I have recently moved home from London to New York and have faced the expense of decorating a new home. Our list included: New sofa, new bed, new sofa bed, new table and chairs… new lights, crib, changing table, dresser, cushions, highchair, rugs, not to mention all of the new electrical appliances because the voltage is different from England’s. Cue new TV, kettle, toaster, sound system… The list is endless and the cost eye watering.
The time spent in home décor shops over the weeks (as well as that grim afternoon in Ikea with screaming baby that I want to forget) has made me realise just how necessary a service Paint me a Present is (if I say so myself).
In my own home decorating mission I realised three things:
1) Moving home is stressful and incurs a never-ending cost of things you forgot you needed.
2) Art is officially overpriced.
3) Art can transform a room and make it a home.
Aside from Ikea prints, I haven’t seen a genuine piece of artwork for less than $1500 here. There is no shortage of galleries in New York of course, but they all have to fund the cost of the space they rent by charging exorbitant prices for what they sell. The plain white canvas with a black splatter by anonymous artist priced at $10,000 was a highlight in realising point 2.
However these galleries also know the universal truth of point 3 and therefore play to the crowds. Amongst all the staple buys of a home, they know that what we put on our walls in our homes is hugely important to lift our mood, impress our friends and reflect our tastes, in a way that no other furniture item can.
So in the last few weeks we have bought the staples and installed the toaster. However what we await with baited breath is the personal and wonderful paintings we have the pleasure of owning, on route by ship from England, to complete our home. Because without them, home isn’t home!
Remember, creating one of these pieces of art through Paint me a Present can cost as little as £50 or as much as £500, and the upper limit is for something the size of your very tall friend by your slightly shorter friend. Big enough for even the biggest of walls in the biggest of homes (lucky you, said from the small New York apartment)
Happy moving and/or homemaking and log on to http://www.paintmeapresent.com today to make your order.