Wallpaper: A Classic Choice

Wallpaper is a classic choice décor element showcasing color, pattern as the featured focal point, and texture a tactile experience.

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Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Contemplating what to do with a room/space is the first stage of artistic creativity.

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Photo by Valentina Ivanova on Unsplash

Look at it this way; the walls of the space serve as a blank canvas, and your vision in unison with your personal style stamp the design elements that create the palette.

Decorative vision factored in with personal style creates the palette, and when wallpaper makes the design cut the visual impact is magnified through distinct colors, patterns and textures.

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Heather Chadduck Interiors and Textiles – Photography by Alison Gootee

I’ll let Martha Stewart and Company explain How to Hang Wallpaper (click on the link for instructions), and I’ll cover the differences between traditional and removable aka peel and stick options.

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Application options grant homeowners and renters alike decorating freedom.

Traditional wallpaper wins out in the following categories:

Overall quality of the product.

Staying power.

Ease of positioning on the wall during application.

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Most traditional wallpaper comes pre-pasted. To activate the paste, the wallpaper is soaked in water.

Unpasted paper requires the application of clear wallcovering adhesive to the back of the product.

Removal of traditional wallpaper is not a quick process when compared to the rather easy removal process of peel and stick paper.  From personal experience I learned using a wallpaper steamer to remove traditional wallpaper is the way to go.

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Removable wallpaper is peel and stick apply today, easy removal tomorrow.

Renters sing the praises of peel and stick. DIY friendly in many cases, it lives up to its peel and stick label with no pasting or soaking required, but application does require patience and precision.

Correcting placement once applied proves a bit of an issue with the need to remove the panel and begin again almost a guarantee.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photographed by Erica George Dines

Peel and stick pattern options rival those of traditional papers.

More times than not you can easily locate a peel and stick version of a traditional pattern.

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Mama Places In The Home and I were having a conversation the other evening about first one thing than two when the focus of our chat turned toward why we favor the design styles we do.

Traditional with a fresh perspective pretty much best describes my preferred design style.

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Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

Factors to consider when deciding on a pattern, texture, and type basically involves personal style preferences and what space the paper will be used in.

Of course scale, flow, and balance in regards to the neighboring rooms must be taken into consideration when selecting patterns.

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Lauren DeLoach Interiors – Photography by Emily Followill

Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary, however, pattern power clashing gets awfully busy with the eye, and runs the risk of overpowering the intended design statement.

Visual flow works to deliver a harmonious result.

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Ottoman Fantasy

Trends and pattern popularity may ebb and flow, but at its core wallpaper stands as a timeless design element.

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Norwall Floral Laurel

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper - Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper – Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Speaking of trends, my eye and my heart welcomes the return to pretty.

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Anna Louise Wolfe, Ltd.

We’re seeing it in the still going strong grandmillennial style, the gaining steam coastal grandmama, and the cozy with a twist cottagecore.

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One Kings Lane – Becky Boyle Interiors

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Where classic coastal hues of blues and greens merge with Nancy Meyer influenced neutrals is where you find the grandmother coastal aesthetic.

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Cyclical perhaps, but cozy chic depicted through colors, textures, and patterns of days gone by welcomes cottagecore style home.

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Laura Ashley Aveline Rose Wallpaper

New spins on classic favorites isn’t exactly a new concept in the design and decorating world.

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House & Home

There will always be room at the design and decorating table for this perennial design style.

Lenox Hil ScenicToileTrees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

Lenox Hil Scenic/Toile/Trees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

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Etched Arcadia Mural

What a modern adaptation has the ability to do is suit today’s personal decorating preferences while acquainting the eye with a fresh take that immensely enhances the core design style.

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Magnolia Canopy by de Gournay – Photography by Rebecca Reid

Gorgeous!

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Barringtons Grisaille by Susan Harter Muralpapers

“Use wallpaper in unexpected places:
on the ceiling in a paneled room,
in closets, hallways, and small foyers.
A great pattern or texture in small spaces
can be a prodigious twist!”

