Since I started blogging, like 7 years ago, I’ve have never been worried about posts’ subjects and the reason for that was very simple: I’ve always had what to blog about – my day-by-day life has always given me enough content for my personal blog. As someone who moved to another country, I blogged to my family, friends and for my own sanity, of course. What can be easier than that? And it became easier and easier each year, especially when I became a mum – lots of things (and feelings) to share.
However here is a different story and although i have much to say about the theme, oh my, i started thinking: where do I begin?
I was watching tv when, during the commercial break I looked at my off white-blank-naked walls and thought, god!, I need to put this home together (btw, we just moved to a new home, the fourth in less than three years living in Australia). When this thought came to my mind, everything was clear and at that moment I knew: HomeSweetener will grow along with my own home and more than that, my first posts will be about my own needs – sorry, I can be a little bit selfish sometimes =p. Hopefully I’ll inspire and get inspired by other home sweeteners ;)
Back to my white-blank-naked walls…
On my last trip to Brazil, I bought some art works, one from a carioca artist and other two while I was visiting my beloved Buzios, the sweetest beach village in the whole world. Great, but how can I hang these art on my wall without overdoing them if 1.i don’t want to get rid of none of my over 40 existing framed photos; 2. I plan to add even more framed photos/illustrations to my walls; and 3.the canvases came rolled up and I have no clue about how to stretch them.
That was how I started
I’ve always been this extremely organized person and although sometimes I start doing things without planning, most of the times, to begin I need to put everything in order: first making a list (or should I say several lists?), then sketches and at last I start making it happen.
My lists are done – I have a plan for every corner of our sweet home; every single project has been listed.
Last week I started sketching – too bad that I don’t have a copy of AutoCAD anymore, so I have to do it by hand or, if I want to share my thoughts here, using the illustrator.
So let’s put the wheels in motion and get started showing the first things first: the layouts!
Bellow there is a few of the endless ways to put a wall of frames together.
If you ask me for general tips, the most important ones would be:
1. The group of frames should stick together and make sense. Making a beautiful wall is not about popping frames here and there, you’ve got to create a pattern, have to make sure that all the frames you are using belong together. They have to be, somehow connected;
2. If you are using one or just a few frames avoid placing them too high up on the wall – the horizontal mid line of your grouped frames should be between 1.60 and 1.70 m from the floor (which is the average height of a person’s eyes).
But the most important tip of all is this: be creative and open-minded, don’t let any rules stop you from getting the look you love, because in the end of the day, that is what gives character to your place ;)
Later on I will be posting more details showing how to fill your frames nicely, but for now i am very sleepy and tomorrow I have to wake up really early – yeah, my boys don’t care if I go to bed after mid-night. They always wake up when the sun shines (bleh!)