Friday, July 17, 2015

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Every homeowner should know how to hang a gallery wall. It’s a great opportunity to express your personality and creatively display your favorite paintings, prints, artwork, and family photos. Whether you want to arrange the pieces on your stairs, above your couch, or along an open wall in your DFW home, here are some helpful tips to get your gallery display just right.
Pay Attention to Size
For the best-looking wall, it helps to start with the largest piece and then work out. Be careful not to put too much space between photos and artwork.
Get the Right Frames
Your gallery wall should have a cohesive look, so be sure to use frames that blend well together. They don’t all need to be solid gold or silver, but they should look as though they belong together. Frames with flecks of each create a consistent look. This Ft. Worth picture frame shop can give you some guidance if you need help selecting the best frames.
Do a Test Run
Before you bring out the hammer and nails, arrange your photos on the floor. Move them around and adjust spacing until you get an arrangement you like. Be sure to check the installation instructions if you have a particularly large or heavy piece of art. Don’t attempt to install pieces that require professional installation.
Incorporate More Than Just Photos
When it comes to creating a gallery wall with interest and personality, think about adding a shadow box. If you have sentimental objects — like seashells from a family vacation or tickets from a big concert — work them into your arrangement. Also, don’t be afraid to add a punch of color to your wall by framing a swatch of fabric or decorative piece of paper. You could even incorporate a shelf or two. You don’t want to haphazardly work things into your gallery wall, but don’t be afraid to add some dimension and depth by venturing away from flat prints.
Mix It Up
Once your gallery display is in place, don’t forget to update it. Keep the frames in their original places, but freshen up the artwork or photos from time to time.
There’s nothing like a gallery wall to showcase your favorite pieces of art or photographs. While there’s no definitive rule to creating the ultimate display, it helps to keep the pointers above in mind. Want more? Here’s a helpful step-by-step tutorialon how to hang a gallery wall.
Written By Audrey Sellers
Image Source: Flickr/Travis Isaacs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

BBQ Food Ideas: Beyond Ribs & Burgers

BBQ Food Ideas: Beyond Ribs & Burgers

North Carolina homeowners pride themselves on their grilling skills. Most North Carolinians grew up on barbecued ribs, burgers, Grandma’s potato salad, pork ‘n’ beans, and white bread slices. But health-conscious options abound. But today’s more health-conscious barbecue fans have found some delectable, more nutritious options.

Grill Fruits and Veggies
Foodie haven Central Market provides some BBQ food ideas for grillers who want some healthier or vegetarian options. Start by keeping an eye on your grill temperature: Medium-hot coals work best for fruit and veggies, so consider cooking them first before you increase the heat for the meat.
The best way to cook vegetables is to prepare them on planks. Long planks keep the food from falling off the grill. Or use skewers and grill fruits and veggies as kabobs. Be sure to coat the food with olive or canola oil and season with your favorite spices and fresh herbs. Onions can be cut in slices, and you can even grill a whole head of garlic away from the flame.
If you want to avoid the whole issue of vegetables falling off the grill, there are plenty of barbecue accessories that will help, like kabob racks and grilling baskets. The downside is that it’s one more item to clean after your barbecue is over.
Central Market foodies say the best vegetables to grill include yellow squash and zucchini. Also consider corn on the cob, baked potatoes, and asparagus. Top picks for grilling fruit include apples, pears, and pineapples.
Start a new hamburger tradition by going vegetarian with grilled portabella mushroom burgers or black bean burgers. Go with whole wheat buns to cut down on the processed flour.
Healthy Protein Options
BBQ food ideas today go way beyond beef and pork, or chicken slathered with sugar-laden barbecue sauce. New poultry favorites include chicken rubbed in mint and limecooked with pineapple or grilled chicken quesadillas.
With proper preparation and grilling tools, fish is easier to grill than ever before. Place shrimp on skewers and add your favorite spices and sauces, like with this ginger-garlic shrimp recipe. Or wrap your fish and vegetables in foil packets to create a yummy meal — a versatile whitefish like tilapia works well with this grill-friendly en papillotemethod.
With such a wide variety of healthy and flavorful grilling options, you’ll have lots of delicious reasons to fire up your grill every weekend.
What are some healthy suggestions you have for amazing (and healthy!) recipes!?
Written By Tammy Valentine

Thursday, July 2, 2015

America. This Is Home.

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Photo by Kayla Hott
In the heat of the summer months, it is easy to focus on the stress of planning trips or just staying cool! During this Fourth of July holiday, I like to think about catching lightening bugs at my Grandmother's house, rocking on her porch swing, and simpler times where we kids would laugh with abandonment while the home made ice cream was being hand turned. 

I also get chills thinking about our freedom in this country and the sacrifice that so many have made and continue to do so to protect it. 

What are some of your fondest Fourth of July memories? Please share them in the comments section below!

I wish you all laughter, love of family, and simple enjoyment over this holiday weekend. 

~Jodi Tate