The Art Of The Hang: Instructions For Hanging Art

I received an email suggesting a repost of The Art of the Hang: Instructions for Hanging Art may prove beneficial to new readers and decoristas taking spring updating to heart and wall alike.  In the spirit of seasonal updating, this new, improved and updated version is primed and ready to show and tell you Places In The Home instructions for hanging art.

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It’s funny how movie titles stick in the impressionable side of my brain, becoming an exercise in conversion to interior design and decorating application.  Let me demonstrate for you how it’s done.

hang 'em high

Hang ‘Em High is a 1968 western starring Clint Eastwood.

It is not the standard instructions for hanging art and decorative accents.

statement-art

House & Garden

In many cases and in many spaces, exceptions must be made to the general rule of design and decorating.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

― Pablo Picasso

Fornasetti-plates

Lewis Interiors

Balance, scale and proportion partnered with room size, ceiling height, and intention of dramatic effect become the relevant factors to consider when assessing placement of artwork.

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Traditional Home

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Traditional Home

Over my career as interior decorator, house to home flipper/stager, and antiques shopkeeper, I have hung my fair share of framed artwork, decorative antique plates, pediments, mirrors, ironwork, and sconces.




english-kitchen

House & Garden

Some high, some higher and some at the highest point on a wall.

Janie-Molster-art

House Beautiful

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Interior designer Rita Konig’s West London Flat

Not all spaces, walls, decorating styles, tastes, and intended results are created equal.

Thank goodness!

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Domino

How boring it would be to exist in a cookie-cutter world of design and decorating.

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Decorating Ideas ~  Trend Spotted: Marble Now

Many homes ago we were blessed or cursed depending on how you look at it with sixteen foot ceilings.   The traditional rule of picture hanging did not apply in this case, and decorative interpretation as well as adjustment blurred all standard lines and rules of placement.

art-on-walls

Architectural Digest

I’ve come to believe the concept of the gallery wall was born out of tall ceilings and the decorative pursuit to avoid a void of space.

gallery-wallTraditional Home

Hanging the artwork and decorative accouterments at eye level didn’t flow  and would have been visually boring.   Not all eye levels are created equal.  The exception to the traditional rule applies here.

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flickr

Back in the late Seventies, my parents attended a starving artist sale.  A buying spree of landscape, floral and architecture paintings ensued.  With  hammer and picture hanging kit in hand, no formal instructions for hanging art to guide, and two sets of eyes fixed for eyeballing measurements and placement, the marathon art hanging session commenced.

Aren’t you going to use a measuring tape?

Don’t need it.

Let me at least get you the yard stick.

No, we’ve got this.

Is it level?

Good enough.

I was fourteen at the time and even I knew this wasn’t the way to go.

macgyverCBS Consumer Products

Dave the Builder is a MacGyver in the name of all things house that make a home.  In his apprenticeship years he mastered the skill of hanging pictures, mirrors, artwork, etc. in both a visually pleasing and design appropriate manner.  He brings his mathematical, architectural experience, and building talents to the table, and I bring a discerning eye and keen supervisory skills.

I’m good like that.

From years of hanging art in our homes, homes of clients, and at Hopefully Classic, we have mastered the art of the hang by following the instructions for hanging art.  

instructions for hanging art

Eye level varies from person to person, height to height.  If it doesn’t look right to you, raise or lower the artwork to accommodate.

After deciding the desired height to hang the picture, measure from the ceiling the distance to one hanger on one side of the picture.

Next, measure from the ceiling to the other side hanger to assure a level picture hanging.   If the frame has only one center hanger, measure the back of the picture from the center of the bottom of the frame to the center of the top of the frame.  Divide this number in half.   That is your center line.

Mark spot(s) on the wall with a pencil.

Pull the picture wire tightly upward as if  hanging on the hook. Measure the distance from the center line to the top point of the wire.  Add this distance to the eye level line measurement ( your pencil mark or marks on the wall).  This is where you put the picture hook.

Two hooks placed 2 inches apart seems to work best for smaller pieces.

If the piece is larger, it is better to use two hooks spaced 8 inches from each side.

bedroom-gallery-wall

Charleston Magazine

Interior design and decorating is a process.  Placing  furniture and deciding on what will be the focal point of the room begins the process.  With decisions reached and furniture placed, I step back and view the walls as the canvas of the room.  It might be that one stellar piece of artwork or favorite painting sufficiently carries the room.

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Victoria Magazine

Gallery groupings of different sizes and subjects work to capture the wow effect, deviate from the expected, and create what I call a decorating oxymoron- the off balance balance.

