5 Ways Art Can Improve Your Room Design

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 12.27.19 PMArtwork can bring together the elements of a room by being a focal point, a color inspiration, a harmonizer and more

As an interior designer with a fine arts background and an active painter, I find artwork to be the most important element of a room. An equal part of what I do, along with construction, project management and furniture design, is curate art and antiques collections for my clients. Artwork can often make or break a space. Below are five things artwork can do for your room.

How To Display Art In Your Home?


How to Create an Art Gallery in Your Home

Now, you can learn the essential steps for properly hanging artwork in your own home, without damaging paint and walls. Just one picture or framed poster can affect the total look and feeling of a room—for better or worse. Balanced placement and a professional, neat job make all the difference. Follow this easy infographic to create a home art gallery, using traditional hardware or adapting more modern tension hanging systems.how-to-create-an-art-gallery-in-your-home

How dumb does your music make you look? [chart]

Do you love Radiohead with a red-hot passion? Well, congratulations, genius, because according to this lovely chart, you are what every parent dreams of having whilst putting headphones on the preggers belly.

Virgil Griffith, a brave man who spends his days as a software application writer, decided to make a lot of Beyonce fans mad by looking at SAT scores and the music downloaded at several colleges to see how they stack up.

No surprise, Nickelback wasn’t exactly Ivy League material either.

Here’s the link to the chart and thesis behind it.


Anatomy of Songs


Happy 4th: The Star Spangled Banner

“Let every nation k4th of Julynow, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”

~ John F. Kennedy 


10 pieces of classical music everyone should know

classical-musicAre you the kind of person who appreciates multiple genres of music?

Being familiar with the classics in any genre is a factor in one’s overall cultural awareness. In jazz, there’s Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight.” In country, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” In R&B, everyone should know Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” is a hip-hop classic; Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” is one of the greatest pop songs of all time.

Classical music is a tougher nut to crack, not only because it has centuries of history behind it, but also because it seems classical music lovers belong to an exclusive club, throwing around terms like partita, singspiel and von Karajan.

For the classical curious, cutting through the mystique may be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Don’t be that person who says their favourite piece of classical music is Phantom of the Opera. Get to know the following works, and build your classical music foundation.

Learn about the 10 pieces of classical music everyone should know from CBC Music.

Thursday’s Thought


“Art is about rearranging us, creating surprising juxtapositions, emotional openings, startling presences, flight paths to the eternal.”

– Ben Zander

The Acoustic Guitar

Created in the 1500s, the guitar is one of the most prominent instruments in history.acoustic-guitar