Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Just a thought

Photo via World Beautiful

I took this photo at Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand in the early evening.  

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The art of hanging art

As a painter I have a lot of art; my own and by other people.  Naturally I want to display as much of it as possible but I'm also attracted to serene spaces with almost bare walls.  It's a constant tug of war: how to display as much as possible while maintaining a simple, uncluttered look?  Here are some ideas.

Include art as part of a larger display

Interior Styling - Sarah Yates / Painting by Matt Stalling

 Include art as part of a shelf or tabletop display.  Lean it against the wall and layer it with other objects.  The art is still the focal point but it is integrated in a way it wouldn't be if it were hanging out on the wall all by itself.  (photo via A House in the Hills, painting by Matt Stalling)

Use a statement piece

electric blue

If you have a large blank wall then go for broke and add a statement picture.  Small room + small art might seem like common sense but I find that large pieces can make a room feel spacious even if it is quite modest in size.  It looks luxurious and it gives the room a focal point.  If possible, hang it where you will see it as soon as you walk into the room such as over the sofa, bed or dining table.  You could achieve a look similar to the room above with a Sharon Montrose print.  (photo via Marie Nichols Stylist)

The more the merrier

wallpaper + gallery

With salon style hanging, when it works it really works.  This is a great opportunity to hang a collection that tells a story about who you are.  Your collection could be anything at all, from family photos to seascapes.  Often hanging several little pictures together is more effective than dotting them randomly around the house.  I have a blank white wall in my kitchen which has a grouping of my own paintings of family and pets plus a few souvenirs from my travels.  I love that it's in the "heart" of my home.  Two tips on hanging art this way.  If you are hanging little pictures, then hang them where people will get close enough to actually see what they are and admire the detail.  And two, keep it neat and with enough space between frames.

Be different

Hanging your art can be as easy as hanging wooden hangers! Here is a tutorial on how to create a unique wall of pictures using wooden hangers.

Sometimes, it's not what you hang, but how you hang it that counts.  In the above picture, wooden pants hangers are used to hang a collection of prints.  What's weird can be weirdly perfect.  (photo via budget wise home)

Things that are not art are art


Clothing, jewelry, shoes and bags.  If it's beautiful, then display it.  There's something glamorous about having your best things on display; like you were just getting ready to go somewhere wonderful.  They also add a lovely texture and pattern to rooms.  (photo via Debi Treloar)

And there you have it.  Five of my favorite ways of hanging art  (and other things) from an art-lover.  How do you hang yours?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

DIY - notebooks and baskets from boxes and bags

In my opinion there are two kinds of DIY.  The kind you need to plan and shop for.  Sourcing materials like beads and paints is half the fun of these DIYs, but sometimes isn't it nice to find a DIY you can do right now, with what you have on hand?  That kind of DIY is great for an evening when there's nothing good on TV or a rainy weekend.  These two DIYs are the second type.  One uses cereal boxes and the other uses paper bags.  What attracted me (aside from the instant gratification) is how good they look considering the humble materials they are made of.  

First up - mini notebooks from a cereal box from Creme de la Craft.  Natalie specialises in upcycling everyday objects into beautiful things.  If you ever get the itch to make something, her blog should be your first stop.  See the full instructions here.

Second but no less wonderful - paper bag baskets by Sarah Lipoff of Popsugar.  This is what I'm going to use next time I need a gift basket.  I love pretty gift wrapping but I like it to cost less than the gift!  Read the full instructions here

Monday, 15 July 2013

Beautiful hang-ups - jewelry hangers by Stampel and Lovely Indeed

I'm the kind of person who forgets to wear jewelry if it isn't easy to grab as I run out the door.  At the moment I'm keeping most of it in a wooden box on my dresser but that isn't a great solution: it gets tangled and metal seems to tarnish more quickly.  So lately I've been considering making a jewelry hanger.  Here are two of my favorites to buy or inspire a DIY.

These beauties are made by Australian artist Andrea Shaw of Stampel using reclaimed wood.   I think they look like little art installations.  They really display the jewlery beautifully don't they?  This would make a great kids DIY, especially if you used stamps for the patterns.  By the way, the necklaces on the right are from Stampel too.  Andrea has a real flare for color combinations.

