DUMICAN MOSEY Architects - Fillmore StreetContemporary Staircase, San Francisco
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4. Design a Family Photo WallIt seems simple enough: Put some photos in some frames and hang them on a wall. But getting a good-looking gallery wall takes a bit more planning and preparation. Here’s a look at the basic steps, some smart tricks and advice on whether hiring someone to help would be right for you.Cost: A DIY installation can cost $300. A larger installation involving reprinting photos and having them professionally framed and hung could cost as much as $3,000 or more. See the full project
Family. Rubin began with a shrine to her family. This included getting around to framing that group of photos that was stacking up, rearranging existing photos and putting family photos into more prominent positions. She also created holiday galleries that are pulled out once a year. For example, she put out photos of her daughters in their costumes over the years at Halloween and framed family Valentine’s cards during February. (Her family sends valentines in lieu of holiday cards, because that time of year is too busy — that sounds like one less stress during the holidays, an idea that would make me happier. How about you?) How to Design a Family Photo Wall
Project: Create a family photo wall.Why: Crookedly hanging a haphazard collection of random family photos is akin to spreading the contents of your junk drawer across the wall. A little thought can make a photo wall a work of art.Who to hire: Although it’s a project that could lend itself to a DIY weekend, you can get a polished look with the help of an interior designer or a professional art hanger. If you want to resize, reprint or change the color of a large number of photographs, a photography lab can make quick work of it. You might also consider using the services of a professional framer.Work with an interior designer to get the look you want
4. C2 Paint is one of my favorite independent paint companies. It uses artist-grade pigments to create colors that are superrich. And with names like Artichoke Heart, Voodoo and Slinky, they can install the urge to come up with a whole new scheme for your space. In addition to the regular line is low-VOC paint available in all the C2 colors.When we bought our house, the kitchen was painted a shockingly bright persimmon orange, which I thought would be a nightmare to cover. Lo and behold, a single coat of C2's puddinglike paint in Quahog (a warm gray) and all traces of the old color were gone.Cost: $54.99 per gallon
Repetition. A photo-covered hallway doesn't feel cluttered or chaotic, thanks to black-and-white photographs and frames of the same color. The lack of symmetry on the wall keeps this long hallway from feeling too rigid, which would most likely be the case if the frames were displayed in a grid.
Of course, guardrails don't have to be completely solid or transparent. This stair and hallway feature a partial-height wall capped by a steel-bar picket railing with a continuous wood handrail on top. This design minimizes the extent of the steel railings, giving the guardrail a little more weight, keeping in line with the rest of the house.