When arranging a grouping of artwork and before hanging, I like to layout the pieces on the floor in front of the wall they will be hung on.  This allows you to get a visual read on the balance and proportion of the layout, and to fine-tune the arrangement.  It also helps to eliminate or at least cut down on putting holes in the wall.

Trick of the Trade Tip:
Plain white toothpaste is as a great alternative to caulk.  Squeeze the toothpaste into the hole and wipe off the excess.  

Use a spirit or laser level to ensure artwork is level.  No level, no problem.  I find the best measure is ultimately trusting your eye.

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One Kings Lane ~ Photo by Ellen McDermott

Hanging artwork above a fireplace mantel offers the opportunity to layer artwork pieces.  When hanging artwork over a fireplace, aim to leave as little space as possible between the bottom of the art piece and the mantle unless another item will be placed under artwork or decorative accessory.

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Architectural Digest

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San Francisco Proper ~ Designer Kelly Wearstler   

Hanging artwork and decorative pieces within the panel area of a wall frame molding design element adds dimension to the space.

Patricia_Altschul_07Architectural Digest

Entertain and embrace a different-out of the ordinary-unexpected way of decorating.   This is rule number one to consider in the art of creating a visual focal point.

art-placement-oil-paintingDomaine

The lower the placement the better in most cases.  The frame should give the illusion it is connected to the piece it is hanging above.

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Domino

Hanging artwork 6 to 8 inches above furniture supports sufficient headroom allowance.

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Apartment Therapy

Consider hanging a grouping in a bedroom lower than standing eye level. The result can surprisingly produce the focal point of the space.

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Little House of Four

Better Homes & Gardens

The art to hanging artwork, framed treasures, mirrors, architectural pieces and the like is in the scale, placement and arrangement that best suits the space and optimally showcases your personal style.

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Let’s Get Growing: Spring Herb Day

Fairs, exhibitions and festivals benefiting the preservation of historic sights, homes and buildings spring up this time of year.  One such local institution held its spring herb day sale-a-bration over the weekend.  The scent of fresh herbs gets the spring herb day let’s get growing excitement going.

spring herb day

Get Outside by Robert Palmer is the tune of the day and a dandy one indeed to spring herb day to.

rosemary

My herb love grows where my rosemary, mint, and thyme grows.

fresh-mint

I’m discovering the many uses of mint past its herb status of required greenery in the Southern garden color palette and glass of sweet tea.




 

From Better Homes & Gardens:

Mint, Mentha

Type:
Herb, perennial

Light:
Part sun, sun

Height:
From 1 to 8 feet

Mint is easy to grow.  The fragrance of mint will vary with variety as will the taste.  Fresh or dried, mint is a broad range herb used to season beverages, desserts, soups, vegetables, and meats.

garden-herbs

Chives ~  Serata Basil  ~ Rosemary  ~ Dolce Fresca Basil  ~ Thyme  ~ Parsley

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

Type:
Herb, perennial, shrub

Light:
Sun

Height:
From 1 to 8 feet

Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen of Mediterranean origin, an herb that pairs well with poultry, pork, lamb, fish, breads, vegetables, tomato based sauces, soups and infused oils.  French and Italian dishes especially benefit from the robust seasoning.  Rosemary plants thrive in hot and dry climates.

I am seriously entertaining the thought of using this carrot planter as the focal point of my indoor herb garden.

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Carrot Flower Plastic Pot Planter

The smell of fresh herbs goes well with the ooh la la factor, and is stylishly accomplished with a rattan wall planter and a Les Fine Herbes kitchen towel.

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Rattan Wall Planter

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Quest Green Kitchen Towel

Better Homes & Gardens gift the gardener an array of free garden plans. I’ve selected three herb garden plans to share.  Click on the link below each image to download the garden plan of choice for your spring herb day planting needs.

classic herb garden plan

Classic Herb Garden Plan

colorful-herb-garden Colorful Herb Garden Plan

Italian herbs

Italian Herb Garden Plan

I used to have a friend who actually thought Ina Garten’s name was In the Garden.

In.  The.  Garden.

You can’t make this stuff up folks.

Ina does love her garden.  On a recent repeat episode of Barefoot Contessa Ina plans, prepares, plates and presents a surprise dinner for Jeffrey in the garden.  The principal of kiss, keep it stunningly simple, set the scene and the table.

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The Bridgehampton Florist  on Instagram

Nature Innovations Oak Log Planter

Nature Innovations Oak Log Planter

Clear glass hurricane lanterns,  pillar candles, ferns from the garden, white garden roses, and planter  made a simple yet elegant garden style show.

