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There Really are No Hard & Fast Rules About Family Portraits

Traditionally, portraits were a symbol of affluence and power. They were hung in main entrances or in prominent positions in public rooms where they could be seen and admired by all.

There are still two schools of thought on the subject. One, that a beautiful portrait can greet guests in any public space as a sign of welcome to the home. Two, that a portrait is personal and should be on view for the family in a more private area. Today we can run the gamut between the two. For example, a collection of family portraits is often hung on the wall of the stairs leading from the public to the private space.

Hanging them over the fireplace is a traditional solution and above the couch leans to the contemporary. Make your choice depending on how prominently YOU want them displayed. The first wall a person sees when walking into the room is the most prominent position.

If portraits are the same size and framed similarly, hang them beside each other (within 2 to 4 inches). This will form a horizontal grouping that will echo the lines of the mantel or the couch. Be careful not to hang them to high. Keeping the centre of the piece at eye level is a good rule of thumb.

Posted Monday, August 06, 2007 7:22 PM by Marti Pattinson | 0 Comments

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I Am Moving - Where Do I Put All My Stuff?

Where Do I Put All My Stuff?

When someone is getting ready to sell their home and we start to look at what they need to do to get it ready, number one on the list is often decluttering! All of us accumulate an awful lot of stuff over the years. But when faced with the need to get it out of the way many people are overwhelmed. They don't know what to do with the stuff or where to start.

So, here are some suggestions. And I suggest being ruthless when trying to determine how much to clear out. Get rid of everything you can stand to pack up or eliminate. Then go back and get rid of that same amount again!

First the easy solutions:

You're moving anyway so pack it up now! Put it in moving boxes (appropriate labeled!) and store it. Ideally, you should rent a storage unit.  If you are agressive enough at clearing stuff out you'll net more money than the storage unit will cost you!

If you really, really can't or won't rent a storage unit, put the boxes in the garage. Or store them with friends or realtives. And, as a last resort, put them in the basement.

Now the harder remedies:

  • Have a garage sale
  • Sell it on ebay
  • Give it away
  • Donate it to a charitable organization
  • Sell it on Craigs List
  • Sell it in the local papers
  • Take it to the landfill (Last resort)
  • A pod will take care of it too - this way you do not have to pack and unpack

OK, that should get you started! Trust me, you'll feel better when it's done. And, I know your house will sell better!

Borrowed from my friends blog - Julie Emery from Amissville, VA, United States Huh?.  She is an awesome writer and her advise is sound!

Posted Saturday, June 09, 2007 1:02 AM by Marti Pattinson | 0 Comments

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