Rustic Elegance in New Hampshire Ski Home

February 23rd, 2017

Up in the mountains of New Hampshire, our clients find respite from a long day out on the cold ski slopes with the warm autumnal colors of this contemporary Koehn forest landscape above their stone fireplace.

The oranges and reds pop on the more neutral, cooler tones of the stone. It brings contrast, life, and a sense of place to this woodsy retreat.

Lighting is key for accentuating a larger, metallic painting. The darker colors really stand out on the vertical white wall, while accenting the surrounding rustic chic decor. This geometric abstract in rust and gray brings an urban contemporary vibe to a mountain environment.

Even in more transitional spaces, like a doorway or stairwell, the placement of compelling artwork proves vital. The softer abstract below creates fluid movement on the landing, where the painting can be seen from the floor below, or right up close. With abstract work, the viewer can often see new and changing subject matter, depending on the vantage point.

The natural tranquility of organic forms of flora and fauna elements in the below copper paintings contributes to the rustic home. The art compliments the silver antlers with its whimsical forest inspired subject matter. A warm retreat from the snows of New Hampshire!


Cool Colors: Tranquil Meadow for Ipswich Home

February 9th, 2017

Finding success with an abstract Ursula Brenner painting in our client’s Ipswich dining room (below), we tried to provide a splash of excitement to another neutral-toned spot above their living room couch.




The clients wanted a little punch of color. After a visit to our Natick gallery to browse some options, and we hit the road north with paintings in tow! This bright red abstract was our first attempt, as they had really loved the POP of red. However…


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It was a no go.

Once surrounded by soft, tranquil, and traditional furniture and decor, the red felt too harsh. So we placed another in the space with cooler blue and green tones, with a little warm brown and gold to pick up the glow of the lamps and floor. Instead of abstract, this new choice had a calming, contemporary impressionistic style. It was a subtle floral meadow landscape, with a blue sky that mirrored the bright light coming in their many windows.


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It was just what the space called for!

We framed it in a floater frame to keep it light, elegant, and not too traditional (below). The clients were thrilled. We felt this large oil on canvas by Timothy O’Toole brought that little pop of color they wanted, while transporting them to a peaceful field of flowers.

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A cool, sophisticated horizon view for our friends in Northeast Mass!