Moving from a house one owns to a rental can be a challenge. There is no longer the stress about paying for upkeep, but living in someone else’s property often comes with new stresses regarding specific decorating rules pertaining to the hanging of art and shelves.

People want to make their abode a home with their own decorating touches.

Everyone would like to make their living spaces their own with lovely art and accessories. Landlords are weary of damage that may be made to their properties with nails in walls, and no one can blame them. Command products by 3M has come to the rescue making wonderful products that will help decorate and organize the abode with absolutely no harm to any surfaces.IMG_1710

Hang artwork and hooks easily for organizing with no tools nor destruction to any surface

Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make decorating and organizing a pleasure. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize the walls. They can hold works of art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, when it is time to move on.IMG_1786 IMG_1807

Be inventive using Command;  Command hooks made the issue of attaining shelf space easy.

The kitchen sink in my new rented abode was longing for a shelf to be placed above it, between the two upper cabinets flanking either side. Problem is, the cabinetry is new and the property owner would probably not appreciate nails being placed in the new and clean decor.

By using an open metal shelf and Command hooks I easily installed a shelf myself in the niche between the two cabinets with no tools except for a tape measure, level and pencil.

  • Having a 36 inch opening, I purchased an Elfa 36 inch wide by 12 inch deep wire metal shelf form the Container Store. IMG_3913
  • Using the level and measuring tape, lines were made with a pencil to determine where to place the hooks that would hold the shelf up.
  • The metal shelf was easy to snap into place allowing for the hooks to hold it in position until the time comes for its damage free removal. IMG_4044 IMG_4062

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    check out the magnetic led touch lights added to the bottom of the shelf for accent lighting

  • Any pencil marks leftover were easily washed away.

I now have a beautiful place to store extra items in attractive cubbies. Two round dollar store battery operated tap LED lights with magnets attached to the bottom of the metal shelf add an accent light over the sink to finish off the new decor.

Command is very easy to apply and remove needing absolutely no tools.

  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on the tape to attach to hook so that the tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  •  Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  •  Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

Ready to move on to a new abode, then simply take the shelf off of the hooks and then remove the Command hooks.

  • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

Hanging artwork and anything on the walls can be tricky. everything must be hung level, straight and at the correct height. Traditional picture hangers and hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. With a rental or dorm room one might not have the option of poking holes in the walls. Command is a wonderful discovery for everyone and just about every situation. The kids can now hang the posters on the walls of their rooms without tape, thumbtacks, mess or punishment for damaging the wall’s finish.

I can attest to these products being a great invention to assist in decorating and organizing the abode. All of the Command products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips. Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that the products should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Create a beautiful decor by thinking outside of the box using inventive products. Never be afraid to dance!

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Filling an empty wall can be a challenge. Finding works of art to adorn the walls can be fun but can also be expensive. For those venturing into their first abode or dorm for the first time may not have the funds for the extras to dress up the home. This is the perfect time to get creative in order to dress up the living space.

The Rasterbator enables one to create free wall decor.4820

Rasterbation is a fun way to create works of art while staying within your budget. Simply go to rasterbator.net and begin the creativity.5010

  • Click on “Create your poster” to start the process.
  • Load an image from a website or upload a photo from your computer.
  • Set the paper size, standard or custom, and output size. The output size depends on the number of sheets of paper.
  • Next decide on Rasterbation options; black and white, single color, multicolor, etc.

Time to Rasterbate!  

  • The Rasterbation is turned into a PDF that is then downloaded and printed out easily on your printer.

Create multi-page posters from any image.

“The Rasterbator enlarges images to multiple pages, which you can then print and combine into huge posters”. Images can be used in many decorative options.

  • Simply attach the individual sections together with tape from the back to create one huge work of art to mount on the wall or be framed.2097
  • Be creative and use the Rasterbation created to paper an entire wall using decoupage materials.10668
  • Mount each section on a board to be mounted in a grid pattern.6679
  • Frame pages or sections of the Rasterbation to create unique pieces of artwork for a wall.6144

Rasterbation is fun, creative, and allows one to dress their abode with a statement that is all their own. Have fun Rasterbating. Invite friends and family to join in the fun and never be afraid to dance!

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The furniture is in place and accessorized. Now it is time to add the finishing touch to the blank walls with some lovely artwork. You have the art work and it is all framed and ready to adorn the abode’s walls. Now you will need to figure out the perfect spots to hang the artistic touches to the room.

Plan out how and where to hang your art pieces.

