Tag: artwork

Gallery Wall Grid Style

March 31, 2018

Do you love the idea of a gallery wall but struggle to tie random pieces together successfully?  How about hanging your artwork in a grid style gallery?:

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Hanging a grid of photos or artwork is a great way to make a big statement . It will visually read as a single piece of art rather than a collection of pieces. This is good look for people like me that love symmetry.

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Five Common Bedroom Decorating Mistakes and How to Fix Them

March 10, 2018

Do you feel as if your bedroom is off somehow but not quite sure what the problem is? Here are five common decorating mistakes and ideas on how you can fix them.

Lighting

The feeling that your bedroom is too bright or too dark is a shared problem for a lot of people.  The main problem is that there are many bedrooms with only overhead lighting in the room. They are often blinding and not very functional. Overhead lights does not even give you the correct light to let you read a book.

Instead, try layer lighting throughout the room. In a bedroom, just as in any other space, you need ambient (general, ceiling-mounted) lighting to illuminate the entire room; task lighting (on bedside tables and vanities) to provide focused light for reading and other activities; and accent lighting, (in the form of wall sconces for example) to add drama, wash the room in soft illumination and lend a cozy, welcoming vibe. Lights at different levels and in different areas create a mood that’s warm and inviting.   Dimmers allow you to adjust wattage depending on the time of day and the mood you want.

 

Trying to Match Bed Linens with Wall Color

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It is a good idea to stay in the same color palette, just be sure to mix in different patterns and prints for a more interesting and attractive look:

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So pretty together and a lot less boring!

Too Small Window Treatments

I know that you hear this often, but it is a very important detail. Your curtains need to touch the floor. That means the pole should hang between top of window frame and ceiling. If ready made curtains are too short for this height, then buy the longer set and have them hemmed. I also see the ‘skimpy’ width panels that look, well, look skimpy! An easy rule of thumb to remember is that your width of your curtains should be the double width of the window. For example, if your window frame width across is 50”, then 100” is what your curtain width should be. For ready made curtains, I usually find ordering two sets and sewing two panels together works perfectly. Also, extend your poles as far out as possible which will allow you to open fully.

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All of these tips will make your windows shine!

Wrong Size Artwork Over Bed

This is a common decorating mistake that can easily be fixed.  My grievance is the issue of artwork being too small over the bed that makes it looks as if it is floating in space. Too small of a piece of artwork looks lost and sad.

How to figure out the right size that will look perfect over your bed? The best starting point is to keep your finished piece, (the edges of the canvas or frame) between 60-80% the width of the headboard. I prefer the 80% because it looks most pleasing. For example, for a standard 76 inch wide king bed you should consider art that is between 40”×50”  or 48”×60” for a little larger size.

Or if you want to hang a pair of images or a gallery wall, treat the whole thing as one piece that’s between 45 and 60 inches wide. This is just a starting point for you to try. Experiment with taping paper above your bed until you get the look you love!

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To see more examples of artwork behind the bed, read Five Inspiring Ideas for that Wall Over Your Bed.

Room Looks Off Balance

For a bedroom to look cohesive and organized, I am a true believer in symmetry. Matching nightstands and matching lamps on each side of the bed visually balances the room.

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If done right, balance brings order and calm to a room. To see more photos about bedroom symmetry, read Tobi Knows Symmetry.

If you would like to see more of my posts on bedroom decorating, read here and here.

Let me know if you have any questions! I hope I have helped you solve a bedroom decorating mistake.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

Guest Room Transformation with Amazing Before & After Photos

November 11, 2017

Marsha, we have outdone ourselves this time with your guest bedroom makeover!  As always, working with you has been such a pleasure. I love how well we work together searching and finding the next perfect piece to our design puzzle. Your new guest room is just beautiful! :

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Marsha and I have worked on several home projects online together in the past few years. She lives in Illinois, I am in New Hampshire. This time she was looking to update her guest room:

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Target’s New Project 62™

October 14, 2017

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Have seen or read about the launch of Target’s new décor line, Project 62™ ? I think it is very exciting!  Described as a line of midcentury modern-inspired furniture and accessories made for everyday living at affordable prices:

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 Project 62™ was named for both the year Target was founded and according to the company, the year modernist design was most popular. The collection is made of of furniture, rugs, lighting, home décor, bedding, bath and more:Read More

What’s Hot in Home Décor This Fall 2018

September 2, 2017

Hard to believe it is the end of August. The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill in the air in the evening.  Fall equinox begins on September 22 this year which is less than a month away! Are you ready to change Seasons? Here are a few highlights of the popular Autumn trends this year:

Number one is Texture,texture, texture.

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The use of natural wood in decorating is everywhere and makes the room feel complete with the balanced look of soft and durable:

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Commissioning Custom Artwork

June 2, 2017

It seems as if I have been looking for years for that new piece of perfect artwork to hang over my living room fireplace:

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It is not easy finding that perfect piece! Perfect size, perfect colors and perfect price. Impossible! I researched a bit and decided to go to a local artist Sue Dion Art, to have a custom made, just-for-me, perfect piece of artwork commissioned. If you are wondering where to begin having a special piece of art custom made for you, I read an informative article on the Do’s and Don’t when hiring an artist for a commission called The “ Newbie’s” Guide to Commissioning Artwork.  Very helpful and thorough.

The basic questions the artist needed to know to begin, was the finished size I desired, what colors I wanted to be included in the color palette and the style and mood I wanted to convey, soft or bold. The perfect size was measured, (I decided on a canvas print because I needed a large piece and it will also cost much less expensive than a framed piece of art). For the perfect color palette in my living room, it would have to include blue and white:

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