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.
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.
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:
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...