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Art Arrangement

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Artful Art Arrangement

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Art arrangement can be really tricky. I try to look at compositions that please me and figure out what that person with the great eye has done to make it all work so well. The secret is that even the best art curator/arranger does the thing where they shuffle and reshuffle the arrangements until they are just right. Here are four different approaches to try the next time you are doing some rearranging.

image by Marcia Prentice

The somewhat orderly stack and prop. It seems appropriate that a photographer’s agent has such a beautifully framed and arranged collection of photography. Over at Carol LeFlufy’s Hollywood Hills home, mid-century style is revered as is art. This method of stacking photos on picture reails and shelves in a simpled layered pattern is quite easy to acheive. Onee reason the collection looks so harmonious is that they are all in black and white, and framed and matted in similar ways. This is probably my favorite house tour I’ve seen on Apartment Therapy.

By Turquoise LA/Vanessa De Vargas.

The total mix method. Creating a great art wall does not require great art. On a shoestring budget, interior designer Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA created this eat-in kitchen art wall at The Upward Bound House with thrift store and donated finds. She doesn’t stray far from this style in her own home; her recent redecoration has another wall with a few items like a mirror in the mix in the same way:

by Turquoise LA/Vanessa De Vargas. Photographed by Bethany Nauert

One needn’t get out the butcher block paper and masking tape for the full-on Martha Stewart wall arrangement craziness. Simply imagine a general outline of the items as one whole block and move items to fill to those edges.

via Better Homes and Gardens

The Galaxy Approach. Better Homes and Gardens has dubbed this the Galaxy or Center of the Universe Approach, and it’s an easy one. Pick one dominant piece to be the center and orbit everything else around it like it’s the sun. This works well with a larger piece of art, a mirror or a platter surrounded by plates. You can go exactly symmetrical on either side, but I prefer the looser implied symmetry they’ve accomplished here. It’s more comfortable.

The Grid. You cannot go wrong with the grid. It works with everything from sweet antique pressed botanicals to nudes to Chagall lithographs to punk rock album covers. This one even has extra molding pieces that reinforce the grid and match the frames. Yes, this can be a bit of a bear to actually hang perfectly. via House to Home UK

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Friday, October 7th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: Cheerful Bohemian in Sweden

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Today’s favorite Flickr pick was added very recently, by blogger Pink Friday, a.k.a. Lisa from Sweden. So glad you added this to our Fresh New Spaces Group Lisa, because it led me over to your blog! This picture makes me want to take a dive into those fabulous pillows and look up at the wonderfully arranged wall of artwork in wonder:

See the rest of Pink Friday’s photostream.

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Friday, October 29th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Friday: Ivy Style Does White

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I am always struck by flickr member ivy style33′s well, style! She is constantly styling her home, figuring out inexpensive ways to make her home look extremely expensive, and she is a master of print and texture. This white corner is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. The fact that it’s mostly white makes one notice the texture on that shade, the mobile strand, the lampshade. The fact that she framed all of her artwork in the same frames makes them a cohesive collection:

Yea! Ivy is keeping us up to date with whatever she has going on in a blog – Check it out here! To get your own piece of Ivy Style, check out her Etsy shop.

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Friday, October 8th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Artful Arrangement

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Ah, arranging artwork. It can be so confounding. It certainly helps to look at inspirational images like this one from Flickr member Plastolux. Love the black wall, love that blonde bureau on a stand, love the images, love the way they are arranged. This is from Plastolux’s former house – be sure to follow the new house adventure on the Plastolux blog!

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Monday, May 17th, 2010

Inspriation Monday: The Art of Display

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On Saturday I attended the Kirkwood Spring Fling here in Atlanta, and checked out every house on the home tour. It was a blast, and there was a wide variety of sizes and styles. The house that made me the happiest was perhaps the smallest one on the tour. It was a bungalow surrounded by post-WWII brick ranches. When I walked up onto the porch, the first thing I noticed was a figure by R.A. Miller, a favorite folk artist, and my mood elevated about ten steps – I could not wait to step inside. Bright colors, stripes, kitschy retro atomic age style and objects abounded. This place is more fun than Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Yet somehow it wasn’t too much. I am so sorry my pictures do not do it justice – all I had was a cameraphone. It was so much brighter and alive than it shows in these photos.


One of the owners is a printmaker by trade. To check out her work, click here.


Charley Harper Ford Times covers displayed in a grid.


This snowglobe collection is right next to the toilet, and it really worked!


I have a feeling the owner and I may have crossed paths at Kudzu or the old Victory Vintage at some point.

I love the way this Charley Harper print looks with the stripes. Also, if you look at the nightstand, they were simply topped with printed paper and a sheet of glass.

So sorry these pictures are so faded; they are not doing this great spot justice. It was so cheerful and retro-stylish that I half-expected Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson to be singing in the backyard of this shiny happy spot:

Thanks so much to Angela and Ryan for opening their home to the tour!

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