: 1200x668 px
: July 14, 2018
With such an abundance of canvases, I divided them into groups. I clustered examples of specific genres: landscapes in the bedroom, female portraits in the dining room. I measured the wall and then taped off the same amount of space on the floor, where I began laying out the paintings for color and balance. Often, I’d hop on a ladder to get perspective. The living room’s gallery wall features some of the couple’s favorites. It’s a mix of everything: high and low, old and new, antique and modern.
We upgraded all of the systems, and I convinced the owners to open several of the doorways, but it was essentially a renovation within the footprint. There was a question of whether or not to paint over the dark woodwork, so we had a restoration specialist take a look. He was fine with repainting most of it, but in the small back stairwell, he discovered a banister and handrail that are even older than this almost 300-year-old house. He told us flat out we could not paint them.