How keep it stunningly simple is that?

Ina-Garten-garden-path

Ina Garten Garden ~ Pinterest

A search and source session for the hurricane lanterns Ina Garten uses came up empty handed, but look at what I did find.   Being born, raised and living the outdoor living life in Louisiana, the word hurricane typically is not equated with beauty, but this gorgeous hotel glass hurricane with rope and burned copper detail is a beauty!

Hotel+Glass+HurricaneHotel Glass Hurricane

Delicious dishes and stylish settings get the taste party started.  A sprinkle here, a dash of that, and a generous serving of it’s all in the details indisputably takes the look and the flavor from ordinary to distinctive.

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Chinoiserie Themed Tablescape

The epicurean is devoted to the enjoyment of great food and comfort.  The first four letters of the word epicurean spell epic, and epic is what this Chinoiserie themed tablescape feature has turned out to be.  Color, pattern and texture sets quite the impressive Chinoiserie themed tablescape.  Believing and adhering to the notion we eat first with our eyes, the visual appetizer is the tasteful first course of a palatable dining experience.

Chinoiserie

sheen-wah-zuhreez

noun, plural chinoiseries

1.  a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe,
characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.

2.  an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie themed tablescape

Veranda

The lines and color palette of Chinese and East Asian influenced dinnerware and decorative accessories create beautifully Chinoiserie themed tablescapes.  The retail selections available make it easy to set your table as Chinoiserie chic casual or formal as you wish.

Rosser+1222+Charger

Rosser 12″ Charger – Set of 4

 

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Bordallo Pinheiro Vista Alegre Tropical Charger Plates (Set of 2)

 

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Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Dinner Plates in Beige – Set of 4

 

Jacqueline-dinnerware Jacqueline Salad Plate~ Set of 4

 

Si- Kiang-Cocktail-Plate

Si Kiang Cocktail Plate

 

Aveline+Double+Old+Fashioned+Glass

Aveline Double Old Fashioned Glass

 

Three Star Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo Wine Glasses in Amber (Set of 6)

Three Star Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo Wine Glasses in Amber (Set of 6)

Color, Pattern, Texture Options:

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Echo Design Parvani 52-Inch Square Tablecloth

I own this table runner and I love it!  The design is versatile and the quality is exceptional.

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Sherry Kline China Art Table Runner 

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Options make the decorating world go round.

East of the Moon Cinnabar

East of the Moon Cinnabar

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Bed Bath & Beyond Beaded Placemat in Jute/Coral

gold-square-placemat

Matte Golden Beaded Square Placemat

Chinese-bowl-on-teakwood-stand

Chinese Bowl on Teakwood Stand

Cambridge Silversmiths 20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Cambridge Silversmiths 20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Leopard love it and the Chinoiserie themed tablescape – an excellent pull from one to complement another choice.

desert-leopard-NIKKO-plates

Desert Leopard Plate (Set of 4)

 

martini-glass

Animal Print 8 oz Martini Glass

 

geometric print napkin

Geometric Design Dinner Napkin

bamboo-flatware-cabbage-charger

Traditional Home

 

Gien Set of 4 Jardins Canape Plates

Gien Set of 4 Jardins Canape Plates

 

Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dessert Plate

Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dessert Plate

 

Ricci Argentieri Bamboo 5-Piece Place Setting

Ricci Argentieri Ricci Bamboo 5-Piece Place Setting

 

cabbage-serving-bowlFigural Cabbage Bowl

Michael-Aram-servers

Michael Aram 2-Pc. Palm Serving Set

Petrus-Regout-Maastricht-Platter

Petrus Regout Maastricht Platter

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Meakin “Jamaica” Octagonal Plates – Set of 6

Thibaut-gazebo-masquerade

Thibaut Gazebo Collection ~ Masquerade

Thibaut Gazebo Masquerade marks the genesis of my decorating fascination with the colors, patterns and textures of Chinoiserie finery.




