Several months back I was contacted by my old friend Jay Sacher (he was my first editor at Chronicle Books back in the day and now lives in Brooklyn). He was writing a book on how to hang a picture, and also how to make arrangements of things in your home, and would I contribute some ideas? Since collecting and arranging are passions of mine, I said, of course. Well, that book, How to Hang a Picture, is now available. The book, written by Jay and his partner Suzanne LaGasa, is chock full of tips and even technical stuff like which hardware to use and how to find a stud on a wall or hang a picture on (gasp!) cinder block!
Here’s the publisher’s witty description of the book, which I loved, “Like tying a Windsor knot or brewing a perfect cup of coffee, knowing how to hang art on your wall is a hallmark of everyday style and nuts-and-bolts know-how. The where, what, and whys of hanging art are an overlooked, under-appreciated line of inquiry. Most of us simply wing it with a quick eyeball and a swing of the hammer. How hard can it be? we think. What can go wrong? The answer, of course, is plenty: crumbling plaster, ruined antique laths, mismatched art hung too-close together, or a poorly-mounted photograph warping in its frame. But beyond the technical mishaps, there is a more essential lesson to be learned: The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes an aesthetic statement about the world you inhabit—and more importantly, when it’s done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better.”
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for a Stylish Home is a user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating and displaying art. Elegantly illustrated by Sacher, this book is both a stylish addition to your coffee table stack and a great resource.
My advice is in the collections section of the book (surprise, surprise), entitled (again with wit) “Shelf Life: or How Not to Hang a Picture,” which is all about using shelves and other surfaces to arrange collections and objects
I absolutely love this book. I think it’s brilliant (and a long overdue resource). I hope you will check it out too. It might even make the perfect gift for someone in your life.
Have a great Wednesday, friends. And happy pre-holiday to my readers in the U.S.!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a Thanksgiving post.