August 3rd, 2007 by ariana
Part of the reason we’re not completely unpacked yet is that its much more fun to do the little things like hang curtains and art than say deal with this:
The Mess that is the Office
Speaking of office mess, did you find that the amount of paperwork needing to be filed increased like 100% after buying your house? Between the gazillion mortgage papers, insurance, inspection reports etc. etc. we’re in need of a few more filing cabinets.
But anyway, here are the fruits of some of our procrastination…
We finally hung the mirrors behind the couch:
Mirrors behind the couch.
And we figured out placement of some of our paintings. This was no easy task because there is a perplexing lack of empty wall space in our house. Every wall seems to have windows, doors or entryways into other rooms. And also the artwork we have is very modern and took some thought as to how to integrate with our new antiques pieces and more vintage look.
But here’s what we came up with:
This painting (apart from being an amazing work) has incredible sentimental value. It was given to us by the painter Justin Kauffmann (JustinK) on the occassion of Jeff’s 30’th birthday and also a goodbye gift because we were moving out of the apartment we shared in the East Village with Justin and his then girlfriend Amy (and two other friends) to move to Ft. Lauderdale. It’s called “7 Bee” and was inspired by the bar 7B at the corner of (where else?) 7th and B, which was our local hangout and where we met most of the people who are now our closest friends. Over the years we had become close to the owner Huddy and his daughter Nicole who manages the bar, and this painting hung there until Justin gave it to us the night before we left. If you look in the upper left hand corner you can see the number seven and a Bee and also in the typography appears the word: “Vasacks” which is the official name of the bar (Vasacks Horseshoe Bar.)
The next day we were all packing up to move out and Justin was throwing away a bunch of his paintings that he didn’t like so much…of course we jumped all over that! This next painting is one of the ones we snatched up:
Corner of Living Room by the stairs with another JustinK painting
The other super modern-looking piece of art we have is an original print by Ilya Bolotowsky, a Russian-born abstract artist in the Neoplasticist movement (think Mondrian). Somehow my grandmother (who is also an artist) acquired a bunch of his original prints and had one this one framed and gave it to us as a gift:
Bolotowsky Print Above Mantel
Unfortunately the half wagon-wheel window reflection from the front door is totally distracting in this picture and it didn’t fare so well in storage and needs to be de-wrinkled… But anyway, seen in context of the whole room, the painting works surprisingly well. The bright reddish-orange adds a much needed dash of color to the very muted gold/blues in the rest of the room and adds a modern crispness to what was starting to look a little too shabby/frumpy.
Speaking of shabby frumpy, here is the question of the day!
I am debating whether or not to whitewash the faux fireplace. The guy who I bought it from did a faux “umbered” treatment that is goldish/yellow and matches the color of the living room, but maybe a bit TOO much?
Do you think it would look better whitewashed (watered down layer of white paint) or totally white?
Fireplace as is: “Umbered”
Fireplace photoshopped to have a whitewash (umbered still coming through a bit)
Fireplace photoshopped really white almost like trim color
So what do you think?