 

teal-Mikasa-dinner-plate

Aliza Teal Dinner Plate Set of 4

 

Lenox Pleated Colors Aqua Salad Plate

Lenox Pleated Colors Aqua Salad Plate

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Vintage Mismatched Fine China Luncheon Plates – Set of 4

 

Hybrid Cloe Porcelain Fruit Bowl design by Seletti

 

Classic Touch Tumblers with 24K Gold Artwork in Assorted Colors (Set of 6)

Classic Touch Tumblers with 24K Gold Artwork in Assorted Colors (Set of 6)

 

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Byzantine 24 Karat 5 Piece Flatware Set

Osaka Bamboo Trellis / Tea

Osaka Bamboo Trellis / Teal

 

dinner-napkin

Havana Jacquard Napkins

 

bamboo-accent-plates

Julie Accent Plate – Set of 4

 

modern-Chinese-porcelain-bowl

Modern Chinese Porcelain Bowl w/Hand Painted Iris

rose-medallion-bowl

Rose Medallion Bowl

vintage-chinoiserie-foo-dog-dragon-ceramic-platter-hand-paintedVintage Chinoiserie Foo Dog Ceramic Platter

Foo-Dogs-Lion-Statues

Foo Dog Lion Statues

Mix patterns and textures while incorporating whimsical details.  Selecting pieces and accents in complementary colors creates visual flow and ensures continuity.

Chinoiserie-place-setting

Apple Green Monogrammed Check Chinoiserie Napkins

 

pink-charger-plate

Vietri Pastel Glass Collection Pink Service Plate/Charger

 

red-dinner-plate

Lenox® Pleated Colors Dinner Plate in Red

 

Pip Studio - Spring To Life Side Plate - Pink

Pip Studio – Spring To Life Side Plate – Pink

 

Elephant Theme Thai Celadon Ceramic Plate

Elephant Theme Celadon Salad Plate

 

gold+10+Stainless+Steel+Flatware+Set

Resler 5 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set

 

floral_vine_napkin_pink

Pretty In Pink Napkin

 

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English Staffordshire Style Poodles

 

succulent-bowl

Succulent Bowl

 

succulent-serving-bowl

Succulent Painted Glass Serving Bowl

 

covered-vegetable-bowl

Elegant Covered Vegetable Server

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Bamboo Parsi Serving Tray

Dana Gibson 22″ Fret Tray

 

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kate-aspen-place-card-holder

Kate Aspen 12ct Kate Aspen “Double Happiness” Place Card Holders

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Chinoiserie chic meets On the Lanai.  Home decor pieces and fabrics and Dual purpose similar aesthetic characteristics

Bamboo-lattice-fabric-peach

Bamboo Lattice in Peach Fizz

vintage-chopsticks-holders

Gladys Glover Vintage Bamboo-Style Chopstick Rests, S/5

 

Juliette-pink-wine-glass

Juliette Pink Wine Glass

 

cranberry-high-ball-glassesQ Squared Aurora Ruby Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers, Set of 4

Coordinates+19+oz.+Drinkware+Set+with+Cherry+Blossom+Design

Coordinates Drinkware Set with Cherry Blossom Design

 

Jusalpha-fine-china-tea-cup-saucer-set

Jusalpha Fine China Tea Cup and Saucer Set

 

Pip Studio - Spring To Life Teapot - Pink

Pip Studio – Spring To Life Teapot

 

cocktail-memo

 

ming-tray-table

Dana Gibson Ming Tray Table 

 

Chinoiserie-bar-decor

Chinoiserie Chalkware Couple  ||  Cinnamon Bowl   ||  Fred & Friends Twig Drink Stirrers  ||  Porcelain Palm Tree 15″ Table Lamp  ||  Gien Oiseaux de Paradis Paper Cocktail Napkins  ||   Clover Round Large Rectangular Tray   || Cocktail Napkin Tray in Navy   ||  Tobacco Leaf Tin Plate 10″ Set (4)  || Q Squared Aurora Ruby Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers, Set of 4  ||  Tracy Porter for Poetic Wanderlust Reverie 3-D Monkey Pitcher 

 

Madcap-Cottage-Windy-Corner-Rhubarb

Madcap Cottage Windy Corner Rhubarb

vintage-hollywood-regency-chinoiserie-ginger-jarsVintage Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Ginger Jars – A Pair

 

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Veranda

 

blue-Placemat

La Gallina Matta Parentesi Placemat

vintage-asian-dinner-plates

Staffordshire Red Old Willow Chinoiserie Dinner Plates

 

Siam-salad-plate

Juliska Siam Dessert/Salad Plate

 

Loveramics - Willow Love Story Salad Plates - Set of 4

Loveramics – Willow Love Story Salad Plates – Set of 4

Nature Table Dessert Plate

Nature Table Dessert Plate

blue-white-flower-dinner-napkins

Classic Blue and White Dinner Napkins

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Chinese Pagoda Embroidered Linen Hemstitched Cocktail Napkins

Argent Orfevres Orava 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

Argent Orfevres Orava 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

 

blue-white-chinoiserie-glasses-set-of-3

Blue & White Chinoiserie Glasses

 

VIETRI Accordion Tall Tumbler

VIETRI Accordion Marine Tall Tumbler

 

