OK, I'll bite.
There are two professional artists in my family - my brother is a portraitist and landscape painter, and he paints in a classic representational manner. My great aunt was an abstract expressionist, though she died a few years ago. I have access to much of their, umm, back catalog, and I am not too proud to take it for the moment. I realize it doesn't all always work together but they're interesting and personal to me, and yes, I do enjoy them all. Each have a few great works I'd kill for, but for the moment, I don't have the splash to buy them outright or the seniority to make an inheritance play on yet.
Some of the other stuff (like that mirror) has just been thrown up there knowing it needs to be replaced when time, funds, and marital agreement serendipitously align. One could make the argument that less is more, but especially in that room, the wood paneling can get oppressive, and I'm trying to break it up as much as I can. Some of the other decorating details also need work, I know, but again, it's time and money and a fight with my wife away from happening.
- I hate the piano. Not so much because it's a piano, but because it's farking huge and screws with the floor plan.
- The sofa is a POS. In a perfect world, I'd replace with two leather chesterfields facing each other across the flokati and framing the fireplace, maybe with a Noguchi table in the middle. Maybe a bit incongruous to some eyes but I like the idea of it. Unfortunately, the piano has to go to make that happen, as there's no room for a second sofa as-is.
- The main carpet is fine, but it's not my ideal. A huge Serapi is my personal grail.
- I'm still not sure what to do with perimeter "sideboard" furniture. Anything wood, as you can see, tends to get lost with the paneling there.
- The dining chairs need reupholstering badly, and could be replaced entirely, though I like their general character. Fabric choices there are going to be tough.
- Similarly, I'd like long cushions on the built-in benches (like you see on the left wall, there's another right of the shot on the wall facing into the room) but fabric and pillow choices are a bitch. I suck at that kind of thing.
- The dining table is also kind of a POS but I need a long, stately table like that, preferably Renaissance or something heavy like that, that seats 8-10. I've considered a stone top to brighten the space, but I'm also scared it could get too Liberace.
I'll PM you some specific artist details, as naming them publicly would lead the pitchforks to my door.