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July 2010 Newsletter

Dear Friend:

Because we live in the middle of these magnificent mountains where there is often a light dusting of snow at the peaks, I am rarely hot. I want to tell you, though, that had I not turned on the air-con yesterday, I would have evaporated! Summer is definitely upon us!

I am going to talk to you this month about downsizing.

My son, & daughter live in a magnificently large and modern four bed-roomed house with double garage and a lawn so big that we could fit our little cottage on it. With all that beautiful space and a really classy neighborhood, it is a great pleasure to visit with them. Their idyllic existence may, however, be coming to an end. When they moved into the house they were able to share costs with a good friend whose job, unfortunately, has changed and now he lives too far from his work to continue to stay there. So change is in the air.

This is what got me thinking about downsizing. I wondered if it were really such a bad thing? We are so used to "big" in America. With a European husband and me raised in Africa, I may have a different view. 

This is how I see it, that when you choose a simpler lifestyle and consciously create an aesthetic transformation in your new-small-home, life actually gets easier. Perhaps the biggest benefit you are going to find is time. The less "stuff" you have the more time you seem to have. For life is not about what you wear, the stuff you own or the house you live in. It is about relationships. It may even be easier to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere for your friends and family, leaving a troubled world outside, when the space is small and affordable.

Here are some tips to help you decorate to do this.

  • The first thing you absolutely MUST do is remove all the clutter.
  • Choose only one or two medium sized pictures. A lot of small pictures make the room look busy. Sorry, that family photo-wall and that glass cabinet may have to go. There is a solution: Choose only two or three precious photos and turn these into family portraits with PHOTO TO ARTWORK.
  • Furniture with a glass top, or a filigree, makes a room look more spacious.
  • Rather than several different colors choose several shades of the same color. The small room will appear less fragmented
  • Bright colors advance, and cooler colors recede. You want to choose cool colors like sage green or a soft teal or lavender for a small room.
  • Much can be done to create the idea of a bigger room with a careful selection of pictures. Scenery that fades into the distance makes a room look twice the size.
  • Cafe at Canal in Fog 
  • Mirrors are good, especially if placed alone on a short wall. (Note: You can select your mirror online with Picture Lady and we will bring it to the show)
  • Choose furniture that has built in storage, like nesting tables, or a bed with drawers or an ottoman.
  • Last but not least, every room deserves a little "bling"! Find one outstanding or unique item that makes everything around it look expensive. It doesn't actually have to cost you much. In my sister's front room her focal point is an antique lamp that she got for free at a flea market!
May you have lots of fun decorating for downsizing!

New this Month!

Resurrect Your Old Artwork

A customer came to me with pictures he had bought nearly twenty years ago. He loved the images but this was before that wonderful new technique, Crystex, which he loves, and he could see the difference. He also preferred the new frames. For nearly a year we worked with him to resurrect his old artwork. Click here to see the Before and After.

How to Find Us

Do come and share your decorating wins with us at the next event. To find out where we will be, go to www.picturelady.com/schedule.htm. The password is "art" (without the quotes).

Special Celebrations

July 4th Independence Day.

Sister's Day First Sunday in August.

Grandparents Day, September 12th

August is Filipino Heritage Month

October is Hispanic Heritage Month

We have extended our special on the 22x28" large Photo-to-Artwork until September 12th. Usually these are $175.00 but for now they are only $150.00. This includes the enlargement, the treatment to make them look like an oil painting, the frame and it also includes shipping. Now is that not a good deal? This may be time to plan your Christmas gift, now when you can take advantage of the discount.

We also offer two other sizes of Photo-to Artwork - 16x20 at $125.00 and 11x14 at $45.00. These smaller portraits are perfect on a desk or in the office where a smaller size may be more appropriate. The frames are exquisite.

Note: On the $5.00 table you will find educational gifts for children, an assortment of gifts for the family, some great flags and table centerpieces for the Fourth of July. We have a selection of Independence Day pictures so that you can decorate your home for the summer celebration.

At our shows, if you buy three $5.00 items you get a fourth item absolutely free! Pictures with an orange dot are 50% discounted.

And if you are in the right place at the right time you are going to win a prize!

Until next month!

Warm Regards,

The Picture Lady
Quality Art
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