Interior Design

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Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a perfect way to add visual interest to a room that is very personal and curated.  There are a variety of techniques that can be used but the one thing that is a constant is that the gallery should have the feel of collection.

Some tricks of the trade for creating a gallery wall are as follows:

  1. Consider the right balance between your wall space and the frames that you want to display.
  2. Place your frames at eye level (typically five feet from the floor) unless you have very high ceilings.
  3. Be sure that your frame arrangement is centered horizontally on your wall space to create balance.
  4. Plan the layout before hanging either by arranging them on the floor or hanging craft paper on the wall.
  5. Unless you are creating a very structured linear arrangement, vary the shapes and sizes of the frames and hang both horizontal and vertical orientations to make it more interesting.
  6. If you are looking for consistency for family photos, turn your color images into black and white.

Linear and Grid

A linear and grid arrangement works best with the same frames of the same size and can be displayed either horizontally or vertically depending on the given area.  If you are looking for a clean and balanced look then linear is a good option.

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Salon

A salon style gallery, also known as a clustered configuration, is slightly more freestyle and can be a mix of framed art and objects.  This lends itself to more creativity since artworks are arranged within a loosely defined, more organic space.

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Ledge

A ledge style gallery is created by staggering the height and overlapping a group of frames.  This is a great way to showcase family photographs mixing them with etchings or other works of art.

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Staircase

Hang frames in the same upward angle of your staircase.  Anchor the display with large frames and accent the anchors with smaller frame sizes.

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Interior Design

Arts & Crafts

The Magical Reality of Ginger Fox

When I first entered the Ginger Fox Gallery in the Dallas Design Center, I was immediately struck by the diversity of her art.  Fox, a self-taught artist from the Texas Panhandle, is influenced by what she describes as magical reality – a mix of the natural and manmade worlds.

I fell instantly in love with her Water Series.  Her artwork evokes a sense of tranquility and calm.  If I had this in my house, I would be inspired to breathe deep every day.

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Great Blue by Ginger Fox

On the other end of the spectrum, her Power Club series inspired my “inner badass”.  While the art is influenced by female Texas archetypes, I think women around the world just might connect to this southern swagger.

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Smokin’ Hot by Ginger Fox

You can learn more about Ginger Fox at gingerfox.myshopify.com.

Interior Design

Seven Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home

Take advantage of the long summer days to reset the decor for both inside and outside your home:

  1. Identify old home decor accessories that are no longer your style and donate them or give them away to friends and family. This simple step can help reduce clutter and bring attention to those items that you absolutely love
  2. Bring order and attention to family photos by creating a picture gallery and add some 3-dimensional items to give it some visual interest.
  3. Change your bedding to something light and airy for the Summer season.
  4. Buy or cut flowers from your garden and place them around your home.
  5. Add containers with flowers and plants to your front porch and back patio. Think through your color story beforehand using three colors at the most and make sure they work with paint color of your home.
  6. Replace throw pillows with bright cheerful colors or botanical prints.
  7. Add house plants to not only refresh the air but to add some textural interest.