Review - Artwork from Gallery Direct Brings a Touch of the Countryside to My Guest Room

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GalleryDirect.comGalleryDirect.com Blog AmbassadorBuying our first home was definitely one of the highlights of my life and almost six years later, it's still just as fun, for now I'm enjoying the process of decorating it, room by room! Our current overhaul has been the guest bedroom.

I love the process that comes with totally revamping a room from head to toe.  We had new carpet put down, painted the walls a new hue and even got new furniture.  Next, it was time to make those walls "pop", which led me to discover GalleryDirect.com, a fine art publisher who believes in the motto "Fine Art for Everyone!" Keep reading to learn more about an online retailer who can instantly beautify your home for less!

I reviewed the following framed wall art from Gallery Direct:

Tranquil View I by Kim Coulter (KC100A) - Size Small (13" x 18") - Framed Canvas with a 3" Natural  Brown with Gold Lip Frame (F0100), which retails for $289.00, but is currently on sale for $217.00
25% off everything + FREE SHIPPING! Sale ends today! (June 21, 2012)

Tranquil View I by Kim Coulter from Gallery DirectGalleryDirect.com is the largest limited edition fine art publisher, printmaker and artisan framer in the world. This means that they do it all: they find the artists and the artwork and they market and recreate the art themselves. There is absolutely no middleman between the artwork and your walls, which is why they can bring their customers fabulous pieces of art at prices you only dreamed of.

When I discovered that I would have the fortunate opportunity to review one of their pieces of art, I was thrilled for their selection was truly astounding. The hardest part was trying to choose just one piece!

I have always been a huge nature lover and wanted our guest bedroom to have a "country bed and breakfast" feel.  I wanted a piece of artwork that would make our guests feel cozy and welcome and so started my quest for framed art with this theme in mind.

GalleryDirect.com offers gorgeous landscapes and stunning botanical and floral art too, but because are freshly painted walls are a buttery yellow, I thought that a gorgeous painting accentuating this color would be just the thing we were looking for. This led me to find the absolutely amazing collection of paintings by artist Kim Coulter and select the limited edition piece "Tranquil View I".

Tranquil View I by Kim Coulter from Gallery Direct Tranquil View I by Kim Coulter from Gallery Direct

Like her art, Kim Coulter's training has been as intensive as it is impressive. She began her formal training at the University of Texas, received her BA in Art Therapy from the College of New Jersey, and then continued her postgraduate work at the Art Institute of Southern California.  Inspired by the early California Impressionists, Coulter paints "en plein aire" (in the open air). Twice a year, she packs up her paints and travels across the continent to capture the beautiful vistas. Coulter's work has been collected all over the world and is now proudly and prominently displayed in my home!

Now that the hard part of actually choosing the artwork was over, it was time to customize this piece exactly how I wanted it. That's another wonderful feature of shopping at GalleryDirect.com:

  • Their limited editions are exclusive, part of a series of 950 prints.
  • Each signed and numbered image is recreated from the original source material.
  • GalleryDirect.com is a little different than a traditional fine art publisher insofar as they also give their clients full customization features normally reserved for the interior design trade.
  • The chances of you seeing this image customized to your specifications anywhere else in the world is unlikely.

So not only can I get a top-notch piece of artwork to hang on my walls, it will also be uniquely mine through the high-end customizations available to me! First, I had to decide which particular medium I wanted the "Tranquil View I" painting to be reproduced on. GalleryDirect.com currently offers the following options: Canvas, Paper, Aluminum, Acrylic, Mirror and Wood. For my particular needs, I thought that a framed canvas would look the best.

Next, it was time to decide the size. I chose the small size, which measures 13" x 18" on the inside of the frame.  Since this piece of artwork was to be on a wall which also has a large double window, I was glad that Gallery Direct offered smaller sized artwork too.

Tranquil View I by Kim Coulter from Gallery Direct

Finally, I needed to choose which frame option I wanted. I had the choice of gallery wrapping, floater frame or framed canvas and since our guest room is mimicking a bed and breakfast theme, I decided to select a traditional frame. This is where I was once again extremely impressed. GalleryDirect.com had several gorgeous frames to choose from, and the instant preview feature on the website allowed me to immediately see what my particular artwork would look like in each frame.

This was very helpful and made me realize that the 3" Natural Brownwith Gold Lip was the only frame for me! I was also pleased to discover that all artwork from GalleryDirect.com comes with the hanging hardware already installed, so that it is ready to go straight from the shipping carton to your wall.

The canvas was perfect in every way, down to the extreme care that was taken in framing it and even packing it. There was not one singular, solitary flaw that I could find ANYWHERE, either on the print itself or on the frame. Now that's impressive!

I couldn't be happier with the entire experience I had with GalleryDirect.com. Their online art selection was extensive and fun to shop, their art customization and framing options were wonderful and the service was above and beyond what was expected. If you are looking for the perfect piece of artwork to grace your home's walls, then by all means, go to GalleryDirect.com and find your affordable masterpiece today! Both your home's walls and your bank account will thank you!

4 Star Product Review
Disclosure: I received the Tranquil View I by Kim Coulter Framed Canvas Wall Art from GalleryDirect.com in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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