Art Schmart



I used to get cold sweats just thinking about hanging a piece of art in my house. All the pressure of getting it straight and at the proper height in exactly the right spot was overwhelming! And then there was the inevitable argument that would ensue with whoever had the unlucky job of helping me with the task, AKA my husband. One inch to the left. Can you just lift that corner a bit? I told you to hang it centered, and it's definitely not in the center of the wall! After literally years of battling, I decided to do a little research. Turns out hanging art isn't really all that hard if you have the right tools and follow a few simple rules, so I've decide...

Less is More

One of the most important design principles that can be easy to forget is ‘Less is More’. This was a hard lesson for me to learn. When I started out designing, I’d get carried away with trying to fill every space with something, an accessory, an occasional chair, a plant. But what I learned pretty quickly, through photographing my spaces when I thought I was finished, was the rooms looked crowded. They actually lost the aesthetic I was trying to create. There were just too many elements competing for attention. There should only ever be ONE focal point in a room. Choose it before starting, and stick with it. Make it stand out. Don’t lessen its impact with design distr...