Churchill Blue Willow Round Vegetable Serving Bowl

Churchill Blue Willow Round Vegetable Serving Bowl

 

NORITAKE BLEUFLEUR OVAL VEGETABLE SERVING BOWL

Noritake Bleufleur Oval Vegetable Serving Bowl

 

indigol-serving-bowl

Indigold 13″ Serving Bowl

 

Chinese-five-claw-dragon-bowl

Chinese Five-Claw Dragon Bowl

 

vintage-blue-willow-steak-knifes-set-of-6

Vintage Blue Willow Steak Knifes – Set of 6

 

willow-serving-trays

Handled Willow Platter   ~    Willow Platter

Vivid colors, rococo styling, and sumptuous patterns are the hallmarks of the Chinoiserie themed tablescape.

tobacco-leaf-plates

Tobacco Leaf Tin Plate 10″ Set (4)

 

Portmeirion-Sara-Miller-Gold-Plated-Assorted-Plates

Portmeirion Sara Miller Gold Plated Assorted Plates

 

jewel-tone-salt-pepper-shaker-set

Thirstystone Jewel-Tone Salt & Pepper Shaker Set

blue-white-Chinoiserie-fabric

East of the Moon Porcelain

Williamsburg OD Dunmore Dragons Cobalt

Williamsburg Dunmore Dragons Cobalt

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Ralph Lauren Home

Atmosphere is an important aspect of the memorable dining experience.  A table lamp(s) on the dining table promotes soft lighting beneficial to mood and tone.  The height of the  East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored  is dining tabletop friendly at 19.5 inches tall.

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East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored

Classic blue and white porcelain accessories instill the all important touch of elegance.  Use decorative picture frames and easels with a bamboo motif for displaying a printable menu or place card.

 

blue-white-pagoda

Blue and White Porcelain Pagoda  ||  Blue and White Porcelian Vases   Bamboo Frame  ||  Double Bamboo Frame  ||  Bamboo Easel

 

Charlotte-Moss-tablescape

Charlotte Moss ~ Architectural Digest

Charlotte-Moss-Mougin-Linen-Coral-fabric

pagoda-lanterns

Benzara 57519 Pagoda Lanterns

orchids

Accessories

 

foo-dogs-green

Elegant Green Foo Dog Statues

oriental-base

Oriental Furniture Rosewood Carved Pedestal Stand 

sandalwood-fan

Sandalwood Fan

Italian-Ceramic-tureen

White Ceramic Tureen

 

Decorative Picture This Chinoiserie

Decorative Picture This Chinoiserie Decorative Wall Art

Chinoiserie-place-setting

demitasse-cups

 

newport-mansions-chelsea-bird-mug

Newport Mansions Chelsea Bird Mug

 

foo-dogs-salt-pepper-set

Foo Dog Salt and Pepper Shakers

As previously stated, destination decorating creates a passport to dining adventures, where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas.  From place setting to ambiance to gracious detail, a Chinoiserie themed tablescape travels well.

 

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Easter Week at Places In The Home

Spring blooms, seasonal snaps, and a heavy dose of Easter tradition ushers in Easter week at Places In The Home.  What’s hoppin’ around your house this Easter week?

BHG-hello-spring

Red and pink beauties are beginning to bloom offsetting the brown and greenish gray color holdovers from winter’s grip.

Easter week

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From the I ♥ garden roses collection.  I’ll enjoy the arrangements for another day or two, and then use the petals for rose petal ice cubes.

garden-roses

My brother dropped by yesterday bearing gifts of gardenias.  The spring beautification process is a slowly but surely operation, but we’re getting there.

gardenia

Dave the Builder’s latest pet project, the taming of the squirrel, is proving successful.

squirrel

Maybe too successful.

crepe-window

This crazy thing perches itself on the main branch of the crepe myrtle tree right outside the kitchen window and peers through the window.  Evidently watching me washing dishes is wildly entertaining.  We are one wild and crazy crew, animals included.

