Tuesday’s Tips: Rule of thumb for hanging art

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They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.

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{Images via preciously me, vintage luxe, blood & champagne, cullman & kravis, style at home & cj dellatore}

Interior designer’s home tour on Apartment Therapy

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I haven’t posted on an Apt Therapy home tour in a while but I like a lot of the elements in the home of  Janel Holiday. First, the chairs from West Elm in the outdoor space adds punches of color to an otherwise neutral setting.

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The wallpaper and chrome sphere is bold and fun….

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I love the display of jewelry. I too like having them out in the open to admire. This is done so beautifully by layering heights and adding personal touches like photos and flowers. See more bauble storage ideas here.

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I also like the glitzy flush mount light and tailored window shades. Similar Moroccan trellis rugs can be found here.

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Containing daily products on trays eliminates the clutter factor. Using toilet top styling helps add some useful surface space. See more of the home here.

Nicely Tailored and fabulous Window Shades

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{Catherine Martin & Restoration Hardware for the Plaza NY} Usually I gravitate toward lengthening window treatments that puddle to the ground but lately I’ve been seeing great things with shades. No longer old fashioned or stuffy, shades are being made with … Continue reading

Fashion illustrations all throughout this home

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I can’t begin to tell you the joy I received while looking at Megan Hess’ home in this home at adore home’s latest issue.

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The drapery is so romantic….
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This bathroom…

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I need some decals that look like ornate frames!

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I love her thought process. She doesn’t hide her fav pieces, she displays them. She likes to look at her closet and upon the first glance see things that are meaningful to her, gifts from family or things she picked up in her travels.

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Decided on using sheers to dress up the windows of my new place…

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{Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Photo: Nikolas Koenig}

One thing any designer or person knows is purchasing window treatments doesn’t come cheap. You can easily eat a lot of the budget by dressing the windows and although it’s important, it’s not one of my favorite things to spend money on. I moved into a new place that has the standard vertical blinds. Yes, it looks clean from the outside but it’s so……dated. I am not going to take them down however I want to cover them up without having to see them at all. If I use a heavy drapery like I’m used to, I’d be forced still have the verticals visible. The only way getting around it is to have sheers in the middle of panels. So I might as well just have sheers only.

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Sheers can look old timey if not done right and I personally despise the look of pleated curtains. I prefer to hang hooks as it leaves a softer drape that I love. My mom put sheers over her shades in her bedroom with hooks and the way they fall is so romantic. Combined with extra long panels that puddle to the ground, you can create something so fresh, light and airy that allows you the privacy you need but not eliminating the flood of light that you want.

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Another round of interiors I like from everyday people..

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One of the things I enjoy is coming across a person, often times not taught in design, one who isn’t working in the industry but has an innate taste for beautiful aesthetics and details. So here is a round-up of some I came across recently and why I enjoy their spaces. Above the warm walls with the milky white baseboard and contrasting bright bubblegum pink dresser is fab to me. It’s not the color pink I like, it’s jazzing up something old to make it new…

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Arches in Design from windows to doors to entryways…

I know I always loved an arched window but I felt coming up with a window treatment for such would prove difficult. Not really according to these interiors. Simply hang the rod over the entire arch. Or you could do like I originally suggested here.

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Design Inquiries: Need French Window Treatment Inspiration…

French Inspired Girls Room

This is a new series on my blog where I’ll highlight a question one of my readers sends through email or via twitter. Someone hit me up about french window inspired curtains for a little girls room. I totally think roman shades would be best. French designs are very heavy in textiles and a lot of tassles and ornate detailed valances. I think roman shades adds the billowy effect but still stays soft enough for a child’s room without being too formal. Click Here for more examples.

Sidenote: I put the pic of the girl’s room with the framed headboard because I felt that was a cool way to confine an inspiration board and girls and tweens love their beiber & mindless behavior posters and photos of friends. Ornate french frames spray painted in gold would achieve this look. Also if you don’t get roman curtains, use tassles and ways to make regular panels billowy. Here’s a Design Tip….place newspaper balls inside drapery panels so when you have them pulled back, it creates a puffy visual. My bride client’s mother did that trick in her home. I never would have known had she not told me.

If you have a design question, send me an email. Keep in mind I work two jobs so give me a little while to reply. :-)

Tuesday’s Tips: Raise curtain rods to give illusion of high ceilings…

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Imagine if the rods were placed right above the window. It wouldn’t have the same feeling. By raising rods near the ceiling, it makes the space feel much larger than it really is. Perfect trick if you have a smaller room. Do this to draw the eyes upward