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Capturing Carolina | Mirror + Acrylic Art | Our Designers Make Us Look Good Series

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

This is the Penny & Lucy Lou Art eBlast series that showcases our clients (the Interior Designers) that are hard at work making sure our art fits in the space and is appealing to their client(s). Enjoy and share in our excitement by walking in our shoes viewing the newest installation of Penny & Lucy Lou Art.

An ode to Carolina: Mountains, Piedmont and Beach
An ode to Carolina: Mountains, Piedmont and Beach printed with UV cured inks on mirror.
Susan Boswell, IIDA
Susan Boswell, IIDA

Do you typically start with the art at the beginning of a project or toward the end?It all depends on the project, but typically I plan for the artwork in the beginning (scale, medium, quantity, type of image, details of how it will be “featured”  whether it is set off by an accent wall or if it will be presented in a gallery or as part of a grouping, etc…) and make final selections towards the end. Artwork in a space is like the jewelry to an outfit- it allows you to tell a story, adds texture, pizzazz, and visual interest to the space like nothing else.

What is your favorite part of working with Penny & Lucy Lou Art? What stands out with Penny & Lucy Lou Art vs. other art lines? No other art line has a Lucy Lou, and while Penny is the working arm of the company, I suspect it’s actually Lucy Lou who is in charge! Seriously, it is pleasure to work with Penny from concept to execution. The process is always one of teamwork and artistic collaboration which is at the core of  any good design. Penny’s ability to customize is unsurpassed and I love the creativity and flexibility that she embraces as part of the design process.

What is the inspiration for the Grandover Carolina's Suite? Sheraton Greensboro -- Four Seasons? At Grandover Resort, each of our five suites has a unique theme; the Carolina Suite highlights our state of North Carolina- from mountains, Piedmont to the sea. Penny created several pieces for us including a triptych that combines three iconic images representing each of those geographical areas into one harmonious statement piece and then reproduced them on a mirrored substrate that echoed the elegance and drama of the artwork’s location in the foyer.

The new pieces at the Sheraton / Joseph S. Koury Convention Center will be used in a sales office where many national and international organizations come to book their events. We chose to use artwork that featured our state symbols- dogwood (flower), lily (wildflower) and pine tree in order to promote our region  and differentiate ourselves from sales offices in other areas of the country. By reproducing them on clear acrylic, it gave the artwork a cool vibe and a relaxed presentation of the subject matter while keeping us in budget.

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