Archive for October, 2014

Our Office: My Painting Arrives

October 10th, 2014

Finally! It’s Christmas again! My painting for my office finally arrived in a giant wooden crate.

Months and months ago when we were planning the office renovation I intentionally chose light warm grays for the general palette of the office. I didn’t want to inflict my turquoise obsession on everyone. So I planned to have some massive bold painting for my office so each day I walked into my own space I could smile at an explosion of turquoise and chartreuse. I worked with artist Christina Baker of whom I had done many successful commissions in the past – long distance too!

We started with images of other paintings of hers that I liked and a size. Then I gathered a pile of swatches of the colors that I was shooting for – and then off that stack went to her to start working on the piece. With conversations at multiple points in the progress and some images like below showing how the colors are coming out it was a daunting but exciting process.

Kristina Crestin Design_painting C

She sent me the above photo when it was done before getting it crated. Then off it went to us! It showed up of course when I happened to be out of town. My downstairs neighbor thankfully housed my massive wooden crate in a dressing room overnight until we could get to it to break it apart – it was too heavy to get up the stairs without dismantling the crate.  Once that was done there was still more suspense – tons of protective wrapping!

Kristina Crestin Design_painting B

Happy day! I LOVE it. It’s so happy and has so much energy. Sarah my art hanger extraordinare was here to bust open the crate and hang the piece – stay tuned for photos of it installed!

Kristina Crestin Design_new painting A

For more information on the artist check out her web site and links to her on her Facebook and Instagram pages. Christina Baker. Art hanger: Sarah Johnson

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Finally! It’s like Christmas, not only did my conference table come but also my barn door. What an exciting afternoon!  We had both made by a local guy Ray from 60 Nobscot. Early on when I was thinking about finish as well as function I realized I couldn’t find a table that really fit our space well – our conference space just needed to be about another 12″ wider for most dining tables. Darn renovations! On the barn door front as well it was hard to find a salvaged door that would fit the space. I guess that’s where custom comes in! I gathered some inspiration images and sketches and Ray went to work building the pieces. The actual finish took longer to figure out; but after numerous samples it was nailed and they look SO good with our flooring!

Below are some progress shots of the door being installed by my ever so patient (sometimes) husband.

Kristina Crestin Design_barn door install A

Below is a quick study sketch I did when I was thinking through how the door would work and how the trim could work out for casing the doors as well as also mounting the barn door hardware.

Kristina Crestin Design_barn door B sketch

I’ll get some finished shots up soon – but you can see how the barn door really helps make the space feel more finished.

Kristina Crestin Design_barn door install C

This is the conference table in process – Ray designed it so the top came off – partially for install and partially as the table is so darn solid and heavy!

Kristina Crestin Design_conference tableIf your interested in a custom table or barn door give Ray at 60 Nobscot a call! 978.440.8066. Conference table lighting by Visual Comfort. Black chicken wire windows are salvaged from N’or East Architectural Salvage. Conference table seating is Serena & Lily.

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