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Win a personalised triptych canvas artwork with Bags of Love & H is for Home

Bags of Love is offering one of our readers one of their personalised triptych canvas artworks. A lovely way to pep up the walls in your bedroom or lounge.

Bags of Love triptych canvas above a white sofa

The example on offer measures 90cm x 30cm – each of the three panels is 30cm2. Upload photos to the Bags of Love from your mobile phone, computer or Facebook or Instagram accounts. You can even chose from their own image library.

Panoramic photograph of Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire

I downloaded the lovely photograph above of the Ribblehead Viaduct from the internet to practice making an artwork.

Turning the panoramic view of Ribblehead Viaduct into a triptych on the Bags of Love website

It was just the right ratio for the job – 3 times wider than tall – it created a trio of perfect squares.

Photograph of the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District

I tried again with a photograph of one of Justin’s favourite locations in the country – the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District.

Turning the panoramic view of the Langdale Pikes into a triptych on the Bags of Love website

It wasn’t the exact size to slot into three equal squares, however you can resize and crop the image until you’re happy with the composition.

Preview of the Langdale Pikes triptych artwork on the Bags of Love website

You can also use three separate images – for example, a portrait of your 3 children… or your pets!

To enter, let us know in the comments what subject matter you’d chose to display on your triptych.

Personalised triptych canvas artwork from Bags of Love




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Vintage beaten copper plaque

Vintage beaten copper plaque above the bed in our top-floor bedroom | H is for Home

Last week, we published a post about our recent decorating exploits – specifically our top floor bedroom and its shades of grey and black. At that point, there was a large space above the bed waiting for a suitable piece of art. We’d mentioned that there are lots of things relating to nature in the room – and also copper highlights dotted about. Imagine our joy when we found this gorgeous vintage 1960s beaten copper plaque at a local flea market this week.

Tail detail from vintage beaten copper plaque | H is for Home

The first thing we saw peaking out were the feathers. “Oh, that looks interesting!”, we thought…

Head detail from vintage beaten copper plaque | H is for Home

…and, as we pulled it towards us for a better look, the bird’s head was revealed.

Vintage beaten copper artwork above the bed in our top-floor bedroom | H is for Home

We absolutely love it – the stylised bird, so typical of the era, the materials used, texture, patina and colours. We thought we’d be waiting quite a while to fill that long, narrow space with something suitable – but a few days after taking the initial photos, there it appeared. We very nearly missed the market that day too, but fortunately fate intervened!

Home decoration: How to use framed art the right way

Framed art above a desk

Purchasing and hanging framed art in your home so that it makes a good design statement is as much an art form as it is an expression of the things you love. You may choose framed pieces in similar colour schemes or maybe one or two pieces in an accent colour to add interest or to brighten up a dull room. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips for hanging your purchased pieces.

1. UV and heat protection

Framed art on a radiator

UV light will eventually fade your artwork so try and hang it on walls that don’t get much direct sunlight. Heat and humidity can also cause damage to your framed pieces over time so avoid hanging in humid environments such as bathrooms or even the kitchen. Alternatively, if you do want some pictures in these rooms swap them with other pieces on a regular basis so they’re not exposed to the heat and humidity for extended periods.

2. Effectively group your art work

two rows of framed black & white artworks

Grouping smaller pieces together can be a very effective home décor design feature. Before you hang your pictures, lay them out on the floor in the way you’d like to hang them on the wall. Try to maintain some kind of symmetry by creating a rectangular or square display and space your frames about 3 to 4 inches apart.

Once you’ve laid your artwork out on the floor and you’re happy with the display, cut out paper templates of each frame and tape these to the wall so that you’ll get an exact idea of how the finished collection will look. Mark the picture hook locations with a pencil and then you’re ready to hang your art.

3. Make sure the pieces are consistent with your home décor

Framed oil painting above fireplace

You want the selected pieces of framed art to reflect your own personal style and also add character and charm to your home.

Before purchasing any piece of artwork, look around your home to evaluate what kind of pictures would best suit your décor. Consider your dominating colour scheme and your available wall space. You want your art pieces to compliment your décor, not dominate it. You can find a huge collection of interesting and eclectic framed artwork from places like Fine Art America which are sure to suit your particular decorating style.

4. Mount your framed art at the correct height

trio of framed artworks hung at different heights

To maintain the symmetry of your room and its furniture, ensure that you hang your artwork at the correct height. In standard 8-foot ceiling rooms, the middle of your picture should be about 5 feet off the wall. If your room has higher ceilings, you can hang your artwork a little higher.

If you’re hanging a picture above a sofa, it’s a good idea to leave a space of approximately 6 to 8 inches between the bottom of the frame and the top of the sofa. If hanging above a tabletop, you should leave a space of about 10 to 12 inches but this can be adjusted to account for lamps or other display pieces on the table.

Conclusion

Art on the floor propped against a wall

To make the most of your framed art pieces it’s important that you choose and hang them correctly. Choose pieces that not only match your personal style but your home décor as well. Consider the light, heat and humidity of each room before choosing pieces that you want to hang.

Group smaller pieces of art in a nice symmetrical shape by using paper templates to first consider their positioning and ensure that you hang your favourite art pieces at the correct height so that it’s pleasing to the eye.

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framed artwork by Jane Blease with slipware jug by Hannah McAndrew

What a lovely surprise – and what a lovely present!

framed artwork by Jane Blease with slipware jug by Hannah McAndrew

We have Jane Blease to thank. We recently sold this Danish table & chairs to Jane & her partner, Neil. When they came to collect the set from Todmorden last weekend she gave us one of her artworks. It was really kind of her – and we love it!

A corner of our bedroom is all shades of yellow ochre & brown – the seed head design is fabulous and echoes the shape of the clock on the wall above. We think it looks great in its new home!

detail of framed artwork by Jane Blease

She produces these intricate & distinctive pieces using coloured embroidery threads and wood veneers. As well as framed artworks she makes light shades, jewellery and accessories. We’ve admired her displays at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and have featured her work in previous posts.

If you like the look of her work check out Jane’s shop!

F is for… Fireworks

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Vintage Brock's Fireworks poster illustration | H is for Home

We bought this vintage advertising poster some time ago and put it away…

vintage framed Brock's Fireworks illustrated poster

…it’s now returned from the local framers and we’re very pleased with the result.

detail of vintage Brock's fireworks poster illustration

The poster is for Brock’s Fireworks and dates from the 1950s/60s – it would have been on display in a toy shop or newsagents.

detail of vintage Brock's Fireworks poster designed by D. Nockles

The artist is D. Nockels and we love his illustration.

detail of vintage Brock's Fireworks poster

We’ll be adding the poster to the Child’s Play section of our shop sometime this week. We’re currently in the process of sorting & framing various vintage artworks that we’ve gathered over recent years – some of the other items include travel posters, film memorabilia etc, so watch this space!