March 19, 2011

Rainy day blogging... Tips for displaying art..

the many ways to display art and personalize your home  

How and where to display art and photographs is one of the questions I get most often from clients. It's that extra touch that finishes off a room. Some people have a natural knack for it...but for those who don't, here are a few tips..
dramatic art makes the room.. this art is essentially the room design

 questions to ask when you are deciding to hang art:
  • will you mainly be standing or sitting in the room? if you are mainly standing in the room, a height of 60-65" is good starting point. If for the most part you will be viewing the art from a sitting position, then place the art at eye level or just a little higher.
a good example of hanging art a little lower in a sitting area
Grouping art..
pictures, paintings & mementos.. a great way to group art
When grouping art think of it as one large picture or composition...a couple of tricks are to cut out paper templates and tape them to the  wall to help you visually layout your arrangement before making permanent holes in the wall.

Another trick I use.. is to layout it out on the floor as I would on the wall. Then I can move things around and stand back and get a good visual of how it will translate on the wall.

don't be afraid to group large art pieces. If you have the ceiling height go for it!
Photography is a wonderful way to personalize your home and to show off your creativity and family adventures..
stairways make a great gallery wall.. shows off a well lived life..
Bookcases and shelves also make it very easy to display your photos and art..

this black and white display adds a sophisticated touch
Art is a great way to express yourself in your home.  Always make sure you relate it to the furnishings in your room and have fun with it. You'll quickly see how it can transform your room.

Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions..


March 16, 2011

Summer travels..

Planning my summer get-away.. which will include a little of this..
Luxury camping... the best of both worlds.. 

"Glam-ping".. (glam-camping) the new word for eco-luxury-camping.. love it!

While planning my trip, I had a great time perusing all the great New Zealand modern architecture sites and I spent many hours on this site Hotel Design
Hotel Design, photos from beautiful resorts around the world..

 A photo blog devoted to Hotel and Resort design... very inspiring!  While surfing around, I found several websites devoted to design and eco travel. They've given me great ideas for the homes I'm currently working on (who doesn't want a little bit of hotel luxury at home?)  Can't wait to post my own photos of the places I will visit this summer.

More vacation eye candy....

"All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on and what we look forward to is up to us." c.s. lewis

Looking forward..
Happy Summer Planning!

Ps.. here are some links to help you plan..