Art – do you frame or stretch?

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is being kind to you so far.  It has been wonderful to me. We escaped for a week right after Christmas to Cuba for a little R&R.  It was wonderful to put my feet in the sand instead of heavy winter boots, even if it was just for a short while.

While we were there, we ventured to the Varadero Market to check out some artists. I love to buy pieces of art while we are away to capture the feel and beauty of a country.  And Cuba doesn’t disappoint with their many talented and creative artists.

We bought a typical Cuban scene of a colourful street with a 1950’s vintage automobile, of course.  The colours are so vibrant, we were smitten at first sight!

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I’m thinking it will be absolutely stunning in my new navy dining room. Here’s a picture my son in law took on Christmas day of my holiday table, below.

Navy Dining room

So now how to finish it? Do I stretch and frame or just simply stretch it? Well, I put the question to my followers on FB and the response was overwhelmingly to have it stretched.

But I guess, I don’t follow advice too well, as I’m having it framed.  

My reasons are because the dining room is more formal so a frame feels right but actually, the artwork made my decision fairly easy. As you will see in the photo below.

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Do you see how the terra cotta colour is kind of creeping out of the edges of the paint on the sides and bottom? It would look really unfinished if you could see that on the sides of it once it was on the wall. You could paint the sides I suppose as I have other mounted pieces done that way, but I didn’t want to play with the integrity of the painting.  The other option was to still stretch it but to bring the painting over the sides so that there was no unfinished sides but then I’d lose the artist’s signature and shrink the size of the art.  Not what I wanted to do.

And there was another plus to having it framed, Michael’s was having a framing sale and if you choose a sale priced frame the cost of the stretching was also on sale. So even though stretching was cheaper, for only slightly more money, it will be stretched and framed.

So there you have it, it will be stretched and framed. I decided on no matting as I wanted to keep it relatively simple and clean.  I went with the frame in the picture above. It’s a soft black and has a slight texture which gives it a little bit of a rustic feel to it, kind of like the painting itself.  Even though, it’s going in my dining room, I didn’t want it to be too formal and I certainly didn’t want a busy frame as the painting has alot going on. I wanted the piece to shine out of the frame, if that makes any sense.

So sorry, to those of you who voted for stretching only.  I’ll post a picture once it’s done and in place and you can see what you think.

Lisa

How to hang a wall full of plates

It feels so much like spring here, even though it is really still a few weeks away, but that’s okay we will definitely take it.  When spring hits, I always get a little bit of spring decorating fever. Are you like me and want to repaint the entire house and change up all the accessories?

Well, the last few weekends I’ve kept myself busy redoing my dining room plate wall at our cottage.  And I’m absolutely loving the results below.

Blue and green plate wall

When we purchased the cottage, the wall looked like this.

Before - plate wall with plate railsI loved the idea of decorating with plates, but I wanted to modernize it and give it more of a free flowing feel.  So here’s the step by steps on how to achieve your new plate wall.

First off, I removed the plate rails and filled all the holes in the wall. Then after a quick coat of paint on this wall, I got started.

Oh yes, before I forget, I purchased these Plate Hangers from Ebay.  I didn’t want to use regular plate hangers as I wanted a more clean and modern look, but feel free to use whatever hanging method you prefer.

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1.  You want to gather all the plates and lids (I used one casserole lid that was minus a casserole bottom) that you would like to hang. I would suggest keeping a somewhat cohesive theme, like I did with mostly blue, green, and white plates. But don’t be too rigid, a few surprises are always a good thing.

2. Measure out the width and height of the wall area that you are looking to cover. Once you have these dimensions, tape out these measurements on a flat surface, a table or perhaps the floor, and start playing with the plate placement.

3. Tips for plate placement –  I placed the larger plates first and then added the smaller plates. I also tried to disperse similar colours evenly throughout.

Blue and green plate wall

4. Next, I cut out newspaper templates of each plate and labelled it with the plate colour. I then followed the instructions for the plate hangers and left them to glue on the backs of the plates overnight.

5. Mimicing the plate placement on my table, I taped the newspaper templates on the wall (with painter’s tape) and stood back.  I adjusted them to ensure a fairly consistent space between the plates and kept standing back to see how it looked overall.

Blue and green plate wall

6. Once I was happy with the placement on the wall, I measured the back of the plate, from the hook of the plate hanger to the edge of the plate, and marked the corresponding measurement on the newspaper template, so that I knew exactly where to place the screw.

7. Once I had each screw in place, I removed the newspaper and hung the corresponding plate. I worked from the top to the bottom and it went really, really quickly.

