15 Water-Inspired Art Pieces
Written by Abby -- above photo from Home Again as seen in Architectural Digest
Last week, Austin and I went to see the new movie Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon and produced by the incomparable Nancy Meyers and directed by her daughter Hallie. Meyers is known for her enviable interiors that ground a film to feel like a real family lives there but also so impeccably designed that each house inspires decades of interior design trends. Every house in her films plays the role of a major character while also shedding light on the characteristics of its inhabitants, like the East Coast meets West Coast estate in Home Again (as seen in the picture above), trendy Brooklyn brownstone in The Intern, the high-end modern California house and quaint, cozy cottage in The Holiday, the posh but warm London house and the casual Napa winery in The Parent Trap, the relaxed sophistication of the Spanish-style ranch in It's Complicated, the quintessential stately bright white Colonial in Father of the Bride, and the traditional east coast beach house in Something's Gotta Give. If I had to categorize my interior design style, I would say "Any Nancy Meyers home" and that would be pretty accurate.
These movies have given me a lot of inspiration for decorating my new home, but our living room is in need of some art to hang on the walls. I've been in search of something that feels timeless, serene, beautiful, and is also a conversation starter. If you remember this post about my living room design inspiration, I have since bought throw pillows, blankets, and curtains that are in the navy, light blue, and gray family. The colors have led me to art that I would classify as "water-inspired". After having lived by a lake in Chicago and rivers in Owensboro, KY, NYC, and London, I've always been drawn to the natural beauty and tranquility of bodies of water, but I also don't want a "nautical" or even "coastal" themed room, especially since we now live in central North Carolina and who knows where next.
After searching on Minted (my favorite source for buying art!), I've rounded up some photographs, paintings, and prints that highlight the beauty of water, without being cheesy or too themed. I just have to keep asking myself, "What would Nancy pick?" Any favorites? Also, keep scrolling for some of my favorite Nancy Meyers interiors!