Since it’s Valentines Day, it seems appropriate to post something related to love.  While I enjoy this sweet holiday and typically celebrate with my hubby, I don’t always do a lot of decorating for it.  This year, however, I put up something that works for Valentines but will last all year too!

I’ve been wanting to put some giant zinc letters like these from Anthropologie above our master bed for a while but could never find exactly what I wanted in person and didn’t ever bite the bullet and pay for shipping said giant letters.

zinc letters

A while back, I found a few different tutorials for how to make them…all of which seemed very easy and much less expensive than ordering custom ones.  So, I went for it.  It was super simple, cost about $25, and turned out fabulous!  

I used the 23.5″ tall, paper mache letters that came from Joann’s and cost about $6 each (with a 40% off coupon).

paper mache letters

Then, I painted them with Martha Stewart’s metallic craft paint in Sterling (color number 32128) from Michael’s.  Each letter took 2-3 coats (be sure to let each coat dry before adding another).  I think each bottle is around $1.25, so it’s less than $1 after using a coupon.  1 bottle covers 3 letters completely, so I had to buy a second bottle for the 4th letter.


Here’s the finished product.  What do you think?  Definitely makes a statement, right?!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Quick Tips| How High To Hang Pictures, Part 2

Here is the second installment of correct picture hanging height.  This post relates to hanging pictures over furniture. If you missed part 1 on how high to hang pictures when they are the focal point on a wall, you’ll want to check that out!

For part 2, how high to hang pictures when they are over a standard height [30″-36″, most seating types and tables types] piece of furniture, the best rule to follow is to hang it 6″ above the piece of furniture.

hanging artwork over sofa 1[6″ from the top of the back of the sofa to the bottom of the art]

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hanging artwork over console or sideboard

[6″ from the top of the table to the bottom of the art]

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For a gallery wall or asymmetrical composition that is over a piece of furniture, the rule is 6″ from the bottom of the lowest piece to the top of the piece of furniture (sofa, table, etc)

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Of course, there can always be a little tweaking…an inch up or down depending on the art piece or the furniture piece, but something in that range is always a safe number.

The goal is for the furniture and the art to look connected within the space.  If the art is hung too high, it appears to be floating.  Remember, you’re not trying to fill the whole wall with the art by hanging it right in the middle, you’re trying to bring the eye down to the vignette you’ve created with your furniture and art.

Happy hanging!

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Quick Tips | How High To Hang Pictures, Part 1

One of the most common mistakes people make is hanging pictures [and other art or wall-adornment] too high.  The reason for this is simple and innocent–they’ve heard that “eye-level” is the appropriate height.  This is not bad advice but let’s face it, eye-level is different for everybody.  So, today, we’ve come up with a little tutorial on how to hang your artwork.

There are a couple different scenarios that would dictate placement.  The first scenario applies when art is the focal point of the wall, meaning the art is only thing on the wall–there’s no furniture piece under it.  The second scenario applies when art is hung over a piece of furniture. We’re only going to discuss the first scenario today in part 1.  Part 2 will cover the second scenario so stay tuned for that!

In the first scenario, when art is the focal point and there isn’t any furniture below it, the best rule of thumb is that the center of the art should be 58″ from the floor (regardless of the ceiling height).

1 piece at 58

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The same height applies to various groupings of art…

For an “asymmetrical balance composition” or gallery wall, the center of the composition should be 58″ from the floor.

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For a row of art, the center of each piece in the row should be at 58″.

3 pieces at 58

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and for a symmetrical balance composition, the center of the space between the upper level and lower level should be at 58″.

symmetrical balance at 58

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Hope this helps!  Stay tuned for part 2 next week and feel free to leave any questions in the comment section below!

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