I wanted to fill an empty wall in my office with artwork but didn't want to spend a fortune. I spend a lot-o-time in this room, and I want it to be pretty!
A few years ago, my hubby and I went to Mexico and took some great pictures! It was sooo beautiful! I decided to blow up our pictures for my artwork. The two pictures on the left and right are actually our footprints in the sand! This isn't something I'm going to find in every home on my street. It's personal. It has meaning.
So, when I'm working I can glance over and remember how it felt to have the sand in between my toes...aahhh.
Don't limit your artwork to what you can find in the store! Another great idea would be to copy your own photos in black and white. This is a really dramatic look. Try it out! What are some different things you've done for artwork? Yes, you. I want to hear from you!! Hello! Anybody out there?! I'm getting lonely.
Check out my post on http://www.thedecoratingvoice.org/ for another wall art project.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I am partnering with Hobby Lobby in Flower Mound, Texas to offer our community ways to improve the spaces in their homes with what they already have and love.
When: Saturday, July 11, 1:30-3:00
Where: Hobby Lobby in Flower Mound, 5801 Long Prairie Rd.
Join us for a fun and educational night to learn the art of accessorizing! You will leave with 5 tips you can use in your space, and if you'd like a new piece or two, Hobby Lobby is offering an additional 10% off your shopping the day of the workshop! We'll also enjoy snacks provided by Chef Aimee of Flower Mound, http://www.chefaimee.com/. Also, there will be door prizes and a free gift for every participant!
Sign-up in the store or at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!!
"I want something different." This is a common request I receive from my clients. I can give you a different furniture arrangement. How about the perfect arrangement?!
Yes, there is a perfect arrangement for your space! When I arrived, the client had the sofa on the left wall - blocking the walkway. The furniture was lined up, floating in the space. This a room where everyone gathers, watches TV, entertains on the weekends - the hub of the home like so many of our family rooms. It must be practical, too!
I had the answer! Here are a few tips that solved this room's problems and you can apply in your room today - your very own One Day Make-Over!
1. What is the room's purpose? TV viewing, reading, sleeping. This will help you in step two.
2. Determine the focal point. If you have a fireplace, that's your focal point. Yes, even if you have a TV, any architectural design feature takes priority. The placement of your largest piece of furniture is determined by your focal point.
3. Room shape. Is your room a square, rectangle, L-shaped, or have a pre-existing angle? You must honor the architecture of the space. For example, in the photo, my client had a pre-existing angle, so the sofa was placed facing the fireplace.
4. Room elevations. This ties into honoring the architecture. For example, if you have vaulted ceilings, arrange your artwork to reflect the angle or slope of the ceiling shape.
This client had a vaulted ceiling. If the TV had been left alone on this wall, it wouldn't have highlighted or honored the high ceiling. Here, I took a screen, separated it, and created interesting, out-of-the-box artwork that would draw the eye up.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A friend - client called me to redesign her mantle. She liked what she had but didn't know what to do with it. It just wasn't working for her. Her style is whimsical, colorful, and casual. The current arrangement she had was too symmetrical.
By grouping her pieces together and creating a high point on the left - an asymmetrical arrangement, the arrangement now matched her style. This took very little time, so instead of just her mantle, I was able to finish out her accessories for the room and rearrange her furniture!
I would like to say that I don't normally recommend mirrors for the mantle. Usually, they reflect the ceiling fan or the air vent or something else just as unattractive. The two mirrors I used here reflect the pretty green vases. This little trick helps expand the candlesticks and makes them appear larger.
It doesn't always require a huge amount of time to fine tune your accessories. Do your accessories reflect you?