Browse décor magazines for inspiration on how artwork should look when properly presented in a room. The IKEA catalogue is also a good source to do research. IKEA has some well priced mirrors, prints, frames and mattes if you need any additional items.

IKEA wall of art

First gather all of the tools that you will need for your project:

  • a pencil with an eraser
  • a tape measure
  • note paper
  • picture hanging hooks
  • painters tape
  • brown craft paper or newspaper
  • a level

Art looks better when hung lower, rather than higher, even if you have tall ceilings.

An exception to this would be if you are adding art above a cabinet or door to raise the perception of height.

  • A rule to follow is to keep the center at around eye level. This means the average eye level of around 60 inches to 66 inches. If you are a tall person, than obviously you will be hanging your art lower than your own eye level in order to look good. If you are hanging over a sofa, table, or bed the piece or pieces should be no more than around 9 to 12 inches above the furniture, depending on the size or group.

Time to get hanging

You decide to hang your art so its center is at 62 inches above the floor.

  • First mark the wall with your pencil at 62 inches in the spot you would like to hang. Let’s say the frame measures 24 inches high by 36 inches wide. The center of this piece is 12 inches from the top and bottom. If your art is to be hung from a wire on the back, you will need to pull up the center of the wire towards the top of your art and measure from the top of the center peak of the wire to the center of the piece. If this measurement equals 6 inches then you will be adding 6 inches to the 62 inches that you marked on the wall. This means that you will be placing your picture hook at 68 inches in order to achieve the finished hanging height that you want. Some pieces have one or two hang bars instead of wire. In this case you will need to measure from the center of the piece up to the hang bar and add this to the 62 inches that you measured on the wall. For two hang bars you need to be very precise with your measuring in order for the art to be hung straight. Use your level and double check your measurements.

If you are hanging a grouping then you can first arrange the pieces on the floor to find a pattern you like.

Usually an odd number of pieces, such as 3, will look better than an even number. The pieces do not have to be symmetrical. Determine the center of your pattern. The center of the grouping will be hung at your decided height of 62 inches and you will work out, up, and down from there. If hanging a group over furniture you can start from the bottom and work your way up.

Want to be sure about how the artwork will be placed before hammering a hanger into the wall?

  • Use blue painter’s tape to place an outline of where you propose your picture frames to be hung. After you are sure that the location pleases you then you can hang the artwork with confidence.
  • Brown craft paper or newspaper can be used as mock artwork. Transfer the sizes of your art pieces onto the paper and cut them out, then place the cut-outs on the wall with tape where you would like the artwork to be hung. This will give you a great perspective on how your artwork will truly be viewed when hung on the wall.

Be adventurous. Do not be afraid to mix and match frames or textures. You can add a display shelf into your grouping for more interest. Your walls reflect you, so be proud of who you are and never be afraid to dance!

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Photos represent our lives, our families and friends, and past generations. Memories come alive as folks sit around the photo album reminiscing about people and celebrations. Discs are great to store memories, but without a device to watch them on, they are nothing but a file for your memories. No matter how far we have come digitally, it is still fun to pass the hard copies of the photos around for all to see and comment.

Abode’s long for unique pieces of art to adorn the walls.

Artwork transforms walls into conversation pieces

Easy Canvas Prints will turn your precious photos into beautiful canvas art worthy of a gallery.

Easy Canvas Prints are high quality, carefully crafted, and definitely a deal. …No matter what size or what wrapping options, you are guaranteed a beautiful quality canvas for an affordable price. …In four easy steps, turn your photos or graphic designs into beautiful art pieces for your home or office. Canvas Art is the perfect way to decorate or commemorate a special moment.

Now you can display your beautiful photos on the walls as canvas art.

Easy Canvas Prints are available in three canvas thicknesses and a multiple of sizes from 8” X 8” to 24” X 36”, as well as custom sizing.

In four easy steps you can transform your photos into beautiful artwork right from the comfort of your computer

  • Choose your canvas size and thickness; you can even preview the size canvas hung on a wall over a sofa.
  • Choose an image; upload from your computer, Facebook, or Instagram. Then preview and size the image to your canvas.
  • Choose style and select border option of either mirror image, image wrap, or a border color.
  • The last step is fun you get to choose optional color finishing and image retouching to perfect your already beloved image.
  • Simply add your finished piece to the shopping cart to place your order.

