Posts Tagged 'decor'

Ways to Frame Your Favorite Photos.

Who doesn’t have a file, folder, or stack of favorite photos or art just waiting to be framed and put up for all to see? My clients come to me to sort through the myriad of images and art to create focal points in their most used rooms, hallways, and stairwells. It’s a task that requires good measurements and a good eye. Here are three options and techniques to get those images out of the dark corners of the house and front and center. Beautifully.

A Dramatic Grid.

This technique is great for special moments such as weddings, vacations, or family events where a grand treatment is required. It’s also great for art that carries a unique theme. Consider a grid of three rows high by to five rows across with only two inches of wall space in between the sides of each frame. you can use a 3 x 3 grid for smaller areas like breakfast nooks and foyers. The impact of this tight grid is best with the same size frames and mats. West Elms Gallery Frames would work great here.

photo frame grid on wall

Image courtesy of Houzz.

A No Fuss Frame Shelf.

If you like to change out your photos for the season or your mood, displaying various frames, photos and objects d’art on a wall shelf would be ideal for you. Hang metal or wooden wall shelves in various heights and lengths on a selected wall with the center shelf at about eye height. Them loosely arrange individual frames in mix and match frames of color and finishes upright or leaned against the back wall. Overlap a few for depth. Voila. West Elms Paxton shelf makes a great landing. Crate and Barrels Versa Frames or Pottery Barns Gallery Frames would be a workhorse for this look.

frames and objects on a wall shelf

Image courtesy of Houzz.

Up and Down The Stairs.

This technique works well with a timeline of photography and supporting art. Childhood pictures, weddings, and family generations heighten the effect. A consistent theme makes it a conversation starter. Use different style frames and various sizes and keep one thing consistent to unify the grouting. Michael’s Gallery Frames create impact. This is a wonderful opportunity to use vintage frames and mirrors as well to make it more eclectic and reflect light into dark stairwells.

Image courtesy of Houzz.

Prefab Picture Wall.

If time is of the essence and you want something already preplanned and organized for you, then an prefab picture wall might be for you. A do-it-yourself set of frames is ready to hang with your favorite memories inserted. It requires no measuring, no fuss, and no mistakes using a template to determine the prefect placement on your walls. With  so many finishes and frame width, there’s an option for almost every DIYer. Shop for a look at The Conran Shops Picture Wall.

pre far picture wall frames grid organized

Courtesy of The Picture Wall Company.

Black Paper Towel Roll. Whodathunkit?

I was strolling through Nordstrom on my weekly I Want This and This pretend online shopping trip {yes, I add everything to the cart. It’s a pretend moment}. Now, I do this with numerous online sites, whether shopping for my own clients homes, offices, airline tickets, or simply myself. It’s a fun way to wish. You should try it. But it’s even more fun to hit the Place Order button. Eeek! Anywho, while looking for a Michael Aram olive branch candle for a gift, I came across this Black Orchid paper towel holder.

Michael Aram Black paper towel holder and paper roll

Beautiful? Yes. Easy to use? Dunno. But, do you see what I see? A roll of black paper towels! What the… I ask myself, is that Photoshop? Is it? I could not find this paper in any kind of mixed word search online. Google, Yahoo, Yadayadayada. Anyone have a clue where I can find black paper towel rolls?

Must know NOW.

Oh Starry Night.

Design Within Reach is rocking these fantastic abstract foldable star sculptures design by John Kostick. Handcrafted in Massachusetts, these geometric forms are made of bronze and come in 5″, 9″, and 14″ sizes {really could be used as year round decoration – I would}. I love the linear look and subtle warm gold finish and more importantly that they fold flat for easy storage. Hello urbanites! Great impactful holiday decor across the dining table or hanging from that street front window. Go ahead, invite interaction.DWR gold star decoration

DWR gold star decoration

DWR gold star decoration

A Hoot at Z Gallerie.

Z Gallerie is back at Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. And it’s again filled with great home decor, a few new fabulous bed frames, and this white owl vase for $20! Its about 14 inches tall but would look so good filled with the last remaining green leaf branches now or a bunch of holly branches and berries at holiday time.

Owl Vase, $20 | Z Gallerie
Owl Vase, $20 | Z Gallerie

Can I get a hoot hoot for all of the other large eyed feather friends at the store?! They displayed  a great Thanksgiving Day table graced with our feather friends, decorative bird cages, and sculpted vases and bowls.

Feathered Owl, $6 - $19 | Z Gallerie

Feathered Owl, $6 - $19 | Z Gallerie

Birds of a Feather Decorate Together.

Birds of a feather flock together. And in some cases, they comes in droves. My yearning for the outdoors and love of all things feathery and furry gives me an appreciation for design that incorporates elements from beyond the front stoop. I love animal print, I love weathered wood, I love pale blue grays and creamy whites, and I especially love the look of a feather. It’s mostly symmetrical, sturdy, colorful, and soft. A great geometrical and organic flair for the fairest of rooms.

Metal Feather Wall Mirror, $185  |  Lazy Susan USA

Metal Feather Wall Mirror, $185 | Lazy Susan USA

Pewter Feather Paperweight | Barney's

Pewter Feather Paperweight | Barney's

Feather Placemat | Jayson Home & Garden

Feather Placemat | Jayson Home & Garden

Shagreen Feathers Box | R & Y Augousti

Shagreen Feathers Box | R & Y Augousti

Washable Feather Wallpaper | Ferm Living

Washable Feather Wallpaper | Ferm Living

Peacock Feather Pillow | Crate & Barrel

Peacock Feather Pillow | Crate & Barrel

Peacock Rug | Neiman Marcus

Peacock Rug | Neiman Marcus

Bibibibi Table Lamp | ingo maurer

Bibibibi Table Lamp | ingo maurer

What a Wood Relief.

My brother-in-law, owner of a very well-known martini and cigar bar here in Washington, DC, emailed me a link to the website by B+N Industries. We are working on some updates at his establishment and throwing out ideas here and there for the interior re-design of the space. B+N Industries is known for their innovative and forward thinking when it comes to interior design of commercial and hospitality spaces. However, some of their notable finds are perfect right at home. My eye is on the Reclaimed Wood Iconic Panels. This collection of sustainably produced carved relief panels is available in various designs and wood varieties, Douglas Fir, Western Redwood, or Teak. Each panel is carved from FSC-certified MDF panels with FSC-certified reclaimed wood veneer and a low-V.O.C. satin finish.

Five of the patterns available at B+N Industries, Inc.

Five of the patterns available at B+N Industries, Inc.

For just over $1,000 per panel, I imagine these panels behind a claw foot tub in a modern master bathroom, illuminated by above as a decorative backdrop in an entry, or quite possibly detailing the interior spaces of a brand new mega yacht.

The X-Base Factor.

I’m on an endless search for X-based ottomans or stools. I love them. These small furnishings are among the oldest designs in formal seating and still a true classic and timeless accent to be used as a pull-up seat or foot rest today. Use them alone in an entry way or in pairs at the foot of the bed or in front of a fireplace. These select choices are a few I swear by… cross my heart.

Nail head trim and high style make this Duvall Ottoman a classy choice  |  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Nail head trim and high style make this Duvall Ottoman a classy X-based choice | Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

European and elegant with a touch of rustic X-based stool  |  Wisteria

European and elegant with a touch of rustic X-based stool | Wisteria

The Crosby Stool is a bold and chic choice for any urban dwelling | WS Home

The Crosby Stool is a bold and chic choice for any urban dwelling | WS Home

Belgian linen cloaked X-base Toscane Stool outlined in hammered brads. | RH.com

Belgian linen cloaked X-base Toscane Stool outlined in hammered brads. | RH.com

This cigar leather and polished metal x-base ottoman has a modern vintage quality.  |  Jayson Home & Garden

This cigar leather and polished metal x-base ottoman has a modern vintage quality. | Jayson Home & Garden

Pear leather and a polished wooden base gives this ottoman sophisticated charm.  |  Neiman's

Pear leather and a polished wooden base gives this ottoman sophisticated charm. | Neiman's

A study in slim scale, this X-base hand-hammered iron bench with leather seat keeps rooms open airy. | Oly Studio

A study in slim scale, this X-base hand-hammered iron bench with leather seat keeps rooms open and airy. | Oly Studio

Not exactly an X-base stool, but a handsome bench with crossed base details  |  Jayson Home & Garden.

Not exactly an X-base stool, but a handsome leather bench with gold crossed base details | Jayson Home & Garden.

Go organic with a reclaimed railroad tie bench with a waxed metal frame. | Velocity Art

Go organic with a reclaimed railroad tie bench with a waxed metal frame. | Velocity Art

A modern and eco-friendly take on a classic that's made in the good ol' USA.  |  2Modern

A modern and eco-friendly take on a classic that's made in the good ol' USA. | 2Modern

Mad for Malachite.

IfWith St. Patrick’s Day behind us and a green green spring (and environmental attitude) ahead, I’m mad for all things green. Especially the earthy but glamourous look of the mineral stone malachite. There is a great history behind this unique mineral. In Greek mythology, the throne of Demeter, goddess of grain and harvest, was fashioned from malachite and adorned with golden pigs and ears of barley (maybe she liked pork chops and beer for dinner?). Up until about 1800, Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints.

Polished slab of Malachite_Zaire

A polished slice of Malachite.

And today, the rock band Green Day used malachite in the lyrics of their song 2000 Light Years Away, as a metaphor to lead singer and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong’s green eyes. My interest however lies mostly in it’s as a lifestyle accent in jewelry and home decor pieces.

Malachite Side Table by Marjorie Sourkas

My favorite! Malachite Side Table by Marjorie Sourkas

Faux Malachite Jewelry Boxes | Global Views

Faux Malachite Jewelry Boxes | Global Views

Malachite and Diamond Midnight Pear Ring | Neiman Marcus

Malachite and Diamond Midnight Pear Ring | Neiman Marcus

Malachite Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel

Malachite Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel

Rectangular  Malachite Vivian Mirror | Made Goods

Rectangular Malachite Vivian Mirror | Made Goods

Vintage Faux Malachite Table from Drexel Heritage

Vintage Faux Malachite Table from Drexel Heritage, $900 | Austin Modern

1950's Sterling Silver and Malachite Tray | 1stDibs

1950's Sterling Silver and Malachite Tray | 1stDibs

Panama Diary in Malachite Leather with Wood Closure | Smythson

Panama Diary in Malachite Leather with Wood Closure | Smythson

Art Deco Malachite Vase | Washington DC Craigslist

1930's Art Deco 10"H Malachite Vase | Washington DC Craigslist

If it’s green walls that you’re most excited about, try your hand at a faux malachite wall paint treatment with this example from Apartment Therapy.

How about a faux malachite paint treatment?

How about a faux malachite paint treatment?

C’mon Baby Light My Fire.

It’s mid-December and I’ve already lapped in the luxury of sitting in front of a crackling fireplace. It’s a past-time I just can’t live without. Gas is great – but good wood is even better!  I love wood burning fireplaces and look forward to cozy nights warming up after a long commute home from work. Here are my draft picks for the coolest firplace screens to start off the Winter season. Bbbrrr!

SIlver leaf circles are always crackle snap chic! 40"W x 28"H | Cyan Design

Classic metallic designs are sure to stay hot! I love this one! 48"W x 37"H | Laszlo Custom Metal

Turn up the heat with a tri-fold Greek Key Design. 48"W x 30"H | Ace Hardware

Find coolness with this crystal spark screen by Conmoto 37"W x 22"H | EmmoHome

Here the fire roar.. less is more! 40"W x 31"W | FireplaceScreenEtc.com

Arts and Crafts are always way cool. 41"W X 32"H | Indigo Iron

Add an small spark of glamour with antique gold! 32"W x 28"H | eBay

Sit back and relax with movable mesh screens. 40"W x 32"H | Plow & Hearth

Local Treasures Troves.

