Originally a 19th century mill, the Mass MOCA space was last occupied in 1985. Just one year after the mill closed, the museum was conceptualized but it wasn’t until 1995 that the doors officially opened. Today, the museum sits on 16 acres of property and has 28 buildings on its campus.
Designing a nursery or kids room can be one of the most fun and exciting projects in a house. After all, you get to let your inner child come out to play! It can also be confusing and jam-packed with questions. How long will my child be in a crib? Do I need a separate changing table with storage? How much play space will he/she need? WHAT DO I PUT ON THE WALLS?
Soaring ceiling beams in new build beach house? YES. Original architectural details in a renovated iconic brownstone? YES. Million dollar powder room? YES THAT TOO. I’m pretty good at not buying everything I see and going bankrupt, but here are my recent personal favorites that I love, can afford, and am figuring out how to work within my space.
These homes are so often an escape to another world, and there is something romantic (not to mention community minded) about sourcing art that feels local and storied to create a space that feels at once yours and reflective of its setting. That said, there tends to be a locale-pervasive look that, if not reigned in, can get a little out of hand.
RxArt is a non-profit dedicated to helping children heal through the power of visual art. They commission site-specific, museum quality artwork in healthcare facilities with the goal of turning sterile spaces into engaging environments for kids.
When we meet new clients, a top question we get is: do you specialize in painting, photography, or something else? The answer is: we specialize in Modern and Contemporary art across all media -- painting, photography, prints, drawing, sculpture, etc. The main reason for this is that we are constantly evaluating how art can make a space feel more balanced and complete.
I take myself on gallery tours every other Friday. It’s a great way to make sure I (and Mason Lane) am up to date on all of the art and happenings going on in NYC. The thing is, it can be INCREDIBLY daunting at first so I figured I’d share my own approach. Below is my step-by-step process for planning your very own gallery tour.
1. The Valerie Fund Show House is done, but pics and full story live on.
Thanks to everyone for supporting the cause!
2. The Quogue Qountdown ended with a bang.
Our 40 piece install + house completion happened in time for Memorial Day.
3: Laura’s guide for the first time buyer is live!
Including how she and her hubs started an art fund.
4. Our Field Trip to Field + Supply was bliss.
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5. This month’s discovery: Jonny Niesche.
Love the color + vibe.
Buying art it tough. DUH that’s why we have a business. And the main reason WHY it’s tough? THERE ARE TOO MANY OPTIONS. It’s like trying to order on Seamless Web — option overload. One simple way to break it down, and focus on art that’s best suited to your interests (whether you’re buying, looking, sourcing for someone else) is to break it down by market: PRIMARY MARKET and SECONDARY MARKET. Here’s a tutorial:
1. The Mason Lane Shop is LIVE.
Fun emerging art, under $2k, available for a limited time.
Some of you may have seen me on Instagram in fancy headphones talking about our designer consults. First, the headphones are these and they offer better sound/make me feel important, and second, here's what a designer recently said about our consults:
1. Major progress is happening for Project Quogue.
The big Spring Auctions are coming up in NY and at our recent team meeting, said team had some questions. And I had answers that we were all surprised to learn, and I hadn’t previously shared. I spent a few years at Christie’s, went to Sotheby’s institute (which provides a useful window into auction house life) and dealt with the major houses through other jobs, so the way these auctions work is ingrained in me. Here’s how they relate to you, budding and curious art fan:
Hi new wall! You have so much potential.
It’s exciting to get in early on a project like this WIP Toronto house. With a blank slate, we want to explore different mediums, proportions, a neutral vs colorful palette… We are getting SO excited that we starting brainstorming ideas.
The best part of getting in early is that we can preserve an “art wall” in this room. Meaning: we have the opportunity to collaborate with the team (architect, contractor and designer) to ensure we have no plugs in the way, no awkward switches or fixtures to work around! Yay for teamwork!
Remember when we went out to Quogue to see this new build? Well guess what!? Things have happened since that fine fall day. The house has windows, electricity, and even some walls... [running water is TBD]...and a completion date of April may have been in an email but let's just say May to be safe. We've bought over 15 pieces for this gorgeous Hampton getaway and wallpaper, art lighting, paint colors are more are all part of the conversation with the clients, designers, and build-team OH MY. Here's the latest.