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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

Showcase Your Art with Picture Rails

Save your walls; add a picture rail! Picture rails add charm to historic homes and apartments, but in today’s world there are many more options when it comes to hanging a picture rail. If you don’t live in a historic home that already has a picture rail, new ones can easily be installed that have either a vintage or modern look.

Picture rail molding is typically hung about 1-2 feet from the ceiling and surrounds the perimeter of a room. Hooks hang from the molding and a wire or lip cord on the frame to be hung is what connects the art to the hook. Historically, picture rails have been hung in living and dining rooms, parlors, and other areas of the home, but they can really be installed anywhere you would like to draw attention to artwork.

Picture rails have several benefits, the first of which is that they save your walls from having lots of little holes. Picture rails also provide visual interest to a room and allow art to stand out from the wall with ease. Take a look at a few picture rails below…this is an easy way to showcase your art!

Traditional picture rail molding can be purchased easily through retailers like House of Antique Hardware online. This unfinished picture rail molding costs $20.79 for an 8' piece.

House of Antique Hardware also sells a wide array of picture rail hooks.

A casual picture rail like this one is a good idea to hang children's artwork.

A stainless steel picture rail has a modern and updated look.

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