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!
Home Tour: Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires Oasis
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Alejandro Sticotti is a devoted modernist who is addicted to the “natural materials, clean spaces, less is more” approach in both his furniture and building designs. After living an accomplished life with his wife, Hernaez, the couple bought a 5,400-square-foot garden outside one of the houses they were considering. After landing the sale, they set out to fulfill a lifelong dream--designing their own dream home from scratch! Slowly, after much thought, the concept of their house came together; they were building a home floating in a garden, which was not an easy task.
“I try to use simple, honest materials. I don’t like paint or plaster; I prefer to leave things as they come, and show how things are made.”
The construction uses primarly recycled materials from the local region. This helps support the local economy and keeps sourcing costs low. Inside the home there are floors of recycled pine, walls paneled in full sheets of recycled plywood, and slats salvaged from an old house in La Boca. Sticotti provided a majority of the home's decorative flourishes including a scattering of design icons—wire Bertoia chairs and a pair of cowhide-covered butterfly chairs, invented in 1939 by three Buenos Aires designers—which are a plethora of classic products.
“Reflecting that economic and architectural climate, as well as Sticotti’s own aesthetic leanings, the finished house is very much “of Argentina,” as he says. “People always say that Buenos Aires is like a European city [because of the baroque architecture and Italian heritage], but at the same time, we have our own culture, our own materials. This house is all B.A. In a way, I was trying to find something that represents us—and what we’ve got here is leather and wood and concrete.”
This building style has set a new design direction for South America as they inspire themselves as well as the rest of the world with their efficiency, use of recycled materials, and space saving innovation, all representing the newest modern design language.
Check out the original article on Dwell as well as our Pinterest which has our favorite design articles!
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,
Home Tour: "Latin America's Best Modern Homes"
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Home of Ecuador based designers blending architecture into nature. Photo by .
Renovated home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A tiles with active patterns. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Green house near coast of El Salvador captures nature at its finest. Photo by Jason Bax.
Home of photographer Reinaldo above virtually without any walls. Photo by .
Casa Deck by architect Isay Weinfeld is the perfect escape from the busy city. Photo by Matthew Williams.
Home of furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti in Buenos Aires. Photo by
In the home above, you may notice the classic BKF chair which is one of our most popular items at Diseño. They're comfortable and give a modern yet vintage vibe once you know the history behind them. See our collection of BKF chairs here with the choice of leather or hide cover seatings!
Cheers, Frank Campanale
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.
Trends We Love: Tumbling Block Patterns
Saturday, October 18, 2014
"The classic trompe l'oeil cube motif—most commonly associated with flooring, playing cards, throws, pillows, and wallpaper—nearly every type of home decor accent has been done in this geometric pattern."
Check out these new geometric arrivals at Diseno:
Pedal-loomed wool carpets imported from Guatemala - Carefully handmade with an unbelievable blend of wool and cotton incorporating traditional weaving techniques with modern design. We help support a better tomorrow for Guatemala by employing over 500 artisans in equal opportunity employment and creating trade opportunities.
Rombos or Doppio Pattern Cowhide Rug imported from Argentina - This geometric pattern brings out the natural texture and variation of color in the hide. Comes available in all natural colors as well as dyed colors, custom sizes available.
Guayruro Chaguar Pillow imported from Argentina - Made with native chaguar seeds & fibers known for their resistances in the rainforest, these beautiful pillows bring character to any environment. Each pillow is hand-woven with love, selecting only the best fibers.