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After finally getting her Interior Design degree from the Corcoran, Joyce Frank decided to spread her wings creatively launching J A Frank Design LLC, where she does set dressing, display, property staging and photo styling. Her passion is architecture and she enjoys traveling both domestically and international to see historic and modern buildings. Joyce also works on designing jewelry, mosaics and painted furniture. Joyce will highlight historic homes, interior design, seasonal decorations, antiquing, and design for Miss A.

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How To Hang Artwork At The Right Height

Living area after - 5707 Callcott Way

For those who read my column on AskMissA.com, you may not realize that my company, JA Frank Design, helps clients with projects  like interior design, art selection, real estate and property staging. One of my property staging clients is Sita Kapur, owner of Arlington Premier Realty.

Our latest staging project involved a townhouse-type, two level property located in Alexandria, Virginia.  It has two bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths and a bonus loft area with deck. The challenge for me was to rework the space creating focal points by using the owner’s furniture and then bringing in my own accent pieces. This home owner had a lot of artwork.  I made a mental inventory of the art and repositioned each piece around the house. Most people hang artwork too high on the wall. My rule of thumb for hanging artwork: the average

Before photos - 5707 Callcott Way

woman is 5’4” in height, hang the artwork basically at eye level. The eye naturally gravitates down, so hanging artwork higher than your natural gaze tends to create a strain.

The mirror in the living area was hung by the home owner a little too high. . .it loses its connection to the furniture grouping, but in this case, it was too heavy to re-hang, so we left it in place.  By creating other “connected” focal points around the room, the mirror height was not that noticeable.

Focal point - 5707 Callcott Way

Loft area after - 5707 Callcott Way

"Music Room" after - 5707 Callcott Way

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For more information on this property, please contact Sita Kapur at  sita@sitakapur.com

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