A clever way to display pictures ..... and why us ladies still love magazines .....

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Hi Folks

I'm sure you all thought I'd left the planet !!!

With one thing and another, we have been up to our necks with both magazine and hotel shoots .....  all good and all enjoyable thankfully :)

It's kind of interesting about magazines ..... like many of us, I almost wondered at one stage, would ladies stop buying housey publications and look to things like Pinterest, Instagram and Blogs for on-line inspiration.

And yes, of course these mediums are hugely popular and inspirational - but it appears that us ladies still enjoy the 'touchy feely' aspect of reading a lovely magazine over a cup of coffee - we like to hold on to them and re-visit them .... we like to share them with friends ..... we like to read the owners' story - how they did things and why ......  it's almost like a special little treat  ........ a bit of "me time" ......

The demand for lovely 'real homes' to appear in a wide range of publications is what has been keeping us verrrrry busy of late !! 'Paper Media' remains hugely popular and long may that continue !!

Incidentally, I love to use magazines as part of displays and vignettes .....  

Sorry for the rubbish pic taken with my mob - but hopefully you get the drift !!

Anyway - returning to the title of this blog ...... I have always loved picture collages ..... I think it is a great way to inject personality to a home .... this is one of the first ones I did in the sitting room of a previous home ....

I cant believe that was over 10 years ago !! I guess my personal style is more about white/greys/linens now rather than creams - but doesn't it just show that neutral schemes are pretty much timeless !!

When creating collages, you need to decide early on whether to go for a random approach ...

....... like this very clever arrangement we recently shot in a home owned by a lovely couple called Debs and Graham ...

This "random" approach can actually be surprisingly difficult to get right - my advice is always to have a trial run setting everything out on the floor.

A possible alternative is to go for perfect symmetry .....

Using a fab selection of original coastal inks by Stuart, I went for a very balanced look here for our little place in Tenerife. The main thing with this approach, is all about accuracy and scale !! For this look to work, the frames need to match and the pictures themselves need to work as a set. And, also, they need to "connect" with what is below them. A common mistake is to hang pictures too high.

BUT if either a random or a symmetrical approach seem like hard work - and perhaps don't suit your picture collection - there is an easier alternative .....

..... and it is to use picture ledges ....

We recently shot this stunning funky/colourful home owned by Patricia McGinnis who owns the beautiful interior shop 'Maven' in Belfast ....

I love how you can constantly move things about on a picture ledge if you fancy a change .....

 

Patricia went for a built-in picture ledge ..... but if that isn't feasible, I have used inexpensive ones from Ikea in the past ....

 

When we rented this home (whilst renovating our present home) - with the owners' blessing, I hung a couple of these ledges in the spare bedroom ...... it had a very high ceiling and so the ledges were a great way to add height and interest to a blank wall - and also good for whoever came behind us - ie no drilling holes that would need filled !! 

Like Patricia, I love to overlap pictures - but if you are using box frames as I did here, just be careful that there mightn't be enough space to overlap them on the Ikea ledges.

The star throw and cushions are available from our shop btw.

I am currently doing a wee bit of a makeover in our TV snug. When we moved to this house almost three years ago, we just plonked down whatever furniture we happened to have - but I never felt we got the most out of that space ...... anyway, I am working away as we speak on a very large collage - watch this space :)

Well folks, that's all from me for now ..... enjoy what remains of the weekend.

Take Care

Marie x