How to pick artwork for a client? or for yourself?
Kim: “I definitely find that artwork is one of the most intimidating pieces for most clients. The most important thing with art is that it makes you happy. Art should never be about pleasing the masses. In reality, you will never appeal to everyone because art is so subjective. Unless you are a collector; art does not have to be about a certain artist or an extravagant price tag. There are some unbelievably talented young artists that are not yet mainstream enough to demand a high price (and for many, being “mainstream” is not what it’s about).”
Where do you advise clients’ to go look for affordable artwork?
Kim “I tell my clients to head over to their local College or University as they often have auctions at the end of a semester where students can feature and sell their art. Markets and craft sales are also a great place to find original art.
What about more expensive artwork?
Kim: “If my client has a larger budget but are feeling intimidated, most private galleries will allow them to “borrow” pieces to assess how they fit in their homes. Our city gallery leases art, which is a fantastic option for those that don’t like to commit and enjoy changing up their art fairly frequently. Whether its dogs playing poker or a Picasso, your art should speak to you; it should make you feel good every time you see it. Once you let go of trying to buy the “right” art, it becomes more fun, and much less scary!
What are some of your favorite materials for a kitchen?
Kim: “For countertops, Quartz has never disappointed. It’s durability and stain resistance is outstanding – and well worth the price. The color and design options just keep getting better and better!”
Kim: “For faucets, I keep going back to Grohe. They are not the cheapest, but anyone who has dealt with a cheap, constantly breaking or leaking faucet, knows how worth it it is to spend the money on a good faucet.”
What’s one item everyone forgets about when they design a room?
Kim: “To be honest, it took me years to really appreciate the impact custom drapery can make – but it’s incredibly palpable in a room. Whether the style is Modern or Traditional, custom panels finish a room like nothing else. They instantly add warmth, character, and a sense of permanence. Loom.com has some great fabric option and can provide a custom fit, while still remaining fairly budget friendly. Locally, I have some wonderful suppliers that carry fabrics for every budget. It can be a challenge to convince clients that the price tag is worth it when they can buy premade panels for less than $100 – but the end result is incomparable.”