3. Hang it right A beautiful painting or artwork will look far better when hung at the right height. Also, having a consistent centre line throughout your home helps create a sense of harmony. As a general rule, the centre of the artwork should be at eye level, which for the average person is 145 centimetres from the floor. Remember, that’s 145 centimetres to the centre of the art, not to the hook. Yep, I’ve made that mistake before.
Photos by Michael Kelley House at a GlanceWho lives here: Two hardworking empty nesters who love the outdoors, cooking and their dog, BoswellLocation: Malibu, California, USASize: 167 square metres); 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsYear built: 1932Designer: Shannon Ggem Nestled lakeside in the mountains of Malibu, this 1932 cabin had plenty of inherent charm. “These houses were simple fishing cabins on a recreational lake,” says interior designer and the homeowners’ neighbour Shannon Ggem, who knows the area and its vibe since she lives there too. “They were part of the John Muir movement, creating a getaway from the city about 30 miles [48 kilometres] outside of Los Angeles. They are very simple, as it’s all about emphasising the view.” The couple who bought the cabin are both busy professionals and wanted a designer to tailor the home to better fit their style. “They both have excellent taste and a very clear aesthetic, but, like so many of our clients, they lacked the time to pull together a whole renovation,” says Ggem.Scope of work This was a full cosmetic transformation, but much of the original structure remains – it was not a gut renovation. “I hate to throw away building material...
In this small dining area, which sits next to a half-height wall over which guests can see a modest white kitchen, Ross and Glew-Ross entertain close friends. The half-height wall (seen here to the left of the frame and draped with a pot plant) contains a bookcase that includes dozens of books on architecture and design.