F. O’Neill recently shared with Art Insider how she crafts her interior art.
O’tning, who lives in the West Loop, specializes in custom-designed furniture, so she knew she had to create a home that was both stylish and functional.
She designed the home using the most current trends, such as reclaimed wood and contemporary elements like modern lighting.
“I’m very into using the best materials I can,” she says.
“So we decided to go with reclaimed wood for our walls.
We also used reclaimed wood, which is something that I always wanted to do.
It has a very organic feel and feels organic.
It’s very light and airy.”
She then worked with her architect to design the floor plan of the house, using a series of stacked panels to create intricate patterns.
For the ceilings, she used reclaimed lumber from her grandmother’s barn and reclaimed plaster to create light and shadows.
“It’s really important to have these pieces, so I have this great collection,” she said.
“You want to have it that you can turn it into a living room or a bedroom, so that it feels like a living space.”
For the interior design, O’tting added a fireplace, wood stoves, and solar-powered lighting to the walls, which she uses to create moody ambiance.
“The main theme of the place is light, so the whole idea is that we are living in the future and we are the light,” she explains.
The walls also have a glass ceiling that features a white, circular, and reflective glass window.
“They are very simple to do,” she adds.
“She’s been a great friend of ours and we decided that we were going to make it that way.””
One thing that really helped me is that I have a big collection of old furniture, and I had a great relationship with a friend of mine who is a woodworker and she was like, ‘I would love to have this on my walls,'” she says with a laugh.
“She’s been a great friend of ours and we decided that we were going to make it that way.”