Art and accessories provide the finishing touches in a room. They can fill in a blank space and they can tell stories about our lives. But, framed art can be expensive. Where to start? It can take quite a while to collect enough art to create a decent gallery wall or fill a niche.
This is my dining room at Nook Cottage. All the pieces on this gallery wall are travel and architecture related. It’s funny, I didn’t actually plan it that way, but when I put it all together, the theme sort of emerged.
I love photography as much as fine art paintings and above are some framed photos I took at Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires, The Mount. In the background is a photo of Tuscany by photographer Anne Henning. I do love travel inspired art.
My bedroom gallery wall is kind of a mixed bag – some of the pieces (oval flowers, study of seagulls, winter scene) were painted by my Aunt Bette Wasserboehr who was a watercolorist and teacher with a gallery in Kennebunkport, ME.
My clients in the Duxbury Garden Home project (above and below) had a lifetime of collections that was a real treat to be able to work with. In the above image, just a small framed painting can add so much to a built in shelf.
The gallery wall above is a grouping of paintings made in one location. These clients lived at one point on a river in Truro, Massachusetts that was very popular with artists. They’d received many gifts over the years of these paintings and they made for an amazing gallery wall of framed art.
So, what to do if you don’t have a big collection of framed art? Maybe you’re just setting up your first home or even a vacation home? Flammiron Press has just released four books of “Prints for a Picture Perfect Home” called “Frameables”.
The beauty of the FRAMEABLES SERIES: 21 PRINTS FOR A PICTURE-PERFECT HOME is that each book (Flammarion / Paperback / $24.95 US / 46 pages / 9” x 12” each) contains a selection of high-quality reproductions that can be easily removed from the book, fit into a standard-size frame, and displayed on the wall of your home, office, or dorm room—accompanied by step-by-step tips for grouping the works to create a harmonious gallery.
Ranging from graphic, colorful, abstract paintings, engravings, or drawings, each work of art comes with information on the back providing interesting details about the style of painting, the work of art, biographical information about the artist, etc.—plus a “frameable fact” that helps you understand the context of that work in the history of art, as well as where the original is on display. This is the first collection of art books with detachable prints, giving you everything you need to create your own private gallery!
These soft cover books are part coffee table, part art history without the guilt of cutting up a hard cover book. The paper is a heavy weight and the printing quality is really nice. The prints fit a standard 9×12 frame (6×8 inches for the half page images) and there’s even a guide for picture hanging tips. In the spirit of full disclosure, Flammiron Press sent me a full set of these books for my review.
I’m excited to share that I will be giving these books away to four lucky winners!
All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me how you would use the book – maybe you’ll cut it up for a gallery or to fill in a spot in your home, or even just to read or give as a gift. Extra chances for anyone who follows me on Instagram and even more chances for each person you tag on the post announcing the giveaway. Just note in your comment below if you’ll be following and tagging on IG (make sure to tell me you IG handle) so I’ll know to look out for them! I will select four winners at random and the book you receive will be a surprise (though it you want to share which would be your preference, I will try to accommodate, but can’t guarantee it!)
Contest Ends: February 10th!
I’ve put together a shopping boutique for these books and some great framing options. (Note: This post contains affiliate links. A small commission is paid on any purchases at no additional cost to the buyer. This goes to support this blog. Thank you!)