Sourcing Art for Country-Inspired Interiors

October 2022

For interiors with an earthy or country influence, we share some of our favourite artworks, as seen on The Block.

Palm Spring Riders by Slim Aarons - A horse riding scene captured by Slim Aarons with tall brown palms in a desert landscape, as captured in Scott Cam's cottage on The Block 2022
Working alongside Channel 9's The Block for another year, we were delighted to hear the brief for Scott Cam's miner's cottage interiors and propose some art options for this exquisite country property.

As well as completing Scott Cam's home with two exquisite TV-Mirror designs, we were glad to suggest, source and custom frame some beautiful framed artworks. 

With The Block homes based in Gisborne, Victoria, on acreage with country views, artist Debbie Mackenzie came to mind with her calm, soft and green Australian landscapes, as well as Slim Aarons' 'Palm Spring Riders', circa 1970.

There are many iconic Slim Aarons prints in the vast archives of vintage photography which have become very well-known. The fun seventies fashion, mid century architecture and beachside landscapes have been adored in many Australian homes, however there are so many images by Slim Aarons with a completely earthy feel, different from the glossy poolside parties and lavish estates.

'Palm Spring Riders' and 'Early Riders' capture a desert landscape with horse riders navigating the tall Washtonia palms creating an exquisite scene, ideal for homes with neutral, earthy or contemporary-country interiors.
After visiting Scott Cam's home and seeing his Slim Aarons print in the kitchenette/study, contestants Jenny and Dylan were inspired to introduce this beautiful photographic print from Slim Aarons' archives to their guest bedroom interiors, and opted for 'Early Riders' in the landscape orientation.

Peninsula-based artist Debbie Mackenzie creates exquisite original art and limited edition prints. The petite Australian landscape print 'Shallows', was the perfect artwork to introduce to Scott Cam's bathroom with a contemporary-country feel.

For each of the different rooms featured, we proposed ideal custom framing to complement the furniture and finishes. Scott Cam's 'Palm Spring Riders' by Slim Aarons features a mid-tone natural oak, while 'Shallows' by Debbie Mackenzie is framed in a cashew oak. Jenny and Dylan opted for a dark walnut frame for their Slim Aarons print 'Early Riders'.
Victorian Arched TV-Mirror in Ornate Soft Silver Leaf Frame - An arched ornate mirror frame with hidden TV, as seen in Scott Cam's home on The Block
Get in touch to explore custom framing styles to complement your interiors and artwork. Shop with FRAMING TO A T online, visit one of our three Melbourne stores, or reach out for assistance with ideal art size, frame design and glass choice for your home or creative space.