Customize millions of art & nature photos on canvas

Browse the different uploadable photos on the Easy Canvas Print site

  • Fine Art by Style
  • Natural Scenes
  • Animals
  • Cities and Places
  • Flowers & Botanicals
  • Dining & Entertainment

Check out the Idea Gallery for inspiration and the most popular styles

“From family snapshots to fine art, vacation photos to vintage prints, canvas can turn your favorite digital images into a work of art.”

  • Weddings
  • Babies
  • Pets
  • Kids
  • Landscapes
  • Vintage
  • Expressions
  • Fine Art

Have fun decorating the walls with canvases dressed with memories. Arrange a lovely grouping. Remember art should be hung at eye level in order to look its best. Every time a guest enters your abode the artwork will become the center of the conversation.

Enjoy your remembrances, look forward to making new memories, and never be afraid to dance!

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learn how to hang artwork with the help of this fun video

Easy lesson on how to hang artwork in the abode – National interior decorating | Examiner.com.

Artwork is what makes the abode your own. It is an expression of those who live there. Hanging artwork can be tricky. You need to make sure that it is hung level and straight and at the correct height. It is necessary to command perfection when hanging the artwork.

Traditional picture hooks place holes in a wall so it is necessary not to make mistakes when using these. If you live in a rental or dorm room you might not be allowed to mar a wall poking holes with traditional picture hooks.

Command Brand by 3M has the perfect picture and frame hangers to hang art, hole free, on the walls.

Now you can hang your artwork anywhere without worry of putting holes in the wall. Change artwork around often.

Picture Hanging Strips come in a variety of sizes to hang an array of artwork.

  • “Embellish your walls with framed prints, photos, plaques and crafts using picture hanging strips. Available in white and black with each set holding 1 to 4 pounds, depending on size.”

Picture Clips and Poster Strips are perfect for hanging lightweight items.

  • “Mount posters or secure lightweight items firmly to a variety of surfaces using poster strips. Hang photos, coupons, reminder notes and schedules on walls with picture clips.”

Sticky Nail Metal Hangers hold traditional frames that require more traditional types of picture hook hanging methods.

  • “Available in two designs, sticky nail metal hangers hold picture frames securely to walls and fit saw tooth, key hole, eyelet or wire frames. Sawtooth sticky nail metal hangers hold up to 5 pounds, and wire-backed sticky nail metal hangers hold up to 8 pounds.”

Keep the artwork in place.

  • “Frame stabilizer strips help keep pictures straight, eliminating crooked pictures on the wall.”

3M has given me the opportunity to personally test their wonderful Command products.

Command is very easy to apply and remove.

  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on tape to attach to hook so that tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  • Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  • Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.

    damage free art hanging on top of tiled backsplash

For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

3M has come to the rescue with their wonderful Command Brand products

There is truly a Command product for any application and need.

  • Hooks
  • Organizational Products
  • Cord Organization
  • Bath products
  • Picture and Frame Hangers

I am pleased to say that these products are a great invention and lend to creative organizing and decorating. All of the products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips.

Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that this product should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Have fun beautifying your abode and never be afraid to dance!

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As the world’s decor continues to change it is a good time to renew and refresh the interior décor as well. Begin with reviving the walls with a clean coat of lovely paint in a new color. Plan a painting party day for friends and family.

The abode’s walls look grand; clean and crisp dressed in their new coats of paint.  You now have a fresh canvas to hang some new artwork on.

There are many alternatives to purchasing expensive art work.

Art is personal and should be something that will be treasured and loved, no matter what the price.

Family photos; get in touch with family history by creating a family tree of photos. Look through photos from past generations. This is a great family activity that will invite the children to get to know their heritage and where past relatives came from.

  • Create a gallery hanging photos in frames on a staircase wall or a corridor wall. Frames can be mixed and matched to add to the special décor.
  • Make a collage of photos in a single large frame to hang in a special place.
  • Guests will enjoy looking at the photos and you will enjoy the memories.

Garage and yard sales are blooming; take a nice day out to visit sales.

  • Don’t discard buying a beautiful frame because your dislike the art. Use the frame to frame a new piece of art or a mirror can be cut to fit inside the frame.
  • Old coffee table picture books can be found at very inexpensive prices. The pages can be taken out and framed as art work.
  • Old magazine covers and ads make lovely framed art as well.

Someone else’s trash can be your treasure; as you take a pleasant walk don’t be afraid to pick up a discarded item. You can find framed pieces tossed along with other treasures.

  • Old antique divided windows and doors are often tossed out with the garbage. These can be used for creative framing or just to hang as a group on a wall.

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Remnants make attractive wall décor; A yard of fabric or left over wallpaper can be used as wall art.

