Turn a large landscape print into a pleasing collection of smaller prints.
Style at Home managing editor and resident crafter Catherine Therrien shows you how to create an easy yet stylish gallery wall.
• Landscape print
• Picture frames
• Spray paint
• Cutting mat
• X-acto knife
• Masking tape
• Picture-hanging hardware
1 Find an oversized print of a landscape scene in a monochromatic colour scheme.
2 Collect frames of different sizes (for a 58" x 38" print, I used 10 frames).
3 Prep the frames by removing any existing artwork, glass, staples, wiring, etc. Spray-paint the frames in a single colour that complements the print. Let completely dry.
4 Place the print on a flat surface and lay the frames over it. Play around with the placement of the frames, making sure to capture the most important segments of the print.
5 Once you’re pleased with the arrangement, take a pencil and trace around the inside of each frame. Remove the frames.
6 Slide a cutting mat under one of the traced segments. Using a ruler and an X-acto knife, cut out the image. Repeat.
7 Take each cut-out image and place it in its corresponding frame. Secure all four edges of each print to the frame using masking tape.
8 Attach picture-hanging hardware to the top of each frame.
9 Anchor the frames to the wall in roughly the same sequence as the original print. Start with the centre frames and then slowly work the other pieces around them.
Black and white contrast create a classy and cosmopolitan look
Fresh, modern and fun, a revamped heritage home is the perfect place for one Montreal family.
Like the rest of the living room, the fireplace is striking in its lack of embellishment. “I wanted the whole space to be sleek,” says designer Sylvie Masse.
Sleek and modern as it may look, the kitchen is hard-working. Ample surface space makes prepping and cooking a cinch, and corralling clutter is easy thanks to the extra storage from the overhead and under-counter cabinetry. A TV integrated into the glass backsplash offers entertainment for cooks or those eating at the island. Visual interest is added through simple details like the pottery that appears to float on the ethereal glass shelving in front of the window in lieu of a blind.
A catch-all for cookbooks and culinary miscellany, the built-in oak unit along the kitchen’s back wall offers lots of extra storage and adds warm texture to the otherwise stark and minimalistic room.
High contrast black and white looks classy and cosmopolitan in the living room. Sylvie eschewed drapery for a barely-there roller shade to let the industrial-style window shine.
“With its bold black runner, the original white-painted staircase looks very old New York City,” says Sylvie.
Modern classics reign in the master bedroom, from the Eames rocker to the plush low-profile bed frame.
The clean-lined everything-in-its-place aesthetic took careful planning. By setting the wardrobe system within the wall and adding a lacquered MDF strip along the bottom, the contractor made the individual units appear built-in for a more refined look.
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10 Easter tabletop ideas
Setting the table for a special occasion starts with a beautiful tablecloth. This one is an investment, but the pastel edging is subtle enough for it to be trotted out through spring and into summer. In a cotton-linen blend, it will wash well and can become a table linen you can have for decades, so long as you commit to cleaning stains immediately. Easter Jacquard tablecloth, Williams-Sonoma, from $235.
Not everything has to be petal pink and baby blue to evoke springtime. An Easter table can be set with darker, matte shades for even more intensity and depth. Creams, whites, blues and lavenders are a sophisticated twist on the light shades we associate with this season. Whimsical, seasonal items like egg cup holders and bowls featuring bunnies can be contrasted with seductively matte dishware. Bunny bowls, egg cup holder, Indigo, from $6.
You need not be too matchy-matchy when it comes to pastels on the table. If the thought of six pink tumblers sounds way too twee for your liking, mix them up with a variety of lightened up hues for a less formal vibe. Hobstar glassware add a vintage, sparkling touch to an Easter table, but can also be pressed into use any time of the year. Decorated Hobstar glassware, West Elm, $25 per set of 4.
Why not do something over-the-top and daring with you Easter decor? If you’re in the Let’s Have Some Real Easter Fun camp, go for a graphic print plate with a bunny motif, like this glazed stoneware one. You can mix and match the colours, or pick one shade like blue and pair it with cloth napkins of the same hue for a gorgeous statement tabletop. Graphic Bunny Plate, Pottery Barn, $34 per set of 4.
So DIY Easter eggs are not your thing. The dipping, the dyeing, the drying is too much bother. That’s fine, especially since you can still steal the look with these super-pretty gold-painted egg candles in pastel shades. Arrange them artfully in a ceramic egg holder, or even save the bottom half of a cardboard egg carton for a look that will mix textures and weight. Handmade Easter Candle Egg, Etsy, $7 each.
Plain white dinnerware is a forever classic, but injecting pastel printed dishware can take a table setting to luscious and elegant heights. If you adore punchy prints, Anthropologie specializes in them, be it shower curtains, bedding or tableware. This table setting is predominantly pink, but still feels grown-up and neutral enough to bring out any time of the year. Cliveden dinnerware, Anthropologie, from $18 USD.
Easter brunch is an entrenched tradition for many families. If you serve up soft-boiled eggs, it’s the time to get cute, so set a table with adorable glass rabbit egg cups like these ones. Glass dinnerware can easily be mixed in with porcelain and stoneware so long as you keep the colours to a minimum, like at this pretty three-colour table setting. Phoebe Egg Cup, Crate and Barrel, $5.
If you’ve got kids at home, they’ll love decorating for Easter with paper goods like garlands, bunting and loot baskets. If you’re crafty, you can find lots of DIY ideas via Pinterest or Google, but if you just want to shop for these items, we get it. We found this inspiring kids’ Easter table at Land of Nod. Bunny paper cups, Easter-themed napkins and pastel tartan paper boxes are just a few of the items that contribute to a sunny, fun table setting for a kids’ party. Meri Meri Easter Party decorations, Land of Nod, from $5 USD.
Instead of bunnies and pastels, scrap tradition and do something modern. Use black dinnerware or accessories as a counterpoint to pastels for a look that’s edgy and unexpected. The key is to keep everything else sleek and crisp as well, even if you’re mixing textures. The interplay of gray, marble veining, black, green and a touch of pink can make for a stunning table setting, especially as seen here, contrasted with sharp geometric shapes. Belay dinnerware, CB2, from $7.
We’re not for a second going to suggest you have to purchase painted Mason jars. After all, it’s a craft you can easily tackle this with some time and some paint.. However, we’re certainly not going to judge if you want to buy them already painted in custom Easter shades. An Etsy artisan called KAStylesMasonJars will custom-paint them in the colours of your choosing. Pastel Mason Jars, Etsy, $48 per set of 4.