Hey Washington, DC!  We are all inundated with figuring out what gift to get for who for this holiday season. Start crossing off those names with this good list of gift ideas written for the Washington Post by Terri Sapienza. Best part is they can be found at local home decor shops. There is something around town for every homeowner of hostess.

Vintage tea towel. Give one of these towels by itself or with a favorite soap, flavored tea or baked good. It’s a one-of-a-kind gift any way it’s packaged. $30 each at Valerianne, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna.

Wooden ornaments. Need something small and sweet? These ornaments are it, especially the little bird. $5.75 to $17 each at Red Barn Mercantile, 113 S. Columbus St., Alexandria.

Vases and bowls from Middle Kingdom. Lots of style for a small price. A single piece is perfect; a set of three, even better. Fabric-covered packaging included. Vases are $16 each at Periwinkle, 3815 Livingston St. NW. 202-364-3076. Bowls are $22 to $88 at And Beige, 1781 Florida Ave. NW.

Mini cocottes and cookbook. At just a third of a quart each, these individual-serving, oven-safe pots should satisfy any foodie. $20 per cocotte (holiday special: a gift box of four cocottes for $49.99), $14.95 for the cookbook at Le Creuset, 7116 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda.

Entertaining book. For the consummate host or hostess. Help them organize the important details (cocktails, menus, rentals, music and caterers) for their upcoming gatherings in a pocket-size, leather-bound book. Personalization available. $58 at A Mano, 1677 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

Arbor porcelain votive holders.These comely holders can be used as they were intended . . . or not. They can be set up on a bar to hold snacks, on a dresser to keep jewelry or on a desk to corral paper clips. $20 each at Celadon Home, Wildwood Shopping Center, 10231 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda.

Lacquer trays and boxes. Practical and pretty. A great price, too. Perfect for the gift-guide writer on your list. Other sizes and colors are available. Trays are $45 and $65, boxes are $38 and $57 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 1526 14th St. NW.

Russel + Hazel People and Places organizer. Not everyone is eager to go electronic. Give this acrylic card holder to the paper lover on your list. $49 at the Container Store. Locations in the District, Rockville, Arlington and Tysons Corner.

Wood tape dispenser and Japanese masking tape. Utilitarian and cool, these modern accessories will dress up any desktop. $24 for the tape dispenser; $12 for a set of three rolls of removable tape (available in 10 colors) at Design Within Reach. Locations in Adams Morgan, Georgetown and Bethesda. (Note: These items are not available for purchase in stores but can be ordered through any location or at http://www.dwr.com.

Cotton herringbone throw. Who doesn’t love a soft, cozy throw? Available in 12 colors, this could be the go-to item for multiple people on your list. $80 each at Timothy Paul Bedding and Home, 1529A 14th St. NW.

Guest soaps and bowl. This beautiful box of soaps is easy on the eyes and wallet, and the scent is spectacular. Whether or not they are paired with a bowl, they are quite possibly the perfect hostess gift. Other colors are available. $22 per box of 15 soaps, $30 per bowl at Valerianne, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna.

Farmer’s egg crate. This ceramic holder can be an elegant way to store eggs or a clever way to organize jewelry. $14 at Anthropologie. Locations in Georgetown, Rockville and Tysons Corner.

Open it! package opener. This five-in-one tool will help open any packaging, including sealed plastic and cellophane around CDs and DVDs. It’s a dream come true for parents of young children. (Have you ever tried opening a packaged toy?) $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Whiskey stones. These reusable soapstone rocks will chill stiff drinks without diluting them. Wrap a box for the most frequent entertainer (or imbiber) you know. $22 for a set of nine at Proper Topper. Locations in Dupont Circle and Georgetown.


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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