31 January 2013

Hot off the Press

Thank you Sotheby's Connoisseur Magazine for featuring this beautiful home!

29 January 2013

How To Hang Pictures & Art

At Wolfe Design House, we are often asked for tips on hanging picture frames and art. I was on the hunt today at my favorite frame shop in town looking for mirror frames for a couple clients, so I have this subject on my mind. Here are some great snapshots and tips for DIY picture hanging:

As a mom of two young girls, I can relate to the many masterpieces that tumble out of my girls backpacks each and every day. Each piece of art seems more "important" than the last, so I try and find creative ways to hang them, display them and ironically tuck the really good ones away so I can have them for years to come!

Here are some cute and colorful ways to display such Picasso's...

Hanging a series of art above your bed is more soothing than one large piece- in this application, more pieces have less impact than one, so it's more calming for a bedroom. I like to stick to organic subjects like the sea, beach or botanicals because they don't have too much color that can overpower the space.  

Adding fun or interest to an interior hallway is never easy, especially when there are no windows or focal points. Of course, wallpaper can be the easiest solution but hanging frames in abundance in these confined spaces really adds a lot of impact! Keeping the frames to one color, lets you see the photos or art much more and also streamlines the small space.

How do you decide how to hang the frames? In what pattern, how high and how close to furniture? Take your time and really plan well before you start drilling nails into your wall. Use paper templates with painters tape first to decide how you want to hang the frames, especially if they are different sizes.

If the room needs a focal point, add a mirror or a dimensional object into the mix to make a bold statement. If you are hanging above a sofa, don't hang too high. I promise your guests won't hit their heads! In general, only leave about a foot between your art and the top of your sofa and then center it from there to your ceiling.

Now- this is the most common question... don't have any art? Use one of your coffee table books and frame 6-10 images in similar frames to create a series. This is a great DIY tip that can be done in a day!

Good luck! and email us at help@wolfedesignhouse.com with any questions you may have! We look forward to hearing from you.

23 January 2013

Emerald Green !!!

I am so excited that my favorite color, Emerald Green, is THE color of 2013. This will make my home very on-trend since every room has a wink of green. Green really is the perfect color to weave throughout your decor- there are so many ways to bring the color in from outside and it is the easiest hue during the holidays- soft greens for Spring, evergreen in the Winter and Emerald green in the fall.

Add a touch of green for easy DIY decorating!

Here are some of my favorite green spaces:

18 January 2013

Hot off the Press

Hot off the Press....thanks Sotheby's for the blog post!

And thank you LUXE Magazine for featuring MK Style as a 2012 Style Maker!

16 January 2013

Top 5 Lights

my Favorite Five indoor lights:

Schumacher's new line of lighting makes this New Year shine bright!

Michele Table Lamp in Walnut Burl

The latest collection from Christopher Spitzmiller is exactly as we would expect from his design- 
classic yet streamlined with modern restraint:

Chevron Lamp, shown in Duck Egg with 23k Gold Water Gilt Base

I love, love, love this lantern from Dana Gibson!

Orange Bargello Lantern

Brass is on trend for 2013 and this lamp marries the old and new perfectly from Bungalow 5:

Cadiz Lamp

Remember when this lamp came out in lucite? 
Well it's back and in a brushed gold, it is a must have for today! Available at MK Style

08 January 2013

A New Year

Let me guess....exercise more? eat better? spend more time together?

I truly believe if you organize your pantry you will lose weight, be more motivated in every way and spend less time looking in deep wicker baskets for spices dating back too many years. Yuck. Enough.

I love the gathered skirt covering all the large extras-
paper towels and cleaning supplies I suspect.
Even pantries can be pretty. Paint them, paper them,
choose fanciful hardware or skirt them.
Clear bins and baskets keep your eye on everything-
those wicker baskets hide everything
so you of course buy what you already have
and forget what you bought.
I also love labeling your baking goods-
at a quick glance you can determine what is low, flour or sugar.
With a shopping list in hand and a baby on your hip-
the two look very alike and you might just buy
the wrong ingredient.
Love the Robin's Egg blue paint and
the prominent position of the classic mixer.
This is a pretty pantry.

Red, white and blue?
This is very color coordinated but organized none the less.
Everything right in front with nothing hiding too far back.
Happy new year- pitch the old and embrace the new.

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