  • Stretch the fabric over a canvas stretcher to hang in a grouping.
  • Wallpaper can be matted and framed to create beautiful art to hang on the wall. Many wall papers when framed look like an actual painted piece that will impress the visitors.

Think way outside of the box; open up your creative mind to using items that normally would not be considered art as wall decor.

  • An interesting area rug can be reincarnated as a lovely wall hanging.

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  • Paper money collected from travels abroad can be matted and framed.
  • Small collections like old hot wheel cars or bottle caps can be mounted in shadowboxes to be displayed on the walls.

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  • Climb up to the attic and clean it out. Dig through the clutter in the basement. This is the perfect time to get creative with all of those items that have been piling up. Enjoy the hunt and adventure of creating new décor.

Be at one with your surroundings and never be afraid to dance!

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When questioning people on the most exasperating part of decorating a room most will say that the room needs finishing touches and they are not sure what direction to take.

Choosing art to adorn the walls ends up being very frustrating. There are many choices and styles. Are you looking for original paintings to invest in or are you on a tight budget and just want something you like and will be attractive hanging in your home?

Before running out in search of your new artwork, take time to plan

  • Do not buy art with the intention of turning a quick profit.
  • Where is the artwork being placed? Measure the space so you know what size pieces you are looking for. Keep within the color palette of your abode.
  • Do as much research in advance as possible. Take the time to study, compare and select.

Determine your budget.

When purchasing an unframed piece it is important to consider the cost of the frame. The frame can be very expensive in itself.

  • Watercolors need to be matted and must be behind glass as well.
  • Paintings on Canvases that are wrapped often have painted edges and do not need to be framed, saving you money. Be aware that the unframed pieces will add a contemporary or transitional aspect to your décor.

Determine what Painting style and medium you like.

Are you into Abstract Art, Impressionism Art, Realism Art, Expressionism Art, or Surrealism Art? There are many mediums including the most popular; Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor.

Know the difference between an Original Oil or Acrylic Painting and a print.

These mediums should be framed without glass. To the untrained eye a print can be mistaken for an original.

An original painting usually has textured brush strokes, with rich and vibrant colors.

  • Original paintings usually have a rough surface and uneven paint on the sides of the stretched canvas.

A Print is a copy of the original painting. Also known as a reproduction. It usually has a flat image and lacks the true vibrant color of an original.

  • Prints generally have even edges where the novice buyer typically will not look.

Buying an original work of art should be an amazing experience for you as well as an investment opportunity.

When purchasing an Original piece ask for the Certificate of Authenticity (COA). This provides assurance and verifies the authenticity of the painting you have purchased. The COA is should be legitimate and come from the artist or a qualified dealer, agent or gallery.

Newer galleries are a good place to purchase for your collection.

Prices will be lower and more competitive. You will be helping the gallery with its start as well as supporting a young artist beginning a career. You will also have the opportunity to forge a new friendship that will enable you to be on the cutting edge of exciting gallery showings in the future.

When investing in Art the most important thing to consider is that you really are attracted to the piece and you want to show it off on your wall.

  • Have fun visiting galleries and looking at the artwork.
  • Speak to professionals in galleries about works you find interesting.
  • Find out background information on the artists.

Art Fairs are great to stroll through.

It is a nice day out in which you can mingle with the artists showing their works. It gives you the opportunity to see many styles and chat with the artists. Ask for business cards from the artists that you might want to pursue further.

Do not rush to buy a piece unless it is truly something you love and are really enticed by. Art is like a romance; if you are honestly not attracted entirely then the love will wane and you will ultimately become disenchanted with your purchase decision.

Read my article to learn how to hang your new artwork.

Enjoy your quest for your new love and never be afraid to dance!

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Art is unique to the owner. Some enjoy adorning the room with photos; others are collectors of fine paintings. Whatever your preference, art makes a personal statement about its owner using the abode’s walls.

Paper Culture has brought the opportunity to combine art with sustainable design in their Bamboo Wall Art

  • There is a range of modern designs to choose from.
  • Personalize your art with your own photo, name or custom phrase.
  • Every piece of art is mounted on an eco friendly bamboo panel that is easy to hang.

Not only will your walls have their own unique decoration, the décor is eco-friendly 

  • Bamboo is one of the fastest growing, most renewable plants on the planet. Some species grow as much as 4 feet per day
  • Bamboo requires no pesticides to grow and relatively small amounts of water
  • Bamboo produces more oxygen than the equivalent sized forest of trees
  • Bamboo biodegrades quickly and in its entirety

Paper Culture is an eco, sustainable business.

