In this issue of HomeLife we have three homes, all filled with artwork that is special to the homeowners. Some very professionally done, some whimsical, and some that has traveled from home to home, and always finds a perfect spot. Gail DeMeyere found her perfect home in Charlevoix, and what a treasure it is — rich in history, and full of all of her special pieces of artwork that she has collected for years, and all of them blend together to finish this home and make it special for her. My favorite piece in Gail’s house is the whimsical bear that fits perfectly above the stairs to the lower level. The bear ties in with the home not only in name, but as he sits atop the stairs he makes his own statement, and says “I’ve found my forever home.” This was a piece that Gail had in another house, and when she moved in her new home she knew that was the perfect spot.
The Bidwell home, our second feature, showcases a lifetime of collecting. Having had the opportunity to view both their home and their Bay View cottage, gave me the opportunity to see unique collections of both artwork, and unique furnishings, many of them pieces of art themselves. Both Neil and Marsha have an eye for the special pieces, and have found the perfect place for them throughout their home. My favorite part of previewing a home is the stories that go along with the items. Whenever I commented on something, there was a story that went with it, and what a treasure both the artwork, and the story were. The mid-century modern architecture of the Bidwell home is art alone — with its clean lines and angles and how they have customized the home to their own personal taste. The original owner of the home had lived in an Alden B. Dow home as a child, and you can certainly see the impact that that design had on him when he had the home designed and built for his family years later.
In Edith Pair and Alex King’s home the artwork is everywhere, and you can see examples of not only Edith’s personal artwork, but her creativity everywhere in the home. Sometimes creating a special place in your home makes the house itself the artwork, and through the use of color, which Edith loves, you take what could have been a “vanilla house” and turn it into a blast of color! I am a color person too, so is always a treat to go through someone’s house who is not afraid of color!
So the next time you see a piece of artwork that is beautiful to you, or that expresses important ideas or feelings — go for it! You may or may not have the perfect spot for it at the time of purchase, but if you really love it, it will eventually find its forever home, and you will love it forever, and never regret that decision. It’s that one little detail that will make such a great story when someone is going through your house and they say, “I love that, where did you get that” ... and the story begins.
Written By Kevin Prior, Photos by G. Randall Goss