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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Show Off Your Photos In A Beautiful Wall Collection

What good are the most cherished photos of your family, wedding day and life’s most memorable moments if you just store them away in an album on a bookshelf? Naturally, we appreciate the photos we love when we’re surrounded by them, whether they’re hung on the wall, or even framed and sitting on a sofa table or mantle.

Sometimes however, hanging photos can be intimidating. Homeowners can be afraid to make a mistake when hanging groups of different sized-and-shaped frames, not to mention leaving a hole in the wall if the frame isn’t hung right the first time around. However, with a little advice from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses, you can easily transform a blank wall into a beautiful path down memory lane with your most memorable photos.

How to Creatively Hang a Group of Photos:

  • Place the center point of your picture at eye level: Generally, pictures should be hung somewhere around 58 to 62 inches from the floor, putting them right around eye level. So, pick the photo that you want to make the center of the grouping, preferably a larger print to serve as an anchor for the eye.
  • Pull items together with something in common. To create uniformity and give your photos something in common, consider using all gold frames with black-and-white photos. Or perhaps you enjoy all black frames with white matting. Nonetheless, a common theme for your various sized-and-shaped frames will create uniformity around your focal point.

Consider Different Type of Shapes and Arrangements for your Space:

  • Block – Similarly shaped-and-sized pictures often look most effective in a simple block arrangement. Be mindful of the spacing and keep the gaps between the pictures even.
  • Framework – Set your pictures within a well-defined imaginary framework shape, such as a rectangle or oval. Balance the display by placing the largest pictures in corners or in the middle of the arrangement.
  • Single row – For a horizontal row, range the top or bottom edge of your frames along an imaginary line. For horizontal, vertical or slanted rows, such as stairwells, display them with the centers on an imaginary straight line.
  • Double row – Two rows of pictures can either be lined up centrally, by running an imaginary line between the rows, or be aligned at the top and bottom of the double row. Line up the sides of the outer pictures too.
  • Cross – Group pictures round an imaginary cross, with the largest near the center of the cross, balanced by smaller pictures at the outer edges.

Keep in mind if you’re hanging pictures in your dining room in lieu of your living room, they should be hung a bit lower on the wall since they’ll be viewed while seating.

And while you’re hard at work hanging your pictures, stop by Connell’s in Mt. Vernon and Newark for friendly advice and tips on the best furniture at unbeatable prices! We can help you create a beautiful seating area around your gorgeous photos.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun Family Fall Outdoor Activities

Isn’t fall great? As the days get shorter and the weather begins to cool, we tend to want to get outside more and enjoy the season. And why not, fall brings new changes, such as leaves changing colors and seasonal fruits and vegetables. With that said, below are some fun seasonal activities from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses the whole family can enjoy that will get you outside to enjoy the new season.

  • Go apple picking: One great place to take the entire family is Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH. Right now, families can pick apples (including Gala, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, and more!), and later in the season, pumpkin picking and sweet corn is also available. Plus, they offer a corn maze and plenty of safe and fun activities for the kids. You can’t go wrong at Lynd in the fall!
  • Take a hayride: Hayrides are a great way to get out and enjoy the weather, and kids sure love them! Many offer hot apple cider, hot chocolate and other warm beverages for autumn’s cool nights. And if you’re adventurous, some hayrides are even “haunted” to add a little excitement to the experience. Click here to find some local hayrides in Northwest Ohio, and other fun activities like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more!
  • Make a fire pit and build a bonfire: It’s easy to build an attractive fire pit with some inexpensive retaining wall that the whole family can get years of enjoyment from (always check with your local fire department to make sure a fire pit is permitted at your home, and you’re not building it too close to property lines and/or fire hazards). Once constructed, it’s easy to start a bonfire and roast hot dogs, smores and enjoy the cool crisp season with family and friends.
  • Football Friday nights: Even if you don’t have a teenager that plays high school football, it’s still fun to go and support your local high school’s football team. It’s a fun environment and you’ll get to watch a fun football game and watch two marching bands perform.

As the season changes, let Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Newark and Mt. Vernon help you with your home furnishing needs. We have exactly what you’re looking for – whether you want to decorate your living room with fall’s best colors or your husband wants to outfit his “man cave” in the colors of favorite football team – with our great selection of furniture and mattresses at unbeatable everyday low prices. Come check us out, we promise you can’t make a mistake at Connell’s!