As of late, I’ve been preoccupied with creating a gallery wall in our apartment. Though the husband & I have been settled in the apartment for almost ten months, as of a few weeks ago there were still stacks of framed works sitting on our bedroom floor.
My desire for a gallery wall was sparked by a lovely wedding gift from artist Deidre DeWaal, entitled Peonies, which I finally had professionally framed. Painter Deidre DeWaal has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Ecuador. Her works are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection, in addition to numerous private collections. DeWaal’s contemporary florals exhibit the traditional sumi-e style, or Japanese ink wash painting, each fluid brush stroke perfectly placed, capturing the form and spirit of the blooms.
Though I’m still on the hunt for some smaller works to fill our frames, I’m happy to finally have Peonies where it can truly be appreciated, along with a lovely little painting by my grandmother, and some paper ephemera from the husband’s and I’s travels. I’m hoping to add a couple of favorite prints that have been on my wish list, including Elizabeth Mayville’s portraits, and one of Gray Malin’s gorgeous prints (I’m especially drawn to his images of Cinque Terre, one of my favorite spots in Italy).
Gray Malin, Cinque Terre Vertical
After months on the hunt, we’re finally signing the lease on a brand new apartment! We’ll be moving to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward District, walking distance from an array of art galleries and great new restaurants. We won’t be moving for a couple of months, but we’re already starting to evaluate just how much stuff we have between us, sorting what will make the cut, and what will be hauled to the curb—a task we ignored when we moved into our current apartment, our attention instead focused upon wedding planning. I’m attempting to take on one organizing project at a time leading up to the move, but at the moment, it’s feeling a lot like I’m immersed in one of Simon Evans’ overwhelming works—
Simon Evans, Everything I Have, 2008, Pen, paper, scotch tape, white out, 60 1/4 X 40 1/8 inches
I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus, as the husband and I have been on the hunt for a new apartment. Apartment hunting is one of those tasks which is extremely exciting, yet ridiculously frustrating and time-consuming. We haven’t quite found the right fit for us, yet I am not ready to accept that we won’t find that perfect apartment, with every item on our wish list. Though our search has been disheartening thus far, the prospect of our very first grown-up apartment, and the firsts that accompany it, is keeping us on the lookout. Our first piece of furniture purchased together? (my college dorm room futon isn’t quite cutting it anymore) A puppy perhaps? (yes, we are already debating names for our non-existent pup) I’m already dreaming of making a new place home, and hoping to make it as much a reflection of the husband and I, as these artists’ abodes—
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Rockwell Kent, Pine Boughs and Bees, ca. 1950, Gouache
Though our apartment doesn’t allow real Christmas trees, we’ll make-do with our miniature version this year! One week until Christmas!
Though I love the idea of an art-filled home, there are some interiors out there that are beyond over the top. Nevertheless, these spaces are entrancing.
One such home, situated in New York City’s Upper West Side, overlooking Central Park, is worth upwards of $20 million, every surface covered in covetable works—a 2,500 year old quilt set alongside a wood table and chair set by 20th century artisan George Nakashimi, corinthian columns extending from the living room floor to 24 foot-high ceilings, covered in a mural by Madrid-based artist Ramon Canet.