I dug this photo of Dave, the Canadian snowbird and Cottontail the rabbit out of the Places In The Home archives.  If you think the photo quality is horrible in black and white, you should see the color version.  Mama Places In The Home snapped this circa 2005 pic with a throwaway camera.  Annie Leibovitz she is not.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the bunny backstory:

Dave and I were checking out the newly planted flower beds late one spring afternoon.  I was in the color in bloom zone, laser focused on the budding design features detailing my mad lawn and garden skills.   Dave on the other hand was channeling his inner Dr. Doolittle with the just discovered addition to our flower garden menagerie.  Cottontail the baby rabbit hopped right up to Dave in are you my father fashion.  We brought him inside that evening and set him up in a toilet paper box direct from the discard bin at the local Kroger.  We lined the box with newspaper and grass clippings hoping to emulate a natural surrounding, and placed a water bowl and rabbit food over to one corner.  Cottontail was in high cotton for the evening.  The next morning it was back to the outdoors where he thrived and frolicked, nested in our yard and flower garden, adapted to the daily comings and goings of our schedules, and waited in the driveway each afternoon to greet Dave.  As mysteriously as he appeared he disappeared, leaving a hole in our hearts.  We got so attached to that silly rabbit, so much so that I cried for three days when he went away.  Dave stills tears up when he talks about that silly rabbit.

Easter-basket

My Easter Eggstravaganza centerpiece is a build upon canvas.  Deconstructing the Mardi Gras King Cake centerpiece, it dawned on me that by adding to instead of taking away from the existing tulle a shimmering color rich nest effect would be created.

Easter-eggs-vase

What nature does not provide, the Walmart-Michael’s-Hobby Lobby floral department will.  Faux flowers serve the purpose in certain decorating for the holiday situations, and when quality stems are selected the finished result can be faux fabulous.

eggs

The incredible, dyeable, edible egg.

dyed-Easter-eggs

Marbled Indigo  ||  Silk-Dyed Eggs  ||  Botanical Easter Eggs  ||  Natural-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Fresh mint.

Fresh lemon.

Fresh orange.

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Fresh parsley.

Fresh carrots.

Easter!

carrots

Easter week sets spring into motion.  Another season, another wonderful reason for decorating, planting, entertaining, and gathering round dining and picnic tables of stylish tablescapes and delicious dishes with dear loved ones and great friends.  Dave and I hope your Easter week, weekend and Sunday is one of blessings, love, laughter, and making wonderful traditions and memories time spent with family and friends who are like family.

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How To: Chandelier Selection and Hanging Tips

During one recent phone conversation with our son he asked me for my professional advice in regards to chandelier selection and hanging tips.  The newlyweds are moving into a new house, and it’s all things house that make a new home question and answer time.  The internet is a wonderful means for viewing properties and decorating consultations, keeping me and Dave the Builder in the loop.  As much as I would love to hop a flight to Manitoba once a month, this thing called everyday life in Louisiana gets in the way.

The nerve.

frogbox

The big move is less than a week away, and the activities that comes with packing up one house to move to another lead our conversations.  Frogbox delivered boxes today (great concept) and now the real fun begins.

dining-crystal-chandelier

The existing Bohemian glass overlay dining room chandelier, lovely as it is, is not a mix or a match with or to the taste of the new residents.  Keep scale and proportion in mind.  The dining room has an 8 foot chandelier height, so I suggest hanging the new orb chandelier in an approximate range of 30 to 34 inches over the dining table.  When I’m styling a coffee table, I sit down on the sofa in order to establish the primary sight line.  Same theory works here.  Take a seat at the table and establish the sight line.  The installed fixture should in no way interfere with the dining experience nor hinder eye contact between diners.

chandelier selection and hanging tips

Chandelier Selection and Hanging Tips

Width:

To determine the proper width and height of a chandelier for the room, simple math enters into the picture.  For the chandelier width, measure the length of the room in feet.  Now measure the width of the room in feet.  Add those two numbers together.  Convert that number to inches.  The result is the number for the width (diameter) in inches for your chandelier .

LENGTH + WIDTH =   CHANDELIER WIDTH
       (in feet)                             (in inches)

 

For example:

Dining room measures 10′ x 12′.

10 + 12 = 22

Select a 22 inch wide chandelier.

Quick Tips:

For a room 10′ x 10′ or smaller, your fixture should be 17 to 20 inches wide.

For a room approximately 12′ x 12′ in size,  select a fixture in the 22 to 27 inches wide range.

For a room approximately 14′ x 14′ in size,  select a fixture in the 24 to 32 inches wide range.

Height:

To determine the chandelier height, measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling.  Multiply room height number X 3 to get the recommended measurement in inches.

ROOM HEIGHT  x 3 =   CHANDELIER HEIGHT
(in feet)                               (in inches)

 

dining-room-chandelier

Hanging Height:

Working with an 8 foot ceiling height, you will want to position the bottom of the chandelier 32-34 inches above the tabletop.

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If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, mount the chandelier an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling.

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Terracotta Studio

With a pendant chandelier, position the fixture 30 to 34 inches above the tabletop.