—Lindsey Coral Harper

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 Creative Tonic

Greek Key Foil Gunmetal Wallpaper

Greek Key Metallic Shine Foil Vinyl Wallpaper

Modern take.

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

The once a flipper, always a flipper side of my brain together with my decorating eye spies the divine flooring and thinks flip that beauty from floor to ceiling with this choice.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Wallpaper

Dynamic decorating duo.

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Taftan Oasis Tribal Geometric Area Rug

Color, texture, and patio patterns set a spring into summer scene into motion.

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Anthony Cochran Design

Iconic pairing of color and pattern, the instantly recognizable banana leaf design Martinique wallpaper designs and decorates the equally famous Beverly Hills Hotel.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

You had me at pink and green.

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Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Giving a modern twist to the traditional keeps the look fresh and the style on trend and in demand.

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Steve Cordony/Stylist

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

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Mardan Light Green Banana Leaf Wallpaper

Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or décor element in a “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

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Flower Magazine- Interior design by James Farmer – Photography by Jeff Herr

Put pattern to play with whimsical choices.

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Lucy and Company

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Library Bookshelf Wallpaper

As noted in my Lemon Influenced Home Décor post, nursery through to kids room design and décor has made great strides in the big style for little ones game.

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Forêt noire designed by Nathalie Lété Heidi Caillier Design

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Fae Sage Woodland Paper Wallpaper

Wallpaper adds interest, a punch of personality, and the all important and essential pop of color.

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Garden & Gun – Photography by Morgan & Owens

On first thought I love the idea of wallpaper as a focal point for a statement wall as represented in the New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer

Of special interest to my gotta have it list, I need those beds.

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

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House & Garden – Photography by Paul Massey

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Alice In Wonderland

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Lemon Option #1

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Citrus Grove Fruit and Leaves Removable Peel & Stick Texture Wallpaper

Lemon Option #2

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Lemon Twist

If we’re talking traditional wallpapers, the conversation turns to texture and grasscloth wallpapers.

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 Summer Thornton Design

When farmhouse/modern farmhouse design style flooded the screens and scrolls of the design and decorating loyal, textured and the look of textured found a resurgence in popularity.

Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper

Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper 

Many associate textured wallpaper with commercial installs, and though it is true you will find it a decorating darling of commercial spaces for the sake of durability in both style and quality of product, textured wallpaper conforms to residential use in spectacular fashion.

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Grasscloth wallpaper hangs around the scene for one stylish and obvious reason-its natural texture and durable function keep the spotlight on it.

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

I’ve installed, suggested, and used grasscloth many times over the years in properties we flipped, commercial and residential design jobs, and in our personal homes to rave reviews.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Light Grey
York Quarter Sawn Wood Brown
Ozone Taupe Texture
Scalamandre Shantung Grasscloth Lapis
Manhattan Comfort Elmhurst Vinyl Grey Horizontal Faux Grasscloth
Seabrook NA205  Java Grass 

Scalamandre Zebras - Zanzibar Wallpaper

Massucco Warner Miller

Instantly recognizable iconic patterns identify the hallmarks of classic brands and enduring trend leaders.

Safari Brown Zebra Safari Self Adhesive Wallpaper

Stand-alone style standouts, if you will.

Scalamandre Zebra Safari Wallpaper

Scalamandré Zebras

Scalamandré Zebras in the self adhesive/ peel-and-stick option or the traditional cut and paste application option.

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 Maddie Hughes Design

The investment in an iconic pattern is for the life of the space.

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Veranda

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Instant focal point wow factor comes to the back of cupboards and bookcases.

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Liz Caan Interiors

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

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 Erin Gates Design

Amplify the beauty of an antique piece by lining the drawers in a fabulous designer pattern.

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Veranda – Photography by Alison Gootee

Pastel colors, blue and white texture combinations, and timeless toile patterns naturally bring spring to mind.

