How To: Display Your Art
Friday, November 7, 2014
Here are some of the most common art displaying mistakes that can be avoided from an article we saw on Apartment Therapy. We've summarized, added some thoughts, and a few images from our clients' homes.
The basic mistakes and how to avoid them:
Art hanging too high. The most common art display mistake and the easiest to fix. Bring it down; artwork should be around or below eye level, letting everybody enjoy the stunning view.
Matching, matching, matching. Art isn’t about matching, it’s about being creative, free, and individual. Don’t be boring, mix up the room with colors! Show us what you love.
And think it through! We love a well done gallery wall. Here's a great technique to finding the right arrangement for your space. First, lay out the collage on the floor across a span the same size as the wall space. Then, rearrange and reorder until you find the right design. From there you can make small adjustments and hang them up!
All about variety. Art is supposed to be fun. It brings out imagination and enlightens the mind. Have it be personal and more than just framed paintings. Use tapestries, canvases, quilts, old tools, sculptures, and other collectibles. Spice it up; nobody wants to live in a museum after all.
Leave us some space. Negative space is necessary... you need it! We think of it as a balance. Space allows rest for your eyes.
Connecting the art to the rest of the décor. Don’t be shy. The art in your home should be connected to the rest of the space, creating a more sophisticated style while also adding a layering technique. It's a form of texture, which is a benefit to any space.
Hanging properly. Tired of correcting crooked picture frames every time you come home? Well we’re tired of looking at your crooked art, just put some thought in the layout, and hang it up with two nails! Seriously. There are lots of fantastic hanging systems available online, as well as a great variety of options at your local home improvement store. Shop around for what works for you.
Being bound by the walls. Art is more than a painting that can be placed on a wall; it can be anything that expresses humanism. Keep it loose and creative. Don't worry about rules. Leaning artwork against the wall can be a great way to get the feel of something new, just having it visible to you and others in the space. Things can always be rotated and moved with ease. If you’re feeling extra creative, just place some art on shelves or on other furniture. The possibilities are endless so have fun with it and have it reflect a little of who you are!
How To: Throw A Dinner Party
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
For the event, the menu was simple with farm-to-table ingredients including fingerling potatoes, butternut squash, and roasted baby beets. What we loved about the article besides the delicious sounding menu was the way in which the table and room décor was set up by Kitchen Table owner Grace Park and marketing director/florist Judy Kim. Park explains, “Engaging your guests' sense of smell helps to enhance the food and adds a bit of design umami to the dinner party experience.” To do this, Park used fresh cut flowers in vintage glass bottles and the herbs used in the food to place around the table creating a sensual dining experience for every guest.
Park also offered her Top Five Tips to hosting a great dinner party and one that stood out the most to us was number three, which was "Invest in Props." She says, "Linens and a few small glass vases can dress up even a folding table, and everything looks better in candlelight." We definitely agree and thought that some of our own items might be a great addition such as our horn and silver candlesticks, vintage seltzer bottles, alpaca silver and horn serving tray, and our ceramic centerpiece bowl.
Check out the rest of Park's list here and be sure to check out those items above on our website by clicking on each picture!
Cheers and happy dining,
How To: Wash a Pillow by Hand or Washing Machine
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Can you remember the last time you washed your pillow?
Check the care label to confirm that your pillow can be machine washed. Use mild liquid detergent rather than a powder to avoid residue. Keep the machine balanced and run them through the rinse cycle twice to rinse them fully.
This will help keep them fresh, clean, and free of dust mites.
Here at Diseño, we have plenty of fur or hide pillows that are quite easy to clean as well.
For these kinds of pillow, we reccommend not getting them too wet due to the oil in the hair being a natural resistor. A little mild soap like dish washing soap or shampoo will take care of most stains. If not, we suggest taking it to a porffesional leather or fur cleaner.
Read more here!
Cheers and stay clean,
How To: Mix Styles with Confidence
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Unless you are starting from scratch and can afford to buy every last thing for your home at one time, it's completely normal for your aesthetic to develop. This developing aesthetic may still include inherited items, hand-me-downs, "ok for now" pieces, and ones you simply change your mind on.
“Do you do much mixing at home, with the style, age or materials of your furniture? What are your best tips for an eclectic interior that feels effortless?”
The confident mixing of different color, texture, warmth, and style is a skill, so how do you go about acquiring it?
Check out the article here.