Apartment Update: Large-Scale Art in the Living Room

Hey, guess what – an apartment update! Woo-hoo!

Today I’m excited to show you the absolutely amazing, gorgeous, wonderful piece of art that I added to the living room. You may recognize this piece – I discovered it at the Hampton Designer Showhouse this past summer and fell so in love with it that I decided it needed to live inside my apartment. The artist is Christina Baker and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know her a bit over Instagram…she is the sweetest, most lovely person. Knowing that this piece I love was created by someone as nice as she is talented makes it extra special!

I was so taken with this piece when I saw it in the Hamptons Showhouse that I spent just about forever photographing the space that it was in…so much so that my mom explored the entire downstairs of the house only to circle back and find me still snapping away at this piece! Hah. Funnily enough I had come across Christina’s work on Instagram a few days before visiting the Showhouse and become a big fan…and then there it was right in front of me! I contacted the gallery that represents her and luckily for me, it was for sale! As soon as the Showhouse ended and the rooms were broken down, the designer shipped it to me. Hot tip: stuff in showhouses is usually available for purchase!

Another interesting thing I’ve realized is how different the same item can look in different spaces. If you look back at the painting in the Hamptons space, you can see how much smaller it looks than it does in my apartment. It actually is relatively large (3 feet by 4 feet), but it looked significantly smaller and I never would have realized how big it was if I hadn’t asked the gallery that reps Christina for measurements. I think it looked so much smaller because of the two large-scale lamps that flanked it in the Showhouse…and maybe just generally because that space was bigger overall, with a higher ceiling. And by the way, how good was that picture light over it?? I really want to get one for the piece! That’s something I’ve learned in my design course, how important it is to properly light art (and just rooms in general).

 

I also love that the painting brings this china blue/blush color combination into my space, as this is the palette that I’m attempting to employ for my bedroom. I’ve already painted it blush pink and am planning to bring in some blue bedding when Rebecca Atwood’s collection comes out in February. I’m also adding some more blue to my living room, which is fun because I’ve never decorated with blue before…I think it’s the Mark Sikes influence!

Speaking of which, see that blue splotch on the dresser by the television? That’s a swatch test for painting this dresser navy blue. I wanted to save this post for when I finally actually painted it, but whatever, I figured you might like to see the progress as it happens! Anyway more on that in a future post because I’m still a little on the fence about it and may need some additional input!

Anyway, if you guys are in the market for a piece of art or just want to see some gorgeous eye candy from a crazy talented artist, head over to Christina’s website or follow her on Instagram, where she shares peeks of her work. Isn’t it amazing the difference that art makes to a space?

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  1. Monica wrote:

    It looks AMAZING in your space!! Love how the apartment is coming along ๐Ÿ™‚

    Published 10.19.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thanks so much Monica! xoxo

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  2. That is one gorgeous piece of art and it looks amazing in your space.
    Where is the gold/black lamp from? I LOVE it.
    I hope you are well.

    Published 10.19.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thank you Melissa! The lamp is really old Nate Berkus for HSN…I wish he would make something similar again! Hope you’re doing great! xoxo

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  3. Erica wrote:

    I love that piece! It’s gorgeous and I can understand why you were so drawn to it.

    Published 10.19.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Isn’t it amazing?? Christina is so talented!

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  4. Patti wrote:

    Beautiful piece….love it in your apartment. You’re doing an amazing job as always ๐Ÿ˜

    Published 10.19.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thank you Patti! xx

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  5. Andrew wrote:

    Beautiful piece. Perfect for your apartment.

    Published 10.19.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thank you Dad! Love you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  6. Shawna McMahon wrote:

    Hi Jacqueline,
    Your new apartment looks amazing!
    Where are your window treatments from?
    Shawna

    Published 10.20.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thank you Shawna! They’re from Loews, we had them custom cut to fit the windows…very affordable! Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  7. I love it. Although blues don’t go with my decor, I’m seriously into abstracts so this piece caught my eye immediately. The place is looking good!

    Published 10.21.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thanks so much Anita! I’ve never decorated with blues before but this piece makes me excited to incorporate more blue into my space!

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  8. Jackie, I’m honestly speechless. Your new place looks sooooo amazing and you did such a fabulous job hanging your new painting as well as styling everything! I love how all of the colors are playing off the white and pops of black. Thank you so much sweet talented friend! xoxo – christina

    Published 10.21.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Christina, you are so amazingly talented! Your piece absolutely makes the space and it will make any space that I move to in the future. Couldn’t be happier to wake up and see it every day!

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  9. Kate Hunt wrote:

    Love love the piece in its new home! ๐Ÿ˜ Glad you liked the space and painting! When I saw Christina’s work I fell in love as well. She didn’t have a piece available that was exactly what I was looking for but I sent her the wallpaper and like magic she painted this beauty to go. Enjoy! – Kate Hunt

    Published 10.21.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      The piece looked so wonderful in your space and I’m so glad that I came across it there. I absolutely loved the wallpaper too – so cool that Christina created the work based on that! She is so talented and so are you! You created a wonderful room and I’m so glad to have a piece of it in my home. Can’t wait to keep following your work! xoxo

      Published 10.21.17 · Reply
  10. jackie brown wrote:

    Hi Jackie,
    I love the artwork. I see a profile of a man’s face. Do you see that too? I knew that you’d do a splendid job with the apartment. Can’t wait to see more of it. I take it that you painted because it looks so much brighter. Ahh nice!

    Published 10.24.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      That’s funny! I didn’t see that – guess that’s the cool thing about abstract art! I actually didn’t paint, I left it white. Brightness comes from the magic of photo editing ๐Ÿ™‚

      Published 10.27.17 · Reply
  11. Tricia wrote:

    Hi,
    Where is your lucite/ghost chair from? Love seeing how you are decorating your new place; can’t wait for the grand tour!

    Thanks!

    Published 10.26.17 · Reply