So here it is ALL DONE! As you can see, there is lots of room to grow. It is my perfect excuse to hit up the antique/vintage stores and garage sales this spring/summer to fill it all in.

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Blue and green plate wall

Blue and green plate wall

 

Lisa

Friday ponderings

DSC_0291 I’m dedicating this post to what’s new, upcoming and heck, whatever I found interesting lately in the big wide online world.  So without further ado here’s the articles and DIYs that caught my attention and made me ponder.

I loved this post written by Leslie Carothers on Hadley Court’s blog titled, “How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?” It’s a great read if you are about to embark on a kitchen remodel, makeover or renovation. HGTV has done a great disservice to all in the design industry and to our clients, as renovations do not get done properly in a week or on a ridiculously small budget. And this article helps to dispel a few myths.

Benjamin Moore’s colour trends 2015,  They went in a different direction than Pantone’s Marsala and I am seriously considering doing one of the cottage bedrooms in Guilford Green HC-116, once I figure out who is taking the wallpaper down :-/.  It is such a soothing soft, timeless green, and I can so see it with all the warm pine.

Loved reading Lumar Interiors post all about the “anti-trend” trend for 2015. As I tell my clients, don’t worry so much about the trends, it’s all about living with a space that feels like home to you and works for your lifestyle.

Now, I secretly and seriously want to be a minimalist. I purge and donate, but then I almost instantly have a need to fill all the empty spaces….sigh. So I loved this read from Apartment Therapy and last spring I actually did put some spring clothes away to see if I’d even miss them.  I’ll let you know how that goes in a few months.

I have enlarged and framed many of my own photos to put on the walls of my house and cottage, and I’m totally loving this simple DIY to turn photos into huge statement making ART from Popsugar. I just have to go through my thousands of photos to figure out which one I want to try this with…oh yeah…and where it would go.

Have a fabulous weekend and let me know which pondering caught your attention.

Lisa

 

Euro Tile Grand Opening

Last evening, some of the TBBs and I were fortunate enough to attend Euro Tile’s Grand Opening.

Delicious food, beautiful people, sparkling wine and lots of absolutely stunning tiles, what a lovely evening!

I took some pictures of the tiles that really inspired me and I’m more than happy to share.

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I thought this patchwork style quilt effect tile was stunning in blue and so very elegant in the soft grey below.

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These thin sliced mosaics were another favourite.

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This floor tile actually made us all stop and gasp when we saw it.  The brass inlay would patina over time and just get more and more beautiful.  This is now my “I want” floor tile.

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We’ve been seeing 3D tiles but how about 3D and embossed?

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This mosaic shows more of patchwork style tile, that we are seeing.

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And who could resist a large scale marble basket weave?

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I was so disappointed that this last photo came out blurry, probably due to me trying to juggle my glass of champagne and the phone…..sigh…but I will include it as it was a whole entire wall of inspiration.  It really doesn’t do it justice, you’ll just have to go in and see it for yourselves.  Free flowing forms and glass, marble, stone inlays done with such a creative hand.  Truly one of a kind masterpieces…really whatever you can dream up, it appears it can be reproduced in tile, to grace your floors or walls or both!

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Lisa

A fire table and a photo gallery wall

Well, I’m happy to report that the fire table was up and running this past weekend, just in time for our wonderful avalanche of guests for the next month.  Click here to see my previous post which shows our inspiration for the table.

We christened it on Saturday night with some good friends and a little bit of Prosecco, they were kind enough to bring.

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Here’s a little better shot of it the next morning.  My hubby did such a great job of it.  I picture many evenings here with a glass of wine….sigh….

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So totally in love with it, but a little disconcerting when later Saturday night, the bugs just kept flying right into the flames.  We are now nicknaming it,  the insect crematorium 🙂

And on another note, I’ve started a photo gallery wall in the upstairs  hall.  It’s been a long time coming, since I wanted to do it ever since we moved in.  Keep in mind that it is just in the beginning stages and it will be added to in the years to come, as it’s a very long hall.  My friend, Mary Anne was kind enough to donate some of her antique finds and I thought they would be a great addition to the gallery wall.  I always like to mix it up and not just have photos and artwork on a gallery wall.

Here’s my process, first I trace the outline of the frames on to newspaper and then cut them out.  With painters tape I arrange them on the wall.  This way you can change it up until you like what you see.  Much easier than putting a huge amount of nails in the wall.  This picture was taken after I had already hung some new frames, I did use the newspaper trick for them as well, just didn’t get a shot of it :-/

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And the semifinished wall. Sorry for the blurred out faces but I just don’t feel right posting pictures of my kids on the internet.

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I’m off to help out my son and his fiancé, with their own art gallery wall tonight. Should be fun!

Lisa