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Amassing a 'slow collection' of art: Yahoo Homes' Flickr Focus of the Week

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The living room of Rachel Stuart-Haas' current home in Shreveport. She painted the artwork against the back wall as well as the one to the left of it, near the floor lamp.

Yesterday we introduced you to the outrageously colorful homes of artist Rachel Stuart-Haas of Shreveport, Louisiana, as we launched our new feature: Yahoo Homes' Flickr Focus of the Week.

Today we want to dig a little deeper into a part of her surroundings that's perhaps closest to her heart: art.

[Click on the image above to launch today's slideshow.]

"I wish I had the funds to buy more art and fill my home with it," Stuart-Haas told Yahoo Homes. "It's a slow collection, though, and I'm pretty proud of it."

Her artistic sensibilities obviously guide her home design sense -- and, we assume, they also give her the courage to dare those color choices that many of us would never risk. But she's also inspired by other artists. Some of her favorites include Maura Cluthe (shop here), Kellie Bloxsom-Rys (shop here), Amy Abshier-Reyes (shop here), Jen Fridy and Hector Casanova. And Stuart-Haas sells her own work out of Blue Gallery in Kansas City.

Click on our slideshow above to see how her "slow collection" of original art personalizes her current and former homes.

And stay tuned the rest of this week. Tomorrow, we'll share with you her surprising habit that results in a living museum of all the homes she's ever visited. Thursday, we'll share her tips for a couple of cheap, easy DIY projects. And Friday, we'll close the tour with a big color splash -- and let you know which color even she couldn't tolerate; plus, we'll share her advice for painting a wall with a red that reads velvety, not murdery.


More about Yahoo Homes' new Flickr Focus of the Week feature

Each week, we're going to select one Flickr user's home, work and/or project to feature on all five weekdays. Loosely, our plan is to start with a broad slideshow on Monday, then take slightly deeper dives into specific aspects of the Flickr user's photos on the successive weekdays.

We'd love your feedback and suggestions as this work in progress evolves. You can email us at yahoohomes@yahoo-inc.com. Or, if your questions are specific to one week's focus, leave questions and suggestions at the bottom of the blog posts. Yahoo Homes promises to keep a close eye on the comments section -- and sometimes, the person whose home or work we're featuring will also participate in the comments to answer your questions, too.

For future installments, we very much welcome your submissions at http://bit.ly/yahoohomesflickr. Toot your own horn or someone else's! This would be a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about a designer, contractor (before-and-after pictures would be fabulous), home stager, blogger, even perhaps real estate agent (maybe one who specializes in period properties?) -- anyone who does creative home-related work that can be illustrated in photographs. Just go to http://bit.ly/yahoohomesflickr to join Yahoo Homes' Flickr group and share photos; that's where we pull our photos from.

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