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:
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:
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.
These downtown clients came to us needing help dealing with their massive wall space. Their home is a loft space with a twenty foot wall that we're aptly referring to as "Priority 1". It's an interesting challenge, actually, because with a lot of space comes a ton of options -- we just have to figure out a scheme that feels proportionally appropriate and coherent with the rest of the space.
I follow a ton of bloggers, creatives, and entrepreneurs on The Gram and happily admit that the micro influencer influences me. I read their tips for building a brand, swipe up to get recommended products and like pics about health and wellness that inspire me to embrace kale. That said, I've never read anything helpful about achieving a work/life balance ("taking time for yourself" is stale and irritating). BUT as a non mom or life expert, I'm excited to share my trick that I've realized is the key to my sanity:
Google-ing "abstract painting" with your sweats and vino seems like the easiest option, and I guess it is if you don't care what that art looks like or how you spend your money. But in case you do, consider these points:
EXCITING NEWS: Last week we launched a new service called "Done-in-a-Day". The jury's still out on the name deliverables and timing may vary per client, so we may just call it Done in a Day* with a big fat asterisk
If you've ever had your walls painted, thought about painting them in the future, or never considered it at all, we've got yo back. Here are a few points to consider that will actually improve your life. Which brings me to point #1... Click to read more!
One of my New Years Resolutions is to not have typical resolutions that make me feel like I suck. Instead of spelling out my shortcomings, I’m identifying what I did right in 2017, personally and professionally, so that I can focus on that in the new year. Click to see the list!
On Friday, we sent out an email all about our trade program, with a bonus related reminder that our class for designers is next week. If you didn’t get it, sign up here and either way, the play-by-play below shows you, the designer, how we actually help you finish a project and increase your revenue. If you’re not an interior designer, fear not: we work just as frequently with clients directly and this blog post in particular may be more amusing for you.
When sourcing gifts for other people, I obviously come across things I want too. I imagine this is a common condition (right). It's actually super annoying because I go from being generous-minded to greedy in zero seconds, AND I'm then distracted from the task at hand. To make me feel a smidge better, I've made a wish list....
First, I just invented the word Spacelift. It's like a facelift for your space and may be our new hashtag so send feedback STAT. Second, who doesn't want to primp their space, especially in advance of peak holiday materialism? Click for more.
We're working with a few clients who are super stylish in life and kind of sort of in their home; they live in GREAT apartments/houses but there's something unsatisfying about each of their spaces. Yes, their walls need some love and a home without art has no soul blah blah, but realistically, putting something on the walls is not the total answer... Click to learn the answer!
The top question I get from friends, potential clients, interior designers and miscellaneous others is: "Where should I go to get art?" I've hesitated doing a post on this because I previously felt that the answer represents a ton of professional capital -- years learning about, vetting, and establishing relationships with galleries, auction houses, artist studios, home stores and online shops around the world. BUT, screw it.
Two years ago I saw some cute table name cards on Pinterest and decided to make them for Thanksgiving. It was the first year we hosted, and the cards were basically rosemary springs woven through paper Those stupid things took me so #@!$%%^ long that I just got mad thinking about it
EVERY week I tell myself I'll write this blog before Sunday night. I never happens. I get why, but it's moderately annoying. I will say, however, that a small part of me likes pumping these out at the 11th hour before my self-imposed Monday deadline; my blogs end up being a totally accurate reflection of my current mood and ideas.
Last week we made a little logo switch-a-roo that I'm 99% confident no one noticed. If you did, compliments ARE welcome, but honestly, after our marketing person put the design that I approved up on our site, I didn't even notice. I'm guessing you're in that camp. This is a good thing; my intention was to do something different but keep the brand recognition in tact -- kind of like when your friend gets her lashes done and you can't pinpoint why she just looks good...
First of all, "ART" is in quotes in the title of this post solely because I'm broadly defining it to mean any sort of framed wall decor (poster, hand-me-down, needlepoint, etc.) that you have, or may consider having, on your wall. It's NOT a snide way of indicating that these items aren't "real" art; I'm not elitist about the fine art world at ALL and my goal is always to help people spend wisely and to make their walls awesome.
That said, art that you have already quite possibly isn't living its best life right now; there are often ways to make it look better. Here are a few:
There is a wall in my home that's about 10 ft long and 4 feet tall. It's adjacent to an under-the-stair space with a vent, which has inevitably become a Nook for our kids' (that I have clearly decked out, and will do a reveal of next week). I've wanted to do something with this wall, both to extend the kids' play area a bit, and to balance out the room.
Last week, we spent a morning with Farrow and Ball's color experts in their Flatiron showroom. These ladies are educated in color and their paint and wallcovering products are absolutely stunning. We're excited to be working on a fall collaboration with them (since nice walls and art are like 2 peas in a pod) BUT, before that's revealed, we're rounding up some simple ways to deal with your walls.
We work with interior designers ALL THE TIME sourcing art for their clients. The challenge they all have in common? Assessing art quality and price.
Fear not, Designers. This week we are QUITE excited to officially launch Mason Lane Partners -- a designer driven program through which you can simply and quickly get vetted art, with talking points, for your clients.
Last week we took a budding art collector to a favorite Chelsea gallery, Berry Campbell, to answer some of the collector's questions about quality and pricing in the art world.
I, for one, love visiting this gallery. Christine Berry (co-owner with Martha Campbell) shares her knowledge in a way that makes you truly love and want to buy whatever she has on her walls. Here are three of my favorite tidbits from last Thursday's visit: