Curating for Life
HOW DO YOU CREATE ARTFUL LIVING? Family always comes first, but in my Madison Avenue apartment, I discovered that by taking a curator's approach, I could have rooms that are both comfortable for everyone, AND full of expression and inspiration. I just had to balance what I loved with what Frank was comfortable with and Olivia could live fully in. The rest was a matter of taking it one step at a time.

When we moved in, the only pieces I brought with us were the Milo Baughman dining room chairs and the guest bed. That's it! The Living Room is a pass through room and I knew that if I put something across the room it would block the flow and that is not a good thing to do! I also knew that the apartment was so angular in its architecture that I needed to have a bit of a curve. And, I wanted to highlight the chance for a dramatic chandelier in the center of the seating area.

So, I started with two sofas in the living room facing each other. Then, the rug, which with the sofas and the dining room chairs started to build a neutral palette. I found the dining table at auction and could not have been more excited about it! It is also fairly neutral, but being blue, it added another color and layer to the scheme. Time for some punch.

I found a Silas Seandel table that made me fall in love with his work. It was sold, but it led me to research him and what a treat in every way (as you will see in the video below). Then I found the Nares' paintings (only planned on one, but loved them as a pair, so there you go!) and the Scharf donut floating in outer space. They were just the pop the room needed to bring everything to life. Shortly thereafter, I saw the Minter and that was the cherry on top! The last step: Felix Agostini sconces. They fit perfectly, and I loved them so much, but I definitely had to rearrange the budget for those. But when things are this special, their value never goes away.
PHOTO: SPIN ART by Olivia



“B

e aware of wonder.
Live a balanced life—
learn some and think some and draw and
      paint and sing and dance and play and work
  every day some.” —Robert Fulghum


<span style="font-family: learning-curve-1,learning-curve-2,Baskerville; font-weight: normal; font-style: italic; font-size: 32px; line-height: 26px;">Art doesn't only hang on wallsâ¦<br />
every object in your home is an<br />
opportunity to curate your space<br />
with functional sculpture </span><br />
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Art doesn't only hang on walls…
every object in your home is an
opportunity to curate your space
with functional sculpture



On top of being beautiful, these hand-crafted bronze tables by Silas Seandel can move together as a central coffee table, or split and slide around, opening up the floor up for family time. No sharp corners mean kid-friendly AND chic!<br />
Objects in Balance
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On top of being beautiful, these hand-crafted bronze tables by Silas Seandel can move together as a central coffee table, or split and slide around, opening up the floor up for family time. No sharp corners mean kid-friendly AND chic!


PHOTO : Valeria Castillo Mendoza
In the Living Room, a toy piano, large screen TV, poofs, Milo Baughman globe and open rug provide Olivia with options for entertainment, alongside comfy places for me and Frank to stretch out and be together as a family.<br />
Objects in Balance
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Something for Everyone

In the Living Room, a toy piano, large screen TV, poofs, Milo Baughman globe and open rug provide Olivia with options for entertainment, alongside comfy places for me and Frank to stretch out and be together as a family.


PHOTO : Valeria Castillo Mendoza
These two paintings by James Nares literally balance each other over the sofa. I love how they capture so much movement and life, yet provide order to the room, with their scale and symmetry. They weren't shown as a pair, and I only brought the two home to decide which one to keep. But once I saw them together in the space, I couldn't let either one go.
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Seeing Double

These two paintings by James Nares literally balance each other over the sofa. I love how they capture so much movement and life, yet provide order to the room, with their scale and symmetry. They weren't shown as a pair, and I only brought the two home to decide which one to keep. But once I saw them together in the space, I couldn't let either one go.

PHOTO : Patrick Cline
The dining chairs came with us, then I snagged the dining table at auction, which doubles as my home office. The Scharf donut and Minter photo were the finishing layers of sparkle and pop!<br />
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Curating in Stages

The dining chairs came with us, then I snagged the dining table at auction, which doubles as my home office. The Scharf donut and Minter photo were the finishing layers of sparkle and pop!


PHOTO : Patrick Cline
In the dining room, "Shinola"  overlooking meals and a day's work, while "Cyclone" keeps a closed eye over naps outside Olivia's room.<br />
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Two views of Marilyn Minter

In the dining room, "Shinola"  overlooking meals and a day's work, while "Cyclone" keeps a closed eye over naps outside Olivia's room.


PHOTO : Patrick Cline
Balancing all sides: Marilyn Minter skateboard decks, hung above the headboard as art, balance masculine and feminine. Slim Aarons "Duchess on Tiger" balances the fierce and the femme.
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Juxtapositions

Balancing all sides: Marilyn Minter skateboard decks, hung above the headboard as art, balance masculine and feminine. Slim Aarons "Duchess on Tiger" balances the fierce and the femme.

PHOTO : Patrick Cline
Niches and bookshelves hold favorite books, photo albums and objects, including Jeff Koons "Balloon Dog" in blue and Fornasetti jar. All things to remind and inspire.
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The Little Things

Niches and bookshelves hold favorite books, photo albums and objects, including Jeff Koons "Balloon Dog" in blue and Fornasetti jar. All things to remind and inspire.

PHOTO : Valeria Castillo Mendoza
My foyer is a mix of so many styles, from classical to modern. The goal was a bold entrance that sets the tone, starting with Robert Polidori's "Royal Opera Chateau de Versailles." Knowing that I have a propensity for change, the back of the settee was just as important as the front. One day in the future it can sit in the middle of a room. For now, it's my little secret.<br />
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Both Sides

My foyer is a mix of so many styles, from classical to modern. The goal was a bold entrance that sets the tone, starting with Robert Polidori's "Royal Opera Chateau de Versailles." Knowing that I have a propensity for change, the back of the settee was just as important as the front. One day in the future it can sit in the middle of a room. For now, it's my little secret.



PHOTO : Patrick Cline
In the guest room, I took the art into my own hands, commissioning a neon "I know why the caged bird sings" to add a little edge to the room and add a little glow.<br />
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Express Yourself

In the guest room, I took the art into my own hands, commissioning a neon "I know why the caged bird sings" to add a little edge to the room and add a little glow.


PHOTO : Valeria Castillo Mendoza
Ultimately, the balance is about creating a home that is inspired by what's outside your doors, and inside your heart... a place where I can raise my child, while still feeling like one from time to time myself. Sculpture by Curtis Jere.<br />
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What Surrounds Us

Ultimately, the balance is about creating a home that is inspired by what's outside your doors, and inside your heart... a place where I can raise my child, while still feeling like one from time to time myself. Sculpture by Curtis Jere.


PHOTO : Valeria Castillo Mendoza
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Art

MOST OF MY MOST PRIZED PIECES OF FURNITURE ARE SPECIAL TO ME BECAUSE THEY SHOW THE HAND OF THE ARTIST.
And they prove that you CAN live with art, even with kids. A tour around the living room…side tables by Silas Seandel, sconces by Felix Agostini, an Arteluce lamp, Venini chandelier, Dickinson side table, and Milo Baughman globe. Each of these pieces has its own personality, which expresses that of the maker. After 45 years of making one-of-a-kind metal furniture and sculptures, Silas Seandel still works in his studio in West Chelsea, exploring the results of heat and hammer on raw metals. If you live in NY, stop by and see for yourself. I did, and it was both educational and inspirational. WATCH HERE:




"Great art picks up where nature ends."
Marc Chagall
 






the table that got away, but led me to Silas Seandel…
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