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Style at Home ~ DecorPad

For lighting fixture placement over a kitchen island, hang the fixture at a height of 32-34 inches from the top of the counter to the bottom of the light.

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Norman Design Group, Inc. 

For optimum light love presence in a foyer with a 9-10 foot ceiling height,  hang the chandelier so the bottom sits at least 7 feet above the floor.  In a two-story foyer, hang the chandelier at eye level when viewed from the second floor.

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Crisp Architects

Advice and suggestions are meant to make the all things house that make a home process easier.  I hope these chandelier selection and hanging tips help to answer the what size is best and how high to hang questions you may have.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy! It’s Time for Spring

Happy happy joy joy!  It’s time for spring.

Officially.

time for spring

Home Depot

I almost feel guilty in my time for spring celebration when I get an email from the Canadian snowbird with the following image attached.

Almost.

snow-Winnipeg

A jaunt to the Home Depot garden center tops the time for spring planting to-do list.  Curb appeal begins with spring cleaning, planting, updating and exterior decorating.

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In order to achieve optimum spring curb appeal you gotta have the proper tools to get the job done.

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A recent time for spring inventory of the tools and toys needed for the upcoming lawn and garden season resulted in the Places In The Home gang becoming proud owners of a new riding mower.  This bad boy is 15.5HP of get the job done in no time power.  In all the new lawn and garden toy excitement, Dave the Builder set the cutting height a tad too low.  Let’s just say our front yard has that freshly scalped mowed look.




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That’s one way to eliminate the need to mow for a week or two.

Loropetalum

Purple Diamond Loropetalum is good for an early blast of bloom and color.  I won’t go so far as to say it basically grows itself, but once established it is  low maintenance.

Loropetalum-Purple-DiamondSouthern Living Plant Collection Purple Diamond Loropetalum

Every time I say Loropetalum I think of sayings you only hear in the South and one I consider a classic- going by Laura’s house.   Going by Laura’s house is the term my mother’s best friend’s mother coined years ago for when she would have to go out of her way to get to her intended destination.  Miss Melba called that going by Laura’s house.  It wasn’t until recently that my mother discovered the truth about going by Laura’s house, and now we say it all the time.  How I love the sayings you only hear in the South.

HGTV inspiration strikes again.  Add a dollar store drop in to the time for spring lawn and garden list.

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Sightings of buds and blooms in spring fling color usher in spring and Easter parade palettes.

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You know it’s time for spring by the scents and sights of spring in full bloom.  I would love to be able to bottle the the fragrance of freshly picked wisteria to use as a linen spray on crisp cotton sheets.

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Fresh flowers, delightful fragrances, visually stunning table settings, and the scent and sight of it’s time for spring in the late afternoon or evening gorgeously set the scene, mood and table for spring entertaining.

The “I Love a Charade” episode of Sex and the City is my garden party touchstone.

Good friends.

Well-appointed buffet.

Smooth tunes.

Beautifully accessorized tables.

Lilacs.

Butterflies.

The essentials of spring entertaining.

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Southern Living Plant Collection Dear Dolores Hydrangea Deciduous Shrub, Pink or Blue Mophead Blooms

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Hydrangeas paired with a blue and white porcelain Chinoiserie planter makes a gorgeous garden party presentation.

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What’s a garden party without a garden salad?

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Benjamin Moore Tomato Red Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise
Behr Asparagus  ~  Benjamin Moore Cucumber 

Godinger Wheelbarrow Salad Bowl with Servers

Godinger Wheelbarrow Salad Bowl with Servers

Time, nature and the calendar tells us it’s time for spring.  Our senses alert us to spring’s arrival.  Color rich gardens show us the beauty of spring.

I do love a season that shows out.

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Two Peas In A Stylish Pod: Art and Interior Design

Updated for blog post freshness

Art and interior design are like two peas in a stylish pod.

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Fresh starts, fresh vegetables, and fresh colors do the body, mind, soul, and home good.  Just ask Sasha Emerson.  The Los Angeles based interior designer is mastering the art of personal downsizing without sacrificing the creature comforts of home through art and interior design.

Del Monte Sweet Peas framed supermarket ad

As explained in “Sasha Emerson’s California Cottage -Funky Decor Ideas”  in Country Living magazine, scaling down from an expansive 4500 square feet home to half that in an English-style cottage signals it’s edit-yard sale-Craigslist-donate-giveaway time.   As they say, you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.

I know.

I’ve tried.

It ain’t happening.

Ikea cabinets

Repurposing from within allowed Sasha’s decorative integrity to remain intact.  She found the comfort of art and interior design.  I like to remind clients and fellow decoristas to always seize the opportunity to make your home your art and interior design canvas by putting your stamp of individuality and personal style on everything.