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Brooke Crew Interiors

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Hey gang, here’s a DIY project tutorial for bringing a curated look to an IKEA room divider.

Click on the link below for the details.

IKEA Room Divider DIY Project

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Classic patterns coupled with durable function make wallpaper a quality  choice of product that remains a timeless design and home décor choice.

Wow and Woof Factor: National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!

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Traditional Home -Better Homes & Gardens

For dog lovers every day is National Dog Day, and in these present trying days the unconditional love given to us by our beloved four-legged dog friends provides comfort and hope.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.”

—Gilda Radner 

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I, like many other dog lovers, love the idea of a special day designed to celebrate dogs “decorating” designer rooms with the wow and the woof factor for National Dog Day.

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Country Living

Dog owners know all too well the comforts of home include a wag of the tail and a welcoming bark- the language of I’m so glad you’re home.

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2015 Charlottesville Idea House

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Ideal Home

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Must love dogs interior designer approved.

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Kelly Wearstler – Photo by Melanie Acevedo

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Elsie Larson’s Bold And Colorful Nashville Home

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House Beautiful

The dog days of summer refer to the hottest days of the season, but the dog days of interior design and decorating refer to the hottest four-legged accessories for the look of the season.

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Carole Akins Furry Friends Dessert Plate

Carole Akins Furry Friends Dessert Plate

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Our collections usually provide a window into the world of our memories- the souvenirs of precious times and proven joys.

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I know I enjoy a great must love dogs collection!

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Staffordshire Spaniels @ Christie’s Interiors (Photography by Carol Dronsfield)

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Fido is ready to take his place on the family gallery wall.

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Elle Decor

After all, our pets are part of the family.

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Better Homes and Gardens

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Designer Travis London – Architectural Digest

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Logie Poodle Ceramic Statue Planter

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Sun Sohovich Fine Art

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Houser Dog Wall Hook

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Country Living

The Fido Files

Friend.

Companion.

Sous Chef.

Stylist.

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Style Me Pretty

Home security system.

Therapist.

Confidant.

Constant source of entertainment.

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Design Sponge

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves
you more than he loves himself.

—Josh Billings

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Domino

“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.”

 —Roger Caras

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Architectural Digest

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“The dog is the perfect portrait subject.
He doesn’t pose.  He isn’t aware of the camera.”

– Patrick Demarchelier

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Go for a walk with.

Throw a bone to.

Design and decorate your life around.

Consider adopting a rescue dog today on this National Dog Day.

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Red, White And Blue Accents

Red, white and blue accents inspired by stellar color choices, engaging stripes, and timeless patterns star in this showcase featuring the bold and bright patriotic inspired palette- the original grand pop of color.

Cheng Toile from Dynasty Collection

Cheng Toile from Thibaut Dynasty Collection

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Architectural Digest -Photo by Ryan Kurtz

What better way to create a remarkable space than with unique interior design and decorating giving center stage to red, white and blue accents.

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Hillary W. Taylor Interiors – Brunschwig & Fils

Red, white and blue paint colors in deep, rich, vibrant, and dramatic tones and shades promote a full-on color blast, burst, and boom of visual fireworks.

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There’s nothing kiddie about the look created in these kids’ rooms.

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New England Home Magazine – Photography by Michael Partenio

Exceptionally impressive best describes this antique bed with upholstered headboard and grandly ornate swan footboard.

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Mallory Mathison Design

Pattern at play.

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New England Home Magazine – Photography by Michael Partenio

Bold and beautiful describes the dramatic impact achieved in the 1842 Vermont farmhouse kitchen of Wendy Valliere of Wendy Valliere Interiors.

Red, white and blue beautiful.

red velvet pancakesRed Velvet Pancakes from Eclectic Recipes

Enticing the eye is mixture accomplished by Eclectic Recipes and this red, white and blue stack of red velvet pancakes topped with coconut syrup and fresh blueberries.

