Disclosure: For the purposes of review, we received an image from Gallery Direct. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
Welcome to the newest addition to the 2013 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide – Gallery Direct – bringing art to life! Jodi and I are making lists and checking them twice, so keep stopping by to see our latest finds!
When it comes to talking about art, most of the people I know fall into one particular category: “I just know what I like when I see it.” Exactly. And that’s why Gallery Direct is the perfect spot for all of us who may not know the names of all the wonderful artists past and present, but we know what we like when we see it hanging on a wall.
Gallery Direct is a company that prides itself not only on helping you find or create art that fits your style, but they also excel at providing a superior quality product at affordable prices, and all made in the USA. Austin, Texas, if you want to be real specific. And you know I’m a Texas girl, and Austin is one of my favorite cities around.
We were given a $135 code to select a piece for our home. We opted to select ← an image by Vincent Van Gogh, but they also do the photo canvas prints that are so very popular right now. However, Thomas and I were searching for a specific piece to go in our dining room, which happens to be painted red. There’s a Monet print hanging on one wall in the room, so we decided to stick with the classics.
I’m not going to lie to you: we had a tough time. At first, the navigation around the site was a little clunky, but I noticed on my recent return to gather information for this review, it was much better. Also, Thomas and I had slightly different “visions” for the piece we were seeking, so that took a little extra time.
But…..we found it! Van Gogh’s “Fourteenth of July Celebration in Paris” for its vibrant colors and lovely theme. We opted to go with canvas for our material, but you can choose from paper, aluminum, acrylic, mirror or birchwood. We chose the medium size, but they have small, large, extra large and custom as well.
Finally, we chose the gallery wrap with floating frame, but you can also get a loose canvas, gallery wrap without frame, or framed canvas. Normally I would be overwhelmed by too many choices, but this was narrowed just right, giving you the ability to create exactly what you want.
And that’s what makes Gallery Direct so special. They don’t have stockpiles of the same size of everything. They CUSTOM BUILD your purchase once you order it. They put the art or photo print on the material you selected, then wrap it if you so choose, then frame it the way you want it, if you select that option. Amazing! We have Van Gogh hanging in our house via Austin, Texas. He never would’ve guessed how far his art would go!
There’s plenty of contemporary, coastal, cuisine, classic, Americana, Asian, architecture, landscapes….oh so many categories to suit anyone’s taste. From abstract to vintage, you can find art that fits your style. They even have inspiration galleries for home and business makeovers, and you can browse through customer favorites to see what others have bought.
Shipping is always free, and the packaging was phenomenal. The box inside the box was well secured, with coverings on the corners as well as straps to hold it securely in place. Just how you would expect fine art to travel.
The turnaround time was less than a week, but I will caution you that at this time of year, Gallery Direct has already announced that in order to ensure that your art arrives in time for the holidays, you must order by December 10th.
Gallery Direct is currently offering eGift Cards for the holiday gift giving season, and you can choose your gift amount and add a personal message. The Gift Card will arrive in your email in minutes, and you can choose to forward it on to the recipient or print it out and deliver it yourself.
You can see all of this and more for yourself at Gallery Direct, the only place where you can order their products. You can also find out more about them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Houzz, or read their blog for more ideas.
The Part You’ve Been Waiting For…
As a special treat for our readers and their Holiday Gift needs, Gallery Direct is sponsoring a giveaway for a one-time use code of a $135 value to purchase the image of your choice or a photo print on GalleryDirect.com! Remember, shipping is always free! Enter below.