My Story: Heirloom Art

Who? Alexandra Sklar

Where’s home? I live along the coast in beautiful (and foggy) Pacifica, CA. 

What do you do? After years as a corporate buyer, I now run my own merchandising agency (The Merchant Home), where we provide product sourcing, assortment strategy, and art/creative direction to a select group of design-oriented retailers. Every day is different, and I’m fortunate I get to spend my time searching for beautiful, truly special items to bring into stores.

What are some of your favorite things? My family, of course! As well as heading to the beach, painting, learning to garden, and generally dabbling in creative pursuits. My eldest daughter is almost three and I am really enjoying starting to do little “projects” with her (jewelry-making, planting flowers, cooking, etc). 

What did you frame with us? I framed two original watercolors I painted for my youngest daughter’s nursery- I started with a technical drawing done on my drafting board, layered that with watercolor, and then played around with a gold leaf application for the first time. 

Why is it special to you? After a long hiatus from making art, painting these was my first step back into painting, and there is a special feel attached to these pieces because of it. For each of my girls, I wanted to make art for their first room that they could take with them. For my older daughter, I resist-dyed a huge wall hanging that is still in her room. The new baby’s room is much smaller (and more charming!), so I wanted to make her something that was more appropriate in scale but equally as special because of the technique.

I chose the Marin frame, I loved the simplicity of it, and it was a modern, well-designed style I knew I could not find in-person at a frame shop. I sent special instructions to the Framebridge team to float the art over the mat, so that the beautiful deckled edge of the paper was still visible, and they did it just perfectly. It is so professionally done, and looks incredibly custom. My husband and I joked that it looks so adult, we need to upgrade the rest of the house.

What are you excited to frame next? I have some incredible, dreamy photographic prints that I purchased from a street vendor last time I was on a sourcing trip in Paris. Right now I just have them tacked up on my wall with copper tacks, but now I’m thinking they need to be framed. I also have a marriage certificate from our wedding that is still rolled up in a mailing tube- it has our vows and the signature of every guest from our wedding on it. That should probably be my next priority!

Thanks, Alexandra! We can't get enough of Alexandra's handmade art. (That gold leaf!) Looking for some art inspiration? Check out these frame worthy pieces.