Click on the link below the photo for the recipe.

19th Century French Iron Pastry Table

19th Century French Iron Pastry Table- 1stDibs

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Red, white and blue accents bring chic to both the nautical or coastal tablescape.

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Royal complements navy blue, simply white enhances china white.

 

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Benjamin Moore

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Elle Decor

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 Cameron Ruppert Interiors

Befitting a palette choice with a patriotic theme pop of color, red, white and blue accents lend bold drama and traditional form to a space.

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Softening the Style: Rustic Industrial Style

A distinct modification to the hard edge of industrial style is afoot- a reinterpretation best described as rustic industrial style.

Change is constant, and the world of design and decor is not exempt from changes or adaptions.

Rustic is often assigned to several different design styles, casting a broad net over the design application.

Industrial style is not a personal favorite, however, the present softening of hard edges in favor of tipping the scales ever so slightly towards a new traditional modern farmhouse look has the decorative oomph to win me over.

Back in the early 1980s, Dave the Builder became enamored with the modern meets contemporary design style that was all the rage.

Glass.

Chrome.

Metal color palette.

Dave the Builder was intrigued, and I was perplexed.

We met in the middle of are you kidding me and we’ll give it whirl.

We remodeled the living room/dining room combination to suit the style, and when completed we ended up with a space that was stark, cold, and characterless.

I absolutely hated the look.

Thank the design and decor gods Dave hated it to.

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Balance plays a pivotal role in the completed look of any space.

The impact of a primary design style is often enhanced by a supporting decorating style.

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Michael Dawkins Home

Now, I know I haven’t discovered something new, nor am I introducing an on trend design and decor phenomenon.

What I am drawing attention to is how design styles and decor tastes can, and do, evolve.

We embrace the base style elements, adding to and subtracting from in order to perfect and keep visual relevancy.

Rustic industrial style blurs the hard lines by emphasizing soft edges.

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Like a uncorked bottle of wine, I liken the evolution of rustic industrial style to allowing a bottle of wine time to breathe.

More expressive and fully matured.

Terri Ricci Interiors

Terri Ricci Interiors

A little background for clarity:

The concept of industrial style decor gleans influence from the modern warehouse-loft-factory elements of design.

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Southern Living Magazine

With rustic origins relating to vintage wares, industrial style typifies a commercial appeal through the incorporation of wood and metal into the interior design and decor.

Rustic Industrial Style

 Lori Smyth Design

The phrase pop of color is rooted in the lexicon of interior design and interior decorating, however, not all color palettes necessarily reflect the broad brush stroke of what we commonly consider color.

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Natural in color, texture, pattern and appeal, neutral colors dominate the rustic industrial style palette.

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Urban Archaeology

Where the classic color combination of black and white qualifies as the height of color perfection in some instances, a neutral color palette is a bold color choice in others.

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Mark Cunningham Inc.

Add in a mix of metals and the industrial style decor color palette is born.

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Industrial to Farm Dining Table

This zinc plated metal and cedar base farm dining table by SDS Designs captures two hot on trend looks- modern farmhouse and industrial style decor.

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Farm Dining Table by SDS Designs

You’ll notice more and more how the lines between these particular design and decor styles give life to rustic industrial style.

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Lilian Dining Chair

Lilian Dining Chair- Set of 4

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WB Builders

Carbon Loft Tilton 24-in Rustic Gunmetal Bar Stool

Carbon Loft Tilton 24-in Rustic Gunmetal Bar Stool

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Napa Valley Farmhouse-den-Carreiro Builders

Carreiro Builders

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 Anthony Wilder

Sleek pendants and statement chandeliers visually qualify as a design tour de force.

