Still Life Living

April 30th 2015 Comments: 2 Topics:

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.)
h2_49.107With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct classification and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century and has remained a significant artistic genre since then.

Can we, though, integrate this type of frozen artistry in our daily lives? I assert we can and should.  It’s all a matter of attitude.  Begin to think of each console, vista and tabletop as a blank canvas, ripe for composition.

Interior assemblages, as such, should be more than scapes of knick-knacks and dust catchers. They should be as carefully composed and arranged as any Dutch Masters’ painting. In creating harmonious and cultivated vignettes in our interiors, we can cause brilliance in our commonplace lives… a still life in the midst of our active lives.

interior designer,








Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley


  1. It is just such a post that illustrates your immense talents individually and as a firm. For most of us, our assemblages just are jumbles!

  2. What a beautiful compilation of “still life” arrangements. Wonderful post, as vignettes are the heart of a room for me.

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