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
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
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.
you have lots of fun decorating for
- The first thing you absolutely MUST do
is remove all the clutter.
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
Furniture with a
glass top, or a
filigree, makes a room look more spacious.
several different colors
choose several shades of the same color. The small room will appear
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
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
furniture that has
built in storage, like nesting tables, or a bed with drawers or an
- 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!
New this Month!
Your Old Artwork
A customer came to me with pictures he
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
see the Before and After.
How to Find Us
Do come and share your decorating wins
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).
July 4th Independence Day.
Sister's Day First Sunday in
Grandparents Day, September 12th
August is Filipino
October is Hispanic
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
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%
And if you are in the right place at
the right time you are going to win a prize!
Until next month!
The Picture Lady
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