How To Hang Your Art

Tweet Have you ever wondered over the proper height for hanging your art work? While you can hang your art at whatever height you choose there is a standard that works well everywhere, it’s called the 57 Rule. The 57 … Read More

Have you ever wondered over the proper height for hanging your art work? While you can hang your art at whatever height you choose there is a standard that works well everywhere, it's called the 57 Rule. The 57 Rule says that the center of your art, not the hook, should be at 57 inches up from the floor. Why 57 inches? This is the average eye viewing height of people and is regularly used y galleries and museums for hanging height. By using this height as the center of your art all the pieces in your home will be hung in harmony no matter the size. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom
Do you love to have everything in each room match in your house? Do you have a theme throughout your house that flows from room to room? If either of those decorating styles sounds like you then you should consider decorating with prints from the same series. Many artists found on Gallery Direct have created series that are an easy way to decorate your home and know it all goes together. Series come in may different versions from those that are the same color with slight variations like the Seafoam Series by Leslie Saris   Or you can find series that have the same print in multiple colors like the Color Study or Lily Suite by Laura Gunn series Have you ever considered decorating with art in a series? You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
When it comes to Mother's Day and photo gifts people immediately think of mom and her kids or grand-kids. While that is a great idea you can only do that so many years, this year try some of these unique photo ideas and put them on canvas with the $49 photo upload deal going on right now! * Put your Mother's wedding photo on canvas. Unlike today when our parents where married putting your photos on canvas was not an option so surprise her by doing it now * Put a picture of your mother's parents or siblings on canvas. My mom is one of 8 and has a photo of all of them together when they are young, she would love that put on canvas for her. * Put a generational photo on canvas. I have a photo with 4 generations of women in it, how special would that be on canvas. * Put the family namesake on canvas. Is your mom named after a family member? Put that person on canvas. * Put a photo collage of your mom as child on canvas. Help preserve special family photos for generations to come by putting them on canvas. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
I have always loved mirrors as decor, so often people only look to mirrors as a way to check there appearance but decorating with mirrors can really bring a room to life. There are so many benefits to decorating with mirrors including:
  • Mirrors make a room appear larger. When strategically placed you can create the illusion of a bigger space. I love mirrors above fire places, at the ends of hallways or top and bottom of stairs.
  • Mirrors make a room brighter. Add a mirror to a small dark room and suddenly the lights are brighter and the sunshine stronger.
  • Mirrors are great for casual or formal spaces. If you have trouble setting the tone in a room a mirror is a great choice simply pick a frame that fits the room style and then add your art or leave blank.
Gallery Direct offers art and photos on mirror with several framing options, it is a surprisingly elegant and fun way to display art in your home be sure to check out this great decor option. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
Easter just passed and that means Mother's Day is right around the corner and it is time to start planning the perfect gift for your mom, she does deserve something special right? Every mom is immensely proud of there family so what better gift can you give than the gift of family forever captured in a beautiful piece of art? Join me @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect Monday April 16 at 10 pm EST for a Twitter party all about the perfect Mother's Day gift! 5 lucky winners will each win a $200 credit to create that perfect piece of custom art from Gallery Direct! Be sure to RSVP for the party and then just tweet away with hashtag #GallryDirect See you next Monday!

Spring Art: Florals!

Tweet It’s finally Spring and the flowers are in bloom making everything look beautiful and bright. Art is an easy way to capture the beauty of nature and bring it into your home. I particularly love vibrant spring floral pieces … Read More

It's finally Spring and the flowers are in bloom making everything look beautiful and bright. Art is an easy way to capture the beauty of nature and bring it into your home. I particularly love vibrant spring floral pieces especially during the dreary winter months they remind me that Spring is just around the corner. Gallery Direct makes it easy to find great floral prints either search by subject ( Botanical and Floral) or by color. Here are some great vibrant floral prints that will forever capture Spring in your home!         What floral prints at Gallery Direct caught your eye? I am personally a fan of Laura Gunn. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

Gallery Direct Twitter Party

Tweet Mark your calendars for Monday March 26 and keep the 10 o’clock hour free for some fun art chat and of course FREE ART! This Monday March 26 from 10-11 pm EST join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect to talk about … Read More

Mark your calendars for Monday March 26 and keep the 10 o'clock hour free for some fun art chat and of course FREE ART! This Monday March 26 from 10-11 pm EST join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect to talk about adding a little color to your home this Spring! Bring your questions and your love of art and join us, six lucky winners will be adding a beautiful new custom piece of art to there home courtesy of Gallery Direct!
Often when you think of buying art for your home you think of the main areas of your house, but not the bedrooms, especially not the kids bedrooms. Having art in your child's room from a young age is a great way to encourage a love and appreciation for art. My oldest two girls share a room and have an adorable ballerina quilt from Company Kids that is my inspiration for the decor. I knew I wanted to get a piece of ballet themed art from Gallery Direct to tie the room together. Gallery Direct had a wide variety of options as well as quality products for me to choose from. I knew I wanted a wrapped canvas with a ballet theme so I wouldn't have to worry about glass in my girls bedroom. After searching through thousands ( literally) of images I decided I wanted a painting and not a photograph but I did not want any actual figures in the piece. I debated on whether or not I wanted a pair of shoes or a tutu until I found the Ballerina tutu by Barbara Helgason and I knew it was the perfect piece to inspire my ballerina room. When the piece arrived my girls got so excited and it is exactly what I was looking for. The piece is striking and beautiful yet very soft and feminine. I love how the gallery wrapped canvas turned out and it makes the perfect statement in my girls room and it helps to introduce art into everyday life! You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
Are you following @GalleryDirect on Twitter? If not you should be and now is a great time to start following because we are giving away 6 FREE CUSTOM ART PIECES.You could have a beautiful Van Gogh like that one above your fireplace. That's right Monday February 27 at 10pm EST @ThriftyChicMom will be hosting a Twitter Party along with @GalleryDirect and during the party 6 lucky participants will each win a custom piece of art (up to a $200 value). Be sure to go check out Thrifty & Chic Mom for all the party details, see you Monday night on Twitter!
If you have a special photo that you want to really bring to life then I have the perfect idea for you, have your photo printed on aluminum. If you have never seen a photo on aluminum I am sure you have no idea what I am talking about but aluminum has the ability to bring your photo to life. The way the light hits the aluminum gives it an alive and sparkling look. A photograph of an aluminum print can never do it justice but take my wedding photo as a great example. The chandeliers in the photo seem to be on and sparkling in the background when you look at my photo. I have had this picture on display in my home since my wedding but now on aluminum it transports me back to my first wedding dance. Aluminum is a great way to elevate your photo and bring it life, water glistens and seems ti almost move, lights seem to be sparkling and the whole picture has a sense of being alive not flat like a typical photo. So if you have a special memory you want brought to life check out the aluminum options form Gallery Direct. This post brought to you by Ellen of Thrifty & Chic Mom.