Before we get started, how would you describe yourself?
- “Ready to roll up my sleeves and plan my entire bedroom makeover!”
- Or, “AAAAAAAAAA!!! This room is driving me crazy! I’m not sure how to begin! Help!”
- Or…are you somewhere in between?
Earlier this year we worked with Jennifer Hallock, a native New-Englander, on some exclusive artwork for sale in our stores. Here, she shares a peek behind her inspiration.
What is your inspiration?
“Color and form is typically the inspiration behind all of my work, whether abstract or not. Color has the power to really move and inspire all of us, but for me, I also use it to express myself. Creating art is often a process of letting go and “releasing” something intangible.”
What do you focus on?
“Most of my work utilizes bright or cheerful colors because that’s the mood I’m reflecting at the time. I tend to focus on cloudscapes because they involve a sense of movement and freedom in form which gives way to lots of space for interpretation. Mixing the colors, moving the brush across the canvas, it’s almost a form of meditation for me.”
What’s your favorite part about the process?
“There’s no right or wrong, good or bad; it’s just about the process. And a lovely bonus when the finished product is a reflection of the beauty of that process!”
You’ve just purchased the perfect piece of art. When you get back home, however, you find yourself staring blankly at the wall. You may be wondering:
Well, yes, you can. But the good news is there are some hard and fast rules that will make your room more visually pleasing to the eye (even if they seem subtle.)
First, how high to hang the artwork?
Maybe you’ve heard that artwork should be hung at eye-level. But you’re a petite 5’1” and your husband towers over you at 6’2”. Whose eye-level are we talking about here?
The general rule of thumb is that the center of the piece should be about 60” off the ground.
Notice we said “center” of the piece, i.e., not the top of the frame!
Should that 60″ rule change depending on where the artwork will be hanging in the room?
So glad you asked, because the answer is yes. But, not much!
When hanging artwork over a sofa, you’ll want it to be centered above the sofa and between 6-12” above the back.
Additional tip: it’s good to have someone sitting on the other side of the room to help guide the exact placement.
What if you have multiple pieces of the same collection of art?
Make a statement by lining them up and placing them 2”-5” away from each other for a clean, cohesive look.
Still unsure if you’re hanging the piece too high or too low?
Another fun way to display your artwork is simply to lean it against the wall. This is a deliberate, but simply casual look that also allows you to layer the piece with multiple frames or accessories.
In need of more pieces to hang on your wall? We offer an eclectic and growing collection of artwork, so hop on over to our site to browse!
We’re having so much fun this summer with all of our new nautical themed accessories!
You’ll notice a bit of an “anchor” theme throughout…like when the iconic navy symbol adds coastal flair to hooked pillows, or serves as a bold statement on a throw for your living room or bedroom.
Distressed and classic, this wall clock would look great in a kitchen, den, or even the kids’ room.
Talk about a statement: this Anchor Chandelier will be sure to turn heads!
Boston blogger Kate from DomestikatedLife brought the theme into her kitchen with our fun mugs and stoneware.
And lastly, did you know you can upholster your favorite sofa or chair with this fantastic indigo anchor fabric, for the ultimate nautical look? The look goes beyond pillow accents.
For more, check out our site for an even bigger splash of coastal-themed décor!
Tiny city apartment? Big house with a small room you just don’t know what to do with?
Make the most of your space by using some of these clever space-saving ideas.
Need a place to sit?
Many sofas are available in loveseats, settee size or mini versions. Don’t rule out a sectional either—there are some great configuration options available in small scale sizes.
And if you’re expecting an overnight guest, consider our Nantucket Twin sleeper – cozy for everyday reading or watching your favorite show, it pops open to a sleeper for your out of town visitor too! Also check out the upgraded mattress options for top-notch comfort.
Has dinner for two turned into dinner for six?
Our Hyannis Flip Top Table can be used in so many ways! It can comfortably seat six for a meal, but can be folded and used as a sofa table or even a desk when the party is over! Multifunctional pieces make it easy!
Need to quickly hide all the toys or clutter?
Our hideaway ottoman is the perfect storage solution. This piece is so versatile, really! Use it for storage, as a coffee table, or even as an extra seat when you have company. And in the bedroom, whether you’re accommodating company or a growing family, the drawers in our Atlantic bed offer ample storage beneath.