For Josh Flagg, a top Los Angeles real estate agent and breakout star on Bravo's Million Dollar Listing LA, art is not only a life-long passion, but a way to add more personality and spirit to the houses he works with (and lives in). We asked him for his favourite tips in displaying art at home ahead of our upcoming online auction Fast Forward: New Directions in Contemporary Art.


Let art be the star. “When I decorate, the design is always based off of my paintings. I place all the art where I want it in the room and then base the furniture around that. I think art is everything.”

Defy expectations. “I often put my most important pieces in the most unusual places. There’s nothing more interesting than going into a home and finding a blue chip artist hanging in a closet and an emerging artist over the mantle. Nothing in my house is purchased for anyone but myself ­– my art is very personal.”

Embrace change. “Many times a year, I like to switch the paintings around and rearrange everything. If I buy a new piece of furniture for the house it changes the room. One thing affects the other.”

Don’t let size intimidate you. “I have a lot of large paintings in my house that all work in the space, including a big David Hockney Celia right next to is a very, very small Joseph Israel in a baroque frame. It’s about scale and contrast.”