Guest Curators: Christopher Patrick and Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice of Christopher Patrick Interiors and Blue Rooms White Houses
UGallery has a bit of a love thing for the design duo behind the blog Blue Rooms White Houses and the chic interior design firm Christopher Patrick Interiors. Christopher Patrick and Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice work in tandem to bring a much needed design eye to Washington, DC. They recently participated in DC Design House and were given the bathroom! Many designers would shy away from the throne room, but these two rose to the challenge. They turned the little bath into a real, cozy room (with art in it!) Christopher and Kaitlyn are making art and design accessible to everyone. That’s what makes them the perfect pair for a UGallery curated collection. Their collection, Into the Deep, is distinctive because it was a collaborative effort between two business partners and friends. They each picked 15 pieces separately and joined forces in the end. There’s no surprise that they chose similar pieces. The result was a cohesive collection that begs to be included in your next design project.
Highlights from Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice’s Quirky Questionnaire:
Favorite color? Purple
What are you reading right now? Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot
Best museum? Tate Modern
Collect anything? Shoes, cookbooks, Louis Vuitton
Highlights from Christopher Patrick’s Quirky Questionnaire:
Favorite burrito or coffee joint? Chipotle
Favorite cartoon character? Jerry of Tom & Jerry
Star Wars character of choice? C-P30 gold is gorgeous
Collect anything? Wallets, stemware, Louis Vuitton
“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we’ll start by saying that we’re suckers for anything with a story. We can’t emphasize this enough, and we tell clients it all the time. From vintage metal dressers, found languishing since the 1920s in Alabama barns to textiles inspired by found objects, there’s nothing that appeals to us more than when an item is not only beautiful and designed well but is also rich with backstory. When we founded our interior design firm, we knew that we didn’t want to just design beautiful spaces, we also wanted take clients on a journey and an experience of creating a home that speaks just to them. And this experience, the one where you interact with the creative process, is very much alive when choosing art. In curating this collection, we came to realize that we were drawn to those pieces that spoke to us first on an aesthetic level and then, when we returned to examine our choices again, on a deeper, “there’s more to this story” level.
Each of our selected pieces continue to take on new meaning, evolving and growing, which truly is a testament to the talented group of artists we’ve assembled here. Because really, if you’re investing in art, you want to know more than just the answer to “Does this match my space?” In fact, we’d say don’t get so hung up on whether your art matches your room at first. Yellow couch? Don’t feel the need to run out and necessarily buy a yellow polka dot painting. As you pull together things you love, your space will naturally come together, creating something that is uniquely you. Art for your home can be anything you want it to be, and really it should be a window into another world. Choose what draws you in, and the longer you live with your art, the more it’ll become a natural part of your space and your story. If we don’t treat life like an afterthought, your art choices shouldn’t feel like one either.” -Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice