Where Interior Designers Go for Art

 

Interior designers face a multifaceted challenge every time they design a new space. At a bare minimum, they have to work within the constraints of the existing architecture of the house, apartment, or office in question to satisfy the client’s personal taste. They may also need to incorporate existing furnishings or artworks into the scheme of the new design while sourcing new elements to complete the overall look. And undoubtedly, they need to accomplish all of this within a budget. Given that art is the finishing touch that breathes life into any interior design, where do these experts go to find it?

Art presents a particular challenge, because clients’ tastes in paintings or sculpture can vary widely. An interior designer attempting to meet the diverse needs of various clients will need to have multiple sources for artworks that fit a variety of aesthetics. Therefore, they tend to cast a wide net in cultivating relationships and exploring opportunities for finding interesting art for their clients.

The key is to be able to quickly find artwork that is affordable for their clients. Interior designers do this by networking with art galleries, studios, art schools, and artists themselves. It’s not unusual for designers to spot promising talent when artists are still in school and follow their careers as they mature. Modern artists tend to use social media to promote their work, so savvy interior designers will also use this resource to spot potential finds. Interior designers may also work with art consultants or scouts who specialize in finding artworks based on criteria like size, style, and medium.

Interior designers also take advantage of the cost savings and opportunities available through buying art at auctions. From representational to abstract art, original paintings, lithographs, giclees, or sculptures, the artwork found at auction often represents a wide range of styles. Just as importantly, these pieces can be obtained at prices far below those you would find in a gallery, which helps an interior designer stretch their client’s budget further than it might otherwise go.

AuctionKing’s collection of fine art gives our clients the opportunity to buy art (and find deals!) like the professionals, all from the convenience of our secure online bidding platform. We stock an ever-changing selection of styles, types, and sizes of art to fit any taste, and our low starting bids put them within reach of even a modest budget. If you’re looking to give your home or office that perfect finishing touch, sign up for a free online account today to start bidding.

 

 

10 Most Desired Handbags

Luxury handbags have long been a classic sign of sophistication and wealth. They’re elevated over ordinary handbags by their combination of top quality materials and superior craftsmanship, which is why those who have the means and the taste to enjoy them choose them.

Luxury handbags

Even among luxury handbags, however, there are those that have become favorites, with a must-have status that has fueled their popularity over the years. Ten of the most desired are:

  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull: Introduced in 2007, the Neverfull has become one of Louis Vuitton’s most successful bags. This larger tote-style bag is meant to carry all of your essentials, and it comes in three sizes: PM (small), MM (medium), and GM (large).
Legendary Neverfull from Louisvuitton.com
  • Hermés Birkin: This bag was invented from the chance meeting of singer/actress Jane Birkin and Hermés CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on an Air France flight in 1983. When she complained that she couldn’t find a bag with enough pockets, he took notes, and thus the Birkin was born. These bags are known for being both popular with celebrities and very difficult to obtain.
Birkin from Hermes.com
  • Hermés Kelly: Designed in the 1930s, this bag became popular from its association with Grace Kelly, the actress and princess of Monaco. Famously, she used the bag to conceal her growing pregnancy from the paparazzi in 1956. In 1977, the bag was officially rechristened in her name.
Kelly Bag from Hermes.com
  • Chanel 2.55: This luxury leather flap bag is the updated version of Coco Chanel’s original handbag introduced in 1929. It is called the 2.55 because of the date it was created—February 1955. The 2.55 includes many features of iconic Chanel style, such as the chain straps and quilted diamond pattern in the leather.
2.55 Handbag from Chanel.com
  • Fendi Baguette: This compact handbag, which fits neatly under the arm like a loaf of French bread, is often credited with being the first “it” bag. Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on Sex and the City carried one, bringing it wider exposure and popularity.
Baguette from Fendi.com
  • Lady Dior: Created in 1995, this classic Dior bag can be found in a variety of sizes (micro, mini/small, medium, and large) and colors. It was originally conceived as a gift to Princess Diana on her visit to Paris.
Lady Bag from Dior.com
  • Chloe Paddington: In 2005, all 8,000 of the Paddington bags produced for Chloe’s spring collection sold out before they even hit stores, turning the soft bag with its giant signature padlock into the bag to have.
Paddington Leather Bag from Nordstrom.com
  • Gucci Jackie: Originally called the Fifties Constance, this hobo-style shoulder bag was renamed after Jackie Kennedy, who made it a hit when she was seen carrying it. A new, updated version was introduced in 2009.
Gucci Jackie Bag from Vestiairecollective.com
  • Yves Saint Laurent Sac de Jour: Created in 2013, this modern carryall-type bag became instantly popular with celebrities. It comes in a variety of sizes, from nano to large, and a wealth of colors and textures to fit any style.
Sac De Jour Duffle from Ysl.com
  • Prada Saffiano: This tote gets its name from the type of leather used in its construction. The textured diagonal pattern, which is extremely resistant to scratching, is made with a machine and has a wax finish that enhances its durability.
Saffiano Bag from Neimanmarcus.com

