ART PIC OF THE DAY - Click it for info...

ART PIC OF THE DAY - Click it for info...
ART PIC OF THE DAY - Click it for info...

Sunday, February 24, 2013


ART WALL - GALLERY WALL - SALON WALL. Whatever you call it, it adds up to a unique, exciting and individual statement in your decor!
Maybe you've seen the "kits". All black frames with white mats that make up a perfectly symetrical gallery wall of art or photographs. You could purchase one of those. Especially if you haven't done an art wall before, you may feel "safe" doing that. Nothing wrong with that. There are some very good tutorials online to get you started also.
Some designers have a lot of rules, i.e. use all the same color frames or the same color mats or art in the same color family. Go only horizontal, go only vertical, etc. I've including a few examples of these.
I personally like the organic arrangements that start with minimal planning and have room to grow. Of course you want to consider a few things such as space between each piece and which direction you'll grow in. Starting with a large blank wall is key and it is often easier to start with your large piece in the center. A nice, big wall is necessary so you will have room to add pieces in the future as well as something besides one dimensional art if you choose to put that in your collection.
You gather your art of various styles, shapes and sizes, compile other things you love that you can mount on a wall, and you JUST START!
DON'T BE AFRAID! DON'T WORRY ABOUT HOLES IN THE WALLS! That's what putty and paint are for!

Here's beaucoup of inspiration for you. Enjoy!
Lindsey and Kristen Buckingham's home, decorated by Kristen

by Other Metro Media And Blog Kasey Buick
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Working in my own little Ethnic Cottage...

Here's a living room vignette I've finally finished. I think. Well, at least until I find something else to add :-)
Since I'm very sentimental, I have lots of little things I love in this vignette. A turkey feather my dad and I got on a walk, the frog my sister-in-law gave me many moons ago, and a wierd percussion instrument made with small shells (lower right) that I actually used in a band! Oh and the lovely young lady bust - I believe another sister-in-law thought I'd been coveting it and kindly gave it to me during a move.
You can see I just add things that I love that are fairly monochromatic. Except the bright green spot on the left. That's another story and it's just its temporary home for now.
Years ago I found the portion of a vintage Indian textile (sari?) at a flea market for $5.00. It's been through all sorts of decorating incarnations. And worked in any room I've put it in - I love serendipity!

Note the lovely pack of matches I forgot to remove. I'm sure professionals don't have this trouble.