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Trends in Matting

When choosing a mat for any piece of art, I like to get to know my customer’s taste—whether they lean neutral, or like some color in their décor. Neutral Mats are Still Trending. Believe it or not, 10 years ago I couldn’t sell a white mat. Clients found it too boring or ‘big box store’ […]

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How To Hang Art Over the Bed

DO… for a straight headboard, center art horizontally above the bed, yet closer to the headboard or pillows so it feels like the two are a connected whole. Spacing between the headboard and art should be 5″ – 7″.  DON’T… center art vertically too, between the top of the headboard and the ceiling (or moulding) unless the proportions […]

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Hanging Art: Tips & Tricks

When hanging artwork on its own, and not part of a furniture grouping, consider: DO – Hang art at eye level, or about 57″ – 60″ from the floor. DON’T – Line up multiple pieces of different sizes by the top or bottom. Align the center points of each piece, which should again be about eye level.  DO – […]

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Join Us at our Holiday Open House

You’re invited to our annual Holiday Open House, set for December 2, 2021 from 4 to 7:30 pm. Meet our featured guest artists Kathy Ruckstuhl and Logan Berard. Mingle with friends while enjoying wonderful seasonal shopping. And jingle with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Barnel’s is also featuring two live ‘Painting on the Porch’ demonstrations. […]

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Original or Giclée? Both a Great Choice.

​In making the decision for purchasing an original vs a giclée, the decision is completely unique to each individual. It is important to note that originals can be on paper or on canvas, just as giclées can be on paper or on canvas. Trusting the art professional, whether the artist or his/her representative, is of […]

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Matting Makes a Difference

When considering framing a valuable piece of artwork—or even just scrapbooking—you may have run across the term ‘acid-free’ when it comes to matboard and papers.  It’s hard to imagine that something that looks like cardboard could be damaging to your piece. In actuality, matboard is made from two basic types of pulp: wood pulp and […]

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Live Series Alethea’s House Tours

Over the course of April, Alethea has graciously invited customers into her home, offering tips and explanations on art, framing and more. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Barnel’s went live on Instagram or Facebook, giving many people a chance to see what makes a house a home, and how to make theirs sing. We have been […]

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Holiday Open House Event

This year’s Holiday Open House features a wonderful seasonal shopping experience, with local artists Cathy Mills and Deborah Decuir in store. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet these artists, get the inside scoop on their creative process, and view their latest work.  Plus, we’ll have wine, hors d’oeuvres as you shop . . . […]

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French Matting + Proper Framing

We recently reframed a lovely piece of art for a client, and wanted to share both the French matting process, and the importance of using proper framing materials. Here is the original artwork, with fading French matting. Improper materials, such as a paper mat, can cause damage to artwork.  Notice the acid burn from original […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Window Treatments

Top picks from Architectural Digest for blinds, shades, curtains, and more (pictures by Barnel’s). “Why choose?” asks Jonathan Adler in response to whether he prefers shades or drapes. “I like to layer window treatments for dimension and texture.” There are, he says, also practical reasons to spring for multiple window treatments—such as greater control over […]

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