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How to Find Auctions in Your Area

Purchasing merchandise at auctions is often a good way to get what you want at a significant discount from retail prices. If you’re looking for vintage or collector’s items, it may also be the only way to actually find what you want for sale. Live auctions offer the best opportunities for great deals, but you may not be familiar with all the auction opportunities in your area or how to find them. Here’s where to look:

Auction houses: Start with an online search of your area and auction houses. This should give you a list of auction companies located in your area and their websites. Upcoming auctions should be listed there. If you know you are in the market for a specific category of items, add that to your search to refine the results.

General estate auctions: Estate sales, which may include furniture, jewelry, artwork, and household items of all kinds, take place in communities across the country every day. Many will be advertised in the newspapers and on those papers’ websites, as well as on community websites. Those ads will generally list the auction company’s name, so you can contact the auction company directly to find out when other auctions will be held. There are also a couple of online sites (estatesales.net and estatesales.org) that can help locate estate sales near you.

Government auctions: Public agencies hold different kinds of auctions that can be opportunities for the public. Regular agencies may hold auctions to get rid of surplus office equipment or similar items on a periodic basis. Police agencies hold auctions to dispose of confiscated goods. You can find notices for both types of auctions in free weekly newspapers, or in announcements posted in government buildings. Again, you can also look online for listings; one website dedicated to providing information on auctions of this type is governmentauctions.org.

Storage auctions: When the contents of a storage unit are abandoned by their owner, the storage facility will typically hold an auction to get rid of them. These may be advertised locally, or you can call storage facilities to find out when they will be holding their next auction. Keep in mind that you’ll be bidding on the entire contents of a storage unit, and you may only have a few minutes to glance at the lot up for bid to decide how much or even if you want to bid.

 

Of course, your research may reveal why live auctions tend to remain an underutilized resource for most people—lack of convenience. It isn’t always possible to be in the right place at the right time to take advantage of a live, in-person auction. This is why we created AuctionKing.com, to provide a secure site where our customers can participate in auctions conducted by a live, experienced auctioneer from wherever they happen to be. We bring the auction experience to you so you never have to miss out on a great find. Sign up for a free online account today and start bidding!

Heated vs. Unheated Gems

Knowing the ins and outs of gemstones doesn’t stop with knowing a ruby from a sapphire, or an amethyst from an aquamarine. If you’re looking for gemstone jewelry, you’ve probably been introduced to the idea that many different kinds of gemstones are treated to enhance their appearance prior to being sold. The reality is that only a very small percentage of well-known gemstones are considered “gem quality” without some form of treatment. One of the most common types is heat treatment, used to enhance already existing color, reduce inclusions, or produce a desirable color. So what does this mean for a jewelry buyer?

While the exact method of heat treatment can vary according to the type of gemstone being treated, in general the process subjects a gemstone to high heat over a period of time. In a sense, this is just an extension of the natural processes that produce gemstones in nature, because high heat is often involved in producing the exact hue of particular stones. Stones have been heat treated for centuries, and under normal conditions, the enhancements produced by heat treatment are considered permanent and durable. The effects of heat treatment may, in some cases, be evident to a trained gemologist closely examining a stone under magnification, but they will not be obvious to a casual observer.

Heat treatment is commonly used on a wide variety of gemstones. In fact, for many types of stones, it is safer to assume that they have been heat treated unless the seller and the gemological report for the piece you are considering tell you otherwise. Stones that are routinely heat treated include sapphire, ruby, tanzanite, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, aquamarine, topaz, zircon, and morganite.

Whether or not such treatment is of concern to a buyer depends on that buyer’s personal preference and on how the stone is represented by the seller. A tanzanite that has been heat-treated to produce a more saturated violet-blue color is still a tanzanite, and still quite valuable, but less so than one that was never heat-treated. Some collectors prefer only untreated stones, willing to pay the premium prices such stones command and to accept that completely natural untreated stones may only be found in smaller sizes or with visible inclusions. Other buyers appreciate that heat treatment produces attractive gems at more affordable prices, putting them within reach of a wider audience.

As long as sellers disclose the true state of the gems they are selling, and buyers are fully informed about what they are getting, heat treatment and other forms of gemstone enhancement are an accepted part of the jewelry trade. This is why it is important to only work with scrupulous dealers, so that you can trust a stone they present as untreated is the real deal.

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