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Sadie Pendant  ||  1-light Oxidized Nickel Pendant  ||  Bartlett Small Pendant in French White  ||  Isabel 1-Light Pendant in Colonial Blue Finish 
Modern Haning Lighting Fixture Golden Ceilling Light  ||  1-light Oxidized Brass Pendant  ||  Uttermost Pontoise 1-light Distressed Ivory Metal Mini Pendant  ||  Quoizel Amherst Mottled Cocoa 3-light Pendant

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Wesley-Wayne Interiors

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 Von Fitz Design

vidaXL Coffee Table Black 25.6"x25.6"x11.8" Solid Mango Wood

vidaXL Coffee Table Black Solid Mango Wood

Pulling home decor accents and accessories from other design styles avoids, or at least greatly diminishes, the risk of the space becoming locked into the hard line look of a particular decorating style.

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Uttermost Yerevan Wood Leg Lamp

Uttermost Yerevan Wood Leg Lamp

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Uttermost Lev Gold Metal Wall Decor

Uttermost Lev Gold Metal Wall Decor

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TOLA Architecture

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Bremerton 4L Bronze Wood Cage Linear Chandelier Island Pendant Light

Mercana Leighton I 15 x 20 Gold Toned Metal Spherical Pendant Light

Industrial Hanging Wired Pendant Light 

Carbon Loft Enstad 12-inch Fired Bronze Bowl 1-light Pendant

Carbon Loft Hoesl 14.5-inch Metal Sphere 1-light Pendant

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Architectural Digest

My personal choice for an in the style for replicating the very stylish storage solution option in the above image.

Ventana Glass Display Cabinet

Ventana Glass Display Cabinet

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The Working Kitchen

Cypress Industrial Adjustable Metal Barstool in Silver Brushed Gray with Brown Wood Seat

Cypress Industrial Adjustable Metal Barstool 

It’s quite surprising how the mixing of antiques or in the style of antiques pieces with today’s modern styles works a room to its visual advantage.

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

Art Leon Counter Height Metal Barstools with Eiffel Legs(Set of 2)

Art Leon Counter Height Metal Barstools with Eiffel Legs(Set of 2)

Staying true to one particular decor style proves a comfort zone of sorts, while the constant discovery of what accents and accessories best fit your decorative style portfolio results in a satisfying experience.

When the winds of design and decor change and blow inspiration your way, step out of the box and try a new decor style.

The result may beautifully surprise you.

Word of the Year

Inspiration is a motivational powerhouse, and the driver behind selecting a word of the year.

After a blowout Christmas holiday of eat, drink, spend, and give merriment, let’s just say we’re doing the tighten up dance around here with a little Archie Bell and the Drells thrown in for fun.

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I’m embracing the new year with a clear 2020 vision for recognizing the areas of my life that could greatly benefit from a bit of improvement.

Resolutions tend to run their course about mid-February, so I go with a plan of action that I can easily meet and master.

Giving as much attention to cleaning up my mouth as I do cleaning up the house on a Monday morning is first up on the new and improved list.

Next up is working on being the kind of person to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers that you would want to go on a vacation with- the true litmus test of a person’s character, patience, and joy of life.

Diet?

The word itself has a negative connotation to it, so, no.

Awareness of smart and sensible eating, food choices, and portion control is a more realistic goal.

This brings me to my word of the year share.

Choosing one word to guide, ground, and direct you over the next 365 days is the optimum daily, weekly, and monthly planner.

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Bliss Collections Weekly Planner

My word of the year is not the typical word one would associate with motivation, inspiration, and the like, however, it turns out it’s a word with a purposeful meaning.

tight

adjective

\ ˈtīt \

: fitting very close to the body
: marked by unusual tension (as in the face or body)
: difficult to cope with
: relatively difficult to obtain
// money is tight just now

Several years ago after a traumatic financial turn of events in our normal (what the hell is normal?) self employed-go to work to pay bills and put food on the table-keep the lights on-doing all this to make a better life for our family part of life, we were left broke, broken, worried, scared to death, and frazzled to the core.

