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.
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.
napkins can be that little extra added touch to any place setting. I found thatMarthastewart.com
has 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
1. When hanging above a sofa: the bottom of the art shouldn't be
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.
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.
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
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