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Benjamin Moore’s Split Pea makes a made in Palm Beach style color match to the lush purple window coverings in the main room of  Designer Sam Allen’s Connecticut apartment.

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Benjamin Moore Split Pea

“Color is a creative element, not a trimming.”

~ Piet Zwart 

IS Architecture

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IS Architecture

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Peter Rogers Historic Creole Cottage in New Orleans

art and interior design

Art is the manifestation of creative expression rooted in imagination, emotion and inspiration.

Let me ask you something, what is not art?

Author Unknown

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Paint Brushes in an English Pea Can by Elizabeth Blaylock

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.”

~ Paul Strand

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AD France

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 

 ~ Edgar Degas

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Give Peas A Chance Garden Marker

The framed 1960’s supermarket ad for Del Monte Sweet Peas captures the essence of Sasha’s flea-market chic home decor, and fancifully pays homage to Pop Art Icon Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea.

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McGaw Graphics Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea, 1968 by Andy Warhol 

When I first saw the pop of art, it immediately evoked thoughts of weekend grocery store excursions to our local  A & P- my mother’s idea of big fun.

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Looking back it was.  Thinking about split pea art and interior design brings back memories of shopping at A & P and the display feature for School Days Brand Early June Peas.

A&P-brands

Design and color are the cornerstones of visual merchandising.  I vividly remember brand labels rich in color, distinctive font and visual design.  The aforementioned School Days peas and the I remember it as if it were yesterday red tomato-green lettuce leaves- navy blue background Ann Page Mayonnaise label serves memory and a craving for a spring Easter comfort food classic.

Ann-Page-mayonnaise-Capetown-Lobster-Salad

This comfort food recipe for pea salad is uncomplicated, styled for a classic taste, and quick to please.  I liken it to the creature comforts of home through art and interior design and memories of the walks down the aisles of A & P hand in hand with my darling Mother.  I’ve learned so much from both.

pea-salad

Pea Salad

Ingredients

1  15 ounce can green peas, drained

1  cup shredded Colby Jack cheese

1  large roma tomato, diced

¼  cup mayonnaise

½ -1 teaspoon  salt

½  tsp. fine black pepper

1  Tablespoon fresh parsley

Directions

Drain peas.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine peas, cheese, diced tomatoes, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.  Gently stir ingredients together.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.  Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

With spring and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would include this two peas in a pod recipe for Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart from Good Housekeeping.

sweet-pea-ricotta-tartSweet Pea and Ricotta Tart

Ingredients

Tart Crust

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. salt

5  Tablespoons cold butter

3 Tablespoons trans-fat free vegetable shortening

ice water

Filling

2 teaspoons olive oil

1  medium leek, chopped

2  cups fresh or frozen (thawed) peas

1  Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¾  cup ricotta

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼  cup grated Pecorino cheese

½  teaspoon grated lemon zest

½  cup microsprouts or microgreens

Directions

Make the Crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, blend flour and salt. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Sprinkle in 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition, until large, moist crumbs just begin to form.  Shape dough into disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll pie crust into a 12″ circle and fit into a 9″ pie plate.  Trim excess dough, leaving 1″ overhang; tuck overhang under and crimp edges.

Line dough with large sheet of parchment paper or foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans.  Bake 15 minutes or until dough is set. Remove parchment with weights and bake until crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; let cool completely on wire rack.

Make Filling:
In a 10″ skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add leek and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Cook until leek is tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.  Add peas and cover; cook until tender, stirring once halfway through, 3 to 5 minutes.  Let mixture cool, then stir in lemon juice.

In a medium bowl, stir ricotta, cream cheese, pecorino, lemon zest, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until well-combined.  Spread in cooled pie shell.  Top with cooled pea mixture and garnish with microsprouts.

~Good Housekeeping

Speaking of green, St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow.  No better time to eat your peas and wear your greens.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Spring Forward

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday moves the hands of time and the clock ahead one hour as we spring forward this Sunday.   Spring daylight saving time taketh away one hour, but the spring forward trade-off is worth it as spring and summer days giveth extra sunlight.

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Clock Tower on Emerson Chambers

antique Mora clock

House Beautiful

The Tower of Big Ben in the Sunset light

The Tower of Big Ben in the Sunset Light 

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Domino

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 Donald Lococo Architects

Donald Lococo Architects

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Just Wait for Summer

spring forward

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Nine Thirty Five

I hope you have a most fetching Friday and a lovely spring forward weekend.

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