The how will we survive losing two businesses (one the bread & butter operation and the other the hobby turned luxury business) questions seemed to have no answers.

This was 2008 folks, and the residual angst remains with me to this day.  The economic downturn gripping the nation was beating the crap out of us, but I’ve never been one to find comfort in the it’s happening to some degree to everyone way of looking at things.

Sitting alone in the office staring down at numbers, balances, and bills, the word tight popped into my head.

Money was tight and getting tighter by the day.

I was feeding my feelings, so my clothes were tight.

Fear set in quickly, taking me from happy go lucky motormouth to dejected mute resulting in my throat growing closed and tight.

Tight certainly summed up the situation.

I picked up a pen and wrote the word tight vertically on a piece of scratch paper.

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As I sat and stared at the word standing out among figures and fear, what came to me was a Mary Tyler Moore (you’re gonna make it after all) moment of clarity, courage, and comfort.

I picked up the pen and put the pieces of what seemed an unsolvable puzzle together.

This
Is
God
Handling
Things

HE did, and he does every single day.

The takeaway boils down to this:

I knew, and continue to know, the importance of listening to that little voice inside you.  More times than not it’s the true voice of reason.

Give yourself permission to take time for an alone moment to gather yourself and clear the noise life has a way of amplifying at times.

From designing, decorating and all the life changing decisions in-between, silence is golden, essential, and a hot commodity in the decision making process.

Not all closed doors open up again the way we think they should or want them to, but swing out in a whole new direction that over time and in HIS time pave the way to peace, promotion, provision, and understanding.

With 2020 vision, I realize how my personal relationship with God in prayer, word, love, work, thought, pen, and paper guides me through the good, the bad, the old, the new, the beautiful, the stylish, and the tight.

The creative process includes designing ourselves to be the very best we can be.

Grab 2020 by the new year with a word of the year that will make each day, week, and month the year of the very best you.

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Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

Now that the holiday season is in the rear view mirror, the decorations are down and packed away, and I finally know what day of the week it is, it’s time to look ahead to interior design decorating trends 2019.

Interior design decorating trends 2019 opinions, predictions, and prognostications differ from one designer-expert-decorator to the next.

Where one asserts a certain interior design trend will be huge in 2019, another deems the trend over and done with.

As for my personal formula of predicting interior design decorating trends 2019, I study various predictions, do a quick retrospect of the previous year’s hit and misses, factor in personal taste, and suggest accordingly.

Interior Design Decorating Trends 2019

In the Kitchen

Butcher block countertops.

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Design Sponge

Pecky cypress finishes.

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DecorPad

Out with the square footage hog better known as the kitchen island.  Floor space is the hottest commodity in the kitchen workspace, and the kitchen island can take up quite a lot of it.

Personally, I like the proven functionality of the kitchen island, but have been known to curse its cumbersome existence at times.

In with the on wheels movable stations or serving pieces.

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite

Custom and period style hardware.

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Westward Foundry

I’m just the messenger here, but according to more than one and less than ten interior design and home decor online magazines, the popularity of the rustic farmhouse look is waning in favor of a more elegant aesthetic. 

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Portuondo Perotti Architects

Black is timeless, elegant, and on trend in kitchen style for 2019.

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Rich greens and deep blues will strike a color trend chord, creating a space that is intimate, cozy, and inviting.

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deVol

Open shelving is the trend that keeps on giving a stylish and curated look.

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Elle Decor

Antiques

The trend towards antique pieces excites me to no end.  Antiques promote a balanced contrast which in turn makes a visually compelling statement.

The mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh and relevant result.

antiques-modern-mix-dining-roomSouthern Home Magazine

Unique, one-of-a-kind, and custom pieces will be on the trend radar for 2019.

Focal point pieces or accents add such character to a space.  Introducing one unique, one-of-a-kind, and/or custom piece will accomplish this.

Acrylic Furniture

Acrylic continues to be a clear choice for use as a foundation piece as well as a contemporary complement to antiques.

