Project Hey Hey NJ is a major house project of our summer and progress is happening. Here's the story: Nice couple with cute baby moved to this quaint yet expansive NJ home one year ago…
Last week I asked our IG followers -- presumably like-minded art + design groupies -- to help us create a list of sources for art under $2k. The responses was AWESOME and it does feel warm and fuzzy to create and engage with an IG community. AND now we have over 25 new sources to check out. I haven't verified pricing on these, but it's exciting to even peak at the variety of artists across these pages, creating photography, painting, works on paper and more, and from the US and abroad. Hopefully this is the first of many mutually beneficial crowdsourcing attempts so high five to all.
HERE'S THE LIST (in no particular order):
Art ranges in price from $0 to hundreds of millions of dollars, and a common misconception is that it's totally subjective. YES, it is, but so is food, fashion, music, and many other things in life and there's still a general consensus on what's good quality and what's not. Art is no different, except that in general, people are less confident assessing it because they're not nearly as exposed to art as they are to food, fashion and music.
Summer is NOT slower as it turns out...
Last year one goal I set was to get a full house project. Apartments were fun but, um, houses are MORE fun because there's inherently more opportunity for art and creative alternatives. One year later we have 5 live full house projects with more in the pipeline, in addition to our NYC apartment line up. Each project is different and we're learning ALL THE TIME, but here are the three rules we've found keep our house clients happy and these larger projects on track.
Raise your hand if you saw our announcement on Barnaby Lane x Mason Lane. And raise your hand if you were excited and confused. WELL, curious enthused fans, I'm happy provide some clarity on how this happened, WHY it's a big dealio and how it benefits people near and far.
The New York gallery scene is one of the best in the world, but it's also SUPER intimidating; there are so many options that aren't always apparent or welcoming, and figuring out a route that's family friendly (i.e. near some snacks) is so tricky. I'm into art and efficiency, and as a mama I'm always all about family-friendly anything. SO, I wanted to share some ways to approach the New York gallery scene and have your kids enjoy the ride with you.
We pride ourselves on making the process of working together seamless, fulfilling and totally transparent. And most people don't know what's it's like working with an art advisor. SO, we outline all the steps for our clients in our proposals and contracts. Our latest addition to those documents is "WHAT TO EXPECT". We've shared it here for your viewing pleasure.
Goals: Our goal in every project is to find better pieces than you'd find on your own, and in a more time and cost efficient way. Plus, we make the process more fulfilling by keeping it informative and enjoyable so you’re confident about your purchases. Topics like pricing, quality, framing, resources, and design-related tidbits are always addressed.
Presentation: Our presentations with clients typically take 45 minutes, and having all decision-makers present is advised but not necessary. We do this in your home, office or another convenient location. Doing this in person is important so we can explain our recommendations then hear and see what’s resonating with you.
Viewings: We prefer to accompany you to viewings for a few reasons: first, to make sure you get the most out of the experience by ensuring the gallerist, artist, etc. provide supplementary details about the artwork, artist, materials, gallery, art market etc. that help you really “get” the work and learn something. Second, because during a viewing, we’ll likely see more than just the targeted piece -- either pieces we ask the gallery to show you or others that happen to be on exhibit, and a conversation about how those would work within your space, taste, and budget is often warranted.
Installations: During installations, we bring our installer to make sure the hardware on the back of the art is right, or change it if needed. This involves a drill and is not a DIY project. In general, we avoid wires because art rarely stays level on a wire, and/or it will lean off the wall at an awkward angle. D-rings and cleats end up being more stable. Next, we advise on precisely where to hang the piece so it looks right relative to everything else in the room. Importantly, walls are rarely level so positioning the art properly is not always obvious to the untrained eye.
Service: We’re obsessed with giving top notch customer service. Feel free to contact us anytime by phone, email or text. Please note that we sometimes work late, feel inspired at strange hours, and are juggling work and family so don’t be confused if you get emails from us at odd hours. Feel free to respond in the morning.
AND finally, it's worth repeating: every project is different, and everyone in life is busy. We tweak our process accordingly to make you happy, keeping in mind that end goal of getting pieces that you love into your space.
Recently I publicly stated (on Instagram) that I hate computer problems and hired a "tech consultant" to make them go away. Well, I am pleased to report that IT WORKED. Our Techie not only fixed my computer problems…
Today, we're meeting Jill Nathanson, a contemporary painter whose work feels summery and uplifting, and stands out from your typical pretty abstracts. Her solo show at a New York gallery just opened, so find out what you need to know about the hows and whys of her work.
We are sailing right into June! Here's all the greatness that happened in May:
Some of you may have been following my couch saga of the past 3 months (I think? Anyone?). Basically my amazing designer friends James and Fanny VERY KINDLY gave me solicited feedback on my kitchen/living space because it didn't feel right to me. In short…
For Mother's Day I received 2 ice cream scoops and 14+ original mixed media artworks done by my two favorite girls. I LOVE THEM ALL, and stay tuned for reviews of each ice cream scoop. But importantly, what should I do with the art? I'm a fan of editing school year highlights into a nice compact Stockholm box, but I want to see the "Mama I Love You" gifts every day of my life, in an organized and stylized fashion (is that wrong?). Accordingly, here are a few ways I approve of displaying kids art.
Does anyone remember me blasting this sunset pic on Instagram circa 2016, then again 3 months ago, then again last month at least 8 times? WELL, loyal followers, the latest update is that IT HAS FOUND ITS HOME! And it's one of our favorite recent installs... here's the story:
End of one month/beginning of a new one means positivity time! See below why this month was awesome. :)
Our biz is about matchmaking people with art. And the more art we know about, the better we can matchmake. BUT importantly, I'm picky about what I recommend to clients... I'm hired for my taste, so I have to like an artist's work before even pitching it to a client, and sometimes it takes a lot of looking before finding pieces I like. Here are three new artists I've recently discovered and like. Their work is going right smack into our newly organized database (woot woot!) and you mayyyy see some on a big brick Soho loft wall very soon.
A lot of people are into photography. It's affordable (relative to unique pieces like paintings), relatable (who hasn't taken pics?), and prolific (since it can be re-printed). But beyond consciously or subconsciously recognizing these facts, many people's knowledge of the field is limited. And commonly, despite their declared interest in it, they don't reallllly want to pay a lot of money to buy a photograph vs a painting. ("Because it's a photo, and I could have just taken that myself...") There's no shame in this hesitation/reasoning, and I've heard it 100 times. But here are a few fun facts to note when declaring yourself a photo fan, and particularly when buying photography:
I like to end the month on a positive note so here are 5 of the BEST reasons why March has been awesome.
1. Art fairs took over our lives: So many fairs, so little time. Click to read more!
When meeting people for the first time, I sense they think I'm a smidge cooler upon learning that I know up and coming artists. I may be wrong, and for those who think so, feel free to stop reading. If you are in the camp of "WOW, SO DO YOU KNOW A LOT OF EMERGING ARTISTS!???", then I hereby dedicate this post to you.
Recently I've been hoping around art fairs, touring clients and designers, and blasting pics on Instagram (thanks for the content, New York Art Week!). Since, I went to bed at 8 pm last night, I'm feeling like I can do anything and the first item on my list is writing a blog post on the point of it all.
Art fairs are a bunch of galleries, each with their own booths, exhibiting art that's for sale. The booths are all gathered in a given location (like an incredibly expensive tent, or the Park Avenue Armory) for about five days. Visitors come to the fair to browse and buy, and those visitors include professionals in the industry and your average culturally curious urbanite.