Touring The Artistic Home Of Kristen Giorgi

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Kristen & Her Home

If our home tour with artist, Laura Naples, had you swooning last week, then we’ve got an extra special treat for you today. We’re back with a companion tour, this time with Laura’s sister and NG Collective business partner, Kristen Giorgi. As a professional artist, too, Kristen’s home is packed with personality and character that feels like it came straight out of one of our favorite shelter magazines. Between the gorgeous art (of course!), the luxurious textures and sleek silhouettes throughout, this space is really the stuff of dreams.

Yet, in our conversations with Kristen, we discovered something pleasantly surprising—that she’s creative, down-to-earth and a busy mom just like us! Kristen and Laura both prove that success and style can be enjoyed from a humble place filled with love and gratitude for the little things in life. Whether she’s rushing to drop her daughter, Vivienne, off at school still in her pajamas, or hustling to get dinner on the table, Kristen is as approachable as it gets, and we were thrilled to find just how receptive she was to divulging her secrets on parenting, building a creative career and designing a home to be proud of.

Without further ado, welcome to the stunning and artistic Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Giorgis!

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What first sparked your interest—and eventual career path—in art?

I’ve always painted, but it was after the birth of my daughter that I decided to make it an actual career. I wanted to be home with her and also contribute to my family. I discovered that it is actually possible to do both! I feel very fortunate.

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Is it difficult working so closely with your sister, or have you found a good process and flow when it comes to creating your art?

Difficult is definitely not the way I’d define it—if anything, it’s easier! She and I really rely on each other for criticism, praise and overall critique. It is really nice to have a person in my life whom I trust 100 percent in terms of their opinion and judgement. It’s rare and another thing I feel so fortunate to have. Our process is really unique to our own routines, but we consult each other multiple times a day.

Do you have any secret spots around town where you find great art or furniture?

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many secret spots here anymore, but my favorites are City Issue in Inman Park and Decades Antiques and Vintage on Cheshire Bridge. They are both packed with mid-century treasures and vintage art books.

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I’ve learned that it is so important to be confident in your work. It’s not always going to be for everyone, but if you love it, that will shine through.

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Who are your top three favorite artists?

Laura Naples (Duh!), Morris Louis, Matisse.

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What influence has your family had on how you decorate your home?

I used to buy a lot of stuff to fill spaces and shelves. I just recently went through the whole house with trash bags and boxes to declutter the whole thing! It feels so nice, and I feel an overall sense of calm not only within myself, but the whole family. I think we all can benefit from having less things. Fewer “better” things is the way to go! My design style has gone to a very minimal place. I love having very neutral furniture and then, of course, lots of colorful art!

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What is the most prized piece of artwork in your home?

My husband, Jon Paul, and I went to Paris about four years ago. One rainy evening while we were strolling along the Place des Vosges (the oldest planned square in Paris), we noticed all of these beautiful art galleries—all of which were closed—but we were able to look through the windows. Then, we came upon a man sitting in the rain with only an umbrella, a pack of paper and an ink pen. He was creating the most amazing ink drawings of figures. I had such a hard time choosing, but we bought two for 30 euro. I’ll never forget that wonderful night and discovering such talent on the streets of Paris. They are truly the most amazing pieces we own.

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Where would your dream vacation take you?

Right now, I am dying to go to Morocco or Japan. I crave the opportunity to be immersed in a truly different culture. There’s something so cool and special about being in a place where you feel like you’re on another planet—where everything is different than what you’re used to.

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What’s your favorite part of your home?

I love my office in the front of my house. It gets so much natural light. It is the best spot to take images of my work for the website and Instagram.

What are the three items you always have in your fridge?

Coffee creamer, strawberries and hot sauce.

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My design style has gone to a very minimal place. I love having very neutral furniture and then, of course, lots of colorful art!

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What does a typical day in the life of Kristen Giorgi look like?

I usually get up around 8 a.m., and it’s a mad dash to get my daughter fed and dressed before school. I’m usually taking her to school in my pajamas, which is shameful because we literally live about 200 feet from her school! I head back home and have coffee while answering emails for about 30 minutes. Then I head down to the studio (in my basement) and do an “exercise.” Before I work on a commission, I always start with a piece that has no direction or intention. It’s a good warm-up for the day. Then, I go to work on whatever commission I am currently working on—sometimes two or three at a time.

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I go pick up Vivienne from school at 1 p.m. We have lunch and playtime together, and then she naps and I get back to work. My husband usually comes home from work around 5 p.m. and then it’s Pinot Noir time. The evenings are spent together as a family, but sometimes I’ll head back to the studio after Viv goes to sleep.

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What elements were most important to you when you were looking for a home?

The answer used to be all about character. Now it’s about the functionality of the home. Our next home will have a place for everything. That’s something I struggle with in our current home.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since deciding to pursue art professionally?

I’ve learned that it is so important to be confident in your work. It’s not always going to be for everyone, but if you love it, that will shine through.

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open shelf styling

What is your favorite way to unwind after a long day?

Wine, wine, wine. Oh, and some good TV series. I just finished “The Girlfriend Experience.”

Do you have any advice for those who are looking to begin art collecting? How do you choose the art that you add to or create for your home?

Acquiring art can be an intimidating and daunting task. I would say: Don’t try to get everything at once. I think it is so important to collect pieces that you love and that mean something to you. I like to own pieces that make me smile each time I see them—which, in my home, is every day. The art we own has become a part of our family!

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Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!

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