We took a little vacation time from the 9-5 last week, which yielded enough free time to jet (as in, drive, not literally jet) to Buffalo and explore Hero Design, a design boutique in the Allentown district of the city. Not only were we excited to see their prints in person, but we also got to meet the owners and 6-month old Seri:
Ooh, puppy snuggles. I’m still giddy over her cuteness. Please control me.
Before you head over in for yourself, realize that the owners are actually shutting down the brick-and-mortar boutique and focusing on their flourishing online shop and opportunity to travel to shows all over the country (SXSW, for example!). We love seeing a business grow grow grow. And with that said, the scratch and dent merchandise will be sold at clearance in the upcoming weeks, so if you’re local, considering stopping by for cool art at a steal. You’re not going to be sorry.
During the visit, I picked up some new art for the enormous IKEA RIBBA frames I was gifted at Christmastime. The final picks (and these even won out over the ones I hand-selected when I wrote about Hero Designs here) were commissioned by the Buffalo Public Library and encapsulate the architecture and history of the city. Plus, the color palette of the prints fit really nicely with that of my own house without being matchy-matchy (you can compare against my home palette here).
One depicts Buffalo during the year 1860, at a time when the city was much busier and more stunning. The other depicts Mark Twain’s house located at 472 Delaware Ave. The city’s home to many historical and architectural gems, this one included.
I bought both because I’ve never had a collection of prints that fit into a series, and together they look great. They’re each 16″x20″. And yeah, sometimes I use my phone as a paperweight.
Still in the process of figuring out exactly where they’re going to go. One will be on the mantle in the living room, that’s certain, but I haven’t decided if they should live side by side or separate. Wait and see, I’ll get to it one of these nights.