Interior Design

The Deal with 1:1 Designer Consults

The Deal with 1:1 Designer Consults

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: 

Hello Empty Wall

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!

Quogue Blogue

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. 

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:

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.

A Lot of Current Projects are Looking Very Good

A Lot of Current Projects are Looking Very Good

Our current projects go through many phases from initial site visits to final installs, and it's rare that we're doing a lot of installs all at once. BUT, that moment has come lots of installs for 3 projects are happening simultaneously. Funnily enough, art installers are ALSO having a moment and my go-tos are all booked/having babies/not available, so this is a new juggle. Not all current installs are necessarily the FINAL situation, but seeing this kind of progress is objectively exciting. Here are the updates: 

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…

ICYMI: The Deal with Barnaby Lane x Mason Lane

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.  

Why I'm Abnormally Into My Black Couch

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…

5 Reasons Why March Has Been Awesome

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!

The Point of Art Fairs

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. 

My Top Tip for Work/Life "Balance" that I Didn't Discover on the Internet

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:

A Place to Chill

This weekend, I amped up "The Nook" off our kitchen where my girls often play. Though there are a variety of appealing visuals upon entering our home, The Nook is the clear fan favorite. Kids bee-line to it, and adults, with and without kids, tour around the 5 square feet of space every time they visit. What's the big draw? It's so personalized.

Three Things an Art Advisor Does

Art advisory is an unfamiliar industry to many, and there's a misconception that art advisors are only for the ultra wealthy. While every business has its own target and approach, Mason Lane's is to provide practical, objective advice to people who just want their walls to have some character. Here are 3 ways we do this...