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February 2015


St. Louis Decor Trivia


What bridge, completed in 1874, was the first arched steel truss bridge in the world? (When it was proposed, it was supposed to be impossible to build!)

(For the answer see the last section in the newsleter)


"Fresh Eyes"

Natalie and I recently met with a new client for an "idea visit" Our client had bid on a gift certificate we donated to a community fund-raising event and had won us! Our client has a house full of furniture and, what began as a question about the best sized sofa for her living room, very shortly became an exercise in what could be moved and changed out to offer her more sofa space and a better quality of light in the room.

Yes, Nat and I are talented in the areas of spatial relationships and applied color theory, but even more important, we are both gifted with visual imagination. We show up at our client's home or office with "fresh eyes" and a desire to make their living/working space comfortable, functional, and beautiful!

With this new client we began, as always, by asking her loads of questions:

  1. What is your goal for this space?
  2. Does your "club" group meet here?
  3. How many people would you like to entertain in this space at one time?
  4. What time of day are you and your family most often in this room?
  5. Does your family watch TV in here? Enjoy a fire in the fireplace? Play card games? Read quietly? Listen to music?
  6. May we move furniture/ art to other rooms?

Our client's goals for her living room: seating for at least six people in comfy furniture for family get-togethers. Her current living room seating consisted of a very small love seat, two large upholstered chairs, and a couple of tiny child-sized wooden chairs - more used for display purposes than for seating. Enough seating for only three to four people. A large armoire blocked off a part of the sofa wall, keeping a desired larger sofa from fitting in the room.

On further questioning, we discovered that that armoire was not serving a needed function (not being used as an entry way coat closet, for example), but was currently being used for assorted storage. Furthermore, it wasn't even functional as a storage unit, as a large chair sat so close to it that there was no way to easily open the doors. We looked around the client's home and suggested two other possible areas the armoire could fit. With that one suggestion we also solved the client's problem of lack of kitchen storage space. She was tickled pink!

Once the armoire is out of the living room, our client will now have space for the larger sofa she desires. With a change to very thin white sheer curtains our client will have a lovely light-filled room. With a suggested new location for some other pieces of living room furniture she will enjoy an open, easy-on-the-eye floor plan. "Fresh eyes" to the rescue!

A décor quote from one of my design heroes:

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris

Click here to see some of William Morris's wallpaper, fabric, and rug designs. Gorgeous!

Call Deborah and Nat at 314-544-2555 for an "Idea Visit" and for all of your Interior Decor needs!


Plastic picture frame mouldings and those made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) are not in my moulding selection. Here's why:

Plastic mouldings take extra time to put together: the special plastic glue takes a long time to dry. Sometimes each corner must sit in the vise overnight... a real production nightmare! Some framers use hot glue to try to circumvent this problem, but hot glue doesn't hold the frame corners together well long-term. Plus, plastic frames, by nature, are flimsy!

MDF mouldings are difficult to work with. When cut, the sawdust produced can cause allergic reactions. Not to mention that they out-gas potentially carcinogenic formaldehyde gases. They are very brittle, the corners break easily if dropped, and repairs are not likely to be successful.

So, why would anyone bother to purchase a frame made of plastic or MDF?


They are generally cheaper than wood or metal frames. Sometimes they look nice. Sometimes they look cheap. The real issues are: what art will be going into the frame and what level of protection do you need for that art? Also, is your art a standard size? If the art is a standard size, you may have luck finding a less expensive readymade plastic or MDF frame at a retail store.

My suggested bottom-line is this: for art of value (original paintings, original art of any kind, irreplaceable photos, your child's "masterpiece", etc.) please protect your art with a good quality frame. Wooden frames have been the choice of artists, collectors, and museums for centuries... and for good reason! They hold up well over time, and, if they do fail after many years of service, they can often be repaired or restored... they are a long-lasting investment. Plus, there is a wide variety to select from and the finishes are gorgeous! Framing is a fashion industry... there's always something new and beautiful to see!

Call Deborah at 314-544-2555 for a framing appointment.
We design the perfect framing to
protect and enhance the beauty of your precious art.

Events and Classes

Call Ellen Clamon:  314-651-2229 to get information on her Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Rework Jewelry art classes coming in March 2015.  What Fun!

Trivia Answer



St. Louis' own Eads Bridge!






For some extra St. Louis Trivia fun, check out this KSDK news story on Harry Houdini and the Eads Bridge! Click Here

Many blessings  to you and yours,

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