The Common Art-Hanging Mistakes We Keep Seeing Over and Over

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Though I’m a firm believe in the power of doing whatever you damn well want—and in fact applaud design rule breakers—sometimes design “mistakes” don’t make a room feel rebellious. They just make a space seem sad. Read on to see if either of these art hanging no-no’s is currently on display in your home. And then learn how you can remedy and re-hang the situation.

Mistake #1: Hanging art too high

I see this mistake the most often. It seems so trivial, but even a piece of art hung a few inches too high can make a whole room feel “off.”

What do I mean by too high? Because factors are different for every home—where the art is going, what it will be hanging above, how high the ceilings are—there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that can tell you exactly where on your wall an art piece needs to go. But, there are some tips you can remember that might help you remedy this mistake if you’ve realized some of your art is too high.

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Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair Memorial Day Weekend

32482892_10156581355074883_2845377844614266880_nThe Hudson Valley’s premier art and crafts show brings makers, artists and art & craft-lovers together every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Since 1982, Quail Hollow Events has supported the handmade and offered visitors one-on-one interactions with many of the country’s finest artists and craftspeople. Fair-goers will experience an extensive assortment of art and craft demonstrations and live entertainment by laudable regionally-based musicians, while savoring the Hudson Valley’s best wines, craft beer and locally produced handcrafted foods.

This is a family-friendly event, with a complimentary supervised children’s art & crafts tent dedicated to inspiring our youngest makers — who will also enjoy face-painting, interactive musical performances, a magic show and more. And don’t forget, children 12 and under are FREE!

May 26 (Saturday): 10 am – 5:30 pm
May 27 (Sunday) : 10 am – 5:30 pm
May 28 (Monday) : 10 am – 4:00 pm

Adults $9.00 | Seniors $8.00 | Children 12 & under FREE | Weekend Pass (valid all 3 days) $12 | Veterans with ID are FREE Monday

FREE PARKING

Discount tickets, entertainment schedule, sneak-peak media galleries and more information available at www.quailhollow.com.

5 SPRING TRENDS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE

Designer-approved trends inspired by the season.

BY Since launching her eponymous interiors firm in 2007, New York-based designer Young Huh has specialized in turning houses into homes, one room at a time. When it comes to her own spaces, she’s all about a seasonal refresh with of-the-moment decorative accessories and unexpected finishes. These small changes can make a world of a difference for waking up a tired space. Ready for a renewal yourself? Use Huh’s creative ideas on upgrades for spring.

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Pale blues and serene greens can really change the mood of a space. No need to break out the paintbrush or buy a new sofa to get those peaceful, chill Spring vibes. Instead, focus on layering colored accents into your existing decor—adding a blue frame or candle on a living room console, placing a porcelain glass vase full of fresh flowers artfully on a mantel, and showcasing crystal topped containers can all enhance your room’s positive energy.

From left: Jamie Young lamp, $313, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (small), $38, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (large), $62, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (medium), $50, bloomingdales.com; Christofle tray, $390, bloomingdales.com; Vietri vase, $239, bloomingdales.com; Voluspa candle, $30, bloomingdales.com; Kendra Scott picture frame, $195, bloomingdales.com; Jamie Young lamp, $338, bloomingdales.com

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GIVE YOUR BED FRESH STYLE.

mediumLooking for a way to give your bedroom a fresh outlook, a small change to the bedding can bring life back into a room. With 2018’s focus on trends such as geometrics, creative marks and big photo blooms. The choices are endless to re-energize your bedroom whatever your style House of Decor will have the perfect bedding for you.

First up is High Contrast Geometrics with bold tile designs in mustard yellow combined with grey, navy and duck egg blue add a nostalgic feel of 60’s & 70’s while the white negative space brings the designs up to date.

