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Interior design ideas: Books and Photos
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If you've been looking at design magazines or even just out and about at the local furniture shops then you've probably seen these decorative vintage inspired books laying around. We have some interior design ideas for you, to help you beautify your space and turn your house into something unique.

Well at The Design House we needed a few items to add some charm to a few rooms we were doing a photo shoot for and we got a little "creative bug" itch and decided to make some of our own to have on hand for accessories installs. They are simple and add texture and just that extra touch to the space.

Here is a little how-to to make these fun books yourself!

1. Get some old books! Look around your house or second-hand stores to find some fun old books. Remember for this project do not judge a book by it's cover, we're tearing it off anyway - look for different sizes, text styles, and colored pages.
2. Rip off the cover on the book exposing the glued binding. From this point you can rip your book into smaller sections like we did, or leave it as a whole unbound book. Totally up to you, we like both looks!
3. Stack your books to the size you want and wrap in twine.
4. Voila! You are done! And you have a fun new accessory! We used a couple of our books at a clients house, to stage for a photo shoot we were doing and it turned out great!

Another great idea to decorate your interior space is to create a photo collage on your wall. If you were thinking about it but you keep delaying it because you are not quite sure how to do it, here's a quick how-to to help you create you collage without poking a bunch of "trial & error" holes in your wall.

But first… a few pointers for creating a photo collage.

Have a common theme, whether it is the style of frame, the object in the photographs, or the color of the photographs something needs to be cohesive. Also, make sure you have a good variety of sizes and in some cases shapes as well, this adds interest and having smaller frames help fill in the gaps. Another tip is to wait to select photos, if possible, until after the collage is arranged; this way you aren't limited to which way the frames have to go.

Here is your collage how-to! We have tested this method first hand for a client so it will work for you to! This is how we put a picture collage in her hallway...

1st - Get some butcher paper or packing paper and cut it to the size of space
you will need. Ours is the length of the hallway.
2nd - Gather your frames and start arranging them until you find the layout you like best!
3rd - Trace the frames on the paper
4th - Find a way to label which way your frames go. We numbered each frame and wrote the coordinating number on the paper
5th - Measure and mark on the paper where each nail hole is supposed to go. Take your time on this one so that your beautiful arrangement looks perfect!
6th - Tape your paper onto the wall making sure it is straight. To do this measure from the ceiling to the top of the paper on both ends and adjust as needed. You want the majority of the images to be around eye level while being cautious to not hang pictures to low.

What do you think about our interior design ideas? If you too have an interior design idea, but you don't know for sure how it will turn out or what exactly you need to do don't hesitate to contact us and we can make your dreams come true.

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