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Houzz

 

Savannah Acrylic Coffee Table

Savannah Coffee Table

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

In These Modern Times

American modern, mid-century modern, and Art Deco will fabulously fit in with the movement toward elegance.

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Steven Gambrel – Elle Decor

Let me to reiterate: the mixing of the old with the new ensures a classic, current, fresh, custom, and relevant result.

modern-antiques-accentsMr Brown London

Bold Walls

Pinterest numbers are in, and they show Pinterest searches for ‘mustard yellow’ were up 45 percent from last year.

Two other searches of pinteresting mention find searches for ‘geometric paint’ up 225 percent, and searches for ‘tropical leaf wallpaper’ up by a whopping 401 percent.

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I do believe an interior design decorating trend is afoot.

Color. Texture. Pattern.

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Pink is coming in on trend as well as the jewel tones that complement.

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Architectural Digest

Adding texture to the walls, floors, countertops, cabinetry, spaces and places in the home is on the mind and the searches of Pinterest users.

Searches for ‘textile art’ climbed by 1,178 percent.

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Marcus Mohon Interiors

Visual texture takes the decorating lead with woven fabrics and textured wallpapers at pattern play.

textured wallpapers Inside Wallpaper

Warm colors.

Holiday House

One Kings Lane

Metals continue to create a buzz.

Vintage tin, pewter and gunmetal accents top the searches across social sites.

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Houzz

Comfort in Style

The one commonality found in every article-feature-post consulted emphasize designing and decorating with comfort and mind.

Warm and cozy is the common denominator of the interior design decorating trends 2019 consulted.

A beautifully-designed bed, soft rug, comfortable sofa and chair aka the creature comforts of home, will be in high trend demand.

Who else believes the above more a necessity than trend?

Years ago, I coined the term “too furniture store” to drive my point home with Dave the Builder that contrary to popularity, decade or trend, a contrived design, one devoid of the essential design element we know as comfort, zaps the life, individual style, and oomph right out of a space.

The beginning of a new year is exciting, and the interior design decorating trends 2019 show great and stylish potential.

I look forward to seeing what interior design decorating trends 2019 thrive and what trends fade.

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How Do You Set the Scene to Welcome Personal Style Home

Gearing up to add a touch of fall to house and home, the creative process requires giving thought to the elements of design and decorating that will best welcome personal style home.

Elizabeth Drake

Elizabeth Drake

I look at each individual space in terms of framing a scene à la Hollywood set designer or director.

With a discerning eye, I evaluate what makes the cut.

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Many of us derive our personal design and decorating choices from affecting colors, textures, patterns, scents, sounds, and ingredients we’ve impressively seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted.

If something leaves a lasting impression on you, one strong enough to influence your design and decorating choices, by all means bring it home!

The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more chic than the home that beautifully demonstrates this.

Regardless of season or occasion, design and decorate with a sense of you in order to distinctly welcome personal style home.

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Enlist the senses to aid in a frank assessment of what is working for you in the space and what is not.

Picture a tree and its branches.

The tree trunk represents your signature design style preference- the all things house that make a home foundation.

Branch from the “trunk” with transitional pieces.

Select a reference point for color, pattern, and/or texture and “branch” out from there.

 

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If the date stamp on certain pieces has expired, purge these items from your decorating portfolio.

I catch myself attempting to justify keeping pieces long past their decorative prime because somewhere in time it appealed to me, and perhaps it may again strike my fancy.

No, Hattie Hoarder, it won’t.

Say goodbye to the stale, the outdated, and the expired in lieu of something or nothing (less is more sometimes) better suited in its place to welcome personal style home.

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Our interior design, decorating, and home decor choices reflect our core design style preferences.

It’s these thoughtful and personal choices that resoundingly welcome personal style home.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.




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House & Garden

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

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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.

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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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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.

macgyverDave 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.  

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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.

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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.

Love your style!