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Creating a Gallery Wall

Kelly Penuita: Posted on March-09-19 5:12 PM

If you want to do a gallery wall the first step would be to lay all your pictures out on the floor to get an idea of how they fit together best.

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Take note of the spaces between each picture - too much space and the collection feels disconnected, not enough space and it feels smooshed together. I find it's best to take a photo of the dry run on the floor once it's all done to use as a reference when hanging. It's easy to get carried away and forget how much space is needed or which picture should go where.

If you plan to do a symmetrical design it is better to start with the centre picture(s) and work your way out on both sides. If your design is asymmetrical getting the bottom foundation row in place will make it easier to position the rest.

A trick to help you visualize how the gallery wall will look on your wall before you start hammering nails in is to make paper templates of all the pictures you plan to hang and tape them to the wall using painters tape. This allows you to see exactly how it will look and make any necessary adjustments.

Setting the Table for a Formal Meal

Kelly Penuita: Posted on December-23-18 12:50 PM


If you plan to have a formal dinner this Christmas, below is a graphic that shows where each piece of a place setting is to be placed. Of course if you are not serving one of the courses, seafood for example, then you could omit the pieces associated with it. 


Fancy folded napkins can be that little extra added touch to any place setting. I found that Marthastewart.com has many fabulous ways to fold a napkin. Below are a few ideas to get your creativity rolling. A pine sprig or poinsettia bloom in the pocket fold would look lovely on a Christmas dinner table.


And we musn’t forget that a formal dining table should also be adorned with appropriate centrepieces. The examples below range from simple DIY mason jars with cranberries and tea lights to a country scene on a charger plate to a traditional swag outfitted with all the trimmings. Whatever you choose, have fun with it and make it your own.


Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

The Art of Hanging Art

Kelly Penuita: Posted on July-18-14 1:21 PM

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This is a tricky task as many people make the mistake of hanging their art too high because they are worried that it will be too low. There are many scenarios but here are 3 main guidelines to follow when hanging art:

1. When hanging above a sofa: the bottom of the art shouldn't be more then

6-8 inches from the top of the sofa.

2. When hanging above a console table: the bottom of the art shouldn't be more then 10-12 inches from the table.

3. When hanging in a hallway or where it will be mostly viewed standing up: the centre of the art should be eye level.

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The family that lives in the home must also be considered. If the family members are mainly tall or short people then "eye level" would be what suits them best.

The main thing to remember is that the art should be visually connected to the fixtures & furniture pieces.  

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