  • They use only 100% post consumer recycled paper or alternative non-tree fibers.
  • Only recycled paper is used in their packaging.

Paper Culture plants a tree with every order placed and gives you the opportunity to dedicate the tree.

Paper Culture’s “Cards to Trees” goal is to plant 1 million trees in US national forests.

Bamboo Wall Art is versatile in its design

  • Available in four sizes from mini to large
  • Get a ready-made design or upload your own art; great for the special kids’ artwork
  • Upload one photo or a grouping

The new art should be hung correctly to be shown off proudly

  • Hang your art at eye level
  • Create a grouping of artwork to decorate the wall

Have fun creating your own Bamboo Wall Art. The walls will be beautiful dressed up with their new art. You will feel proud as you tell others that you created your own art and planted a tree in a national forest.  Get in touch with your inner artist and never be afraid to dance!

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As the summer weather nears, we open our windows to let in the sunshine. It is time to let the summer breeze inside by decorating to add a touch of summer to the abode.

There are a number of décor changes that can be made.

Painting your walls can begin an entire new look for your rooms.

Thoughts of the beach and ocean come with the warm weather. Bring a little of the seaside inside.

When thinking summer our mind drifts to the ocean, sky, and sand. These colors can very easily be brought in with paint.

Blue with white trim, or visa versa, reflects the ocean and sky.

Blue painted molding can calm a room like a summer breeze

Sea-foam green mirrors the ocean as well.

In the art of feng shui, black represents water

Instead of white molding, paint some trim black.

Black, white, grey, and sand are wonderful neutral colors

Looking to keep a neutral palette, then paint the walls in shades of sand like tan or sand dollar white with a white or black trim.

For a touch of fun add a stenciled design with a summer motif

A nautical chain wall stencil in a contrasting color will add beauty to any wall.

nautical chain wall stencil

Summer colors are great to bring into the decor by adding accessories

Accessorizing is the fun part of decorating.

  • Go out shopping for fun finds. Turn it into a real treasure hunt. Make a list of what you are searching for. Search garage sales and thrift shops for items that can be worked into the décor.
  • Old portholes can be cleaned up and used as frames or made into clocks
  • Ships bells make nice bookends and paper weights.
  • Mounted fish can be great over a fireplace for the summer.
  • Boat models look nice on a bookshelf.
  • Oars can be hung on the wall as well as old signage.
  • Old steamer chests look beautiful when restored and can be used as a coffee table.
  • Old compasses and small anchors look nice on a wall.
  • A ship wheel can be hung on the wall or used as a base for a glass table top.
  • Giant fishing lures can be used as wall hooks.
  • Nautical flags and old maps can be framed and hung on walls.
  • Add some pretty accent pillows in a seaside theme.
  • Hurricane candle holders filled with sand and shells as a base for the candles are easy to display.

Do-it-yourself projects can be fun and rewarding.

In this nice weather use the outdoors to make some of your own accessories.

  • Have your children and friends gather shells on the beach. Use hot glue to cover an old lamp base or frame with the shells.
  • Make a tassel with shells and cord to tie back curtains.
  • Display some pretty shells inside a matted frame with no glass.
  • Make a display of nautical knots in a frame (learn to tie your own from a how-to tutorial online or in a book)
  • Find an old small rowboat shell, stand it up on the back end and take out seats, then add shelves to make a bookcase. 
  • Cabinet knobs can be changed with interesting knobs mimicking shells, fish, etc. You can make your own pulls with a simple nautical knot.
  • A fishnet can be used to swag a window.
  • Make your own wall art by cutting out a fish shape from decorative craft paper, wallpaper, wrapping paper, or a pretty solid color paper. Place your cut out on a black or white paper stock, then matte and frame your creation. The bay men make cut-outs of their caught fish by tracing them on paper and then hanging them on the wall to show everyone their prized catches.

    The bay men track their prized catches by tracing the fish and mounting the tracings on the wall

For furnishings bring the outdoors inside

 

  • Wicker furniture in not just for the front porch.
  • Replace chair cushions or make a slipcover in a nautical stripe.
  • Shadow box coffee tables are great and can be changed with the seasons. These can be found at stores like IKEA or you can make your own out of an old piano bench by replacing the hinged top with a piece of glass.  Lay some sand and shells inside for a summer motif.

As a final touch enhance your décor with some understated ocean and beach scents, like coconut and citrus, that will bring the summer indoors. Turn up the island music and never be afraid to dance!

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