When I started redesigning our home in preparation for Poppy’s arrival part of my editing process meant pairing down some of our art. Most of the art in our home has been gifted or passed down from family. Since we are from the east coast a lot of the art we had was a little heavier in color and even medium (lots of oil paintings). I have always loved Gray Malin’s photography and when my friend visited our home after the remodel she suggested I reach out to Gray for a lifestyle piece. To be considered for a lifestyle piece you send photos of your home and then the team gets back to you about suggestions for photographs (size, location and color scheme). I was thrilled when I found out Gray not only wanted to feature our home but also gift us four prints for the article.
The first piece we picked came from the Prada Marfa series. The Onlooker is the first thing you see when you enter the house and I love how it sets the tone of our style, elevated and a little rugged. I thought it was such a great visual for how Corey and I blend our taste.
You will notice a few things. First, in the Before photo the entry painting is hung way to high, this always drove my dad nuts. It is an oil painting that belonged to my step grandmother who I absolutely adored and while it had some sentimental value, other than who owned it there was nothing connecting me to that piece.
Choosing The Onlooker for our home was one of the first pieces Corey and I chose together and it so beautifully represents us as a couple. Also we swapped out the light fixture for something more modern in the living room and it looks SO much better.
For the kitchen I chose the Fog and Waves from the À la Plage series. I wanted something light, airy and peaceful. I was anticipating having a really hard time feeding my baby (didn’t) and thought I would want something calm to look at if I needed it. I love how the edges of the piece blend so beautifully into the paint color in the kitchen.
The Onion painting was another oil from my parents. They were also updating their art for their home in Miami and we inhereted this piece. I loved it because it reminded me of them but again, no real connection. Plus I just don’t think it really fit in there. It was too heavy and in all honesty too adult for me but I REALLY tried to make it work – all orange accents all the time!
Ok, first of all, I am OBSESSED with the Bon Voyage series. It is fun and playful but simple and clean. There are so many great icons to connect with that really anyone could find the perfect print for themselves from this collection. I chose The French Queen because it felt polished and sophisticated with the ruffled sleeve and stacked pearl bracelets but unexpectedly whimsical with the pink layered cake; very relatable! I thought this was a perfect piece for my office- it feels very Fig and Whiskey. Fun fact; the hand holding the cake is the same friend who suggested I submit for the lifestyle piece and one of the first people I met when I moved out to LA.
I still have the little LA print (an old World Market find) in the office but moved it to a more size appropriate wall. Since my office is also the guest room I like having a little nod to the location for people visiting from out of town and for those who are looking to be transported…
I chose the Paros Yellow Umbrellas from the Greek Isles series. I was so thrilled to find this piece because of how much it means to our family. My sister spent a year on Paros for a study abroad and met her husband there. When I visited I also fell in love with this magical little island and the way of life that you really can’t find anywhere else. We try to go back as often as we can but with this piece I am transported every day.
Updating your art can make such a huge difference in the over all look of you home and can be as expensive or affordable as you choose. The art in your home is a reflection of you and your personality. It tells the story of who you are and where you have been and is an easy way to change the look of your space without too many other changes. I’d love to hear about your favorite art pieces. Are they photos, paintings, postcards or your favorite kids art up on your walls?
Let me know what you think and what makes your he(art) happy!
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