Designer Spotlight: Heather Blue Harkovich

Named to Austin HOME Magazine’s list of “Who to call for interior design help,” Heather Blue Harkovich’s style is described as “Classic, Serene, and Chic.” The wonderful marriage of Heather’s analytical and business skills, an extensive knowledge of art history, and her exquisite design sense helps Heather create rooms that are as uniquely beautiful as they are functional and organized.

Heather opened her Austin, Texas design firm and retail store Heather Scott Home & Design with her husband Scott in 2007 where she combines her talents and cultural experiences to create trend-setting retail vignettes and classic custom interior design for high profile clients across the United States. She recently appeared on TLC’s TV show “Four Houses” and was hired by HGTV’s new show “Buying & Selling With the Property Brothers” to assist in behind the scenes design work for multiple episodes filmed in Austin.

Q: What inspired you to pursue interior design?
A: I have always been interested in the arts, but did not think about becoming an Interior Designer until I became involved with creative advertising in my corporate job (I have a degree in Fine Arts and an MBA). I realized I wanted to pursue a career which allowed me to be more creative. I loved reading home design magazines, so initially I decided to take an Interior Design Certificate program to see if I liked the field. Within 1 week I knew it was the career for me.

Q: What is your process for selecting art, and what advice do you have for someone buying art for the first time?
A: I usually find an artist which I think reflects the style of my client. I think art is very personal, so I try to select pieces which I think will not only look best, but also be something the homeowner is enthusiastic about. I then look at sizes, then colors. I do not think art has to ‘match’ the décor, but it is important, for me as a designer, that the art selected to be cohesive with the design scheme.

I would suggest someone new to buying art take some time to familiarize themselves with different styles. See which styles will appeal to them over time. When I first started studying art I liked impressionism, but I had an Art History teacher that taught me to appreciate contemporary art. Although my decorating style is not contemporary in anyway, that is usually the art I am now most drawn to. So, over time I think you can refine your tastes and learn more about what you like and why you like it. If you invest in a lot of art before you have defined your style, you are not making a wise spending decision, and I do believe art is a very good investment.

Q: What basic design tips do you have for anyone decorating a space from scratch?
A: If you are decorating a space from scratch the most important first step is to find an inspiration piece. For me, that inspiration piece is most often a piece of art or fabric. This can define your color scheme for the space. Many designers believe in starting with a rug. Unless your budget for a rug is $15,000 and your rug is an art piece in itself, I don’t agree with that philosophy. I think it is more important to find an element you love, such as art which is emotional, and use that as the foundation for your color scheme and style.

Q: What are some of the new art trends you expect to see this summer and fall?
A: I expect to see art which is more vibrant and fun. The past few years have been a bit muted and restrained when it comes to art and decorating. I believe homeowners are starting to feel more confident and wanting to feel happier in their homes.

Q: Who are your favorite artists?
A: My favorite artists are Elizabeth Stockton, Mallory Page and Cy Twombly. I had wanted a piece of art by Elizabeth Stockton for over 5 years before I was finally able to acquire one. I recently purchased 2 pieces from Mallory Page, one for my home and one for my office. I recently saw a Cy Twombly piece which sold for $15 million. Regrettably, I don’t have any plans to purchase a Cy Twombly piece in the near (or far) future!

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New Artist: Keith Dotson

“The landscape is the basis of my art. My studio is the outdoors, in all its forms, with subjects ranging from abstractions and patterns to bold, sweeping vistas. Much of the satisfaction I derive from photography is the sense of exploration and discovery; the visceral process of venturing out to make images; the silence of fog broken only by the sound of the camera shutter; the soft crunch of snow underfoot on a frosty winter morning; the fluttering colors of descending leaves in the forest on a Fall afternoon.”

Click here to check out the full Keith Dotson collection.

Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Haunting. Quiet. Textural.

Q: How did you learn photography?
A: I started learning photography in junior high and got my first darkroom experience in high school. I also grew up drawing and painting, and eventually went to art school, becoming a professional art director. Only later did I come back around to rediscovering my love for photography. Since then I’ve been passionate about black and white photography and have spent every single day learning and growing as a photographer.

Q: Are there any current art trends that you love or hate?
A: I’m enjoying the photographic trend back to film, or even more archaic photographic techniques. More and more artists are creating cyanotypes, tintypes, and collodion prints to great effect.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of yours? If so, which is it and why?
A: Currently, my own favorite photograph is the Avenue of the Oaks, shot near Savannah, Georgia. It combines all the things I hope for in an image… It’s based on a beautiful landscape with a long history and a strong sense of place; it features dramatic light and atmosphere; and it’s a powerfully simple composition. I think about the generations of people who lived on this land, and the people who planted these 400 massive oaks, and all the people who’ve passed beneath this majestic corridor of branches since before the Civil War.

Q: What inspires you?
A: I’m inspired by the wonderful light, patterns, and textures of nature. I’m inspired by travel and experiencing new places and cultures. I’m inspired by landscapes with a palpable spirit and atmosphere, especially if there’s also a rich or interesting history. And of course, I’m inspired by the art and photographs created by other talented artists, especially the woodcuts and paintings of Edo period Japan.


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Art Giveaway: Ocean Jewel III

Congrats to Peggy C. of West Virginia, winner of our June giveaway! We’ve given away almost $1000.00 worth of free art this year, and there are no signs of stopping.

What image could be more perfect for the summer season than our July art giveaway?

Ocean Jewel III, Suzanne Goodwin

retails for: $130.00
image size: 18 x 18 in.
finish style: gallery wrap

Click here to enter our July giveaway! Free art is good for you.

Want Ocean Jewel III in another size? Click here to view additional size and finishing options.

Color Curation: Tangerine

Do you exclusively use terracotta planters and regularly dine on salmon? This one is for you. Inspired by Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, this curation is for the fun and fashionable, the vivacious and versatile, and the bold and brilliant.

Orange you glad you will never again have to decide between red and yellow?

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