Friday, August 15, 2014

Everyday Design No.3: How High?




If I had a dollar for every time I was asked what height artwork should be hung I might very well be close to being able to retire. This seems to be the single biggest question and one of the biggest problem areas of interior design. Now, had I another dollar for every house I went into where their artwork was hung to high I would be able to retire...on my own island in the Caribbean. It really is that much of a problem.

While the 57-60 inch center height is not set in stone it is the best standard. It also works well if you are planning on hanging to pieces of similar sized art one above the other. In this case the 57-60 inch standard should fall in the space between the two pieces (which should be 2-4 inches on average).

Here is where it can get a bit complicated. If you are hanging two pieces, one above the other, but one is a good bit bigger the other the 57-60 inch height will no longer be on the center of the piece. This is how it works, let us say that the piece on the bottom is bigger, in this case the 57-60 inch line should fall between the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the piece depending its height. Should the larger piece be on top simply use the bottom 1/3 to 1/4. Simple right?

As always should anyone have questions on this topic I am always happy to answer them.

Best,
Brion


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Everyday Design No.2: A Touch of Pink.



So many people are stuck in so many outdated interior design ideas. The ceiling is probably the worst place for these outdated ideas. Matte white..boring...is pretty much the norm in most homes, but it doesn't have to be. Use the tip above or experiment a little, the idea is to take a break from what everyone else does.

Best,
Brion


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Everyday Design No.1































After a long...long...long absence from posting I am quite pleased to return with a brand new series called Everyday Design. In this series I'll be sharing professional interior design tips on topics from lighting to how to use flowers to enhance your interior. All this coming to you absolutely free...once a week or so.

Should you have questions about the tips or would like a tip about something specific please let me know, it would be my pleasure to help in any way I can.

I will also be writing posts here on Bastion & Lark with a bit more frequently from now on, at least until my schedule becomes terribly crazy again.

Best,
Brion


P.S. You can also find Everyday Design on my Instagram feed, @brjudge.

P.P.S. This post is basically the same as yesterday save a most embarrassing issue that arose. A friend was helping me write a few of the tips and advice to help me focus in on a writing style. When he sent me his versions of the ideas that I gave him I was instantly taken by the way the tip had been written and knew it had to be used for the first Everyday Design post. The problem is is the tip was an almost exact copy of a well known quote by a well known designer. After deleting it from everywhere it had been posted, and spending the evening in total embarrassment and regret for not knowing better, I decided to start again fresh with a new tip of my own and in my words.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On This Day Let Us Give Thanks.




It is my sincerest hope that everyone is able to spend this holiday with those they love to be with, in an environment they love to be in and at a table they love to be at.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Brion

Friday, November 22, 2013

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." - JFK.



The 22nd of November, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. on a cool afternoon our 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated by a snipers bullet in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Today marks the 50th anniversary of that day.

I have always had an odd obsession with JFK, not so much with the legacy or the myth or even the president but with the man himself. Every book of worth written about him sits in my library, I've seen every bit of footage ever shown about him and I have saved in a folder on my computer hundreds of images of the man. I even have a Pinterest board with some of those images called "Camelot."

As there are many many sites and probably blog posts coming out today with all sorts of facts and stories and theories I won't get into my thoughts on the man. Allow me to simply share some of my favourite images of the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Watching the America’s Cup Race. Mrs. Kennedy, President Kennedy, others. Off Newport, RI, aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

John and Jacqueline Kennedy, 1957. Photo by Yousuf Karsh.

JFK at Princeton.

John F. Kennedy, Dexter Academy Football, 1926.

President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and others watch the lift-off of the FIRST American in Space, Astronaut Alan Shepard. -from the JFK Library.

I have always loved this photograph of John F Kennedy. "The Loneliest Job" by George Tames.


Long live Camelot,
Brion
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