So let's talk about my art addiction. We're all friends here. You know one way I like to chill is by going antiquing with my husband. Not in a way where I'm dragging him...we genuinely like to do this. We live right near one of the most historic antique corridors on the East coast that runs through multiple states (hayyy route 15!) and that means about every five miles you drive, there are three shops clustered together. MPH= miles per hour. APM= antiques per mile.
One thing we've learned as we buy antique store art...forgotten art so to speak...is that you have to look beyond the frame and beyond the layers of stuff it's behind. We've purchased art for $40 that we look up when we get home and find out it's worth more like $5,000. We've learned to see past the setting to what it could be. And may times it's the shi* frame it's in or the absolute lack of frame! Growing up, my parents (who are artists so not a typical childhood) were always buying art and I remember accompanying my Mom to pick out matting and frames for new pieces. It was such a process and I remember her talking about how expensive it was to get things framed properly. I mean, sure, you could use an IKEA frame (and you know I freaking love IKEA), but a frame can really make or break the feel of art. That's where Framebridge comes in. Framebridge happens to be headquartered here in the DMV but you can be anywhere across the country to use their services! You pick your frames (we went with more modern contemporary classic frames to play against the super traditional art), ship in your art (they sent us boxes which made it SO easy!) and they ship it back!
So if you're interested, I want to talk a little about the art to hopefully inspire you to do a little non-obvious shopping for your home. Like, I love Etsy...but I'm kind of over seeing everyone putting the Beyoncé print in their house.
But first, can we talk about my green velvet couch and my life size cheetah statue? Both antique finds. Drops mic.
The black and white photograph is my badass Grandpa chilling in Hue, Vietnam when he worked with the State Department. The painting of the old guy with glasses was a purchase we made from Lucketts Antique Store. Um, he ended up being an original piece by artist Michael Lemmermeyer which is kind of a big deal. And the old guy in the picture? That's actually a portrait of Arnold Hoffman who was the art director of the New York Times and an artist himself. The hunched over guy is from a place in Leesburg called Black Shutter Antiques. We just thought the line work was bomb.
The naked lady is kind of a funny story. There was something about her that we just liked. And then when the peeps at Lucketts told us that they had her hanging out towards the intersection and a minivan mom stormed the store in a rage demanding they take down such 'smut', we were basically sold. We needed this painting because that was too freaking funny to pass up. So when I posted her to Instagram, I got A LOT of comments that said it looked like a painting of me. So. Half of me wants to cover her boobies up.
Framebridge totally revamped our art and gave it new life. Earlier this year I had framed a large original piece in my office and the original quote for framing? Um, more than the art itself (several hundred dollars) which is a no-no. So go forth! BUY ART! And stop fretting if it's not perfectly framed. That's why Framebridge is there.
Thank you to Framebridge for partnering with me on this project!
Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.