I Love Magazines

I bought a painting from Christopher Filley a few months ago – before the holidays – and it sort of brought into focus what I’d like to see happen in the family room.  A little grasscloth, a little Peter Dunham textile, a dhurrie rug and an ottoman instead of a coffee table that digs into the back of your heel when you put your feet on it.  So far I have the painting.

But I didn’t know how to frame it.  Then, flipping through March’s Elle Decor, there it was.

It just drops in your lap sometimes, you know?  You’re not thinking about framing at all, in fact, you’re thinking about how you’ve messed up the Spring Break flights and your husband is going to be furious (he wasn’t) and there it is.  The answer.

I didn’t want anything lighter around the painting and I wanted the frame to have the same linear, blocky feel.  And I am very, very fortunate to have Dolphin Gallery nearby as Scott and John tinkered happily until we were all satisfied.

Now I just have to order the grasscloth and the fabric and the rug and the ottoman.

Special thanks to designer Steven Johankneckt for unknowingly providing the inspiration, image top,  in Elle Decor, March 2012, photography William Abranowicz; produced by Anita Sarsidi.

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8 thoughts on “I Love Magazines

  1. Patricia you know I love it when the art comes first and the room is designed around it!

    I hope you will come and see the feature I have on an amazing sculptor.

    Art by Karena
    The 2012 Artist Series

  2. That is what I call divine intervention.
    You always have your finger on the pulse.
    Show us please when it is hung….

  3. Hi Patricia, Yep, framing is an art and it makes the painting either be a knock-out or simply a wall flower. I do love that painting and cannot wait to see the rest of the room. Which Peter Dunham textile are you leaning towards? Have a super day!! Mary

  4. Love your painting. The cover photo of Steven Gambrel's new book shows similar art/frames. Can't wait to see the family room!

  5. My favorite scene in the movie "Cold Comfort Farm" is when Kate Beckinsdale says, "send magazines," as the cure for what ails her strange relations. They cure many problems — visual and otherwise. Wonderful painting and that frame inspiration is perfect.

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