Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Arranging Room Accessories!
nightstand display(RDD) Arranging your accessories and creating a beautiful display of collectibles is easy when you follow these simple ideas:
1. Use Odd Number Groupings - one three or five, seven, nine... you get the idea. A great place to start is by reviewing and duplicating professionally inspired arrangements as in magazines such as Martha Stewart Living. Notice the details, the odd numbers, the sizes, shapes and colors.
2. Size Matters - There are two ways to display your collectibles. A symmetrical display means everything is the same size and color. This works best in modern, minimalist or elegant style decorating. Asymmetrical groupings work best in a more casual or contemporary situation varying sizes cause the eye to flows gracefully over each item.
3. Don't over accessorize - Enough is as good as a feast! To many items displayed can equal clutter. To get the most visual impact out of the items you want to display, choose sparingly and rotate different decorative pieces every few weeks to a month.
4. Display what you love - A fundamental element of good Feng Shui is to love what you have. Accessories are not necessarily for your guest, they are for you to enjoy. Be willing to look carefully at what you are accessorizing with. Do you love it? Then show it. If you get luke warm feelings about it either store it away or discard it.
5. Accessorize one space at a time - Take your time and think about what and where you are placing objects. Remove all accessories and start with a clean slate. Methodically place treasures, step back and take a look, then add another.
Selecting art for your home can be an exciting adventure and a source of enjoyment for years to come. Keys to success are figuring out what kind of art you like, how it will fit in with the rest of your interior design plans, and how to exhibit the art to the best effect in your home.
What kind of art do you like?
There are many opportunities to browse art within your community at local exhibitions, art fairs and galleries. Even small towns usually have a not-for-profit gallery space, or cafés and restaurant that exhibit local artists. In larger cities, galleries often get together for monthly or periodic “gallery nights” where all the galleries hold open house receptions on the same evening. It’s a great way to see a lot of art in a short time.
Today the internet provides the largest variety and depth of fine art available worldwide. You can visit museum websites and see master works from ages past, check out online galleries for group shows, and visit hundreds of individual artists’ websites. One advantage of using the internet is that you can search for the specific kind of art you are interested in, whether it’s photography, impressionism, bronze sculpture, or abstract painting. And when you find one art site, you’ll usually find links to many, many more.
Should the art fit the room or the room fit the art?
If you feel strongly about a particular work of art, you should buy the art you love and then find a place to put it. But you may find that when you get the art home and place it on a wall or pedestal, it doesn’t work with its surroundings. By not “working,” I mean the art looks out of place in the room. Placing art in the wrong surroundings takes away from its beauty and impact.
What should you do if you bring a painting home and it clashes with its environment? First, hang the painting in various places in your home, trying it out on different walls. It may look great in a place you hadn’t planned on hanging it. If you can’t find a place where the art looks its best, you may need to make some changes in the room, such as moving furniture or taking down patterned wallpaper and repainting in a neutral color. The changes will be worth making in order to enjoy the art you love.
Sometimes the right lighting is the key to showing art at its best. You may find that placing a picture light above a painting or directing track lighting on it is all the art needs to exhibit its brilliance. If you place a work of art in direct sunlight, however, be sure it won’t be affected by the ultraviolet light. Pigments such as watercolor, pencil and pastel are especially prone to fading. Be sure to frame delicate art under UV protected glass or acrylic.
How to pick art to fit the room.
Size and color are the two major criteria for selecting art to fit its surroundings. For any particular space, art that is too large will overwhelm, and art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion. The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe.
As a rule, paintings should be hung so that the center of the painting is at eye level. Sculpture may sit on the floor, a table, or pedestal, depending on the design. Rules should be considered guidelines only, however, so feel free to experiment.
When selecting a painting to match color, select one or two of the boldest colors in your room and look for art that has those colors in it. You’re not looking for an exact match here. Picking up one or two of the same colors will send a message that the painting belongs in this environment.
Another possibility for dealing with color is to choose art with muted colors, black-and-white art, or art that is framed in a way that mutes its color impact in the room. A wide light-colored mat and neutral frame create a protected environment for the art within.
Style is another consideration when selecting art to fit a room. If your house is filled with antiques, for example, you’ll want to use antique-style frames on the paintings you hang there. If you have contemporary furniture in large rooms with high ceilings, you’ll want to hang large contemporary paintings.
How to create an art-friendly room.
Think about it. When you walk into a gallery or museum, what do they all have in common? White walls and lots of light. If a wall is wall-papered or painted a color other than white, it limits the choices for hanging art that will look good on it. If a room is dark, the art will not show to its best advantage.
If you want to make art the center of attraction, play down the other elements of the room like window coverings, carpeting, wall coverings, and even furniture. A room crowded with other colors, textures and objects will take the spotlight away from the art. Follow the principle that less is more. Keep it spare and let the art star. Then relax and enjoy it.
Selecting and displaying art is an art in itself. Experiment to learn what pleases you and what doesn’t. You’ll be well-rewarded for the time you invest by finding more satisfaction both in the art and in your home.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Safety Tips For Kids
Teach your children about personal safety at a young age so they can better protect themselves.
* Map out a route to and from school and walk it with your children. Make sure they follow this same route every day unless they have your permission to go another way.
* Find out if your school has an attendance call-back program to let you know if your child does not arrive at school.
* Your child should carry some form of identification, for example, a laminated ID card with his or her name, complete address, telephone number and an emergency contact person and their phone number.
* Click here for more information on Ameritech's Kid Safe & Sound program, a child identification program which may be available in your community.
* Keep up to date records on your child, including a recent photo, a lock of hair wrapped in plastic, age, blood type, height and weight, date and location of last dental x-rays, distinguishing marks, eye color and any other identifying characteristics.
In the event that you need to leave an older child at home alone, be sure that he or she understands the following safety rules:
* How to call you at work, or a neighbor, if you can't be reached.
* How to call 911 in the event of an emergency
* How to get out of the house in case of fire.
* Never let anyone in the house, even someone who claims to be a policeman
* Never tell a caller they're home alone; tell them that their parent can't come to the phone right now
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