The Love Boat: Framing a Real Life Reunion

December 19th, 2017

A client came in with a fantastic love story about her in-laws courtship in connection to a 1950s wooden speed boat, or ‘Chris Craft.’ The young couple’s adventurous spirits came together in nautical bliss on this boat at the dawn of their relationship. They even provided the name “At Last” — inspired by how long it took to finally purchase this large vessel. However, somewhere along the line when the kids got older and the father could no longer afford and manage it, the boat was sold. The couple’s son, many years later, wants to surprise them by finding and restoring the ship.

Researching original bills of sale and names of potential provenance, and posting tirelessly on boat blogs, forums, and Craigslist, the couple’s adult son (our client’s husband) got the attention of the antique boating community. Finally, a response came.

Someone had the boat. It had been stored under a tarp in their back yard for 40 years. The son finally found and retrieved the old ship — now without the original motor and in faded disrepair.

Their son, who searched for years for this motor boat, is now taking on the total refurbishment of the antique. The restoration of the Chris Craft will be a surprise for the couple at their 60th wedding anniversary in 2019.

Our simple, archival custom framing of this article in ‘The Brass Bell’ Magazine featuring the story was a Christmas gift to the son from his wife. The black frame with black mat offer a neutral background for the pages and old family photographs to pop. This story will be passed down to generations and the labors of the son to reunite his parents with the boat of their early romance will be behind UV glass for all to see! We were so thrilled to play a part in the custom framing of their memories, and look forward to hearing the happy ending.

 

Contemporary Minimalism: Boston Condo in Orange & Gray

December 6th, 2017

A contemporary condo in Boston with bright colorful furniture and modern decor had a blank white wall in need of a statement piece. We attempted to match the coloring of the couch and abstract rug with rust, red, and gray. A loose, geometric abstract oil painting by artist Ursula Brenner was the perfect fit!

 
The gray column, light silver in the rug and side tables, and bold accent color all made the artwork feel as though it were custom to the space. A silver floater frame rounded out the look for a cool, urban feel for this Boston home.

Classical Columns to Cornice: A Concord Country Estate

December 5th, 2017

With simple symmetry and classical architectural touches, this Concord home provides many nooks and crannies for paintings. Complimenting the built-in shelving and custom marble fireplaces, the artwork has traditional esteem with a touch of old-world spirit.

Corn colored waves of grass in the meadow scene placed below the geometric black iron Juliet balcony splashes energy into the neutral nature into the family room. The gold-leaf frame adds a dash of regal flair — which converses well with the classical Tuscan order columns in stark white paint that send the eye upwards towards sweeping ceilings.

After completing this more formal social space, we sought a sporty and nautical work of art for the more intimate mood of the den…

Nestled above the mantle amidst equine trophies, silver candlesticks, and antique china, the above painting of boats afloat in the harbor bring a relaxed, tranquil blue to the room. Blue sky, fluffy clouds, and reflective water bring a natural feel to the the painting, contrasting the straight and narrow masts of wooden ships.

The traditional gold frame and well-placed picture light shining above finish the client’s look to meld perfectly with the leather-bound books and cozy impression of the lower ceiling in this study. Comfortable, yet refined, this space called for a painting of distinguished artistry and gilded framing — with an evocation of old sporting fun. Mission accomplished!

Manchester by the Sea: Ships Set Sail!

December 2nd, 2017

Upon arriving in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, we were hit with the salty fresh ocean breeze and welcomed into our client’s spacious, light, airy home. The neutral gray and white of the walls were a perfect backdrop for two bright colorful Robert Bolster paintings. The realism of Bolster’s nautical ship oil on canvas paintings are a traditional touch to this blank canvas of transitional decor! The reflective ripples and sturdy masts provide foundation and personal flair to this family’s Manchester abode.

What do you think of honoring the sea-faring history and coastal environment of the town with Robert Bolster boats setting sail in Manchester? We see only smooth sailing ahead for refined comfort and beach-front bliss!