Reader's Art: Carol's Hopper in Residence

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Welcome to Carol!

Hi, AT - My husband’s paintings adorn our living room giving it lots of vibrant color and “va-voom!”.

His style is realist, depicting New York City scenes and portraits. It has been described as Hopper-esque...

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The Victorian picture rail with its ornate detail is original to the house. It provides an excellent system for hanging artwork without the need to hammer nails into the walls. Fear of commitment? Problem solved. With this system, the artworks can also be rearranged as often as you like and additions can easily be accommodated. I used picture hooks and transparent nylon fishing line which allows for the paintings to be hung in an overlapping fashion.

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I am very proud of my husband’s art work and I believe that this is an effective way of displaying them.

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In the bedroom, I have hung a collection of artworks above the headboard in a way that would mask the sloping ceiling and also make the tiny room appear bigger. The collection includes botanical prints, a print of a nude by Degas, an old poster for a production of Moliere’s Tartuffe, and an old sepia photo of the village of Clearwell in Gloucestershire, England where we were married.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.