Elevating the Holiday Table Centerpiece

I am always searching for ways to create a table centerpiece that does not impede dinner guests' line of sight. Most decorations which are scaled large enough for a big dining room table are too tall to keep on the table during dinner. This hanging holiday table centerpiece solves that problem! By hanging the decorations from the chandelier, it creates height without limiting table function. This arrangement is created out of plastic Christmas ornaments hung with curling ribbon. I recommend leaving the ends of the ribbon uncut until you are satisfied with the ornament placement. It took me a little readjusting to make it feel balanced. Last year I did a similar centerpiece using dainty glass Christmas balls hung by a clear thread. It turned out very pretty, but due to lack of … [Read more...]

How to Frame and Display Children’s Art

These are works of art by Hans Jean, Jean Dubuffet and Meret Oppenheim that hang in the Museum of Modern Art. They are my inspiration. These pieces reflect the bright colors, strong lines and cheerful simplicity that you often see in children's art. Many of us have been stashing such items in kitchen junk drawers and dusty shoe boxes for years. How to display children's art on the wall without it looking like the fridge: 1. Find a frame: My favorite frames for kids' art are called "floating frames". A floating frame can be purchased almost anywhere that sells frames. The prices range from under $10 for two pieces of plastic clenched by metal strips to $30+ for glass surrounded by wood. They are extremely easy to use. Many people may shy away from the initial contemporary look, … [Read more...]