My sister-in-law is a native New Orleanian but is now living in Canada to advance her career. As you can imagine, Canada and New Orleans are two very different places (she quickly learned that her eyelashes would freeze while walking to work in the winter…yikes). While she loves her job and living in Canada, she misses New Orleans culture, the delicious food and of course, her family. In decorating her new place, she has decided to immerse herself in the things she misses with lots of New Orleans images, Fleur de Lis accents and family portraits. So, for her recent birthday, I decided to help her out with a print from Gallery Direct.
A good friend of mine is a New Orleans photographer and has taken some beautiful pictures of the City and it’s culture. One of the landmarks that defines our City is Jackson Square and April has a phenomenal picture that she allowed me to use for my sister-in-law’s gift. Gallery Direct allows you to make art from your own photos and I could not wait to get started.
The uploading process was incredibly easy and then the fun began! You can customize the medium and the size of which your photo will be printed. With options like birchwood, canvas, acrylic glass and aluminum, it was so hard to decide. But because the photo was an outdoor shot, I thought the brightness of the aluminum would be a perfect fit. After selecting my material, I loved that the Gallery Direct website let me see exactly how it would look before purchasing.
I had the art shipped to myself first so I could check it out (and maybe steal it for myself). When it arrived, I could not believe how beautiful Jackson Square looked on the aluminum. Even my husband raved about the artwork! After hanging it on my wall to take a few pics, I reluctantly shipped it to my sister-in-law in Canada to surprise her for her birthday.
When the packaged arrived at her apartment, she loved it! She plans to make the print the centerpiece above her sofa surrounded by other New Orleans artifacts and prints she has collected over the years. Hanging pieces that have meaning to you makes a house feel like a home!