Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Don't buy it unless you love it

Happy 2013, friends! I wonder how many times I'll write 2012 before it really hits me that we've moved into a new year? Sometimes I find myself having total mom brain and completely forgetting what year it is all together. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that! Maybe it's my early onset Alzheimer's setting in. (I'll save that confession for a Transparent Tuesday post. ha!)

Moving on...

Last week I shared a tight shot of my client's mantle but intentionally left out the art. I knew they were on the fence about the art so I was holding off for the full reveal. Well, it turns out they've decided to return the piece but I realized there's a very important lesson to be learned and passed on here.

Big design tip...Don't buy large art unless you LOVE, LOVE it.

My client and I went accessory shopping together and I shared with her that this piece would look great in her living room. It had all the colors we were planning to incorporate and the size was right on. Our choices in this size were very limited so she went ahead and purchased it.

There were definitely elements of the piece they liked, like the texture.

But, after living with it for a few weeks and seeing it styled, they've ultimately decided that they settled and don't love it. I'm so glad they've reached this decision before it's too late to return the piece. Art this size is expensive and you should never waste your money on something you don't love. Never settle!

While on a recent vacation, they ran across a local artist that they were really drawn to, Heather Brown.
Here's a sample of her work:

They connected with her art because it evokes memories and meaning. Perfect! That's exactly what will make their house a home, finding pieces that are special to them. 

They're a family with artistic talents so the they're going to tackle a DIY project and make their own masterpiece for above the mantle. They'll use Heather Brown's art as inspiration then create something that's truly unique to their family. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

My kiddos are out of school for the remainder of this week so we're off to Houston to check out NASA today. Expect spotty posting until next week, friends.


Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Awww man too bad that big piece didn't work out - I love it! But art really has to speak to you - and you're so right about truly LOVING a large scale piece. I have placeholders on a wall in my living room until I find the perfect piece (that fits in my budget!) Have fun with the kiddos this week, Dana!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i think this is true in every aspect of buying for a home, but especially art! what you hang on your walls really speaks of who lives there. great tip!

pam {simple details} said...

Oh, that first one would look SO great with the rest of the room ~ can't wait to see their diy! We don't go back to school till the 9th, it's been hard for me to get back in the blogging groove!

Nancy said...

That's a tough one Dana. Art is so personal, it really needs to be perfect. I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year! Thanks for your comments this year, and looking forward to seeing what youre up to in the future!
xo Nancy

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