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Christopher Guy’s website states, “a room is about a dialogue that creates an ambience out of individual elements” and in his designs he tries to promote a “conversation between traditional and contemporary.” He espouses that, “the finest and most enduring designs tend to be simple in their execution.” Truly, each piece finds a harmony between high art and simplicity – with a balance of composition in mind for each and every detail. In his collection you will find a piece that you will be able to pass down to your children and grandchildren. Don’t be mindful of the prices listed on their website – we can get you a great (a.k.a. SIZEABLE) discount. While you are wandering through the pages, be sure to check out the artist impressions of the pieces which will display size and scale within the room.
This homeowner downsized from 2 kitchens to 1 making space a premium in this seemingly enormous kitchen. When a home buyer enters an upscale kitchen such as this, it looks like it has all the storage space in the world. After working with Squared Away all week, I knew it was going to be a larger undertaking…
Knowing our homeowner isn’t Yao Ming, decisions had to be made. Evaluating every item for its’ significance and usefulness in the kitchen, the entire Creative Touch team and one VERY talented organizer got to work putting every item in its place. See the transformation for 2 homeowner foodie-types who are about to walk into kitchen paradise.
It’s spring in Texas and that means it’s time to grab your Kodak and head for the bluebonnet covered hills to make some treasured family memories! In fact, many of my clients already have wonderful photographs of their children, family members, and ancestors that have been tucked away in boxes and hidden from view. As a designer, a Mom, and a past teacher, I am a strong advocate for displaying the family history and memories in a wall grouping at the appropriate location and in the appropriate frames.
- Personal photos displayed in your home tell the story of who lives there and creates a warm and welcoming surrounding for you and your visitors.
- Children or other family members gain a sense of “belonging” which gives a feeling of stability by seeing themselves as part of an intimate family.
Some clients attempt to display their treasures but miss the boat by using unmatched frames from discount stores and wonder why it feels “messy and busy.” I’ve outlined some simple design guidelines below to help you create a beautiful and cohesive look for a successful outcome.
- Consider the image. Casual photographs of the family will be quite at home in an upstairs hallway, or study, or even in bedrooms.
- More formal portraits should be displayed in an entry hall, living room, or master bedroom.
- Framing is the key. If an image is not properly framed then do not display the image on a wall, instead place the photo in a nice album on the bookshelf.
- For a grouping, all the photographs should be in similar frames or matching frames. Black gallery frames are more contemporary and classic; I find they are the perfect setting for more casual photographs. Coordinating frames in pewter or brushed silver are nice for a mix of contemporary and historical photographs that have tones of sepia, black and white, and vibrant color.
- Always use neutral mattes (off white or white) in either paper or linen. Match the color of the neutral matte to the skin tone of the person in the image.
- Hire a professional art installer to install all groupings. Our process begins with measuring the wall and recreating the shape of the wall by taping off a section of flooring that is identical to the wall size. Then we will move the photos around in that area until there is a good balance and scale. Your installer can then transfer the frames to the walls with no mistakes. This can be done in half the time it would take a lay person and there are no banged up fingers either!
- Think about doing something really fun with your photos. I use Wonderful Graffiti both for the products and inspirations.
- Finally, think beyond just photos. Include a postcard from one of the family vacations, a lace hankie form Grandmother, a stone picked up on the beach, an odd antique spoon from an aunt. Large items like a baby’s christening dress can be framed in a shadow box tacked onto a pretty linen fabric. Once you get started collecting all these treasures it is hard to stop!