The 3D geometric pattern on the Hex Lines Geometric bedding from House of Decors Geometric Arte range is perfect to add a modern touch to the trend. To add interest use contrasting cushions don’t be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours. Check out the Geometric cushions from this Premium textiles range. Continue reading at Dwell.com 

EMBRACE YOUR INNER DESIGNER & CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN DREAM ROOM

wd_maidenhome_blog_-9_preview-683x1024There are a few things in life I’ve recently realized are nearly impossible to find. 1.) the perfect wedding dress. 2.) a kitchen table that feels like home and 3.) my dream sofa. My fiancé and I spent months, actually years, looking for our dream sofa. And we ironically found it on a lazy weekend afternoon at an Odds & Ends Furniture Warehouse closeout sale. It was just one of those serendipitous Sundays where we both looked at each other with heart eye emojis and said, “We NEED to buy this sofa!” It was the one.

But, I can honestly say, if it wasn’t for that one rogue unicorn sofa, I think we would still be on the hunt.

Of course, after my sofa search came to full fruition, a unique custom furniture company by the name of Maiden Home, reached out to W&D in regards to partnering on a custom interior design project. As I browsed through their website I couldn’t wait to learn more about their process.

Lately, with my own bohemian home decor company, Arden Trading Co., I’ve been thinking a lot about customizing my own pillows, duvet covers, and even furniture. The world of creating your own home goods is so interesting to me! So when I discovered that you can customize your own furniture with Maiden Home I looked at Kate and said, “We need to do this!” How fun!  Continue reading and Wit & Delight

SUBTLE YET STRIKING DESIGN

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It’s the simplest design that’s often the most sophisticated. A subtly curved vase, filled with a single flower. A delicately-proportioned daybed fit for luxe lounging. Thoughtful technology that’s easy on the eyes and equally easy to use. When united by a strong overall vision, these streamlined elements can create some of the most comforting, serene, and striking interiors out there. One thing we know for certain when it comes to the items and ideas that fill our home — a little restraint goes a long way! So, here we celebrate understated pieces that don’t need to shout to make an impact. Show us a space with a tightly-controlled color palette and well-chosen, subtle, and juxtaposed furnishings and we’ll show you a room that swoons.

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25 Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas For Your Modern Home

2018-02-07_14-17-49Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday, with its expensive roses, cheap boxes of chocolate and oversized teddy bears that leave many rolling their eyes.

Opinions and relationship statuses aside, this Hallmark holiday does give us a fun opportunity to add a pop of color and a dose of love to our homes in the dead of winter. So we’ve come up with some ways to quickly and easily achieve modern Valentine’s Day decorating.

It’s a holiday that’s characteristically clichéd, so decorating your home with modern flair starts by using pieces that aren’t specifically Valentine’s Day-themed. Skip the “Happy Valentine’s Day” banners, serveware and balloons, and look for stylish home goods in a rosy color palette; they’ll fit the occasion without looking kitschy.

To achieve a modern Valentine’s Day decorating look with hearts, consider replacing the traditional red and pink with black and white or metallics. As an added bonus, décor that isn’t holiday-specific means it can be used long after February 14.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for friends, cooking an intimate meal for two or just relaxing at home in your pajamas, here are a few our of our favorite ways to give your home a little love.  FULL ARTICLE at FRESHHOME.COM

The 9 Best Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This January

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Albany will be dancing and stretching with children’s favorite yoga expert in Yogapalooza with Bari Koral. An interactive concert packed with yoga poses, songs, dance, and play, it’s based on the TV show created and hosted by Koral, who’s appeared at the White House and all over the country.  Koral gets children involved in yoga in a fun, entertaining way with activities such as taking a trip to the moon, yoga with a gingerbread man, pop like popcorn, hang upside-down like bats, and lots more as they rock out to award-winning songs. Adults are free, accompanied by a child, and beginners are welcome. Jan 20, 3 p.m., $15. The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, 270 State St, Albany, 518.473.1845; www.theegg.org

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9 Scented Candles Interior Designers Always Buy

jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

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If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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50 Christmas Cocktails to Get You Through Holiday Drama

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Have one glass (or six) of these cocktails and punch bowls—who’s counting during the holidays, anyway?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>