How To: Display Your Art
Friday, November 7, 2014
Here are some of the most common art displaying mistakes that can be avoided from an article we saw on Apartment Therapy. We've summarized, added some thoughts, and a few images from our clients' homes.
The basic mistakes and how to avoid them:
Art hanging too high. The most common art display mistake and the easiest to fix. Bring it down; artwork should be around or below eye level, letting everybody enjoy the stunning view.
Matching, matching, matching. Art isn’t about matching, it’s about being creative, free, and individual. Don’t be boring, mix up the room with colors! Show us what you love.
And think it through! We love a well done gallery wall. Here's a great technique to finding the right arrangement for your space. First, lay out the collage on the floor across a span the same size as the wall space. Then, rearrange and reorder until you find the right design. From there you can make small adjustments and hang them up!
All about variety. Art is supposed to be fun. It brings out imagination and enlightens the mind. Have it be personal and more than just framed paintings. Use tapestries, canvases, quilts, old tools, sculptures, and other collectibles. Spice it up; nobody wants to live in a museum after all.
Leave us some space. Negative space is necessary... you need it! We think of it as a balance. Space allows rest for your eyes.
Connecting the art to the rest of the décor. Don’t be shy. The art in your home should be connected to the rest of the space, creating a more sophisticated style while also adding a layering technique. It's a form of texture, which is a benefit to any space.
Hanging properly. Tired of correcting crooked picture frames every time you come home? Well we’re tired of looking at your crooked art, just put some thought in the layout, and hang it up with two nails! Seriously. There are lots of fantastic hanging systems available online, as well as a great variety of options at your local home improvement store. Shop around for what works for you.
Being bound by the walls. Art is more than a painting that can be placed on a wall; it can be anything that expresses humanism. Keep it loose and creative. Don't worry about rules. Leaning artwork against the wall can be a great way to get the feel of something new, just having it visible to you and others in the space. Things can always be rotated and moved with ease. If you’re feeling extra creative, just place some art on shelves or on other furniture. The possibilities are endless so have fun with it and have it reflect a little of who you are!
Get the Look: A Statement Making Mud Room
Friday, October 24, 2014
- Statement-making wall accents
- Settee with a pop of color
- Pared-down Midcentury pieces
- Nature-inspired elements
This solicited look might seem complicated to pull off, but we've done the research for you and provided you with everything you need below!
Home Tour: "Latin America's Best Modern Homes"
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Home of Ecuador based designers blending architecture into nature. Photo by .
Renovated home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A tiles with active patterns. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Green house near coast of El Salvador captures nature at its finest. Photo by Jason Bax.
Home of photographer Reinaldo above virtually without any walls. Photo by .
Casa Deck by architect Isay Weinfeld is the perfect escape from the busy city. Photo by Matthew Williams.
Home of furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti in Buenos Aires. Photo by
In the home above, you may notice the classic BKF chair which is one of our most popular items at Diseño. They're comfortable and give a modern yet vintage vibe once you know the history behind them. See our collection of BKF chairs here with the choice of leather or hide cover seatings!
Cheers, Frank Campanale
How To: Throw A Dinner Party
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
For the event, the menu was simple with farm-to-table ingredients including fingerling potatoes, butternut squash, and roasted baby beets. What we loved about the article besides the delicious sounding menu was the way in which the table and room décor was set up by Kitchen Table owner Grace Park and marketing director/florist Judy Kim. Park explains, “Engaging your guests' sense of smell helps to enhance the food and adds a bit of design umami to the dinner party experience.” To do this, Park used fresh cut flowers in vintage glass bottles and the herbs used in the food to place around the table creating a sensual dining experience for every guest.
Park also offered her Top Five Tips to hosting a great dinner party and one that stood out the most to us was number three, which was "Invest in Props." She says, "Linens and a few small glass vases can dress up even a folding table, and everything looks better in candlelight." We definitely agree and thought that some of our own items might be a great addition such as our horn and silver candlesticks, vintage seltzer bottles, alpaca silver and horn serving tray, and our ceramic centerpiece bowl.
Check out the rest of Park's list here and be sure to check out those items above on our website by clicking on each picture!
Cheers and happy dining,
Fun Fact: What Does it Take to be a Craigslist Pro?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Mostly everyone has heard of Craigslist.com, a modern, online version of the classified ads found within the pages of most newspapers. Craigslist, however, offers more benefits to consumers across the world.
Whether you're looking to buy two last minute tickets to that sold out concert, an old couch for the school year, or some great electronics, you're almost guarenteed to find what you're looking for by searching through the various sections.
Craigslist is an easy to use site that is accessible to anyone who has a computer and internet access. Another great site that we sometimes use ourselves is Ebay, where you can find great vintage finds for your home such as our vintage seltzer bottles or textiles.
Check out the article here, if you want to learn about becoming a Craigslist pro and develop a keen sense of how to buy and sell!
How To: Care for your Hide
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Each and every cowhide is unique and varies in dynamic ways. The characteristics of hides include the color, size, shape, rigidness, length of hair, coat shine, hair texture, patterns, and the dye or finish. The combination of these factors contribute to the personality of the individual hide, thus aiding in the transforming of an ordinary space into something you can call home. Hides can subtly blend into the natural setting of a rustic home, stand out in a contemporary space, or bring some texture in from the outdoors, adding in elements of warmth and style. For serious style with a capital S, our acid washed and metallic dyed hides in silver or gold finish really make a statement, bringing art and durability together. But of course we hear all the time, "how do you clean it"?
Cowhides are extremely durable and stain resistant; this makes them suitable to last for years to come with very low maintenance. Natural oils in the hair cause any liquid to bead up on the surface, essentially floating, thus allowing anything from red wine to black coffee to be quickly absorbed, removed, and dried with a cotton or paper towel. This makes it quick and easy to clean so if you spill something, don’t sweat it!
However, you must remember that cowhides are natural thus easily affected by their surrounding environment. We put together a brief guide so you can be sure with the right handling and care your hides will last for years. Always remember that it is never a good idea to wash or dry clean a hide. Getting it soaking wet or exposing it to harsh chemicals will both cause severe damage. Follow these steps to ensure your cowhide looks great and lasts:
- Occasionally bring your cowhide outside and give it a vigorous shake. This will remove the majority of dirt and dust particles without the risk of any damage.
- While you can vacuum as with any other rug, we suggest you do so carefully. Make sure the vacuum brush is not running and if it cannot be stopped, use the hose. Always work in the same direction as the hair.
- A sharp object can be used to remove dried dirt or other substances, scraping in the same direction as the hair.
- Use a mild soap and a bit of water to remove any remaining stains, then go over it using a soft brush. Once finished, dab any remaining moisture with a fresh towel.
- If your hide needs a serious cleaning, it can be steamed. In this case seek a professional who works with leather. It is important to remember that the hide should not be soaked with excess water.
After cleaning, if the hide is damp, hang dry allowing the excess moisture to escape. If drying outside face the hair side down in order to protect it from the sun and heat. Furthermore, if you do notice any curling or wrinkling around the edges keep your hide out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources as this will cause the material to dry up. At the first signs of curling, spray some water on the skin side and gently massage the rug. Then place something heavy on top of the corner such as an encyclopedia, leave this for a day or two, and your hide will straighten itself out. We hope you enjoy these natural works of art!