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″.

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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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Inspiration in Design | Animals

Animal art in design is one of my favorite “go to’s” to bring personality, nature, and even sentimentality to a space.  There are multiple ways to sneak these accents into a room or even make them explode on the scene.

As a child, there was a moment for me when it became clear that I had a talent for drawing.  Naturally, as a girl who loved horses, dogs and anything else with fur, animals were my muses.  It only stood to reason that my house would be decorated with various animals when design became my medium.

It can be scary decorating with animals since they have such a personal nature, but if you have a beloved pet or just a quirky personality you might find it fun to display an accent or work of art that will definitely be a conversation starter!  Here are some pictures of pieces I did of my own animals as well as Jenna’s cat.

Puppy and KittyBanks 2I love, Love, LOVE the idea of a 5’ by 6’ abstract-ish, wildly colored moose or bull on my wall.  It can bring simple color and texture to a quiet design—or even incredulous inquiries and laughs from unsuspecting guests.  Watch HGTV when they redo homes for the average person—they will put large pieces of unpredictable art subject matter in the design, and it is so graphic and unexpected.  Anything done in giant scale is pretty much cool in my book.

Birds, sea life, and anything that embodies serenity in a design, or simple traditional styling is a wonderful go to create a large composition with an art series.  The relationship between the subject matter creates a “collection” with style, that doesn’t look ordinary.

One of the most wonderful things about animal art, is the way it captures a person’s love of a place or beloved pet.  Those are the animals that hang in my home—in memoriam of our children before we had children!

Accent pieces like bookends, sculpture, baskets, stools, lamps etc, can bring whimsy and texture with a bit more subtlety.  Check out these fun pieces!

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With all of these ideas, I expect that you will be adding some fun, quirky, creature to your spaces very soon!

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Challenges | Wal-Mart

So I was walking through Wal-Mart last night and little things kept catching my eye…things that were pretty cute!…which was quite unexpected in Wal-Mart.  I don’t typically shop at Wal-Mart for home decor items but as I walked and looked I thought, I wonder if I could design an entire room using products only from Wal-Mart.

Challenge accepted!

I have to say, the process was surprisingly less difficult than I expected!  I definitely had to do some sorting, but was overall happy with the look of the products that Wal-Mart had to offer and I really like the way the design turned out.  A couple of disclaimers, though….

1. I have NO idea how much this space would cost if you actually purchased every item.  I wasn’t paying attention to price (or quality, for that matter), just the look.

2. I found all of these items on Wal-Mart.com, so if you see something you like but can’t find it at your local Wal-Mart, that’s why!

Anyway, here it is!  What do you think?!  Does it look like a “Wal-Mart” room?

WalMart Design

I have to say, my favorite element of the room is definitely the art– a “curious cat” and a kiss (“x”) are always display-worthy in my book.

Introductions | Meet Jen

Design is ever-evolving and sometimes we [humans] are not…we get stuck in a rut or get comfortable with the same things.  When this happens with a designer, their designs can go a little flat….not terrible, just dull…with room for improvement.  And it’s hard, sometimes, to stay on top of all of the latest trends and know what’s in and what’s out.  You feel like you’ve just gotten the hang of using a particular style in a cool way…or you love something so much you want to use it over and over and then all of the sudden…BAM! it’s not “current” anymore and there’s something else that’s all-the-rage.  It can be daunting!

In my experience, design, I mean good design, is often a collaboration.  It goes back to the old adage “two heads are better than one”.  Nobody’s perfect.  We all have different strengths and weaknesses. And it seems to me that we all have a little room for improvement. So when there’s another person there to bounce ideas off of, provide their own spin on things and offer experiences from a life that’s different than your own, it just makes the design better.

Meet Jen.


Jen is my design partner.  She’s also a mom of two adorable little boys, an amazing artist, a lover of nature and animals, a part-time comedian (kidding! but I do think she’s pretty hilarious) and all-around great person to work with.

I wanted to introduce you to Jen for a couple of reasons. One: you’ll be seeing more of her [and her work] on Bungalow.  She’s constantly creating things and you need to see them…I just have to get her to slow down enough to take some decent pictures!

And two: she has a great blog of her own that’s worth reading.  I already mentioned that she’s hilarious but you’ve GOT to meet her boys.  The Donovan Boys is all about her seemingly usual experiences with two little ones that somehow turn unusual, fast (can anybody relate?!).  Be sure to check it out!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Look for more of Jenna & Jen in 2014!

Woodland Inspiration | Reindeer

Is it Monday?  I swear it’s Monday…I mean, it doesn’t make sense that a Thursday would begin with someone ringing your doorbell incessantly at 6:45 a.m. causing your 80 lb dog to bark like someone just ripped his favorite bone out of his mouth while staring him directly in the eyes.  Of course I think there’s some emergency.  My sister. My niece or nephew. The neighbor.  Wrong.  No emergency.  Just a co-worker of my husband’s who’d been trying to reach him because he needed something out of his car BUT his phone was on silent—so he showed up at our door.  Normal, right?  Gooooood morning!  I’m pretty sure my teeth are a millimeter shorter because of the grinding that ensued.

Ok.  Rant over.

For real.

OK! Not sure if you saw my recent artwork on the chalk wall in my kitchen–if not, you can check it out on the Facebook page.  Regardless, I noted that I’m having a slight obsession with Reindeer this season.  Forget the fact that those giant, 250 lb animals cause car accidents every day in many parts of the country and eat our beautiful shrubbery (that’s right–I just used the word shrubbery)–they’re cute!  And they’re hot right now, so I figured I’d throw together a little reindeer inspired gifts board.  I have to admit, the Ikea reindeer mugs are definitely on my “want” list.  What’s your top pick?

Reindeer Motif with logo

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This fancy sweater didn’t make the board, but I’m diggin’ it too!

I promise I’ll work on my attitude.  Scout’s honor.