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Creating a Gallery Wall
Art Selection and Placement
Organized Closets
Setting the Table for a Formal Meal
Add Some Glam to Your Christmas Decor


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Creating a Gallery Wall

If you want to do a gallery wall the first step would be to lay all your pictures out on the floor to get an idea of how they fit together best.

Source: DecoChic Interiors

Take note of the spaces between each picture - too much space and the collection feels disconnected, not enough space and it feels smooshed together. I find it's best to take a photo of the dry run on the floor once it's all done to use as a reference when hanging. It's easy to get carried away and forget how much space is needed or which picture should go where.

Art Selection and Placement

This week I would like to share some tips on what size of art to look for and where to hang it. This is something I get asked about quite often.

First and foremost you have to consider scale and proportion. If the art is too small it looks like an awkward little polka dot, if it's too big it will overwhelm your furniture and your space. A guideline to follow is to look for 1 piece or a combination of pieces that will be about 2/3 to 3/4 of the length of the furniture piece it will hang over and about 2/3 of the height of the space of where it will go.

Setting the Table for a Formal Meal

If you plan to have a formal dinner this Christmas, below is a graphic that shows where each piece of a place setting is to be placed. Of course if you are not serving one of the courses, seafood for example, then you could omit the pieces associated with it. 

Source: Pinterest

Fancy folded napkins can be that little extra added touch to any place setting. I found thatMarthastewart.comhas many fabulous ways to fold a napkin. Below are a few ideas to get your creativity rolling. A pine sprig or poinsettia bloom in the pocket fold would look lovely on a Christmas dinner table.

Add Some Glam to Your Christmas Decor

A quick way to add some (more) sparkle to your holiday décor is to spray paint some pine cones. Natural pine cones are a fantastic add to any décor to bring in a touch of rustic and nature. If you would rather add some glam, then kick things up a notch with a can of spray paint!

I took these regular old pine cones that I collected in the fall and sprayed them with a metallic silver. Rustic to glam in under 5 minutes! Antique silver would also work very well on pine cones as it would add a shimmer without the harsh contrast of the silver.

Understanding Light Sources

We feel more comfortable in a space when it is properly lit. Most older homes do not have adequate lighting. It wasn’t until about the mid 1960’s that ceiling light fixtures in each room became more common. Nowadays it is rare to find a room that doesn’t have pot lights and / or a ceiling fixture.
In a perfect scenario every room would have 2 to 3 types of lighting; indirect, direct and task lighting. Indirect lighting is general light for the room, usually a ceiling fixture or pot lights, windows would also be considered a source of indirect light.

Area Rug Selection and Placement

The size and location of a rug can make or break your room; wrong size or placement and your room feels awkward or disconnected, correct size and placement and your room feels cozy and inviting.

Selecting a rug that is too small will look disproportionate in your room, creating what I call the "polka dot effect".  
Alternately, selecting a rug that is too large will dwarf your furniture.

Below are some examples of proper size and placement for area rugs in your dining room, bedroom and living room.

Which White is Right

Is White even a color?  This is a much debated topic.  Depending on who you talk to you will get different answers.  One prominent theory is that pure white is the absence of color because you cannot mix any colors to make pure white; therefore it is not a color.  Another theory suggests that white is a color because it reflects all colors back to the eye.  Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, every home can benefit from the addition of white to help highlight or brighten certain areas.

The Art of Hanging Art

This is a tricky task as many people make the mistake of hanging their art too high because they are worried that it will be too low.  There are many scenarios but here are 3 main guidelines to follow when hanging art:

1. When hanging above a sofa: the bottom of the art shouldn't be more then 
6-8 inches from the top of the sofa.

2. When hanging above a console table: the bottom of the art shouldn't be more then 10-12 inches from the table.

3. When hanging in a hallway or where it will be mostly viewed standing up: the centre of the art should be eye level.

5 Reasons to Hire a Decorator

If you are planning to repaint, update your decor or replace your furniture, hiring a decorator can help you save time, money & even a few wrinkles!  Here are 5 reasons to hire a decorator to help with your transformation.
1)      A decorator can help reduce the stress often experienced when trying to navigate the many choices on the market by narrowing your options to just the ones that will best suit you
2)      Not everyone has the time to spend days shopping for just  the right piece, a decorator is familiar with what is currently in the stores & can guide you in the right direction
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