Established in 1996, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery
is located in the second floor loft space of the former 1917 firehouse
at 45 E. Main Street (Rt.520) in Historic Holmdel Village, NJ 07733
Entrance on the inside corner of building & additional parking lots in the rear.
Open Saturday 12-4pm. Weekday & evenings hours scheduled by appointment
732 993 5278 or 732 993 5ART
The Fine Art of Holiday Decoration
As an artist and art dealer, everything is about aesthetics and proper placement for me, something which makes my interest in interior design a natural medium. The Holidays mark that one special time of the year that affords putting on every piece of jewelry at once, and letting your home sparkle to receive family and friends with whom to share and enjoy the Season. Here, we see a sampling of the Holidays in the home of a client and friend who originally purchased paintings from the gallery, and then asked me to specify the design of her home’s complete renovation and expansion.
The home’s gothic dining room, the strength of black paneling, beams and built-in curios serve as the bones for the room, along with the wood parquet floor, and thorn and orange blossom wall paper. The painted orange dining table and crème leather chairs provided an inviting center point for the room allowing for the rest of the decoration to be pure shopping and collecting fun. It’s not surprising that the room’s central oil painting by Russian artist Olga Belakovskaya set the color and warmth for a room used for the most celebratory of gatherings. Belakovskaya’s painting features a collection of the artist’s favorite things skillfully portrayed with all the quality of traditional Surikov academia. Notice the still-life even includes the elements of ornaments and a painted blown glass Santa which spurred much inspiration for these Holiday details.
White embroidered napkins paired with a sequin and appliquéd table cloth draw one’s eye to the table against the crèmes of the heavily-fringed netted lace drapes and wallpaper field. A collection of Herend white bone china trimmed in rust and gold, and deep amber Baccarat wine glasses begin the parade of heirlooms that fill the table. Saint Louis crystal goblets and the magnificent globed candelabra rise up towards the ambiguous clear Murano chandelier that allows for ever-versatile opportunities in table settings.
As if all the best fineries on the table don’t already speak of the Holidays, cloisonné Santa Claus napkin rings circle the table which is filled with flocked and blown glass ornaments collected over the years, each one holding the special memories and magic of years and Holiday shopping days past. Orange colors blend to Christmas red with dual-floral centerpieces made of striped deep red roses suspending twisted green-stemmed iceberg poppies, white cotton pods as snow drifts, and dark branches which add to the room’s sober sophistication and once again pay homage to its wallpaper. Holiday decorating should never become bigger than the home and festivity we bring to the table.
The home’s carved stone two-sided fireplace offers a safe haven in which to hide away and check one’s Holiday list twice while sitting next to a tiny silver tree boasting Gucci silver ornaments and brown and grey glass. Pinecone candles pair with the charm of squirrels and the acorn chair fabric, and the tree’s thin branches mimic the fine lines of the six stained glass panel drawings by Jacob Landau. The traditional sight and familiar aroma of a plate of a homemade gingerbread cookies sitting atop the petrified wood table is a further reminder of the extra care that goes into perfecting each and every Holiday season.