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What I've Learned About Why Art Matters

What I've Learned About Why Art Matters

Since beginning to work with Mason Lane in October, I've started to get why art matters. It's not that I didn't get it beforehand, but I hadn't really thought about it. I have a finance background, love design, and swoon over pretty homes... but I've always gone for a quick fix on the wall thinking that paying any extra money or attention made no marginal difference. After 4 months with this team, I'm a convert! Here's what I've learned about why art matters:

#MaddieinMiami: What Art Basel Is Like for A Newbie

Last month I went to Art Basel Miami Beach on behalf of Mason Lane. As a newbie to that fair /entire scene, there was a lot to take in. I went to 9 number of fairs, 2 private collections, and 1 beach across 4 days, and here’s what I learned:

5 Reasons Why November Has Been Awesome

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1: Lots of projects are looking VERY good.

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2: We sold a Nir Hod piece from our Most Liked IG Post Ever.
This babe is en route to Tribeca.

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3: Our Experience Gift Guide is up on the blog.

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4: Smitten Films x Mason Lane is here.
Your silver bullet answer to the BEST. GIFT. EVER.

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5: This month’s discovery: Lev Khesin
Love the texture, color, and three dimensionality of this new find.

Our Experience Gift Guide

Clearly everyone and their mother is publishing and swooning over gift guides this time of year. These are fun for the first few minutes and then they’re not when you realize you’re bombarded with 100 things to buy for everyone everywhere. As a general rule, I value experience over materials (which is why we make the experience of making your space more complete so enriching). And bonus point: science agrees; having meaningful experiences with people proves to lead to greater happiness, more memories, and less clutter. On that note, here’s our short and sweet Experience Gift Guide of 2018.

Current Project Run Down For this Pre Holiday Special Moment

Oh HEY, Holiday Rush! It’s been a while. Here’s what we’re working on, art we’re seeing, and how a few projects are really shapin’ up before we sing Jingle Bells into the New Year.

5 Reasons Why.... OCTOBER WAS AWESOME

What. A. Month. Here’s info on our new designer program, how we save client cash, and more.

1. We organized and sponsored the 1st Annual Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting Day.

This was a spirited community affair through which children ages 6-12 were given a full supply bag to use to paint an assigned retail window on Court Street. Here’s why it was a total win.

Budding artist in action

Budding artist in action

2. Interior Designers: we’ve got your backs…

…MORE THAN EVA. Check out our bigger + better trade program with various ways we support you.

Design by one of our faves,  Ali Reeve Design.

Design by one of our faves, Ali Reeve Design.

3. You’re Invite to our biz growth forum with LuAnn Nigara.

Nov. 14th, 7pm. Limited spots, RSVP required.

Design Podcast Host of “A Well-Designed Business”

Design Podcast Host of “A Well-Designed Business”

4. Efficiency is still our favorite word.

And we hired Melissa Byczek to keep it that way. (And ultimately, save client $$$).

We love our organizational fairy Godmother.

We love our organizational fairy Godmother.

5. This month’s discovery: Montreal artist Nicolas LaChance.

Because emerging Canadian art is too gorg to miss.

LOVE. THESE. TOGETHER. Pic from Galerie Rene Blouin.

LOVE. THESE. TOGETHER. Pic from Galerie Rene Blouin.

Getting Gorgeous, Unique Home Pieces Just Got Easier

Last Friday I went to Field + Supply. It’s a GORGEOUS crafts fair in Kingston, New York at the Hutton Brickyards. There’s a lot to discuss. The location on the Hudson, the bonfires, the smell of bonfires, and the artisanal everything were all simply wonderful. But my favorite news to share is that this fair, and the buzz it has generated, has completely changed the market for beautiful, hand crafted pieces. And finding, owning, and loving them just got easier.

How One Mama/Daughter Duo Take On the Art Scene (And Bond Over It)

My mom friend Diana and I recently chatted over drinks about kid-related city outings. I had just brought my girls (ages 4 and 2) to the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibit (ie the “Fancy Dress Show”). She had similarly brought her 5 year old there, though apparently Fiamma subsequently requested to see the decorative arts rooms, the Temple of Dendur, the Modern Art exhibit, and more. As it turns out, this is standard for Fiamma, and it’s because Diana has crafted artsy adventures for her and her mini since forever. Together they explore, obsess, and bond over artsy things throughout the 5 boroughs. It puts us all to shame/is totally inspiring. So here lies the first Q+A blog we’ve done to share how Diana leverages the city’s art scene to bond with, and instill a cultural appreciation in, her daughter.

Three Art Related Charities That Are Awesome

The art world can be QUITE diverse; there’s art of VASTLY different quality (think Etsy buys vs. Koons sculptures), insane price ranges ($0 to nearly $500,000,000), and events for everyone vs. exclusive buttoned up affairs. All in all, the art world has a prevailing reputation of being exclusive and expensive. That said, it’s clearly not just that, and today I’d like to point to three arts-related organizations that are supporting awesome charitable causes.

Trying On Art, for Project Nice View

Last week we got 15 impressive artworks into our client's East Village apartment on approval. This means that we sent pieces the client was seriously interested in buying into her space to see them on the walls.  NO ONE dislikes this service; seeing options that make your space better and picking favorites is objectively fun. BUT the results are always surprising. Here are the winners and rejects from last week's session: 

Project Hey Hey NJ

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…

What Makes Art Good?

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.