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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Aaron 2010 The Citadel

Here is our nephew, Aaron, at the start of school this year at The Citadel. He is now a Sophomore.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How To Hang Art On The Wall

How do you hang pictures on the wall? Here are some tips and ideas.

* Will you mainly be standing in the room (as in an entryway or hallway)? If so, it may make sense to hang artwork a bit higher than the 60-65 inch center starting point – especially if the ceiling is tall.

* In a room where you generally sit down (a dining room, family room, or office), hang pictures a bit lower, so they can be enjoyed at a lower viewing angle.

* A large framed piece over a sofa or sideboard relates more easily when hung so the bottom of the frame is positioned 6 to 12 inches above the top of the sofa back or tabletop. This won’t work, however, if your artwork is very small. In that case, consider hanging the piece in a group of other objects such as plates, mirrors, or decorative items.

* When working with a grouping of pictures or objects hung on a wall, think of the grouping as one large picture and relate the bottom of the entire grouping to the furniture underneath it.

* A small picture hung on a large wall can look out of balance. Look for narrow walls (such as the spaces between two doorways or windows) and consider hanging two or three small pictures in a vertical line. In this case, treat the center picture as the center of the grouping.

* Cut paper templates to size for each piece of art and attach the paper cutouts to the wall with painter’s tape. This will give you the option to stand back and see how the artwork’s size relates to your room and your furniture. Or, draw a sketch to plan placement. If you have a digital camera and photo manipulation software, take a photo of the area you want to hang your artwork, then using the tools in the application, add blocks of color to design your composition. Better yet, take the picture with the images that you want to use. In the software, cut each image into it's own layer and fill in the background with the color of the wall paint. Move each image around until you come up with a composition that works.

* The wall isn’t the only place where you can display art. You can simply place the picture on the floor and lean it on the wall or furniture. Try placing two art pieces of different sizes, one leaning over the other, partially covering the other one but still leaving most of the art visible.

* Large pieces or compositions work well with large furniture such as sofas or solid case pieces like a substantial chest. The designer's rule of thumb is to make sure that the artwork is about 2/3 to 3/4 the length of the furniture.

* You can mount a gallery ledge on the wall and place pictures across the entire length of it.

* Use a picture rail molding. This can be done by mounting the picture molding against the wall close to the ceiling. Support your picture with 2 ropes. Tie one end of the rope to each corner of the picture

* The mosaic hang. Either you have a "natural frame," or you could make your own by taping off a section of wall and painting it a contrasting color. Choose about three anchor pieces, the large pieces. Mostly small portraits are used to run across the top, with a larger, central secondary anchor. Strive for a mix of small, medium and large pieces. Start by aligning the outer edges and then work your way in toward the center. Also aligned are the bottom edges of the space created for the furniture. This hang stopped 16 inches above the baseboard.

* The Paris hang. This hang is biggest in the middle and gets smaller as it goes out, but it could be biggest on the outside and smallest on the inside, or the sizes could alternate, or they could be in order of size.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shoe Storage

I'm not a shoe collector but I do have a good many pairs of shoes. I have my winter set and my summer set. I use cheap clear plastic boxes to store my shoes. I have a book case that I bought at a thrift store. I put it in my closet and this is where I keep the current season's shoes. The out of season shoes are stored on my upper closet shelf. But I did a Google search and found some great ideas for storing shoes. I tried to find ideas from cheap to expensive to give everyone some ideas on storing your shoes.

I hope these give you ideas. But remember, it does no good to have shoe storage if you don't use it. When you take your shoes off, put them away. Don't just kick them off and leave them in the floor.

I have a pair of house shoes. These are comfortable shoes that I wear around the house and can wear out to the mailbox or to turn the sprinkler on. But these are NOT the shoes I wear when I go out in public. My house shoes sit on my walk in closet floor. When I come in, I go to my closet and change into my house shoes and put my shoes away. Having my shoes in shoe boxes keeps them from getting dusty.

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