Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kolene Spicher's Home in Country Living

When we opened our store almost 7 years ago, there was one art line I knew that I definitely wanted to carry and that was Spicher & Company. I had purchased a few framed reproductions by Kolene Spicher in the Outer Banks when we bought our first house and absolutely loved them. Our customers have felt the same way about them from day one and we've so enjoyed seeing the new pieces that they introduce every year.

The past year has been especially memorable as Spicher & Company began introducing oversized versions of many pieces as well as many new designs. We even had the pleasure of meeting Kolene for the first time at the Atlanta market this year. She was terrific . . .so friendly and very down to earth. Her husband Mark is usually at the shows and their son is often working the booth with his Dad.

I was looking through the March issue of Country Living magazine this week and before I read into the article titled "An Artful Approach to Decorating" , I zeroed in on the silouhettes hanging on the wall in this picture below and thought " So fun! Look at how this person has displayed their Spicher & Company pieces." As I read on I realized this was Kolene Spicher's home in Pennsylvania . . .so exciting!

It's hard to see all of the detail in this image but she has a variety of beautiful silhouettes in her collections, some are serious, some are whimsical and all use different frames which allows for a really creative display.

When she introduced "The Genteel Society of Dogs" silhouettes last year we ordered them right away and they have been such a hit. Take a look at just a few below. These are available as 6 1/4"x7 1/2" or 20 3/8" x 27 3/8" framed prints. What's really fun is that they could work in so many places . . .a den, study, powder room . . .I'd love to see the large size in a dining room!

She Was All Hollywood

Brilliant Gentleman in the Red Bowtie

The Grandiose Lady at the Cocktail Party

I really could write and comment about Kolene Spicher's artwork for hours as there are so many varied styles and subjects. She has everything from animals to eyeglasses and chandeliers to pasta (yes, pasta). I only wish we had more walls in the store, not to mention in my own house. I already have her topiaries in my entryway, her florals in my family room, her trees in my dining room and her beach prints in my son's bathroom. Overkill? I hope not because I'm always finding more places to put them! Here's a peek at my dining room wall. I read online that when Kolene painted the original tree murals they were framed behind old glass, casting different tints of blue and green on the paintings. These tree murals have the same old world patina because she tinted each image.

Here's a very small sampling of some of the Spicher & Company pieces we have, and have had, in the store. We are more than happy to special order, so if you see anything on their website that you too must have, just give us a buzz and we'll order it right away for you. They drop ship so sending it anywhere in the country is not a problem. We know you'll love them as much as we do and we're so glad Country Living is sharing Kolene Spicher's home with all of us!

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