I found this gorgeous driftwood creation on My Paradissi.  Instructions on how to make it can be found on Lovely Indeed.  I love the combination of the raw, natural wood with the gold.  I actually own a beautiful, shapely piece of driftwood I've been saving for just such a project.  Looks like its time has come!

Since I love them both, I plan to have a go making each design.  If both work out, I'll hang one in the bedroom and one over my desk =)  Which do you prefer?


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Castles in the air

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them."

- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Fortune favors the bold - using bright colors in kids rooms

This post grew out of a funny conversation with my boss who was lamenting that her son wants a lime green bedroom in their new house.  Everyone sympathized that kids are often attracted to the hardest colours to live with; either pink and purple, or the loudest shades of green, blue and red.  That got me thinking - is there any way to make these saturated colours livable, gorgeous even?  I think so and here's how...

Paint the furniture - keep the walls a neutral colour; white, grey, cream or soft beige and make a statement with furniture painted in saturated hues.  Try and focus attention on one or two standout pieces such as the bed, dresser or desk.  Too many pieces will look like you got carried away!

Twiggy & Lou: September 2012sweet


Wallpaper and wall decals - wallpaper has got to be the easiest way to use bold colours successfully.  See  here and here for ideas.  Now, wallpaper can be pricey and it isn't always possible to hit on exactly what you want.  Decals allow you to customize your own colour combinations.  They are easily removable, so you can go bold with confidence.  I prefer to avoid the overly cutesy decals and go for something more quirky, such as a realistic animal.
p.s.  I think giraffes are the new "it" animal.  Who doesn't love a giraffe?

Baby Floral Giraffe Wall Decal - White decal - Bold floral - Modern baby nursery - Yellow, orange, white, beige, safari theme.Wall decals, giraffe vinyl wall stickers, kids wall decals - T4

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Choose and unusual colour - this olive green colour is not what springs to mind when I think "kids' room" but how cool is it?  It's totally kid appropriate and yet sophisticated at the same time.  Grey is another colour not usually associated with children, but it makes a wonderful base to highlight  colourful accessories.  It looks especially good with red, pink, yellow, green and bright blues (did I just name most of the spectrum?).  Wouldn't kids' paintings look lovely on grey wall?

Ideas decoraciĆ³n infantil barata.

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Use black - black is not commonly used in kids rooms either but it gives any colour scheme instant edge.  It's the antidote to the sugary-sweetness of pastels.  

Creative Kids' Bedroom    Create a bold accent wall with black chalkboard paint, so kids can "redecorate" their room.    Black shelves disappear against the dark backdrop, making their contents appear to float. Conversely, bright colours pop: a red vintage store display has tiers of rotating shelves for keeping the floor clear of gear.

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white kids room with lovely detailstweeting birds wall stickers

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Accessorize - tried and true; keep everything else neutral and let some seriously cool, seriously colourful accessories do the talking.  Art, especially prints, are a great way to introduce bold colour.

yellow bed with a dot bedding setColourful cushions | Varpunen: Odottavan aika

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Eye Spy - photography by Alicia Bock

Travel Photograph - Text - Type - Quote -  Fine Art Photograph- The Best

If worked in an office with a desk - I'd hang this picture by Alicia Bock over it.  Text over photography is becoming very cool; some of it I could take or leave but Alicia's work is cool.  Her work includes nature and travel photography as well.  It's sad and joyful, optimistic and nostalgic all mixed together.  The perfect balance of opposites like bitter sweet chocolate.  

Alicia says her inspiration is "found in memories of [her] grandparents' gardens, and boxes of old Polaroids".  If you like what you see here, hop over and visit her Etsy shop which is celebrating it's seventh anniversary.  Well done Alicia!

Vintage and Velvet - Antlers - Antler Photograph - Crystal - Quartz - Gem - Deer - Fine Art Photograph - Nature Photography - Autumn
Bird Photograph - Nature Photography - Trees - Spring - Flock- Original Signed Fine Art Photograph
Flower Photograph  -  Spring - Forsythia  - Original Fine Art  Photograph - Yellow