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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


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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